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ready, set, COOK! 
Aug. 21, 2012 10:58 pm 
Updated: Aug. 25, 2012 9:20 pm
By the time the "boys" (dogs) and I had eaten our lunches, I already had picked up the broom some, and had made a list of things to do...  Most involved firing up the CrazyKitchen once again, after a week of  "do I HAVE to cook?"  I believe that it was about the time that I put 2lbs of navy beans on to soak until tomorrow (Weds.) that I noticed two very large wet spots on the rug in front of the sink...

Yes, indeed, there was standing water under the sink...  I pulled out all of those jars, bottles, and cans, of assorted cleaning/cooking/dishwashing supplies, and plopped two large bath towels down.  They are sitting in the washer, come to think of it... make a note to "self!"  Then I took the floor mop, and sopped up even more of the water, that I might attempt to find "the leak."  Turns out (I'm pretty sure,) that the garbage disposal finally bit the dust, and literally is leaking water through the housing of the unit.  DRAT!  I've been expecting the disposal to die, just hadn't planned on a flood!

I've placed a tub under the disposal/elbow pipe/power cord, that any water that does leak out, will (hopefully) drip into the tub...  Also, I put a stopper in the drain, to prevent water from draining from the right side sink well, and set out to test my "theory."  It would seem, indeed, that running water down the left side would mostly drain straight down, through the elbow, and vanish into the wall... finding itself who knows where, from there.  Well, I know where, out the back of the house to the sewer... 

 Once again I discovered that the CrazyKitchen can sometimes play mean tricks on me!  I spent the rest of the afternoon online, attempting to learn what I could about disposals, how they are installed, the various makes/models, but most importantly I think, I read numerous customer ratings to find out which brand would most likely suit my needs.  First I was amazed at the difference in prices of these units!  At a glance (or so,) anywhere from about $85-450,  that's before you get into the "industrial strength" types! 

So, once I've got a new disposal in hand, so to speak, I'm going to have to see if I might be able to install it, myself.  One reviewer wrote that if you have a basic knowledge of tools, the "EZ" install hardware, is indeed that.  If not, I've already put out a "maybe cry for help" to one of my specialists, and will call him if the need arises... 

Tomorrow will be a new day... and my "list" is still on the counter where I placed it earlier!  Maybe I can get to that - or at least some of it! 

Wish me luck...  and be happy, be healthy, cook crazy!
Aug. 22, 2012 3:22 am
I do wish you luck! Yesterday at work I found myself in a "potential flood situation." The ladies' restroom had a new sink installed over the weekend with one of those automatic faucets that starts when the wave of your hand. Well, I washed my hands, dried my hands, and realized the water was still running out full-force from the faucet. I watched it for 15-20 seconds and realized it wasn't going to stop. It was coming out so fast I could see the sink was soon to fill and overflow. So, I turned the water off under the sink and then went searching for the custodian, who was busy at the opposite end of the school. Lucky I knew how to turn off the water - several of the other ladies were quite amazed. Apparently they've never done any very basic plumbing work at their homes. Your list will be there on the counter when you can get to it. :)
Aug. 22, 2012 5:21 am
I do wish you luck! You know, Mother Ann has a very good point, we should all know some basics in our homes. Where to turn the main power off and where the water shutoff valve is! You just never know when that could come in handy. I refused a disposal when we built our house and was regarded as extremely odd but it's either the compost pile or the chickens with food scraps for me :) I hope your repairs go smoothly!
Aug. 22, 2012 8:37 am
In many cities It is Illegal to hook up a disposal to the sewage system. here semi local to me, In 2008, the city of Raleigh, North Carolina attempted a ban on the replacement and installation of garbage disposals which also extended to outlying towns sharing the city's municipal sewage system.
Aug. 22, 2012 5:36 pm
Plumbing problems are such a nuisance! Mine always seem to occur at the most inconvenient times. Fortunately you seem to be quite a bit handier than I'll ever be. I hope it turns out to be an easy fix.
Aug. 23, 2012 5:47 pm
Ready.. Set... Cook! was a cooking game show that debuted on the Food Network in the US on October 2, 1995. The show's format was based upon the UK series Ready Steady Cook, and originally hosted by television personality Robin Young.
Aug. 23, 2012 10:50 pm
Mother Ann, I learned many a year ago that any homeowner should be familiar with water shut offs from water main to every source of water... Good thing that you thought quickly in this case! I did get to "the list," which has grown just today, though I've checked off many of the original "to do's!" Be well!
Aug. 23, 2012 10:52 pm
Cat, I've tried to compost, but it's so dry out here, that my compost "pit" doesn't seem to want to process... could add water from the hose, but water bills can be high. Had a lot of rain of late... maybe I'll be able to get some "good stuff" out of it afterall! Be well!
Aug. 23, 2012 10:56 pm
King, I'd never heard about the "ban" on disposals... I just figure it will save me from some plumbing issues (we have OLD PIPES!) Also, interesting about the "show" you mentioned just today... You never cease to amaze me at the info you find (and share!) Be well, and keep the info coming!
Aug. 23, 2012 10:58 pm
BigShotsMom, no doubt that any issues always seem to happen at the worst time, though plumbing is a pain whenever, but our heat went out last "winter" and I froze, and rest assured, the a/c won't go out until it's 100+ outside! Getting there with the disposal! Be well, friend!
Aug. 23, 2012 10:59 pm
To all, I see the ENT tomorrow, and will come home and post an update on not only my appt, but also where things are with the disposal! Be well, friends!
Aug. 25, 2012 7:06 am
Stevie-Good luck with your Dr. visit. I hope all goes well with the sink problem. I was just looking at this under the sink tray. Maybe you could use this. ttp://
Aug. 25, 2012 7:07 am
sorry here is the link
Aug. 25, 2012 1:26 pm
I am the first to admit to being a lax composter. Ok so I stink at it. I am able to just put things like coffee grounds, egg shells and fruit/veg bit's & pieces out under my bigger plants & let nature work her magic. My Mom lived in the city so she would always stuff those types of things where the neighbors couldn't seem them. Glad you are having rain!
Aug. 25, 2012 9:15 pm
Lela, thanks for the thoughts! Per the "under sink" thing, I was standing right there at the time, and noticed quickly, thankfully. Checked the undersink mat... hopefully I wouldn't need such for many more years! Be well, and thanks again!
Aug. 25, 2012 9:20 pm
Cat, we have a huge "retired" city dumpster in our back yard... maybe 4 feet tall, and 3+ in diameter. City offered them free, and has cut 1" holes all up sides, AND removed the bottom! Unfortunately, ours is full, and last I checked, stuff on the bottom was dry as a bone. Maybe useable, but by myself I said "forget it!" Now trying a smaller version... So far, seems to be working in a regular sized "pail/bucket" !!! So far, I'm surprised just how fast the waste is "dissolving!" I'd like to plant a winter planter garden, but need to amend the soil that I have, or toss it all and start fresh! Like the first thought better! Be well, and keep your garden growing!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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