Until I moved here, I hadn't lived w/o a microwave in a kitchen since somewhere around the mid-80s....
Now, when I first moved here, it was winter ... so I bought myself a saucepan, and I adapted ... when I went back to NJ for Christmas, I was told I could be gifted the microwave of my choice - but I declined, because I knew I couldn't lift it, so how would I get it in here?! Nah, thanks, me and my saucepan are just fine, thx!
Well, now I'm rethinking all of that, wondering if I should grab a male neighbor and take him shopping ...
Using the oven heats the entire kitchen - something I didn't even think about in the winter as a problem, but now in the summer ... if I'm going to heat something, using the oven, I try to keep myself all the way over here on the computer, no where in the kitchen, and of course I make sure the a/c is on!
The oven itself is something I had to buy special pans for, btw, because it is a small apartment-sized unit and so it doesn't fit a regular baking pan. Also, the stove itself has one burner that doesn't work - and of course its the big burner, that would speed-up production (yeah, I could tell management, but to have someone come in for that, when I have three working burners?! nah! however, it does mean that something in a pot or pan takes longer, because its on a smaller burner)
Another problem is that it seriously limits what I can eat. Now, while I have to watch anything w/ high fructose corn syrup in it, I do occasionally want something as a "goodie" but -- if I'd have to cook it 55 minutes V 5 minutes in the micro, fagetaboutit! it goes back on the shelf! Also, there are things I really don't want to be messing around with a big production of pans and stoves and ovens, just to feed myself, like if I wanted hot dogs, for example.
Because of being disabled, I can't always lean and do the saucepan thing - a microwave would be good for times like that, too!
Hmmmm ... considering it, fersure!