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Carol Perkins: Guy is ready to get back on the road

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By Carol Perkins

I rinse my pots and pans before hand washing them and all the other items, even those that go in the dishwasher. Nothing worse than loose food floating on top of dishwater. After baking a couple of cakes, I was rinsing my items, laying them on the counter before filling the sink to wash them.

Guy wandered in to see what I was doing and picked up a measuring cup. "I think this might need a little more washing." I turned to him. "That hasn't been washed yet. By the way, get out of my kitchen!" I joked. He put down the measuring cup and threw up his hands! The last thing a cook wants is a critic in the kitchen.

We cooks have our ways of doing things.

Occasionally, I do need Guy's help in the kitchen. The stove drawer dumps cookie sheets over the back edge and beyond reach. Because I can't get the draw all the way, Guy has to "fix" the problem. As he's emptying the drawer to get it back in the slots, he says, "Do you NEED all this stuff?" He holds up a pizza brick that hasn't been used in years. "I might!" I reply. He replaces the items and moves along until this happens again.

"By the way," I mention again, "the oven needs leveling. One side of my cakes is shorter than the other." He assured me icing will cover the mistake. "You don't know what a job that is!" he vows. I wanted to remind him that he has never leveled my stove, so maybe it wasn't too complicated, but I didn't.

Spending months and months together has provided time for me to find many things for Guy to fix. When the conversation starts with, "Can you help me with something?" he knows what comes next. "I need the tubs down off the shelves in the closet so I can see what's in them." Would you "take this bag of stuff to my car?" Do you mind getting the Roomba from under the bed? "While you're in the shower, would you use the sponge on the tile?"

The one he absolutely refused to do was take everything out of his closet for a "good" cleaning. "That isn't going to happen," he said.

After having both COVID-19 shots, he's hopeful that his job can take him back on the road. Is it too early to pack and bag and put it by the door?

Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at

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