Monday, December 28, 2015

Gratitude Monday - I Fixed It Myself Edition

I fixed something the other day.
I have a mini food processor that came with the regular food processor as a bonus.
It is handy as all get out and I use it often.
But the other day it didn't work. The lid has a small plastic lip on it that fits in a slot on the back. Without this slot filled it won't turn on.
How the lip got broken I don't know and neither does it matter. The point is the machine was dead.
I think this feature is intended a safety measure. A thing that chops and slices is best operated securely covered.

It eventually occured to me that if something of the right size and weight went into the slot all would be well.
I took a flashlight and shone it in the slot to see what I was up against. There I found a wheel that yielded to a bit of pressure.
A few days earlier I'd found a bit of plastic that I think was part of packing material for a coffeemaker. Why I still had it I don't know, but I did and I am happy.
It was a perfect fit.
The bit of plastic went into the slot and there it stayed.
I remind myself when I see it that the machine, in essence, fully armed. I must be extra careful when I chop or grind with it. If I were to accidentally turn it on while loading all manner of things would come flying out.
So I will be careful when I use it, but I can use  it.
I am grateful for that, for me figuring out what to do, and for that little piece of plastic that wandered back into my life and stayed.



10 comments:

the Bag Lady said...

Most fortuitous that the wee piece of plastic was available when you needed it!
It always makes one feel so clever when you can be resourceful and fix something that would otherwise be discarded.
Good for you!

Tabor said...

Good creativity on your part. Thinking of parts, maybe you can order the actual part can be ordered online?

Kimberley said...

Congratulations on your ingenuity! Reading this post made me realize I am still missing that elusive piece.

Leah J. Utas said...

Aye, it sure was Bag Lady. Thanks.

Tabor, I probably can, but now I don't have to.

Kimberley, it will come.

messymimi said...

Hooray for a working appliance! That's using your noodle.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Messymimi.

solarity said...

This is why it so hard to throw away those mysterious bits and pieces. You just never know when their what their future role might be.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Chris said...

There are few greater pleasures than the simple pleasure of fixing your own busted stuff. :)

Hilary said...

Good for you, Leah. It's a satisfying feeling to be able to figure those things out. I fashioned something similar for my coffee maker the other day. You can probably also ask them to send you the replacement piece.. for safety's sake. You know.. so like the machine, you remain "fully armed." ;)

Leah J. Utas said...

Mary Anne, something said keep it so I did.

Chris, that's so true.

Hilary, I could, but I think I'll just do this.