Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pizzadillas and Other Quesadillas of Interest

Behold Pizzadillas (and other cool variations on the Quesadilla)!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Quiet Sunday

Mom and I had breakfast this morning at the Midland Restaurant and then visited for a while at home afterward.  After she departed, I cooked the liquid part of the Turkey Tetrazinni I will throw together here shortly.  Sherry and Sarah won't be home until later in the day, so I have another quiet day at the house ahead of me, which isn't a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Return of the Nashville Banner

I like to keep up with the news in Nashville, and I have noted that there have been big changes in the way journalism is practiced in our state capitol, as there have been everywhere.  The Tennessean is behind a paywall, and I deleted its website from my bookmarks list long ago.  I rely now mostly on the websites Nashville Post Politics and the Nashville Scene, as well as those of the Nashville television stations, for most of my Nashville news.  I keep up with legal news emanating from Nashville via the Tennessee Bar Association and the court clerks association.

When I was a kid, many cities had two competing daily newspapers.  In Knoxville there was the News Sentinel (now also behind a paywall and deleted) and the Knoxville Journal, the latter bearing little resemblance to what it was as a competitor to the Sentinel.  In Nashville, and Middle Tennessee generally, the local dailies were the Tennessean and the Nashville Banner.  The latter ceased operation many years ago.  My Ogle grandparents subscribed to the Banner in their home town of Winchester, so I was interested to learn that, to paraphrase the Blues Brothers, someone has put the Banner back together.  They may eventually go behind a paywall, too, but for now it is another source to find out what is going on in my wife's home town.  It is also cool to see the old masthead with the eagle and the flag.

Football and Turkey -- It Must Be Fall

I am manning the fort here on Everett Hill while my womenfolk are away in Nashville, and perhaps also Clarksville depending and where the boys are, visiting Grams, Joey and Jake.  It is a cloudy day here on the hill, and a good day to watch some football on television, which is what I intend to do inasmuch as the Vols play Georgia today at noon.

Aside from taking care of grocery and library duties, which I dispatched this morning, the only project I have for the weekend is to crank out a batch of Turkey Tetrazzini, which I will probably do tomorrow morning.  Mom plans to come over in the morning for breakfast, and since the Tet is her recipe I can get her to supervise my execution of it and advise me as I go.  I make a pretty good batch, but Mom's cooking is always the best!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!

Today is the birthday of John Chapman, known by most Americans as Johnny Appleseed.  He was born September 26, 1774.  I had a friend, Gary Chapman, who told me he was a great grandson of Johnny Appleseed.  Gary was a metal worker, and he made me a short sword which has served me well for many years.  It's not exactly Andúril , but I don't know anyone else who can claim to wield a sword forged by a great grandson of Johnny Appleseed.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hillsboro Village Bosco's Closes

I learned earlier this week via the Nashville Scene Bites blog that the Hillsboro Village location of Bosco's restaurant in Nashville has closed.  It was where Sherry and I went on our first date on March 2, 2001, so it was a special place to us.  I am sorry to hear they closed.  I never had a bad meal there, and they had a jazz brunch with live musicians on Sundays that was always cool.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

U.S.S. Enterprise

The world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Enterprise, was launched on September 24, 1960.  She is the eighth American vessel to bear the name.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall Arrives

Last night marked the autumnal equinox and the beginning of fall.

Monday, September 22, 2014

More From Buckberry

Here are a few more photographs from our trip to Gatlinburg over the weekend.  It was a sunny and pleasant September weekend.
Since Laura and Stewart were staining the deck at Mountain Springs Chalet, they sent Gracie down to hang out with Sarah and us at Buckberry.  Here, Terry photobombs Grace with a peace sign.
I was impressed by this huge poplar leaf, which came from a sapling that got cooked over the fire pit.
More fish bait, above, and old friends, below

We went into downtown Gatlinburg for appetizers and a walkabout Saturday afternoon, as you can see from the pictures above.  We had a nice bonfire Saturday night, and talked, explored, joked, sang and laughed until way past my bedtime.  As usual, I was the first one awake Sunday morning, but Sarah stirred shortly after I got up.  She has a narrative writing exercise at school this morning, and got a bit of practice in yesterday morning as we waited for the rest of the house to awaken.  We had a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon and biscuits before we cleaned up and packed out for our respective homes.  We are back to work and school this morning.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

From Sugar Grove to Buckberry Creek

As you can see, this weekend in the Great Smoky Mountains was glorious.  This view is from the Laurel Falls trail near Gatlinburg.
My friend Brush traveled to East Tennessee to visit us this weekend from his mountain home in Sugar Creek North Carolina, and he arrived at Laura and Stewart's Buckberry Creek Chalet on Ski Mountain Road Thursday around lunch time.  I joined him Friday afternoon.
Saturday morning we made the short hike up to Laurel Falls, pictured here from that morning.  When we pulled into the parking lot about thirty minutes after dawn, we were the only car there.  We hiked the 1.3 miles to the falls and back, and when we arrived back at the parking area there were 22 cars.
Although fall is upon us, we saw and heard critters in abundance, including this cool white caterpillar. He was in a hurry and didn't stay with us for long, perhaps because I mentioned what good fish bait he would make.
 Our friend Terry warned us that he would join us Saturday, and Sherry and Sarah also came up Saturday afternoon, so we had a good houseful.  La, Stew and Gracie were up at Mountain Springs Chalet working, and also visited us during their break periods.  It was a fun weekend!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Avast, Mateys!

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  As much as I might like to, I will not be answering the telephone at my office as a pirate today, but once I'm off work, anything goes.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Endeavor at the International Space Station

This is an image showing space shuttle Endeavor docked to the International Space Station in 2011.  It was taken from a Russian supply ship that had just departed the station.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Constitution Day

Today is Constitution Day in the United States, a day set aside to appreciate our nation's founding document, the Constitution of the United States, which was adopted on September 17, 1787.  For readers interested in the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, I highly recommend Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Restaurant Review -- Sammy Jo's Diner, Crossville, Tennessee

Sarah and I stopped at Sammy Jo's Diner, 593 West Avenue, Crossville, Tennessee, on our way to Estill Springs a few weekends ago.  Sarah had chicken tenders and hand-cut French fries, and I had meatloaf, green beans and mashed potatoes.  The meatloaf was plentiful, and it had an interesting spice in it, tarragon, I think.  The service was quick, and the food was excellent.