Definition of a pomander: a ball made of perfumes. The pomander was worn or carried in a vase, also known by the same name, as a protection against infection in times of pestilence or merely as a useful article to modify bad smells.
They may have had serious applications during the days of the plague centuries ago, but now they are just pretty!
I drive myself crazy the way I approach a project. I never have all of the ingredients together. This time I had the oranges, but didn’t have the cloves. It was a week before Christmas (I know, shouldn’t I have been doing something more worthwhile than making a pomander?) and all of the inexpensive cloves were sold out at Wal-Mart. I guess there were a lot of people in my area making pomanders that Christmas when they should have been doing something else too. The only cloves left were $7.39 a bottle! I bought them, after all I was on a mission.
I got down to business and began my pomander, the instructions I had were illustrations. Not always a bad way to go as far as instructions go, but these were not the best – I like photos – good ones like they do in the DK books.
I took the orange and drew dots in the places I would push in the cloves, seemed easy enough. After half of the cloves were in I took my bloody finger tips and rinsed them under the sink, muttering all the way something about “ this better be @#^$(*@% worth it”!
To make a long story short, the pomander looked decent, I think. I didn’t really have much of an idea what it was supposed to look like. I apprehensively put it into a brown bag and placed it on a shelf in the furnace room, as the instructions directed. And then, of course, forgot about it. Not completely, I would remember every other week, but forget to follow through on that memory and retrieve it from downstairs. Really, how often does one wander past or enter into the furnace room?
I did manage to bring it upstairs last week. Although it smells gorgeous, I can tell you that looks aren’t everything to a homemade pomander.