Lately, friends have been asking what I've been up to. I haven't been out of the house much due to my monster cold and I haven't made my usual phone calls or written emails since that would require my missing in action energy. But once people hear my hacking cough they pretty much assume I'm down for the count in bed.
But that's not the case, or at least it's not entirely the case.
Between the usual doctor's visits and unpleasantness that go with being sick, I have been working very hard to accomplish one simple task that's turned into my number one priority every waking minute of the day since Christmas.
I want to open this huge, half gallon jar of our favorite Four Bean Salad....
It was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law for the holidays-- A gift that's actually produced in my hometown by a company owned by the Mayor. It's one of our very favorite treats and as crazy as it sounds-- it's comfort food for me.
But we can't open the jar to save our lives.
The lid will not budge. We've tapped it, run it under hot water, used the rubber gripper thing, held it upside down, stood on one foot, cursed, prayed and pried, but so far-- The jar, after 16 days of trying, is still not open.
I'm kind of a weakling but my husband is really strong and usually the jar opener in this household, but no luck. Same goes for the people I've asked to try to open the jar, who all also looked strong, not the least of which were:
A Garbage truck driver
One UPS guy
The FedEx woman
Two next door neighbors
The nanny who works across the street
The guy my husband plays tennis with
Both daughters and a son-in-law
Four dinner guests
And my Rheumatologist (Yes! I actually took the jar to the doctor's office with me-- I'm that desperate!)
So I ask you dear Blog Friends-- What's the trick to opening a stubborn jar of Four Bean Salad? All advice, suggestions and secret tricks welcome.
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