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We are all about supporting libraries and literacy, and Greg has been a featured author at Literary Lions many times, which supports the King County Library System Foundation (KCLSF). They have just brought out a cookbook with recipes from a vast range of authors, authors friends, and authors spouses. My recipe for Chicken Mole Poblano slips in under Greg’s imprimature.
Should you wish to purchase a copy, it’s available here. Among other things, I’m eager to try Susan Wiggs’ Rosemary Olive Oil Cake and Nancy Leson’s Sri Lankan Beef Curry. And William Dietrich’s Boccone Dolce looks sublime.
Proceeds support KCLSF’s literacy and outreach programs, such as Summertime Reading, Books for Babies, and Study Zone. It also funds scholarships for librarians furthering their education. What’s not to like?
My mother was visiting recently and we went to the Bellevue Botanical Garden on what was, I think , the last purely warm and sunny day of the year. The dahlia bed in front was quite astonishing in its wild colors and flower forms, and the bees were making the most of it. Cathy has almost the same picture in her blog — bees clearly have the same agendas no matter where they live.
We also stopped by Olsen’s Scandinavian Foods in Ballard, where I saw bags of Lapskaus in the freezer,
showing the Scandinavian connection to the British dish lobscouse, as detailed in the excellent tome Lobscouse and Spotted Dog, by the multi-talented Lisa Grossman and Anne Chotzinoff Grossman. If you don’t have a copy yet, you should!
The Baby Surprise Jacket is coming along well. I’m past the half-way point, and eagerly await turning this amorphous blob into a charming sweater.
I really love the way the yarn looks!
Here are the last few pictures from Comic Con:
I’m so glad that they weren’t allowing giant insectoid aliens into the convention center bathrooms. But the next question is, where could they go to . . . err . . . deposit frass?
Comic Con is very much a family event. This group included fans of The Incredibles, Super Girl (love the gloves!) and The Flash, plus a tiny Batman behind his dad, who is holding hands with The Flash.
But perhaps the coolest thing was this voter registration table, on the sidewalk across the street from the convention center. They were there during all the daylight hours, and always were signing someone up. Love it, just love it.
And how about you? Are you registered to vote, or have you moved since you last voted? Or will you be 18 by November 4? It’s not too late! Generally, you need to get registration squared away by 30 days before the election, but check your local requirements.
I finished the bind-off on the Seal Rock socks while sipping a margarita with friends. Even though it was rather chilly, and even rained during our get-together, by gum, I was determined to have a margarita!
The bind-off didn’t suffer. I’ve become a convert to the EZ Sewn Bind-Off for toe-up socks. It’s very stretchy, and easy once you get the hang of it. Knowing left from right is important, though.
I’ve recently purchased a blender, and have been enjoying smoothies for breakfast. Today’s was especially good.
Put a dollop of orange juice (about a 1/4 cup) into a blender, add a roughly chopped, perfectly ripe peach, top with 1/2 cup or more plain yoghurt, blend till smooth. Pour into a glass and top with chopped almonds. Yes, it’s a crunchy smoothie, and it is an oxymoron, but it’s really good!
There were quite a few Jayne hats, many from the kits or purchased, like this one, but some done free-hand, as it were.
A Junco of some sort or other has taken up residence in a hanging basket in the corner of the front porch, building a tidy nest out of dried grass. I think might be the slate-colored form of that bird — I didn’t realize there were so many types! If you peer closely just left of center, you’ll see a hole in the foliage; to the lower left of the hole is a darker area with a yellow speck — that’s her head and beak. She’s a bit of a nervous mother and doesn’t like people hanging out and leaning in within six feet for so, so just after I took that picture she fluttered up to the roofline and made tiny fierce “tick! tick!” noises to drive me off.