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leaving the stove on

It should be all right to leave the stove on if I'm going to just step out into the front yard to pick some basil, probably all right to not even turn the burner to low, because it's a matter of seven long strides (if that) to the corner of the yard, where, in daytime, the basil grows, and logic and experience dictates that it will still be there even in night, even though my eyes are not adjusting that fast to the thick, thick darkness that's gotten everywhere. I can just about see the birch tree, and I duck under it.

"And I thought maybe I smelled something burning, and when I came down, the whole stove was in flames," will be what my son says when the reporters ask him about the fire that engulfed the house because I didn't turn off the stove when I wandered into the front yard and was engulfed by, or drowned or dispersed in, the dark, never to return.

So I think as I zombie walk over to where the basil should be. Then I wave my hands up, down, until they hit leaves. Then I grab some, and sniff them, and they are in fact basil! So I grab a few more.

My eyes have acclimated for the return journey, and back in the house I see I've gotten the flowering tip of one basil plant. So now this meal will have a few tiny white blossoms in it as well.

Also, the kitchen didn't catch fire, the house is whole--all is well. And now we'll eat.


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xjenavivex
Sep. 23rd, 2015 02:49 am (UTC)

Yay dinner sans flambe ala stove

asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2015 12:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that dish is too hot for me, LOL.
queenoftheskies
Sep. 23rd, 2015 04:23 am (UTC)
Glad you made it out and back safely. (And that your stove remained flame-free.)
asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2015 12:10 pm (UTC)
Me too! And having the basil was worth it--it tasted great.
browngirl
Sep. 23rd, 2015 05:57 am (UTC)
Hooray for not burning your house down!
asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2015 12:12 pm (UTC)
Yes! I'm going to start considering that an accomplishment--it'll do wonders for my sense of success each day.
shewhomust
Sep. 23rd, 2015 07:36 am (UTC)
An adventure! I would have turned the burner to low...
asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2015 12:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think next time I will too. I think my vivid imaginings were a sign.
khiemtran
Sep. 23rd, 2015 10:04 am (UTC)
I'm fastidious about not leaving the house with the oven on, even though I'll happily forget all about it while I am in the house. Somehow it seems more embarrassing to burn down your house while you're not in it, even if it might be safer to do it that way (safer for me, at least...)
asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2015 12:15 pm (UTC)
Not even, say, to bring in a towel if it starts to rain (... and you had a towel outside)? Or to run to the car to see if you left a book in it?

I wouldn't walk up the street with stuff on the stove, but just into the yard seems okay to me. Though I think I'd turn the stovetop burner way down, next time.
khiemtran
Sep. 23rd, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Good point. Both our backyard and garage, I'd consider "part of the house" as our backyard is tiny and our garage is stuck onto the side of the house. Certainly there are parts of the house that are further from the stove than most of the backyard. If I was going to the neighbours, I'd switch the oven off, just in case...
marycatelli
Sep. 23rd, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
I've been known to go for a walk around the block if the oven's going to be on for a long time. Then, I could easily get absorbed in something if I stayed; at least the walk is of predictable duration.
khiemtran
Sep. 23rd, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
I think I'd be worried that if I did that, some disaster would occur, like myself locked out of the house or getting caught up in accident. Even though the most likely disaster is me being distracted on the computer or falling asleep on the couch while still at home...
asakiyume
Sep. 28th, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
I think I may have too--but a lot of the time other people are in the house.
sartorias
Sep. 23rd, 2015 12:31 pm (UTC)
Urgle. My OCD wars with my forgetfulness reading this! (I will check the stove ten or twelve times before driving off, but on the very same day I will set something on low to cook for five minutes, go upstairs to check my email . . . and half an hour later the smell of burn has me flailing downstairs. Spouse is just as bad.)
asakiyume
Sep. 23rd, 2015 12:59 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean about OCD warring with forgetfulness. And me too re: turning something on and then getting utterly distracted by email.
oiktirmos
Sep. 26th, 2015 01:47 am (UTC)
I can't help but think of the line He put Basil in the ratatouille?
asakiyume
Sep. 28th, 2015 06:09 pm (UTC)
:-)

Wakanomori would appreciate the reference.
deponti
Sep. 28th, 2015 09:57 am (UTC)
Your imagination...is truly incredible (in every nice way!)
asakiyume
Sep. 28th, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
Glad you find it so--very happy to have friends to share these things with.
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