What happens during Mercury Retrograde?:
Since Mercury rules communication, it’s said that everything goes haywire in that area emails get deleted or bounced back, mail is returned, calls go out into the ethers, etc. Some people find that their computers go on the fritz or phone lines go down…
In other words, Mercury can muck with electric / electronic things in a devastating way.
Back in January 1998, pregnant with Original Bunn and planning to be an ‘organic super Mummy’, I asked Old Spouse to buy me a food processor for my birthday. This he did and the machine has served me well; yielding chopped veg for more soups and casseroles than I could ever keep count of. I was very sad when it stopped working a month ago. I put it in a hall cupboard, too sentimental to throw it away.
With a batch of steamed cauliflower waiting to be pureed, I resorted to my little stick blender and was dismayed to find that didn’t work either and I flung it in the garbage bin in a fit of pique.
Last week, I took out my hand mixer to stiffen egg whites for a cake. Whaddaya know? The damn thing also wouldn’t work. Seemed motivation to go ahead and buy that Empire Red KitchenAid Artesan Mixer I’ve so long had my heart set on.
Only thing was, the mixer costs a hefty R5 995. and I needed to replace my cell phone; the battery wouldn’t charge and I couldn’t find a replacement, so I had to decide which item to spend a lot of money on.
I vacillated; one day I was resolved to buy a Blackberry and wait a few months until I could afford the mixer. The next day I’d reason that a cheap phone would suffice as the mixer was essential in my every-day life.
Driving home yesterday, I mused on the misfortune that was constantly befalling all my electrical appliances. I cursed that Mercury must be in retrograde and hoped no more of my things would give up the ghost.
This morning, waking from a dream in which I was wielding a whizzing hand blender in the air, a thought struck me: perhaps I should check the two-prong plug adaptor I used for all these appliances … I fetched another one from my bedroom and plugged it in.
Ha! Here is your culprit! :
My food processor has just chopped a mound of butternut, soup later today.
My hand blender has just whisked some eggs and cream for cupcakes.
My cell phone is happily getting its battery charged.
It’s a pity about the stick blender, but – heck – they’re a lot cheaper than artesan mixers. Even if they don’t come in Empire Red.