Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sometimes You Just Have to Be Shown

Last week Mary and I were discussing getting a freezer.  Nothing too big.  Something that could fit in the garage, or be small enough to put in the cellar without getting a hernia.  The freezer in our new Maytag refrigerator was just too small to store a lot of food in.  We had both been thinking about getting a stand alone freezer off and on for some time.  It was one of those "you know what would be a good idea" conversations that people have all the time, knowing all the while that it probably will never happen for one reason or another, but it's always good to talk about.

Now,  every once in a while I am either directed to, or stumble upon, something that is too good to pass up, and it just may coincidentally go hand in hand with a recent "good idea" conversation.   Yesterday I had one of those instances, but this time I had been oblivious, and had to be shown by Mary.

"Did you see the freezers for sale at Shaw's?", Mary asked yesterday morning.
"Freezers?", I asked, "They're selling their freezers?"
"No, Wally, they are selling small freezers for the home for $150, and with the purchase you get $160 in coupons", Mary said slowly so I could understand.

I still didn't get it, but I told her I would look next time I was in the store.

It's funny, but the next time we were in the store was about thirty minutes later.

Mary took me to just beyond the produce section, and there in the aisle were two small freezers stuffed with food representing the freebies that came with the purchase.

We checked it out.  Good size, not heavy, and the price was right.  Sold.

We took the freezer home, and the two of us took it to the basement and set it up beside the washer and dryer.

$150 for the freezer.  $160 dollars worth of coupons.  If I use every one of those coupons  I would come out ahead by $10.00.  Can't beat that deal.

Sometimes, no matter how much you say you are aware of the world around you, you still have to be taken by the hand and shown what you're missing.

Happens with lots of things, not just freezers.


  1. I could use such a freezer; since you're the guinea piggies on this deal, please give us an honest assessment and how much food can fit in it?

  2. 5.2 cubic feet, and it was at 0 degrees within a couple of hours. It's also very quiet. Not a bad deal at all.

  3. What would it take?Tuesday, April 03, 2012

    Thanks for the tip, Wally.

    Let's see now... How many freezer/coupon deals, at a profit of $10 each, would it take to generate enough money to pay off the CPA debts? If every man, woman and child in town bought into this money making opportunity 5 times each... Nope, never mind, it's right back to that little yellow hole in a huge blanket of snow again...

    Seriously, though, thanks for all you to to keep us informed and in touch. Enjoy the freezer.

  4. You got the companion backup generator, too???? LOL

  5. Brian, don't laugh, a generator is on Mary's wish list!


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