This [kitchen remodel] longing grew especially urgent when the open shelving installed by our handyman failed, destroying much of our storage space and a large collection of Fiestaware.For some strange reason McArdle has an endless array of problems with her servants. Doing things on the cheap is often the culprit in such situations. And, more important, McArdle has a large collection of Fiestaware and we are just hearing about it now? I know a bit about vintage jewelry, glassware, china and kitchenware and would have loved to hear about what would be a very valuable collection.
Also, I might have warned her that since Fiestaware is very heavy, it's not a good idea to put a large collection of it on open shelves that might collapse. If it is 1980s Fiestaware (marked with a capital, not a small, F), then it is not terribly valuable and no great loss.
Because the truth is, my kitchen is more than adequate. It looks a bit funny, and sometimes I have to take extra steps. But it’s filled with magic stuff that would have made my great-grandmother faint from envy. And I’m not just talking about my amazing collection of kitchen gadgets. I’m talking about things like my mid-range GE oven, which has a thermostat so that I don’t have to make “try cakes,” burners that are instantly adjustable and insulation so effective that I have to be careful about the puff of very hot steam that hits my face every time I open it during cooking. ... I have everything I need in my kitchen right now: amazing tools to cook with, more fresh, delicious ingredients than any human has ever had available at any previous time in human history, and people to cook for.Nobody has had to make "try cakes" since wood-burning stoves; gas stoves are excellent. McArdle's great modern convenience has been around for a hundred years. But we've been through this before.