This truly is just the coffee talking... as I'm sipping iced coffee enhanced with coffee flavored energy drops and waiting for the last 10 minutes of a load of laundry to finish. Not in the mood to read the news, I clicked on Dear Abby, which I normally don't read but about once every 5 or 6 months I'll click if I need to pass a few minutes reading 'something'.
Today I see this one:
DEAR ABBY: I do a lot of home canning, and last year
our farm was very profitable. I canned more than 300 jars of jellies,
juices, applesauce and soups. I gave many of these away as gifts.
My dilemma is, most of the time no one gives me the jars back.
Canning jars are the most expensive part of canning. Would you please
help me get the word out to return the jars when they are empty? — DEBBIE IN DERBY, N.Y.
DEAR DEBBIE: I’m glad to put out the word. But don’t
you think it would be more effective if you simply asked that the jars
be returned if the recipients want to continue receiving these generous
gifts from you? Attaching a “Please return to (blank)” label might help.
Seriously? 'Debbie' complains to Dear Abby that no one gives canning jars back when she's given them a food gift in them? Wow. Let me say that my grandmother's canned, my Dad and Mom canned, and yes, I can. We give gifts of pickles, jams, jellies, and the meal in a jar mixes and layered baked good mixes in them as gifts and NO ONE I know in my own family or my circle of friends who home-can EVER 'expect' the jars back. Ever. And if you DO want your jars back (which is fine if that's what you want) then for pete's sake just ASK when you give the gift or put a cute little label on the jar.
Too simple for her to figure out???