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* Yellow Houseplant Mushroom

  • Posted on June 26, 2009 at 9:14 am

Yesterday morning when I watered the greenhouse plants, I found these tiny bright yellow mushrooms (about 1″ tall) in one of my plants. So I grabbed a pic and decided I would look it up and post it just for fun.

Yellow Houseplant Mushroom

Yellow Houseplant Mushroom

This seems to be Leucocoprinus birnbaumii, aka Lepiota lutea, the yellow houseplant mushroom. It’s harmless, but not edible, and grows from rich soil in a warm environment. I read that in the Bahamas they call these spirit umbrellas.

Yellow Houseplant Mushroom

Yellow Houseplant Mushroom

Then this morning, just 24 hours later, I found they had morphed into these. Scary, huh? Very, very interesting though.

Not sure what happens after this. But I’ll keep a watch out. 

Do you have any of these? or anything else interesting?  Fun.. Ellen

*Handsome Hunky Hubby

  • Posted on June 26, 2009 at 4:00 am

I really haven’t taken the opportunity to introduce you to hubby and his amazingness. He is truly a Renaissance man –  incredibly intelligent and truly capable of virtually anything. He is also super driven, super motivated and also a super-duper example of a Type A personality. It is my true belief that there is virtually nothing he cannot do.

Hubby and Bucca

Hubby and Bucca

Let me tell you about hubby. If you’re not interested, back out now, but if you’re interested, this is going to take a while, so relax, get something to drink and get comfortable.

Hubby

Hubby

  • Incredibly handsome, and loving
  • Crazy strong
  • Puts up with tremendous craziness from me
  • Keeps me grounded
  • A great friend
  • A terrific father to his son, SontheYounger, and a really good friend/advisor to my son, SontheElder
  • Was on the swim team and water polo team in high school
  • Was in the band in high school
  • Does great artwork, portraits and murels
  • Was in the Kingsmen Drum & Bugle Corps
  • Attended West Point and was on the water polo team
  • Works as a senior computer network engineer/architect/consultant doing incredibly technical and complicated computer ‘stuff’
  • Plays piano and wrote me a song when he proposed to me
  • Choreographed and mixed the music for our wedding, burning it onto a CD
  • while at the Irving house
  • Totally remodeled and re-landscaped our house… taking the house down to the studs and building the interior back out – walls, tile, electricity, plumbing, installing windows, building a deck and lots more
  • Built a greenhouse for me, mostly by himself after a bit of help with the foundation
  • Built a wooden jungle gym/fort/slide play area for SontheYounger
  • Installed a garden pond
  • Installed a garden G-gauge (1:24) railroad
  • Added a gameroom onto the house
  • Built an HO railroad system with scenery
  • Oklahoma Cabin property
  • At our Oklahoma lake cabin he built a huge new deck area
  • Fenced the entire 3 lot property
  • Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas
  • Now that we’re in Arkansas, he’s mostly already remodeled the whole house, just a small bit left to do
  • Fenced a yard area for Bucca the 1st weekend we were in the house, has since redone the fencing to make a bigger yard for the dogs
  • Built a huge 2 level back deck 
  • Added on a greenroom (part greenhouse/part sunroom) onto the house
  • Built and leveled a 3 tiered vegetable garden for me.
  • Finished building the dock on our lake from a pre-designed delivered dock, he got a bit of help the first day with the bridge to the dock, most of the rest he did himself
  • Is currently widening the driveway

That’s just a small part of what he does and has done, there are probably things I can’t remember at the moment, but I think this gives you a good idea of what kind of man he is and how special he is.

He’s a wonderful man, a great husband and an all around terrific guy. Thank you for allowing me to share him with you.

Hugs.. Ellen

*Wordless Wednesday – Floral

  • Posted on June 24, 2009 at 4:00 am

My first flowering Plumeria

My first flowering Plumeria

*A Really Good Gift

  • Posted on June 23, 2009 at 1:03 pm

I just got the nicest email compliment with the subject of  ‘A Really Good Gift’.

“Hello, As requested, I just want to verify that I have received my package, and I must say it was well worth the wait! Thanks for such a high quality product! I look forward to conducting business with you again in the future.”

This gentleman ordered one of my Celtic laser-carved boxes that are similar (but larger) to my little 1″ boxes. I do these by special order with the name or saying you request on them. These are great little keepsake type gifts for a special occasion for a friend. They can also be used as an elegant gift box for a very special tiny present.

A Really Good Gift

A Really Good Gift

These boxes are made of basswood and have a lovely faux suede liner in them (usually a deep red, but other colors also available. Currently, I have the ultra small 1″ long boxes ($6) the 2″ ($10), the 3″ ($12) and the 4″ ($14). They can be purchased via my ebay store or the ministore on this website. If you would like to send me a check or money order just let me know and I’ll give you the address.

Thanks so much. Ellen