was the sound that woke the Mister and I from a deep sleep at 3 o’clock yesterday morning. The next sounds were grumpy mumblings “what’s that noise” (or words to that effect) “must be your phone” (from me), the Mister then stumbles down to the kitchen in the dark, then calls out to me “it’s the oven” (therefore it is my responsibility), by then I have grabbed my glasses and I blunder down to the kitchen, the said oven is flashing AO and still beeping …. having no idea what this means I press clear, it doesn’t (clear that is), so then I press on/off, silence reigns, we both stumble back to the still warm bed and settle back down to sleep ..
We are barely back to sleep when beep, beep, beep… it’s the beeping oven again, this time it is decided that the Mister will go out to the power board and turn the oven off at the mains, this done it is back to the not so warm bed again where we sleep happily till a more civilised time. It doesn’t end there, once we are up the Mister turns the oven back on, I reset the clock and we start to have breakfast, but now the microwave isn’t working, and the oven starts beeping again, but we still have gas so we can have porridge. While eating my porridge, I ring customer service (for the oven), the nice man tells me “your oven is too old, you will have to call a technician”, I ring customer service again and press another number, the nice lady makes an appointment for the technician and tells me it will cost me $121 for the callout, oh, and parts will be extra.
As we leave the house to go get the groceries, we notice some workmen from the electricity company working in the street, the Mister stops and asks them what the problem is, “low voltage” they say, we look at each other and think “we’ve just saved ourselves $121”.