On Saturday morning, I was making some sandwiches for a picnic with friends. I pulled some sandwich meat from my deep freeze, and thought to myself, "Self, this meat seems just a tad less frozen than I would have expected it to be". Thinking it was probably just that it had been in a spot in the freezer where was not quite as cold, I ignored it (mostly).
Later that evening, we had guests over for dinner. I had offered to make ice cream in the Vitamix and one of our guests selected blackberry as the flavor of choice. Having no blackberries in my upstairs freezer, I trotted downstairs to fetch a bag from the deep freeze. As I carried my bag of blackberries back upstairs, I turned the bag over and over in my hands. Something was not. quite. right. These berries were not frozen, but merely a bit cold.
I rushed back downstairs, and peered into my freezer. Not so cold. I unplugged it. Plugged it back in. Tried a different outlet. Put my ear up to it for sounds of life. Nothing. Rushed back upstairs to ask my husband and his buddy to do the same. They reached the conclusion I had already reached: the freezer was indeed dead and our stash of food was quickly thawing. We needed to act fast.
And so we did. We crammed our upstairs freezer with everything it would hold, got the last of our meat crammed into the remaining space in our tenant's small freezer, and then the men took two overflowing boxes to a nearby friends house, to borrow some of their freezer space as well. Within an hour, everything was back to it's sub-zero temperature and I could breathe easy once again.
What about this scenario causes such a sense of gratitude to well up in me? God graciously allowed me to go down to the freezer at just the right time (thanks for choosing blackberry, Cam!) in order to discover our dilemma. Due to that and our quick action and ability to locate enough freezer space, we did not lose any food. Not a bit. I do have a fridge crammed with a few items we decided were not quite as high priority, and those need to be used up pronto, but nonetheless, nothing was lost.
Secondly, hopefully next weekend, we will be getting a new (to us- it's well used) large, upright freezer in it's place. Tonight my husband and brother-in-law went out and got us a similarly sized chest freezer from Craigslist, only to have friends call immediately after and offer to trade us the chest freezer for their larger upright freezer. Though the Craigslist freezer would have sufficed, I'm so grateful for a freezer that I think will meet our food storage needs even better, and in a more organized manner. Praise God!
And let's not forget the obvious… I didn't have to defrost or spring clean my freezer! How great is that??? 🙂
There's my piece of gratitude…
Now here's the housekeeping:
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For the remainer of the week, I will be posting one baby step from the book each day, just to give you a little taste of what it's all about, starting with the first one tomorrow morning. You know you don't want to miss it. 🙂
That's it! You're all great! Now what are you grateful for today? And do you have any fun freezer stories to share with me?