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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.  

Comment by k.h. ky on April 10, 2014 at 11:05pm

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  Yummy. And nuts.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 10, 2014 at 9:53pm

I meant to tell you all that I bought something interesting: Minute brand Multi-Grain Medley, Brown rice, Red Rice, Wild "Rice," and Quinoa.  NO additives at all.

Since everything is pre-cooked separately, it doesn't seem to have much flavor (or maybe that's just me), but it sure looks pretty on the plate.  (And if you decide to try it, put about 1/4 cup more water in the pot, and cook it for 15 - 20 minutes instead of 10.  Let it sit longer after cooking, too.) 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 10, 2014 at 9:43pm

I hear you, Pat.  I haven't broken anything lately, but my fingers are permanently numb, and I need help opening jars, even ones that have previously been opened, and then the lids screwed back on too tight. 

Mostly I use Ziploc freezer bags and the same brand plastic containers to store things anymore.  I don't trust myself with glass. 

And I detest plastic bottles and jars that have lids that are attached to plastic rings that never come off.  Or the "child-proof" type.  A child can open the damn things, but old women with useless arthritic hands, and who NEED the meds in the bottles, have to use pliers, a monkey wrench, or an ice pick (or all three) to get the lids off.

Right now my fingers aren' working at all; I just finished addressing a stack of postcards for a friend...I've been doing this every month for more than 5 years now (I also type the things and print them)...for no pay.  Do you think I should ask her to buy me some HP ink cartridges? She does pay for the postcards *whew!*

I made the mistake of buying Awful Depot's refilled ink cartridges, and they're useless...and cost just as much as 100% new HP ones.

Sorry.  I'm whining again.

Comment by Patricia on April 10, 2014 at 9:15pm

The story of my life Pat. One of the million fibromyalgia symptoms is clumsies, & I hate it! I tell my husband I need a ''keeper''!


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