Sunday, December 14, 2008

When It Rains, It Pours

"God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength but with your testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it", 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Your running 100 mph with your hair on fire, you have a 500 mile drive to make, you feel like the wheels are falling off, 14 people are coming to dinner and the refrigerator breaks down and you have to buy a new one.

Just a typical Christmas adventure, all in the span of 3 days in the Chamberlain home. I get home from work Thursday night and Val says the fridge isn't cooling. She moves all the food down to the basement refrigerator. I am planning on leaving to get Molly at WVU from work around 2pm on Friday. I call in and pull the refrigerator apart Friday morning to find the recirculating fan shot. We're off to Lowes and "think" the one we want will fit. I get the measurements and we head home. Yes it will fit "IF" I pull the cabinet out and take out all the floor moulding. The opening is 35 15/16". The new Whirlpool is 35 3/4" wide. What's 3/16 among friends?

All this is completed by about 1:30 pm. Back to Lowes I go. Mean while Valerie is doing her best to prepare for 14 people coming to dinner Saturday night, arriving at 5:30 pm for 1/2 of our church's progressive dinner. Oh, yes she didn't have to walk 4 miles on Friday with all the trips up and down to the basement refrigerator.

Great, Lowes had the fridge we want in stock. Good deal. 10% off, 6 months no payment no interest. The American way. Who could ask for more. Free delivery (guaranteed between 9 am and 5 pm Sat.) and installation and removal of the old one. Gee, it only takes until 3pm because when I get to the register and swipe my Loew's card it says rejected. Haha. Sir you haven't used your card in 4 years. Yes, that is correct, when we bought the dryer. Sorry sir you'll have to fill out an application for a new card.

Finally at 3 pm it's out the door, heading west for M-town. Molly is waiting. So is 22 degrees and 2 inches of new ice and snow as I go over Keyser's ridge on I-68 at 45 mph. Well at least we found a stool at Blackbear and I wasn't driving back the same night. That meant an Irei Remember burrito, an Oatmeal stout, and a Santa pale ale. All this to keep us fortified until 1:30 am while we packed Molly, loaded the car and cleaned her room.

"God is faithful..." Saturday it was a beautiful sunny day for the drive home. The new Whirlpool was delivered by noon and as usual, Valerie pulled off a miraculous stunning dinner for 17 people.

No comments: