Yesterday afternoon I was making some oven baked chicken for dinner. The chicken was trimmed and cleaned and almost ready to go in the oven, so I turned my oven on. It started to preheat, but when I opened the door with just a few seconds left in the preheat time, the oven was ice cold. Pooh. I have burned out the igniter two or three times on this oven. I use it a lot and it is 11 years old. Doug walked into the room just seconds after I discovered the cold inside and he knew by the look on my face that something was not right. After our air conditioning went out last week, he said, "Why doesn't everything break at once?" It does seem to go that way doesn't it? When it rains it pours.
We discussed having it fixed again and after thinking on it for a short while, he decided we would probably be better off just buying a new one. Unfortunately, appliances just aren't made to last that long these days. So we went shopping last night and tomorrow, Sears is bringing me one of these:
I'm so excited (is it so sad that a stove excites me?). It has five burners with an extra long burner in the center for using a griddle. And the grate goes all the way across the top to make it easy to move a heavy pot from one spot to another. It also has an extra-high-powered burner (not the technical term Kenmore uses, but that's o.k.) for boiling water super fast. I can't wait! Hopefully it will arrive in time to bake cupcakes and roast chicken tomorrow afternoon.