Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

A day late is better than a month late. Seems I just haven't had time to update the blog. A few weeks ago our over-the-stove microwave quit working after 12 years of service. It let out a big boom while heating some soup one day and then just quit. Our house is over 30 years old so does not have one of those kitchens where everything is high up, but that's just fine for me since I am short in stature. The kitchen fits me just fine. However, it does not fit the new larger over-the-stove microwaves. After much measuring, shopping, measuring and deciding, I picked out a replacement that was as close in size as possible to the dead microwave. That was the easy part. Here is what the kitchen still looked like after DH and DS installed not one, but two microwaves.The first microwave would not do a thing. It appeared to be just as dead as the one we pulled out after the boom. After the second microwave came home and before it was installed, DS plugged it in. This one worked! So far, so good. DS and DH once again tackled the installation (these things are not light weight). This microwave had a problem with the attaching hardware on one side. It just would not hold. Another microwave to repack and return to the store. DH came home with the third microwave. Turns out there is some truth to "the third time is a charm". On Thanksgiving morning, DS and DH installed the new microwave. It was used yesterday evening to heat up some Thanksgiving leftovers.The end of this story has not yet been written. The new microwave will need to be removed to replace the cabinet above the stove with one that is shorter so that the microwave can be higher above the stove. It is a good thing I am short or I wouldn't be able to operate the stove at all with this new larger microwave in place. For the time being, we will work with it this way and in the winter DH and DS will install the replacement cabinet and re-install the microwave. Hope the cabinet installation goes smoother than the microwave process.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with both "kids", the girlfriend, the fiance, and Dozie the dog. What a perfect way to count our many blessings.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fall, Fishing, and Fiber

Fall is in the air. While shopping at Kohl's last week, I picked up a fall dishtowel and fingertip towel for my kitchen. Of course, that meant I needed to knit a fall dishcloth to go along with these. When I am at my kitchen sink, I am definitely reminded of fall with the cloth and towels and the view out the window - leaves everywhere.

DH spent a few days fishing with some friends at Cape Hatteras, NC last week. It was a relaxing time for him and he even caught fish. One day they caught enough fish to have a huge fish dinner. This was part of that dinner.

I had plenty to amuse myself while he was gone and that included some knitting. The week prior there were several appointments, which meant sitting around waiting rooms, which meant the need for some mindless knitting. So, I knitted a couple of scarves for the battered women's shelter. I will add these to some already made. I also knitted a couple of washcloths for the little hygiene packets I make for the battered women's shelter.

In an earlier post, I showed off the socks I finished. While in the sock-knitting mood, I pulled some more sock yarn from my stash and cast on for another pair. I made good progress on these while DH was off on his fishing trip.