My hairdryer led me into the abyss. Fairly new, with all ‘ionic’ features, whatever that means, the ding-dang dryer was acting up. It would blow hot hair, then cold; it would produce lots of air, then very little. First thought: I’d bought a lemon; second thought: Is there a problem with the air vents? Are they obstructed?
Were they ever! I took a tweezers to those layers of dust. Gone! Result: the hairdryer operated as good as new.
I walk by the refrigerator. A yellow indicator light draws my attention and I squint to read the information. “Clean coils!” What? More dust and more havoc to deal with? On my knees, then flattened on my side, I shine the flashlight into a place no one ought to have to look. Horrors! Globs of dust everywhere.
Now where do I find a brush narrow enough and long enough to clean out those coils? And how important is this task? I use the longest brush cleaner I have; I even stick a wood lefse turner into the dark reaches, hoping I’ll gather up some dust. I bring out globs of the stuff, but more remains, unreachable. Yet, the indicator light goes out. Success!
Later I think: I should have turned off the power on the refrigerator while I dug around those dark places. I won’t forget to add that safety feature next time.
Here’s the thing. Our kitchen refrigerator has stood in place for about 20 years. We ‘owned’ it when we bought the house in 2000. I swear, no one has ever cleaned those coils. Did you know there’s a pan for collecting water down there? How gross does yours look compared to mine?
Worse, we brought a very old refrigerator to this house to provide coolness to my chardonnay wine collection. Forty years of chill-time? Have I ever cleaned its coils? Of course not! But now I’m thinking I better, even if I don’t want to.
Lesson to self: One obstruction leads to another.
Question for my readers: What else have we forgotten to clean out after all these years?
Speaking of obstructions, every character in FEAR LAND confronts a barrier to their happiness. If these people don’t solve their problems, anxiety, instead of joy, will take over their lives. Watch how a soldier, a psychiatrist and a boy deal with trauma in this suspense novel, spiked with romance!