Monday, September 03, 2012

Jake and Lacee Wedding

Finally, received the digital copies of the wedding photos!!!!!  Jake Monk and Lacee Monk, Miami, FL.  Boom!!!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

And the Winner is: Egg-ry Birds by the Miami Monks!!!!!

And the Winner is: Egg-ry Birds by the Miami Monks.

Congratulations to Jake Monk and Lacee Monk. Hard to believe that Katie Bowlby has been dethroned, but the Miami Monks have won the 2012 Easter Egg competition by a landslide garnering twelve (12) first place votes and one second place vote.

Eggr-ry Birds also pulled in the Award for Most Comments and received the best comment.

The winner emeritus earning the Best Comment Award, Katie Bowlby, offered, “I admit, I'm impressed. But the words I uttered when I saw this weren't very Easterly, so I can't vote for it.”

Ready to Hatch!! came in a strong second place.

Congratulations to Andrew and Jody. This entry reminds us all of the pig and the chicken story. Co-created in every way, Ready to Hatch!! shared origination rights, creative cooperation and earned the Award for Best Use of Natural Materials in creation of an original entry. (Note to Robin from Karl, my belly is already that big; give up now.) There truly was a commitment to this entry.

Lady Egga rounds out this year’s placers in third place.

Mary Monk slams a solid third place showing, winning awards in the categories of Best Use of Alternate Protein and Best Use of the same Old Background Two Years Running, Mary Monk captured the artistic spirit of this year’s entries.

Honorable mention goes to Big Handsome

The House of Bowlby earns Honorable Mention and receives the Award: Best Homer Entry of 2012.

Honorable mention goes to The Loregg

Obviously, a Jody Monk entry, she pulls in the Thorgren vote (no easy task). Congratulations for an appreciated and mustached entry.

Also winning awards…

a new egg in town by Katie Bowlby. Most Beautiful Award

Occu-p-egg Mayberry RFD by Tammy Loew, Best Political Entry

United Colors of Eggiton? by Steve Dorn. Yes folks, my college buddy, member of my wedding party and dearest of old friends placed this entry into the mix. Thank you!

Uncle Bob wins the Award for being the Most Coerced Voter, obviously forced to vote for Ready to Hatch!! and less obviously being forced to vote for his wife’s entry.

Receiving no awards, but since everyone wins, Danny Monk and Karl Monk receive participation ribbons.

God bless us all

Egg Creator
Zeggy Stardust Danny Monk
Greegter's Eggcream Karl Monk
Egg-ry Birds The Miami Monks
Occu-p-egg Mayberry RFD Aunt Tammy Loew
Lady Egga Mary Monk
Angry Birds (In Space) Katie B
Ready to Hatch!! Andrew Monk with a strong contribution by Jody Monk
Big Handsome Bowlby House
a new egg in town Luke Bowlby
The Loregg Jody Monk
United Colors of Eggiton? Steve Dorn
Green Guess? Who Am I Karl Monk


Easter 2012, Voting period is closed

I'm in the process of tallying votes and analyzing comments.

All Eggs are posted, let the 2012 Voting Begin!!

Year 7... Thanks to all who submitted eggs!
Voting closes at 7pm, Cincinnati time, on Easter Sunday (unless gratuitous begging extends the deadline.) All the eggs are posted. Let me know if I missed any, I'll remediate immediately.

This year saw a strong political flavor and multiple Angry Bird entries.

Voting Rules:Rule 1, (same as always) there are no rules. Vote as you like. Your comments matter and weigh heavily in the final determination.
Rule 2, see rule Number 1

Ranking of entries against each other is welcome.Post general comments on this post, specific comments on the individual egg submission.If you refer to last year's summary, you can see it will take me some time to tabulate the winner, correlate comments and try to have some fun. Thanks to all who submitted this year and to those that didn't, next year is right around the corner. Happy Easter to all and God bless!

Zeggy Stardust


Greegter's Eggscream


Egg-ry Birds (1 of 2)




The two Egg-ry Bird posts are one entry.

Egg-ry Birds (2 of 2)



End of first Angry Birds entry.

Occu-p-egg Mayberry RFD



Lady Egga


Angry Birds (In Space)

This is a separate Angry Birds entry from the two above.

Ready to Hatch!!


Big Handsome


If you believe in the future of Indiana basketball, then vote for Cody!

a new egg in town


remember, you can click on the picture to see a larger image

Grandma, this is for you! Just a reminder.

The Loregg


United Colors of Eggiton?


Green Guess? Who Am I


Saturday, April 07, 2012

Easter 2012, entries are rolling in

Remember:
Give me a title and say a few words about your entry.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Easter 2012

Easter 2012. New year, New rules. I don't know what they will be, but there will be new twists. The rules are driven by the creativity of the entries and the unique nature of each year's entries.

Special attention, this year, will be given to hiding the identity of entries. Last year the North-Lander contingent expressed concern that my identification of friends might have biased the votes. I will avoid this potential when posting eggs this year. The major contributing factor in this decision is I have friends entering this year (which are better than your friends) and they will probably win. The Mid-Lander contingent will be gathering on Saturday to prepare entries. The South-Lander contingent, a hard to beat group if prior year success is an indication of current year success, is probably done already.

Entry Dealine: Saturday, 5pm, Cincinnati time. Send your entries to my gmail account.

Voting Begins: Saturday night, as soon as I complete posting. Expect posting will require 1-3 hours.

Voting Closes: Sunday night, 5pm, I will tally and post results Sunday evening.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Fall harvesting

Beets and more


LIVESTRONG Day

Apple Sauce Time

Preparing to make apple sauce. Notice in the background Mary is preparing french toast for the hired help.


Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Florida Vacation 2011


It has come to my attention that I didn't post any pictures from our visit to see Jake and Lacee in Florida. Thought I'd share what my vacation was like. The scenery was awesome!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

BLT

Home grown tomato and lettuce!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Good vs. Evil and Butterfly are #Winners! of the 2011 Monk Zone Easter Egg Competition

Once again, Katie Bowlby pulls down the top prize in the Adult Division. Mackenzie, friend of Nat and Rob, wins by a landslide in the Children's Division.

It was a hard fought competition with 29 entries, most in the six (yes 6) year history of this prestigious event.

I've embedded the comments and awards in the picture on the post immediately below this one, but I'll recap now:

1st Place to Good vs. Evil, Katie and Luke Bowlby. A classic entry, popular, artistic and fun.

1st Place to Butterfly, Mackenzie. Katie was lucky this wasn't entered in the Adult Division else she might have gotten a run for her money. Watch out, the children are coming!

2nd Place goes to Andrew Monk with Eggterprise. The Best Use of Cadbury Eggs and Foil set him apart from the competition. While he tied for 1st place votes with Good vs. Evil, the 2nd place vote awarded to the Bat crew by, none other than Andrew's mother, tipped the winning weight towards the south. I'm sure Andrew will graciously congratulate his #winning! cousin.

2nd Place in the Children's Division goes to Mike from Monsters Inc by Connor. Awarded "Best Monster Feet".

Almost in 1st was Co Pandas, a popular entry by Robin Demaree. If Lacee hadn't split her vote for 1st, this would have tied for the top spot.

Finally, numerous awards this year were given for:
Most Artistic - Egg Foo Young by Scott J.
Best Title - Nest Egg by Natalie Thorgren
Most Penetrating Eyes - Snorklers by Kelley J.
Best Likeness - Albert Eggstein by Kelley J
Best Use of Props - Stop! Police by Doug and Sam
Best Use of a Tutu - The Black Swan by Mary Monk
2011 Catholic Religious Award for Appropriate Use of a Sacrament by Mary Monk
BlogMaster Award to Jody Monk for Best Use of Buttons and Boots
Dad's Award to Egg Minster Dog Show for Best Question (Jake's coming home. What?!)
Rob Thorgren Award to Andrew Monk for Easter Egg Hunt... why didn't I think of that?
Move Over Steve Jobs goes to Bo Thorgren for the next generation of green phones
Best Use of a Husband's Vote goes to Doug Demaree. (I'd like details in a private email, please.)
Least Effective Use of a Vote to Lacee (you don't get off free since JT's going down, Boom!)
Best Use of Monochromatic Color to Fred the Egg by Sam Thorgren
Best Comment Award to Katie for noticing the lost egg
Best Monster Feet to Connor in Mike from Monsters Inc
Best Mollie Ringwald, Disco Ball and Costume Design to Eggcident at Studio 54 by Tammy and Lisa Loew
I could have won in the Children's Division goes to Doug
Fastest Recovery from a Hangover goes to the crew (eggs) in Your huddled eggs... by Lisa and Tammy
and finally, to Jody, the most unique award for 2011...
the "Yes, I have neon fabric" Award.

Thanks to all who posted this year. May God bless you all.
(as Andrew says...)
Live Strong and Prosper

Detail Results, Easter 2011


This is the worksheet used to tally comments and votes. Might be too detailed for some readers.

Monday night I'll do the tally

I will put together the comments, votes and awards this Monday evening.
Off to work I go, (sing along) Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's off to work we go!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

All Eggs are posted, let the voting begin

Year 6, yes, Year 6 is this year's number.
Thanks to all who submitted eggs as it will make my victory sweeter.

Voting closes at 7pm, Cincinnati time, on Easter Sunday (unless gratuitous begging extends the deadline.)

All the eggs are posted. Let me know if I missed any, I'll remediate immediately.

Another strong showing this year. Creativity is at an all time high, even though the use of "color on egg" was not in vogue. Not sure if it was the economy boycotting Paas Easter Egg Coloring or a back to natural movement. Only time will tell.

Voting Rules:
Rule 1, there are no rules. Vote as you like. Your comments matter and weigh heavily in the final determination.
Rule 2, note... there is a Children's Division. Vote accordingly. Any entry not labeled Children's Division is fair game, no need to be kind.

We will have several categories of winner, so vote frequently and often. Ranking of entries against each other is welcome.

Post general comments on this post, specific comments on the individual egg submission.

If you refer to last year's summary, you can see it will take me some time to tabulate the winner, correlate comments and try to have some fun.

Thanks to all who submitted this year and to those that didn't, next year is right around the corner. Happy Easter to all and God bless!

Eggterprise



To open this year's contest, a challenge and a mission. What a mission, to go where no man has gone before. To create the perfect egg... To win... To have bragging rights for yet another year!
Live Strong and Prosper.

Honorary Entry from The U


Our Hurricanes are prepping for finals, so no entry this year. To recognize their sacrifice, we post a winning entry from last year.
Do well Jake and Lacee!

Nest Egg


While I'm not sure this entry is legal to tender, it is an official submission. As long as Timmy Geithner isn't monitoring this blog, we should be OK. Best use of the US Dollar?

Matriarch and vehicle(s) before dinner


Good time had by all, can you tell?

#Winning!


this is the #Winning! entry; you go Charlie!

Egg Foo Young


Gotta love the number of oriental entries this year. Well done! Marvelous symmetry and balance. I''d expect nothing less.

Eggstremely Lazy


A first of its kind. A classic. Best use of light and shadow? How about that horizon? Is this a naked circus egg? How is it balancing? So much to ponder, so little time.

Snorklers


Amazing entry. Are those marshmallow face masks? Are they looking at me? Piercing eyes. Even the boat is staring at me. Wow!

Albert Eggstein


I could have guessed this without being told. Duh. A very smart entry. Guest entry? hummm

Stop! Police


While adult help was provided, this is still an entry in the Children's Division.
Nice bike (trike)!

The Black Swan


She's beautiful and intriguing.

JT goes to confession


Could this be the winner in the "That Egg made me say Ouch!" category?
Could this be a winner in the "Best Use of VESTments" category?
Could this be a hurricane blowing through or a little breeze? Only time will tell.