No eating after midnight

Ms Juneau goes in for her spaying early tomorrow morning. No eating or drinking after midnight for the puppy girl. Rufus and Ruby are planning a 2 day party. No puppy eating their food, playing with their toys or trying the kitty box out for size! Knitting Hubby and I plan to go out to eat, go shopping for a new vacuum cleaner and maybe look at new fridges.

What do you mean no eating or drinking????

New vacuum cleaner will more than likely be another Dyson. We live on the edge of a field and dirt and dust is always blown into the house. I used to go through a Hoover in a year, the tiny dirt particles would tear it up in months time. Graham got sick of me complaining about having to buy vaccums all the time and suggested a Dyson like he’d read about. So when they showed up at Costco in 2001 or so I bought one. It’s been a great machine. Lately though I could vacuum for about 90 seconds before the beater bar belt would heat up and stop working. Took it to the local repair shop where they told me after testing it, the clutch was also out and it would cost about 3/4 the price of a new Dyson to get it fixed!!! So…..

The fridge has needed to be replaced for a long long time. It’s an Amana and was the highest rated 25cf refridge 25 years ago. About 11 years ago the compressor started making terrible sounds. And one day when the local repairman was fixing our oven, the fridge made its patented about to die sound, he guessed over his shoulder that it was 14 years old. He was right on the money. At the time it was going to run about $485 to do the complete repair. So Knitting Hubby and I decided we’d just let it limp along until it really failed and we’d replace it then. In the past year the ice machine has been giving us fits. We have to smack the gearbox with the back end of a screwdriver every day so it doesn’t freeze up. The internal temp (as registered on a refrigerator thermometer) has been borderline almost not cold enough for years. I’m thinking of getting one of those new fangled side-by-side models. Energy Star rated of course. The average refrigerator lasts 14 years, and we’ve tweaked an additional 11. Not bad! It’s about time for a new dryer too. One that will actually dry one pair of jeans in the 30 minute cycle…

Spring has sprung. No 11″ of rain over night for us though like they had on the east coast this weekend. Graham was complaining about the constant downpour for 2 days straight. So see, Boston does get a lot more rain that Seattle. Our purple hyacinth are up, KH has trimmed the fruit trees, I’ve run the mower over the tall spots in the lawn and got about half the leaves scraped off the back porch. Lots more to go!

Lisa is in town (she now lives in VA) for the summer so we all met for lunch on Saturday. I’d already eaten. KH and I were eating at our favorite taco-truck-now-sit-down restaurant and I was reading my emails from earlier in the day. Oops, lunch with Lisa, Nancy, Kim, Kelly and Jessica at 3 pm??? So I just ordered ice tea and had a great time see Lisa.

Oh and knitting. I started a Multnomah shawl. It’s my Tuesday lunch, Friday night, stop light knitting project. 3/4 of it is a garter stitch triangle so it “should” be pretty brainless. Ha.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 15:53:25

    Good luck to Juneau tomorrow!

    *sigh* I need a new fridge, too…


  2. Pam
    Mar 15, 2010 @ 20:06:22

    We replaced a washer & frig & vacuum this winter. Not a good season, but new is nice too. Had good luck at Lowe’s in Pasco —

    Good luck to Juneau & you too.


  3. Theresa
    Mar 16, 2010 @ 04:54:00

    Good luck Juneau, you’ll be on the mend sooner than you know.
    Great nose shot!
    Good luck on the fridge hunt. I like the freezer bottom ones myself. The dogs do too. 😉


  4. Penny
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 18:59:23

    Side by sides are horrible on space. My mom had one and nothing ever fit….. just a caution


  5. Jeanne
    Mar 20, 2010 @ 06:27:57

    How did Juneau do? Hope it all went well, and that she’s back to normal.

    Did you buy the refrigerator? I am a sucker for gadgets so its hard for me to buy things like this because I want the models that have all of the bells/whistles…


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