First things first. As is often the case in these posts, I have a book winner to announce. The winner of the Capital of the World by Charlene Mires is Harvee from Book Dilettante. Congratulations, Harvee! Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway. If you didn't win this time, please take a look at the other book giveaways listed on the right side of my blog.
Flower power! The humble geranium is actually a superstar: colorful, drought-tolerant, and generally easy to grow. These bright, variegated blooms in the center of the picture are from a cutting I made. New geranium plants take a long time to grow from cuttings, but are worth waiting for. Gently push cuttings into soil, water, and wait. (If you see a lovely geranium bush around town, why not break off a small piece to add to your own garden? Shhh....) In literature, there are several references to geraniums. In the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, potted red geraniums are outside of the neglected house of a character, perhaps to symbolize that good that exists in everyone (even the most corrupt).
|Beautiful Pho Chay|
Fresh, fragrant pho. My favorite is pho chay, Vietnamese noodle soup with tofu and vegetables. I've posted about pho before. My love for pho only grows. Served piping hot, with a side plate of bean sprouts, Thai basil, and lime, you can also add spicy sauces, such as Sriracha, to this wonderful soup. Pho restaurants seem to be popping up everywhere. Have you tried pho yet? I start to crave pho when I go more than a couple of weeks without it. Wishing to somehow tie in my obession with pho with books and reading, I discovered a book on Amazon devoted to pho, The Art of Pho, a graphic novel by Julian Hanshaw, published in 2010.
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