Friday, April 29, 2011

THE LITMUS TEST: It Either Works or it Doesn't Work, Period!

THE LITMUS TEST, IS IT ACID OR ALKALINE, ITS ONE OR THE OTHER!  The white litmus paper turns blue for alkaline and red for acid, a dependable test.

EASTER DINNER TABLE - 2010
My wife Julie treated her family, 18 of them, to her traditional Easter Dinner.  The "dinner" has been over for a week or so but one member of her family, and then another, still "drops" by for 2nds, 3rds, and 4ths.  I don't blame them.  Julie is a great cook and can be depended upon to cook two or three times more food than is necessary for any single meal.
MY JULIE-GIRL ON OUR FLORIDA HONEYMOON-She is still a sweetie!
Did I help with the dinner?  No, Julie does all the holiday cooking.  She, and her helper, Donna, cooked all night long.  Typical!  I did peel the potatoes, all 10# of them.  She fixed three hot potatoe dishes to please different family members, plus two dishes of sweet potatoes.  As usual, I always set the tables, this year with a solid blue cloth and yellow napkins on a flowered place mat.

Julie's favorite in life, her son Randy Lee, had an expansion wrap on his left elbow.  He complained about pain.  I inquired if he had tennis elbow to which he replied "probably".  He replied that he didn't know about tennis elbow straps.


 I gave him mine telling him that he would know immediately if it helped or not.  If it did not immediately relieve his pain, it didn't work.  HE WAS ASTONISHED THAT THE PAIN WAS REDUCED IMMEDIATELY, just like I said.

My acquiring tennis elbow is a fond memory.  Fishing on Lake Erie with my brother Henry, maybe 25 years ago, we started to catch White Bass in the "jumps".  Each fish was big for white bass, maybe three pounds.  We caught a fish every cast.  In maybe 45 minutes we filled a 120 quart ice chest and had to quit fishing to get more ice.  After fighting those bass on ultra light tackle for a half hour, or so, my left elbow was damaged.

I'm not much for watching TV, even while killing time on a cold day.  I never miss the 6PM news on Fox or The O'Reilly Factor, however.  Remembering my teaching that "Idle Hands Are The Devils Tools", as I watched the news I whetted my pocket knife.  SUDDENLY, I HAD AN ACUTE PAIN IN MY RIGHT RING FINGER.  It was serious pain!  I couldn't see anything and thought I had somehow ruptured a major nerve.

SUDDENLY, AGAIN, I HAD EVEN WORSE PAIN IN THE UNDER SIDE OF MY RIGHT FOREARM.  It really, really hurt!  Looking down, there was a wasp doing a number on my arm.  I knocked it off with my knife.  It landed on my bundle of keys, which is attached to a belt loop.  Using my knife again, I mashed at the wasp, twice.  It fell towards the floor. 
A WASP, one of the blessings of miles of state park?

I COULD NEVER FIND THAT WASP ON THE FLOOR!  

I really wanted to find that wasp.  I looked on my chair, on my clothing, and all around the floor.  I could never find it.  WHY WAS THAT IMPORTANT?  I've tried to kill that wasp twice since noon.

The first time I gave it a swat with a fly swatter, I knocked it off a window blind but couldn't find it.  An hour or so later, it was on my computer key board, where I was working.  I swatted at it three times, knocking it down off the desk.  I could never find it then, either.

FIRST AIDE FOR WASP STINGS?
My arm and finger commenced to really, really hurt.  I headed for the kitchen and Adolph's meat tenderizer.  Oh, No!  Julie had saved money and bought an off brand tenderizer.  Would it work.  IT DID, IMMEDIATELY!  I wet my effected skin, shook on the gradular salt-like material, and the pain was gone.

IT PASSED THE LITMUS TEST!


Take care, avoid stinging insects, and remember the meat tenderizer.

MAT 18:20 WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER IN MY NAME

May God Bless you and yours!

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