Procrastination strikes again

Photo is mine
Eugene, Oregon
October 23, 2016 10:20am CST
We have an old four foot upright freezer in the garage that I have owned for twenty years or more. We use it to store good buys on chicken and other things. It is not frost-free and if something keeps the door from shutting tightly, an overwhelming layer of frost forms. It is hard to believe, but I procrastinated through the warm months, so, since there was no rain yesterday and it was 60 degrees, Anne was kind enough to remind me that the job needed done. This entails putting all the stuff in the freezer into an ice chest or two, then unplugging and wrestling the beast to the garage door so the sun will help the frost melt. I set a big pot of hot water on the top rack to move things along, then came in to myLot some more. After an hour or so, I was able to scrape the melting frost out, wipe the inside and out down, then move it back in where Anne directed the organization of the stuff to put back in after it got cold again. The whole thing took about two hours. I wonder why I procrastinated so long? The industrious squirrel in my photo was gathering sunflower seeds yesterday. He was about to make a political address as I snapped the photo. No procrastination for him.
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@marlina (76501)
• Canada
23 Oct 16
Welcome to the procrastination club. I always postpone defrosting the huge freezer here. What a job. Why is it you that does this job?
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• Eugene, Oregon
23 Oct 16
Well, it is easier for me to do the bending and stooping, then I walk the thing out the garage door to get the sun on it and walk it back. Besides, I am just a peach of a guy,
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@Jenning (2022)
• Nigeria
24 Oct 16
Indeed the Procrastination club.
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@moffittjc (44447)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Oct 16
We have similar type freezers in the concession stands at each of our municipal swimming pools. Because it is so hot and humid at our pools, the freezers have to be defrosted on a monthly basis, sometimes more. But because we are open every day, we can't just take the freezers out of commission for a few hours, so we get out hammers and ice picks and just bang on all that built up ice until we can chip it away. It gets messy and ice flies everywhere, but it gets the job done in about 10 minutes.
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• Eugene, Oregon
23 Oct 16
That sounds like work! I like the sun's help and I have to get it our of the garage to drain the water too.
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@moffittjc (44447)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic I just make my lifeguards do it. Easy-peasy work for me! lol
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
23 Oct 16
I have an upright freezer I bought maybe 10 years ago. It hasn't worked for sometime so I just store things in it. When I had the repairman here to work on my washing machine I asked him about my freezer. He took a quick look at it and asked me a couple of questions. Then he said, "Get rid of it and buy a new one. It'll cost you more then a new one to have it fixed." Isn't that nuts. I can remember the old freezer we had when I was growing up. That freeze was bought in the 1940s and worked up until the 1980s. It did need repair a couple of times and the only reason it wasn't repaired in the 1980s was because they could not get the parts for it. It was a huge double door upright.
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
Things were built to last back then it seems.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
24 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic When I bought my new washer and dryer the salesman said I'd be lucky to get 7 years out of the washer.
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
@RichardMeister Unbelievable that anyone would admit it.
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• United States
23 Oct 16
Speaking of waiting so long, I'm sure there is some program that will pay you to get rid of that old freezer. When they do, buy a new, more efficient one with the money. Problem solved.
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• Eugene, Oregon
23 Oct 16
It is hard to find small uprights and the larger ones are quite spendy. It only needs work about twice a year though.
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• United States
23 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic Older ones suck up electricity. Just sayin'.
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• Eugene, Oregon
23 Oct 16
@ElizabethWallace Yes, I know. It is one of those tradeoffs I guess.
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@TheSojourner (17310)
• United States
23 Oct 16
We tend to avoid things that are unpleasant. I know. This is the story of my life.
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
I understand completely.
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• United States
24 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic I'm getting to a point where it's not working for me well any longer. :-/
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
@CoralLevang Hmmm, that is too bad.
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@sallypup (27929)
• Moses Lake, Washington
23 Oct 16
That's one job that I would put off and put off. Sounds awful. There's an upright freezer in our pump house that needs me to get in there and do something.
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
Better to do that when it is warm out. No rush.
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@sallypup (27929)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic I must go into the pump house freezer when it is cooler due to all the wasp nests.
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
@sallypup Ohh, that sounds hazardous alright.
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@Corbin5 (112696)
• United States
23 Oct 16
That is quite a job to tackle!!! So glad Anne gave you a reminder and was director of organization for this task. I think he was holding a town-hall event!!
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• Eugene, Oregon
23 Oct 16
Yes, he seems quite ready to address a crowd.
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@Corbin5 (112696)
• United States
23 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic He has my vote!
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
@Corbin5 Mine too. He looks like a serious candidate.
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@celticeagle (119003)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Oct 16
Squirrels are so industrious. Who knows why we procrastinate on things. The more we wait the more it becomes a problem. Next time you will know it only took you two hours. Maybe that will make it easier.
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
I remembered to do it on a hot day last year and it was even easier.
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@celticeagle (119003)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic .....Yes, late July or early August would be good.
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@polyxena (2574)
• Sturgis, Michigan
24 Oct 16
What a fat squirrel. At least you got the job done.
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
Yes, and glad of it.
@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
24 Oct 16
Love the photo. Cleaning out the freezer is a horrible job - I've been known to procrastinate in that department myself
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
Even you @jaboUK? I feel better already.
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@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
23 Oct 16
Nice pic of the squirrel. It's just reminded me of a story my friend told me about how she spotted some huge chestnuts in Windsor Great Park and this aggressive squirrel appeared, making strange barking noises at her. She was terrified. I think he was probably trying to guard his winter stash - and quite right too!
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• Eugene, Oregon
23 Oct 16
A barking squirrel! That would give me pause as well.
@RasmaSandra (18966)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
23 Oct 16
Adorable squirrel. You sound like me. There are certain things I must do around the house but each day I find an excuse not to do anything because I wind up being drawn to my PC. Now you have given me the incentive to do something about it and I will.
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
Well, then I have accomplished something else today. Oh, I worked five hours at the bird store and bout another 20 pounds of seed too.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Oct 16
Tasks are worse in our minds than in reality, therefore we procrastinate. Or are they?
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
Most of the time, I think that they are. The ones that surprise you are the ones you expect to be simple that become nightmares.
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@amadeo (70155)
• United States
23 Oct 16
I guess most of us have the same problem.We have many here and do not want to let go? I love the photo there.Did you take it.Look like a fat one there.He must be storing his nuts.LOL
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• Eugene, Oregon
23 Oct 16
Yes, he is very industrious, moreso than I certainly.
@Tampa_girl7 (25866)
• United States
23 Oct 16
My freezer has to be defrosted soon. We have had it nearly 30 years.
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@TRBRocks420 (81012)
• Banks, Oregon
23 Oct 16
Glad to hear you got it done, we did that about a month ago.
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@JohnRoberts (61135)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Oct 16
Defrosting a fridge is a crap task. Can't blame for putting it off. The squirrel was mocking you as he needs no fridge for his nuts.
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@DeborahDiane (22950)
• Laguna Woods, California
24 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic - I think that animals that procrastinate tend to not live very long. Maybe we could all learn a thing or two from them ... myself included!
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• Eugene, Oregon
24 Oct 16
I am an animal and am approaching the age of dirt. Procrastination is a lifelong habit. There is that saying about old dogs. Woof.
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• Laguna Woods, California
24 Oct 16
@JamesHxstatic - Yes, I'm sure that procrastination is a lifelong habit ... and a luxury that only humans and domesticated animals can enjoy.
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• Eugene, Oregon
25 Oct 16
@DeborahDiane Very true. The wild ones have to scurry to get ready for the cold weather.
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@PatZAnthony (12865)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
25 Oct 16
If we could be like those squirrels, we would be ready for what happens next.
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• Eugene, Oregon
25 Oct 16
You mean instead of scrambling every time? Good idea!
@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Oct 16
Procrastination is an artform! Seriously, it does feel good once you've gotten something like that out of the way.
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• Eugene, Oregon
25 Oct 16
Yes, no matter how long it takes to get to it!