The Drip

2 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis


My husband and I have been dieting for two months and the amount of food we consume at a meal has definitely decreased.  As a consequence, I find I need to prepare half recipes. A few weeks ago, I make a whole recipe of meatloaf and put half of it, uncooked, in the freezer. It would come in handy one of my “I don’t know what to cook” days. I have a lot of them!

SIDE BAR: Tell me I am not the only one who has a love/hate relationship with cooking. Some days, I enjoy hours planning a meal, relishing the mingling of ingredients and flavors. Other times, I don’t want to have anything to do with a pot or mixing bowl.

I prepared  the meatloaf for the freezer by lining my loaf pan with aluminum foil, then placed the meat in the foil wrapped pan shaping it to conform to the pan.


I can’t remember where or when I purchased the pan. It has a lot of scratches but I am pretty sure they are the result of the pan wars, you know when you are looking for a baking pan and have to shift the whole cabinet to find the one you want?  Anyway, this pan was not used often. I tell you this because, this pan let me down, big time. So much for “made in Italy” equating with quality.

On one of my I hate the kitchen days, I pulled the meatloaf out of the freezer, thawed it a bit in the loaf pan then popped it into my newly cleaned  oven. Instant supper!  After about 20 minutes, I began to get a whiff of a burned smell. I peeked in the oven and everything looked fine. The smell grew stronger over the next 15 minutes so I checked the meatloaf again. The meatloaf looked fine but there was a blob of black on the floor of my nice, clean oven. I took the pan out and searched it for a leak but could not find anything dripping or that looked burned.  So, I put the meatloaf back in the oven to finish cooking. When the meatloaf was done, I took it out of the oven and held it up, looking for a drip. Nothing there that would explain the big black blob. I did see one place that looked like a scratch/dent but no evidence of dripping.

My husband has breathing issues and smoke triggers coughing attacks so I opened windows and a door to try to clear out the smell before we sat down to eat. After supper, I put the loaf pan in the sink to wash and as I pushed it down into the water, two streams of water shot up. One in the bottom and one in the side. The hole looked exactly like the other blemishes.



Now I have a flower-pot made in Italy! 





I'm a winner After my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

9 Responses to “The Drip”

  1. ludyja August 2, 2018 at 9:24 pm #

    You are DEFINITELY not the only one who has a love/hate relationship with cooking! And the older we/I get, the less I like to cook! Of course, our waistlines show it, as well! Shucks!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Onisha Ellis August 3, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

      Glad to know, I am not alone in this. Darn those waist lines!


  2. itsrebekahlyn August 2, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

    I love that your keeping it as a planter! Oh what stories you will be able to tell when folks come to visit.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. divoran09 August 2, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

    that was an unsettling experience for you. It does have a nice oval shape for a flower-pot, though.


    • Onisha Ellis August 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

      If I had been smart, I would have put a foil lined baking sheet under it, but then, I would not have had this story!


  4. Onisha Ellis August 2, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    I think the scratches give it character and I didn’t have to pay for them!


  5. Timelesslady August 2, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    I love repurposing…great new look for your pan.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Onisha Ellis August 3, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

      I think I will put some pink splash in it when colder weather arrives and put it on my kitchen window sill.


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