"why don't you do a blog on the toaster and the coffee pot?"
Meet our toaster oven. Our beloved undercounter Black and Decker died and I searched high and low for one just like it. Seems they no longer make them to hang under the counter.
I suffer from NEAT disease. Dirt does not bother me, clutter does. This pretty little (note little is clue here) toaster oven at first glance fit my criteria. I thought If I can't hang it under the counter, this one is small and will not take up much counter space AND it is pretty and The Right Color (as if that really matters, says my husband).
It sometimes throws the toast out on the counter, others it clutches it in a grasp that forces me to dig it out in pieces.
One day it burns the edges, leaves the middle raw. Next day it burns the whole slice OR does it the way it should be. The darn thing has a mind of its own. The little oven when requested to make cheese toast, leaves the bottom un-toasted, burns the top, the cheese drips off into the drip pan, the drip pan is to small, so it goes UNDER the drip pan and that pab needs a surgeon to remove it from the toaster.
The designer also chose to make a door that catches crumbs in the door hinge and nothing short of a vacuum will get it out (so now I need a mini vac, dare I look for one?).
It dominates our breakfast conversation! We both make the same comments over and over, like it will change the thing overnight. We both growl and grump each time we use it. we have discussed daily for a few months now the fact it had to be an idiot that designed it. If I bought another one, would we have any thing to talk about at breakfast? Would it be any better?
Enter the New Mr Coffee! In our 25 years we have owned THREE Mr. Coffees. the first two we loved, they were UnderCounter models, easy to use and obedient.
The reasons I hate it. (note I say I because my husband never touches it)
1. I need a college degree to set the timer each time the power goes out. the timer being The Reason I bought it (plus it was The Right Color and Small)
2. Look at the pretty glass pot. Guess what? when tilted to POUR it leaks down the front of the pot, every single time. It leaks so bad, I use the old coffee pot to pour water in it when I sat it up at night.
3. The darn thing does not come on UNLESS I remember to push the timer button.
Don't you think someone could invent one that KNOWS to come on whether the Senior Moments Queen forgets to push the button?
So far, I have not pushed the delay button, pushed the button but forgot to add the water, pushed the button, added the water and forgot to put the filter and coffee in it.
I close with this comment from Erman Bombeck
"If you can't make it better, you can always laugh at it"