Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Anvil Answer

Last week, I asked at the bottom of a post, why is the anvil on my kitchen counter?

I didn't have a lot of entries, but I hereby declare the winner—well, the person who came closest—is Roanoke RnR who said, "You're using the anvil to weigh down something to make it flat, but what I don't know..."

The anvil was actually being used to weigh down and flatten out the kitchen counter, because the coffeepot overflow seeped into the seam at the angle where two parts of the formica countertop come together and thus caused one side to raise a bit higher than the other.

I will not go into details about why the coffeepot overflowed, but be it known to one and all that I was not the one responsible. I am not the one in this household who even makes the coffee.

Had I been the one responsible—which I am not!—I would not have lugged the anvil up from the basement and used it as a countertop flattener. I can't even lift the doggone thing, which is another problem because it's still right there on the counter. The top did flatten a bit, but not as much as it should have.

I have been planning to get new counter tops for the last four or five years. I guess it's time. . . .

Meanwhile, Elena, if you're going to be at the next Pen Women meeting, I shall hand deliver your prize to you then. If you can't make the meeting, let me know where to send it.

And to commenter Jane Smith, who offered to send me her copy of The Sonnets, the book sounds like something I'd enjoy (I'm a Shakespeare fan), but sending it all the way from the UK would be a bit pricey. However, if you really want to, perhaps we could arrange a book swap. Contact me through the link on my website.

Meanwhile, how do I get an anvil off the countertop?



Blogger Roanoke RnR said...

Woo hoo, I finally won something! Thanks Becky, I look forward to reading your book. Unfortunately I have surgery scheduled the same day as the next Pen meeting but you can bring it to the one after that so you don't have to ship it out. Now as to how you're going to remove the anvil...I have no clue!!!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Amy Tate said...

Get the person who put there to remove it! And get him to put it back where he found it...that is in its proper place! lol

12:22 PM  
Blogger Amy Hanek said...

Maybe you should just hot glue some faux flowers around it and use it as a kitchen decoration? Okay, I have no other ideas. Hmmmmm...

Good luck.

8:36 AM  

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