Archive for December 2015

My Favorite Posts From 2015   1 comment

Brianna Marathon

When I started this blog, I promised that the topics would be varied.

Check.

Since I’m spending a lot of time in the garage woodshop lately, there’s been more of a focus on woodworking this year than in year’s past, but even with limited time, I managed to do some exploration into genetics, history, food and prognostication. If you haven’t read these articles, please do. I believe you will enjoy them!

Chicken With Morels

Five Things I Didn’t Know About The Confederate Flag

I Am A Ginger

My Mother, Who Is Grand

Ten Things That Will Disappear In My Lifetime

The Big 26.2

The Board Chronicles: Fine Craft Show

The Board Chronicles: Santa’s Art Shop

The Nearly Lost Recipe

Things I Learned At The Street Fair, 2015

Things To Do When Velda Is Sick

Ridgecrest 01Velda’s Kitchen: The Dark Side

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My Favorite Posts From 2014

My Favorite Posts From 2013

 

Posted December 31, 2015 by henrymowry in Media

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The Best of MowryJournal 2015   1 comment

These are the most viewed posts of 2015. The blog had visitors from 149 countries this year.

Velda will be happy that her recipe for Wild Mushroom Cobbler is the most viewed post of the year. For that matter, a great many people will be happy after they follow her recipe. Now, if I could just get her to do so again….

These postings are about equally split between Velda’s recipes, my portraits series about the American President, my series on the National Parks, and then a few odds and ends from MrsMowry and myself.

If you haven’t read any of these before, please enjoy. After all, they are the most popular things published on MowryJournal.com this year!

Mushroom 34

Wild Mushroom Cobbler

Wild Mushroom Cobbler

Portraits: Bill Clinton

Portraits: Ulysses S Grant

How To Be Unemployable

Petrified Forest National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

US Flag: Common Display Mistakes

Portraits: John Adams

Portraits: Lyndon B Johnson

Portraits: Woodrow Wilson

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Smoked Paprika

US Flag: Common Display Mistakes

US Flag: Common Display Mistakes

Orange Liqueur Taste Test

The Truth About Rush Limbaugh

BattleShots!

The Use and Abuse of Facebook

The Perfect Sunset

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The Best of MowryJournal 2014

The Best of MowryJournal 2013

The Best of MowryJournal 2012

Cue the sailboat....

Cue the sailboat….

 

Posted December 30, 2015 by henrymowry in Media

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The Tree   Leave a comment

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah shimmers in sunlight and snow. We love how the snow clings to the trees and hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion). What a terrific winter scene! Photo by Curtis Kautzer. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 12/28/15.

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah shimmers in sunlight and snow. We love how the snow clings to the trees and hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion). What a terrific winter scene! Photo by Curtis Kautzer. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 12/28/15.

Posted December 29, 2015 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Joshua Trees, Granite & Color   Leave a comment

Joshua Tree National Park is an immense wilderness, protecting nearly 800,000 acres of California desert. The park is home to exposed granite monoliths, rugged canyons and extensive stands of the Joshua tree – the peculiar looking plant that is the park’s namesake. Sunsets are pretty spectacular here too. Photo by David Curry. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 12/26/15.

Joshua Tree National Park is an immense wilderness, protecting nearly 800,000 acres of California desert. The park is home to exposed granite monoliths, rugged canyons and extensive stands of the Joshua tree – the peculiar looking plant that is the park’s namesake. Sunsets are pretty spectacular here too. Photo by David Curry. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 12/26/15.

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Joshua Tree National Park

The Fire In The Sky

The Milky Way And The Joshua Tree

Posted December 28, 2015 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Winter   1 comment

Every Sunset Is Precious!   Leave a comment

2015: It’s A Wonderful Year   3 comments

Bane 2015

Prepared for a full day of fun in this shop.

This is the year that we pushed the envelope.

Who knew there was an envelope, much less one that we needed to push?

Last year, Mrs M’s did 23 different events. This year, our push resulted in doing 44 events on 65 days. We traveled north to Livermore, west to Goleta, east to San Dimas, and south … well, we didn’t go very far south. Maybe next year.

Family Room 2015In order to feed the monster that Mrs M’s became, we had to make product. A lot of product. We learned to make things after work. The Mrs M’s learned to do quadruple batches. If we could do it more efficiently, we learned to do it.

It’s a hobby, you see.

We do it for fun. Honest, we’re having fun!

The fact that we’re so frequently asked to explain the why behind Mrs M’s must mean that we’ve taken a step into the unusual. Who in their right might would redecorate their family room with drop cloths and cutting boards? Who would get up at 5am just to go to an event on a Saturday? Sleeping in on weekends is only a distant memory at this point.

And we call it fun.

Meanwhile, the family continued to grow. Payton continued her dance classes, and learned a lot. As you can see, she’s now learned to mug for the camera!

Payton 2015

Christopher had the big professional news this year. He still works for the LA County Parks department, but he moved parks, from the Placerita Natural Area, to Castaic Lake. He went from being in charge of animals and plants to supervising cashiers, boaters and lifeguards.

Alley continues with the city of Palmdale, but she had the big personal news of the year: Granddaughter # 2 is on the way, and is expected to arrive in late March. Or early April. She’ll let us know. Because that’s what babies do.

Michael continues with Crane Aerospace & Electronics, and Brianna continues in her 2nd year of teaching at Sierra Vista Junior High here in Santa Clarita. Brianna also began work on her Masters in Education, so she’s keeping up the in the race to be the most degreed person in their home.

Because it's all about the bling.

Because it’s all about the bling.

Speaking of races, Michael & Brianna both completed 2 racing milestones this year. They completed their first full marathon (the Walt Disney World Marathon, of course) as well as the Disneyland Half Marathon. That completed Disney’s “Coast to Coast Challenge,” meaning they got another medal.

Because it’s all about the bling.

In addition, the Disneyland Half they completed was their 10th annual; they’ve completed each of those races. Lauren has run many of them, as well, and it all started with those 3, joined by Velda and I, running the first Disneyland Half sponsored by Kaiser, Velda’s employer. Ten years have just flown by….

Lauren & Eric celebrated their 8th anniversary this year: all three of our kids began dating their sweethearts when they were 16.

Speaking of family, we were ecstatic to learn that our cousin Claire had been accepted to UCLA, and would be living in Westwood for the next 4 years. She’s having fun as a Bruin, as any college freshman would, and stretching her horizons at the same time.

Her family visiting regularly is a great bonus, too!

Claire wanted a break from studying one weekend, so she came to play vendor with Little Girl & I at a Mrs M’s event. Claire became the Intern and she even sold stuff, so I know she’s got skills.

This blog is now 3-1/2 years old, and I’ve been a daily blogger for a couple of years now. Lots of thoughts have been shared, and the number of readers continues to grow. A new blog series launched this year, The Board Chronicles, which traces our experiences at each of the vendor events we do. Non-vendors are now reading them to see what craziness we’re up to, which is both rewarding and totally unexpected.

I’m glad you enjoy watching our family from afar, and hope that you have a very Merry Christmas.

Here’s to a GREAT 2016 as well!

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Posted December 25, 2015 by henrymowry in Living Life

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Mary, Did You Know?   5 comments

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Posted December 24, 2015 by henrymowry in Media

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Santa Claus & Coca-Cola   2 comments

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5 Things You Never Knew About Santa Claus & Coca-Cola

Santa Claus: A Fat, Jolly Kleptomaniac with a Raging Coke Addiction

Posted December 23, 2015 by henrymowry in Living Life

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Say, What?   2 comments

Posted December 22, 2015 by henrymowry in National Parks

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