A New Year for us to make an impression on, if it is a good impression I hope it is remembered, if not please don’t waste time on it.

Kathy sent us a “Lion’s Mane Mushroom Patch” for Christmas.  It is a kit to grow your own mushrooms.  If we have done it correctly we should get one to two pounds of mushrooms from this kit and then there resident mycelium or”sawdust spawn” that w can us to inoculate logs or stumps to grow more mushrooms when it gets warm enough outdoors to grow them. Here is a picture of the Patch

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We had to make a tent to put the patch in to hold in the humidity.  They send you the plastic tent and suggest using a coat hanger to hold it over the patch but they didn’t say where to hang the coat hanger, they just said “use your imagination” so we went looking for some place where we could hang it, everything was too big to stretch the tent over or was too small to put the patch under.  Finally we saw the small end table at sits beside Normans chair and by tipping it upside down the top of the table was large enough to hold the patch and the tent and by velcroing the top to the bottom of the table and with one of the square plates Shirley gave me last Christmas in the bottom under the patch it was perfect and he tent stays sealed without touching the patch and yet can easily be removed or lifted up the 2 to 4 times each day to water the patch.

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With this picture you can see the upside down table clearer.  Now in 7 to 14 day we should start getting some little mushrooms growing.  Wish me luck!! I will let you know when they start to grow. If you are interested in trying this go to http://www.fungi.com and see where she got them.  We had tried growing mushrooms years ago in New Hampshire but didn’t have any luck, I hope we have more luck this time.

We are still content just to visit and relax so far but are getting ready now to get to work.  Norman has done a few small jobs around here and a few for Patty and now I guess we will take one one bigger job and the first one will be to lay a new floor in the kitchen.  I guess it will be a wood floor was we like the one we have in Spencer.  Then I want him to replace all the mop boards in the living room, dinning room and hall.  When they tiled this area they didn’t remove the mopboards first so they slopped the grunting on the mop boards and since it is too big a job to remove the tile Norman says he can remove and replace the tile and do it right.  That will make the tile look much better and then we will use area rugs to dress up the whole place.    Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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