Good morning! I missed you guys! Did you miss me? We could get just a sliver of cell signal when we were out on the beach this past week, but in the RV...Nada. Zilch. Nothing. We were unplugged.
As expected, it rained almost the entire time we were gone this past week. No worries though. I spent my time hand-stitching. Mike read his books, and the kitties were busy on woofie patrol. Smitty took the first watch:
I was going to say they are deadly poisonous, but Wikipedia tells me:
[R]eports of human deaths resulting from A. muscaria ingestion are extremely rare. After parboiling twice with water draining—which weakens its toxicity and breaks down the mushroom's psychoactive substances—it is eaten in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. All Amanita muscaria varieties, but in particular A. muscaria var. muscaria, are noted for their hallucinogenic properties, with the main psychoactive constituents being the neurotoxins ibotenic acid and muscimol. A local variety of the mushroom was used as an intoxicant and entheogen by the indigenous peoples of Siberia and by the Sámi, and has a religious significance in these cultures. There has been much speculation on possible traditional use of this mushroom as an intoxicant in other places such as the Middle East, Eurasia, North America, and Scandinavia.
Think I'll pass, just the same. Besides, mushroom picking is strictly forbidden in the state park.
Okay, so the weather cleared up Thursday afternoon, and we had a nice day sight-seeing. I took so many pictures, I thought it best to break this "return to civilization" into two blog posts. I'll come back tomorrow to tell you what we saw while we were out exploring the area. Although we've been to Cape Disappointment many times, we still saw some things that were new to us. Also, I have more stitching to show you.
I'll spend the rest of today unpacking the RV, although there isn't much to do there, and getting myself reorganized. There are still plenty of days left in the month, and so I'm going to get back to working on Jenny's Flower Garden when I get back to the sewing room. The last time I worked on it, it looked like this: