M is for lots of Marvelous things

Mushrooms!

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shiitake mushrooms!

DH has been growing these, and this is the second good flush from this log. We’ve been frying them up, either alone or with other veggies and teriyake style flavors. Yum!

He took a healthful/medicinal mycology class and has been gabbing about some things, including something called reishi. He brought some home today,
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isn’t that just ganoderma? says I… (Guess I wasn’t listening all that closely!)

This is one of the shelf fungi that people carve those little scenes of their camps in the woods on,
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It has all sorts of health benefits. We’ve cut it up to dry it and then will grind it up for tea.
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looks like bacon! mmmmmmm…. bacon.

Mosses

Did you notice the little moss on the ganoderma stem? Probably not, but that’s ok. I am rusty with this group, and it is one you need to stay in practice with. But I still find them all quite beautiful. The bryonet listserve today had a bunch of mossy poems! Mostly they were Victorian odes that blather on a bit about the Creator and all things large and small. This one was my favorite…especially the ending.

Dirty Little Moss, by Dan Paquette (a recent poem by a bryologist on the listserve)

Dirty little moss
on the cottonwood trunk,
my spray bottle
washes away the debris.

Your stem snuggles close
to your siblings, green
unbrushed curls
of sun-loving leaves.

Your generation lies
criss-crossed above

tired wet scaffolding
twisted remnants
of your first borne branches
and some great, great
uncles and aunts
in mucous, brown

intertwined stems, leaves—
limp banners
of whom
they once were—

mosses.
One day, your skin
will be coal pudding
for some thermal bacteria

long after you and I

My Maniacally Mad Mutt girls

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They are both now rather ball obsessed. But Gracie (on the left here) mostly just loves to run fast after it. Zuzu is the focused one, even if she isn’t such a wild and graceful athlete.

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Gracie got there first, but Zuzu found it. You can tell Zuzu to go back and find a ball that she misses, and she usually does find it. Gracie just runs around like a mad thing.

Monster Snow Mound Update

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not so big?

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It is still humongous! And we’ve had a warm and rainy week. I’ll be very curious to learn at what date this melts away. The larger of the two at work seems to be all gone, though I haven’t walked down to test it.

Misunderstood

(If you are my aunt I apologize, I really do love you!)

Look what came in the mail… a box of cotton sweaters. … Picture sweaters. …
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with kittens!

Honestly, this woman has known me all of my life. But clearly she doesn’t really know me.

But I almost wore it today just to be odd on Friday.
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kittens! ack! and there’s a ball of yarn on the back! Maybe Chris or Dave needs this?

4 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    June 27, 2008 @ 9:42 pm

    LOL! Wouldn’t that make a fun cushion or something?! Can you felt it???

    So many Ms that I’m too overwhelmed. But I can’t believe you still have a snow pile around.

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    Dave Daniels said,

    June 28, 2008 @ 4:32 am

    Lots of nice M’s.
    I’ll leave that sweater for Chris. What I’d like are the recipes for a new site called Sauteed Mushroom Recipes. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s for anything made with mushrooms. :)

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    mia said,

    June 29, 2008 @ 9:18 am

    VERY cool growin’ your own mushrooms! I never thought of that. Hmmmmm…….

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    Bruce (PLANT MAN) said,

    June 30, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

    Great moss poetry! Brings back fond memories of working under the microscope in the ADK.

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