What's your problem?

I pride myself on being able to do things.

I may watch numerous youtube videos to see how it is done. I may have to call my dad and have him walk me through things. But I get them done.

When the pipe that fills the water heater started leaking, did we call a plumber? No, I called my dad, and then I replumbed the line.

When the handle to the driver's side door on Tom's car broke off, did we take it to a shop? No, I watched some youtube videos, ordered a replacement from Amazon, and replaced it.

When we moved into this house and the water dispenser on the fridge was nonfunctional, I figured out why and fixed it.

I've changed headlights, repaired a washing machine, rewired a lamp, and fixed a broken seatbelt, just to name a few. It's not that I'm an expert at anything, I'm just not afraid to try and I'm willing to put in some time to get to the bottom of the issue.

So when our garage refrigerator stopped working, I figured I could figure it out. There was a excess of frost building up on the back wall of the freezer, but the fridge and rest of the freezer was not nearly cold enough. There was so much frost built up that the evaporator fan (the one that blows all the cold air around) was frozen in place. After giving it a good defrosting, things seemed to be doing better, but within a few days it started acting up again.

My google searching (that's a lie, I use swagbucks as a search engine) led me to believe it was a default in the defrost heater, the thing that routinely melts all the built up frost in your freezer. But of course that part is no longer manufactured for my refrigerator. The other two components of the defrost system (the timer and the thermostat) were available for purchase, but I didn't want to buy them without making sure that they were the culprit.

So, I called my dad and borrowed his multimeter, sure that one of the three things would show evidence of malfunctioning.

But they don't.

They all check out fine and now I'm back to square one with no idea how to proceed, apart from calling the appliance recycling people to come pick up the beast.

And as frustrated as I am that I'm down a refrigerator (and a freezer), I'm more put out that I can't solve the problem.


And the fun is over

Ella asked me the other day, "So what else are we doing this summer?" and the answer was "nothing."

While we still have at least 6 weeks of summer before school starts up again, I feel like summer is over. Tom has the majority of July off from work and we've been living it up. We did Wild Waves (water and theme park) a trip to the Oregon coast, a family reunion at Lake Cushman, bought a play set for our back yard, and celebrated the fourth of July all within a couple of weeks.

And now we're done.

I mean, sure, we'll spend a night at Grandma's house here or there, camp in the back yard, and play with friends, but our big, anticipated trips and events are all done and over.

And it makes me sad.

(But at least I'll have more time for blogging. I'll be posting pictures from our trips in the semi-near future.)