I write my posts during the week, so they can post early Friday morning. Usually I sit down on a Thursday after dropping kids off in School and after making my breakfast and put a load of laundry in the machine. This week I was hoping to spend Thursday morning/ lunch time with a friend, so I will have to move my writing to a different day. But after this unexpected half week off ( due to Hurricane Matthew ) I am off my game. Plus my ITP decided to show it’s face again. I am so fatigued today that I can’t even get off my couch, my brain slightly foggy. Pondering all morning on what I could write about. I have an idea, than poke at it for a little while and then disregard…..hm…not interesting enough…. yeah, no… can’t find enough research material on it….. Still have not decided what to do about Etsy canceling it’s treasuries.
After finishing my Santa wreath, I kind of hit a crafters hole as well. Not enough creative juices flowing. So I just keep knitting away on my Stethoscope cozies. Some with just one button as closure (picture on the left) and some with the two little legs that snap around the Stethoscope tubing ( picture on the right). I have to reinforce the snaps with felt, so they hold up longer. Knit doesn’t like to be poked and tends to slip. In order to get those snaps in I have to pull out my trusted hammer.
But that is just endless knitting in the round, without massive thinking, it’s just automatic knitting. Which is good while watching TV.
I guess my body tried to give me a warning sign about this massive energy plummet before hand by pulling my creative juice and I didn’t realize it….
I already did a post about knitting and how long mankind has been knitting etc. so I didn’t want to bore you with it again. There are a lot of talented people that can work quite a magic with some thread and needles.
And then all of a sudden, while I was raking my brain…. I was like “oh my gosh, I totally forgot my pineapple plant.”
We love eating fresh pineapples and this summer I decided to try to plant one from the store bought pineapple that I had gotten. I did not research on how to do it the best way, I didn’t find a quite minute that day. So all I did was cut the top off like I always did and jut put the “disc” with all the leaves still attached into a flower pot. And wow this plant took off. The first few days I watered it, because it was sitting right next to my rain barrel, but over time it got less and less water. It still thrived. After the Hurricane I decided it needed a bigger pot. I knew I had to take it inside over the winter, because we do get frost quite a bit even though we live in South Carolina, and pineapples don’t like frost.
I don’t know what I was thinking when I put my plant in to this big pot. We live in a small house and every inch of this house is taken. Plus I only have two windows that are facing south and getting good sun exposure. And they are in my bedroom. I made it work. But if I want to plant more, so there will be a bit more pineapples to eat in 2 – 3 years, then I need a better solution. For right now we will see what this plant does and go from there.
If you have ever visited the South you might have noticed that pineapples get displayed in all kind of variations. At the front entrance you can either see a flower arrangement with pineapples, on doormats or doorknobs. When we first moved here I had no clue what it meant but I noticed a lot of pineapples everywhere, even some out of concrete on top of a fence post.
Throughout the Southeastern seaboard the pineapple expresses the “welcome” to ones home. The fruit symbolizes those intangible assets we appreciate in a home: warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality.
There are several histories recorded regarding the pineapple as a symbol of status, the most popular being that of Christopher Columbus. According to historical document, Christopher Columbus discovered the pineapple on his second trip to the Caribbean (most specifically Guadeloupe) in 1493. Preferring the sweet taste of the pineapple and several other tropical island fruits to cannibalism, Columbus and his men embraced the fruit. They returned to Europe, where the pineapples became a symbol of great wealth, as European gardeners were not able to grow the fruits in the correct conditions until well into the 1600s (first recorded in the Duchess of Cleveland’s hot house in 1642). Honored and distinguished guests were gifted the extremely fashionable pineapples by royalty.
The Colonial pineapple trade in the late 1600s and early 1700s solidified the pineapple as a status symbol. Pineapples were not only expensive, they were fragile! The sea voyage from the Caribbean to the colonies rotted most of the fruit during the hot and humid voyage. Hostesses scrambled to have the expensive, prickly fruit adorning their tables, and the trend grew. Pineapples have graced tables ever since — even continuing through the 1950s in America, where pineapple upside-down cakes and gelatin molds abounded. Their popularity eventually gave life to the host of architectural or ornamental pieces that you see today (i.e. door knockers). (source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-brief-history-of-the-hospitality-pineapple-200667)
ok so I just watched this video…. I guess I didn’t do it the “right” way. But it still started growing. What I heard the first time is how to get it to grow an actual fruit. Guess I will have to dig more into that.
My other project I have standing in my kitchen are three avocado seeds that I am hoping to turn into trees. Our house is slowly turning into a jungle…hahaha… don’t know if hubby is realizing this.
If you have ever visited Charleston South Carolina, you might have seen the beautiful pineapple fountain that is located in the Waterfront Park. Beautiful place to hang out.
I just found a Canadian on Youtube who grows pineapples a different way. I might have to try that one the next time. Sadly the pineapple season is over and I will have to wait.
Let me know about your pineapple growing experience. I’d love to learn a few new tricks.