junegarden 011 Here’s what happened to the first cucumber from our garden. I sliced them up and put some bottled salad dressing on them, that being my mother’s famous cucumber recipe, which everyone loves.

We also had zucchini and yellow zucchini (that might have another name, but if so I don’t know it), so I added some mushrooms to that and made a nice pasta dish, thus blighting the young lives of my sons, who complained about the excessive vegetables for about five minutes before eating.

The store hit #5 on google yesterday (I don’t count the folks who pay for their placement), and I was quite thrilled about it. Those Canadians with the same name as ours are still #1, as always, but we’ve left Ohio in the dust.

If you are starting up a business in this computer age, I think that having a unique name (in the real sense of “a name no one else has,” not in the modern sense of “a really really cool name”) would be half the battle.junegarden 013

Following my link campaign and preparations for today’s workshop, I finished up those Tencel pants.

I offer you a picture of them with some other things in the SWAP. This is at least in part because Tencel appears to be some sort of liquid, and photographs of the pants by themselves end up looking like a small gray stream rather than clothing or indeed any solid object. With the jacket and tank top, the context will give you the idea.

I will not be wearing them today because I am not sure I can do a workshop in liquid pants, but I look forward to wearing them soon.

The other thing I am questioning about the workshops for today is whether I should begin with My Joke. I am not a joke-telling kind of person. A little dry wit, maybe, an amusing anecdote or two (and I have some good ones on our state history), but not jokes. My state history joke began as just one of those throw-away lines. I had been working on an encyclopedia entry on one of our early, colorful political leaders. There had in fact been sort of a string of early colorful political leaders in my encyclopedia assignments at the time, so my work on state history had leaned heavily toward duels and outright murders, because we do seem, back in territorial days, to have felt that a murder would be less trouble than an election.

So I made my usual claim that our state history is very interesting. “We have pirates,” I said, “and duels and murders and gangsters — and that’s just the government.”

People laughed and it got the workshop off to a good start, and since then I have sort of fallen into the habit of saying that at the beginning of my state history workshops.

But I have now said that a whole lot of times this month. It might be beginning to sound rehearsed. Or people might already have repeated it to one another. I may have to skip that.