September 25, 2010

At the Busted Puffball Café...

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... you can talk about your broken dreams. I had a beautiful dream of a magic mushroom named Puff. Puff the puffball mushroom. I thought we were going to slice him up into a million little slivers and fry him in butter. But you saw fit to break up old rotten stumps and fling them away into the corner of the yard, without regard to the whereabouts of the puffball, whose magic proved limited to the power to attract hurled stump parts.

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Ah, Puff! I wanted knife-sliced slivers, not cudgeled chunks. The puffball will therefore live out its days, uneaten, rotting and freezing in the salvaged iron birdbath, with the clay acorn, the iron bird, and — nearby — the unoccupied teapot birdhouse.

20 comments:

Chip Ahoy said...

Those elves are tricky. That was the fake radar housing they put up to throw you off the real ones.

Pastafarian said...

You can eat puffballs? I had no idea.

Crimso said...

I had this crazy dream that the DOJ will protect the rights of ALL voters and not just those of certain races. Then I woke up.

El Pollo Real said...

the unoccupied teapot birdhouse.

Try putting the birdhouse up higher on something. Birds are loath to dwelling so near to the ground.

Clyde said...

It's Bush's fault. He drove the puffball into the ditch, and now he wants the keys back!

edutcher said...

I take it Meade will be sleeping on the roof tonight.

PS Too bad you don't have a dog. At least he could bunk in there.

Ann Althouse said...

"I take it Meade will be sleeping on the roof tonight."

LOL. I'm relieved not to have to face the prospect of eating that monstrous thing that grew in the yard but is supposedly edible. I'm glad Meade accidentally on purpose lessened its appearance of edibility. And I'm glad Meade broke up the stumps. Now, he's making a semicircle of lawn in the back yard. It has an 14 1/2 foot radius. Help me figure out a way to lay out a croquet game in that space.

Quayle said...

Will we ever get the finished yard photo show?

Ann Althouse said...

@Quayle Like a slide show of everything? It won't be done until 2012.

Meade said...

"Done." Hah, what a funny concept.

Ann Althouse said...

Laughing and working, at Meadhouse, forever.

El Pollo Real said...

There's nothing quite like good homegrown fungus.

edutcher said...

First, great that you're using that splendid profile on your masthead.

Second, glad to hear all is well at Meadhouse.

traditionalguy said...

So where are the birds? Has Wisconsin already had a bird exodus south? Our Georgia song birds were happy and singing away this beautiful morning.

Fen said...

Crimso: I had this crazy dream that the DOJ will protect the rights of ALL voters and not just those of certain races. Then I woke up.

I had this crazy dream that Ann Althouse would champion the rights of ALL voters and not just those of certain races. Then I woke up.

ken in sc said...

Puff balls are called 'Devil's Snuff' were I grew up. I'm very surprised to learn they can be eaten.

ken in sc said...

BTW, Mizz Ann, That new picture is quite attractive.

Marc said...

When they're fresh, they're wonderfully edible. As nicely demonstrated here, you want to see nice spongey, milk-white insides after bashing them with stump pieces -- not up to morel standards, but still a delicacy. If it's yellowed inside it's bad; if you see the cross-section of a mushroom-shape inside, it's poisonous.

Ann Althouse said...

Please don't eat anything on my say-so.

What you call "puffball" might not be what we call "puffball."

I am not a mushroom expert!

former law student said...

Re eating mushrooms -- One good thing about France is that they train pharmacists to identify edible and inedible mushrooms -- just take the basket you pick to them.