my old friend mr. kenmore, may he rest in pieces
when we bought our house 9 years ago, there were many firsts. it was my first home; i had always lived as a renter. even as a child i lived in rentals. the previous owners of this house, the original owners since they bought it when it was built in 1957, had left behind two non-working stoves. their children must have taken any appliance still working so we had a list of firsts to buy: washer, dryer, refrigerator and stove. so we purchased our first stove.
mr. kenmore was an inexpensive stove from the outlet store-he was cheap because he was dented and scratched. we didn't care, we needed a stove to feed the kids. and now that we were homeowners, we were officially broke, as if the kids hadn't already managed that, the house sure would.
in a perfect world, we would have installed something more fitting for a pair of professional chefs. six burners and a double oven came to mind. sleek and stainless and like the ones you see in all of the magazines-something professional, something that used gas. but no, we had to go with what we could afford and dream of the day that we could replace it with something better.
but he did so much more than that. he occasionally gave josie a warm place to sprawl out. honestly, shouldn't every cat sleep on top of a warm oven??? he told us the time, without fail, hour after hour. he could also be quite the prankster. that front burner that would be working just fine, and then it would not, so amusing at times. and not at others...that little red light that would not turn off. how many times did i stop and check to see that the burners were off? you are so funny, mr. kenmore! you got me again!!!
honestly now, i'm a little hungry and can't cook anything until the plumber comes. yup, that's right, the plumber. you see, we have natural gas in the house. the previous owners had the lines run in for the heating system and that unit is in the basement right below the kitchen. all the plumber will have to do is run pipe up to the kitchen and connect the stove. and what a stove it is. it may not be a hand made $40,000 work of art from le cornue, if only i could afford that. it may not be an aga cooker or a professional model made for the home like a wolf range or a viking. but it is a 5 burner range (almost made it to 6) with a cast iron grate that goes across the whole stove top with a double oven. the top oven is a broiler and a warmer but can also be a baking oven and the bottom oven has a convection system. for this baker, it is the equivalent of my very own amusement park right here at home. the best part, it is all gas. no more burned up pans-well not incinerated anyway. yes, now i'm cooking with gas...
thanks for the memories mr. kenmore, may he rest in pieces