Monday, February 15, 2016

This morning I start the day by grieving for one of my dear friends, a rat terrier named Dutchess Anne. She was a great dog, loved to cuddle in blankets and run at full speed around the yard.
Last night we believe our dog Dutchess and Chloe were poisoned around 730 or so. They were in the yard, Chloe was tied up. I personally saw a car driving slow, stop at the end if my driveway. I went out to see what was going on and they left and went down the road a ways and stopped again. Not sure why. I have talked to the Wahburn County (Sooner, WI)  and Barron County (Cumberland) Sheriffs department also the vet. We have heard rumors that other dogs have had similar incidences happen. We have heard if food being thrown to the dogs  which then get suck and die.
I hope nobody else goes through this. Dutchess passed away from a slow horrible death and Chloe made it through but is weak but determined to make it. After talking to the vet it seems to me that they probably had ingested a rat poison that's on the market that is a neurotoxin called  brometheden? I'm sure that's spelled wrong,  sorry been a ling night. 
My concern is to let people know so that they don't have to go through this horror. If you see or hear anything, please call the Sheriffs department. At this time they have no leads  as I didn't get the plate number or make and model of the car.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Spooner Advocate- Springbrook/Trego Column- November 5, 2015

Good morning. As I traveled into Hayward this morning it was sort of sunny at my place and then it was sprinkling heavy in Hayward! Guess I just can't get away from it! LOL It makes me a little sad to see all the trees looking so naked! Its great that all the pine, evergreens don't lose their color. I look forward to moving into the coming season, its a time to regroup, look back and be grateful, look forward and be hopeful. As most of the earth takes a rest and renews itself  I would like to think the same thing should apply to us humans as well. How about making some small goals, read an extra book this winter, learn to knit. Maybe do some much needed cleaning and purging...this could be belongings but it may apply to yourself as well. Set some goals for the coming year. Personally I will be looking for the next step in my college career for 2016. I want to knit  more and SPIN MY OWN YARN! I want to travel to Canada! I want to spend an entire weekend on Madeleine Island! I want to bead more items and hopefully sell some of the items that I have made. I want to learn to fish, got to get the gear and I want to target practice- need a gun! So sit down and take a couple minutes to write some ideas down, then go forth and have fun with it!
 
NW Graziers Fall Conference on Sat Nov 7th at the Spooner Ag Research Station. Registration is required by Weds Nov 4th The cost is $20 for the meal. For more information and to register please give the Ag agents-Otto or Kevin a call at 715-635-3506
Went to the Tweed Museum of Art on Friday and first of all what a lovely gallery! I would highly recommend going if you haven't already. Mikhaila, her friend Sarah and I all went to a fashion show that was just spectacular!  This was such a beautiful, informative and inspirational show I can't even explain all the ways that it touched me. The work that went into these pieces of clothing is just spectacular! They are each a work of art unto themselves! I suggest that you go check out the website www.iamanishinaabe.com. Be prepared to be moved by the beauty, the history, the talent that went into each of these pieces! Chi-miigwech to Delina White, Lavender Hunt and Sage Davis for your vision, all the other helpers and creators of the clothing/jewelry and to the graceful models. You are all an inspiration!
 
Now is the time to get some calls made to set-up plowing and shoveling for the winter. Plan ahead so that you are not snowed in, unable to get out. Also stick some blankets, a jacket, some boots, hats and gloves in the car so that you are ready if the weather changes while you are out. Do you have a broom, ice scraper in the car? How about the shovel and sand or ice melt by the door?? Get things together now before the snow flies!!
 
"Surprised By Joy " An Exhibition of Painting by Terry Millikan is in last week at the Lizzards Art Gallery & Framing. These oil paintings are on display until November 7, 2015. For more informatio9n please contact Lizzards at 218-722-5815 or www.lizzards.com the gallery is located at 11 West Superior Street in Duluth, MN.
 
If anyone is missing a goat please feel free to call me. I had a neighbor bring over the goat being he found it walking down Co Hwy A. I am glad that the neighbor to the time to bring the goat to my house as I sure wouldn't have wanted it to get hit. I am sure someone must be missing their goat so please call and give me a description of it. If the owners are not found than it will just stay here at my house, Snickers needs a friend.
 
Happy Birthday goes to all those that were born in November! You have an awesome month as everything is going to sleep for the winter months, but we still have plenty of fall days to enjoy, plus we gained an hour! Hugs! Happy birthdays go out to my Auntie Cheryl. Love you! Remember you are special and we love you! 
 
If you would like to get information on LCO Extension classes please give Amber Marlow a call at 715-634-4790 x 156. Also ou can find them on Facebook at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Extension.

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November 5-6 2015 18th Annual Farmer Cooperative Conference in Minneapolis, Radisson Blu Hotel. For more information please give the Ag agents-Otto or Kevin a call at 715-635-3506.
 
Art Exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art, Studio Gallery at the University of MN- Duluth. VOID by Sam Fiedler. November 10th-15th. Opening reception November 10, 2015 from 4-6pm.Questions 218-726-8222
 
Northwinds Book and Fiber Crochet a Cowl- Monday November 9th 5-8 pm Class fee of $15. Please give them a call at the store to register and get the supply list you will need.  715-635-6811 or northwind@northwindbook.com


 

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Monday, October 19, 2015

October 9, 2015 Cable Natural History Museum Newsletter- Stinkhorn Egg

By Emily M. Stone 
Naturalist/Education Director 
Cable Natural History Museum

I could hear my roasted root vegetables sizzling in the oven when I saw their car pull into my driveway. Eric and Nanette stepped out, carrying a big basket of food. A whole watermelon, can of spaghetti sauce, two fresh tomatoes-these were things they didn't want to leave in their cabin for the winter or haul home to Madison.
 
One of the items in their basket was a little weirder, though. On a walk through the woods, they'd found a small, dirty white globe on the ground. Figuring it was fungal; they brought it to me for identification, and so we could exclaim over it together. I like this kind of hostess gift at least as much as wine!
 
I'd never seen something quite like this before, and I certainly wasn't ready for the texture when I picked it up. First of all, it was heavy. This was no puffball. The thin outside coating was cool and dry, but a squishy consistency beneath that hinted at something a little more moist. It reminded me of a water balloon filled with pudding. The bottom was slightly flattened, with a limp little stem-like appendage.
 
We enjoyed our dinner with the mystery as our centerpiece, but I didn't get around to slicing it open until the next day at work. A quick photo/question to my favorite mushroom expert produced a reliable identification: common stinkhorn.
 
Stinkhorns are either amazing or disgusting, depending on your perspective. They begin their reproductive life as an "egg," just like the one Eric and Nanette found. A universal veil on the outside protects the developing fruiting body. Slicing through the egg, I found the compact features of a mushroom just waiting to expand.
 
The thin, white, elastic "eggshell" covered a layer of tan-colored jelly. The gleba, as this second layer is known, contains both the spores and the offensive smell that earns stinkhorns their name. Inside the jelly is a C-shaped, dark-brown mass that will become the mushroom cap, and then the pure white, firm-but-hollow stalk in the center. In some countries, the gleba is removed, and the inner mass of the egg is sliced and eaten. (I think my garden-fresh green beans probably tasted better at dinner.)
 
Bursting forth from the egg, stinkhorns mature extremely rapidly. Their growth rate has been measured at ten to fifteen centimeters per hour, and an individual may take anywhere only an hour or two to "hatch." One mathematical model even predicts that the common stinkhorn can exert enough force to emerge through asphalt. By those calculations, three mushrooms emerging together could lift almost 900 pounds.

Once grown, a common stinkhorn bears a dark cap at the top of a white stalk. The cap is covered with the slime at first, but as that wears off, a morel-like texture and yellowish color emerge. Stinkhorns can be quite phallic, and the scientific name "Phallus impudicus" means shameless or immodest. In the Victorian era, embarrassed citizens (including Charles Darwin's granddaughter) would collect and destroy stinkhorns each morning so as to protect the purity of any nearby maids.
 
Even more offensive than the shape of a stinkhorn is its smell. Once mature, the gelatinous gleba on the outside of the cap produces a strong odor of carrion that can be smelled from a fair distance away. This attracts flies, beetles, and other insects. In Austria, blow-flies even feed on the slime. When the insects fly off, spore-filled goop sticks to their legs and they become agents of mushroom dispersal. While disgusting, this is a more advanced method of spore dispersal than waiting for a gentle breeze.
 
Around the world, stinkhorns come in an amazing variety of shapes and colors. From red stars to hot pink whiffle balls, and white bridal veils, they erupt from their eggs in fountains of color and stench. As saprophytic mushrooms that decompose wood, stinkhorns are an important as well as interesting part of the forest...but perhaps, not an important part of dinner.
 
For over 45 years, the Cable Natural History Museum has served to connect you to the Northwoods. Come visit us in Cable, WI! Our new exhibit: "Lake Alive!" opened May 1, 2015, and will remain open until March 2016.
 
Find us on the web at www.cablemuseum.org to learn more about our exhibits and programs. Discover us on Facebook, or at our blogspot, http://cablemuseumnaturalconnections.blogspot.com.
  
I would love to hear your comments, questions, and ideas about this article!
  
 emily@cablemuseum.org
       
Sliced open, a stinkhorn egg reveals the compact form of a developing mushroom. Photo by Emily Stone

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Spooner Advocate- Springbrook/Trego Column, October 8, 2015

Good morning. Wow! I know it isn't even really that cold out there, mid 50's to low 60's is not cold in the big picture. But man it feels very cold when you first go out your door and the cold air hits you in your face! Wow! I will try and stay positive.... it is refreshing, exhilarating! But I am just going to say it I LOVE fall...but dread winter. So I will enjoy and cherish the leaves that have turned.I will talk to the birds that continue to fly over the house on there way to destination unknown. I was happy to have some cranes come and visit with me in my pasture this year. Sure hope they come back as they are awesome!

We had an awesome writers weekend hosted by Trish and Carol at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College this last weekend. Lots of us rediscovered our inner voice and found that our stories did still flow out of us if we took the time to stop moving long enough to actually listen and write them down. It was great to meet Ryan Winn who is a Professor at the College of Menominee Nation. Some of you might know him from helping write plays about and with various Indian Nations. Some might know him for his writings in the Tribal College Journal. A HUGE thank you goes out to the Oneida Nation Arts Program that helped make this possible. More info can be found at www.oneidanationsart.org or at www.menominee.edu or atwww.tcjstudent.org.

On Saturday October 10, 2015 Couderay Waters Regional Land Trust will have their annual meeting from 10-12 PM at the Sherman and Ruth Weiss Library. Folks will enjoy a walk around the Nature trail at the back of the library and are asked to bring a potluck dish to pass. The Library is located at 10788 State Hwy 27/77 in Hayward. More information or an online donation can be found at www.couderaywaters.org

October 26-29, 2015 Food Sovereignty Summit in Green Bay, WI. Native Communities learning from one another to promote health, wellness and food sovereignty. Classes in Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, Products to Market. More information can be found on their website at www.firstnations.org/summit
A happy birthday goes out to all the folks with September birthdays!  If you are having a birthday this month remember you are special! Have a wonderful birthday! Enjoy the coming year as you are only this age once! Hugs! We love you!

Happy Birthday goes to all those that were born in October! You have an awesome month with all the changes that go on in fall, Plus Halloween!Hugs! Happy birthdays go out to Bob Davis on the 2nd, Dena Lampert on the 9th, Pat Hartfiel on the 16th, Michelle Voss on the 31st.  Remember you are special and we love you! 

If you would like to get information on LCO Extension classes please give Amber Marlow a call at 715-634-4790 x 156. Also ou can find them on Facebook at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Extension.

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Please remember that I would like any information from all of you of what is going on! This is your column ! Any garage sales, church functions, raffles etc? Let me know- thank you!

Have a friend or family member that would be interested in the column? Maybe they live out of town? They can access the column on my blog on Thursdays, at www.twogirlsandagarden.blogspot.com .
 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Spooner Advocate- Springbrook/Trego Column October 1,2015

Good morning. Did everyone get to see the lunar eclipse last night? It was very cool to see. Can you believe October is right around the corner? Is everyone canning, drying a lot of food? If anyone has extra squash or apples please let me.

Art Market Charac 63 is hosting a Watercolor with Acrylic Outline painting class taught by Trudy Tyson on October 7th, 2015 from 10-noon. All supplies provided for the class. Please call 715-798-3363 to pre-register and per- pay for class. Art Market is located on 42790 Hwy 63, Cable,www.chablehaywardarts.org

October 26-29, 2015 Food Sovereignty Summit in Green Bay, WI. Native Communities learning from one another to promote health, wellness and food sovereignty. Classes in Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, Products to Market. More information can be found on their website at www.firstnations.org/summit
A happy birthday goes out to all the folks with September birthdays!  If you are having a birthday this month remember you are special! Have a wonderful birthday! Enjoy the coming year as you are only this age once! Hugs! We love you!

Over at Wembendangig- The Community Sewing Center, Mary does alterations, patches etc. If you are looking for a class to learn how to sew something let Mary know so she can get it on the calendar. Contact the shop at 715-699-1379.

If you would like to get information on LCO Extension classes please give Amber Marlow a call at 715-634-4790 x 156. Also ou can find them on Facebook at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Extension.

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I know that there HAS to be some events going on out there! Please let me know!

Please remember that I would like any information from all of you of what is going on! This is your column ! Any garage sales, church functions, raffles etc? Let me know- thank you!

Have a friend or family member that would be interested in the column? Maybe they live out of town? They can access the column on my blog on Thursdays, at www.twogirlsandagarden.blogspot.com .
 
 
 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Spooner Advocate, Springbrook/Trego Column. August 6, 2015

Good morning. Wow! Those storms that went through the area sure left a lot of rain and hail. I hope people did not have to much damage to their properties. We just got rain here at the farm but it sure was a lot! I just want to remind people to pay attention to the weather. We want you to be safe out there on the lakes. Lets make sure this is a safe vacation season!

Does anyone out there have any old skirts that they no longer need? Or any fabric to make skirts? We are holding a class at the 1st Medicines Conference and are in need of fabric, elastic, or skirts that are no longer wanted. Any sizes would be welcome. Thank you in advance.

August 14,15,16, 2015- WACIPI Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Pow wow.$5 admission for the whole weekend. 10 years and under are free to attend. Admission does include the meal on Saturday. More information  can be found at www.smscwacipi.org

This is coming up fast! If you are attending please make sure to send in your registration. Registration forms can be found on the website. August 19-21, 2015- Return To First Medicines 2nd Annual Gathering. A Gathering for adults and children to learn about Sacred Medicines Growing Traditional Foods and how to care for our environment. This event will will be held at Fortune Bay Resort and Casino. www.indigenouspeoplestf.org

A happy birthday goes out to all the folks with August birthdays! A BIG happy birthday to my daughter Mikhaila who is turning 19! I am so proud of you my lovely daughter! You make being a mom an awesome adventure! I pray the coming year goes well for you at UMD and that you have lots of fun! Happy birthday to my cousin Jason, my girlfriend Marilyn who shares her birthday with my daughter, Roma who just keeps getting younger. Happy Birthday to Mary over at Wembendangig- may this coming year be blessed beyond belief! If you are having a birthday this month remember you are special!
Have a wonderful birthday! We love you!

Over at Wembendangig- The Community Sewing Center, Mary does alterations, patches etc. If you are looking for a class to learn how to sew something let Mary know so she can get it on the calendar. Contact the shop at 715-699-1379.

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September 11-13, 2015- Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival,  Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com

September 19, 2015 Knitting and Crocheting Extravaganza- 9-3 pm at Frederic High School. This years speakers are Sue Dodd, Elaine Owens and Carmella Crandell! This is always a great event to go to and I always learn a whole lot. It really is the best event for $20! Questions?  contact Konnie at 715-653-2619 or  www.knittingandcrochetextravaganza.com

October 26-29, 2015 Food Sovereignty Summit in Green Bay, WI. Native Communities learning from one another to promote health, wellness and food sovereignty. Classes in Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, Products to Market. More information can be found on their website atwww.firstnations.org/summit

I know that there HAS to be some events going on out there! Please let me know!

Please remember that I would like any information from all of you of what is going on! This is your column ! Any garage sales, church functions, raffles etc? Let me know- thank you!

Have a friend or family member that would be interested in the column? Maybe they live out of town? They can access the column on my blog on Thursdays, at www.twogirlsandagarden.blogspot.com .
 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Spooner Advocate- Springbrook/Trego Column, July 30, 2015

Good morning. Sure has been hot out there. Please sure that you drink lots of water and check on the animals. Check on any elders in your area as well.

Does anyone out there have any old skirts that they no longer need? Or any fabric to make skirts? We are holding a class at the 1st Medicines Conference and are in need of fabric, elastic, or skirts that are no longer wanted. Any sizes would be welcome. Thank you in advance.

A happy birthday goes out to all the folks with July birthdays! If you are having a birthday this month remember you are special! There is no one quite like you! Happy Birthday to my lovely niece Felicia who turns 20, have a wonderful day! Happy Birthday to Jason on the 10tt, have a great day! Happy Birthday goes to Hailey Olson, 19 already! Can't believe it, where did the time go?
Have a wonderful birthday! We love you!

Over at Wembendangig- The Community Sewing Center, Mary does alterations, patches etc. If you are looking for a class to learn how to sew something let Mary know so she can get it on the calendar. Contact the shop at 715-699-1379.

Northwind Book and Fiber- 205 Walnut Street in Spooner are hosting some kids craft classes on Thursdays at 2:30 pm, June 25- July 30. Also Yarnapalooza 2 is coming on Sat July 18th! More information at www.northwindbook.com or give them a call at 715-635-6811.

Put it on your calendar:

August 14,15,16, 2015- WACIPI Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Pow wow.$5 admission for the whole weekend. 10 years and under are free to attend. Admission does include the meal on Saturday. More information  can be found at www.smscwacipi.org
  
August 19-21, 2015- Return To First Medicines 2nd Annual Gathering. A Gathering for adults and children to learn about Sacred Medicines Growing Traditional Foods and how to care for our environment. This event will will be held at Fortune Bay Resort and Casino. www.indigenouspeoplestf.org

September 11-13, 2015- Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival,  Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI. www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com

September 19, 2015 Knitting and Crocheting Extravaganza- 9-3 pm at Frederic High School. This years speakers are Sue Dodd, Elaine Owens and Carmella Crandell! This is always a great event to go to and I always learn a whole lot. It really is the best event for $20! Questions?  contact Konnie at 715-653-2619 or  www.knittingandcrochetextravaganza.com

I know that there HAS to be some events going on out there! Please let me know!

Please remember that I would like any information from all of you of what is going on! This is your column ! Any garage sales, church functions, raffles etc? Let me know- thank you!

Have a friend or family member that would be interested in the column? Maybe they live out of town? They can access the column on my blog on Thursdays, at www.twogirlsandagarden.blogspot.com .