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.


43 Comments Add yours

  1. Supa says:

    We will get our mixers one day Cindy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Until then we dream …

  2. Thank goodness you didn’t throw them away! Wonderful that Mercury didn’t mess with your mixers, Cindy. Enjoy a fully operative Saturday.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m off on a quest to find edible glitter, Kate, have yourself a great weekend 🙂

  3. Mands says:

    So glad it was only the plug Cin, and that you are back in operation ~ I’ve lost my Blog… and cincerely hope it’s only a plug! No pun intended ;o)
    Have a great day, mixing, whipping, cooking… and recharging!
    All this talk of food has made me hungry… LOL
    Thanks for the great read.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh no Mands, how does one lose a blog? I really feel for you, how dreadful 😦

  4. souldipper says:

    Brilliant – and what a relief. Having saved all that money, what’s the treat?

    1. theonlycin says:

      My mind is racing with possibilities … off to the shops in a bit *wicked grin*

  5. Tilly Bud says:

    lol! Poor Cin: all that frustration and worry.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I could kick myself, right fool I am ;p

  6. Yvette says:

    So glad it was only the malfunction of a plug and not all the kitchen appliances! A magical moment when everything worked again! x

    1. theonlycin says:

      It sure was a relief 🙂

  7. Tandy says:

    now to choose, and I am sure that your camera will win 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not this month, I’m OK with the one I have, lots of other things to attend to.

  8. Woohoo, I love that it was such a quick and inexpensive fix.
    Have a happy weekend.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      My weekend is turning out joyfully, Mandy, hope yours is too 🙂 xxx

  9. what a great discovery.

    the real truth is that your heart yearns for the gleaming red kitchen magic gizmo

    1. theonlycin says:

      A surprising thing has happened, I am actually considering a stainless steel Kenwood Chef … will explain when you’re next in my kitchen 🙂

  10. gospelwriter says:

    Brilliant thinking – and makes me wonder yet again: where do when we sleep? 🙂

    “Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.” -Phaedrus (15BC-AD50)

    1. gospelwriter says:

      Er, make that: where do we go when we sleep? (I must be still sleeping 😉 )

      1. theonlycin says:

        Hahahahaha … I still half asleep, so your first comment did have me a bit baffled 😉

  11. Liane says:

    Even if you get a quality kitchen appliance, R6,000 is still rather steep. I’m glad you solved the problem, but you never know, maybe you’ll be spending the money on that appliance soon enough, but by choice when you’re good and ready 🙂 Maybe you’ll even end up paying less for the same thing. You never know!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I like the way you think, Lee 🙂

  12. That is so neat! We receive these messages when we sleep because our eyes, ears, and mind are too overloaded during the day to listen or receive! Your dream emphasizes the reason that we should NEVER ignore “dream signals” until we have absolutely determined that they are only the “flotsam and jetsam” of dream static! Oursue those signals!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m with you on that, Paula, it’s not the first time my dreams have brought me clarity. xxx

  13. slpmartin says: show your analytical side in diagnosing the heart of these problems.

    1. theonlycin says:

      A moment of clear thought amid chaos; even though I was asleep 🙂

  14. I luv your perspective in the kitchen

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Doc 🙂

  15. nrhatch says:

    Wonderful that such a quick fix got you percolating away again. 😎

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was beginning to get into a bit of a panic 😉

  16. linda says:

    My husband bought me a mixer once. He thought it was the grandest thing ever. When I was 20 something I got my middle fingers stuck inbetween the blades of a mixer. Oviously I couldn’t turn it off. My 3 year old son ran out of the room scared to death. My father was in the front yard and the screen door was latched. I really thought I was going to lose my fingers before my father heard me screaming and got in the door. Mixer smixer, I can deal with lumps.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oooh how scary, Linda!

  17. Dang girlfriend, that is super lucky you woke with a dream… You potentially may have been down ALL your favourites. So happy you solved that kitchen nightmare. PS: I’ve got my eye on that very same kitchenaid mixer, they are a little expense, but oh so pretty and super sturdy too. 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Chef, we’ll just hold on to our dreams of owning that mixer one day 😉

  18. And you are just so clever at using all of these kitchen whizz-masters – glad all of them are sorted!
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m glad too 🙂

  19. Robin Hawkins says:

    That was fun. Thanks.

  20. theonlycin says:

    Hey Sugar, thanks for the visit 🙂 xxx

  21. You should still get a blackberry!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nah, I really don’t spend enough time on my cell …

  22. Jamie Dedes says:

    Nice when it all comes together and the solution is easy.

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