In Case You've Wondered

My blog is where my wandering thoughts are interspersed with stuff I made up. So, if while reading you find yourself confused about the context, don't feel alone. I get confused, too.

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One other thing: sometimes I write words you refuse to use in front of children, or polite company, unless you have a flat tire, or hit your thumb with a hammer.

I don't use them to offend; I use them to embellish.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

We Throw Away Too Much

My microwave has some paint blistering where the lazy susan rides around the bottom. Easy fix, right? Just a little paint?

I went to two hardware stores and a Lowe's. They looked at me like I asked for beryllium or  a photon torpedo. They never heard of a paint that would be suitable for the inside of a microwave, so I returned home and found there is by looking it up on the internet.

Now, some of you are thinking: "Microwaves are fairy inexpensive, so just go buy a new one." That's real good advice, if you think the trade off for less than ten dollars of paint and a sheet of sandpaper is worth the price of a new microwave; especially one that is so familiar, you can cook in the dark without hitting the wrong button.

We throw away too much. I like things that become functional again with a little paint, some duct tape or a bent coat hanger. They keep my brain sharp and my wallet thicker.


  1. You would think Lowes and Home Depot would carry it??

  2. Folks who lived through the Great Depression understood "use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." They fixed what broke and mended what was torn, for there was no money to buy new. Frugality is not a bad thing.

    1. My grandfather, and father, endured the Great Depression with their skills of repairing things. Even as a child, my father would go out on calls, with the people extremely wary, and gain customers by repairing items they couldn't repair.

  3. They might, but getting one of the "associates" to find something like that, or looking it up in their database is a futile effort.

  4. I had the same thing happen to my previous microwave, and I did go buy a new one. I hate it, and have regretted getting rid of the old one ever since.