3 Words That will Improve Your Day, Every Day


Six-Twenty-Something, Two-Thousand-and Twenty-One

Do you have any idea what these mushrooms are? I found them and THINK I know, but I haven’t found anyone who can positively identify them for me. So, alas, they remain growing in the dark earth rather than being in my mouth. (And, I want them in my mouth if they are what I THINK they are.)


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  1. Bonnie says:

    Your mushroom kind of looks like a chick that got away from “hen of the woods”. It is really hard to tell without know the surrounding location. Oak trees?

  2. Lisa says:

    My what a lovely post
    Rather different from your others Altho I always enjoy them in the maryjanes farm mag
    I think this past difficult year had been enlightening in that I appreciate more and stress less

    I have a little farmette and although no livestock info have critters

    Right now I’m battling a very ungrateful doe
    Among others of her family

    I put a deer netting fence around my main raised bed garden which is resuscitated from a year off due to a huge tree squashing my entire harvest 2 yrs ago

    So far so good trying to be grateful for every little thing

    This morning my decorative straw bee skep was lying on the porch floor
    I though I had heard bees buzzing but little did I know paper wasps or some such bee had built a good sized hive inside

    Some enterprising beast -I’m thinking a coon
    Knocked it down and evidently feasted on the wasps/bees

    I have a seed business and am transplanting my baby maters each day
    Long story -a friend started them in his big greenhouse ahem a bit late . But they will catch up I’m sure
    They are the rarest of my selections
    My entire business will depend on their success!

    So gratitude is the thought for this month

    I think your mushrooms may be “chicken of the woods” but do not eat any until you have positively identified them

    Take care and remember;” each blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers
    Grow grow”
    -the Talmud-

  3. First of all, Earl Grey tea is my favorite. Second, I do a list of 5 things I am grateful for every morning but I love the idea of “I appreciate…” Can’t wait to try it tomorrow morning.

  4. Danna Rodriguez says:

    I don’t have a farm but would probably have loved it. My dear husband (rest his soul) said very clearly to me years ago, “I am not a farmer.” So it wasn’t in my future. We were an Air Force family for over 20 years. I’m now retired and satisfy myself with trying a small garden and a large weed bed. I am happiest playing in dirt and will continue to do so. I have four furbabies and love them dearly. I’m a quilter and only work for clients. That provides me fun money. I AM a maker of lists and will add # 3 words +1 to my lists. I enjoyed your blog. Thanks!

  5. Kris Thompson says:

    Got to be honest. Because I am always “too busy,” I have never taken the time to read this blog. For some reason, today’s post caught my eye and I will mend my ways. Thanks for the insight!

  6. Patti says:

    This was a great and uplifting article you posted. So glad I read it.

  7. Joni says:

    Great article. I appreciate quiet. FUN: Read a chapter in The Tapestry by Edith Schaeffer

  8. Margaret h Mitchell says:

    The to do list is awesome! I actually have a journal that helps me write things down, that I might have a tendency to forget about. It’s a ritual I try to remember to do, there is no dates On a book of memories I also keep. I add them myself so if I skip a day that’s ok. Life is busy but it’s a reminder that we all need tome for ourselves to regroup our thoughts and remember what we are the most thankful for! Have a great day !

  9. Diane Van Horn says:

    Opening my email this morning and yeah! You just made my day. So glad that your farm is doing well and that you are making time to have fun. Very important to have fun every single day.
    My List, July 1st, 2021
    I appreciate MaryJanes Farm
    1. Fun-Take the kayak out on the lake.
    2. Task-Finish painted boat cusion.
    3. Task- Finish custom order lamp.
    4. Task-Make a batch of dog food.

    Have a great summer, Rebekkah! Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Robin in New Jersey says:

    Hi Rebekah! I so enjoy reading what you write and get excited when it’s your turn to post. When our yard gets really damp, those orange mushrooms grow in the moss. Never thought about eating them.

    I love your idea for the daily to do list. I always have more than I can get done in a day. I keep a gratitude journal, but I like the idea of putting a word at the top of my list to think about all day. So many words to pick from! Mine will frequently be: light! Sunshine!

    Thank you for sharing with us!

  11. Linda Severs says:

    Hi Rebekah,
    I so agree with you to take the time to slow down and have the gratitude to appreciate all the little things all around us and yes to make fun on our daily to do lists. I much rather start with something that gives me joy or a new discovery, there is so much to learn everyday, to try something new or simply enjoy a garden and see the amazing growth from which you planted, to try a new recipe, to do what makes you happy. Thankfulness is abound if we feel and see it. I live so close to the sea and just do not get there as much, well that will be on my to do list. So whatever we choose to do shine with it!

  12. Nancy Wallace says:

    Those shrooms sure do look like chanterelles! I would be excited, too. I live in the Pacific NW, out here they like to grow under pine/ fir trees. HOWEVER, as with all things mushroom, I’d get a local expert’s opinion before eating.
    Love the 3 words, 1 act idea. I put it in my journal right away!

  13. Yes, Rebekah those are chanterelle mushrooms and they come out here in Georgia in July each year. I was just thinking I need to check on my “honey holes” (secret places that I know where the ‘shrooms are) to see how they’re coming along. Thanks for the reminder!

  14. Dianne Beach says:

    Rebekah: I opened my e-mail and there was your message. So welcome. I had a fall (going UP the stairs) and cannot do the (to dos) that I normally do. You made me think about how much angst I cause myself when the housework is not up to my standards. I guess I should just accept that it is what it is and find some FUN things journaling, crafting reading, reflecting. Thank You.

  15. Carol Denton says:

    With one son in Spokane, WA and one living on the south island of New Zealand, I have to say I appreciate instagram. One is trying to stay cool in a blistering heat wave while waiting to have air conditioning installed (it’s in now, thank God) and the other is slipping and sliding in the snow trying to walk to and from work wearing new boots that are obviously too slick to walk uphill. Their posts have been quite entertaining!

    I’m adding FUN tasks to my list. I started bullet journaling last year and it has made all the difference in my ability to keep up with tasks. I’ve tried all kinds of calendars but a bullet journal totally works for me!

  16. Lauri Neumann-Grable says:


    Simplicity at it’s best.

    Thank you.

  17. Ramona Puckett says:

    Good morning! Love your posts and really enjoyed this one, I make lists and will definitely include your tips! Happy to read your farm and animals are doing well, take care! ❤️

  18. Liz Olson says:

    I appreciate the warmth of summer!

  19. Judy says:

    Hi there. I always enjoy your enlightening blog. Leave it to you to come up with this ‘Happy Task’ of sorts. I like it. Something else I like…Lapsang Souchong, a black, smokey tea. I love it. You would too if you like smoke in your tea.
    Happy 4th of July to you all! Be safe!

  20. You know, sometimes keeping it simple is absolutely the best. One appreciation, one fun, and then the rest of my mile long list. Thanks!

    Today I appreciate water. With a well anything can happen, and as I watered flowers and animals and the garden this morning, I couldn’t help but be thankful that we have a well that is in good shape…who knows how old it is (the farm is dated 1864) and cold, crisp water is a blessing. Do we have outstanding city-style water pressure? Nope, but that’s just fine…it works for us.

    And the Fun? Agreed, for me, it always falls to the end of the day, just too tired to have Fun, scenario. I’ll strive to move it up to number one, who knows, it may just make the rest of my day better if I start out with something FUN!

    Always appreciate the inspiration!

  21. Teresa Harber says:

    Thank you!! I love reading your Notes!!
    I reread “ here’s the thing “ many times first and then again last.
    You express what my soul is saying many times! ☕️

  22. Teresa says:

    Thank you Rebecca. When my Mary Jane farms magazine arrives, I always 1st open to the last page and read your Message.
    Now while lying in bed after my German Shepherd woke me up at 4 am .. I put her out only to watch her go lie down on the cold ground!! I looked for Your blog
    I hope you are having Good moments this Christmas Season.. mine Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving and will continue though February. I will not practice that silliness of December 26 th ITS OVER , then onto blah .
    May you continue good moments!!

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