My husband (i.e., the Crankee Yankee) believes to the bottom of his heart the old motto, ” ”Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!” My own motto is “If you can’t use it, replace it, fix it, or live with it–THROW IT AWAY!”
We have a basement with shelves crammed with de-labeled prescription bottles, odds and ends of stuff that broke (“but the other parts are still good!”), a couple of cracked dishes that have needed mending for over 5 years (and that I don’t even care about), and all the yoghurt, sour cream, and Smart Balance “butter” tubs we have ever used in nearly 12 years of marriage, re-purposed to hold nails, screws, bolts, washers, etc. Empty litter jugs are used over and over again for water when the Crankee Yankee pours concrete. I can certainly go on, but you get the picture.
Consequently, when I broke my favorite vegetable chopper (damn those thick-skinned onions!), I rendered it useless. A small plastic piece on the bin broke off so that you couldn’t chop properly. It broke my heart as I loved that thing and use it several times a week. I mourned its loss, and will have to go buy another one. I told my husband as much, foolishly believing that this item was on its way to the dump.
But no–the Crankee Yankee fished out the other unbroken pieces, declaring them still useful. For what, I asked? He said that when I buy a new one, it will be good to have spares–in the same pieces of the new ones break. Good thinking, except for the fact that THOSE pieces aren’t likely to break any time soon. This means that, should I break the NEW one’s bin, I will have the same spares and no bin. Sigh.
Next time I will just cover my crime. In fact, I think I’ll buy two or three choppers, just in case. Oh no–I think I may be turning into another version of the Crankee Yankee myself–except that I will be hoarding NEW items, not useable parts from broken ones. Ok–that’s fine. Now I feel better.