Friday, September 09, 2011
So Wednesday we went down to Colorado to visit the you pick farm. There was a 20% chance of rain according to the weather forecast. Well we get down there and it is gray and drizzling. However, we had driven over 3 hours to get there! So we started our picking adventure in the drizzle and finished in the pouring rain. We were soaked to the bone. So badly in fact we had to go buy some dry clothes ASAP. Anyhow, we picked bell peppers, various types of hot peppers, onions, eggplant, beets, leeks, potatoes, cabbages, turnips, a watermelon and celery. We also stopped at the big farmers market like stores (Sunflower and Sprout's) while we were down there. We bought 60 red & green bell peppers (at 3 for $1), cantaloupes (at 3 for $1), a golden honeydew, roma tomatoes, cauliflower, cucumbers, parsley, cilantro, tomatillos, a case of Hatch chiles, and more. Needless to say tons of produce!! Well we left at 6 am and didn't get home until after 8 pm. We got home and were unloading everything from the truck into the house when I noticed a puddle of water at the refrigerator. I opened the door and found that the freezer was starting to thaw and that the refrigerator side was not cold like it should be. I hurried and unloaded the freezer into the deep freeze in the garage and the refrigerator contents were taken to the fire hall refrigerator. We then immediately called a friend who does repair work and he walked us through checking some things. It appeared that it was not a simple fix and likely would cost over $500 in parts alone. So at about 11:30 pm we are online trying to figure out where we can find a refrigerator that is in stock and that isn't going to totally kill us financially. We find one and get it ordered. Then we get up at 4 am to head in to DHs job as they denied his request for emergency time off. He puts in a full shift then we head another 50 miles away to pick up the refrigerator. We get it and get it loaded and everything. We finally begin the trek home at about 5:45 pm which put us home at about 8:15 pm. My FIL came over and helped us get the old one out and the new one in - both of which had to have their doors taken off to get out and in the house :( At about 10:45 pm we finally plugged it in although we still do not have the water hooked up again. Hopefully, my FIL will be able to get the water all hooked up for me this evening. Because DH has been at work all day then has to go begin power washing the church this evening all likely all day tomorrow. My day has included loading the old refrigerator for my FIL to take to the dump for me, and beginning the process of getting all of this produce taken care of. So far I have scrubbed and layed out to dry potatoes, washed and trimmed leeks and put them in the refrigerator as they still need to be final washed and sliced for the freezer, peeled the wet layers off the onions and laid them out to dry in hopes that they will store and if not then they will have to be chopped and frozen, washed and laid out the turnips, and quartered one of my cabbages for in the refrigerator and considering freezing the other huge head. I still have beets to wash and lay out to dry, celery to wash and prepare the stalks for the refrigerator and drying the leaves in the dehydrator, a mountain of peppers to slice and chop for the freezer, a vast array of hot peppers to chop for the freezer, salsa verde to make and freeze, pickled banana peppers to can, chili garlic sauce to can, eggplants to get the mud off of and get in the refrigerator, and heaven still knows what else.... Ack!!