We have an extra refrigerator in our garage.  I went out there today to get some apple juice.  As I grabbed it from the refrigerator, I noticed it felt warm.  I checked the dial and saw that someone had turned it to the off position.  I immediately asked Preston about it and he admitted that, “I wanted to see what it would do.  I didn’t do it today, but I can’t remember what day I did it.”  The entire contents of the refrigerator (5 pounds of butter, 1 block of cream cheese, 4 pounds cheese, 1 dozen eggs, 2 pounds of ham etc) were at room temperature and had to be thrown out.  When I opened the freezer, it was still 32 degrees and cold.  Everything was thawed and I only had to throw out about half of the questionable contents (2 tubs of cool whip, 2  bags of ravioli, 2 pounds of meatballs, 1 pound of pork chops, 3 pounds of shrimp, 1 pound of salmon etc).

Then, I spent the rest of the evening crying over lost food and money and cooking the rest of the meat that could be salvaged.  I cooked 9 pounds of chicken, 2 pounds of hamburger, 6 pounds of beef ribs, 3 pounds of beef roast, and 7 pounds of pork roast!  I put all the cooked meat again in the freezer with hopes that this will never happen again.

When Ella came home she asked what I was doing.  I told her all about it and she said, “I won’t do that again.  I learned from experience.”  I had forgotten that she had done the same thing a few years ago.  I guess I have two more kids coming up who will want to see what the refrigerator dial will do!

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