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.

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