1. Lori Sterling
    October 24, 2018 @ 10:37 pm

    First, your dahlia’s are AMAZING. I am so jealous. I live in Michigan where you have to ‘lift’ them, i.e., dig them out in the fall. No thank you.

    ***Second, be careful about buying a European appliance and your homeowners insurance! We purchased a microwave/regular oven that was NOT Canadian, we got it in the US and had it installed. After, we found out it does not meet the weird code of Canada, and that if the house burns down because of it, we are screwed. It was all too late, and no one knows it isn’t Canadian (Shhhh). Just giving you a head’s up that whatever you buy, make sure it is to the US code. Precautions.


  2. Helen Glenn Court
    October 25, 2018 @ 9:59 am

    Photos of the kittehs in goggles, please. You’ve covered the dahlias and we are duly envious.


  3. Maureen
    October 25, 2018 @ 1:11 pm

    I have a canning stove in my garage. Had to wire a special plug for it but it is TOTALLY WORTH THE HYPE. You can have a roasting stove if I can have a canning stove. At my old house it was in the basement, which was better than the garage but in this current old farmhouse, the basement is tiny and gross. So is the garage– but the stairs to the garage are less treacherous. Let’s go with that. Anyway, I highly recommend a second stove for whatever you need it for.


  4. Mkitty
    October 25, 2018 @ 1:32 pm

    And now the only thing I can think about today is KITTENS! WITH! GOGGLES!


  5. Jean Moore
    October 25, 2018 @ 3:47 pm


    If your budget will stomach it, I recommend the GE Advantium microwave which is also a convection oven and a Speed Cooker (which means it cooks with light). I once cooked four sweet potatoes in 9 minutes using the Speed Cooker mode.
    So I actually have two ovens now if needed. Just a suggestion.


  6. Caroline
    October 25, 2018 @ 4:52 pm

    I NEED to see your kittens in goggles! So funny!
    Gorgeous dahlia photos.
    Seriously, buy another older van–they are the best! So very useful. We went without one for a while, but I am so happy to have one again, for hauling yard waste, for buying craigslist furniture, etc.


  7. Bernie
    October 25, 2018 @ 8:43 pm

    I really did laugh out loud about European microwave ovens. Nine of us shared an Air B&B in Prague this summer,(prior to an amazing 7 day Prague to Vienna bike trip….I digress) and it took me about a half an hour to make microwave popcorn…I couldnt figure the darn thing out! BTW, I truly believe Prague is the Mecca for all GFT’s. You should plan a trip there…..OMG, beautiful!


  8. mindy!
    November 1, 2018 @ 10:52 pm

    We have an American made combination microwave/convection oven that actually works!
    DACOR is the brand
    Convection microwave
    Miele also has one – German, more expensive, but all my other appliances are Miele and they are the best!



  9. JeanFB
    November 7, 2018 @ 3:57 pm

    Sorry I have no info to share on the European oven combo, but I hope it works out! As for your moped/trailer idea… only if the trailer holds bigger gianter fancier things than the van! Otherwise, a used van that holds even more GFTs than your old one. Or maybe a pickup truck with a cab that can be removed if necessary??? 😉


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