Ever have one of those days?
I bought a very nice 3-tiered metal candle stand at a garage sale. It is made to hold 3 clear, light green glasses, sort of like 4" flower pots, but straighter, with a rolled top edge that keeps the glass from falling down through the metal hole. The candles in the jars were a really pretty evergreen green but of course had been burned down so there was only the wax around the sides and a hole in the middle where the wick had burned itself and only the surrounding wax down. I got the bright idea of melting the wax inside the glass and pushing a new votive candle down into the center of the molten wax, thus providing a new wick. The first one went well. I was pleased. Until I set the second glass down into the boiling water and there was a loud crack. The bottom had broken out of the glass jar. Well, that was dumb, wasn't it? Now I've got two green glasses, three holes, and my chances of finding another green glass to match (that wouldn't cost more than the whole she-bang is worth) is nil.
Several months ago I bought a cute little silver rack that had five tall little glass bottles in it. I decided they were just the right size to put flavoring in and keep it on my kitchen counter. One for maple flavor, one for lemon, one for almond.... one rolls off the counter and onto the tile floor and shatters. Grrrr!
There's a lesson to be learned here, I'm sure. Maybe it is that I just shouldn't buy anything glass.
Another thing that just frustrates me right out the door is that appliance manufacturers apparently never ask people who actually use them what features they like and what they hate. My washer has a pre-wash. Somebody's bright idea, but it wouldn't be mine. DH did the laundry for years, while I was working, but I took it over when I retired. Guess what I discovered? The soap had been going in on the pre-wash and then getting two rinses. When we quit using the pre-wash, our water bill went down $20 a month! What I would REALLY like on my machine, though, is a longer wash cycle. Sometimes I will catch it before the wash water starts to spin out and I will stop it and turn it back to the start of the wash cycle so it will get longer agitation. But many times by then I'm in another room of the house and I forget. I guess I'm going to have to buy one of those little timers that you can carry around in your pocket.
You know, some days I just feel like Andy Rooney. With better eyebrows.