Cleaning Out the Old
I had a lovely Boxing Day catch up with my friend, Kathi, today over two steaming mugs of coffee laced with some happy holiday libations. One of the things we talked about was our “stuff” and how much of it we both have. I told her that I would happily be her “get rid of it” coach and would welcome her being mine, too. Cleaning Out the Old Categories are:
- Get Rid Of
Undoubtedly there will be some sub categories in Keep and Store like items that have great sentimental value, and others that are used or worn once in a blue moon. Yes, I could buy some blue moon items again, but my mother’s shawls, and her pie iron do not fall into the get rid of category. As interesting as this is to me, it isn’t at all what I want to share with you.
Today, I want to share with you something that is rather different, but in it’s own way it falls into the same category. It’s my attachment to something quite large and much more substantial… my 1962 GE Refrigerator.
It’s fresh on my mind right now, since late this afternoon my son, Duncan, and I spent a good hour taking everything out of it, moving, and tilting it, so I could clean the underside where the compressor is. At the vintage age of 65, I think it’s a good idea to keep the old girl as clean as possible.
She still runs on freon, and the last time I spoke with the appliance store folks, they told me not to get rid of her as “there is simply nothing on the market that will come close” to what she is. When the freon needs to be replaced, they advised that I buy the environmentally safe (and expensive) replacement to keep her cool. With the price of new refrigerators, and the carving that I, I mean my son, would have to do on the kitchen cabinetry to install a new one with the same storage capacity of this big girl, I hope (knock on wood) that with good care she will keep on running for a very long time.
With Duncan doing the muscle work, I swept and vacuumed out accumulated dirt, dust, dog and cat hair, and more from her hidden hinterlands. It looked like a yucky grey felted mass. It’s all out now, and she’s safely moved back into place.
I cleaned off the shelves inside of her, and removed my collection of refrigerator art and memorabilia from the front, so I could washed it down, too. Then I carefully replaced everything back on the shelves, and turned her on. I hope she felt as good as I did! 😉 I swept the rest of the debris up, changed the sweeper bag, got out the mop, and washed the floor, too. I gave myself a big pat on the back, and Duncan a big hug for his help with this thankless task, to keep this old girl running.
Tomorrow, I’ll be back to proofing and editing book two. I’ll take a break and install a new “art gallery” on the front of the fridge. I’m sure my eye will be casting around for items for another session of cleaning out the old.
Here’s a photo of the inside of the model I have. I sure wish they made them like this still.
Three adjustable height metal shelves swing out above the two blue metal drawers that are topped by a piece of glass. The freezer is a pull out drawer below. Isn’t she pretty?