Dogs, Mushrooms and Other Thoughts
It seems like forever, since my fingers have touched the keyboard, to write a blog. So much has happened since the 27th July when The Electric Mobility Scooter was published. Some of August will be of interest, some of it has been “deleted” in my mind.
So I will start with the “Other”.
South Africa was turned into the Wild West, for a week to ten days, by some people, with the ability to punch out incitements’ on their social media sites. The reason behind this sedition is laughable really, an old man who has been screaming for years that he wanted his day in court, was finally given his wish, in as much as he was given the opportunity to tell his story to a Commission of Inquiry. But, he walks out and away from his chance of telling his truth, and is, therefore, slapped with a contempt charge. Which means he is given a 15 month jail time. Not sure exactly how long that lasted, maybe 36-48 hrs, but the next thing he has been booked into a hospital, after one of his son’s had repeatedly said his dad was in great health and if that should change…well suffice to say, to me, it sounded like a veiled warning, of some sort.
It seems his family and devotees were pretty upset he was sent to jail! And this is why all “hell let loose” in July. That is my synopsis and understanding of the situation. Actually, there is much more to that story, with twist and turns, including the under belly of dark and sinister reasoning, but I am sure someone, someday, will publish a book and then someone else will publish another book refuting the first book. And then a socially aware poet will do their “thing”.
DOGS Moving on to my more relatable life! Barney and Maggie like all loved/spoilt fur babies, are characters of note. They have special ways to get our attention, which only their besotted owners understand. My two are no exception, 5.15 pm is “family” time, this means we are settling down to the evening routine, which starts with 4 doggy treats for each of them, a beer for hubby and a whiskey and soda for me. They watch my husband open the box, as he takes out one treat at a time, to put on his side-table. It seems, in unison, they count, 1, 2, 3, etc. but I can’t be sure of that! But their eyes do follow every movement he makes. After the treats they settle, either on the floor or the next room where their beds are. Unless, that is, my husband has kindly brought the small beds into the room with us.
When we go to bed, he has to lug the beds back to my office, where they sleep. I sometimes hear him muttering under his breath @#* so I decided to do something drastic, not knowing we would then see a different side of Barney and Maggie. I bought a mini sofa, which I thought, they would share in the evenings.
It has been about two weeks since they had this sofa-bed, and they seemed to have worked out a system of sharing, no, I doubt they would sit together, as Maggie is a “nest-builder”, and Barney hardly moves once he is in his bed. But as one of them vacates the sofa-bed to have water, the other hops up and settles down. This goes on all evening, especially as Maggie has a great thirst, no not diabetic, just thirsty! By the way, the cushion came with it, nifty. Now hubby only has to lug one small bed, so he is happy.
MUSHROOMS this is the most interesting part of my August Month.
We watch Netflix as our entertainment, and we stumbled across the documentary called “Fantastic Fungi” which, I have no doubt, many of you have already seen. It caught my eye, as in the ’80’s, I used to work for a mushroom company called Denny Mushroom’s here in South Africa. Louie Schwartzberg, Paul Stamets and a host of incredible learned people went in to making this film of about 1.30 hrs, I learnt so much new information, which I then followed up with my own research. There is Lion’s Mane, Turkey Tail (also know as Trametes versicolor ) Cordyceps’, which grows on certain caterpillars! Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi, and so the list goes on. They all have unique properties in helping the body, mind, nerve growth, and our hormones to work correctly. Some also help regulate blood-pressure, control cholesterol levels and encouraging the “good” bacteria in our gut, & so on.
This knowledge has been known and used for 1000 of years by Traditional Healers, Songomas and Herbalists on all the continents. Having spent only a few weeks learning, it occurred to me that I should seriously think about starting a course of these amazing fungi. But which one’s would be suitable for what I wanted to achieve or see improvements in?
Taking tablets of any sort, is not my favourite, so I decided to take a complex, or a combination of Shiitake , Cordyceps , Reishi , Maitake and Lions Mane, in one tab. There is 100mg of each of those mushroom’s per tab. FULL SPECTRUM MUSHROOM COMPLEX to give it’s correct name. I started 7 days ago. Some of the website reviews claimed , “energy levels have increased” “sleeping better.” “stress levels controlled” As this is only the start of a new regime, I may have more to say next time around or I may think I am totally beyond help!
As an aside One of the prescribed medications, which I have been taking since 2017, is to help regenerate the nerves in my lower back all the way down to my toes, but I read about 3 months ago, this drug actually encouraged weight gain. Those of you that know me also know I have struggled to lose weight even though I keep my calorie in take way down, at 900 per day. I decided to stopped taking it very recently, and without trying, my weight is going down. But this past 7 days there has been a remarkable loss. Which was another reason for me to try the Fungi route.
Are any of you taking the various Fungus ? If so, what are your experiences and thoughts? I would love to know, please.