When I came down into the kitchen this morning, I found that my husband had set up the coffee maker for the day. He poured yesterday’s leftover second pot into various mugs, and had put water in there, etc. So I hit “Start,” went up to get dressed while the big boys were sitting with the baby, came back down and found…
…no coffee. The red power light was on but nothing was happening.
I suppose this is not surprising, as the coffee maker is 17 years old. We got it as our coffee maker, I think the summer before getting married, though I could be wrong here. Were the cicadas out? I suppose aligning the life cycle of the Brood X cicadas and our coffee makers wouldn’t be a terrible thing, and I am grateful that this appliance lasted this long. It’s just not a great time for it to die as we are getting a fancy beverage station in our new house. But we can’t move until the fall. So we need a bridge coffee solution for the next 4-5 months.
I imagine we’ll get some sort of cheapish coffee maker that can also be used as a back-up if the beverage station malfunctions. I plan to take our current microwave over to the new house as well to use as a back-up if the microwave drawer we built in doesn’t work as wished. Curiously, the microwave was actually left here by the previous owners, who I guess thought it was not worth taking with them. And now we’ve been using it for another decade!
It is deeply satisfying when stuff lasts and works. Over the weekend we went on a family hike at Hawk Mountain (in the rain, in 48 degree temperatures…and yes, there was whining, but the kids were pretty tough!). We put the toddler in the hiking backpack, which we got in the summer of 2007 when the now-14-year-old was an infant. It is still going strong, five kids in. I imagine it will make it to 17 years as well, until the little guy is big enough to hike on his own two feet.
Do you have any appliances or kid items that have proved incredibly reliable?