We took a road trip to Antlers, Oklahoma to visit Bessie, a lively 83-year-old woman who runs "Grandma's Antique Cookstoves." After 3 hours on the road, we were out in the country, winding down side roads, when we saw the sign...
BUT...in that same little shop, something caught my eye...perhaps our trip wasn't in vain afterall!
"Can you tell us about this one?" I asked.
For the next hour, they explained every little detail about the stove, how to cook on a wood stove, how to clean it, how to hook it up, how each little gadget works, and even a bit how Grandma Bessie started cooking on a wood stove when she was only 7, back when they didn't have electricity or running water...and so on, and I was smitten. It wasn't just the right color, but I couldn't say no! I mean, isn't she a beaut?!?
We're going to pick it up after we get back from Nicaragua, so they were kind enough to agree to holding it until then, and in the meantime, I keep pulling up the pictures so I can look at it again and again. I really love this stove (as much as I'm allowed to love something that's inanimate, that is). What a treat it's going to be to have such a beautiful, hard-working appliance!