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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 Pat on April 10, 2014 at 8:20pm

With everything falling down and breaking, I'm afraid to unzip my pants!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 10, 2014 at 7:07pm

Pat, it's time to order a pizza for dinner and call it a day.  You shouldn't have to settle for gruel if you can avoid it. 

Comment by Pat on April 10, 2014 at 6:52pm

Ever have one of those completely "Dumb assed, brain dead" moments in a kitchen where you are trying to prepare a good meal? Tonight, I was going to prepare baked fish, green beans, and a curried rice pilaf for dinner; the rice made with my own homemade chicken stock.

Well, let the 3 Stooges and the Keystone Cops begin. After spilling half a box of rice on the kitchen floor, it gets better. I swept that up and went for the white raisins to add to the rice, onion and celery that I saved. In going for the raisins, a jar of $12.00 imported Italian Marinara sauce also hits the floor with predictable results. Glass and red sauce all over the kitchen floor, cabinets, and the front of the stove. I would add here, that I am in socks, having previously taken off my shoes. It was hard to differentiate the blood from my feet from the marinara sauce as I was cleaning it up.

I get that all cleaned up, and open the homed canned chicken stock. Needless to say, it splatters all over the sink. Mind you, it's good, but I lost about 1/4 of the pint.

I think I'm going to check myself into a nursing home, and have them feed me gruel that Oliver Twist would have turned his nose up at!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 10, 2014 at 12:39pm

Basic New York style cheesecake with cherry sauce on top.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 10, 2014 at 7:26am

I'm still partial to blueberry cheesecake. There's a blueberry farm 10 minutes down the road from me. I load my freezer every July.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 10, 2014 at 2:25am

Pumpkin and fudge/chocolate?  Srsly?  I've never tried that. but it sounds kinda...wellll...too much.  Am I wrong?  (I'm just not that wild about any kind of chocolate...except hot mocha-cocoa on a rainy day...the family misfit in that dept.)


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