Monday, December 8, 2014

Popping up like...


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They are everywhere

I remember when I was playing in Vail Colorado, 1979, our drummer, Gary Renzetti, noticed the proliferation of condominiums appearing all over the mountainside and remarked. “They’re popping up like mushrooms”.

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How colorful

Like many of nature's treasures, mushrooms often are hiding in plain sight. It was on a damp 1977 November afternoon on Highway 199 on a damp day when I stopped at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park to look for mushrooms.

Wandering deeper and deeper into the redwoods I was wondering where to find them. I  turned to look back the way I had come. On the loamy forest floor where I had just been walking, there were thousands of colorful mushrooms glittering like they were encrusted with jewels.

Lawn ornaments

Just like the mushrooms, there are other ubiquitous treasures of which I have been oblivious until I realize that I am surrounded. I love this educational and enlightening life I am fortunate enough to experience.

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Wet and lovely

There is a big storm on the horizon with 60 mph wind gusts and possible flooding  Wednesday through Friday. Power outages are likely.

Now would be a good time to charge up all my battery powered devices so as to be prepared. I have plenty of batteries and flashlights, and Bruce brings 4 jugs of Mount Shasta Spring Water Tuesday morning. That takes care of the basics.

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Deep red backside lit by muted sunlight

I just realised that if the power goes, the gas stove won't light. I had best prepare something in advance. The perfect food for foul weather; Cookies!

I have 2 kinds of organic pastry flour that are languishing in the cupboard, awaiting my next pie dough attempt. With butter and sugar I have on hand, that is the basic stuff for making sugar cookies. A bunch of cookies, maybe with nuts and raisins could sustain me for days.

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