This week's weather was cool and pleasant. 95*F is very different than 107. I could go out without the heat taking my breath away. Then, this weekend, summer gave us a good kick to remind us that she wasn't quite ready to go away yet and she brought her dog, humidity. I tried to work in the greenhouse yesterday morning, but by 9:30, I was frustrated with wiping the sweat off my forehead and ready to head back inside.
It was also the weekend for our friend's funeral. It's hard to go to a funeral for someone that was only 31. There was a big turnout, with friends and co-workers, friends from school, fellow teachers and even some young students from her class. It was a beautiful service and her three best friends from high school all spoke or sang. There was a video of her from infancy to just before her passing that was made by her sister and I guarantee, there was not one dry eye in that church after that. Then Rob spoke for a couple minutes and there were refreshments during a visitation. It was a wonderful opportunity to share memories and show who she had been and the impact she had made.
Of course, we looked fabulous...so good that Mable had to slip into the picture.
The pliers came for the kitchenaid and I was able to take all the gears out. Turns out the planetary gear is bent. It's the one that lets the beater move in a circle around the bowl instead of being stationary in the center. According to the repair guy I've been following online through all this, that's not uncommon and is the result of putting too much of something that was too heavy/dry. Maybe trying to make too many loaves of bread in one go, or some really stiff cookies. I couldn't find one in the same color as the mixer, so I've bought a shiny black one to replace it. It should be here in a few days. I was adding up what I've sunk into the mixer now and lamenting that there really is no such thing as a free puppy. We're up to $165 now. Still a bargain, but not nearly the bargain it would have been at $50. And, I still don't have any attachments. But, I've certainly gotten my money's worth out of tinkering and focusng and learning about it. The planetary gear is in the lower left of the photo. It's really the drive shaft of the machine, turning the energy from the motor and gears into movement in the bowl.