Right before we left on our trip to Missouri, my oven died. When I came home, Ford had already bought and installed a new stove as a surprise. The boys helped him and they even cleaned under and behind it before they put it in. In addition they cleaned the house (even mopped the floor) and had candles burning. Wasn't that sweet?
I had mentioned how nice a smooth top range would be because I could actually keep it clean but I was a little worried about being able to can on it this summer. The sales clerk reassured him it could handle the canner. We'll see, because I plan to give it quite a work out this year.