September. I think it’s 2nd on my list of favorite behind October. Labor Day, the passing from summer to fall, football, the end of baseball regular season, crisp, clear evenings, warm low humidity days. Yeah, September is good.
With the purchase of #morningwood, September has come to mean a few new things to me. Mushrooms and new fall chores.
This is a new one. Time to get the boat out of the water. Leaving a boat lift and dock in a frozen lake is a bad thing. The ice flow will twist and mangle aluminum over the course of the winter. So, beginning in late September, early October the residents around the lake begin the ritual of lining up the boat trailers at the launch by the dam on the West end of the lake to pull the boats out for the winter. Prep for winter storage involves cleaning film of algae off the hulls or pontoons, cleaning the vinyl, shampooing the carpets, filling the gas tank and adding StaBil and draining the oil. TLK is working on finding a storage facility. Next weekend we’ll disassemble the dock and pull it out of the water. At some point the dock and pier company will come by with what amounts to a barge with a winch on it to pull the lift out and set it on the front part of our property. That happens in early October typically so the incentive to get the boat off the lift exists due to the fact that if they can’t take our lift out when they come to the lake to do their other contracts, we pay a $100 up charge.
I got home from #morningwood in the mid afternoon and about 5:45 TLK and I headed over to Wrigley for the final regular season game. The Cubs have had a magical season and it continued last night. Cubs fans have fallen in love with David Ross in the short time he’s been with the team. He’s basically a part time catcher, brought along in the John Lester trade as Lester’s personal catcher. He announced that this would be his final season at age 38. Last night we Cub fans enjoyed some truly a chill inducing, tear jerking moments with Rossy. His first at bat, the crowd erupted in a long, spontaneous standing O as Rossy was announced. He had to back away from the plate, and acknowledge the crowd with a doff of his batting helmet. His next at bat, again – crowd gives him a thunderous ovation and he knocked a dong deep into the left centerfield bleachers to give the good guys a 1-0 lead over arch rival STL Cardinals. The crowd was berzerkers and Rossy had to come out of the dugout for a curtain call. During the 7th, Joe Maddon walked out to the bump for a convo with the infield. Rossy walked out to the hill and Maddon give him a hug and an official Final Walk off the field as replacement catcher Wilson Contreras came on. Each of the infielders on the mound also gave him an embrace as the crowd stood once again for a long, long standing O. Once again, a curtain call. It was a classy way to acknowledge him, rather than just replacing him between innings. You could see Rossy moved to tears in the dugout afterward. It was such a privilege to be there. The Cubs went on to win 3-1 for win # 99 of the season.
Life is all about making memories. Last night was a good one.
Finally – Mushrooms
I’ve become a forager. The first spring we had #morningwood, we discovered a cache of morels on our lot. Later that year in August, we found a lot of tiny puffball mushrooms. I began doing a lot of study on identifying edible mushrooms common to Central Wisconsin in specific and North America in general and this year with the wet weather the wild mushrooms have gone completely wild. I’ve made Pasta Carbonara con fungi, Creamy mushroom soup, Omelettes, Fritatas, Sutee’d as a side dish with green beans…all from ‘shrooms on our lot and the neighbor’s abandoned lot. Click on the photos for description and a closer look.
Next time I’ll post the Creamy Mushroom Soup and Wild Mushroom Carbonara recipes