Saturday, July 9, 2011

What is that smell?

For at least three days  I have been smelling an unpleasant odor in the kitchen. Each day it would get a bit worse. Last night, I had narrowed it down to the area around the stove.  And it's a new stove at that, less then 2 weeks old. Anyway I cleaned all the surfaces around the stove, the top of the stove, cleaned the floor, checked everything I thought.  Yesterday afternoon and evening, I burned my gorgeous gingerbread scented candle. It helped mask the odor, but the bad odor was still there.
This morning it was so bad, a rotting smell.  Dan came home from work this morning and said "it smells like something died in here."  He opened the oven, which I didn't even think to do, and what did we find??  A turkey carcass from last Saturday!!! OH my goodness, how embarrassing!!
Last Saturday I cooked a turkey and after I had all the meat off,  I put the carcass & pan back in the oven. My intention was to discard of it later in the day. I totally forgot all about it!! So what we were smelling was the little bit of turkey meat left on the bones and the grease in the bottom of the baking pan, rotting for 7 days!!  Disgusting!!!

On a spiritual note, this got me thinking about how sometimes we let things bother us, let things built up inside and we don't get rid of the garbage.  A few garbage items I can think of are: unforgiveness, selfishness, holding a grudge... you get the idea.  If we let things sit and rot, it stinks and the longer it rots the worse the smell gets. We can try to cover up the smell but it won't go away till we get rid of the garbage.  Throw out those stinky attitudes and rotten thoughts. If we don't get throw out the garbage and clean up the mess, it affects us, those around us and last but certainly not least, it affects our walk with the Lord. 

Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.
~Philippians 4:8

Happy weekend!

~sweet blessings~


  1. Hi Pam;

    LOL!! Chalk that rotten smell ordeal happening to a lot of us. That's what happens when you get too busy my friend. I'm glad you found the turkey carcass. I also love the way you used it for our walk with the Lord. Great!

    Just saw your comment on my blog and hopefully this is what you mean in importing your blog. I usually go to my blog and on top Navbar I hit SHARE and it gives you choices of 4 places to share. Pick FACEBOOK and you have a choice of your thumbnails to use and you can comment on your latest post. Then hit the share button on the bottom right. This is how I share my link and blog entry. I also choose the Twitter choice and add the post title to Tweet. Hope this is what you meant.

    Have a blessed weekend dear friend. Hugs,

  2. Love the analogy Pam...Thanks for the's so true!!

    Sorry about the smell in your kitchen!! LOL
    Glad Dan opened the oven!! Love ya, Mom

  3. PAM!!! This is soooo good and funny!! I have left stuff in the oven I think it is a SUMMER thing--in our defense we dont use it that much in the summer!!--am I right????

    Now as for those stinking attitudes - you are so right we got to get rid of them. I recently found a tip that works for me. Give myself 10 minutes to be mad, sad, whiny, gripy and whatever else then LET IT GO and be determined to enjoy the rest of my day. So far works great!! A bit harder when the person you are angry with is in front of you...but a bathroom trip and a mirror pep-talk and it is possible to get on with it :0)

  4. Pam, I had to laugh at your stinky problem! Oh my!!! Bet you will never forget to check the oven again! :) I LOVED the analogy!!! So true too.

    I'm not back to blogging, just wanting to catch up withball my reads. Love you Pam!

  5. eeewww! Oh Pam! That is so funny. Not nice to smell though! I like how you've turned it into a positive though, and it made you think about masking over problems in life.

    It reminds me of when Bill and I got married. When we returned from honeymoon, there was a yukky smell. I couldn't work out what it was, and thought it must be the drains of something. A few days later I finally found the culpret. A mushy and decomposing pumpkin in a basket on top of the fridge. When pumpkins got iccky they give off a horrid smell, a bit like rotting fish. It's horrible. I was so glad to find it though, and be able to clear it up and get rid of the stench. I suspect you must have felt the same!

    Pleased you got to see the photo of Girly Girl yesterday. One of my favourites ever I think!

    enjoy your sunday



  6. What a great analogy, Pam!

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. God bless...have a wonderful (pleasant-smelling) week!

  7. Ok first, I laughed about the turkey. That is TOTALLY something I would do! But your connection to the spiritual side really hit me. Thanks for that note. :)

  8. Hi Pam, You turned a stinky situation into a powerful spiritual lesson for us. Can't get too much of that.
    Thanks, I always leave here feeling uplifted.

  9. That's funny Pam! Good for you to make a lesson out of the whole experience! ;) Wishing you a great week ahead! (((Hugz)))

  10. Oh dear Pam, I bet that was an awful smell. I love the analogy though. Great post. Have a nice week!! It looks like you are getting some rain from your weather window. I am so jealous. I hope you get a lot. ((BIG HUGS))!!

  11. What an awesome analogy! So often I catch myself trying to burn that gingerbread candle of "good works" to mask the stench of something rotten in my life and only when I let God clear the mess, does the stink go away.

  12. just wanted to visit and say hello! Have a good week Pam xx