Earlier this week I had to say goodbye to an old friend...our vintage enamel oven/cooktop. We have actually been living without the oven portion in working order for over a year and half, but we somehow managed to survive on meals cooked in the toaster oven or made on the stove. However, since I am hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year, I figured that the toaster oven probably wouldn't cut it---I couldn't really see cramming a whole turkey in there! So, with the cooperation of our kind landlady, we decided to get a whole new oven & cooking range. I really hated to part with the old one, and I'm not really even sure how far it dated back, but it was old enough to have the parts that weren't functional discontinued...too bad! I LOVED the large cooking surface on the top & the vintage feel of the enamel surface, and even though almost all of the numbers had worn off of the cooking dials, I sort of liked that too. You could tell that lots of love had faded this old oven. I certainly gave it my share, coaxing it to bring forth hot meals for my family, gently wiping away any spills that managed to escape over the edges of pots and pans doing their duty to feed my sweet boys. Yes, lots of love indeed, and I miss my dear old oven---yes, even though it didn't work!
The morning of the oven removal I took some pictures - - - okay, I took lots of pictures. I want to remember this oven, and I'll probably send a few pics to my landlady as well...one of the first things that she said to us when we moved in was how much she loved that oven! I'm sure that she's sad that it's gone too!
So, to my oven: Thanks for all the hard work you've done over the years. I'm sad to see you go, but I will remember you and all the times we had working side by side!