Last year when Michele was here I bought a refurbished washing machine and the damned thing didn’t work. It would only agitate on the rinse cycle and it was more than a little annoying and time consuming to get a load of laundry washed. I called the store where I bought it and they asked if I could bring it back. It is a huge pain in the ass to get a washer out of/in to my bathroom so I asked if they could make a service call the next time they were in town. Sure, no problem.
During the course of a year I called them about twice a month trying to set up a service call, but no one would ever answer the phone. I left messages and a couple of times I stopped by the store and talked to the service guy’s wife. Nothing ever happened.
When Michele got here she was pissed that I put up with a broken washer and a deadbeat business for a year. She got on the phone and left a message that we would bring the malfunctioning washer back the next day and pick up a new one. Huh. We got a phone call and within a few days, a service call.
While the guy was here I requested that he fix my oven (which I bought new from them). The thermostat went out years ago and I never bothered to get it fixed. I bought a little toaster oven and used that for my minimal baking. The guy was unable to fix the washer, which resulted in me dragging the damned thing back to Cody, pissed off and crying and dragging another refurbished washer into the bathroom, pissed off, cussing, and crying.
But the oven is fixed! I forgot how much I like baking. I’ve baked 6 dozen of my world famous chocolate chip cookies, monkey bread, a cherry walnut pie and banana bread. I’ve mastered focaccia bread from frozen dough. Last night I cut up 2 huge pumpkins, boiled the flesh until soft and pureed about 2 gallons of pumpkin goo. I made mini pumpkin breads until the cows came home.
I reorganized my kitchen to have a baking space…a place to roll out dough, a cupboard for just my baking stuff, hooks to hold measuring cups, the rolling pin, spatulas, and mixer accessories.
I scored big on three things. I found a broken Kitchenaid stand mixer (circa 1960) in my mom’s shed and for $9.25 including shipping, I bought the part to fix it. Then I went to a thrift store and found a food processor and a rice steamer for $2 each! They both work and look new.
I’m unemployed until the 15th while the restaurant gets a good cleaning and new carpet, and I’m afraid my pants aren’t going to fit if I keep baking and eating.