Woodpecker puzzle completed and . . . introducing Margery the Unkempt

A wonderful thing about spending August at the Lopez cabin (aka Snub Harbor Sleep Haven) is that sooner or later all of your siblings (and nephew and niece) show up! Most recently it was David and Janice and Alexa, stopping by at the beginning of their 3-week Starshine cruise to points still more north and west than this northwest place. While they were here, we finished the woodpecker puzzle (see photographic evidence below)! It turns out that not a single one of its 1000 pieces had been lost over the course of its being pieced together.

all 1000 pieces!

Before that Cate and Ben were here, and Cate made a fabulous driftwood doll, complete with seaweed hair and clothes and a single barnacle eye (on her crab back face). Dick thought she might be named Margery Kempe (for her eccentricities), but what with her increasingly disheveled hair, I thought a slight modification — Margery the Unkempt — might suit her best . . .

that's her scepter in her left "hand"

It was Dick’s birthday while Cate and Ben were here; he cooked (steak! mmmm!!), and a carrot cake appeared too; here’s the recipe — it’s from the Lopez Island cookbook:

3 cups unsifted flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. each soda and cinnamon
1 lb. (4 cups) carrots, grated
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
4 T. grated lemon or orange peel
1/2 cup orange and lemon juice, mixed
1 cup each chopped walnuts and raisins

Glaze/frosting:
1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 T. lemon juice
1 t. grated lemon peel
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Beat butter and sugars at high speed until light; add eggs one at a time, beating well until smooth and light. Combine peel and juices alternately with dry ingredients. Beat until smooth. Fold in carrots, nuts and raisins. Turn into 10×4 greased and floured tube pan (I used a 9×13 oblong pan). Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Cool on rack for 20 minutes. Glaze: In bowl combine cream cheese, lemon juice, peel and sugar. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Spread over warm (or cooled!) cake and let it drizzle down sides. Chopped nuts can be sprinkled around edge of cake. Will serve 12 and is a good keeper if tightly covered. Printer-friendly version here.

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A swim in the lake (Lake Delsjön, Sweden!)

On Saturday (August 7th), Amy and Lib swam in the Open Water event in the Masters’ swim meet in Sweden. The course was 3 km in beautiful Lake Delsjön (see photo!).

Lake Delsjön, Sweden

They came in pretty much right in the middle of the pack of 40 swimmers in their age group: at 53:01.0 (Amy) and 53:02.9 (Lib) — kudos once more!

In the meantime, Charlotte Davis, also of the North End Otters, who lured all her team mates to go to Sweden with her, has been doing very well indeed! Here’s how Amy and Lib reported it in their comment on the previously mentioned article in the Shoreline News Blog:

Everyone has had great swims. Charlotte Davis won five gold medals and broke two world records, 400 and 200 IM-60-64 yrs, Mike McColley – gold in the 400 IM, silver in 800 free and 200 back. Three other swimmers placed in the top 10 in their events. WE are having a blast.