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Sparassis spathulata

Posted by Kathy Bonham on August 1, 2012 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Fred and Wilma went on an all day outing the other day. It's my own fault. I don't keep them penned during the day. They usually just stay around the house and on the acerage. I went in search of them. I walked at least 3 miles through the timber. Looking back, I should have taken my camera. It was a beautiful walk. The more heavily timbered areas were much cooler. (Note, it has been triple digits here for about 2 weeks).

From a distance I saw what looked like a human BRAIN, laying on the ground, at the base of a down rotted tree. The tree also had a big opening, a hole, like a fox den. I considered approaching it to look closer, but scared myself. After walking around a bit, I went back. I rationalized to myself that I was being ridiculous, in thinking there could possibly be a perfectly formed brain laying on the floor of the forested area. I mean - animals would have eaten it, right?

I worried there may be something in that hollowed out area. A fox maybe. I took a long branch and poked around the brain looking thing. I could not get it to move. I have been (morel) mushroom hunting many times over the years. I know it is not mushroom season. Right? Could it be a mushroom anyway? Quickly, I reached down and plucked it up. It didn't really smell like the morel mushrooms I have experience with.

I took it home. I took pictures. Then, I started looking online for information about large mushrooms. I ran across this website: http://morelmushroomhunting.com/    Chris Matherly was the contact person, so I emailed a photo to him. He was very kind and sent me a link to more information, here. I read a few more articles and found it was a sparassis spathulata. A mushroom, yes.

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/sparassis_spathulata.html  has good information. Then I went here, to discover it was not toxic, and it is indeed, in season. I have it in a large dish of salted water, in the refrigerator now. I simply can't cut into it, until Mike gets home to see it. 16.1 ounces of mushroom.........

An important topic

Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 27, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Second Amendment – America’s most vital amendment but one which is under constant threat and attack. Watch this (do be sure to watch parts 2 and 3 also.) and pass it on as widely as possible and wake up more people. Visit jpfo.org for other download options. Here, it is divided into 3 short videos, for easy viewing.

I think these should be mandatory viewing in American History class.

76 Reasons: http://youroptimal.com/

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Nothing for sale right now

Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I have tons of chicks growing out right now, but nothing for sale. I want to see how these turn out. Currently it is just too darn hot to keep my breeders penned. So, no chicks or pure eggs are available. When it cools off some, this fall, I will resume hatching and selling hatching eggs.

Until then, I am just praying my flocks make it through this unbearable heat. It is looking like last year's drought is repeating again this year. I do have lots of shade, which is a blessing. I keep their waterers filled and in the shade. That's about all I can do. Chickens seem to do better in the cold than in the heat.

I have a pen of meaties (Cornish Cross and Red Broilers) that will be processed in August. I am surprised they are doing as well as they are, considering the heat. They will make some nice chicken dinners this winter. I am planning to process them myself. This will be a first, and I want to do this. I remember helping my mother and grandmother process chicken, when I was a teenager. We had an assembly line going, and that worked out great.

Meat and eggs. That's what raising chickens is all about, to me. Well, maybe a little more than that. I like the challenge of breeding towards the SOP, too. One of these days I may begin showing. I enjoy the shows, but have not yet entered any. I think I have a few worthy candidates I could show without embarrassment. Some day..... some day.

Household Tips

Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 17, 2012 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I thought I would post some of the household hints I have been gathering and saving. Do you have some to add?

If you place a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water, it won't boil over.

  • Can't get the onion or garlic smell off your hands, wash them with toothpaste.
  • Fake Jewelry turning your skin green? Paint them with a coat of clear nail polish.
  • Use a blow dryer to remove wax spill. Turn it on high until it melts then wipe it away with a damp cloth.
  • Stick a dryer sheet in your shoes at night to help eliminate odorHang a dryer sheet outdoors to repel mosquitoes.
  • Use clear nail polish instead of licking envelopes.
  • Baby oil can be used to polish your chrome faucets.
  • Use hot vinegar to clean old paint brushes.
  • Add a 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to brighter up those fading whites.
  • Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
  • Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
  • Stash a few marshmallows in a box of brown sugar or the sugar bowl to prevent the sugar from hardening or clumping.
  • A pot lid without a knob can be savde by pushing a screw up through the hole and twisting a cork onto it.
  • Use white vinegar to clean out your coffee maker. One part vinegar, two parts water, brew and it's clean!·       
  • A sealed envelope - Put in thefreezer for a few hours, and then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.
  • Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliancecords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongsto.
  • For icy door steps in freezing temperatures:  Get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze.
  • To remove old wax from a glass candle holder,put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turnit upside down. The wax will  fall out.                                            
  • Crayon marks on walls? A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease)!                                             
  • Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops(like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.                                                  
  •  When you purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves . This is much more economical. In fact, it will sharpen the scissors, too!                                                 
  •  Blood stains on clothes?  Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and wipe off every drop of blood.           
  • Use vertical strokes when washing windowsoutside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks.
  • Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean.  Don't wash windows on a sunny day.  They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.                                                   
  • Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb (in off position) in anyroom to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on.
  •  Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.                                                  
  • Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.                                                   
  • To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt intoa paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb allthe dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!                                                         
  •  To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top .                                                     
  • Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.                
  • Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in therefrigerator and it will keep for weeks.                                                 
  • When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.                                                        
  • Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half,and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.                                                          
  • To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.                                                         
  • Ants, ants, ants everywhere ..Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So, get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march.  See for yourself.                                                              
  • Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.                                                         
  • When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and then pull it off.  Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.                                                          
  • Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer........   Clean a toilet. Drop intwo Alka Seltzer tablets ,wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.                                                        
  • Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.                     
  •  Polish jewelry.  Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.                                                  
  • Clean a thermos bottle.  Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).           
  • Unclog a drain.  Clear the sink drain bydropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the  drain  followed by a cup of  Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, and then run the hot water.

Last hatch

Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 12, 2012 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (1)

My last hatch of the season is in progress. I cut down this year, and did not hatch as many as last year. I got started late. I do, however, have more hatching to do for customers. That doesn't count though - right? I get my fix (hatching) and don't have more chicks to raise, and they get their chicks. It's a win-win situation. I have to wait for it to cool down a bit, as I can not ship chicks or hatching eggs in hundred degree weather.

They really are cute when they are all dried and fluffy, don't ya think?!

Independence Day

Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 5, 2012 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We had a nice day celebrating the 4th of July. Our neighbors had a party, complete with terrific fireworks, down at the pond. The food was fabulous, and we met lots of new people. The 100° weather didn't seem to bother folks too much. The party started around 6PM, so it had cooled off to around 97 by then. The view was gorgeous, the food was fabulous, and the new friends were a bonus.

Fred and Wilma

Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 3, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Fred and Wilma are my emus. They were hatched March 10, 2012. Funny, I remember the date they hatched, but I can't remember the date my mom died (I know the month!) in 1979. Anyway, Fred hatched first, and surprised me. I didn't think that egg was doing anything. A very pleasant surprise. Soon after he hatched, he crawled over to the other egg, and sat next to it and waited. That was Wilma. She was noisy even before she hatched. She is the boss, for sure. Fred continues to follow her and wait for her nods of approval. I love watching the dynamics around here.

Here they are today.......

This video is June 19, 2012......

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Posted by Kathy Bonham on July 1, 2012 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I am technologically challenged, for sure. No doubt. I am self taught on the computer. I fear I have reached my limit. I bought a domain. I researched, "best website hosting." I read and read and read. I purchased. Now, I am stuck. I have to work with WordPress, and can not figure it out. Every time I attempt to make an entry, it makes a whole new page. I did get ONE page done. Honestly, I don't even know how I did that! It still isn't just right either. Forget the designing. Pfft.... I want chicken feet prints on the outside edge. No idea how to get them there......... :(