“Always something,” Dear Husband’s grandma used to say.
On December 18, I was baking treats for my party on the 19th. Everything else was ready, and I was just making an orange torte with ground almonds instead of flour, and some no flour brownies. It was fairly late in the evening. That torte needed to bake 55 to 65 minutes, so I set the timer for the 55 minutes and checked. The outer edges seemed done, but the middle was still liquid. I set the timer for 15 more minutes and checked again. Not only was the middle not done, it was actually cold. The oven had stopped working.
I used my electric roaster pan to finish baking that, followed by the brownies. The next day the party was great fun for all the 15 ladies who attended and the treats were much appreciated.
The next Monday we tried to figure out if the oven could be repaired, but learned that it would be best to get a new stove. So on the 23rd, we shopped online, and then went to a local store and purchased a new stove, which will not be delivered until this week, January 6.
Then we celebrated Christmas with our daughter who borrowed the roaster pan and still has it. I didn’t realize how much I rely on the oven, and how much I enjoy baking muffins, cakes, pies, brownies, and roasting vegetables and meat. My sister said I avoided the holiday weight gain.
On December 31the clothes dryer quit working, and the washing machine control knob broke. These machines are at least 20 years old, and possibly 30—we don’t remember exactly when we bought them. Parts are no longer available. So we have shopped for new ones, and today ordered them. They will be delivered on the same truck with the stove. If we think of our daily pay as substitute teachers, we can say that these three appliances cost about 22 days’ work.
So, we are grateful that we are able to work, and are able to live in our own house and have all these modern appliances for daily life.
We’ll be ready for the next challenge, because we know, there’s always something.