Photo Friday – Birds Nest Fungi!

Birds Nest Fungi

It’s no secret that I have had a life long obsession with fungi.  I dig mold, lichen and Mushrooms! I am completely fascinated on all levels. So I was so excited when I found this Bird Nest Mushroom in Oklahoma last spring. I have always wanted to find this kind but they are so tiny! They are only about 1/4 inch in diameter.

We were out walking with the neighbor’s dog when she lead us down the street to a neighbor’s pond. I was looking for mushrooms but not that kind. It was fate, I dropped something and when I picked it up I noticed the Birds Nest Fungi right next to it! I took some home and experimented. I watered it everyday and it actually grew! It was fun!

birds nest fungi

The little “nests” or fruiting body holds the little “eggs” which are spore filled.  The nests are called “peridia” (“peridium” in the singular), they work like splash cups, raindrops fall into the nest, then the eggs (called “periodoles”) are thrown into the air, where they latch onto twigs, branches, leaves, and then continue to grow.

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September at Sugar Beet Crafts


September is a fantastic month, and not just because I am finally home from Oklahoma! September is the start of a new season. Kids are back in school and the cool air starts to creep up turning leaves a wonderful blend of fall colors.

It is a month full of cultural diversity, planet awareness, self-improvement and much much more. Over the next few weeks I will be highlighting the many bizarre and unique holidays celebrated in the month of September.

September is:
Classical Music Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
Fall Hat Month
International Square Dancing Month
National Blueberry Popsicle Month
National Courtesy Month
National Piano Month
Chicken Month
Baby Safety Month
Little League Month
Honey Month
Self Improvement Month
Better Breakfast Month

Phew! keep an eye out!
The next few weeks should be fun and interesting. You wouldn’t want to miss it! Please follow by blog via email, twitter, Facebook.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

See you soon!


where have I been?

where have I been?

Hello everyone, I am so sorry for the disappearing act.
A few months ago my boyfriends mother was diagnosed with cancer.
So we packed up our stuff and have temporarily moved 1200 miles away from Santa Monica California to a small town outside of Tulsa Oklahoma. .. Skiatook Oklahoma. Just north-east of Tulsa.
Thank goodness the operations went well and she is doing fantastic, they were able to remove the cancer and is recovering nicely at home.

Our 4th day here, and we start to have storms. I am not sure where you are, but if you know California, you know it really has no weather. Our storms last a day then go away. … Now Oklahoma on the other hand is a whole other story.
These storm clouds are nasty! The thunder roars on forever and its so hot and muggy it feels like you just stepped out of a steam room.

So I was outside weeding the strawberry’s when the thunder and lightning started. …. then I noticed the sky, and a feeling came over me that I can’t explain.

The whole area, that is usually filled with all sorts of noises was completely silent and it was so still, the horses started to freak out and run back and forth.
I stared at this spot in the sky, it was light everywhere but there. It was pitch black.
Then I noticed it was “swirling” and I thought uh oh, even I know that is not a good sign.
So my boyfriend came over, the sky turned green, and he said um … That’s a tornado, it was hard to see because it was rain wrapped. so we dashed inside to see what was happening on the news.
There was a tornado spotted a mile and a half away!!!
So we get my cat into a carrier and jump into the car, because it looked like it was headed straight for us and we knew the roads well enough to get away.
But by the time we hit the drive way it had passed, which is what you see in the picture. It was much closer than that, but I was too busy having a panic attack to take real pictures.

Welcome to the mid-west!
So its been exciting. The same storm system is what leveled Moore Ok. We were super lucky. My heart goes out to all those families.

So anyway, I am still in Oklahoma, but brought my crafting stuff, so I should have some new posts up soon.

Have a wonderful Week!
I am off to feed the horses, dogs, cats and the puddle duck!