Save the cherry pits!
No, this isn't a left-wingnut bumpersticker, it's a recommendation to save those pits you toss each summer to make your own heating/cooling pillow!
I was browsing the ecobaby.com website that is havinga 40% off sale (go figure) when I came across their cherry pit pillows!
According to the folks there:
For centuries cherry pit cushions have been used in Switzerland as both a massage and heating cushion. Cherry pits are the ideal natural substance for retaining heat or cold without synthetics. A well-dried cherry pit can easily absorb heat or cold and release it very slowly.
Cherry pits inside cotton velour make a great natural heating pad or cooling pad. Used as a heating cushion, it maintains a temperature that is superior to that of a water filled hot water bottle. Heat in the microwave or freeze in freezer. Great for menstrual cramping, pregnancy pains, after birth pains, lower back discomfort; freeze to use cold on minor injuries.
You can also make small boo-boo bags with them that double as bean bags, or stuff comfort toys with them, like the those teddy bears that you warm or cool for kids when they’re sick or need some TLC...
I'm saving my cherry pits from now on and will get some cotton velour and make me up a bunch of these. Shouldn't take that long to save up a bunch from our two cherry trees, provided we have a good crop next year.
And, Lynn, if life is a bowl of cherries, then comfort is a pillow of cherry pits! Couldn't help myself.