Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Microwave Generation......

Now the picture is for my Tea People over there at Elizabeth's and Bleubeards for T Stands for Tuesday.... and i'll tell you all about it in a moment....The picture has nothing to do with our topic of conversation this lovely morning/afternoon/evening...... :)  

My microwave went out on us this past week....... dead.... acted like it was working but not heating up of anything....( It was the microwave left by the previous owners) so i had the chance to get to thinking about generations... Now  there's obviously the Baby Boomers.... Huge generation of people born in the years just after WWII  .... then there's Generations XY and Z.... the Millennials and i don't know who all else... do you?   Technically being born in the late 60's i think i'am Gerneration X but after the microwave went out i decided i was definitely of the Microwave Generation if there was such a thing.... I'am completely lost without my microwave.... 

I don't realize that until i no longer HAVE a microwave....Kind a like how you don't realize how dependant you are on water until a pipe bursts or something...  But seriously... i defrost my meat in the microwave .... i heat up leftovers in there.... I heat up water for the occassional cup of tea in there... i stick the icecream in there for a few seconds so i can scoop it out easier... I make peanut brittle in there....I make my morning oatmeal in there.... I'am LOST without one... and am afraid i would have to relearn everything without one.... I'm curious..... whats your relationship with YOUR microwave.... ? and what generation do you consider yourself?

Now for the picture...... I went to ANOTHER estate sale the other day.... i know ... i know.... I almost made it out of there without spending anything but then i stumbled across this little metal bookmark i think it is.... isn't it adorable ? And very appropriate for tea i think.... :)  It looks handmade but i'm not sure ... I was so tickled to find it for 25 cents!!!   Happy happy Tday everyone!! Hugs! deb


CraftyViolet said...

I think I'm several years older than you are Deb but I'm in the microwave-loving-group for sure. I would hate to be without my microwave. I just thawed out two pieces of pumpkin pie for our snack tonight. We never, ever think of what we want in time to thaw something out ahead of time so yeah, love my microwave. I think we are on our 3rd or maybe 4th one in 28 years...and the first one was a used one that I had for years before marrying Joe. They just all of a sudden quick working.
Love your bookmark and yes, it looks homemade.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Yup, I NEED to always have a microwave. I actually do use mine to cook. My best meatloaf is done in the microwave from a cookbook that came with my first microwave which was bought in 1982. How do I know that year? Well, we bought it so my daughter could heat spaghettios and would not have to use our gas stove. She was so independent even back then. Back then it cost $500...really. We bought our first VCR that same day.
xx, Carol

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning, I think of myself as part of the hippie generation lol and funny thing about microwaves-in the late '60s I was going to college at Stout State U in Wisconsin for a nutrition degree-in one of my classes we were doing cooking experiments in the microwave-I don't think was on the market to buy yet. we cooked baked all kinds of things-we determined it was horrible for browning anything-baked goods to meats-in the end what I came with was it was great for heating up water lol that is pretty much the only thing I use it for-heating up a cup of water for my tea in the morning which is faster that heating a kettle of water on the stove-and warming up left overs that's it-I would never actually cook food in it-I am too old fashioned minded to do that lol

kathyinozarks said...

and wow I do love your bookmark-great find!

Lori said...

I'm GenX for sure. I do use the microwave, but could do without it if it was broken. I only use it for a few things that could be done on the stove. Now the coffeemaker, that's another story!

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Gosh, I enjoyed reading people's reminiscences over - of all things - microwave ovens. I just love how your mind works, Deb! You circle around a thought and, pretty soon, you've got us all thinking about fun or amazing things in our lives.

The bookmark is pretty neat. I bet it reminds you of a Vicky P. art journal page as it does me.

My generation? Talkin' 'bout my generation ... I like to consider myself a Boomer - though I was born just six days shy of the official start ;-)

Microwave ovens? I first saw one at the Slinger County (WI) Fair when I was there with my parents in the early 50s. Kathyinozarks is so right - the thing they used to demonstrate with most was boiling water! The crowd gasped!

[Picture a Mary Tyler Moore from the Dick van Dyck show housewife-type model - high heels, shirtwaist dress poufed out by petticoats demo-ing a microwave oven about the size of a small safe.]

The audience was less awed when the model microwaved a small cake. It puffed up okay, but looked soggy and wasn't browned. OMG.

One by one, the observers turned and walked away. I remember the adults mumbling about dangerous radio waves and why would anyone want to replace electric stoves and what would they do with all the family recipes. No this contraption would never catch on.

I love my microwave!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I bought my first microwave when they were, as Eileen pointed out, the size of a small safe. I owned a microwave before a stove. In fact, I learned to cook in a microwave. I know Patty for one, has never used a microwave, but I could not live without mine.

I remember one year I had company and began fixing a potato casserole. I was ready to put it in the microwave, and one of my friends asked why I didn't just bake it in the oven. I looked at her and said bluntly, "Because I don't know how to cook it any other way!"

Between my smoker/grill and my microwave, I can cook anything you want! Thanks for this discussion.

Thanks, too, for sharing this wonderful tea/coffee cup bookmark with us for T this week. It's a beauty and the price is right, too!

My name is Erika. said...

I was born at the end of the baby boomers. I think i would miss my microwave immensely also, even though I never used one until I was almost 20 years old. I still have my original microwave, which is a monster and weighs a ton. I use it at school to heat media to grow bacteria on. Hope you get a new one ASAP so you can function again. :) Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

Valerie-Jael said...

Your book mark is fantastic, what a bargain! Sorry you lost your microwave. I am not a friend of microwaves, I had a faulty one back in the 90s which over heated and exploded and since then I don't have one at all! Perhaps one of these days I will be brave enough to try one again! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

johanna said...

i never had a microwave, and actually don´t miss one. i never really trusted the technique (as you can´t see or feel the rays). i think it is a question of Habit.
but i love your Bookmark. a great find really. and the better it was a bargain:)
happy t-day!

Meggymay said...

Well I have a microwave, but afraid to say, it rarely gets used. I like to be in control of my stove and be hands on with the cooking.
It is a super bookmark and looks a real neat size.
Happy T day
Yvonne xx

Linda Kunsman said...

well, what an interesting topic deb! I have to say I'd be lost without mine too- for reheating, melting butter, and defrosting mostly. When ours finally goes I'll be running to the first store to replace it:)
What a cheap price for the lovely book mark. Thanks for sharing and happy T day!

Darla said...

What a great bookmark and at a great price. I remember when microwaves came out. I wanted one but was actually disappointed when I got it. It was fine for re-heating but I was never really satisfied with something I tried to cook completely with it. I still have one, much smaller than the original. I don't really use it that much and could do without it.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I also thaught I can't live without a microwave oven- and now I haven't one since 6 years and I managed to survive - it's like a miracle - but I managed---lol!
Happy T-Day !

Krisha said...

Well, now this is a "hot" topic for T-day Deb! LOL!
DH says he hates the thing, until it doesn't work, and he wants melted butter for his popcorn! I use mine for re-heating my coffee more than anything, and cooking and re-heating vegetables.
We bought our first one in 1973 (gasp) and it was the size and weight of a small safe.

Then there was this small house we rented that didn't have a stove, so I learned to actually "cook" in a microwave. I still have some very good microwave recipes, and from time to time I dig them out and make them.

We have had more than one over the years, just last year I bought a cheap one at Best Buys and it is serving us well....small inside..but it works!
Thanks for the comment ;))

Lisca Meijer said...

I'm sorry your microwave has given up the ghost. I hope you can buy another one soon. The basic ones are not expensive nowadays.
I was born in 51 and have had a microwave since they first came out. We had one in the hospital I worked in for the night staff to heat up their meals. I was impressed and bought one as soon as they were on the market. I cannot do without mine. I have an all-singing-all-dancing combi oven. I do all the things you have mentioned and mine (being a combi) does a mean jacket potato too. I also use it for baking, if I only want to make a small cake (in oven mode) and don't want to light the big gas oven.
Finally, I love your little bookmark. What a find (and what a price!).
Happy T-Day,
And have a good week,

Divers and Sundry said...

I love your metal bookmark!

I prefer a division of the Baby Boomer post-WW2 generation into 2 separate groups: 1) the older half, which truly was born during the post-war period, between '46 and '54. (It's hardly post-war if it's been 10 years since the war, right?); and 2) Generation Jones, from '55-'64, too young to have been drafted for Vietnam. Generation Jones is too far removed from the 2nd world war to be considered part of that birth boom after it ended.

Let's Art Journal said...

The little metal bookmark is beautiful and perfect for T Stands for Tuesday! I will never tire of seeing your wonderful Wolf Lake mug too - I love it :-). I think I would have to replace my microwave as I use it to make porridge every morning and also to heat up soups and leftovers. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

pearshapedcrafting said...

We don't have a microwave at home and although we have one at the caravan it doesn't get used very much! I remember when I was at Home Economics college we had to test a very early model - we were all amazed at how quickly they cooked something! The bookmark was a great find! Hugs, Chrisx

pearshapedcrafting said...

We don't have a microwave at home and although we have one at the caravan it doesn't get used very much! I remember when I was at Home Economics college we had to test a very early model - we were all amazed at how quickly they cooked something! The bookmark was a great find! Hugs, Chrisx

Karla B said...

I am curious: I was born in the earlier sixties. What generation do I belong? I can't live without my microwave.Love your bookmark. It's lovely.Hugs!