The Weekly Smile for the 3rd of January, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! Did you see that date up there? 2022? Wow. Anyway, it is a new year and I have a few good smiles, but I’ll limit it to one. OK, I will link back here with my owl post later today….

Some of you may know that a few years ago I bought a “new” house on Cape Cod. “New” means different, since the house is about 175 years old.Yeah, a lot of issues with old houses. One thing is most of the utilities were missing or old. The very first thing we wanted to replace was the refrigerator. We did order one in early 2020. After that we needed a new hot water tank/heater, new washer and drier, etc. But the ‘fridge never showed up. We went back last year (2021!) and found that because the business was sold there was a mix up. So we ordered again… This was in June.

And it showed up! We had it installed last Monday!

Sounds simple,right?

So the old ‘fridge was by a door, so I figured they had brought it in that door. The movers took the door off (old hinges had to be removed from the wall…) but the old ‘fridge wouldn’t fit. There is another outside door across the kitchen. We measured and it would work. Well, if the storm door were removed plus a lot of trim that was put in to support the storm door.

Sigh. They left and I spent the morning ripping apart that doorway.

But when they returned in the afternoon the old ‘fridge slipped right out and the new one right in.

I put the door frame and storm door back together the next afternoon (it rained all morning), but in the mean time, I filled the new ‘fridge.

What a difference! It is so, so much better!

So that is my smile, after almost two years waiting, the Cape house finally has a new ‘fridge :)

What made you smile?

(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).

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Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).  Note – I am no longer compiling the Smiles into a Recap post. I’ll try to get the new smile out between 7 and 8:30 Eastern Time.

26 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 3rd of January, 2022 #weeklysmile

  1. Ju-Lyn

    Home appliances are things which only come to mind when they don’t work …. my washing machine has been having a spot of trouble, so I completely get the delight in finally having a new fridge!

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  3. Diana

    That’s so cool that house is 175 years old. Not sure if many if any are around that long out west!! New England has some great history and it’s so wonderful you help keep it alive even if it’s kind of a pain sometimes!! Great smile post! 🤩👍😍

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Old houses are great, even if they can be a pain. I lived in Dallas for a year, and I missed all of the old houses (I grew up in Ohio, but there are 150 year old farm houses dotting the Ohio country side – Ohio became a state in 1803.

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  4. Shannon

    We just had a similar experience moving our old fridge out to the garage – removing handles and doors then using a dolly to take it through the front and around the house because the garage door was too small – I’m sure we’ll have to do the same with the new fridge once the time comes. Isn’t renovating fun? Happy New Year!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The problem is that of the 5 doors into the house, this is the largest… it isn’t just renovation that is fun, it is renovating old houses. They have their charm, but some of that charm gets a little this when you are trying do modern things to it ;) Happy New Year!

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  6. dawnkinster

    My husband has been remodeling his brother’s house for 18 months. Could not get a dishwasher for over a year. FInding a microwave was a huge challenge. Could’t get cold air return tin. The list goes on. He sold the house and closed last week and we are both so relieved! Good luck with your continued projects on the new old house!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The last couple of years have been awful for appliances, though I have only had problems with this one – we replaced a ‘fridge in New Hampshire without an issue and picked up a good microwave, etc. Yeah, remodeling/repairing old houses can be a major chore… but for us it is a long term project, so no worries if there is an off year – except replacing and repairing items as they break!

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  10. Corina

    That is a great smile! I was without a fridge for a year until my kids got together and bought me one last year. It sure makes a big difference. I had been using one of those tiny mini fridge things! At least we didn’t have to remove any doors to get it in or the old one out!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      A year with just a mini-fridge would be tough! The old fridge did work, but had many issues – it was super inefficient in the summer and things would occasionally spoil, water was constantly running out of it (there is no water connected…), etc.

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  11. LoseWeightWithAng

    Wow a 175 year old house must have a lot of character. When I was home-buying a couple years back, I viewed a house that was 80 years old. It did have many problems to be fixed, but it was truly special and had a certain charm to it.

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