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Eventful days! 
Aug. 25, 2012 9:57 pm 
Updated: Aug. 29, 2012 7:49 pm
All began Friday am when I finally crawled out of my "coffin" to begin my day...  Took a while, but I soon learned that the tv in the kitchen had lost it's sattelite connection - the reciever had croaked!  Dang!  No tv in the CrazyKitchen!?

Still faced with the issue of the leaky pipes+ under the kitchen sink, I fumbled around some, until I finally began to feel agitated about my dr appt that afternoon!  (pop another pill!)  I finally left the house in what I thought was plenty of time, but as fact would have it, I arrived only 3 mins before they had asked me to!  Good thing that I hadn't dragged my feet!  Doc wandered in, and we chatted about a few "issues" regarding ear/nose/throat, and then he took a look...  "I don't even need a biopsy!  It's nothing to worry about!"  Antibiotics, or lancing it, I asked?  Naw, we'll leave it be since it's not bothering you...  His diagnosis was "a benign cyst."  Hooray!

On to this afternoon...  I finally decided that after much thought, and research, I was going to tackle that pesky plumbing issue!  I was fearful that I wouldn't be able to contort this old body in ways that it's not meant to be contorted - at least not for more than just a few minutes...  Ok, one step at a time, and "take a break!"  Much to my total "glee," I was able to remove the old disposal, and ready the sink for it's "new friend!"  Yes, I had run into a couple of "hiccups," but with a little determination, and of course checking my "info," I finally pulled out the defunct unit... and TOOK A BREAK!  Two and half hours after I began, I sat here taking yet another break, pleased in that as crippled as I began feeling too many times while folded up on the floor, I was ready to "test" the new disposal, and watch for leaks.  I was surprised once I got into things, just how many joints there are under the sink..., pieces of pvc pipes, (and with just how many pieces it took, to connect it all together!) 

Triumphantly, I strutted the house, flexing my biceps (except I don't have any,) and proclaiming... "Who is the WASTE KING?"  If nothing else, I have at least proven to myself that when in need, and given enough time, I can indeed still do basic home maintenance, and also "learn new things" by reading, and following directions.  Afterall, that's how I learned to cook!  (I have little patience for folk who say they "can't cook!")  Can you READ?  How better to learn?  Read, and do... there you go!

So all, CrazyCook is pleased to announce that once I passed the anxieties of yesterday (having multiple issues going on!) and after deciding that no, I couldn't cancel my dr appt last minute, I survived Friday, and while I didn't get an early start today, by 2:30pm I had completed yet another task... I felt WONDERFUL! 

Thank you all, for the support that you've offered regarding my throat, and I'm happy to report that there really isn't an issue - despite the impression the dentist left me with (guess he doesn't "need" bedside manner!) 

Next, clean up the kitchen from days of neglect, and get CrazyCook's tv up and running again!  So, if you can't cook, be "crazy," and if you can cook, be...

happy, be healthy, be crazy (anyway!)
Aug. 27, 2012 12:19 pm
I am SOOOO happy you posted this blog and the news is so good! While I still think the dentist did the right thing alerting you to the need for further evaluation, I am so sorry he wasn't able to do it without freaking you out. Yay on fixing the disposal, had that been me, I would be shelling out $$ for the plumber. Good news makes me happy, thanks for sharing!
Aug. 27, 2012 9:13 pm
BigShotsMom, thanks for responding, and yes, after the dentist freaked me out (which was good, but could have been handled with a little subtlety...) all else has sort of come together! I was seriously doubtful that I could accomplish the disposal thing, but glad that I tried... more the "triumph" than the $$! Be well, friend... more issues to deal with yet this week!
Aug. 29, 2012 12:28 pm
Be sure you knock that little plug out of the disposal are the dishwasher won't drain. I know from experience. Our grandson just came over and installed a new diposal all for us. Then the dishwasher would't drain. We thought we needed a new dishwaher due to ours is about 11 years old. Just to be told about the little plug you have to remove on the new disposal.
Aug. 29, 2012 7:49 pm
Thanks, char, but I was already familiar with that malady... I had a "professional" forget to pop out that plug, what a mess the d/w became! Be well, and BE WISE!
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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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