12 Nov

Betcha can’t guess out of what decade today’s grab bag special is pulled.


Did I hear someone say the 70’s?  You are most likely correct.  There is a slim chance it might have been taken in the early days of January 1980 when my Mom was celebrating her 29th birthday with brand new aluminum pizza pans and another gift done up in my father’s specialty wrapping – the newspaper.  But even if big hair, leg warmers, and Ronald Reagan were on the horizon the 1970’s were clinging on for dear life.

First, there is that wallpaper.  Seriously bold choice.  Although, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t our parents’.  They moved into that kitchen with it’s Formica, brown fridge, metal cabinets and the most decade defining wall decor ever manufactured.

And while they can’t be blamed for those decisions, it seems like they might have been sniffing the wallpaper paste in a couple other design areas.  You can’t see this very well, but the chair I’m sitting in was a padded, beautiful, Big Bird Yellow.   It matched the BBY Formica table underneath the brown and gold madras tablecloth.

The orange bowl to the left of the refrigerator, however, is not some super-trendy serving set my parent’s received off their “registry” at Ace Hardware.  That is the most important bowl in my Mother’s kitchen.  Always has been, and unless she comes down with a mean case of diverticulitis, always will be.

That is the bowl/lid of her Stir Crazy.  You know what a Stir Crazy is, right – those fabulous popcorn poppers that have a little metal rod that “stirs” the bottom of the hot plate where the popcorn kernels await their chance to pop like “crazy.”  When it’s all over you flip the entire appliance and the transparent orange lid becomes your snack’s serving bowl.

The man who invented it is a genius.  A genius who lives down the street from us, that is.  Yup.  You read that right – one of the men who designed the West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper lives just around the corner from our house.  He and his wife retired in Grand Rapids after, one can only assume, they went Stir Crazy in Wisconsin.

And if anything can convince my parents that it’s a good idea to move to Michigan it would be the example of my mother’s hero.  I sure hope when they do move this direction she’ll let me borrow that awesome cardigan.

7 Responses to “Groovy”

  1. Christine November 12, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I, too, had a BBY kitchen table growing up. I didn’t get the chair, but my youngest sister did. Andy and I used to have a Stir Crazy. Oh, to actually see the popcorn while it’s popping was such a novelty for our kids.

    • Christina November 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

      We still have a Stir Crazy. I think it was a gift from my parents. Our lid isn’t orange though. They make them clear now. It still makes the best popcorn, we just don’t go to the work of getting it out as often as we should.

      I’m pretty sure my Mom’s sits on the counter all the time.

      • Mom November 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

        Yup. Pretty much all the time. I’d like to say it gets put away when we have company but that would be the biggest lie as whenever we have company (Bible Study and Friday night movie night) we serve popcorn! And I don’t know when they put up the wallpaper. We moved into this house in March of ’78. Kind of embarrassing that we still had the paper up in January of ’80…

  2. Beth November 14, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    I think that wallpaper is back in style… my latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens has some very disturbing likenesses of it!!

    • Christina November 14, 2011 at 10:09 am #

      I’m not surprised, although I haven’t begun to regret pulling 1977 out of our house. Yet.

  3. Jerry November 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    Now I understand why it doesn’t take much to over stimulate your brain, and why too much going on at once causes breakdowns. That kitchen wallpaper would drive any young soul over the edge.

    • Christina November 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

      You’ve nailed it, my love.

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