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Comment by Pat on April 11, 2014 at 2:08pm

Joan, I skipped the corn flakes. The way things are going in that accursed room in the house, I probably would have leaned over the bowl, inadvertently snorted one, and would have been too embarrassed to tell my insurance carrier or the ER staff how it got there.

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 11, 2014 at 2:04pm
In our house I am the jar opener. At least I'm good for something.

I hope I have the energy wnd time this weekend to do something with rhubarb. Maybe a crisp. Easier than a pie.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 11, 2014 at 1:34pm

Pat, what an awful day. Did you settle for Corn Flakes? Oh, I can just picture each episode and it wasn't until the third reading that I could laugh ... a sorry, compassionate, empathic laugh. You turned disaster into a funny story ... now, that takes resilience. 

Comment by Plinius on April 11, 2014 at 11:26am

Deep fried herring bought at the market - panharing we call it. Still too busy to do much cooking.

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.   


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