Monday, June 12, 2017

A Belated Birthday Present

1946 was a memorable year, with such noticeable events as the debut in Paris of the Bikini and the introduction to the US consumer of Tupperware. It was also the year the microwave oven was invented by Percy L. Spencer, plus the year I entered the world on a cold early morning, courtesy of Mac and Dorothy.
In my lifetime I have owned an itsy bitsy teeny weeny green bikini and endless Tupperware containers but unlike 90% of Americans, I have never owned a microwave oven. Our kitchen actually had a space perfect to house one, but because wine is a more important commodity in our house, I had a wine rack built and until recently had never had regrets with my decision.

Ah, sweet retirement and the luxury of staying in bed binging on Netflix and drinking endless cups of once hot, now lukewarm coffee. I admit I had occasional thoughts of buying a microwave, but it wasn't until that fateful day a few weeks ago, when I removed a bowl of leftover cold vegetarian meatballs swimming in a congealed pool of tomato sauce that I was convinced that what I needed to make my lunch and life perfect was a microwave.
Lo and behold, let me introduce the newest member of our family - my new red microwave.  I admit I now find myself wondering why it took me so long to buy one. I love using it and I love the way it fits in perfectly with our black and white retro kitchen. Best of all I like to think of the microwave as a birthday present from Mr. Spencer, invented just for me to make my leftovers eatable.   


  1. Has. You just got one! Think of all the monster sized microwaves you missed! My first one was in 1976. My first son was due and I said I needed it to warm baby bottles. I remembering it being like $ Now your not supposed to heat bottles in the microwave?? And phones cost more than microwaves. Who'd thunk it?
    Happy Birthday. Heat up your coffee

  2. Yep! Just today I had to buy a new phone and it did in fact cost more than my wonderful red microwave. Still trying to figure out when and if I need to cover dishes with paper towels??? Thanks for sharing Barbara :-)