the old and the new

My oven over the past year has been making this fabulous clicking noise when it is on.  I just figured it was on it’s last leg and eventually I would get a new oven!!

IMG_20131120_084012Well the time came.  Monday night I was cooking some apple crisps to take with me to work and they just weren’t baking well.  I thought that this was the end.  Then, Tuesday after work, I put our dinner in the oven, set the delay timer to come on at 7:20 and left the house.  We came home to find a stone cold oven.  Good thing we picked up pizza on the way home.  =)

Tuesday, Mike walked me through checking the lower bake element to see whether it was conducting any electricity.  Nothing.  So I called the local parts store and they had a lower bake element in stock!! And it was cheaper than online!  I picked it up.

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When I got home from work, I quickly got to work with the square tipped screw driver and took the back panel off and installed the new element!!!  And it worked! And it wasn’t too difficult.  So, no new oven to me, but a 30$ repair to the existing oven makes this money saving lady very very happy!

And now we have a pretty clean oven =)  Because the first thing you “bake” with a new element, is the crud left in the oven.



current events

(taking a cue from one of my sweet sister in laws… and due to a strong lack of inspiration… and due to aches and pains from training affecting my creativity… I’m going to do another photo montage of recent events… enjoy)


The closet has officially switched over from summer to winter clothes.

But this does mean scarf season!

I am currently driving a loaner car from the shop.  We sent the car in for some routine maintenance and they are letting me drive “Bruiser.”  He’s a bmw that’s been around the block a time or two, to the sum total of 328,000 miles!  Still drives like a champ.


Christmas shopping is well under way.

A family picture from last month.  Or two.

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Winter running is well under way – complete with tights, gloves, head coverings and warm socks.

Which also means a few aches and pains and ice baths.  Don’t be fooled.  Ice baths aren’t as fun as this lady makes them look.

We cleaned out the flower beds for the season and scrubbed the siding on the house.  I found three gerbera daises and have enjoyed them on my kitchen window sill for the last three weeks.


I believe that is all.