Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter 1969

Mom recently sent me this picture of my sisters and I with our Grandmother Isenhour and older cousin, Julie, during Easter in Hickory, North Carolina.  I look to be about six in the picture, so I estimate it to be 1969.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mom's Birthday Supper

We celebrated Mom's birthday earlier this month at a local restaurant, and these are a few snapshots from that gathering.  Mom's a fiend for carrot cake with cream cheese icing.
Cousins Sarah and Grace always enjoy dining with one another.  This establishment serves complementary peanuts, and allows patrons to cast the shells upon the floor.  This permissive unruly behavior delights the children.
Grace gives her grandmother some love.
Sarah gets into the act . . .,
and then there's a hugfest!
My child and I pose for a picture.
 Happy birthday, Mom!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter, Pilgrim!

Joey Goes to the Prom

Last weekend while Leslie, Sarah and I were out at the Camp, Sherry went to Nashville to meet Joey's girlfriend and to take some photographs of them dressed up for their senior prom.  I love this picture showing Joey's look of confident studliness.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Cleaning at the Camp

Sarah and I went out to the Camp last weekend while Sherry went to Nashville.  Leslie joined us around lunch time on Saturday, and we did a respectable amount of spring cleaning, which the old place really needed.  As usual, we allowed for some time in the sun at the creek.
After we discovered the raccoon invasion last time we visited Estill Springs, I stopped by our local farmer's Co-op here in Maryville and purchased a trap, which I baited on Friday night with this piece of apple.  The raccoon took the bait without triggering the trap.  On Saturday evening, I upped the ante by baiting the trap with a slice of apple and a piece of doughnut, but the beast didn't touch it, perhaps because we had a bonfire going all day.
 I didn't get many pictures on this trip because I left my camera outside Friday night, and it rained (despite a forecast of 0% chance of rain).  This is the last picture the camera took, which makes two cameras I've killed this year, a record even for me.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Trip to Cades Cove

Sherry, Sarah and I just returned from a visit to Cades Cove.  Sarah is now reconnected to her technology, and Sherry is with quilt, cat and her latest Harry Potter book on the sofa in the living room below.  In Cades Cove we saw thirteen deer and a lone turkey, and paid a visit to the Methodist church, where we found a group of three young women, one of whom was playing hymns on the piano.  I was pleased to see Cable Mill operating, and they had the mill house open so you could go inside and see its inner workings.  After driving the loop road, we found a place to pull off near the creek on the way home to eat a modest picnic of sandwiches and a shared apple.  It was a nice outing for us.

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, which is the observance of the crucifixion of Christ.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci, 1494 to 1498

Today is Maundy Thursday, a day to remember the Last Supper of Christ with his disciples.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ogle Castle

When Mom and I visited England in 1993, we did not travel to the northern part of the country.  I would like to travel some day to visit Ogle Castle in Northumberland, from whence my family immigrated to North America.  Apparently, the castle is now a bed and breakfast establishment.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax Day

Today is the day income tax returns and payments are due in the United States, and a day that many tax attorneys and accountants, not to mention taxpayers, are looking forward to putting behind them.  It is also about the time the Tennessee Valley Authority allows the water in our local lakes to come up for boating season.  We'll have to drive out to Louisville and have a look this weekend.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday

Today Christians celebrate Palm Sunday, which commemorates the Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Manatee Facts

The Smithsonian recently posted an article with fourteen fun facts about manatees.  Although my mom once lived in Florida, and we have been vacationing down there for many years, I have never seen one.