Sock update, more mushrooms

A brown coonhound is curled up on a sofa with a pair of sock toes on circular needles draped over her side

The sox continue. I’m more than halfway to the place where I need to start the heel.

One of the sock toes stretched over a cardboard foot outline.  There are about 2” to the mark for starting the heel

The good news is that so far, they fit.

The coonhound looks quizzically at the photographer, while a foot wearing one of the partial sock toes is displayed in front of her.  Her expression is best described as, “are there treats in this, for me??”

Three mushrooms are currently producing:

A “totem” of poplar sections has taupe oyster mushrooms protruding from the areas between the sections
Always reliable Pohu oyster on poplar. This totem has been going since 2018. Pohu is seriously a slam-dunk if you want to try something that fruits prolifically and tastes good.
Three “totems” of cherry sections have olive colored shelf mushrooms poking out from between the sections
The crazy prolific Mukitake on cherry continues. Yesterday I pulled over 700 grams of this variety off. Still more on the way.
Small glossy brown mushrooms peek out from the interstices between sections of a cherry “totem.”
The second Nameko totem of cherry is going.

H finished splitting the hemerocallis and iris, and made nice beds for them. I ordered some early spring bulbs to fill in the cracks and entertain us when the snow melts next spring.

A roughly rectangular patch of muddy-looking soil is surrounded by rounded rocks of all sizes, and has clumps of iris and day lily punctuating the surface.  Strips of scrap lumber delineate various sections.  The whole thing is approximately 3’ by 12’

A metal lawn art pinwheel is visible in the corner of the frame

Fall mushroom season has started!

Look! We have three kinds fruiting today! All on wild cherry, innoculated in the spring of 2020.

A stump of cherry wood cut into segments about 10” high and reassembled in a stack, with clusters of glossy brown mushrooms poking out from between the interstices and between the bark on the lowest segment
A small chestnut brown shiitake mushroom peeking out from between stacked cherry log segments.
Shiitake (Native Harvest™️)
A small mustard yellow mushroom poking out just above a gap between two cherry log segments.  A cluster of similar mushrooms can be seen growing deeper in the crack.
A photo of 15 stacks of logs with arrows pointing out which ones are: Shiitake (Native Harvest, Night Velvet), Nameko, and Mukitake
This is what the cluster of totems looked like last fall, when we unbagged them. It’s the shadiest part of our yard and never gets direct sunlight, even in the summer.

I like getting our sawdust spawn from Field & Forest. Their customer service over the phone is super helpful, and they sell many varieties of shiitake and lots of other species. And this totem method for inoculating has got to be the easiest way to manage mushroom logs at home – set it, and forget it! 😁

It must be fall, because our little anti-scurvy orchard came inside today, also. 🥶

Interior shot of a sliding glass door with five large potted citrus trees next to the glass.  In front of the trees there is a tall kitty condo with one kitty on it, a short kitty post with a kitty on it, and a dog bed with a coonhound on it.  To the left of the door is a chair with another kitty on it.
From left to right: Key lime, Calamondin, Calamondin, unknown orange grown from seed, Meyer lemon. How many pets can you find in this photo? Answer in the alt text. 😉

Just checking in

Wow. Has it really been so long since I posted something other than maintenance anniversaries? Time is flying, although I’m not entirely sure I’ve been having fun, exactly. LOL

I’ve been trying to hold steady here, through our fall harvest (tomatoes, especially, are being canned and dried and eaten as fast as we can pick them)

A tray full of shiny red and yellow tomatoes of various sizes abd shapes
A baking tray showing a thick layer of face-up halved tomatoes in the process of drying
Vanna White sitting on a bench, looking through chicken wire at a tray of sliced tomatoes drying in the sun

I’ve been knitting stuff, including learning fisherman’s rib

A cowl knit in the round, using a pattern from here:

and brioche,

A dishcloth swatch of “honeycomb” brioche, learned from

trying out an idea for a lizard ridge mobius cowl,

Vanna white (cat) curled in a little ball on the corner of an ottoman. A knit cowl takes up most of the rest of the space.  It is half and half mustard dishcloth yarn and variegated autumn colors.  If you look closely, you can see that the origin is in the middle with the knit growing one side, and purl on the other.  There are short-row “bumps” because it is Lizard Ridge pattern

and revisiting the ballband dishcloth, just because.

The “front” side of a 34-stitch ballband dishcloth with black interstices and a fall ombre yarn forming the “bricks.”
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Everything we do here serves multiple purposes, if I can manage it…including growing pole beans.

Pole bean “awning” growing over our sliding glass door

Since our house is passive solar, the front is (mostly) oriented to the south. The “mostly” is another story that I won’t get into here.

Anyway, in the summer any extra shade we can get on that side of the house helps keep us cool. It also means we also can sometimes lift the exterior shade in front of that window, to see out. (Or nap in front of the window, if there’s nothing interesting out there at the moment)

View of the trellis “awning” from inside

I like to grow beans for shade so we can also EAT the results! Today was our first “real” harvest (other than “testing” one now and then). That right there is sunlight shaded from our house, converted into 136g of fresh, crispy green beans. Yum. 😉

136g of green beans, on a kitchen scale

529g of Golden Oysters

I love mushrooms. I love them so much that we cultivate them.

Sections of poplar logs with yellow oyster mushrooms growing out of the interstices

With all the recent rains, our Golden Oyster mushrooms on poplar logs are fruiting! (

The slugs like them too, so I usually try to get to them before they are half-eaten. I did pretty well today and salvaged 529g. The slugs probably got about 1-2g.

529g of oyster mushrooms sitting on a kitchen scale

Over in our “refugee from SP” maintainers’ group (, MARTHA324 recently posted a mushroom stir fry recipe she enjoyed ( I think some variation of it will be on the menu tonight. 😋