Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ode to a red bowl

I should have seen the clue when first presented.

As I stepped out of the shower, a black German Shepherd stood anxiously by the back door, clearly wanting to be released out into the dog run. I let him out, and Belle followed on his heels, this despite both of them having already been out there before breakfast, half an hour ago. Murphy in particular does not like to be out in the run when I'm here in the house, so I should have figured something was up.

But clueless I was, and clueless I remained util I walked into the kitchen and saw the fragments of what had been my favorite red pyrex bowl shattered on the floor.

This bowl was probably my oldest piece of kitchenware. I can't even remember when I didn't have it. And I used it constantly for mixing, and for soups and rice dishes and for my breakfast specialty of potatoes, sausage and onions. It was the perfect size for a good meal or to mix stuff in, and if one could ever come to love kitchenware, I loved that red bowl.

But all things have their time, and the red bowl had it's time over the decades of use that I got from it. I dis not foresee that time ending today, sometime between 7:30 and 8:00am, but then again, I should have known better than to leave it on the counter to wait it's turn in the dishwasher, for there be dragons on the floor in the form of two counter-surfing, thieving German Shepherds, and one of them, Murphy being my chief suspect, pulled that bowl off the counter and onto the floor where it shattered in such a thorough manner that all the king's horses and all the king's men, had they been here, would have just said "screw that" and reached for the broom and dustpan as I did.

And those damned dogs can just stay out there all day.

Sigh.

Ima gonna miss that bowl.

12 comments:

  1. Oh, I know the feeling...

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    1. Need any German Shepherds in South Africa, Dani?

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  2. There are other bowls. There might even be such a red bowl on Ebay(?)
    There will not be two German Shepherds as these, ever again.

    gfa

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  3. Somehow you've gotta break them of that habit... somehow...

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  4. Mousetraps on counter tops trained my cats to not go up there. Might work on dogs' noses as well.

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  5. Don't forget to check their paws for glass fragments. Although if there was no blood trail, they are probably alright.

    Good luck finding a replacement bowl.

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  6. Dang it! I have favorite bowls too. I would be bent if one got damaged. STILL beats dodging coffee mugs thrown at ya though =)

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  7. I have a green pyrex bow; that is nearly as old as I am.

    You can usually find "vintage" cookware on Ebay. :http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Pyrex-Small-1-5-Pint-Red-Orange-White-Nesting-401-Mixing-Bowl-/261595892522?hash=item3ce8548b2a

    Just sayin. I have the two smaller ones in the set...the blue and the yellow that I never use if they would work for you. like this set only with one smaller:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Early-Pyrex-PRIMARY-Colors-Nesting-Mixing-Bowl-Set-401-402-403-404-/131297894008?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e91f6de78





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  8. I just found out that this bowl was the last of a set given as a wedding present in 1962. I've had it as long as I was out on my own (mid-eighties.) that set looks to be the very bowls, and mine was the second-smallest one, the red one. The single one in the top listing might be it. That's the one I want to replace because it was perfect for me. Thanks a ton.

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  9. The blue one I have is approx 5.5 across. Yours for the asking.

    I also have a yellow one with handles same size....I never use them. I never had a red one, but I use the next size larger, the green one a LOT.

    Again, the two smaller ones are yours for the asking if they'll work for you.

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    1. Thanks very much. I'll take you up on that if you don't need em.

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  10. The criminals fled the scene of the crime.I say leave them out awhile.

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