Archive for September 2016

Don’t Leave Early   Leave a comment

With pinkish clouds over serene blue waters and stately trees, there’s beauty everywhere you look at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon! Photographer Jeff C. Bryant waited until just the right moment to capture this striking sunset shot: “As someone who photographs sunsets quite often, you win some and lose some. One thing I’ve learned is not to leave early!” Photo by Jeff C. Bryant, Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 9/10/16.

With pinkish clouds over serene blue waters and stately trees, there’s beauty everywhere you look at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon! Photographer Jeff C. Bryant waited until just the right moment to capture this striking sunset shot: “As someone who photographs sunsets quite often, you win some and lose some. One thing I’ve learned is not to leave early!” Photo by Jeff C. Bryant, Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 9/10/16.

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Crater Lake National Park

A Blanket Of Snow

Crater Lake Sunrise

Spectacular

The Blue Lake

Posted September 20, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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The Monument   Leave a comment

Sunrise from the Tidal Basin with the Washington Monument in the background as the cherry blossoms reach their peak. Photo by Jeff Norman. From the Department of the Interior blog.

Sunrise from the Tidal Basin with the Washington Monument in the background as the cherry blossoms reach their peak. Photo by Jeff Norman. From the Department of the Interior blog.

Posted September 19, 2016 by henrymowry in Photography

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Star Swirl   Leave a comment

Swirling star trails grace the night sky at Pinnacles National Park in California, the nation’s 59th and newest national park. 23 million years ago, volcanoes erupted, flowed and slid to form the park’s towering rock spires and rare talus caves that you can hike through today. Photographer Aron Cooperman journeyed 45 minutes through a cave to reach Bear Gulch Reservoir in time to capture this spellbinding scene. Photo by Aron Cooperman. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 9/9/16.

Swirling star trails grace the night sky at Pinnacles National Park in California, the nation’s 59th and newest national park. 23 million years ago, volcanoes erupted, flowed and slid to form the park’s towering rock spires and rare talus caves that you can hike through today. Photographer Aron Cooperman journeyed 45 minutes through a cave to reach Bear Gulch Reservoir in time to capture this spellbinding scene. Photo by Aron Cooperman. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 9/9/16.

Posted September 18, 2016 by henrymowry in California, National Parks

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Idaho Vista   Leave a comment

Posted September 17, 2016 by henrymowry in National Parks

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Sunny   Leave a comment

Posted September 16, 2016 by henrymowry in Photography

In The Wild   1 comment

Posted September 15, 2016 by henrymowry in Photography

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With All Due Apologies, Susan   1 comment

Mr-Ms-Logo---LargeA good story is always worth re-telling. After all, many people missed the story before, so they have the benefit of catching up. For the people that heard the story before … a good story is always a good story.

Food turntables have been around for centuries, we know, but why do we call them Lazy Susans?

No one knows.

The legends point to Monticello, to England and even to the Far East … but no one really knows. There’s a great summation of this story that ran in the LA Times a few years ago; link is at the bottom.

What we do know is that the first published instance of the term “Lazy Susan” was in a 1917 edition of Vanity Fair, where “Ovington’s $8.50 Mahogany ‘Revolving Server or Lazy Susan'” is advertised. The term is probably a 20th century invention, it appears … and they were really, really big in the ’50s & ’60s.

The trends have turned again, naturally, and Lazy Susans are a consistent seller from the Woodshop. Here are the latest … and I doubt I will make any more Lazy Susans much before Thanksgiving. Let me know if any catch your eye!

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LA Times: Back Story: Who Was Susan, And Was She Truly Lazy?

Wikipedia: Lazy Susan

The Board Chronicles: St Charles Borromeo Fall Festival 2016   7 comments

The Board Chronicles is an ongoing series of articles about the adventures of Mrs M’s Handmade as a vendor at community festivals & craft fairs. Mrs M’s subsidiary, Mr M’s Woodshop, has been approved to create this chronicle for the good of vendorkind.

Break’s over. Summer’s over.

Time to start our fall events … which will quickly blend into our holiday events. This event was the first of 11 planned over the next 14 weeks. So, it’s time to get busy.

We did the Spring Boutique at St Charles, which was connected to their annual carnival, so there was a lot going on. This event, though, is simply a vendor event for the congregation to shop at following their Sunday service. With holidays in the wind, this 1-day event was hoped to be stronger than the spring’s 2-day event.

New Ideas

  • The booths were not a true 10×20 this time; more of a found space that was about 15′ wide and 30′ deep. We made it work, though the display tables were in a sort of Z pattern. See the pix, below. And, for the record, I’m superstitious about being next to the door (don’t like that!), but other booth space locations don’t bother me.

Observations

  • Mrs M claimed she had to work at her “job.” Little Girl pitched in, of course … but, in the end, she was most helpful for load out. Other than that … we had some nice conversations.
  • In the spring, sales were $1,926. This fall … nope. Lots of crickets were heard during this event. People? Booth traffic? Not so much.
  • Requests were for a cribbage board (wait a week or three, please!) and a round chopping block (where were you last year?).
  • I no longer like one day events.
  • I no longer like small events.
  • Tenth worst event ever. Nothing else needs to be said.

The Food

Sunday Breakfast: McDonald’s # 4. Hello, old friend.

Sunday Lunch: A burrito from Ernie’s, from across the street. Tasty.

Sunday Snack: Nope.

Sunday Dinner: Mrs M made chicken fingers & tater tots. Comfort food.

The Facts

  • Total miles driven: 120
  • Booth cost: $125
  • # of people we met during the event from the producer: 2
  • Visits in our booth by a promoter’s representative: many
  • Total sales: $269
  • # containers of product taken: far too many from every perspective
  • # boards available: 150+
  • Sunday alarm: 5a
  • # transactions: 14
  • # soap & lotion vendors: Just us
  • # woodworking vendors: Just us
  • Edge grain vs. end grain: 2:0
  • Returning next year? Nope.

Boards sold: 2

1x Small Sous Chef Board

1x Magic Bottle Opener

Boards: Cutting, Small & Clip. And A Bear.   1 comment

A Big Litter   2 comments

Mr-Ms-Logo---LargeYes, Ladies & Gentlemen, I’m back in the pig business.

I’ve been out of the business for some time … but perhaps not nearly long enough. It all depends on your perspective.

And I believe that my perspective on pigs is hard-fought.

I began making pigs as cutting boards – robust ones, actually. And if you’ve every faced off with a pig in a feedlot, then you know that pigs are nothing if not robust.

However, I know some people buy these boards not for use, but for display. I make them to be of use, but for some, that use is beauty.

Go figure. Pigs. Beauty. Must be that art thing I keep thinking about.

In any event, the beauty requirement has resulted in a couple of these boards being made a bit thinner & lighter.

Every litter has a runt or two, after all.

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