Strange happenings in the kitchen by pamknowler

Strange happenings in the kitchen

I was at the sink and could hear a strange noise behind me near the ceramic hob. This is our Joseph (expensive make) heat resistant glass mat which for some reason has started to crack up. It was happening as I watched with the pattern forming and the glass splitting. I have had this heat resistant mat for a few years now - I have them on all my work surfaces so I can put down hot pots. Nicer than a trivet I always thought. The mat was fine last night when I put my spoon on it as I was cooking. I have not put anything hot on it since it has been in place in my new kitchen. What could have caused it to break up like this I wonder? Now I have to get it into the bin without dropping any glass!!

I have an appointment at the opticians this afternoon for an eye health check. No point in phoning the doctor at the moment as all appointments are over the phone. I thought I would get the optician to see if he can see any problem I have with my eyes.
It actually looks like a pane of arty farty glass - what do they call it! Do you have problems with your eyes? We are all getting older and must expect these things!
August 19th, 2020  
Bit like all our plates that split in half over a few days.. weird happenings... I blame covid..
August 19th, 2020  
@maggiemae I’ve had a problem since March. I thought it was hay fever but the drops didn’t touch it. Been trying lots of different eye drops and ointments but still waking up feeling like my eyes are scratchy and sore. It’s stopping me reading and doing much on the computer. Let’s see if the optician can see if there is a problem. I wear varifocal glasses and my normal checkup isn’t until December so I am paying £25 for this health check. Fed up not being able to read!
August 19th, 2020  
How strange your plates all split! Strange things definitely happening! Lol! @julzmaioro
August 19th, 2020  
That is so strange, it’s made a nice pattern though. Hope the optometrist can find the problem with your eyes
August 19th, 2020  
it makes a lovely pattern - curious though as to the cause
August 19th, 2020  
It does look pretty. Hope you managed to get it to the bin without dropping any glass.

Maybe there was a tiny chip which will cause the glass to stress and shatter spontaneously.
August 19th, 2020  
Strange indeed! I hope your eyes get better soon!
August 19th, 2020  
That would freak me out!!
August 19th, 2020  
Sounds like when I heard the crackling and it was the floor-ceiling window that was part of the sliding glass door to the deck. That's just what it looked like til it all crumbled! So very strange that it happened sitting on your countertop!
August 19th, 2020  
There is a condition where your eyes don’t produce enough moisture or tears making the eye feel scratchy & dry. I know nothing about eyes but I have read of this problem...there is help in the firm of drops I believe.
That heat resistant glass has rebelled!! Joseph is a great make But perhaps it’s done it’s course...quite a job removing all the bits!
August 19th, 2020  
Cool photo but I am sure it was scary
August 19th, 2020  
very cool patterns - bummer though. Glad you're taking care of your eyes. Hope you're feeling better by end of day, if not, sooner!
August 19th, 2020  
wow
August 19th, 2020  
Great patterns but an unusual occurrence. I have dry eyes and have used Viscotears for years, although I buy a generic product from Amazon as my surgery no longer prescribes them
August 19th, 2020  
What a strange thing to occur. The cracks do make an interesting pattern.
I hope you can get your eyes sorted, it's most unpleasant having scratchy eyes.
August 19th, 2020  
A problem I had with one eye was the bottom eyelashes had turned inwards and were scratching on the eyeball. Very painful - have to have them pulled out every 3 months!
August 19th, 2020  
wow that's so weird!
August 19th, 2020  
How strange! Have never seen one crack like this! Hope you get some answers at your eye appt!
August 19th, 2020  
Woops
August 20th, 2020  
Your eye symptoms sound like what my eyes feel like way too often - I'm supposed to be putting just otc drops in the 3x a day (dry eye) but I often forget until they're really bothering me. Also told me to use warm compresses daily for 5 minutes (does a wash cloth in the tub count?) I'm not real good at remembering. Hope you find some answers.
August 20th, 2020  
Beautiful looking patter, though! Sounds like you could have blepharitis. I use a foam on my eyes every morning. Good luck!
August 20th, 2020  
@pamknowler Have you checked out 'dry eye'? One of my golfing mates has this condition and needs special drops.
August 20th, 2020  
Weird indeed re your heat-resistant glass mat. I've been thinking about ways to get it all into the bin without hassles but have come up blank. Sorry. Love to know how it happened.
August 20th, 2020  
Well, I'm going to drop some scientific drivel on you here. It looks to me like it's a case of thermal fracturing. I'm guessing you put hot pots or pans in the middle usually. The glass actually expands a bit where the hot pot is, but not at the outside edges. Over time this results in stresses in the glass that gradually increase, and you'll get micro cracks that you can't detect. Eventually it will give way and the whole thing cracks, but it usually needs some initiator, like placing something on it, or bumping it. Strange that it seems to have broken like this on its own. OK, time to wake back up! I hope your eye check-up goes well!
August 20th, 2020  
Super weird all of a sudden for sure. I know this happens sometimes when something that's hot is subjected to sudden cold, but I doubt that's what is happening here. Sounds like Ron might have the answer. Not very functional anymore I suppose, but it's cool looking!
August 20th, 2020  
@stray_shooter Thanks for the science Ron!! Now I know why but not why it suddenly decided to shatter all on it's own!!
August 20th, 2020  
@danette Well done Danette you got the correct diagnosis!!
August 20th, 2020  
@maggiemae @kjarn @juliedduncan @happypat @elatedpixie @carolmw @salza @loweygrace @milaniet @danette @golftragic @stray_shooter Finally diagnosed as Blepharitis with eye hygiene wiping the eyelid with hot water or baby shampoo plus a heat pad on the eyes for 5 minutes. Twice a day. Once you have it you always have it and will have to do the above from now on. Optician said don't worry it's just like cleaning your teeth it will become a habit!! So pleased I have a diagnosis!!
August 20th, 2020  
That condition sounds as good as its name! Almost a swear word! Hope the treatment works!
August 20th, 2020  
@maggiemae you made me laugh! It does sound like a swear word! 😂😂😂
August 20th, 2020  
Glad you have a diagnosis and can take steps to get relief now!
August 20th, 2020  
I used to do the things your optician recommended, when it was very uncomfortable. Now, I can get by with the foaming cleanser and prescription eye drops for dry eyes. If I have a bad day, I keep an eye mask in the freezer that works well. The hot water compresses works well if very bad. My point is, I think you will improve once you start treatments.
August 20th, 2020  
I just love 365 - you’ve received awesome tidbits of knowledge about glass trivets and dry eyes! Isn’t it wonderful?! 😊
August 21st, 2020  
Bloomin' heck. Never heard of that one Pam, but then again why would I, I'm no expert on eyes. Good you've got a diagnosis now and know how to treat the condition.
August 22nd, 2020  
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