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Toad’s stool – Family help in the fall; nature’s changing

Family help in the fall; nature’s changing

 

 Hello friends I am sure looking forward to November. October has been very busy for me and I will be glad to slow it down a bit.

 On 23 October I was working around the church and a friend mentioned that there were white flakes floating around. I figured that if they did not land and take up residence that it was okay.

As many of you know I burn firewood for heat. Well as busy as I have been at church I have fell behind in other areas, like cutting my firewood. Well on a Sunday at the end of October my church showed up with around 19 members and cut, split and stacked 16 cord for me. What a great blessing that was.

Over the past few years the road crews that paved Mapes and Zimowske roads here in Mio dumped several loads of wood chips and soil in a large hole beside my house. This was great as it let me reclaim land that I could not use and made it flat and usable.

 This fall I have received a big bonus from all this back fill. Lots of Shaggy Mane Mushrooms have been popping up all over. Also, there are many Pleurotus spp, aka Oyster Mushrooms, growing in a different part of the yard.

Another positive aspect of this land recovery is the fact that we are bringing in native wildflowers and grasses. We are trying to make a nice yard for the birds to have a place to live.

 Deer rifle season is once more upon us, if you are among those going out into the woods looking for that ever elusive venison dinner, I wish you good hunting.

There have been several doves visiting daily, around 15, if this keeps up then by winter, which is when I usually get an influx of doves, my feeder will be covered with them. Most of the summer birds have left so the ones that are still here have the pick of the seed.

I cut up some brush a few weeks ago which upset several sparrows that thought it was a most wonderful place in which to live. I miss the birds but not the pile of brush in the back yard.

This year more than ever I am looking forward to Thanksgiving, there is so much that I must be thankful for. Each year I hear the arguments about what the first Thanksgiving was really like, but I don’t care what it was before. I just wish to give thanks for what it is to me now.

I have to go for now, so I ask that a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please be safe if you are hunting and help keep our woods and waters clean.

Warren “Toad” Stutesman   wstutesman@gmail.com

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