Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Renovation news: Chaos reigns, as usual

"Gingi," the red-headed kitchen, is as complete as she's going to get until we recover sufficiently financially from the cost of the basic renovations to buy a kitchen island to replace the table--since the kitchen is a bit small to eat in anyway, we'd rather have more storage space that we can both reach without using a stepladder.  We chose a mostly-white tile back-splash--when I have a spare minute, I'll post an updated photo--because we figured that, with a multicolored floor and counter-top, if we put any more colors up there, the kitchen would look like Joseph's Technicolor Dreamcoat.  :)

I'm sorry to say that, when I finally took the urn out of the breakfront and put it on the counter-top, I was dismayed to discover that I'd lost the wire with which to plug it in.  The Punster thinks that it got thrown out by accident during the construction confusion.  So, unless we do a quick shopping trip tomorrow, we still won't have hot water for tea this Shabbat/Sabbath.  Oy.  [October 1, 2013 update:  Found the wire!]

On the plus side, the bathroom is now almost complete, I'm happy to report.

We may need to bring back the granite folks, though--they finally sealed the granite counter-top in the kitchen after two months (!), but the counter-top still shows water stains.  !#$%^&!!!  And the dishwasher is showing an "error" message, so we'll have to figure that out between or after the upcoming  Chagim/Major Holidays (Sukkot [which begins tomorrow at sundown], Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.)

Speaking of Sukkot beginning tomorrow night, can anyone give us a hand with "Yom-Tov mode" oven timer programming?  My husband, who's the more technically-adept of us, can't figure out how to program the oven to turn on the day after he sets the timer.  Assistance would be appreciated.


Anonymous tesyaa said...

The Yom Tov mode is not a timer, as far as I know. It's a way to adjust the temperature indirectly, and it also shuts off changes in the electronic display. When we used to use ours, I left it on the lowest setting for the whole festival, then used the Yom Tov mode to turn the temp up when I needed it hotter. The directions should be in the manual.


Tue Sep 17, 11:39:00 PM 2013  
Anonymous tesyaa said...

Also, I think sealing the granite is a losing game. I recommend letting the counter age as the water spots gloriously multiply and give the granite an allover patina. Just my suggestion.

Tue Sep 17, 11:43:00 PM 2013  
Anonymous Miami Al said...

Sabbath mode on my oven turns off the 12 hour safety timer... Generally, print out a page from the manual with the settings and the procedure. You need to first "enable" Sabbath mode with a convoluted set of buttons. Then set your oven to the lowest temperate, and turn it on.

So you can turn up/down the oven for cooking purposes. Presumably you can "preheat" and oven (ask a Rav, not the Internet), but you can't turn down the oven to keep the home cooler, only for cooking...

Now if you choose to finish warming/cooking your food at a lower temperature, that's okay...

In practice, lower the temperature on the oven BEFORE you remove the food, and preferably a few minutes before so the lower setting serves a "cooking/warming" purpose, and not for convenience after the fact.

Wed Sep 18, 11:09:00 AM 2013  

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