Found some notes scrawled on the fridge. What was I struggling with?
Anger? Bother? Chafe?
Destroy? Eradicate? Forget?
Garden? Herb? Ingredient?
Just this puzzle?
Word tag - the answer is a word or set of words.
Bonus Question/Hint (for a creative thinker; this is optional but I'd be curious to see your creation):
Write out (a close approximation or example of) what I specifically saw which caused me to write down these notes. (The answer is a word or set of words which describes this thing).
'this puzzle' = 'K', but only numerically. Your best bet is to disregard the A-J pattern completely and think about other clues.
If you cook often, the 'garden herb' is probably on your spice rack.
Removed the no-computers restriction, as a computer won't help that much anyway.
Line 1 could just as easily have been "Madden? Upset?"
Throwing spaghetti at the blockquote may eventually work but will take forever. There is an easier way. Think logically about the question which was actually asked. Do you have notes on your desk that look something like mine (in certain ways)?
Abe Lincoln was reading a book on economics and wrote a note to himself: 'every economist should read this book'. Years later, historian buff Bob saw the note printed in Lincoln's biography and thinking Lincoln a sage, bought fifty more copies of the biography and mailed them to economists.
The easiest way to solve this puzzle is to follow a specific three step order. I thought the steps were fairly straightforward and logical but it seems everyone is stumped. You can solve it by skipping steps, but it will be more difficult. So I will give away Step One.
Step One: Focus on the title, intro, and tag. Take them at face value, there is nothing complicated going on. This step can be completed without even reading the blockquote. Step one is given in the tag: