Here’s one of my favorite sayings.
The Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department added to the holiday lights. I’ve been there when the siren starts to call people in. It’s REALLY loud. You see people come running out of homes and sprinting across fields. It’s one of the things that’s very different about living in a small, isolated community. I’m going to put it in one of my books.
There were lots of colorful holiday lights in Mendocino last weekend. Here are a couple of photos I wanted to share.
I had a great time at my mushroom class. The picture is of mushrooms the instructor gathered in his yard in one four hour period. I was amazed at the amount and the variety!
I learned a lot about mushrooms while I was in Mendocino doing research. The class I took had to do with finding mushrooms, cleaning them, cooking them, and the best part–EATING them! I came back with a number of recipes including one for wild mushroom ravioli in porcini mushroom broth and another for making ragout of wild mushrooms with gorgonzola on crostini. I had a lot of fun!
I went to Mendocino to attend some Mushroom Festival activities this weekend to gather information for book four. It’s currently called MURDER AT THE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL. I had an opportunity to do a presentation at the Fort Bragg Library. It was wonderful to see how many people were using the library on a Saturday afternoon. I enjoyed the conversation I had with those who attended the talk. We had some fun and shared a few laughs.
While doing research for book three, MURDER AT THE FORTUNE TELLER’S TABLE, I discovered a phone dogs can use. I was amazed. It sits on the floor, and there’s a large button for the dog to push. The dog is taught to hit it in certain circumstances and/or on command. It’s programmed with a number to call in an emergency. It’s called a K-9 Rescue Alarm.
I’m thrilled that we’ve finally had some significant rain. We really needed it. On the other hand, I am singing the “muddy paws” blues. There are eight of them to deal with. They did NOT get into the house without a thorough cleaning!