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Mushrooms and the fall

Hello again my friends isn’t it great that Fall is here” I’m so very glad to be able to visit with you once again. October is a great month for those that prefer it a bit on the cool side – I am one of those people.

One of the great things about Fall are the mushrooms unique to the season. I recently found a “Chicken of the Woods” (Laetiporus sulphureus) and my son, Zebulon, found several on one tree. We also started finding another favorite of ours: Shaggy Manes (Coprinus comatus). Here is where I must caution everyone to be careful not to eat wild mushrooms unless you know exactly what they are. 

Another nice fall entertainment is sitting around a campfire with friends. Nothing like an evening roasting a hot dog and telling tall tales to make every appreciate the season. 

We had a nice family gathering for my wife’s birthday in September with a good bonfire. The week before a group from church came out and finished up my firewood for this winter. They cut split and stacked 16 cord in around four hours. What a blessing that was and I thank you all very much.

Gathering with friends though is a bit hard now with Covid in the picture. Too many people I know have been getting sick from it and I for one, am leery of catching it again. I would like to say now that I don’t care if you get the shots or not, that’s your decision. However, if you are feeling ill don’t visit me at that time. After almost dying from Covid earlier this year, it’s on my mind quite a bit.

Kim and I have been enjoying the visits from my feathered friends. The birds never seem to fail me. Even on the worst of days, somebody drops by for a snack.

If you aren’t aware, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Mio has a community center on Twelfth Street in Mio where clothing is available for free. It’s open on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is also open anytime for emergency situations such as fires or other tragic situations. Other available items include food, household goods, bedding and other necessities.

The center is also open for donations accepting clothing, bedding, dishes and other items. No mattresses,TV’s or broken items though.

Well that’s all for this month please help keep our woods and waters clean.

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