The plight of our Cuisinart Toaster Oven and Air Fryer

Our Air Fryer Toaster Oven crashed and died. We have only had it since March. I don’t even remember what possessed us to purchase it other than that our Dualit Toaster was not working well. I was also interested in being able to make French fries without needing to deep fry. Gone are the days when we would make French fries. Funny since I remember them being made often when we were kids.

Anyway, MK made several small pizzas for the kids and then was going to make a Trader Joe Tarte Flambée for us. She turned it on for the Tarte Flambée and nothing happened.

We checked the connection and tried to see if it would come on. Nothing. The outlet seemed to be out (it actually wasn’t). I checked the circuit breakers and reset them. We finally realized that it was the appliance.

I went online to see if Cuisinart.com would have my info of registration and I found out that it is not possible to check that. I finally ended up calling their 800 number.

I spoke to the lady there and she told me that there was a three-year warranty. I had noted that from the manual. After several questions to see if it was really ‘kaput,’ we determined that it needed to be replaced. She told me that for $10, she would send me a new one (which would take seven to ten days) and that I would then return the old one. I figure we have nothing to lose.
I asked the Customer Help person if there were issues with our appliance. Later I went online to see if I could come up with something and I found nothing but recommendations for them.

Meanwhile, we have a few days without a toaster oven and air fryer, luckily we still have the old toaster.

It is nice to know, on the other hand, that Cuisinart is taking care of us and we didn’t have to get ‘huffy’ to get satisfaction.

Our Air Fryer Toaster Oven crashed and died. We have only had it since March. I don’t even remember what possessed us to purchase it other than that our Dualit Toaster was not working well. I was also interested in being able to make French fries without needing to deep fry. Gone are the days when we would make French fries. Funny since I remember them being made often when we were kids.

Anyway, MK made several small pizzas for the kids and then was going to make a Trader Joe Tarte Flambée for us. She turned it on for the Tarte Flambée and nothing happened.

We checked the connection and tried to see if it would come on. Nothing. The outlet seemed to be out (it actually wasn’t). I checked the circuit breakers and reset them. We finally realized that it was the appliance.

I went online to see if Cuisinart.com would have my info of registration and I found out that it is not possible to check that. I finally ended up calling their 800 number.

I spoke to the lady there and she told me that there was a three-year warranty. I had noted that from the manual. After several questions to see if it was really ‘kaput,’ we determined that it needed to be replaced. She told me that for $10, she would send me a new one (which would take seven to ten days) and that I would then return the old one. I figure we have nothing to lose.
I asked the Customer Help person if there were issues with our appliance. Later I went online to see if I could come up with something and I found nothing but recommendations for them.

Meanwhile, we have a few days without a toaster oven and air fryer, luckily we still have the old toaster.

It is nice to know, on the other hand, that Cuisinart is taking care of us and we didn’t have to get ‘huffy’ to get satisfaction.

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Switching roles and political hope

Sitting on the balcony of Oakton’s Des Plaines campus cafeteria, waiting for my French Conversation session to begin…

After you have lived together for over forty years, I suppose it is natural for some of one’s natural tendencies to be absorbed into and appear in a spouse. Nonetheless, I was a bit surprised to note that MK was seemingly channeling one of my disliked attributes that I have tried for a lifetime to shelve in my trash folder: that of seeing the glass as half empty. I was gifted with this via DNA and family. My mom was really good at being a pessimist as a first generation American, daughter of immigrants, and having dealt with discrimination (not as much as so many others), being kicked out of a house for non-payment of mortgage during the depression, and going on welfare. My dad wasn’t totally in the same boat as he and his father moved in with his adult half-sister and family during bad times. Why a woman who was left in Europe and forgotten by a father would do that is beyond me, but who am I?

My dad apparently had a saying: “If a dog defecates (not the word he chose) on the sidewalk, it is a guarantee that I will step in it.”

I have been trying to rid myself of these pessimistic thoughts for a lifetime and with the midterm elections of 2016, MK was in my parents’ philosophical camp whereas I was of the belief that maybe I was less hopeful than I was in the 2016 election, but not jaded enough to think that there was still no hope.

Luckily, the Democrats now hold the House of Representative majority and we can at least expect that the Fascist régime will have more checks on it than it has in the past. I am horrified by what is going on and cannot wait for the nightmare to end. I am not alone, but there is so much that needs to be done to undo and move beyond the sad state of American affairs.

At least we have a bit more hope…

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Pondwork, aerators, and the elections

The primitive jack-o-lantern painting that I made many years ago, three: one for each son.

Changing out the backs of the plywood pumpkin decorations. Why I painted them brown before, makes me wonder what I was thinking.

Okay, all that is on my mind is the elections, hoping against hope that people will do the right thing, come up, and vote. To be more accurate, vote the Democratic ticket because the Republican ticket is crazy at the top and collaborators for pretty much the rest. I am hoping that when we are beyond this ridiculous debacle, that those who collaborated will have to pay the price for their inhuman behavior and treatment of all people. Any party that wants mothers separated from their children and actually rationalizes reasons for it has no business having any support.

Halloween came down on Monday (the first Monday after Halloween) and so I pulled out the Halloween storage containers housed in the crawl space. I also decided to take the three plywood pumpkins I made years ago and paint them orange on the back since they have a habit of turning in the wind. So here it is Tuesday and things are still not all away. The paint is still drying.

I went to check on the pond on Monday and it is doing great. I cleaned the aerator because it is cleaning as well as providing air. The netting is successful at keeping out the big leaves. I feel that I should leave the aerator on for as long as possible so I can start out with a clear pond in the spring.

The weather turned cold, windy, and wet and I am glad I spent some time cleaning the aerator filter.

Meanwhile, all I can think of is the elections, hoping that a message will be sent and that perhaps a little of the current nasty, national situation shall abate.

Is this wishful thinking or just being naive?

I would like to think that it is perhaps positive instead
of either of the above.

Tonight’s news should be interesting.

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Repairing that annoying Apple Power Cord

Here is a photo of what it looks like after the repair. It certainly is much sturdier and doesn’t look all that bad!

I am very annoyed with the Apple Power Cord for my MacBook Pro. I have two and each one is defective.

It seems to me that MK had to throw one of hers out.

After time, the coating on the wires near the connection to the computer starts to wear out and fray. I have luckily caught it each time and done a strange little repair that allows me to keep it longer. I have also done the same repair on the power cords for my iPhones as well. They are not cheap and they don’t last as long as they should either.

I take some fine string, the type that must be made from some fiber that readily absorbs water and tie it around the end of the cord. I do that very tightly and cut the extra thread down pretty short. I wrap it around the power cord and make sure to completely cover the damage and then go beyond. I tie it down and cut off the excess. I then take some Elmer’s Carpenter’s glue and lightly cover the string that spirals around the cord and make sure that it absorbs the glue. I wipe off the excess and voilà, a repaired cord. I am sure that you could use normal Elmer’s white glue but since I have the Carpenter’s glue, I use that.

It does not take long for the string repair to dry and I need not worry about the fact that it is a glue that will come apart in water since, let’s face it, we usually don’t have power cords anywhere near water.

As I said, I have done this repair numerous times. It is really the easiest and silliest repair ever, but the good news is that it works.

It has allowed me to take what I feel is a substandard cord, one that is really expensive to replace, and make it last a lot longer. Perhaps I should have been smarter and made the repair prophylactically in advance, to ward off the damage.

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Wolves, the American West, and Wrangler jeans

My new Wrangler jeans.

I am currently reading ‘American Wolf’ by Nate Blakeslee. I am mesmerized by the story and the politics of the American wolf and mystified by the craziness of people who just cannot see the ‘forest for the trees.’ All we seem to be able to think about is ourselves. We really don’t think about the environment unless it benefits us.

It is clear, from what I have read about wolves and their importance to the ecosystem, that wolves are, despite our dislike of some of the things that they do, highly intelligent animals that have every right to have a place in our land. When they were hunted out of existence in Yellowstone, for example, the ramifications were massive. Once returned, there was the trophic cascade in which the elk were forced into movement by the wolves, could not decimate the brush and willows, thus allowing the beavers to return. With the return of the beaver dams and new wetlands, the birds and the fish, among others, returned and the land was returned to better health.

That brings me to Wrangler Jeans. Strangely, as I read the book, I was reminded of the importance of Wrangler jeans to the population in the western part of our country. When I was a kid, I remember that Wrangler jeans were among my favorites, because of the way they fit. When reading one of my current, favorite authors, C.J. Box, I am reminded of that. In the book by Blakeslee, it was mentioned again. I decided to check them out today and ended up with a pair. I tried the regular 32 x 30 jeans and it was a perfect fit.

The price is equally perfect well under $30!

I wanted a pair that was very dark blue but ended up with a pair that is great but washed out. I immediately went on Amazon and got a pair of dark rinse.

Reading gives you the most interesting thoughts. Now, back to my wolves…

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