Tuesday, January 13, 2015
When we bought our home last summer, there were many things we wanted to update. The house is 20 years old and needed some fixin'.
The kitchen was basically fine. Good cabinets, great layout. The appliances, however, were all 20 years old and all mismatched. Black dishwasher, and microwave. Biscuit colored stove, white fridge. All had seen better days, but still worked. The resident cheapskate (moi) lobbied to keep them until they died and replace them as needed
I was overruled, but did not argue. J
We donated the appliances and starting shopping for new appliances. Stainless steel. We got a great deal at a local appliance store. Since we were buying a stove, fridge, dishwasher and microwave, we got a decent discount. Also? Rebates. Yes.
As we shopped for specific models we ran into a problem. None of the stainless steel microwaves fit over the stove. They fit width wise, but came down too far. No room to lift off a large kettle.
So, instead, we got a nice range hood.
We continued to investigate solutions for a microwave, but I was unwilling to give up counter space for a big appliance.
So? We have been living without a microwave since September. And I haven't missed it a bit.
Microwaves are a relatively new convenience, although it seems really hard to remember not having one. I think we have probably had one for 30 years.
Somehow, we manage to cook and reheat without that modern gadget.
Household microwaves were first available in the mid 1960's.
A lot of folks probably remember how to cook without a microwave.
And some folks are afraid to use a microwave.
I don't worry too much about microwaved food, but I do like having the space on the counter and appreciate not having lotsa dollars deducted from our account.