Empty-walleted homeowner

Microwave oven stopped heating. No appliance repair shop on Oahu fixes microwaves. Purchased new microwave. $157.06 with tax at Sears. Pool pump making screeching noise. Analysis: bearings gone bad. Solution: replace pump. Pump replaced. $420.94 from Precision Pools. Extended warranty charges for dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer and oven all due for renewal this month. $775 or thereabouts. …

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Harried homeowner

Microwave oven stopped heating. No appliance repair shop on Oahu fixes microwaves. Pool pump making screeching noise. Analysis: bearings gone bad. Solution: replace pump. Extended warranty charges for dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer and oven all due for renewal this month. Pest/rodent exclusion job scheduled (seal holes, entry points above and below house). Woe! Woe!

Hungry birds

From Events From filling the feeder till this happened: approximately 10 minutes. If I’d had a camera with a faster shutter speed I might have gotten some detail of one of the ones about to land, but my 35mm film camera is empty and my digital camera is a Canon point-and-shoot.

Cold water worked

On what? On the tablecloth which had several cranberry relish stains on it. I soaked the spots in a bowl of cold water Thanksgiving night and it appeared I got it all out then, but running it through the washing machine with the matching napkins was the full test. And they came out. Phew!

Roaster marketing

Hey, look! A commercial for the roaster I plan to cook turkey in this afternoon! Yep, we still own one from the 1950s. It still works fine, although I think the “On” light doesn’t come on until the desired heat is reached rather than during preheating. I’ll find out a little later if that’s right.