And Then There Was The Time I Had A Warped Candle

by Sherry Riter in Sherry

The definition of memory is something that is remembered.

There are many things that can affect our ability to remember. Suffering with a painful headache is one thing that can impair our ability to remember.

I actually had a headache all weekend long. I did as little as possible, but I seemed to mess up just about everything I touched. I even messed up the last line of my blog post yesterday, but I’ve corrected it. However, some things that I messed up I couldn’t go back and correct.

straighten warped candle pink tapers

While moving, I found two pink taper candles that I guess I’ve had for ages. Nothing was wrong with them except they were both a little warped. So I made sure when I was packing, I put the two candles in a box that would be opened first.

I was in the kitchen cooking dinner with a pounding headache when I saw the pink taper candles. They have been sitting on the kitchen counter for a week and their crookedness has been driving me crazy. I decided that while I was cooking my chicken, green beans and carrots, I would also straighten the candles.

I preheated the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Then I opened the door a little crack to release some of the warm air while I put the two pink taper candles on a baking sheet.

The chicken was starting to pop, the green beans were bubbling and the carrots were about to boil over. I stirred the carrots with one hand and the green beans with the other. Then I flipped all the pieces of chicken over to get them brown on the other side.

Meanwhile, my headache felt like it was going to blow my head off my neck at any moment.

I put the warped taper candles in the oven and closed the door. I was sure that the residual heat in the oven would warm them both up in a minute and I would be able to straighten them.

Stirring the now browned chicken with caramelized onions and seasoned with a generous amount of garlic, I was doing everything I could not to think about my painful headache.


I looked at the oven control panel knowing without a doubt that the click meant that I had forgotten to turn off the oven.

Jerking the oven door open, I saw exactly what I had feared. My two warped candles were now half melted on my baking sheet. Carefully removing the baking sheet and setting it across the sink, I wondered how I would remove all the wax.

Meanwhile, the chicken, beans and carrots once again needed attention. I turned the oven and all the burners off. Then I grabbed a bunch of paper towels and started soaking up all the hot liquified wax. After wiping off as much as possible, I threw all the paper towels and half melted candles in the trash.

Looking at my baking sheet, I could tell that it still had a very thin layer of wax on it.

I put the baking sheet back in the oven. In a few minutes, I pulled it back out and wiped as much of the melted was off as was possible. It still wasn’t clean, so I put it back in the oven.

My head was pounding.

I wasn’t hungry anymore either.

After a couple minutes, I took the baking sheet out of the oven and wiped as much of the wax off as was possible. Hmph. There was still a thin layer of wax left on it, so I put it back in the oven again for a couple minutes. After wiping it again, I decided that I would “wash” the baking sheet under SUPER hot water.

As the water streamed down the baking sheet, the last little bit of candle wax film melted off.

What a fiasco!

With the baking sheet all clean, I turned my attention back to a very delicious meal and served myself dinner.

I learned several things from this experience…

  • Don’t cook when I have a headache.
  • Hot wax is messy!
  • Throw warped candles in the trash and forget about trying to straighten them.
  • Headaches make it hard to remember.
  • Hot wax soaked paper towels will transfer the wax to whatever surface they are sitting on and then the wax will cool and stick to the other surface too.
  • Half melted taper candles look strange.
  • I’m still an excellent cook even in the midst of melted hot wax all over the kitchen.

And the last thing I learned from my ex-candles…

  • No matter how old I get, I guess I’m still going to keep on doing the most ridiculous things!

Yes, I did eventually laugh at myself. I probably looked as silly in the kitchen trying to clean up the wax as Lucy did in the I Love Lucy show when she worked in the chocolate factory.

Maybe it is a redhead thing because surely I can’t be aging! 😀


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 mom November 12, 2012 at 5:54 am

You could have just left them to cool completely. After they cooled, run hot water on the back of the pan and after a few seconds tale a knife and slip under a thick edge and it would come right off. Use a scrubby pad and all the wax would be gone!! You should have called me. I have done the same thing. lol


2 Sherry Riter November 12, 2012 at 7:50 am

Well, at least I’m not the only one who has done it. LOL


3 Stéfan November 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

I now have a headache reading this post. Ha! Big wink!


4 Sherry Riter November 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm

* bonking you on the head with a Nerf bat *


Which kind of headache do you have now? I think you are just chocolate deprived and the headache will go away as soon as you munch on a chocolate bar. LOL


5 Stéfan November 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Yesssss… the Nerf bat! And by the way, that’s the kind of headache I have… a Nerf bat headache.


6 Sherry Riter November 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

LOL LOL Maybe I should add that type to the list too!!!


7 Joan November 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm

OMG, I laughed so hard when I read this post! I know that you did not mean for it to be funny, with the headache you were having, but it was hilarious! 🙂


8 Sherry Riter November 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Yeah, I’m a goofball.


9 Joan November 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Redhead Riter, take a closer look at the picture of those two bent candles before you placed them in the oven and melted them. Do you see what I see? 😉

I can’t believe that you posted that picture right next to the sidebar of you as a little girl standing next to Santa Claus and smiling! LOL


10 Sherry Riter November 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I’m think I’m missing something. I don’t know what you mean.


11 Joan November 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Well, I have always said that at times you can be naive. . . 🙂


12 Sherry Riter November 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Wait a minute. How did you know that I wouldn’t know what you were talking about. Okay, this feels weird. LOL


13 Joan November 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

. . . either you are naive, or my mind is in the gutter! 😉


14 Joan November 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Which is it? LOL


15 Sherry Riter November 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Oh heck, Joan! LOL YOU are being very naughty!


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