Things to not do on the Saturday before Thanksgiving

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As some of you may know from my post here, my dishwasher broke two weeks ago and today was the big delivery day. What I didn’t tell you (I didn’t want to appear boastful and greedy) was that I also am getting a new refrigerator! My refrigerator has been making funny noises for the last few months and it’s about 15 years old. We decided that it was better to be proactive and just go ahead and get a new one, than to have it suddenly break and possibly ruin lots of food. So, we picked out a dishwasher and a refrigerator that pretty much match. Imagine a matching dishwasher and refrigerator! I’ve never bought 2 major appliances together at the same time, and I’m feeling rather pampered. But as I said before about my dishwasher, I was concerned with everything being delivered today, The Saturday Before Thanksgiving.

First of all, I have lots to do today. Grocery shopping, make rolls, maybe make and freeze the pie, etc. etc. etc. Our delivery time was set for between 10 and 12, so right after breakfast, I started emptying the refrigerator. Oh. My. Gosh. Do you know how much stuff a side-by-side refrigerator freezer holds? And how did it get so disgusting? This was probably the first time I’ve seen the bottom of my produce drawer in years, and it was not a pretty sight! The whole time, I’m vowing to never, ever, ever let my beautiful new refrigerator get this nasty. The shelves that line the door where the worst, and the kitchen was filled with the sucking sound of jars as they came unstuck from some unknown, congealed, sticky goo. I filled cooler after cooler, and even after throwing away 2 trashbags full (why did I have 5 jars filled with bacon grease), there was still tons of stuff.

The whole time I’m thinking, no one in their right mind, empties and cleans out their refrigerator The Saturday Before Thanksgiving, you’re supposed to be filling it with food, not emptying it. But we finally get it emptied, and I attempt to clean it and make it look like we are not the disgusting pigs that we are. And the delivery men show up. They know where to stop, because I’m standing on the porch flagging them down. And everything is good. Except it’s not. Because all they have is the dishwasher!!!! On their clipboard, on their sheet of items to be delivered today (which I’ve learned is called a manifest), there is my dishwasher, but no refrigerator! I stare at them in horror. I show them the coolers full of food. I show them the turned off refrigerator, doors hanging open. I say it’s The Saturday Before Thanksgiving. But none of this makes my refrigerator appear.

Phone calls are made. It’s a mystery. Yes, we did purchase the refrigerator, and yes it was scheduled for delivery today. No one knows what happened. While one guy is talking with the manager on the phone, the other guy starts telling me about how they just tried to deliver a washer and dryer to a house. When they got there, the woman explained to them that yes she had bought the washer and dryer, but they were not supposed to be delivered until next year!! Her house was still being built! So, they had to load the set back on the truck. He said that if I was looking for a new washer and dryer that these would be put out on sale because they had been opened for installation. I stared at him, and said, “you mean to tell me that today you delivered a washer and dryer that you weren’t supposed to, and you didn’t deliver a refrigerator that you were supposed to”. He just shrugged and said they deliver what is on their manifest.

Now, I’m not going to name any names, but let’s just say that even though you may get a Best Buy, good luck on getting your items delivered. To make matters worse, apparently they just deliver the dishwasher. The installer is coming Monday. So sitting in my kitchen is my new dishwasher. Still in it’s box.

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  1. says

    Sorry to hear about your appliance frustration. Your story reminds me of so many I have had! I can really appreciate how irritated you must have been. I hope everything gets resolved quickly.

  2. says

    I wish you a lot of luck. In 1995, my refrigerator died 7 DAYS before the warranty expired – and Sears actually fixed it! Now, it took 2 months to get the compressor (picture me with 4 bar sized refrigerators and 7 little kids from Valentines day until Easter). I would not wish this problem on anyone 3 days before Thanksgiving. (Comforting hugs).

  3. says

    I couldn’t wait to get to work today and see if you had posted pictures of your new dishwasher and fridge! (oops, we’re not supposed to know you were getting a fridge too.) So did you plug the old one back in? So Sorry!

  4. Debbie Cook says

    It could also be a Lowe(‘s) blow if you buy from them too. But the good news is that once it is all straightened out — and it will be, although whether before Tgiving or not, who knows — anyway, once it is, you will forget about the headaches and be in major appliance love.

    I’ve been lurking here for a while and drooling over your creations and photos. Love your blog! Have a great Thanksgiving (even if you’re handwashing and using ice blocks!).

  5. Pam says

    Gretchen, it never seems to work easy, does it?

    Marjie, I can’t imagine how you coped!!

    Debbie, thanks for the great comments! I read your blog, too for sewing inspiration.

    Joy, my dishwasher is up and running! It is a thing of beauty! It even has lights inside. I’m in love.

  6. says

    Are you serious? How ridiculous. There must be something wrong with delivery people in our area, because the dishwasher deliverers/installers are the very reason we have to move (water damage & mold)!! lol.

  7. Sandy A. says

    I loved your blog about your fridge….reminds me of mine, which is about ready for the junk pile…I expect to find the same things you found….lol

    Also, glad it’s ready for Thanksgiving.

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