The Ice Queen Says, “No More Melt Downs!”

Sep 11, 2009 | Uncategorized | 16 comments

Glory Hallelujah.
I am getting a new refrigerator.

We really enjoy our kitchen, aside from the garden, it is the room where I spend the majority of my days.
I LOVE my oven, it has really made me a better cook, we don’t own a microwave (we haven’t for ten years)…and my dishwasher, well, it’s falling apart and I don’t care but, my fridge –
I’ll be gentle and say it’s a dinosaur, a piece of junk. Trust me, there have been worse moments when I have said much worse things about it. I have slammed it, cursed it and I have actually kicked it a few times. Really.
I have been praying for a solution.
It’s about twenty years old and a few years ago the sealer or whatever it is called began to slide around on the freezer. It won’t seal. We have even had to duct tape it closed!!! The result is that the fridge runs non-stop and the freezer fills up with icy stalactite’s and stalagmites that shatter to the kitchen floor every time you open the door!!!!!
This ice builds up into huge chunks and this causes even more trouble when you close the door. The photo you will see is AFTER we chipped all the ice off a few days ago. And that is not all…
It’s going berserk, the fridge now freezes things and I can not count the times I have pulled something out of the fridge only to find it frozen – lettuce, cheese, zucchinis – things freezing in your fridge, it’s enough to make a housewife cry – and it does…often.
This morning I told Joel, as ice chunks fell to the floor that I could not take it anymore, and this time I meant it!!! A good old fashioned, pregnant woman nervous breakdown was around the corner if I drove the hideous 40 minutes for groceries only to have half of them freeze in the fridge overnight once again.
So, are you ready? Drumroll…
We bought a industrial, stainless steel, “fridge only” (and a “freezer only” to put in the basement – we were going to get one of those anyways). I am so excited about my new “fridge only.” There are no crisper drawers to end up full of crumbs and rotten little pieces of produce, there are no glass shelves to wipe down each week before grocery shopping. Instead the shelves look like oven racks and I am simply going to get some of those quality, acrilic type containers for storage. It even has castors! I love my fridge all “anal rententive” and organized and this is going to be a fantasy come true. WHOOOO-EEEEE!
I feel like I am getting a new house! We never do anything like this and quite frankly, I feel like a princess. No more of Joel and I screaming in unison “Don’t open that!” out of horror and embarrassment when a family member or guest opens our fridge!!!!!!!!
Every housewife needs a pick me up like this now and again! I am bouncing off the walls! We have to move a few cabinets and come up with a place to put the children’s precious magnet games – my creative juices are going crazy. The ideas will be shared I promise.
Sunday is delivery day and you can bet your ice chunks I will be posting photos of our new toy but in the mean time, laughter is therapy and so, like my laundry room basement I am “keepin’ it real” – go ahead and have a good laugh…

Yummmy – Nothing like freezer burned broccoli!

The ice growth four days after being cleaned out.

We stockpile everything toward the front of the fridge in hopes that it won’t freeze (there are ice chunks growing on the back of the fridge).

I have got at this thing with a toothbrush many a time but a few years ago when it started falling apart I just gave up.

Here is how Big Daddy will be paying for our new treat. He has scraped this house every day for the last 6 days. His arms have been falling asleep at night – God bless that man for how hard he works!!! PS – This DARLING house needs a buyer!!!


  1. Gwynie Pie

    WooooHooooo! Congrats on the new fridge. I too, dream of industrial refrigerators on castors. Ahhhh! I would need a much bigger kitchen to accomodate though. 🙂 Hey, I’m going to try your lemon curd….soon. Started to say “this weekend”, but I just brought home 3 cans of freshly mixed paint that has to go on walls before I can indulge in cooking fun. Love your blog.

    Gwyn Rosser
    @The Pink Tractor

  2. Anne Marie

    well, the buyer aint me, and truly, I think I’m sick to my stomach now seeing that mold and ice chunks!! I’m gonna chunk!!

    we had the SAME thing, until just a few years ago, and I could high five you on that one with the “hallelujia”….you appreciate it more now don’t you? such wonderful ammenities….

    can’t wait to see it in person 🙂

  3. Farmgirl Cyn

    YIKES! You are LONG overdue for a new one! Don’t think I’ve ever heard of such a fridge as the one you are getting.
    My oven is giving me problems…needs a $175 part. My own YIKES!

  4. Parisienne Farmgirl

    Its not “double wide”or anything fantastic like that it’s just – all fridge. The door is flat on the inside – no nooks and crannies for garlic papers and dripping balsamic to get into to. I love to put my eggs in a lovely bowl in the fridge and my peppers too. I am just so excited.
    $175 part? THAT stinks. We never fixed the old dinosaur fridge cause they don’t even make the dang think anymore!
    Photos to satisfy on Sunday.

  5. Freygirl

    first of all dont tell people that because i want that house…derek said i would love it…..and thats awesome about your new fridge. if theres no room for the “blow up the tv” add and the windchime magnet i will surely and safely store them for you =) =) =)

  6. Freygirl

    as a matter of fact…lets play a game…i could probably tell you all of the magnets on the side of your fridge….the tuperware lids….marilyn…me….lol…patsy……windchime……..cinderelle’s castle…..french market place……ummm…..little fleur d’elises(sp)…..hmmmm maybe one more of me…i think you have my swimming and track picture……hmmmm…..maybe a lightning mcqueeen or 2……ok thats all i got…im going to bed so i can have energy for your chickens in the morning….i love you…g’night

  7. Annie

    Congratulations on getting a new fridge. I just got a new oven after being without one for more than two months. I was so excited, you would have thought I had won the lottery.

  8. Bonjour Madame

    No way have you been dealing with that frozen tundra in your freezer! How did you keep your sanity?? You are going to love your new refrigeration system! I put a big lazy susan in my refrigerator to organize condiments and it works great. It’s a bit unexpected but so easy to reach everything.

    We replaced our side by side about 4 years ago and got the cheapest on sale thing we could find at Lowes. It is a Roper and I absolutely love it. It has so much room and hardly any bells and whistles besides an icemaker and it’s just a top freezer, bottom fridge. I swear I am taking this thing with me if we every move. It works like a dream and I can fit big platters in it.

    Congratulations on your new toy!

  9. julie

    Did we ever think when we were very young, that one would be so happy with a new fridge. It doesn’y take much for me!!! julie

  10. Catherine Anne

    CONGRATS TO YOU! We too went through this last year. I now use our old “ice Box” to hold our animal feed. Painted it red and added the word FEED in white. Works well. Much better as a feed box then an ice box!

  11. Tracey

    I totally understand…a girl just needs a good fridge! Your new one sounds like it will be fab for sure! You’ll probably save so much on electricity you’ll pay for the new one in no time (that’s one of the excuses I used to drop kick our old fridge to the curb and get a new one)!

    🙂 T

  12. Faith

    Congrats!!! That POS definitely needs to GO!!!

  13. cityfarmer

    Just know that little ole me knows you well enough to know the giddy feeling you have in side, and it isn’t the baby kicking.

    There’s a few things around this m-old farmhouse that made me akmost this excited…new electrolux, pation set with umbrella (wanted one for 10 years, and a PEA GRAVEL courtyard ….I know, I know none of these compare to the ultimate Julia fantasy …can’t wait to do some drooling…hopefully without covetousness

    truth be told, I don’t know how you tolerated it

  14. Parisienne Farmgirl

    Mom – Really, the only way I tolerated it was letting go (sometimes every ten minutes) of the current “Princess Mentality” – We modern American women are so spoiled, after kicking and cursing it and even sometimes before I would thank the Lord that I don’t have to walk 3 miles for water, that my house isn’t portable, etc.
    And besides, after you get down into the nitty gritty of a financial emergency (month after month…) reality sets in and you know that things like a new fridge are a complete luxury and not a God given right (despite what the lovely adds in Veranda tell me!)
    I hope it’s one lesson I won’t have to learn again…at least I would like to think I have learned it!
    Tomorrow is going to be so exciting. No one, and I mean no one will ever have had so much fun arranging ketchup and eggs!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Leslie

    Congratulations! You defiantly deserved a new fridge. There is nothing worse than reaching in the fridge and grabbing out a frozen head of lettuce. Our fridge takes spells of freezing things too. I have been drooling over a Samsung french door style fridge with the freezer on bottom for awhile now. I hope my fridge doesn’t have to get in the shape of yours before I get one. You are a very patient person:) Enjoy your lovely new fridge!!!!


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