Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things.
One of our favorite snacks around here is popcorn. With that in mind, when I planted the garden last spring and decided to plant a three sisters garden in the new part, Pennsylvania Butter-Flavored popcorn was the corn part of the garden. Burgess Buttercup winter squash and Seminole Pumpkins were the squash addition and Kentucky Wonder Pole beans to climb the stalks and give us some dried beans.
The popcorn did beautifully and I harvested much more than we will eat in a year, I think. I spent part of an afternoon shelling about half a quart of kernels into a storage jar and twice I have tried popping it the traditional way in a heavy pot with oil only to have very little of it pop and what did pop was tiny and hard. This was a huge disappointment. Son #1 (AKA T from now on) asked if I used enough oil and alternately, had I tried air or dry popping. Of course I used enough oil and I don’t have an air popper. Last night, I googled popping home grown popcorn and found several videos on popping it in a microwave with and without oiling it first. As I am currently home alone for a couple hours, I made myself a small bowl of my favorite potato cheese soup and was still hungry so I tried dry popping the corn on the cob in the microwave.
You can see the cob in the bowl. It was a fluffy, glorious success.
My knitting this week has been entirely on the Reverse Falls Shawl that I am knitting for my cousin. It is nearing completion, with only a couple of 16 row repeats left to do. The rows are quite long now, so the repeats don’t happen as quickly as they did earlier in the week. I’m on the last skein of primary color and as the shawl both begins and ends with that color, I may not actually get two full repeats.
On Friday, we had no grandkid duties, so we ventured off to “the big city” to have lunch and to allow a couple of errands. One was to the Harley Davidson shop to look for a couple of long sleeve T-shirts for Mountaingdad. I wanted to visit the yarn shop for some double pointed Karbonz knitting needles to finish my sweater sleeve. They didn’t have the ones I wanted, but I bought an alternative as well as spending a bit more than I had planned as a stroll through the shop took me past the Mountain Colors, Mountain Goat yarn. That is just about my favorite yarn and I left with two matching skeins and the hope to make a rib warmer out of them for me.
Yes, my knitterly and spinning friends, it is another version of teal (with a bit of purple in it). Do you think I will ever move on to other colors. I realize it has the same teal as the sweater I am trying to complete, so instead of a rib warmer, it may become a hat and scarf. Maybe I should get my designing hat back on.
I am home alone right now by choice. Mountaingdad took off on his motorcycle. He is so excited to be able to ride again after a whole summer of not being able to, that if the weather is above 60 degrees and lower than a 30% chance of rain, he wants to go out. Today he volunteered to ride 90 minutes to Meadows of Dan to pick up some of my yarn and a check and then back, so he will be gone for a bit. K, R, and grands A, and N are off looking for gunboats (shoes) for R who has the largest feet in the entire family, even larger than his 6’4″ BIL. They were also going to get some lunch. I wanted some quiet time to do laundry, read, and knit. I am on day 3 of a headache and a bit concerned as I found a fully engorged deer tick embedded between my shoulder blades last night. If a rash ring appears, or if the headache continues into tomorrow, I will head to the doctor’s office to determine if the little bugger gave me Lyme Disease. I have had one prior scare with it right after we bought our land and was sick for 6 weeks in spite of antibiotics and a year of liver function testing once I felt better. So fingers are now crossed that I don’t get sick and still crossed awaiting tomorrow’s announcement about the Holiday Market.