Simply Enjoying Life

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Holding eggs from his son’s chickens and popcorn from his own garden in one large hand, Wayne carefully navigates the curving Salmon Creek road with the other hand gripping the handlebars of his quad.  Bundled behind him is a bag with wild mushrooms harvested by a friendly neighbor.

He tells me with awe that homegrown popcorn scraped from the ears by hand and popped has a unique nutty taste.  Delighted at the unexpected bounty, he tells me that the chickens are only 5 1/2 months old and already laying prolifically.  Sure, he answers a question from me with pleasure, the beautiful mushrooms I saw the other day a mile up the road are Shaggy Manes and our artist neighbor, Gail gathered and ate them.

The green mantra is eat food grown within 100 miles your home.  Dinner, at Wayne’s, sometimes comes from within a mile.  And, anyone who has ever eaten food grown or harvested by themselves understands the grin on his face.

Sometimes people mistake hillfolk for simple people because of the joy they harvest from daily life. But Wayne is a wise man that meets the bitterness of life with a laugh and willingness to reveal in the simple pleasures of food and friends.

Here’s to Wayne who knows how to enjoy life.  Here’s to us all taking some time today to do the same.



  • I have been up since 5:00 making applesauce from the apples we picked on Sunday. As I write, I can hear the kettles of sauce bubbling on the stove and the house smells of apples and cinnamon. I, too, am simply enjoying life.

  • What a wonderful reminder – thanks for the post.
    I’ve been wondering how I could be so moody on such a beautiful day. I know it’ll be one of the last for a while – all the more reason to seize it!
    All this talk(type) of popcorn and apple sauce is really getting me in the mood for fall now.

    A few days ago I reclaimed my freeze back which has been occupied with many pounds of blackberries and procrastination. Added a box of grapes and some sugar – and it’ll be winetime in about 3-5 months!

    as I always say: “take it easy, take it any way you can get it”

  • What a great reminder. Cheers to Wayne! And now I want popcorn. 🙂

  • I think you guys are rich in a way I wish I was. YOu might be interested in this post by Daisy Fae. Define “Impoverished”

  • Here’s to all the people who remind us to take a moment and just enjoy where we are and what we are doing. Cheers!

  • I’m sure it’s just a typo and not a reference to rural nudists, but I hope I don’t run into Wayne’s “willingness to reveal” next time we meet on the mushroom trail…

  • Wayne knows his mushrooms. I’ve seen Shaggy Manes growing on the pond dams in Salmon Creek. They are good with eggs. Bought some Chanterelles last week at the Arcata Co Op. Mmmm, can’t wait for the rains.

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