Life is full of surprises - some better than others. My shoulder
surgery was canceled, a really big surprise considering I was on
the cart in my little backless gown with the net cap and the whole
nine yards. The doctor who was to give the anesthesia didn't like
the risk factors and pulled the plug. Back to either re-scheduling
with a different anesthesiologist or finding another orthopaedic
surgeon - or both. None of this has been much fun, and it effects
my work which tend to *^% me off even more.
So I'm stomping around on Thursday, some feeling sorry for myself,
and something wonderful happened. Hmm, maybe that goes against
the bad behavior isn't rewarded?
Anyway, JC came home from the daily post office run with a large box.
My right hand doesn't handle knives too well right now, so JC had to
cut the tape on the box for me. And there is a box within the box.
JC helped open again. Inside, carefully packed, padded on both ends,
is a loaf of Wonder bread! Not only that, I can smell it. It smells
like real bread.
The bread came all the way from Hales Corners, Wisconsin. This is
the result of my sniveling a while back about the demise of all things
wonderful (including but not limited to Wonder Bread). So my sincere
thanks to George for his very thoughtful and considerate present,
which by the way didn't just make my day, it probably made my week.
It may have just saved my life.
Now what does one do with a virgin loaf of Wonder Bread? Since I
didn't have a proper tomato to build a sandwich, I did the next best
thing. I made a piece of toast. On the buttered toast I liberally
smeared fresh raspberry jam, (one of the few freezer jams available
commercially) and let it drip off my chin. Not very lady-like, but
once in a while a person does get to let it drip.
Not to be discouraged George, I did go to the big destination
grocery store and found a perfect heritage tomato. Translated
that means one which won't bounce when dropped ten feet from a
ladder, and actually smells and tastes like a tomato. It made
an absolutely perfect sandwich on my Wonder bread. Thanks again
George. Did I mention the heritage tomato cost $4.95 a pound?
The whole thing did bring up another problem. We discussed this
some time ago on the bulletin board. Toasters. We've had three
in the past few years, the one we have now looks a bit post modern
(in fact like an old Seattle Ferry boat) and while not cheap,
doesn't make toast worth a darn. Brown on one side, white on
the other - or burnt crusts. It has a 'setting' for muffins,
bagels, which doesn't work either. But I suppose having the
setting is something. What I'm not sure.
So my Wonder bread toast wasn't all it could have been. Had it
been made with a toaster which quickly toasted the outside of
the bread while leaving the middle soft and warm.
Ah ha! Another search - and we may have found one. Those of you
from the UK may be familiar with the brand, and if I've done the
wrong thing, please let me know. The catalog says
it is the U.K.'s top toaster, Russell Hobbs. It has a lot of those
'settings' too, and I'll let you know if it works. Any input is
appreciated. It's been ordered.
Can you believe anyone can get so cranked up over a loaf of bread?
And a toaster?
But the again, perhaps it is a call in the wilderness from one poor
soul who really doesn't want to lose the good things we have. Sure
there are lots of 'new' products out there - but forgive me,
I would be delighted to keep some of the old ones which served us
so well. ~ The LadyFisher
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