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  • balanc41balanc41 Member Posts: 1,508 Member Member Posts: 1,508 Member
    Good morning middle agers! Hope your are all having a great day so far! Today is my day to finally relax. Drumming and singing this morning at church and then it’s introducing Harry Potter to the kids and watch the Packers play! What’s on your plate today?
  • FutureFit2020FutureFit2020 Member Posts: 128 Member Member Posts: 128 Member
    I'm In the UK so my day is nearly done but for the evening my plans are mainly cleaning based. :|

    Enjoy Harry Potter! 2 of mine have used lock down to work their way through the books and are obsessed. They watched the movies during the Christmas school holidays before and are always asking to rewatch them.
  • balanc41balanc41 Member Posts: 1,508 Member Member Posts: 1,508 Member
    I'm In the UK so my day is nearly done but for the evening my plans are mainly cleaning based. :|

    Enjoy Harry Potter! 2 of mine have used lock down to work their way through the books and are obsessed. They watched the movies during the Christmas school holidays before and are always asking to rewatch them.

    I’m starting them with the movies before my oldest reads them. She is a pain in the butt to watch movies with after she reads them🤣
  • mtaratootmtaratoot Member Posts: 6,516 Member Member Posts: 6,516 Member
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    Happy Friday! Who has fun weekend plans?

    Might go try to find mushrooms tomorrow.

    Looks like the group of "fast paddlers" is heading out Sunday. Might hop on that again.

    That leaves Monday for chores or some other adventure.

    Sure seems like it was a LONG week.

    As in actually forage for them? I'm always tempted as I love mushrooms and they look tasty but pretty sure I'd accidentally kill myself :D

    There are some that are really easy to identify. I focus on those I can identify 100%. Sometimes I'll find something interesting; I'll put it in a separate paper sack in my little bucket/basket to keep it away from the others until I can try to key it out. In May, you can't mistake Morels for anything else. There's one or two mushrooms that look like Chanterelles, but they are really easy to tell apart if you pay attention. Lobster mushroom is also really easy. Then there's boletes; part of there identification is easy. There's a few species I look for. Cat's tongue is easy to identify, but not really worth collecting. Oyster is fairly easy. Sparassis can't be anything else. And then there's all the rest.

    If you learn ONE or maybe two you're looking for, then you can just look for them. Check them as you pick. I carry a paint brush I cut off some of the bristles to get the dirt out before they go in the basket. Then check each one again when you get home.

    Chicken of the Woods is pretty easy. I don't find them too often. Then there's some that have poisonous look-alike species. I avoid them.

    Today would normally be the Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival. First time in a decade I won't be volunteering because.... it's not happening. There's a virtual fest going on with lots of talks. I'm kind of interested, but I'm not going to sit in front of a screen all day!


    Chanterelles from last year:
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    Boletus fibrillosus(edible, but not choice)
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    So cool :)
    If I ever get lost in the woods I want it to be with you 😂🤗

    I got a bit turned around one time several years ago in an area that's pretty flat, and the sun wasn't out. Someone told me they know folks who have used the starchart app on their phone to figure out where the sun was to know how to get back home.

    But for the most part, I try not to get lost.

    So if you were in the woods with me, I presume you wouldn't be lost 😂

    Yesterday I stomped around the coast range for about 4.5 hours up and down the hills and through the blackberry, salmonberry, and thimbleberry not to mention sword fern, cascara, and other understory. It was foggy and just spitting a little rain when I started, but the sun came out. I went to one of my favorite spots first. As I entered, I went through some spider webs. This told me nobody had been there yet. But they must have been there the day before - I started seeing cut stems. I kept stomping around and found some.

    I moved down below the road. It's much steeper there. I found a big lobster mushroom, and as I was walking away from where I collected it, I saw a nest of yellow jackets I must have disturbed. So that meant I needed to find a different way back up to the road. Hunting down there was really hard, so I bailed on it.

    I went to another spot that's hard to get lost. It's a big bowl-shaped hillslope. It all funnels back to the road. As long as you don't leave that watershed, you'll get back. I immediately found about 20. I then went all around the area and just found a few. I went down below the road over near that site and found a few. Then I decided to check out one more spot. I was sort of focusing on the hillslope position I had found so many a little earlier. That's where they were all fruiting. I had to stop every few steps, and so even though I walked almost six miles, my step counter only registered a couple thousand. So many stops. Such slow going, climbing over tree trunks, busting through thorny vines.... But it was a nice day to be in the forest. I sure got some exercise, and I got lots of mushrooms.

    I was surprised to see winter chanterelles (littlefoot chanterelles). I collected a few; I will send a picture. They are a nearly look-alike species, but not quite. They are actually related to golden chanterelles, but they are actually quite different. They are edible, but there's not much to them after they're cooked. I also found what was probably Pleurotus, but I wasn't sure, and they were very small. I left them. I also found one fly agaric that I brought home just to get some pictures. It was downgraded from extremely poisonous to mildly poisonous several years ago. Some people believe this mushroom is where the legend of a man who pilots a sleigh behind flying reindeer. I might actually get some milk and put some in a bowl to see if they actually work as fly poison; there's still flies around my house.

    I set them all out to dry a bit on some butcher paper. I'm going to start processing some today. If I get enough done, I can go meet some friends to go paddle. Otherwise I'll just take a mellow day around the house with all these lovely funguses.

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  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Member Posts: 36,287 Member Member Posts: 36,287 Member
    balanc41 wrote: »
    I'm In the UK so my day is nearly done but for the evening my plans are mainly cleaning based. :|

    Enjoy Harry Potter! 2 of mine have used lock down to work their way through the books and are obsessed. They watched the movies during the Christmas school holidays before and are always asking to rewatch them.

    I’m starting them with the movies before my oldest reads them. She is a pain in the butt to watch movies with after she reads them🤣

    The books are always better than the movies so this is a good way. We read the princess bride after seeing the movies and kept saying omg they missed this or that
  • balanc41balanc41 Member Posts: 1,508 Member Member Posts: 1,508 Member
    AliNouveau wrote: »
    balanc41 wrote: »
    I'm In the UK so my day is nearly done but for the evening my plans are mainly cleaning based. :|

    Enjoy Harry Potter! 2 of mine have used lock down to work their way through the books and are obsessed. They watched the movies during the Christmas school holidays before and are always asking to rewatch them.

    I’m starting them with the movies before my oldest reads them. She is a pain in the butt to watch movies with after she reads them🤣

    The books are always better than the movies so this is a good way. We read the princess bride after seeing the movies and kept saying omg they missed this or that

    I agree! Books are better by far
  • NancymcgregorNancymcgregor Member Posts: 154 Member Member Posts: 154 Member
    Hi I’m Nancy and I’m from the Peak District in the UK. Looking for some friends for accountability. At 42 I’ve just hit the perimenopause and the weight has been easy to gain and hard to get off. Feel free to add me x
  • LunaTheFatCatLunaTheFatCat Member Posts: 237 Member Member Posts: 237 Member
    Happy Sunday all! Hope your weekend is lovely!
    Mine was fairly uneventful, but at least it was relaxing enough.
    My youngest (12) has a head full of snot, so can't send her to school tomorrow, I'll be working from home for a day or two I reckon. Schools are insanely strict now, but it's understandable of course. At least this Covid malarkey made WFH a lot easier.
  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Member Posts: 36,287 Member Member Posts: 36,287 Member
    Happy Sunday all! Hope your weekend is lovely!
    Mine was fairly uneventful, but at least it was relaxing enough.
    My youngest (12) has a head full of snot, so can't send her to school tomorrow, I'll be working from home for a day or two I reckon. Schools are insanely strict now, but it's understandable of course. At least this Covid malarkey made WFH a lot easier.

    Do you have to fill out screening questionnaires to send them to school? We have an app to clear our kids on for our school. I think a snotty nose was removed from the list because the testing clinics were getting jammed with kids with runny noses.

    We dropped off come goodies I made to the mom and daughter who look after my boy. They're a nice family. I cleaned hubs' office today as well. He's a slob and has piles of work everywhere. I really want to organize and file everything
  • mtaratootmtaratoot Member Posts: 6,516 Member Member Posts: 6,516 Member
    In case you were curious:


    Lobster mushroom:

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    Yellowfoot chanterelles:

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    Fly agaric:

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  • LunaTheFatCatLunaTheFatCat Member Posts: 237 Member Member Posts: 237 Member
    AliNouveau wrote: »

    Do you have to fill out screening questionnaires to send them to school? We have an app to clear our kids on for our school. I think a snotty nose was removed from the list because the testing clinics were getting jammed with kids with runny noses.

    No it's the same here, a runny nose is fine. It's just hers is so runny and it goes in in her throat which makes her cough at times. Plus her runny nose is often followed by an ear infection (= temperature) so in that case she would have to go through the testing even though you know it's nothing serious. So we'll just have to leave it clear and she should be good to go tomorrow or Wednesday.
    If the schools are even staying open that is. We're expecting an announcement today. Looks like we're going on full lockdown again, the only thing we don't know yet are the schools.
  • LunaTheFatCatLunaTheFatCat Member Posts: 237 Member Member Posts: 237 Member
    WOW those mushrooms look insane @mtaratoot I absolutely love exotic mushrooms, but they cost a fortune here unfortunately.
  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Member Posts: 36,287 Member Member Posts: 36,287 Member
    AliNouveau wrote: »

    Do you have to fill out screening questionnaires to send them to school? We have an app to clear our kids on for our school. I think a snotty nose was removed from the list because the testing clinics were getting jammed with kids with runny noses.

    No it's the same here, a runny nose is fine. It's just hers is so runny and it goes in in her throat which makes her cough at times. Plus her runny nose is often followed by an ear infection (= temperature) so in that case she would have to go through the testing even though you know it's nothing serious. So we'll just have to leave it clear and she should be good to go tomorrow or Wednesday.
    If the schools are even staying open that is. We're expecting an announcement today. Looks like we're going on full lockdown again, the only thing we don't know yet are the schools.

    Hope your daughter is ok. Better to keep her off anyway so she can get better

    So are the schools still in? Do they have remote learning set up? Our public system is a mess. They made people choose between remote or in class. The school my son is at streams every class online so if you're sick you still can check out the remote class
  • LunaTheFatCatLunaTheFatCat Member Posts: 237 Member Member Posts: 237 Member
    balanc41 wrote: »
    Good morning y’all! Let’s start the week off great... by getting back in bed and waiting for the weekend

    You know what, I reckon that's the only thing to do!!
  • LunaTheFatCatLunaTheFatCat Member Posts: 237 Member Member Posts: 237 Member
    AliNouveau wrote: »

    Hope your daughter is ok. Better to keep her off anyway so she can get better

    So are the schools still in? Do they have remote learning set up? Our public system is a mess. They made people choose between remote or in class. The school my son is at streams every class online so if you're sick you still can check out the remote class

    Yeah they were off from March, back in from September, but I wouldn't be surprised if they close again.
    My girls (12 & 13) are in a so-called digital school, so it's all iPad based and this worked brilliantly during the first lockdown. The classes aren't streamed as such, but they communicate and get all their work done through that medium, so she can just do her work while she's off.
    WFH suits me, working on two tenders at the moment, which is actually easier to do at home on my own.
  • coffee_n_weightscoffee_n_weights Member Posts: 116 Member Member Posts: 116 Member
    balanc41 wrote: »
    Good morning y’all! Let’s start the week off great... by getting back in bed and waiting for the weekend

    Best suggestion ever.

    This! Such a hard time getting out of bed today. Took the weekend away from here a bit with some family in from out of town but back to it today.
    Hope you all are starting out strong today!☕️
  • broadwey21broadwey21 Member Posts: 27 Member Member Posts: 27 Member
    Hi ... just looking for some new friends to mutually support and cheer for, what say you? add me in :)
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