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A Ditzy Moment

A couple of weeks ago, the Appliance Guy checked out the burners on our electric stove. We were down to only one working burner. I actually watched the third burner spit up flames as it died. Both the Mama and I were worried that we'd have to get a new stove. All for naught. The Appliance Guy told us that all we needed were burners and immediately called in an order for us.

Since the Appliance Guy was there, I asked him if it was possible to calibrate the oven. "It's not working?" he asked, opening the oven door.

"Sometimes my dishes come out dry or undercooked, even though I follow the time and temperature on the recipes," I said, watching him take out the oven racks, turn them around, and insert them back.

"Were they in backwards?" I asked.

The Appliance Guy stood up. "The door wasn't closing properly because of the racks."


"The stove is also old," the Appliance Guy said, which he most likely added to cover for my ditziness.

"Over 25 years," said the Husband. Chiming in, I like to think, to also make me feel less scatterbrained.

"So, all this time I had the racks in upside down and backwards. I can never remember which way they go in," I said, thinking about the time I  couldn't figure why my boots hurt until a friend said, "Sue, you've got your boots on wrong."

The Appliance Guy said, "Just remember that the hooked ends go in first with the hooks down."

I nodded. "I thought they had to be in the front to catch the pans in case they slip out."

"I never thought of that," he said, smiling.

After the Appliance Guy left, the Husband  started washing the breakfast dishes. He was bent over the sink laughing like crazy.

"What's so funny?" I asked.

"You thought the racks would keep the pans from slipping," the Husband said. "If they slipped out it's because the floor is uneven."

What could I do but laugh with the Husband. Loudly and long.

I hope the Appliance Guy had a good laugh, too.


  1. I love everything about this post - the graphic, the story, your wonderful way of sharing . . .
    Thank you for taking time to share wonder the way you do . . i enjoy . . well, it's like you are great company, ya know?

  2. This is so funny and cute:) I love your picture with the pussy cat looking on. I have done some funny things as well. I like my old over which is around the same age as yours. I watched a show recently (Marketplace) in which they talked with appliance men and asked why stoves, fridges and dish washers break down so easily now. They said they are made now that way. I won't buy a new fangled stove until I know they are being built the way they should be...I will wait a long time

    1. It looks like we can wait a long while, too, thank goodness. Such a relief. The next appliance to tackle is the dishwasher. Hopefully that will be an easy fix too. Then there will be no more dishpan hands for the Husband.

  3. Susie,

    This is the type of thing that happens all the time in our house. I can imagine my own husband laughing with me over such an incident. And then of course, I'd write a blog post too. What would we write about if we never made interesting mistakes? Life would certainly be very dull if we were perfect.

    I love your style of drawing! I tried doodling some pictures the other night. I found a great example of a daily doodle journal entry. The only problem was when I thought about drawing our dog, I had no idea how to do it. How do dogs go together? I fear I am very unobservant. I did conquer cats though. I drew hundreds of them. I suppose if I can draw a cat, I should be able to draw a dog too... I shall give it a go!

    1. Thanks, Sue. I have no idea what my style is. That's probably better not to know. I might freeze otherwise. I think of cats as curves and dogs as rectangles. Hmmm, maybe that's why cats seem to have no bones at times. What I ought to do is sit and just draw everything I see around me.

  4. Well, of course the pans might slip out! When the earth tilts a little too much one way! Silly appliance man not thinking of this.

    1. Thank you! Glad to know there's someone else who thinks the same way. :-)


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