Turns out Husband agreed with me that the refrigerator was not supposed to sound like that. So now we have a new one.
It worked out pretty well, actually, in that we called my BIL to borrow his truck, on the off chance that we could find a place that actually had a fridge we liked and could afford in stock, and it turns out he had just put a new fridge in one of their unoccupied rent houses. And it was the right size, and the brand we were hoping to get, and a reasonable price, and we liked it, so we bought that one off him and he's going to order another one for the rent house.
So, we were able to unplug the old one and stock up the new one, without having to lose anything or send our frozen stuff off to various family fridges around the neighborhood, like parents in London sending their children to the countryside during the war. Only, not like that, because there's a difference between "on the fritz" and "it's a blitz", but it amused me for a moment to visualize my frozen artichoke hearts getting on the train, like that scene at the beginning of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which by the way I thought was very effective and actually makes me get all teary every time I watch it, so I didn't really mind that they put it in the movie even though it wasn't in the book, not as much as I minded them cutting out my favorite scene from the whole book, which is where Aslan asks Lucy to tend to the other wounded after giving Edmund some of her cordial, and she snaps at him to wait, and he replies with "Must more people die for Edmund?".
And if it weren't the morning, and if I had had some coffee already, I'd be really clever and tie that all back to my new refrigerator.