smell you later

A couple of days ago a chilli con carne was being prepared in our house. Actually technically it was in the kitchen on the stove, not all over the house. All the ingredients were prepared, put into the pan to cook, and left to simmer gently.

The family settled down to watch part two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on DVD. Halfway through the film the phone rang and (since it’s a cordless model) I took it out into the kitchen so that I did not disturb the rest of the family. As I entered the kitchen I realised that the chilli con carne may have been slightly overcooked. It hadn’t reached the ‘plumes of black smoke’ stage but there was an incredibly strong smell of burnt chilli.

After the phone call we attempted to clean up the debris and the pan was scrubbed. The chilli con carne was rescued (part of it anyway) and the burnt scummy charred remains were deposited in the bin. Over the next few days there was a persistent lingering smell of charred chilli con carne in the kitchen that tried to sneak its way into other rooms of the house if doors were left open. I tried using air freshener to mask the smell but the pungent smell always  won. I tried using the air freshener that claims it seeks out unwanted odours and latches onto them, smothering them and preventing them from ponging (I think they have a slightly more technical description) but it seems that the pungent pong was more powerful. If anything, it smelt like the acrid smell was growing more powerful.

Last night I hit upon an idea. I emptied the bin. Since then the odour has been decreasing and her nostrils are no longer assaulted when we enter the kitchen.

One of the many wonderful things about God is the depth and extent of his grace and forgiveness. When I get things wrong and turned back to him he will always forgive, always restore, never stop loving.

But if I leave it at that there are times when the consequences of what I’ve done wrong can be ignored. Sometimes the aroma of hurt lingers. Sometimes the grace of God needs to be accompanied by my own action – putting right the things that I have done wrong for others. Only then will the true and full extent of God’s forgiveness and grace be experienced by everyone involved.

Be blessed, be a blessing.

Two new chemical elements have recently been discovered. Here for the first time is a description of their properties.

Element Name: WOMAN

Symbol: WO

Atomic Weight: (don’t even go there!)

Physical Properties: Generally curvy in form. Boils at nothing and may freeze any time. Melts whenever treated properly. Can become bitter if not treated well.

Chemical properties: Very active. Highly unstable. Possesses strong affinity to gold, silver, platinum, and precious stones. Violent when left alone. Able to absorb great amounts of exotic food. Turns slightly green when placed next to a better specimen.

Usage: Highly ornamental. An extremely good catalyst for dispersion of wealth. Probably the most powerful income reducing agent known.

Caution: Highly explosive in inexperienced hands.


Element Name: MAN

Symbol: XY

Atomic Weight: (180 +/- 50)

Physical properties: Solid at room temperature,but gets bent out of shape easily. Fairly dense and sometimes flaky. Difficult to find a pure sample. Due to rust, aging samples are unable to conduct electricity as easily as young samples.

Chemical properties: Attempts to bond with WO any chance it can get. Also tends to form strong bonds with itself. Becomes unstable when mixed with Kd (Element: Child) for prolonged period of time.

Usage: None known. Possibly good methane source. Good samples are able to produce large quantities on command.

Caution: In the absence of WO, this element rapidly decomposes and begins to smell.

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