Friday, September 4, 2015

Tooth's Gotta Go

A couple of weeks ago, I went to my dentist with a bit of an infection in my lower left gum. He referred me to an endodontist, and he determined that I had a dead nerve in one of my teeth. He started a root canal, but after drilling on the tooth, he looked at it with a microscope and saw two cracks running the length of the tooth, rendering a root canal pointless. He opined that the tooth would have to be removed, and I go to the oral surgeon for that procedure today.
I trust I will be in better hands than Curly.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Treaty of Paris

The Treaty of Paris, which formally ended the American Revolutionary War, was signed on September 3, 1783. The unfinished painting, by Benjamin West, shows the American delegation, John Jay, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Laurens and Temple Franklin. The British diplomats refused to pose for the painting.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

See You On the Dark Side of the Moon

The Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft recently captured this picture of the moon passing between the spacecraft and Earth. From Earth, you can only see one side of the moon, but this image shows the far side of the moon.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

More Birthday Pictures

Here are a few more snapshots from my birthday party Saturday. Here I am with the best gift I ever got.
We got good use out of our deck last weekend, and we had enough of a breeze that it wasn't too hot out there.
Leslie took this picture of Mom over at Laura's house, but it demonstrates that even if one hasn't lived in Florida for over a decade, a former Floridian will still wear a sweater when the forecast calls for highs in the 80's.
There's nothing that will make you feel old like seeing a picture of your bald spot when you are blowing out the candles on your Spiderman birthday cake.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Steve's Birthday

Today is my birthday, so here is a picture of me as a baby.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Birthday Saturday

We celebrated my birthday yesterday, and the weather was fine for enjoying the deck and catching some sunshine as our summer winds down.
Grams had this cool lounge chair shipped to us for my birthday. Jake gave it a thorough test drive.
We had way too much food, including this cool Spiderman cake Sherry bought for the party. (I turn 52 tomorrow, but you're never too old for a Spiderman birthday cake.)
We had some old friends come out for the gathering, including Sike, pictured here with Laura and me. Two old friends, Mel and Brent, with whom we went to high school, also came out, and we annoyed the neighbors until way past my bedtime. It was a fun day.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Around Maryville

Although my birthday is still a couple days away, we are celebrating today and expecting friends and family to join us. It should be fun.
Last weekend we had lunch at Barley's after the Primary Players auditions. I had pizza, specifically the white pie with sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Italian sausage. It sounds like an odd combination, but it is very good. As you can see, across the street the Capitol Theater was having some work done on its marquee.
This is a shot I took of Blount Memorial Hospital, Sherry's place of employment, last week.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Saint Augustine

On August 28, 1565, the Feast of Saint Augustine, Spanish ships commanded by Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés spotted land in Florida. He founded the city of Saint Augustine shortly thereafter.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday

For throwback Thursday, here is a picture of Sherry, the boys and me in 2002 on Crab Island near Destin harbor. It was our first trip to Destin with Jake and Joey after our marriage on Valentine's Day that year.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Meanwhile, On Mars

The Curiosity rover has now spent three Earth years up on Mars. This is a view from its mast camera. Visit NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day website for a better view.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Stamps, Cherry Trees and Dogwoods

Everyone knows that Washington, DC, has lovely cherry trees that blossom in the spring, a gift from Japan during the Taft administration (1912). Taft reciprocated by sending dogwood trees to Japan, which is something I did not know until I read the back of the pictured postage stamps.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is my father's birthday. Phillip Ellis Ogle would have been 78 today, but he died in 1993 at age of 55.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Suddenly, a Wild Jake Appeared

Joey, Sarah and Jake

Jake has been talking about moving here from Kingston Springs from some time, with the conversations with his mother about it becoming more serious of late. There was talk yesterday that he might be heading this way, but when I went to bed he was to stay the night with a friend. When I got up this morning, his truck was parked on the street in front of the house, so after breakfast we helped him bring in his clothes and worked on making some space in our upstairs bonus room, which will serve as his bedroom until the lad can get himself to work and get an apartment of his own. Needless to say, his mother is overjoyed.

Meanwhile, his brother Joey moved into his first college apartment this week up in Clarksville after living in the dorms last year. He and three friends have an apartment together, and from the pictures I've seen, it looks pretty nice, much better than the garage apartment I lived in up on Fort Sanders hill when I first moved out of the house.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Today, So Far

Sherry has taken Sarah to audition for a part in the upcoming Primary Players production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. She has to both sing and do a spoken monologue. I tried to get her to do Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, but her mother convinced her to do Sally in the pumpkin patch berating Linus after the Great Pumpkin turned out to be just Snoopy. As I usually do on Saturday mornings, I ran errands around town.

The girls were going to have bagels at the audition, so I started out with a chicken sandwich for my breakfast at the Bojangles on the parkway before hauling our recycling to the recycling center and then doing our weekly grocery shopping. I suspect that the Primary Players gang will grab lunch somewhere after the auditions conclude, and Sherry's going to come pick me up so I can join them if that is the case. Mom was talking about coming over for a visit thereafter, so we should have a fairly busy Saturday when it is all said and done with.

Leslie's Pictures from the Camp

Sister Les, shown above getting some love from her adoring nieces, sent me these pictures she took during our trip to the Camp last weekend. Last Saturday we started our morning with a nice big breakfast at Sample's Family Restaurant, which is on Main Street (Highway 41-A) in Estill Springs and very close to our cabin.

A visit to Franklin County often finds us visiting the Wal-Martians in Decherd, and this trip was no exception. We dropped some cash there for household supplies, groceries and some new lamps for the cabin to serve us until we have some electrical work done next year.
Saturday afternoon, of course, found us back in the creek enjoying the sunshine and playing in the water. No one was interested in damming up the creek, as we often do, but we burned up the wood the roofers put in our fire pit, so we had a nice fire to run the bugs off and to toast marshmallows.
Yes, my sisters are twins.
As you can see, we dress very casually at the Camp, and I usually keep my head covered with a bandanna or T-shirt to avoid ticks, which are plentiful there. We also keep plenty of deep woods Off insect repellent on hand.
The kids had a good time together on this trip, both at the creek and in the cabin playing on the living room floor, both of which my sisters and I enjoyed when we were little kids and Dad and the grandparents would take us out there.
Grace had a Leslie-powered boat for a while that afternoon. A couple of years ago Sarah spent a good thirty minutes hauling me upstream on a float and letting me float back downstream. I commented at the time, if I had never thought about having a kid for any other reason, it would be worth it just for that service.