They left us this little plate, as a gift. I have always treasured it. I have blogged about it before, here. They also left us a lot of garden tools. They explained that they were moving to South Africa to live with their daughter & son in law. They felt they were too old to be so far from loved ones.
As usual, for me, I digress. Back to the fridges!
We bought another house, & decided we needed a new fridge, so I polished up the old one, using Brasso to get it shiny & nice looking, & when we ordered our new one, I got allowed a very handsome trade-in price on the dear little old fridge, because, as the salesman said, "It looks so nice."
We purchased a brand new, upside down fridge/freezer combination, the fridge of my dreams. I loved that fridge, & the song it sang to me was intermittant, & not too intrusive at all. It was a little surly when defrosting time came, & I found turning it off the best option, as I slopped, & crawled around on the floor to get all the ice out of it. How I love these new frost free freezers!!
When we moved to the Hotel, we sold our fridge to our tennants. Our accommodation at the Hotel had a very large, & somewhat rattley fridge. When the motor ran, it had a little rattle. We could close sliding doors & block off the kitchen, so it didn't intrude on our TV viewing or evening reading etc.
When we bought our country Hotel, the fridges, & freezers were pretty ancient. They made hideous protesting noises, & would rattle & clank. Sometimes I felt the fridge was about to launch itself into outer space, or at least across the kitchen into the great coal range! I used to cook for the staff in the evenings, as there was nowhere for them to eat locally. I have seen many a barman startled out of his seat, by the sudden 'tuning up' of the old ancient fridge!
When we moved over here to live, we bought another brand new huge fridge/freezer combination, & our son named it the Tardis. It was a wonderful generous soul of a fridge. It could hold banquets for many, & seemed so much more generous inside than our new one. It made soft sighing little noises now & then & occasionally I would have to dose it with baking soda & warm water to keep it from becoming waterlogged. The motor made very little noise, & it worked well for 23 years! It even served a term for our daughter, & only 'died' last year.
My mother had bought a new fridge when she purchased a flat- unit- in a block behind my Beloved Brother's place. That fridge lived a mysterious life of it's own. When I first met with it, when I went to stay with my mother, I kept hearing whispers, & little chattering voices. I decided my mother must have a radio on somewhere. Finally, I could stand it no longer, & asked where the radio was?
My mother was puzzled, & said there was no radio. We finally worked out it was the fridge. It is hard to describe the sound it made, but it was so like voices out of the ether, that we decided it must have Invisible tennants. As my mother got deaf, she couldn't hear it, & I think that is why she had not noticed it's whispers & chatters, until I pointed them out to her. After she died I think one of my nephews had the fridge, & I suppose it chattered on.
About 4 years ago, we decided to treat ourselves to a new fridge. We bought another upside down fridge freezer, which is my choice, only this time I don't have to try to get down to defrost it. It is frost free. It talks to me in the small hours when I am the only one up. It whimpers & cries, making small mewling sounds as a kitten might. When we first got it, I thought there was something the matter with it. I was assured that it is quite normal, & those noises are nothing to be alarmed about.
How curious, with all the advances in technology, they still cannot make a fridge with a totally silent motor. I have got used to the chat, whimpers & mews of the fridge now. It is as if it is asking me questions, in the still & silent kitchen.
My old computer used to have a rather noisy fan, but this new one seems to be totally silent. I have not noticed the other appliances giving me any chat. I once had an iron that used to whine every time I used it. My current one is very quiet except for the hiss of the steam, & even that is not very loud.
Gom has had his dreaded whipper snipper out in the garden again. I caught him in my herb garden, & hunted him off!! He told me he was clearing a place for the new herbs. I told him he wasn't & to just leave them alone.
He has gone down to the garage, & is probably sitting in his 'worm eating chair'. I will just leave him to it.
These first few days of this month are 'rotting away from under me'!! I don't know where they are going.
I did eventually find the missing project last evening- in a most unexpected place! Stress when getting ready for the carpet laying, I think!
Which reminds me of the little old lady, who asked her little old lady friend,
"Lizzy, why are you wearing a suppository in your ear?"
"I think I know where my missing hearing aid might be."
Preserve us from losing the marbles, I say!
Neil Diamond, Porcupine Pie