Preparedness Challenge Comments

I don’t know if you read the comments, especially on the preparedness issues, but would you please take the time to go to the post this morning and read comment number #4. Here’s the link to the comments.

Joyce,  you’re in my prayers and if there’s anything I can do to help you, please let me know. If you’re a quilter, when  you’re back up and running, maybe we can host a “quilting shower” or a knitting shower for you . . whatever I can do to help you, I will do and I’m sure many of my blog readers would be happy to help you and let you know we care about you!

Fire is my biggest concern living here in rural central Texas during a drought so her comment really hit home with me.

Also, this past month, with the medical issues, I realize how dependent we are, and probably always will be, on so much that’s outside our control. We can stock up on medical supplies as much as possible, first aid supplies, etc. but when a kidney stone hits, or worse . . heart attack, gall bladder, aneurysm, and things along that line, we all need outside help FAST.

We do the best we can but sometimes, it’s the slap across the head that brings you back down a notch and makes you realize most of us can never be totally ok without the systems we rely upon.

That’s what this prepping challenge is all about . . finding our strengths and our weaknesses and doing what we can to improve where improvement is needed, and share with others to help them improve where needed.

Ravelry Finds

This week, I’ve been sitting and knitting more than usual but I’ve also been sitting and digging through Ravelry more than usual so I’ve come up with, what I think, are some amazing patterns I want to make . . some day!  :)

You know I love Laura Aylor’s designs and she has this new, on sale for a few days, Rumple Scrap. It looks like something I could work in the car or while chatting with Vince . . not having to pay a whole lot of attention and it’s also good for leftovers. I almost always end up ordering an extra skein of yarn just so I don’t run out and have to re-order and hope for a dye lot match.

Rumple Scrap

Rumple Scrap

Joji Locatelli is also a favorite and some of her designs that have been around for a while but

This one is a hoodie cardigan and I love the back! Everyone says it’s a really fun and quick pattern to make. It’s Jenica Hoodie.

Jenica Hoodie

Jenica Hoodie

Another of Joji’s patterns that I’ve added to my library is Lipsick.  I love what Lilalu did to make hers a jumper instead of a cardigan.

Lipstick

Lipstick

Flaming Hat looks like a fun pattern. Anyone thinking of Christmas gifts? This one and Laura’s new Rumple Scrap scarf. I think those could be made using matching yarns for a set and wouldn’t that be nice?  :)

Flaming Hat

Flaming Hat

A blogging friend, Erin, sent me a link to a few patterns and I loved this one . . Dunlow.  A while back I had ordered yarn to make Wanderling and then decided it might not be the yarn I wanted for Wanderling. The yarn I had bought for Wanderling is perfect for Dunlow so I moved that yarn over from one project to another and will decide on another yarn for Wanderling. I’m leaning towards Madelinetosh Sport in a new color they have, Dachshund. How perfect would that be since I’m a doxie lover?

Dunlow

Dunlow

Time to stop browsing and get busy knitting . . 

Glass Gem Corn Update

Yesterday evening I noticed a few ears of the glass gem corn was dry enough to pull.  The grasshoppers are moving in by the droves and I’m not sure what they’ll do with the corn so I’m pulling at least enough to get seeds for next year. The corn begins losing it’s really pretty colors . . they get duller as they dry. It still isn’t dry enough but we had a chance of rain last night (didn’t happen) and I wanted to pull it so I could look at it . . so I did.

Glass Gem Corn

Glass Gem Corn

Isn’t it amazing? And gorgeous? I keep saying to Vince “Can you believe we grew this?” I don’t think he’s as impressed a I am. Plant a little bitty corn seed and get 4 or 5 ears from each corn stalk. This year I mostly grew it just to see if I could and I can. The worms really did a number on it but I read that if, as soon as you see tassels forming, you drop a few drops of mineral oil “down the shaft”, that will stop the worms so I’ll try that next year. I’m happy to get as much as I got without using pesticides or harsh chemicals so if the mineral oil does the trick, I’ll be happy. If not, that’s fine too.  I think I planted 20 seeds and probably 16 of those stalks produced 4 ears, one or two produced 3 ears and a couple produced 2 years. I’ll end up with 55 to 60 ears and each kernel is a seed for next year so I’ll have more than enough corn to plant next year.

One cup of dried corn kernels will equal about 1-1/2 cups of ground cornmeal.  I’m thinking that once the corn is dry, it would probably take two of the cobs (average) to make 1 cup of dried kernels. The 20 stalks I planted took up about 1/4 of one of my rows so I think I’ll plan to grow 2 or 3 rows of it next year and see if I can get enough for all our cornmeal for a year.

Some people are happy to grow pretty flowers . . I’m happy to grow pretty edibles!  :)