Tuesday, February 28, 2017


     Four nights ago our microwave went dark. It stopped in the middle of heating our supper. It silently quit and went dark. That was it for a hot supper.

    Now when the microwave quit I realized how dependent I had become on it and how much I used it. It was difficult to be without it.

    So half the supper was cold. The next morning, no hot cereal. No hot morning coffee. My soup for lunch had to  be done on the stove. I can't remember the last time I heated soup on a stove. We kept running to the microwave only to discover again and again that it wasn't there. We suddenly realized how many times a day we used the microwave.

   The microwave was still on warranty so we had to take it back to the store. There was a hassle at the store but finally they agreed to replace the microwave. But , they didn't have  one like mine. they checked other stores. Finally they found the right microwave but it takes a few days to get here.

    Now the last time the microwave died we just went out the next day and bought a new one. Unfortunately, this time we have to do without the microwave.

    Now all this whining has made me look back and wonder how we lived before microwaves. In my Mom's case she spent more than half her life without refrigeration. We didn't cook so much at one time so we didn't have leftovers. Now we make large amounts of food, refrigerate it and then warm it up with the trusty microwave. Want  coffee? Boil the kettle and throw a teaspoon of instant coffee in your cup! Remember instant coffee? It's been 20 years since we had instant coffee. 

    So now on the fourth day without a microwave we are getting used to the routine. We're not going to the microwave only to get a shock when we realize the microwave is gone. I haven't stopped looking over for the time on the microwave clock.

   Maybe Thursday we'll have the new microwave!