We took a trip down to Gentile’s Produce early this morning.  I normally eschew Sunday Shopping.  In fact, I try not to leave the house at all, if possible, but the timing was right.  Leave the house before 8 and home by 9.  Beat the crowds.

Every couple of weeks I usually clean out the produce bins, reline them with paper towels, and start reasonably fresh.

But today, as I looked in the ‘fridge, it was looking a bit scrungy.  The door shelves were funky, the shelves were funky, and the bottom was looking especially funky.

Time to bite the bullet and clean the whole thing.

Out came the condiments and other door-shelf items.

Out came the door-shelves.  And the shelves.  And the bins.  And the bin frames and light covers, and everything else.  I emptied the refrigerator.  Completely.

We bought the ‘fridge new in April of 2001.  This is the first time I have taken it completely apart.  And I am pleased to report that it actually wasn’t disgusting.  There were plenty of crumbs and the remains of a red sugary spill from who knows when, but nothing growing anywhere.  I had the thing completely taken apart, cleaned, put back together and refilled in less than 45 minutes.  I was pleased.

Another great thing is I only tossed one “leftover” container… some rice from the other night I knew we weren’t going to utilize any time soon.  Everything else was current and usable!

What I really should do now is tackle the freezer side.  I really should.  But not today.  Weather is getting nasty outside.  Winds and all.  Calling for big hail, tornado watch, all sorts of stuff.  If we lost power while I was cleaning, we could lose all that frozen stuff.  That would be a bad thing.

So.  Potential bad weather is keeping me from finishing the job.

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.