I have a stove!
And it was free!
But WAIT! There’s MORE!
It came with a dishwasher!
And it was free, too!
It also came with a goat!
With floppy ears!
And a teenage girl!
I’ve been missing my teenage girl and I was starting to need a replacement! Or at least a temporary stand-in!
I guess it didn’t come with the goat and the girl, after all. Man, some people are stingy.
Okay, seriously, some people are very generous. And I am very fortunate. One of our lovely reader friends here, who comments as Jill from Spencer, is just finishing up a remodel on her kitchen. She offered me her old stove and dishwasher, and in return I’ll be teaching some workshop classes to her and her cute daughter. Which will make another opportunity for me to talk her out of the girl!
And the goat!
I’m just kidding. I don’t think I could take another goat. Or girl. I’d better stick with what I’ve got. Yesterday morning, we went to Jill’s house and picked up our appliance goodies and got to check out her goats and her beautiful view.
Her goats seemed SO BIG. They are Boer-Nubian crosses, and are about twice the size of our Nigerians and Fainters. I love the floppy ears.
I also love my new old stove. It’s gas! It’s a 14-year-old Kenmore, in very good condition. I love cooking on a gas range and had almost given up that I would be able to get one for downstairs, so I’m feeling very lucky. Also, the oven is much bigger than my oven upstairs–which had to fit into a very tight space–and my upstairs oven is electric. (The gas cooktop upstairs is actually separate, though the cooktop and oven look like one unit.) I’m really happy about having a gas oven because that means now I can bake during a long power outage.
The dishwasher was an unexpected bonus. As much as I wanted a dishwasher downstairs with all the cooking, canning, and cheesemaking that will be going on, I didn’t have it in the budget and thought I’d have to wait on that for awhile. Then this one fell out of the sky. It’s very wonderful because I’m not a fan of doing dishes by hand, and lugging dishes up and down the stairs wouldn’t exactly be handy.
I have the grates etc in case anyone is wondering where the missing parts are on top of the stove. They were removed for transport and we hadn’t put them back on yet when I was taking these pictures. On another note, I had previously had a line on another free gas stove, but it was quite a bit older and converting it to propane (safely) was an issue. This stove is much newer and was manufactured for either natural gas or propane. It was being used with natural gas but came with the manufacturer’s instructions for propane. Built to convert, it was a quick job and is ready!
Hopefully in the next week, we’ll get everything together to get the gas line run over there, and we’ll also be getting the water line and drain line set up for the dishwasher–and for the sink that’s arriving Labor Day weekend–and then it will be time to figure out countertops (which we will do ourselves). I. Am. Excited! The kitchen is coming together! (Thank you, Jill! I AM SO GRATEFUL. And a special “hi” to Jill’s neighbor, Peggy, who reads my blog and wanted to meet me, but wasn’t home when we were there.)