17 February, 2013

Of Obsolesence Planned and Unplanned

One must ( I suppose) expect such things to happen from time to time, but a number of household appliances seem to be on their way out this week and ready to embrace the void, if not having already done so - they are requiring almost constant coddling, attention and encouragement to perform their appointed tasks.  In some cases, the aforesaid electrical beasties are refusing to do anything at all, let alone their rightfully appointed work.

First up is this computer which has just been through a drastic bit of cleansing, dusting out and reconfiguring.  Then there is my favorite old coffee maker which refuses to make coffee or anything else for that matter.  Last but not least, there is the refrigerator which has taken to dishing out warm and balmy airs rather then keeping our vegetables and rice milk cool and comfortable.

Rather than heading off to the woods and the fields this morning, we are here waiting for refrigerator repair technicians to turn up and restore our cherished old harvest yellow icebox. This is an almost unheard-of situation on a Sunday morning when we are usually on our way into the highlands with bags of wild bird food and nosh for the deer.  The refrigeration technicians are fascinated by the fact that we want to fix the old "frig" rather than just throwing it out and acquiring a shiny new one. We, on the other hand, dislike the idea of making a major contribution to landfill and are sticking to our guns.

Here I sit, if not completely obsolete myself this morning, then as puckered as a prune and certainly well on my way.  There is latte in my cup, a little Mozart on the Bose, now and then a ray of pale sunlight slanting through the window. The various unfortunate household situations notwithstanding, it's all good.

8 comments:

Tabor said...

The real world collides with the beauty of the natural world for some of us each day.

kerrdelune said...

Absolutely right, Tabor. The real world does get in the way. We just have to get through it and then on to the other more pleasurable stuff.

kerrdelune said...

Actually what is on the Bose at the moment is Chuck Mangione's "The Feeling's Back". It's happy music for a drab day.

Aisling said...

Ah, the stumbling blocks. You will find comfort in being past these trials soon! I haven't been by in a while, but am looking forward to reading some of your recent posts. I know I will find some peaceful insights.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

My 3 year old cottage and all appliances new. But miss the old ones - and I would be just like you :)

Kiki said...

I'm not at home and therefore only able to read you from time to time - but your post really speaks to me!
Have full understanding for your 'complaints' - it's funny how everything sort of stops functionning at the same time - their life cycle coming to an end at the same moment.... be just happy to have your fridge going 'off' in winter - our brand new (at the time) blew its fuse (truly) in the middle of the hottest summer and believe it or not, we waited THREE WEEKS for the replacement strip with all the functions. NEVER again will we buy something so fiddly to repair/replace.... Lesson learnt!
Your coffee looks alright to me though - if one likes it! I would be very unhappy with my espresso machine breaking down and that's why we have kept our very old one - just in case - although it might be impossible to get that one going once more, but it's such a comforting thought to have a fall-back espresso machine! :)
Hope you're - in the meantime - back to having cool stuff from your fridge and warm in your home, and that coffee and music keep you happy....

Kiki said...

I'm not at home and therefore only able to read you from time to time - but your post really speaks to me!
Have full understanding for your 'complaints' - it's funny how everything sort of stops functionning at the same time - their life cycle coming to an end at the same moment.... be just happy to have your fridge going 'off' in winter - our brand new (at the time) blew its fuse (truly) in the middle of the hottest summer and believe it or not, we waited THREE WEEKS for the replacement strip with all the functions. NEVER again will we buy something so fiddly to repair/replace.... Lesson learnt!
Your coffee looks alright to me though - if one likes it! I would be very unhappy with my espresso machine breaking down and that's why we have kept our very old one - just in case - although it might be impossible to get that one going once more, but it's such a comforting thought to have a fall-back espresso machine! :)
Hope you're - in the meantime - back to having cool stuff from your fridge and warm in your home, and that coffee and music keep you happy....

Loren said...

Now if my appliances had been harvest yellow I wouldn't have been nearly as upset as I was when I wrote on this very topic in January.

Unfortunately, the newer the appliance the sooner it will need to be replaced, I'm afraid.