2024 Life Logs, Day 34: New Refrigerator
Date: Saturday, February 3, 2024
Weather: Overcast, With One Peep of Sunshine; High Temp 35, Low 27 degrees F
Location: At Home on Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth MA

The excitement today was getting a new refrigerator. When it was decided that I was going to have back surgery, Lynda Onthank, the friend who owns this house that I rent, offered to buy a new refrigerator. The old refrigerator had a freezer up top. This meant that every time I had to get something out of the refrigerator below, I had to bend down. I rearranged things so that there was nothing I needed often on the bottom shelves, but still it was difficult. The new refrigerator is shiny stainless steel on the front with gray sides. It is a side-by-side with the freezer at the bottom. I do not have to bend to get anything out of the refrigerator and can use my grabbers to get things out of the freezer. It is going to make life so much easier. Thank you, thank you, Lynda.

But getting ready for the new refrigerator delivery meant I needed help getting everything out of the old. Heather came over late morning with coolers and took everything out of the freezer and refrigerator and either put things in the coolers or on the counter. We knew the delivery would be sometime between noon and 2 pm, so nothing was going to spoil sitting on the counter for a bit. As soon as all the food was out and the refrigerator moved so she could clean behind it, she left to do things at her house, with a promise to return when she got my text that the new refrig was in place. It was almost 2 pm by the time it was in place and ready for food, so Heather came back and helped me arrange things. The refrigerator doesn’t look much bigger than the old one, maybe a bit taller, but there is so much more room inside.

When Heather left, it was definitely time for me to lay down for a bit. The excitement today might have been the refrigerator, but the joyous news was that the pain I experienced last evening went away and has not returned. I have continued to wear an ice pack at least 20 minutes every hour or two, and that seems to have solved the issue. But I have promised myself to lie flat on my back for at least an hour each afternoon for at least another couple of weeks, in addition to wearing the ice packs. I did not attempt to take a walk today. I walked Shadow in the yard and will go back to the quarter mile walk around the block tomorrow.

Just as I was getting up from my afternoon rest time (that sounds more acceptable than nap time to me), Heather called. She was going to the Homespun Garden sale at the Congregational Church and wanted to know if I wanted to tag along. Homespun Garden was one of three stores on Main Street that were affected by the fire on Main Street on January 2. Heather wanted to support the local business by attending the sale. I went yesterday morning when the sale began, but it was so crowded with people that I just turned around the left. Covid has left me with a healthy fear of being in a room packed with people. But there were just a few people there this afternoon as most of the inventory had been sold. But Heather and I both found a few things to purchase. After one other stop, we intended to head home. But when we saw the red sails on the sunset, we decided to drive down to Falmouth Heights Beach to get a better look. Beautiful sunset on another overcast day with just a peep of sunshine late afternoon. When we returned to my house, we took the opportunity to just sit and talk about life. The two of us don’t get an opportunity to just visit very often. We didn’t solve any of the world’s problems, but we did order sushi pick up and had a great dinner.