$627 later, the dishwasher and disposal have received organ transplants of various sorts. The oven / microwave are still in surgery and I know these surgeons don't come cheap. Some reader suggested scrapping the microwave and getting a new one; I'd neglected to mention that the oven/microwave is an all-in-one wall unit, so it wasn't that easy.
I believe my salary increase for the coming year is gone in the space of one day. Along with our [miniscule] tax refund.
Oh, well. Nobody died and nobody's sick and my tuition for the upcoming White Oak getaway is paid in full. And I have enough fabric to last me
So be it. Life is still good. And will be sweeter by the weekend!