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Old Cowbelle: Microwave, Life Span?

I wonder what is the average life span of a microwave? Mine finally died at around 20-years-old. Is that average? I didn't know they would live that long.

How in the world did we survive before they were invented? They are useful for so many things. Like heating up a plate of leftovers, or a cup of water for tea, or milk for a cup of cocoa, or defrosting something.

It is possible to even cook sweet corn in it, wrapping the husked ears in waxed paper and zap it for a few minutes; without the water mess. It works for just a few ears, but if you have a lot of ears, like we used to when the kids were all at home, that wouldn't do. I used a huge kettle back then.

I haven't "baked" anything in one, like a cake or a roast. Maybe I will try that sometime. But it's necessary to really watch things because, in a moment, they can make "cement" out of a baking powder biscuit.

I have a set of "micro buddies" that steams fresh vegetables, leaving them crisp with only a little water in the bottom part, not boiling the taste and color from them.

We are such a spoiled generation. I think of the way my mother used to cook in her early years of marriage. Wood stove to fire up, even in the hottest summer months.

Not to mention carrying in the wood, heating water for dish washing. Uff-da.

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From Oscar Wilde....."Some people cause happiness wherever they go; some

WHENEVER they go."

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I looked forward to the new television program "American Bible Challenge" hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. It airs on Thursday at 7 o'clock on channel 233.

Having attended Bible studies for over 60 years, I was naïve enough to think I would be able to answer a lot of the questions.

Wow, was I wrong! Some of the questions were hard! It is interesting, but I found out that my Bible smarts aren't so smart!

I love the program, though.

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