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Comment by Pat on April 11, 2014 at 10:45am

As a post script to last night's Armageddon-like fiasco of dinner preparation, I decided to hold off doing the dishes till this morning. Things were going well until I got to the last item. My favorite maple wood cutting board. As you can already imagine, I got out the broom and swept up the Jolly Green Giant's maple wood toothpicks.

Screw it! I'm taking Carl's advice and going with pizza tonight, though I'll probably drop the box on its side coming in the door.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 11, 2014 at 7:29am

Oven roasted some chicken last night. Rolled pieces in corn flakes and savory spices. Better than pan fried if you ask me. Side dishes:  freezer sweet corn/green bean (succatash), and a beet. And always a dish of mixed fruit.

Comment by Pat on April 11, 2014 at 6:29am

Thanks everyone. In my particular case, it wasn't due to arthritis, or any other physical condition. On second thought, yeah it was. Aggravated bonehead clumsiness.

As to getting stuck lids off of jars, I usually tilt the jar sideways and run the hottest tap water that will come out of the faucet over it for a minute or two. But, just the part with the lid. The heat causes the lid to expand and generally loosens it so I can get it off.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 11, 2014 at 3:16am

I have several different types of jar and bottle openers (all with metal parts); sometimes they work, and sometimes they don't.  I often end up using a nutcracker that's older than I's curved, so it fits many bottle tops, but not jars.  (The worst bottles seem to be the 1/2 gallon plastic store brand of cranberry juice sweetened with Splenda....I've been using that sweetener for almost 15 years, with no health problems...that I know of.  I put it in my tea...I've forgotten what white sugar tastes like.)

Sometimes I upend a difficult jar, and whack it on the countertop 4 times; once for each "compass point "on the lid.  You can sometimes hear when you've hit the right spot.  Haven't broken anything yet.

The only kitchen mess we've ever had was caused by the 1970 Sylmar ("Sly-Mar") quake.  EVERYTHING flew out of the upper cupboards onto the floor.  And decorative plates fell off the walls and broke. Sugar, flour (both in antique glass canisters), Mason jars of peaches and other stuff Mother had canned herself from our fruit trees. And her wedding crystal...totally ruined.  The dishes were all Corelle...still have them.  No damage to them at all.  The "good" dishes, Franciscan Ware, were in the bottom section of a damage there, either.

Oh, and bookcases in other rooms either fell over, or had all the books dumped off the shelves.

ALL of that happened in pitch dark...about 5AM, and the first thing that happened was the power went off.  My dresser danced 5 inches to the right of where it had been for years, and blocked my bedroom door.  I was stuck in there till the sun came up.

I was NOT amused.

Comment by Patricia on April 11, 2014 at 1:40am

Either that or taken a hammer to it until the glass was reduced to sand.....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 11, 2014 at 1:29am

I had one of those rubber gripper sheets to help open difficult jars.  Those pickles tore the damn thing up into useless shreds.  If I wasn't the person responsible for having to clean up the mess, I would have thrown those pickle jars against the wall.   

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 11, 2014 at 1:23am

Pat, Patricia, Sk8eycat, and Carl, that all sounds frustrating!!

I remember hearing about the U.S. standard for "childproof" medicine bottles, that kids under so many months old shouldn't be able to open them, but an adult should be able to get it open in five minutes!

I have "normal" hands, and I also keep a wrench in my kitchen tool drawer.

Comment by Patricia on April 11, 2014 at 1:11am

Geesh Carl, I'd email the brand & ask if they used contact cement to seal their pickle jars! I have arthritis in my hands/fingers/wrists so I have to have a tool to open jars or ask my husband. It's a nuisance if he's not here or busy at something.

Comment by Plinius on April 11, 2014 at 1:09am

I hope you've recovered a bit, Pat! I'm starting on the same road; some vertebrae trouble makes my hands numb. One of those extras you can't refuse, so we'll have to make the best of it and buy some extra stuff in case of breakage.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 11, 2014 at 12:57am

Sk8eycat, you're not the only one who has trouble opening jars.  I've purchased a particular brand of pickles because they were the lowest price.  However, I had the toughest time imaginable trying to unscrew the lid.  My hands were so red and so sore.  I was thoroughly disgusted.  I finally gave up on the idea of having pickles on my sandwich.  I eventually got that jar and another one open days later but not without the same difficult fight.  I swear I was going to tear a muscle in my hand.  I haven't purchased that brand ever since for that reason alone.  I don't need the hassle.    

And I agree with you about purchasing used/refilled ink cartridges.  They are definitely inferior and will cost more in the long-run, as you'll have to reprint all the printed pages that are ruined as a result.  Ink cartridges are expensive, and I wouldn't hesitate asking for monetary help in covering the cost.  You are being relied on to provide a professional job for your friend, so you should at least have the proper tools to work with.  


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