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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.

Feasting for a good cause

Feasting for a good cause

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?

Very buzzzzy

Very buzzzzy

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,

But no Spotted Dog

But no Spotted Dog

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.

Blobby knitting

Blobby knitting

Close-up of blobby knitting
Close-up of blobby knitting

I really love the way the yarn looks!

Here are the last few pictures from Comic Con:

Bathroom sign

Bathroom sign

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?

Super Family

Super Family

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.

Great power, indeed

Great power, indeed

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!

Seal Rock Socks

Seal Rock Socks

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.

Peachy keen smoothie

Peachy keen smoothie

 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!

As I mentioned, we went down to Comic Con to start the in-person promotion for Greg’s new book, City at the End of Time, but there was also some knitted content to the event.

Jayne hat

Jayne hat

There were quite a few Jayne hats, many from the kits or purchased, like this one, but some done free-hand, as it were.

R2 times 2

R2 times 2

There were these cute crocheted R2D2 hats.
Wonder Woman!

Wonder Woman!

But the most amazing thing was this Wonder Woman costume, designed and knitted by the wearer, Chris Wass, pattern available in her Etsy shop. Now I am not one who would wear something like this, but she totally rocked the look, and had the confidence and chutzpah to pull it off. You go, Wonder Woman!
Occupied

Occupied

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.

 Fiercely fluttering

As it was time for our annual Clarion Party yesterday, I moved the tubs of iced drinks off the porch, barricaded a large space around the hanging basket, and posted signs asking people not to linger in the area.  She’s still there today, so I hope to have pictures of chicks soon.  That same basket was nested in two years ago, but the brood had flown off by the time we held our party.  Nesting is later by a couple of weeks this year, probably because of the cool, wet, long spring we had.