Moss Tales: Moss

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Moss Tales

By Sharon
February 5, 2013

Moss, that green slipcover on rocks and sides of trees and old shoes left outside too long; it's moss that lets us know all's well in our environment.

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vic
Feb 5, 2013 1:27 AM CST
GREAT article Sharon - thank you Thumbs up

We have tons of moss growing around here and your article made me feel hopeful about having it as far as pollution. Hurray!
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Sharon
Feb 5, 2013 1:32 AM CST
Tons of it should mean that your air is pollution free, I'd think.

Thanks Vic; writing this article made me long for my mountains. Sad
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Feb 5, 2013 2:02 AM CST
Sharon nice article. What is the difference between Whey and Buttermilk?
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Sharon
Feb 5, 2013 2:20 AM CST
Arif,

I might be wrong but when I was learning to make butter I learned that buttermilk is the liquid that is poured off in butter making and whey is the liquid poured away from curdled milk when making cheese.

Maybe someone else knows more details, or if that's correct, or if it's just something I assumed.

It's been a long long time since I made butter!

And thanks for reading the article.
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KAMasud
Feb 5, 2013 8:25 AM CST
Both are rich in lactic acid and your moss must be after the lactic acid. I asked because I can get my hands on whey or the water left after curds are made. Thinking of painting my terracotta bricks, might get away with whey. You are the expert, what would be your comments?
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Sharon
Feb 5, 2013 10:13 AM CST
I think it would work. It has to do with the bacterial action, maybe.
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Joannabanana
Feb 5, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Sharon,

I enjoy reading your "Aunt Bett" adventures. My daughter collects moss every year and transplants it in little containers. She puts them in a dark damp spot in the greenhouse and looks after it throughout the summer. It is nice to touch. I will show Melissa your article, which I'm sure she will really enjoy
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Sharon
Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM CST
Good for Melissa, Joanne!
Of all the things Nature gives us, I think moss might well be the most calming and peaceful.
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Feb 5, 2013 11:46 AM CST
It should be a cross between a fungus and a bacteria at the most plus lactic acid is a culture media. Yes it should work. Thank you Sharon.
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Sharon
Feb 5, 2013 11:48 AM CST
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Feb 5, 2013 12:07 PM CST
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Feb 5, 2013 3:56 PM CST
I love moss! It really is soft and pretty, and about the only green growing around here right now. It's growing on many of the trees too ~ the north side of course. Green Grin!

I've never considered growing moss but I'm giving it some thought at this moment!

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KyWoods
Feb 5, 2013 4:01 PM CST
I love seeing all the different kinds of moss we have in our woods--one day I'll learn to identify them. I have gathered a couple kinds and tried them out in my aquarium, and they took off like crazy! They are great for baby fish to hide in.
Recenly, I bought a couple of small terrariums, and I want to plant some in them along with maybe some small ferns. Fun!
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Sharon
Feb 5, 2013 4:05 PM CST
When I realized that moss is about the only green thing I have right now as well, I began to look at it a little differently too. I'm not sure how it will look during the long drought of summer, but I think an effort to grow more of it is worth giving it a try. At least I know it won't die out, but might look as brown as everything else during that hot dry time. I'm going to do the butter milk thing in my shadiest areas.

I hope you do try; we'll just send each other good luck wishes when it's hot this summer! Big Grin
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Sharon
Feb 5, 2013 4:07 PM CST
I lost all my ferns two summers ago when the drought really crept in. But last March they reappeared, then died back once more in late June. I'll see what happens with them this year. They might reappear in a week or two the way things are going!!

I love moss and ferns together. Now if only I could control this W KY weather!!
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Feb 5, 2013 8:52 PM CST
Thank you Sharon. I surely enjoyed your tale & the beautiful pictures. I wonder why moss is so calming? I don't really care about the why of it. It just is & that's what matters. I needed that calming effect tonight. Your story & the photos calmed me. I wish it were daylight & I could go find a patch of moss to sit or lay in.
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Sharon
Feb 5, 2013 9:05 PM CST
A little like a Starry Starry Night, Anni.
Don't know why, it just is. Thumbs up
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Feb 5, 2013 9:16 PM CST
I agree
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valleylynn
Feb 6, 2013 8:13 PM CST
By the time I finished ready Moss Tales, I felt like I had been listening to a fire side podcast. It was like I could hear both you and Aunt Bett's voices. It was amazing. I was totally lost in the story. I could even feel the moss as I laid down on it to see what it felt like.

We have lovely moss here, especially this time of year. I love it and the feeling of peace it brings.

Thank you Sharon.
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Sharon
Feb 6, 2013 8:18 PM CST
Reminds me of my little Ethan,

"Tell me a story, Nana, tell me one of your long long stories."

Big Grin Thanks, Lynn.

You are the lucky one, living out there right in the middle of the moss!
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