October 2, 2018

When Your Refrigerator Breaks Down 3 Days Before Thanksgiving (And Other Life Disasters)

Life can certainly be a little challenging from time to time. In fact, things do tend to have a habit of going wrong at the most inopportune moments, it like they are deliberately trying us or something! Happily, there is usually a way of dealing with most of life's disasters effectively. Read on to find out more.

Your refrigerator breaks down three days before Thanksgiving.

Yup, it does happen, and it's usually just as you start to get ahead with the food prep, and everyone has confirmed that they are traveling across the country to come to yours for sweet potatoes w/ marshmallows, rolls, dressing and turkey.

Luckily, it's not the end of the world even if this does happen! In fact, it's so easy to get a new refrigerator delivered in less than 24 hours now that we can order them online! That depends on you having the money to buy one outright, of course, and money can be sometimes be hard to come by with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up.

Luckily, there are some simple solutions to this, including using a firm like Bonsai Finance for an emergency loan. They that can help you purchase your new refrigerator and still not eat into the family's Christmas budget.

Of course, to stop your freezer full of food from slowly defrosting and leaking onto the floor, you will need to act fast. If possible, ask if you can store the most expensive items in the neighbors' fridge freezer, before they start to defrost. You could even cook some things and keep them cool and covered until you new device arrives the next morning!

Remember that if all else fails, there is bound to be a reasonable priced diner in your area that is offering a traditional Thanksgiving lunch. Of course, if you end up going there, you won't have any washing up to deal with either!

You accidentally smash a family heirloom, and grandma is coming over for dinner.

It was her pride and joy, and she bequeathed it to you on the strict understanding that you would guard it with your life. Then SMASH, and the treasured family heirloom is no more than a pile of shattered pieces on the ground.

Argh, doing this can be so frustrating and upsetting all that the same time, especially if you've been making sure to take special care of the item and put it in a safe place. Sadly though, accidents do happen and whether you are to blame or it was your dog/child/partner that caused the breakage, there isn't a lot of point crying over spilt milk.

Of course, you have several options here, the first being collecting up all the pieces and then using a powerful all-purpose glue to stick them back together again. This usually only works if the pieces are large enough and have not sustained any additional damages such as Fido chewing on them though, and even then it might not quite look like it once did once reassembled.

Another option is to look for a similar piece, something that is a lot easier now you can buy vintage items from sites like eBay and Etsy. Yes, it may mean you are a few dollars out of pocket, but surely it's a better option than having to explain to granny why her decorative plate is no longer proudly displayed in the dining room? 

Your kid suddenly has outgrown their bed.

What is it with kids, eh? They seem just to grow overnight! Of course, this usually isn't too much of a problem, even when they start becoming too tall for their clothes, as a new pair of pants usually won't break the bank.

A new bed, however, can be pretty expensive, and while it's a significant milestone in their development, it can certainly be tough to find the cash if you haven't planned ahead.

Of course, the real trick here is to have thought of this situation way before it happens, as many children's beds are convertible from cots, to toddler beds, to normal size singles now. Yes, such items will cost a little extra at the time you buy them, but think how much you will save in the long run.

Alternatively, if your brain was too scrambled by hormones and sleepless nights when your little one was first born and you didn't get a convertible bed, don't stress. After all, it's nearly always possible to pick such things up pre-loved for a fraction of the price they would cost new.

In fact, on any given day in your town, there will be someone redecorating a room and getting rid of a perfectly good single bed. All you have to do is find a way to get in contact with them! Try Craigslist, the local free ads, or even eBay if you're stuck, and remember applying a quick coat of chalk paint to older single bed and replacing the mattress can provide you with an excellent result at a fraction of the price.

Your best friend won't speak to you, and you have no idea why!

Don't you hate it when someone you care deeply about gets in a mood, and you don't know why? In fact, the emotional toll can really make it seem like the end of the world. It isn't, of course, and there are several ways to deal with this sort of situation to alleviate the stress involved.

First of all, you could just let them be. Perhaps the person is not talking to you because they need time to calm down, and will resume communication when they have a little more perspective on the situation?

Secondly, it usually can't hurt to apologize, even if you not entirely sure that you are apologizing for. After all, it shows that you value the relationship and care whether it continues or not.

Also, once you have bridged the initial rift, you can begin a real dialogue and work out the issue, in earnest. Of course, you shouldn't take the blame for things that you don't feel are fair, yet admitting your part of the problem can be a great way to get things back on track again. In fact, it can even help you avoid a future life disaster with your nearest and dearest too.

 *This is a collaborative/contributed/partnered, compensated post. The copy, content, images & opinions are not my own.

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