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Mittens and minor injuries

Making food tonight, simple roast, baked bread pudding, baked apples, and veggies.

I have made all these things countless times before-- in at least 10 different kitchens. But NYC kitchens are miserable places to work. Mine particularly so. You are supposed to be a cool person with a cool life where you mostly eat delivery food. Perhaps you reheat it sometimes. You are not supposed to actually cook.

I have never claimed to be cool.

My stove still has no knobs, but we do well enough. I know the oven now, it runs slight fast. Twisting the metal stalk to the halfway gives me about 350. More irritating is the fact I only have one oven rack.

And the oven itself is awkward to use. I have burn scars all down one arm from trying to get things out of it.

Tonight I managed to both cut and burn my hand. Now that I have everything safely in, I have bandaid and ice going, waiting on naproxen to kick in.

We never did get the hurricane (no shipworms either,) instead the weather has gone warm, and everything is washed with slow yellow light. It is very pretty.

I spent the rainy days knitting myself a pair of mittens. They came out well. And I am thinking that if I made them myself perhaps I will be less likely to loose them!

When I was a little girl there was an old woman who gave me red wool mittens every year at Christmas. Her father had had been attached to the Charles W Morgan, which is a wooden whale ship at Mystic now. (A famous ship you can look up if you like,)The old woman is long gone. Mittens make me think of her.


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Oct. 8th, 2015 09:04 am (UTC)
Funnily enough, I was reading about the Charles W Morgan just this week. Apparently one of Fletcher Christian's descendants sailed aboard her.
Oct. 8th, 2015 11:20 am (UTC)
Have you ever seen 'Lovejoy'? There's a line in there where somebody praises the lady of the manor by saying, "She has lovely hands - no oven burns!"

Oct. 8th, 2015 01:59 pm (UTC)
If you know the manufacturer of your stove, you can probably google and attain replacement knobs, and new racks. Sears seems to be very good at finding such things,too. Do you have actual oven mitts? They give much more protection than just pads.

Call some pharmacies and ask if they carry Butesin Picrate. This is an amazing anesthetic salve that takes the pain away!! I learned of it when my toddler daughter fell against a tray of hot tea (just poured!!) and it scalded the back of her legs!! Thank goodness, our 'hosts' had this salve and within minutes of applying it, she was smiling and playing again!! Hope you feel better soon!!

Glad you didn't get the hurricane! Hurray for mittens!!
Oct. 8th, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to seeif Sears has replacements, but it is pretty far down the critical list.
Oct. 8th, 2015 02:06 pm (UTC)
When I was a kid my sister and I always had mittens and slippers knitted by our aunt. Something comforting about mittens... and they are much warmer than gloves. Great when we were small in Alaska.
Oct. 8th, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yes. I like Mittens much better than gloves.
Oct. 10th, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
Ouch! You have my sympathies. I burned my hand on the oven this week too. I've got plenty of oven gloves and pot holders of course but I can never be bothered using them. Silly girl :}
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