I really want my house to be all that it can be (go army!) right now. Anyone else feel that way?
And I despise my refrigerator. I really hate it. My mother-in-law bought it for her kitchen a couple years ago, but she hated it so much, she banished it to the garage. Really, I thought, how bad could it be? Well, that bad. When we bought this house, it came with no appliances, which is just as well, I suppose, considering how much we had to scrub down the kitchen cabinets, the floors, the walls, the doors, the windows. (And I really shouldn't pretend that we've done all of that. We've scrubbed all the floors, I scrubbed every inch of the cabinets, some of the walls have been cleaned, Bob's working his way around the windows.) By the way, quick trivia: how many windows do we have in our house? Answer: enough that having them prepped & painted was going to be a HUGE expense. Real answer: 34, I think. Not including the windows that are part of exterior doors.
So my mother-in-law gave us this refrigerator when we moved in.
Anyway, on a whim the other day, I looked at eBay for refrigerators. Big mistake. Turns out, there are good deals, just waiting for me! I'm watching an auction for a refrigerator that's everything I want (except for location ... it's hours away, in OH). Twenty-five minutes to go, and it's totally affordable. I need to just sit on my hands (even though I realize that would make blogging difficult).
To strengthen my resolve, let me quote a book I'm reading: "You want to make your home better, so the first thing you ask is: What can I buy? Wrong. For most of us, the problem isn't having enough; it's having too much (of the wrong stuff)." [from Living in Style Without Losing Your Mind by Marco Pasanella] True enough. And I recommend the book.
Full disclosure: this is big talk from the woman who couldn't resist a "good deal" for the house today at Goodwill. If Bob approves of my purchase, I'll reveal it to you on the blog. I know you're all waiting with bated breath.