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Ted’s essays

growing my own mushrooms

Through Darby Adult Education, I took a class on growing Oyster mushrooms. Chase covered A LOT about mushrooms, what they are, how they grow and more. The part we think of as mushrooms is a mere portion of the organism’s reproductive system. For reference, however, it is conveniently called “the fruit”, and the facility for encouraging its production, the fruiting chamber. There is much into the process before it is ready for the fruiting chamber. Six weeks of class got us to this stage. The first picture has a jar that was infected, ruined somewhere early in the processes. Chase suggested finding a suitable environment to plant it in, hoping the natural world would enable its recovery. The next […]

flashes in the night sky

I do not know what they are, but am certain they are not of nature. Between 10:30 and 11:00 I took my puppy out for his final relief before bedding down. It was under a perfectly clear, starry sky. Due south, in the mostly uninhabited Bitterroot Mountains I thought I saw a brilliant flash of light. No clouds. No thunder. Just a ball of brilliant light from a great distance to the south. Now I am pondering and paying attention. Several of them followed. I was not timing or recording, but every 3 to 5 minutes another ball of light greater than the biggest lightening flashes I have seen, but with no sound; no thunder following. I have no answers. […]

driven … by what?

From Basics of Resistance by Claire Wolff and Kit Perez: “Every person is driven, at the core, by a deep-seated need. An individual may crave acceptance, love, power, money, recognition, honor, or something else. In many cases, people don’t know themselves well enough to know what their primal drive is, or they tend to see their drive as solely positive. They might think their drive is “to serve” or to “stand up for liberty,” but these aren’t primal drives; those desires are driven by underlying primal drives. To reach the core, we need to ask ourselves why, enough times to that everything is stripped down to basic elements.” Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Hmmm, I’m not sure it is […]

dog psychologist

Advice to a friend whose aging Akita has been supplemented with a Rotweiller cross pup. Pro bono, community service, I’m working my specialty for free ๐Ÿ˜‰ You have what could turn into an awesome wing-man dog. The Rotwieller side is ready to manifest in the right hands, the right home. HOWEVER, you and your Akita have turned you into a BARN-CAT type of dog lover. Yeah. Hi. Where’s the food. THX. TTFN. What you have is a dog who will fit great with an affectionate, but courageous leader. If his Man is fearless, this dog as an adult will go willingly, eagerly into any battle that comes their way… that is, as a team … for his man. But this […]

3 second attention span

Even a normal toddler can focus for a whole minute, or several minutes even on a single, natural occurrence. Something really fascinating like a butterfly, flower or dog can keep their attention on that single object for several minutes. This can be, and quite often is “FIXED” … at all ages. I was out tonight giving my puppy outdoor playtime before bed. I happened to see a television running in a well-lit room some 20-30 meters away. From that distance one can quickly see the big picture – the details and sound don’t cloud the view. BAM-BAM-BAM the scene changes every 2 to 3 seconds. FLASH-FLASH-FLASH this brightly colored screen keeps eyes on the movement and mind from considering ANYTHING. […]

Bosco at eleven point seven weeks

The photo does not capture how BIG his feet and forelegs are. This boy has a sturdy foundation. Better still, he is super attached to HIS PEOPLE. He prances up to us any time and all the time with long tail waving all the way. Of course he still is a puppy and eager to chew on us and everything else that comes his way. We need to make sure there are acceptable things to chew on always available. According to puppychart.com, he is destined to be 95 pounds as an adult, which is larger than the standard for either part of his mix, German Shepherd or Pit Bull … and he was not the large Alpha in the […]

asparagus

One might assume I am a pessimist expecting TEOTWAWKI too soon to do any long-term projects. That one would be wrong. While I continue my drive to be prepared for Bilderberg-engineered disasters, I also recognize their schemes continue to be frustrated by events beyond their control. So I prune fruit trees, plant blueberries and build an asparagus bed as if I might get to enjoy the fruits of that labor two or more years hence. Yesterday it was blueberries. Today asparagus. On the north side of our year-round creek I put four roots each in their own discrete beds. This is much like their natural habitat. I’m thinking they may like it a lot … and reward me by populating […]

machete

I would guess I have had a favorite machete for over 30 years. Since our move that began in August I do not think I have seen it – Not lost, but not found yet either. However, I needed my machete sooner rather than whenever. Searching the Internet uncovers many choices, a large number of which do not understand the tool … more charitably, their customers have something else in mind. A machete is a brush hacking instrument. It may serve other roles, but first, foremost, primarily, by design, and by function it must be a good brush hacking instrument. Weight, balance, blade length, handle, edge and all factors must hold up to whacking branches, canes, saplings and such for […]