Monday, October 10, 2011

The Great Outdoors

Remember the cotton plant I showed awhile back? Well, I saw that one of the pods was ready to open and I couldn't wait. I picked it and got this:

After a little teasing, I got a fistful of cotton. I don't know if there is time before a frost for the rest of the pods to open. But I think this is pretty cool!

On Saturday my husband was dealing with the chickens and came into the house saying he had something to show me. Look at this puff ball he found:

You can see how big it is by the folded newspaper it's sitting on.  Can you believe it? We had never seen one this size before. Our son, the mushroom expert, says that these are edible. I don't think I'll try it though. What about you, would you eat it?

We had to take advantage of this beautiful weather, so yesterday we went to Shades State Park for a picnic and hike. What a wonderful time! The only thing that would have made it better would be having our oldest son Justin with us.

We climbed down a ladder to get to this ravine that leads to the creek.
Tad enjoyed the hike!
This rock tower has been here for a few years. We added to it.
This is the creek we canoe on. No canoeing this month!
I hope everyone had a great weekend. One more week before I get my other hand operated on. Not looking forward to that!

I will have the drawing for my giveaway on Thursday. Good luck!


Sheila said...

What a beautiful day you had! I'm glad you had a chance to get outside and enjoy the weather.

Kerin said...

Wow! I've never, ever seen a mushroom that big.
In all honesty, I wouldn't eat it either. I'm just too chicken.
Love the pictures from your picnic. I think the rock tower is super cool.
Thinking about you, and your coming surgery. Glad that you were able to get outside and have a little fun this past weekend.

Kim K. said...

What beautiful pictures. The setting is just gorgeous. I wish this lovely weather could last forever. Best wishes with your upcoming surgery.

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Here in Texas, cotton is every where one turns........except for this year. The farmers were hit hard by the drought. This is the first time since we moved out here that there has not been cotton out in the back field. Love the beautiful place you and your family visited! I don't think I would be brave enough to try the puff ball. blessings,Kathleen

Anonymous said...

I am thrilled to see your cotton ball Cindy!
As for that mushroom, nope.. I wouldn't be trying it out. I wish you all the best with your hand...
Hugs Rosemary...xx

Cheryl said...

lol... ok, I read "chickens"-- then looked at the photo and thought "what a HUGE egg... I had to reread & reread until it made sense. lol