Solvang: A Danish Community

May 31, 2012

Location, Location, Location

What’s For Dinner?

 

Silkmoth
Photo by Donna Royal

 

Danish Mermaids Are Beautiful
Photo by Carlos Royal

What a great little town to stop in and have some Aebleskivers. What are they? Something between a donut ball, a muffin, a cake, a waffle and a crumpet. It is a ball of dough cooked in a special pan with tennis ball size half round dents in it; a really hot pan and you use a knitting needle to turn them. It is easier to just visit Solvang than it is to make your own. They are served with half a jar of fresh raspberry jam and powdered sugar. I think the name of the effect is a sweet high and if you have a cup of coffee too, you talk real fast.

 

We stayed in the Petersen Inn, right in the middle of town. Walked to everything. Great room and great food. I had their pork schnitzel and Donna had their rack of lamb. Like, okay, I can see more weight coming unless tomorrow I go back to drinking a pine float for lunch. (Pine float, a glass of water with a toothpick floating in it)

 

We had two exciting events. On a sight seeing trip to Lake Cachuma, we got to see a momma quail run across the road with about a dozen tiny, tiny babies. Fuzz balls that just seemed to blow across the road like little tumbleweeds and then into the bushes out of sight. It was over before we could even think about a camera. Then on our return trip from the Solvang Restaurant where we had just stuffed ourselves with Aebleskivers, we saw a Polyphemus Silkmoth on the sidewalk. Just to prove we were not hallucinating from all the sweets and caffeine, Donna had her camera and took a picture. What a beautiful moth, which is often miss-identified as a hummingbird at night because of its size.

 

There must be something in the air about mermaids, (see previous blog) because there must have been at least 50 different seats where we could have been seated in the Solvang Restaurant but no, we were seated right next to a mermaid painting on the wall. When no one was looking I took a photo just to prove that mermaids can be beautiful, at least Danish ones anyway.

 

That’s it for today.

 

Carlos and Donna on the road

 

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49 Responses to “Solvang: A Danish Community”

  1. Candy Says:

    You are supposed to add…”wish you were here” lol
    Food sounds delicious and the moth, wow. No personal encounters with a mermaid, maybe another time.
    Thanks Carlos and Donna.

  2. Theresa aka windbeneathwing Says:

    I have a Ebleskiver pan and have yet to use it. They are very yummy. The ones I had was filled with raspberry jam.

  3. mandozee1888 Says:

    Carlos: What a great story. You sure can tell a tale makes me feel like I’m along for the ride.

  4. VSue Says:

    What’s For Dinner?

    Have no idea if I were there…all sounds delish!

    And yes; you forgot to say “Wish you were here”..that’s okay.
    The photos were lovely as always. And as you write I feel like I was right there too.

    Thank you so much for sharing.


  5. Is it true what they say about menues that don’t have prices? I have been to, or rather through Solvang two or three times but never stayed there. Did you see the miniature horse ranch? One of the largest in California and we have a lot of horse ranches, not just miniature horses.

    Enjoy and tell Donna her photograph is beautiful

  6. CAequuslvr Says:

    I agree with you, Solvang is a really nice place to visit (especially on a wonderful, spring day). I love Aebleskivers–yum, yum. Thanks again for taking us along with you & Donna on your trip. That moth is gorgeous–those “big eyes” to scare off the predators. Very sweet picture of a mermaid.

  7. janie2 Says:

    I have to admit that I had to research Aebleskivers. LOL They look yummy!
    Janie

  8. Jo-Ann Says:

    Thank you… I have many wonderful memories of Solvang.. and I have the proof of these trips all around my house… Love the area… Thanks for the wonderful updates…

  9. Sherry Kelly Says:

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing. Would love to have seen the quail family! Also loved the photo of the moth, Donna!

  10. Vicki Says:

    What a great trip. It all looks and sounds delish!
    If you have the chance to make it to Napa Valley, take the “wine train”. What a treat! A 3 hour trip on their own tracks) with dinner, each course with its own wine to accompany it. I recommend the dome car for the full affect.

    Thanks for bringing us along.

  11. YTQ Says:

    Solvang is one of my most favorite places to visit! Thanks for the update about the town, and your lovely pictures!

  12. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Third Clutch

    June 1, 2011 – The Third Clutch Has Officially Ended

    http://mollysbox.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/the-third-clutch-has-officially-ended/

    Well, really, the Third Clutch officially have lived on to tell their own little future owlets about their life in The Owl Box, but the Ustream live broadcast of the Third Clutch came to a close, since as far as Carlos knew on this day last year, the owlets were fully fledged and headed out to the great blue yonder to find their own territories to call home. It appeared that The Owl Box in the Royal Gardens of San Marcos, CA was reclaimed by Molly and McGee for their own use.

    The portrait Carlos took of Molly and McGee is a keeper! He reports, “This is our year to travel so the camera may be turned off at any time but in the mean time enjoy the Bluebirds. They should be really fun to watch in a few days when they start feeding the baby birds at the door. If you watch early mornings you will see the male carry out a white sack. It contains the baby bird’s poop, that’s how they keep the nest clean.” MODs were embarking on a new journey, too – that of learning about bluebirds and poop sacks – just amazing!

    By now, one year later, the Series of Four owlets of the Third Clutch most likely have settled into their new locations and might have started their own families. This is a nice article about “Spring = nesting” from the Barn Owl Trust in England, based on their research and observation.

    http://www.barnowltrust.org.uk/infopage.html?Id=5

    As more humans become aware, and have opportunities to observe the complete life cycle of barn owls, more information is being revealed about just how unique each individual owl and clutch can be. Some of what has been accepted as barn owl “facts” is now being revised or expanded, as variations on patterns are revealed, and information is being exchanged worldwide by a larger group of observers!

  13. Nancy S Says:

    Carlos, had to laugh at your Pine Float. We always called that a Timber Float. Have a great time on your vacation.

  14. Sue Couch Says:

    Thanks for your entertaining acount of your Danish sojourn and the mermaid and moth photos. Beautiful!

  15. FoxyTuTu Says:

    Your so cute Carlos!! Thank you for the update of your trip. Shoot the last time I went to Solvang was when I was around 15 w/my parents. I am now 60, I would say its been a while!!! Cool town. And that butterfly is beautiful. I Love butterflies, it seems we don’t see many anymore. I was thinking that the reason is because of the bug repellents in the air, but I don’t know that for sure

  16. joly2u Says:

    Ah, more memories! When I lived in SoCal, I used to drive the long distance to Solvang just to eat! Mmmm. Also a very pretty area, trip recommended. I enjoy all the things in your blog, but drat, missed seeing the notice about the Huckabee show in time to watch. Thanks, you guys are tops.

  17. PegRod Says:

    I agree with everyone’s comments. It is so nice to see so many thoughtful comments when Carlos puts a new post, and while we are waiting for the next!

    While you are waiting for a new clutch of barn owls to watch on Ustream, some may not be aware of little barn owlet Sunshine. The live chat room is open when the stream is up, and is moderated by a Ustream-Bot when regular moderators are not available. Mostly, people drop in and leave a nice message for Sunshine. She is now 7 weeks old and seems to be thriving growing up alone in her box in Poway, CA. Sometimes at night the host has four views up to watch. Stop in to chat and invite a friend, or just stop in to say (or sing) Good morning, Sunshine!

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lucy-the-owl

    The next post from Carlos from last year is tomorrow … isn’t time and relativity fascinating!

  18. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    The Bluebird Box

    June 3, 2011 – Cooper’s Hawk Raids Bluebird Box

    http://mollysbox.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/coopers-hawk-raids-bluebird-box/

    This time last year, MODs were taking another roller coaster ride as they felt the highs and lows of watching nature at work! Carlos is a kind, bur firm and honest teacher, able to handle all of his fans concerns by explaining his positions and the reasons behind it. I suggest you read his whole post, but the bottom line is “This is nature and the cycle of life and we let nature keep it in balance in our backyard. If we start protecting one species over another then soon we will have an imbalance.”

    The Bluebird Box did not have a camera inside, but it was fascinating enough to watch the comings and goings at all hours of the daytime, while the broadcast was live. The photos which Carlos shares are both beautiful, fascinating and educational. The captions read, “Cooper’s Hawk Raids Bluebird Box (Screen Shot supplied by Jill aka NightOwlet in chat); HD Camera Operator; This is Sir William; Don’t you think I am cute?; We don’t want to be the food, we want the food; and Come Back Mom, We Didn’t Mean It.

    What personally surprised me was how bright those little yellow open mouths of the bluebird chicks were, like a target sticking out that small round door opening! And, I don’t think of the cruelty of nature, but the amazing wholeness of it all, that the substance of all creatures on earth, and in fact, the earth, water, fire and air, are continually recycled and utilized to sustain life and create new life, sometimes even from what appears to be inanimate, and to provide necessary elements to the cellular level of all living things. A bluebird’s cells become part of the Cooper hawk’s cells upon digestion, without changing the hawk into a bluebird!

    Speaking of Earth, Water, Fire and Air, those were considered by the Greeks to be the classical elements of the Earth, with a Fifth Element called Aether (beyond the material world). For a time, many MODs were watching on Ustream (1) The Owl Box of San Marcos – the host Carlos was in “real estate” – Earth; (2) The Owlceanside Owl Box.- the host KangaRobin was a hydraulic engineer – Water; (3) The Chula Vista Owl Box – the host OwlCamGuy was a firefighter ….. and well all our barn owls flew through the air with the greatest of ease – Air. I will leave the Fifth Element to be explained by each individual who watched. Just some thoughts – lol – it makes sense to me – lol.

    MODs were so happy to be able to watch the bluebird box – that’s right, satellite signals also travel through the Air to bring us much of our modern world communication, including Ustream!

  19. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    The Bluebird Box
    The Royal Garden Tours

    Although a Ustream veteran barn owl watcher might think that watching a bluebird box for more than a glace from only the outside view might be less than captivating, Carlos Royal adds some side shots of other creatures in the Royal Gardens, including one of his own San Marcos doves! For some just watching the bright yellow flowers swaying in the wind is relaxing. or observing the branches of the trees. Carlos built this bluebird box, a lovely shingled piece. Here is a Ustream recording called “Bluebirds Feeding” to watch, to get a taste of that time last year. Bluebirds are fast, and if you thought taking a screenshot of barn owls is tricky, well, few were able to get any screenshots of the bluebird parents or chicks worth sharing! Another reason to treasure the photographs which Carlos shares. At around 1:27 on the recording you will see a close-up feeding and poop sack removal (the white blob).

    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/15229479

    For those who want to see more of the Royal Gardens of San Marcos, California, the two videos Carlos recorded with his phone (I think) are also found under “Molly Videos” on this very bog page. Look at the index on the right in white, and/or click here and scroll down to the sixth and seventh ones, but if you are new, watch all the videos and enjoy!.

    http://mollysbox.wordpress.com/footage/

    .

    • PegRod Says:

      Oops – on the bluebird recording if you are rushing and not watching the whole thing, the highlight begins around 1:26:22 so you don’t miss visits from both Mama and DaddyBlueBird.

  20. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Chatterchops
    Official First Clutch Chatroom
    Princess Mascot of The Owl Box
    now Moderator in VacaChat

    For those who knew ChatterChops in live chat during Molly and McGee’s First Clutch and beyond, you might enjoy memories reading “Chatterchops and Molly,” a true account written by her mother, DotRot, of CC’s positive growth through this connection and participation. DotRot has contributed vastly to The Owl Box experience with hours of her time and talent resulting in multiple free pdf publications, such as The Owl Box Lexicons and many other free pdfs found on Molly the Owl’s Cafe Press site, poetry found on this blog under The Owl Box Celebration(s), and all the Story Time with Zorro books.

    http://chatterchopz.com/Writings/cc.htm

  21. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    The Bluebird Box
    2011

    June 4, 2011 – Suggestions, Suggestions, Suggestions

    http://mollysbox.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/suggestions-suggestions-suggestions/

    On this day last year there was a post! The first photo has the caption “I am ready to go roping” – so cute. Well, there is at least one annual rodeo and cowboy parade in this region where Molly the Owl resides! All the photos of the bluebirds are amazing, so enjoy them, and read the ideas and feedback from Carlos. By the way, as suggested, I did watch the BMX live show on Ustream, broadcast by our very own Austin, and learned some things about another sport I had barely been aware of, while chatting with some fans from Australia! Gee that was fun!

  22. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Kestrels
    2011

    June 5, 2011 – Joan to the Rescue

    http://mollysbox.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/joan-to-the-rescue/

    Lots of comments to read on this blog entry. The single photo, which appears in this post, was sent to Donna Royal, a lover of kestrels. It was taken by a Molly fan who rescued this kestrel from drowning in a horse’s water tub. It is probably one of the closest views of a kestrel’s face you will ever see, and certainly the only one you will see of a kestrel perched in the palm of the hand of its rescuer, riding in the front seat of a vehicle, looking so calm and safe! What a beauty!

  23. OwlyKats Says:

    Hi Carlos, Donna and all My Owl Lovin friends.
    Carlos I just returned from visiting my mother in Michigan. So glad to see that you and Donna are traveling. It was great catching up with your blog posts. Your New Years predictions(LOL), The pictures of the Doves, Your Memorial Day tributes. Thank you for the link to Eric on Huckabee. I caught the last 2 minutes of it at my moms. She lives her life without the internet. I love the mermaid painting. Donna’s Photo of the Silkmoth is truly Beautiful.
    I enjoyed all the birds that came to visit in my Mom’s back yard feeders. The Cardinals were busy, the Wren was singing his heart out. Even the Frog that spent his day in a hollowed out knot of my Uncle’s tree would lift his voice to sing into the night air. It is so hard living so far away from my Mom. Each moment is a jewel to be treasured.
    Happy Traveling.
    Love
    Kathleen S
    Colorado

  24. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    The Bluebird Box
    2011

    June 6, 2012 – More Photos

    http://mollysbox.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/more-photos-2/

    The heading reads, “More Photos” because it is probably impossible to describe them in two words – what appears when you click on the link is a gorgeous in flight photo of one of the ParentBlueBirds delivering a tidbit with such details of wing feathers and position of approach – landing gear down – that it is more that a delight and worth a closer look! Note the bright blue back feathers; if that is Mama, then it is the amaging refractive color from the structure of a blueird’s feathers, a color normally more dull for the female – this angle may have caught just the right light. The following article from Cornell is clearly written about bird feather color and illustrated with photos.

    http://www.birds.cornell.edu/allaboutbirds/studying/feathers/color/document_view

    The next photo is a portrait with the caption “Guess what that green fruit is”. Many guessed and some guess correctly! What I am also curious about is “Guess what that thing in the bluebird’s beak is?”. Besides more fascinating bluebird feeding photos, there is a rare one inserted of “Baby Tauntz” tiptoeing across the sidewalk – usually the desert cottontails’ mode of locomotion is a fluid hop! The photo of “Keeping the finch out” clearly differentiates the MamaBlueBird on the roof and the Papa on the perch, thus, the final photo of “The Announcer for the Bluebird Box” would be . hmmm … Papa!

    Carlos writes, “Nothing to say today” – well, he said it all in photographs and captions! “Nothing more needed to say today to give you the full picture!” And he ends with the single word, “Enjoy”. From this post he got 74 comments! So much for nothing to say, the blog commenters used this opportunity to add their own words!

    Enjoy!

    • joy2all Says:

      Great article – I tweeted it so others can discover the book too.

      • PegRod Says:

        joy2all (great name), I just saw that Fearless is #7 on the New York Times Bestseller list for hardcover nonfiction for this week – Congratulations, Eric!

  25. CAequuslvr Says:

    PegRod–Thanks for letting us know about this article. Great press for Eric and his new book (which I am sure will be another bestseller).

  26. SactoSylvia Says:

    That menu is tempting me to hop in the car and head for Solvang! In my mind I always associate it with green pea soup – good, but it didn’t even begin to compare to my mother’s! This menu is a whole different story. Hmmm… I think I’m way overdue for a trip to Southern California!

    BTW the Dutch version of aebleskivers is called “poffertjes” – yum!


  27. Carlos, after reading your high reviews for Eric’s book “Fearless”, I just finished reading it. What a wonderful testimony for a life well lived and cut way too short. Like you, I laughed some and cried. Eric is truly a great author. Thanks for recommending it.

  28. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    The Bluebird Box
    2011

    June 9, 2011 – Last Day 15% Off Sale

    http://mollysbox.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/last-day-15-off-sale/

    Last year there was a sale, and there might be another this year, in 2012, at Cafe Press for Father’s Day – you might want to honor McGee and his memorabilia by visiting to just take a look – like visiting an art gallery! When you look at this post from last year, and click on the first photo with the caption “Pill Bug Coming In”, you will get an enlarged photo worthy of a computer wallpaper, not the sale. By the way, I always wondered what nature did with those rolly polly pill bugs, which have a scientific name that might surprise you for a second, and then you might say, “Oh, yes, I see”!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armadillidiidae

    When you read Carlos’ post, after admiring all the amazing bluebird photos, he reports, “All of these photos were taken from the Bluebird Clutch in May of 2006. ” He could have left that information out, but Carlos is always aware of the facts as he sees them and shares. And, they look just like this year’s clutch, too! Cafe Press Molly and McGee Museum Photo Gallery can be found at the link below! You can click on other links to see illustrations and more to do some casual gallery walk throughs, window shopping, perhaps sparking forgotten memories, and alighting your imagination.

    http://www.cafepress.com/mollytheowl/7238558

    By the way, I would like to recommended a song which is exciting people like the “Molly Songs”. It can be Googled with “Mister Rogers Remixed -Garden of Your Mind – PBS Digital Studios” – Thanks to MOD DotRot, I became aware of this priceless new YouTube video with a message that Molly would be proud of – with the help of Carlos from KOWL and the mods and MODs in live chat from all parts of our planet, my trust, wonder and imagination was reawakened in The Owl Box of San Marcos, right in the Royal Gardens of my mind!

    Father’s Day is not until June 17th, so there is much time to contemplate its meaning and your mission. Since it is a day to honor the male of our species, reach out to others if your own father is now Over the Rainbow Bridge, and also remember all the fathers who fought, founded and still serve our beautiful America (for those in the USA).

    “We never know how high we are ‘Til we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies.”
    —Emily Dickinson

    • PegRod Says:

      PS – I prefer Ustream moderated live chat over YouTube comments in their Social Media stream. I probably would not have come back to watch The Owl Box and chat live, if it had not been G-rated and protected from bad words, negativity and the utterridiculousnessofsome. The Owl Box chatroom rules allowed me and many others to be able to say “Gee that was fun, and I was a part of it!”

    • PegRod Says:

      PS – You can download the amazing “Symphony of Science” album for free if you have no funds by putting $0 in the amount donated – make your contribution by spreading the word – lol

    • PegRod Says:

      Carlos Royal and John “VacaDude” carry on many of Mister Rogers’ greatest lessons in the gardens of our minds.

  29. PegRod Says:

    On this day, last year, Carlos did not post a blog entry. So, in the spirit of Solvang and Denmark, I looked for some photos or information about Danish barn owls! Studies have been done on the red kite (not a summer toy for the wind, but a raptor) and barn owls found in Denmark. This site has some photos from a project.

    http://www.pbase.com/pskolar/denmark

  30. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    The Bluebird Box
    2011

    June 11, 2011 – Thinking About Leaving But Not Happy About It

    http://mollysbox.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/thinking-about-leaving-but-not-happy-about-it/

    Carlos shares a singular photo of a contemplative bluebird chick, no longer with a wide bright yellow mouth opened for a tasty insect treat, but seriously considering taking that small step out the door and giant leap into the Royal Gardens for a new stage in life of learning to hunt for insects on its own. The bluebird will find that the choices on the menu have increased and include all sorts of plants and seeds as well. The Cornell site gives some good information pertinent to the bluebirds we are watching, but there are many more great sites about bluebirds, both Western and Eastern to be found.

    http://www.birds.cornell.edu/nestinginfo/bios/sp_accts/webl

    Suddenly that world, which seemed so overwhelming when peering out that door from the safety of the box, can be a lively place to live in and explore, with lots of “sights and sounds from San Marcos, California”. This new stage includes awareness of the garden neighbors vying for their own “daily bread” and trying to avoid being the meal!

    Carlos comments on his “Great Wings” photo, which is a favorite of many fans, and shares his reasoned guess that this is the third owlet of the Third Clutch. But as he remarks, without a DNA test it is difficult to be certain of which owlet it is or the gender. This owl knows the specifics, and that is what matters!

    Finally, this day last year was Austin Faure’s graduation day from High Tech High in San Marcos, CA! Later that day, the MODs watching the Bluebird Box got a great surprise and were guests watching the graduation live on Ustream, courtesy of the Royal iPhone. As members of the Royal Molly Family, we were and still are so proud of Austin, and grateful for all the hard work and creativity which he chose to share with us!

  31. PegRod Says:

    Ustream Owl Box Update
    Sunshine the Owlet

    At the “Lucy the Owl” box in Poway, CA, young Sunshine turned 60 yesterday, and took her first step outside the box after many false starts. Although few people chat there, most stop in to say hello and post a message, which you can do anytime.

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lucy-the-owl

  32. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    The Bluebird Box
    2011

    June 12, 2011 – Bluebirds Fledge

    http://mollysbox.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/bluebirds-fledge/

    In the blink of an eye, they were gone. I remember watching the recording over and over just to spot the departure. Bluebirds are speedy, even the young ones!

    Carlos provides “behind the scenes” of the graduation of his grandson and our filmmaker, Austin Faure, to accompany the recording of the live broadcast for fans. What he has gone through for his Molly World and Royal family deserves a “Medal of Honor”. You have to read it and decide how far you would or could go to do the same!

    You may notice in the comments from 2011 that I was already doing a “Memory Lane” down 2010. So, you can peek back at this day two years ago, too! When it comes to thinking about the circular nature of time, I recommend the poem by T.S. Eliot called “Burnt Norton”. I am not a scholar, and have not even read the whole thing, but the first verse is amazing. I just noticed from Googling that Burnt Norton refers to a garden, not a firey crash of your AntiVirus software! It is located in The Cotswolds area of England, an area reported to have inspired many musicians and artists, a place where nature is a pleasure.

    Okay, now back to the Royal Gardens of San Marcos, CA, USA – Viewers thought that the broadcast and fun was all over again when the bluebirds fledged, but it wasn’t! Stay tuned for more Royal Garden and Royal Retirement Adventures as we look back on 2011!

  33. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Intermission 2011

    June 12, 2011 – Molly The Owl Ties for First Place

    http://mollysbox.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/molly-the-owl-ties-for-first-place/

    If you have not bought a copy of Molly The Owl for yourself, your grandchildren or granparents, or for your ….. Father … then I would recommend you get one or more copies before they run out.

    This book started out as an “Idea” which took on wings and was first conceived as an “e-book”, which some of us have in our computers/and or printed out. A small company called “Transferit” took on the task of distribution and also produced the first t-shirts and a “mouse” pad with the classic/iconic first photo that Donna Royal took!

    http://www.transferit.com/theowlbox/

    After continual requests, Eric Blehm decided to take a leap of faith and formed the Molly the Owl Books publishing company and printed the book in limited edition. Fans were elated and, as you can see from this post by Carlos, the book was as magical and well-done, even more so, than we imagined. We awaited that boat from China to dock in Los Angeles, for the crates to be inspected, for the trucks to pick up and deliver, and for the group of volunteers to help Eric and Carlos and all the others ship and prepare for mailing as each individual book was signed by Eric Blehm, Chris Adams, Carlos Royal, Donna Royal, Austin Faure (some), and a special bonus of a selected one by Molly and McGee!, Carlos knew how to let us be a part of the complete process from the inception of the “Idea” to the actual delivery of the book into our hands. Many felt like children again waiting for their mailman to bring that special package and none were disappointed as they touched the magical pages and tears of awe and memories created rainbows of joy. There is no substitute for holding a book in your hands and feeling the pages as you turn them, and in later years having memories of reading a book to your children, grandchildren, or even by yourself, as you see bent or torn pages, worn edges, crayon and pencil marks, fingerprints, or spills of various drinks – you know what I mean! Even just a glance at a book on a shelf can bring a flood of emotions.

    At this point last year, the children’s book of Molly the Owl was awarded First Place in a tie for the category of “Children’s Nonfiction” – it is good to share! This book award is supported by none other than Dr. Seuss himself, well in spirit! His “real” name is Theodor S. Geisel, and you can see the cover of Molly the Owl on their site, too! I Imagine that Dr. Seuss would have adored Molly & McGee and families as much as we all have.

    http://www.sdbookawards.com/past-winners/2011-winners/

    So, especially if you have not seen the Molly the Owl Books site, please visit (link in this year’s post). The books of photography are equally awesome and should have won awards as well. All these books are “keepers” to add to collections for future generations of what humanity can be proud of on this Earth.

  34. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Royal Garden
    Broadcast Intermission

    Last year, from June 12th, 2011 through the following days, there were no new posts by Carlos. Then one day he surprised us all! You will have to wait to find out just which day!

    In the meantime, I look at the blog statistics regularly, and I note that there continue to be new visitors to Molly’s Box Blog. You can look at that as well, by going to the front page found here, where you can also find current weather in Molly’s world.

    http://mollysbox.wordpress.com/

    At the bottom you will see a Flag Counter, a most useful tool for all sites to have! You click on that image, which takes you here.

    http://s01.flagcounter.com/more/RaSW

    Remember that these statistics are for Molly’s Box Blog only. Some Ustream sites have added flag counters to their broadcast pages and others to their own blogs, such as the Chula Vista and Owlceanside Owl Boxes. You can explore the Flag Counter by day, week, month or year – fascinating information. Molly’s Box Blog shows that people from 108 countries have visited so far, and if you click on (1) View All and then (2) the plus sign to the left of the flags next to the USA or Canada, you can see all the states and provinces! As you click away you get more and more specific information!

    For new visitors, there are hundreds of useful links I posted from Molly and McGee’s Second Clutch which you can find on a past msnbc newsvine comment section to an article “Owl Cam To Go Dark” (which it didn’t!) That will keep you busy for awhile! It includes links to specific recordings and free items, too. i had never chatted, used a blog or commented before Molly, now look at me! I took the plunge and “followed my nose” wanting to tell the world all about this amazing community of The Owl Box!

    http://world-news.newsvine.com/_news/2010/06/14/4508322-owl-cam-to-go-dark

    Enjoy! Welcome to Molly’s neighborhood of friendly and creative people from around the world, who met, gathered, and shared ideas at The Owl Box on Ustream in moderated and G-rated live chat, on Molly’s Box Blog, and in the Royal Gardens (of our minds) in San Marcos, CA!

  35. PegRod Says:

    VacaChat Update
    2012

    Many MODs continue to meet up on the internet twice a week at 6 pm Molly time in VacaChat on Ustream in live chat while watching John “VacaDude” Atkinson’s live show. Regular features started with Story Time with Zorro. He often plays The Owl Box Rocks and Night Owl, Now and then he shows us inventive commercial spoofs (Meadow Mutual Insurance and Velveeta Cheese are favorites). But we enjoy creative ramblings through VacaDude’s brain, movie and opera reviews, book reviews, real life travels and adventures, astronomy lessons and lessons about life and living! Every Thursday night VacaDude usually shows us a prerecorded and amazing Google Earth virtual trip on a selected topic with trivia and facts and always a session of Zorro’s Poetry Time. This week’s theme was “sports”. The poetry focused on baseball since VacaDude (and Zorro), and all the San Francisco Giants fans, were ectatic with the history making’ “Perfect Game” by pitcher Matt Cain. This week on Google Earth he showed sports venues all over the world, including some of the sites for the upcoming Olympic Games in London – what a show!

    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/23318340

    Father’s Day is this weekend. As you look at the one VacaDude created of McGee getting a card from the First Clutch owlets, you may shed a tear for McGee, a father no longer with us on this earth, like many of our own fathers. The cartoon caption is on the front cartoon page here. Scroll down near the bottom of this page.

    http://www.vacadude.com/apob_samp.html

    Direct link is here.

    http://www.vacadude.com/img/FR08_McGeeFathersDay.pdf

    All these cartoons are free pdf downloads – I suggest that you create a computer file to keep them if you like them. I have! Many of us also bought “A Mods Journal” which is an amazing and touching account of the First Clutch of Molly and McGee as seen through VacaDude’s eyes. This is an e-book and also on the DVD.

    We love our MODs, some of whom happen to be wonderful men, too!


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