November 25th, Wednesday
Today I am thankful for a working oven. The reason that we did the total upgrade of our home about a year ago was because our oven died, couldn't be fixed and couldn't be replaced in the space where it was located. I have lived other times without an oven. When we first moved into the Moskona area of Papua, Indonesia, I had neither an oven nor a stove. We cooked on a wood fire. Really. Then we upgraded to a two burner kerosene stove (think camping stove) with a small removable stove top oven. That oven had two heat settings: off and burn. Still we learned to adjust. For awhile we had a wood stove/oven. That was fun although it was a built in upper body workout machine too--if you want to cook, you need to cut the wood and kindling and carry in to the house. (My house helper was strong.) So, today I have an efficient gas stove and oven combo. I walk over, turn a knob, or punch a few spots on the white surface of the stove and PRESTO! my oven is working, and it's automatically the correct temperature. A functional oven is a modern miracle.