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There are very few things I would crawl on my hands and knees through tick infested woodlands for but morel mushrooms are definitely one of them. I don't even think I'd do it for sex. Well maybe sex with Jenifer Conneley or Anna Paquin but maybe not even then. But for these gorgeous little guys I did just that:


See why they are so hard to find? They look like everything else on the ground from a distance. Plus we had corn in the fields last year and all the leftover corn cobs look like the yellow morels. I didn't find many. About 30 altogether but it will be enough to nicely accompany the bacon wrapped filet mignons I have picked out for tonight. We'll just dip the morels in egg and roll them in flour and then sautee them in butter. Mmmmmmm finger lickin good!

And yes the woods are tick infested already. I hate those damned things though on some level I know they have a place in the whole food chain but sometimes I really have to wonder if we wouldn't just be better off without them. There are other dangers in the woods though like these honey locust trees and thier 4-6 inch thorns. I pulled a could thorn tips out of my hiking boots this weekend that were almost an inch long.

Aside from the ticks the woods are really getting pretty right now.

I took my trusty walking staff out to the woods with me as it usually brings me luck in hunting for morels. I kept my thumb resting against the green calcite crystal imbeded in the shaft. A prosperity stone that has always worked well for me. And I suppose it worked well for me Saturday. It's just still early in the season. If we get some rain and warm temps this week, next weekend will be the height of the season.

Lots of neat things to see in the woods. Even decay can be beautiful.

I met up with a 3 foot long corn Snake as I was rustling through the tall grass. he was sunning himself at the base of an elm tree. I asked him if he'd seen any morels and he told me he hadn't but he'd keep an eye open for them and let me know. When I parked the truck on the edge of the field, Mouse ran out from under the front wheel and came to rest just inside his burrow. He whispered that I should approach my hunt from the standpoint of a child. With innocence and wonder, noticing every detail. So I got closer to the ground and that's when I started finding the mushrooms. Mouse has good advice usually. Turkey was running around in the woods all around me. Always just out of reach of my camera lens but I could hear him gobbling out his unusual call. In fact the woods were practically deafening with bird calls. It was a magical day.

All the trees in my yard are blooming too. The lilacs are just starting but the peach, pear, apple, plum and apricots are all in bloom and the redbuds are absolutely gorgeous this year.

Yesterday I shared Easter dinner with all the Christians from the extended Kinsey family. Some of them actually engaged me in conversation this year. I was more than mildly surprised by that. But we had a good family tree talk with some of the cousins who still don't know what to make of me even after 12 years of knowing me. Three bean salad and deviled eggs are wonderful things. After the dinner, I went a couple doors down to help Gwen with her new business venture. A sign shop. She was busily engaged in making her entrance sign, while her kids, Evin and Belle looked on. I could tell Evin really wanted to help out with the sign but Gwen really wanted everything to be perfect so she was keeping him at arm's length. I helped Rob move a file cabinet and some pool tables (it used to be a bar) to make room for her office. Then I went home to instal a new hard drive in a computer for her before starting on my taxes. It was techincally today when I finished them. I guess I should have filed earlier as I actually got a little bit of a refund. $159. I figured the business loss from Bear Dancer Studios would offset what I owed the IRS but I'd forgotten about being able to take a deduction for the sales tax I paid on buying the used Jetta. Do I mind getting a refund? Not at all. I had to pay the State $28 but it's better than a sharp stick in the eye.

So relatively light work all this week then next weekend my folks show up for a month and we get to do fun things like installing a new hot water heater. It really sucks having to take cold showers or sponge baths.

Deb and I were talking about a new dog this morning. I'm still missing Jake really badly. But we talked about a basset, a fox hound, a blue healer or a Springer spaniel. we'll see.




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Apr. 17th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Basset basset basset basset basset basset basset basset basset.

Those sign pictures reminded me of one of the funniest things I've ever seen: a business specializing in lighted signs that had their own sign burnt out for over a month.
Apr. 17th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious. We saw a road sign in Kentucky that said "No Rear Entry Southbound"

Apr. 18th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
I have a picture of a sign in East Spencer, NC that says "Fire Station Left".
Apr. 18th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
hehehe...where did it go when it left?

Apr. 18th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
Apr. 17th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
Those mushrooms are good? They look like brains!
Apr. 18th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah and good thing too or a bunch of us dumb rednecks would be killing ourselves yearly with poisnonous mushrooms.

Apr. 17th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
I LOVE mushroom hunting! I was going to go yesterday but I had the baby and it rained all day.
I have had a couple ticks on me since the beginning of April. I hate them too! They are evil little creatures.
Blue healers are incredible dogs. I had one for 9years named Sasha. She was so beautiful and so smart! And incredibly loving.
I love bassets but I'm afraid to get one because they are extremely heavy shedders all year long. :(
Apr. 18th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'd get a Basset in a second but I'm afraid I'd lose him in the woods. It may come down to a larger hound or the blue healer. An uncle in law of mine had a ranch in Colorado and owned a couple of healers and they were great dogs. I'm glad you are getting the rain. It's good for bringing up the shrooms. We are looking at another drought this year if we don't get some rain.

Apr. 18th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
I guess I'm getting old, because I can't see Anna Pacquin as an adult, even as Rogue in X-Men.

Those mushrooms sound good. Glad you had a good holiday with your family. Nature has been out in full force lately! It's as if things are having an extra boost after being whacked out of shape here last year by all the storms. Things are blooming and sprouting that haven't come out for years; some were about to get cut out as dead wood.
Apr. 18th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
That's the thing about huge natural disasters. Hurricanes, Floods and fires all bring out new life in abundance. Droughts not so much. It may be Anna Paquins youth that does it for me. But also the light skin and dark hair for sure as that is my fetish. I fell in love with her in Almost Famous.

Apr. 18th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
That reminds me, I have to check the redbud trees in my front yard.
Apr. 18th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
I grew up (at least for high school) in Northern Virginia and we didn't have many redbuds so I never was treated to the explosion of color they bring. Dogwoods are pretty but nothing compared to a redbud.

Apr. 18th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
lovely images!

and you know I vote for the foxhound. Aroooo!
Apr. 18th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
I bet you wish I'd get a beagle though. I'm more inclined towards larger dogs. I just love a dog you can wrap your arms around more than the little guys. Who knows, I may just get a mutt from the shelter. I'm not sure I can get a dog yet though. I'm still pretty sad about Jake when I think about it. It may have to wait a bit yet. Good to see you comment. We've been playing Yahoo tag again lately I see. I miss you.

Apr. 18th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
*jealous* i love mushroom hunting...my dad used to take me every season when i was little. :-) we'd find big sticks to be our walking sticks, and i'd tuck pu my hair under the ballcap he'd loan me. One trip, i found about 8lbs. :-D i miss those things...they are SO good. :-D
Apr. 18th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
My friend Rob is doing road construction down by Alton and he's been finding some down there too. This weekend should be the right time though.

Apr. 18th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
i was thinking about hiking thru some of the state parks down here, to see if i have any luck. i wonder how many others are thinking the same thing tho.
Apr. 18th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
Think of the millions of shrooms that are not found by anyone each year.

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