MOTHER'S DOWN-HOME COUNTRY LORE

David Brock, using a 35mm film waterproof container for a lightweight survival kit; Carole M. Wooden, making an indoor miniature clothesline to dry gloves; Hyla G. Moore, making a delicious soup by letting soup soak up what was cooked in a pan; Bill and Betty Cook, use discarded styrofoam as insulation; Kathleen Gordinier, taking care of the chickens in the wintertime by giving them extended lighting, hot water, fresh greens and exercise; Carl McGinnis, using an old sock to seal the shirt sleeve preventing cold air from entering; Brad Pendergraft, using a used brass ammunition cartridge to cut holes in leather; Brenda Neal, gain storage space by hanging items from the ceiling in baskets; Mrs. Stan Ellis, starting a fire with a paraffin sawdust mix made in muffin tins; James and Billie Harper, soak corncobs in kerosine to start a fire; Michael and Luisa Tschetter, getting more life out of worn long johns; Bruce W. Lytle, using masking tape and a newspaper to collect floor sweepings; Lt. Col. And Mrs. Glenn Pribus, getting more light and life from candles.


| November/December 1978



glove dryer country lore

A room corner, a few nails, and some short pieces of rope are all you need to make a glove dryer.


ILLUSTRATION: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF


Most store-bought survival kits are too cumbersome to carry along comfortably on outdoor ventures . . . but David Brock of Pleasant Grove, Alabama bases his own lightweight, pocket sized kit on a container that most of us just throw away: the 35mm film holder!

Inside the waterproof case David fits one compass, one Band-Aid, one aspirin tablet, one tube of antiseptic, one bouillon cube, five matches, one razor blade, a fish line, a hook, a lead sinker, and a small snare wire. "Make up several kits," says David, "one for your tackle box, one for your backpack, one for your boat, one for your car, and best and most Important of all . . . one for your pocket!"

Sounds like a lifesaver, David!

Are you tired of being left with just one wet winter glove to a pair, each time you come !n from an outing? If so, Carole M. Wooden of Spencer, Tennessee suggests making a "ropeladder clothesline". Just find a free comer (or any two supports a reasonable distance apart) . . . and drive one nail into the wall about a foot and a half to the left of the comer's seam and another nail directly across from !t about a foot and a half to the right (shorten or lengthen the distance according to the length of clothesline you wish to use). Then tie a piece of rope or string from one nail to the other, and repeat the process ail the way down the wall (leaving 10-12 inches vertically between strings) to accommodate as many pairs of gloves as you wish to hang.

If you position your miniature clotheslines according to the heights of your family members, even the smallest will be able to hang up his or her gloves upon entering. Just clothespin your water-laden hand warmers to the string as you come in from the cold . . . and you'll have a matched pair of dry gloves ready and waiting the next time you depart.

And don't be too quick to take down your contraption when the warm months of spring roll around, says Carole ... because work gloves, sun hats, and a wide variety of much-used, often-mislaid items can be clipped to your string ladder as well!





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