A Morphing Mushroom & Feedback!

This mushroom looked blue-green in situ

This mushroom looked blue-green in situ

I found the strangest mushrooms this morning.  They looked blue-green in situ from one angle — green from another.  From another angle, they looked lavendar.  After I brought them inside, they looked gray with a hint of purple with splotches of ugly green.

I described them to my sister on the phone and she burst out laughing — and accused me of sampling funny mushrooms causing me to see all those different colors.  😀

I’ve gone nuts trying to identify them.  I think they might be Cortinarius caerulescens.  They have a rusty brown spore print.  Poisonous.  I’m waiting for a positive ID on my mushroom board.

Or maybe it’s a Stropharia.  Stropharius?

Another one

Another one

I also found a few other tiny mushrooms I am not even going to try to identify right now, but will post photos because they are cute.  Well… to someone who thinks mushrooms are cool, anyway.  🙂

I just heard from the RV repair guy.  He will be out tomorrow to install the new furnace motor!

And I’m planning to wash the Casita tomorrow.  It’s growing algae on its belly band.

I got the nicest email from a reader a few minutes ago.  After she saw my Hopping John

Here it looks lavendar

Here it looks lavendar.

photo (previous post) and saw the ingredients listed on one of the comments, she made a mad dash to the grocery store after work and bought the ingredients and made a batch.  She loved it!  She said they ate it Friday and Saturday for dinner, and she had the rest of it for lunch today.

I can’t tell you how that delighted me — because it’s a recipe I just made up.  I like canned Hopping John, but it’s too watery.  So I just guessed at the ingredients I would need to duplicate the flavor, added sausage to make it a main dish… and we loved it.  So the fact that someone else liked my version really tickled me!

Inside the house (taking spore prints) - they are now ugly green and gray.

Inside the house (taking spore prints) – they are now ugly green and gray.

Tiny scaly mushroom

Tiny scaly mushroom

Another shot

Another shot

A couple more tiny mystery mushrooms

A couple more tiny mystery mushrooms

I think these little guys are Common Laccaria.  If so, the caps are edible, but not very good.

I think these little guys are Common Laccaria. If so, the caps are edible, but not very good.

From the bottom

From the bottom

Comfort Food & the Furnace

Hopping John almost done

Hopping John almost done

This crisp weather is making me want to cook rib-sticking comfort food.  Last night we had homemade hopping john over brown rice, and I can’t remember when I’ve eaten a more satisfying meal–although I did go a little too heavy on the hot peppers.  😀

The mobile RV guy checked the Casita’s furnace this morning.  He found dirt dauber nests in the outside vents and thought that might have been the problem.  When he turned on the furnace it just purred.  But he decided to leave it running while he cleaned the back of the refrigerator and the water heater with compressed air.

Then we heard it. Clank.  Clank-clank.  Clank-klittety-clank.  And it continued to get worse.  So a new fan motor is definitely needed.

He is also going to install my new battery wiring kit from Little House Customs since I don’t have the hand strength to crimp the cables.

A camp fire from an earlier cold weather camping trip

A camp fire from an earlier cold weather camping trip

And he promised to get the job done in time for our trip to Alabama.  I am so relieved to know that will be taken care of!

I am getting excited about the upcoming cold-weather camping and imagining the fun of huddling around a nice campfire.  Got to remember to stock up on hot chocolate and mocha.

We will not be taking our nice propane campfire on our upcoming trips.  We learned that it’s great for atmosphere.  But when it’s really cold, it doesn’t put out enough heat to keep us warm.  We need the real thing then!

 

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