I finally did it…. I purchased a freezer. This may not seem like a big deal but for me this was huge. I had my mind set on buying a used model, I have searched for close to a year now. I had given up over the weekend and began to look at new models. It is time to begin freezing the foods from the garden so my time was up. I was shocked by what I was finding. Any model smaller than 7 cubic feet was not energy star rated, not only that, reviews were very negative. Comparing brand names I had never heard of and those who are supposedly the most trust worthy, all had one thing in common. People who purchased these freezers reported that within 2 to 2.5 years they suddenly quit working.
I wanted no part of supporting a company that planned for my purchase to be obsolete in only two years. But finding an older model that would hold up had been futile. I read the online classified ads from the local newspapers, Craigslist and even Freecycle. I had people looking at bulletin boards and any yard sales they passed. But none were to be found.
Then this morning I spotted the exact size I had looked for, (5 cubic feet), small enough to fit in my apartment and not too big to hold food for just one person on Craigslist. I asked when I could see it and was told 15 minutes. Okay, it takes longer than that to drive to the city from my home and I had to call my daughter-in-law to get the truck which meant she had to get the children ready to go. We arrived 45 minutes after I spoke to the owner who kindly waited for me.
The price was half what a brand new model would have cost me. Taking a look at the freezer, I found it had been well cared for. You could see it was an older model, but it was clean, no nicks, dents, or any other damage or imperfections were found. I knew this had been taken care of by someone who treated their purchases with care when the manual, key for the lock and even the original energy star rating slip was in perfect condition. Did you catch that last part, the newer models this size are not energy star rated, but the older model was. Interesting.
It may have taken me a while to find, but patience, which I have only learned later in life, paid off this time with the exact make and model I had wanted all along.
You may remember the earlier pictures of my apartment and notice something different in the above photo. Here is a view from a last Christmas. Looking at this older picture it shocked me how different the apartment looks today. The longer I live her the more the apartment has come to feel like a real home, reflecting my personality to a tee. So much in the picture below has changed. The table to the far right and the computer are gone, the table is on its way to my son’s house, the computer was given away for parts, the loveseat on the left has been moved and no longer has those arms, which are being used as supports in the garden, and the bench/coffee table my ex took home after Christmas, it had been intended as a gift to him so I’m happy he wanted, and is enjoying it
When the fridge quit working I had this large opening under the counter, which bugged me to no end. I had a dowel rod a neighbor found and gave to me, it needed to be cut down 1/4″ to fit this space, then with a leftover piece of a drop cloth I covered the opening. I wasn’t fond of the ecru color, but lived with it until today. Today I pulled out the paint I used on the mirror, yes I really do like the color, and painted the drop cloth curtain. It added just the right amount of color to an area devoid of all color along the cabinet/counter area. You can see I still can’t find a way to photograph that huge mirror without that bright reflection.
You may think all I do is paint, not so. I have other hobbies I try to spend a bit of time on which I find relaxing. Today Sue shared her Mandala she recently finished, check it out its gorgeous. Seeing her mandala I realized she and I had a similar way to relax. Here’s what I am working on. Great minds really do think alike. :-)
I am working on the outline of the piece, with a lot more to complete, and then will go back and fill in the details. This will probably take a while as I have plenty of things I have to get done this time of year, starting with preparing the food to fill my freezer, but a few minutes here and a few more there it will come together. Working a cross stitched mandala is soothing because there is a rhythm to the pattern, a repetition I find myself anticipating and not needing to refer to the pattern as closely as most patterns.