Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Make sure you know what you have and what you are eating when you collect the chanterelles in the wild. There is another mushroom, "jackolantern" that looks eerily similar but is poisonous. I have done a lot of research to find out what true chanterelles look like. Most of them are yellow, when you slice them down the middle, the stem should be meaty and pale, almost white inside. They grow on the forest ground. Jackolanterns look very similar, but are more orange in color and either have stems without "meat" or are the same color inside their stems. They grow in clusters on a single "root" and on wood (a tree, tree limb, whatever, dead or alive). If in doubt, don't eat it. There are black chanterelles too, harder to find, but I don't think there are doppelgangers of the black ones.
Rain again today. I must find someone to fence in a small area of my driveway or the (haha) back yard (about 3'Wx20'L) for the dogs before it gets cold so I can open the door and shoo them out to potty instead of having to walk them 6x a day in the snow and rain.
I am thinking of making a dramatic hair style/color change to go along with my new me image. My hair is probably totally grey, I have died it since I was 40 and the grey was too visible. So I am thinking of doing the following: cut it really short, straighten it, and dye it a beigy blonde color. I can always dye it back if I decide it isn't me. But I "tried it out" on a website and I think I will like it. I just don't want it to make me look OLDER. But it will definitely be easier to maintain. What do you think? I will try to download the picture here later.