I spent last weekend making some "open shelving" for my kitchen, which, I’m told, is "in" these days, according to the people who "decide" such things. But I didn’t install the shelves because they’re "in," I installed them because my garbage disposal sprung a leak.

I spent last weekend making some "open shelving" for my kitchen, which, I’m told, is "in" these days, according to the people who "decide" such things. But I didn’t install the shelves because they’re "in," I installed them because my garbage disposal sprung a leak.


Let me explain.


The garbage disposal blew a seal and started leaking, so I got a new garbage disposal. But the old disposal was wired funky, so I wanted to take the opportunity presented by the new disposal to make it function through the appropriate switch instead of the aftermarket switch utilized by the previous unit.


That, in turn, left a hole in the beadboard where the old switch used to be, and under the beadboard was some water damage, so might as well replace the whole shebang, thought I. And rather than just replace it, the wife preferred a reconfiguration of the entire area, moving the under-sink cupboard from here to there and walling off the who-knew-they-were-unsightly plumbing parts in the process.


That, in turn, meant replacing the dishwasher — an appliance that I thought worked just fine, but then again, I am not the one in the house charged with determining the relative performance of that particular unit, and the boss felt differently. And then I learned that dishwashers have to match refrigerators and boy, "Wouldn’t it be nice to switch to a counter-depth refrigerator?" and, "Oh it doesn’t fit in the space quite right," and, "No problem, let’s just tear out all these cabinets."


Hence the open shelves, which, if I’m honest, do look very fine and nice. And they’re "in." So there’s that.


Mine is a cautionary tale, the moral of which is something like: "If ever you find yourself with a leaky garbage disposal, just use the same dang switch, dude." Because once you open Pandora’s toolbox, you never know quite where you’re going to end up.


And open shelving, apparently, means shopping for new plates.



Happy birthday Wednesday to RaShonda Lewis, LaVonda Lewis, Donté Green, and Jacklynn Cogburn, all of Sherman; Rayna Monroe of Bells; Sammy Custer of Denison; Justin D. Emmons of Tom Bean; Donna Johnston of Colbert, Oklahoma; Lora Neely; Anthony Woodson; and Michael Woodson.


Happy anniversary Wednesday to Alphanso and Phyllis Green of Vegas, 21 years; and Bob and Rosie Pellman of Pottsboro.