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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Crazed Spending

Many of you know if you've been reading my blog for a while, that my kitchen stove is an early 1940's gas stove that my Mom purchased used when she and Dad rented their first house.  That was in 1947 or '48 about a year after I was born.  When they moved to Chambersburg when I was 13, they gave the stove to my uncle, who stored it in his basement till about 15 years ago when he gave it to me.  I've been using it ever since, hooked up to a small grill tank that's located in our back pantry.  This stove is amazingly gass-efficient.  The only problem is that the oven temperature control no longer works.  I've gotten used to it's quirks, but every once in a while, there's things I'd like to bake that take vey specific low temperatures that just aren't possible.

Lately, I've been researching countertop convection ovens as a second, more reliable, baking alternative.  Two weeks ago Zip and I went to the Kitchen Shoppe in Carlisle to 'just look'.  I had in mind the Breville convection oven that I had seen on TV.  They didn't have that model so I was ready to wait until it came back in stock.  Zip's thinking bigger and better (typical man  LOL!). We found the Waring Pro.  Zip has the 'why wait' mentality.  Probably because he doesn't want another shopping trip looming in his future!

This is it.  I love it!!!

So I thought, OK, there goes the new computer.  I guess I can struggle along with the old one for a while yet.

Over the next few days it just kept getting slower and slower until it was almost at a standstill.  The error messages were popping up constantly.  I eliminated every unnecessary program and file that was possible, cleaned up and defragged, and still the darn thing wouldn't run right.

Yesterday I had finally had enough of struggling with faulty technology and started checking out 'reasonably' priced laptops.  Staples was particularly unhelpful.  Apparently that 'EASY' button was out of order.  We went to Best Buy in Hagerstown.  And had lunch at Pizzaria Uno.  Oh, I love their pizza, so much that I forgot to take pictures.

Anyhow, the new puter is up and running with some of my necessary stuff installed.  I still have to hook up the wireless router so I can take it to the kitchen and check out and use recipes right there where I do the cooking.  No more printing of dozens of recipes.  Saves on trees, ya know!

Enough playing for one morning.  It's time to get to work.

The weather is beautiful.  The grass is sooo green!
Get out there and enjoy!


  1. I love Zip's Why Wait attitude, My kind of guy! I've never seen one of those before so I'm anxious to hear what you think. Maybe you should bake a cake and Fed-Ex it to me.....then I will post a review. Lol

  2. good for you! would love to hear how it goes after you've used it a bit.

  3. A 1940 oven/ It was time... It was time that you got yourself this magnificent new oven. Now you will surely have some blogging to do on all that tempting food that you will bake in it.

    I'm so happy for you and I bet Zip is looking forward to some delicious bakes goodies.

    I'm a Zip kind of girl too. Get it now is more my style. Happy Baking, and I like Kim's idea about sending a sample of your baking through Fed-Ex. lol.
    Hugs. JB

  4. A new oven AND a new computer, this is exciting!!! I know you will be very happy with both of your new purchases...enjoy :-)

  5. Way to go - isn't it true - when it rains it pours - with having to get something new! So happy you are happy with your new toys!

  6. I love your new convection oven. I'm going to have to replace mine one of these days because I don't know what I would do without it. I like yours!

    And a new computer to. I agree when you need something go get it if you can. Sure does make life easier.

  7. Hi Pat,
    I am thinking the same as everyone else about Zips get er done now policy! We want to have time to enjoy our new stuff ( if you know what I mean! LOL!)
    I think I see cooking and computing deliciousness coming up on your blog!!!
    Have fun playing!!
    Cathy G

  8. Congratulations on the new oven! I used to have the oven from hell, no control over it mostly it burned everything. I had to stand there and peek and peek. This one now burns more on the left side than the right. Ack!

    Nice that you got a new laptop! I get frustrated with mine. My son checked it out and just told me to buy a new one. Yah, like I can just run out and do that! Kids!

  9. What a great spening spree ...even if it was on essentials. I love the fact that you still have a sort of working cooker from back when. My Mum had a pre war stove ...not sure how pre war lol worked so well ...sturdy as an ox ...cleaned up so well too but then our gas supply system changed and this relic could not be converted ...she was mortified but in the late 1970's she had to give in and buy a new cooker ...and another in the late 1980's and by her death in 2000 she really needed another.

  10. Pat ~
    I've been reading a LONG time, but didn't know the story behnd the stove. (Or if I did, I don't remember :) Great story!
    Good luck with the new 'puter!
    Hugs :)

  11. Happy Spring to you! The convection oven is going to be even more appreciated when the Summer months come... won't heat up the whole house. The new laptop looks great!

  12. Good for you! I hope everything works perfectly and that it all was worth the wait.

  13. Hey Lady! Christmas isn't for 9 more months!! Just teasin, i am lovin the oven. Make sure you post the yummy things you make in it!

  14. Congratulations on your purchases. I'm glad I'm not single-handedly keeping the economy going! I especially like the oven. It is so shiny and beautiful. Hope it works out well for you.

  15. Mom and I came over from Cat's Cats to tell you howdy and how much we loved the stunning bunnies you made.
    We don't have a clue how you do it but WOW!!

    Hugs Madi and Mom

  16. PS please tell you resident Felines I think they are gorgeous


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