Steve was up in the attic today and was removing an old unused retractable staircase that had been in there for many many years. While he was removing the structure and the accompanying rails and springs, he found a tiny glass jar. It was hidden away in a corner and looked like it had been there for many years.
He brought it down to me
and I said ah ha
it's a Time Capsule!
As the anticipation mounted, we examined the outside of the jar first. It was from the Richelieu company and was a jar of honey dew melon? There were no barcodes or UPC symbols on the lid so it had to be made prior to 1980s.
So far, that means the jar is at least 40 years old
We carefully opened it up and found three things.... one was normal, and the other two were ummmmm abnormal. I will start with the normal thing first:
Now for the second item. There was a small cardboard box. It was empty, the flap open, nothing inside.
Again, no UPC code or barcode so it had to be pre-1980. It was from the Ducolax company and it was a box that had held two suppositories!! I kid you not!
Preparation for Barium Enema.
1. Take 4 tablets at 5 p.m. the evening before the examination.
2. NO BREAKFAST.
3. Use suppository at 7:00 a.m. the morning of the examination. Remove the wrapper (laa laaa laaaaa I won't type that part)
4. Report to the X-ray department at ______ on _______/
It was a piece of paper, obviously a printout from a hospital or clinic. It appeared to be the old type of mimeograph printed paper rather than a typewritten sheet directly off of a typewriter, or printed from a printer or press. Remember those old mimeograph papers where the lettering was kind of blue? This is faded but still able to be read.
The wording on the paper is tied into the box of Dulcolax because it was instructions on what to do to prepare yourself before going to the hospital for a barium enema for an X-ray!!!
It seemed to be a basic form letter of instructions. There was nothing written in the blanks of the exact time to appear at the hospital at the x-ray department. Hmmmm? So evidently the person receiving this form already knew what time to be at the department and didn't need it written in the blanks.
Alas and alack, we may never me know the "out come" of this time capsule mystery, and perhaps we really don't want to know?
My finger is feeling better, and I dabbed more antibiotic cream on it when I changed the bandage today. I didn't get much sewing done, because Steve has a few more projects on the roster and I had to help him out.