Now my toaster* has ceased to function. Warmed up the frozen bread slightly, then quit.
I suppose I'll disassemble it at some point and see if it's fixable.
When one is contemplating moving, buying a new toaster is not really appropriate. Especially if one is hoping to move to someplace with more kitchen counter space, so a bigger better toaster later is on the agenda anyway.
Update: That was easy. While waiting for an FPGA image to update (the slow way), I investigated. The plug had fallen far enough out of the socket to lose connection. I presume it had been barely making contact, perhaps owing to feline activities, and it slipped just that little bit further shortly after I pushed the lever this morning.
* For purposes of this post, the word "toaster" means "actual sliced-bread-heating kitchen appliance."