A Different Kind of Paycheck
Tuesday 1st of March 2011 07:45 AM
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
There's not a paycheck made out to "Kim Fritzemeier" when I help with cattle or run to the parts store.
But don't think I'm without benefits.
I've enjoyed using one of those benefits this winter. I found this red Pyrex bowl in an old hunting cabin when we hauled cattle out of the pasture in November.
It's definitely not ready for Antiques Roadshow. There's a rusty mark on the rim and the inside white is not without blemishes.
But it was just what I needed to replace a bowl that fell victim to the great kitchen disaster of the 2010 Stafford County Fair.
I now have a vintage red Pyrex bowl to replace it. The red bowl probably began its kitchen life in the 1940s as one of four nested, primary-colored bowls. It was the company's 400 series of bowls, and my found treasure is marked "404," a 4-quart bowl, just perfect for letting bread dough rise.
I suppose the bowl originally had a place in a farm wife's kitchen. Maybe she even used hers for bread, too.
At some point, her husband "appropriated it" and took it to the hunting cabin.
While the guys hauled a trailer, I was left to my own devices at the cabin. I dug under the layers of an era gone by and prayed I wouldn't find any mice. Instead, I found the red bowl.
And, if online selling sites are to be believed, I would have to pay anywhere from $9.95 to $17.95 to $32.00 to get one of these beauties.
Who says I don't get paid?