Well...before we left on furlough, I had been saving $25.00 a month for quite some time so when I went back to the States I would be able to purchase a KitchenAid with a few accessories. And that's what I did - Macy's was kind enough to have most of their kitchen stuff on sale and my BFF Mindy happened to have a discount card I was also able to use. I walked out with my red (so me) KitchenAid and several accessories, and a huge grin on my face. Six months later I arrived back in Honduras and used it a bit - played with it - used my accessories to shred cheese in seconds...that kind of thing. The time my mother was sick, and all but comatose, one of the things I did was read through the 600 page Bread Bible. When I returned to Honduras I subsequently started making a new type of bread almost every day. I blogged on several of them. Then one fatal day...I was making pizza crust - LOTS of pizza crust. Why? It was our Lord-of-the-Rings-extended-watch-a-thon and we watched them all day and ate home made pizza. Until I decided to put way too much dough in (instead of making it in two batches), and put the speed up way too high. I know...I know... - WHY?! do you ask?! Because I thought I could! It was a KitchenAid afterall! I've beat it up, abused it, dropped it - whatever - and it just keeps on keeping on. But suddenly it wouldn't turn my dough hook Oh my gosh...and here is where I will admit to my weakness. I cried. Not like out loud, sobbing, "Dobby just died" kind of crying, but a huge tear ran down my cheek and my chin was dropped to my chest and I thought, "what in the world am I going to do now?" Forget the 1-800 number - been there done that with other things and the second they hear we are out of country it's always "sorry, I can't help you." Well, I don't need to tell you that there IS NO repair place here for KitchenAid's. No one for me to turn to, no Sears department that can fix anything. I already started thinking if I saved $25.00 every month again - how long would it take for me to save up to buy another one. It had already become a part of my routine kitchen prep. I was so sad, and couldn't imagine not having it.
So, in a desperate state - I sat down in front of my computer. I went to Google. I don't even remember exactly what I typed in, but something, I'm sure to this effect, "What do I do if my Kitchenaid doesn't spin and won't knead my dough anymore...." (like anything would come up - what was I thinking?!) and yet...there it was...what came up?! A You Tube Video entitled, "How to fix a KitchenAid Mixer that isn't spinning." Seriously?! Can it be that "easy"?! So I looked at the video, took a deep breath, got my hammer, screwdrivers, and put my head phones in and started the video. I started getting farther and farther in it, my entire KitchenAid was completely apart, and then the fear began.
|WHAT have I done?!?!|
|The culprit - the Worm Gear - see those smashed in pieces of 4 teeth - the gears would just slip and not turn|
So there I sat...with ALL my pieces of KitchenAid. Seriously? OH my gosh...there's no way...the fear came back. My heart skipped a few beats...okay not really...but it SHOULD have! I pulled up my video that I first watched over 3 weeks ago and watched the second half of the video, "how to put it back together again." And 30 minutes later, lots of huh? going on, a small plea to my husband to get the stupid pivot bar back in...and then THE moment. Plug it in...I literally held my breath...this was it. Start saving $25.00 a month or get back to bread making. And?!?!?!.....
IT WORKED!!!! I DID IT!!!!! I was So amazed that I could do this with a little help (okay - a LOT of help) from the WWW - but I did it. A fully functioning KitchenAid. Now - time to get back to bread making!
What in the WORLD did missionaries do even just 20 years ago?! Surely not fix their KitchenAid.