here and here. Surely you will find something to do with your zucchini. You know you have them! This is Quarta's blue-ribbon fair zucchini.
- Feathered star, red ribbon, "some quilting is not straight but I applaud you for doing it yourself."
- Mayan Spring shawl, blue ribbon, "nice tension. One end needs yarn worked back in, easy to do."
- Orca Bay quilt, red ribbon, "some points do not quite meet up and some are puckered. Nice use of scrap."
- Jack's Chain quilt, red ribbon, "some points don't quite match up. Very nice binding. Sweet retro quilt."
- Wingspan shawlette, blue ribbon, "very nice. Keeps shoulders warm."
- Handspun BFL yarn, red ribbon, "Great color in yarn, nice twist - no info as to use and source of fiber."
- Argyle socks, blue ribbon, "very nice, lovely colors."
And a random book review: The Ionia Sanction, by Gary Corby. This is the second book in a series of historical mysteries set in ancient Greece. Nicolaos, (whose kid brother is a hilariously geeky Socrates), is called upon to pursue an investigation of the murder of a city official with ties to Ephesus. He rescues a slave girl and travels to return her to her family, along the way reconnecting with his ex-girlfriend, the priestess Diotima, and the great general Themistocles, now a traitor to Greece and in the service of the Persians. And though the book is meticulously well-researched, and the dialogue is witty and hip so as not to turn off the modern generation of readers, and the main characters are well-drawn and sympathetic, I can't recommend it wholeheartedly. Graphic, sickening violence and gratuitous sexual situations are woven into the plot, making it a bit too disturbing, in my opinion, for the lighthearted tone the author is trying to create. Definitely not for kids or sensitive adults, but a fascinating glimpse into history.
History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances
- Donald Creighton