We got together with the family Saturday and had lunch. It is a good thing they had a big table. My birthday is this week, so this served as my birthday celebration. I had shrimp and cheese grits and was very happy.
Sherry bought me a record player for my birthday, so we invited everyone back over to our place after lunch to spin some vinyl.
The spawn of Phil and Wanette Ogle pose for a snapshot.
We had quite a storm yesterday evening. Our power went out for a while, but not for long enough for the house to get uncomfortable. We woke up to find the oak tree that lives between us and our neighbors lost quite a bit of foliage.
Our local newspaper reported in today's edition that there was damage in downtown Maryville, so I went out this morning to look about. This is one of several trees down on the courthouse grounds.
The storm hit East Broadway particularly hard, and several businesses had wind damage. I also saw that people have already been out cleaning up after the storm.
I've had a waterproof disposable 35 mm camera for the past couple of years and finally had the kids finish taking the rest of the pictures on the roll of film at the beach this summer. I sent them off to be developed last week and got the photographs back this week. These shots are from a boat trip we took into the Gulf of Mexico from Destin harbor the summer before last.
As you can see, we had a sunny day to go boating, although I must admit I prefer the bay to the gulf because you don't get so much ocean motion.
Sherry, Sarah and Grace enjoyed some frozen drinks on the trip.
Seagulls have learned to follow these pleasure boats because tourists throw them chips and other food.
This is my father, Phillip Ellis Ogle, known as Phil. Today would have been his 79th birthday. At the time of his death in 1993 he was living in Tullahoma and employed by a civilian contractor at Arnold Engineering and Development Center. He was a planner and took his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee and his master's at Georgia Tech.
One 15-ounce can (425 grams) chickpeas, also called garbanzo
beans (2 cups cooked chickpeas)
1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon
1/4 cup (60 ml) well-stirred tahini,
Half of a large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 to 3 tablespoons water
Dash of ground paprika for serving
In the bowl of a food processor, combine tahini and lemon
juice. Process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl then turn on and
process for 30 seconds. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini,
making smooth and creamy hummus possible.
Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin and the salt to the
whipped tahini and lemon juice mixture. Process for 30 seconds, scrape sides
and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds.
Open can of chickpeas, drain liquid then rinse well with
water. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor then process for 1
minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl, add remaining chickpeas and process
for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and quite smooth.
Most likely the hummus will be too thick or still have tiny
bits of chickpea. To fix this, with the food processor turned on, slowly add 2
to 3 tablespoons of water until the consistency is perfect.
Scrape the hummus into a bowl then drizzle about 1
tablespoon of olive oil over the top and sprinkle with paprika.
Store homemade hummus in an airtight container and
refrigerate up to one week.
Sarah recently organized her many art supplies and acquired a new sketch pad, and she has been drawing away, with Molly the cat at her side on most days. Drawing is a good hobby because it is portable, and she usually takes some of her art supplies with her when we travel.
Leslie and Laura and Grace went over to Mom's house yesterday to prepare some chicken carbonara for her.
Mom and Grace pose for a picture during a break from kitchen duties. After the food was prepared, they divided it into single portions Mom could freeze and reheat later.
I spent Friday lugging files from the courthouse to the justice center and lugging old records from our office at the justice center over to the county records department, and I expect to spend tomorrow doing the same, so we've been resting up at our place. We did get out for groceries, breakfast, a trip to the library and a visit to the Thompson-Brown House, which was hosting a Cades Cove homecoming event. Since we were there, we also visited the Blount County Historical Museum and got a nice tour.
We spent the weekend in Gatlinburg at Laura and Stewart's Mountain Springs Chalet in Chalet Village. Sarah brought her friend Grace, and we got them to pose with this bear statue when we walked the parkway yesterday morning. Laura drove up while we were in town, and she came with our family's Grace and her friend Evie. They stayed down the hill at Buckberry Chalet, and Leslie was an hour so behind them, though she only came up for the day.
We walked from the parking lot at the intersection of the parkway and Ski Mountain Road all the way down to the aquarium and back. The kids couldn't resist playing with the big stone globe in front of Ripley's Museum.
We spent part of our afternoon enjoying the deck at Buckberry while the kids played inside.
We finally dragged the children outdoors and across the creek to enjoy Buckberry Creek, which was very low because weather has been so dry this season, not that it is a big creek to begin with. Still, there's a nice little spot on the creek where the little kids could climb around on the rocks and the rest of us could just enjoy the sound of the water running and the coolness of the creek.
Sherry suggested we drive the Cades Cove loop road, and we got everyone on the road relatively early to beat the worst of the traffic, although we encountered some. We saw four turkey, these two deer and a young bear that had been treed by about 15 to 20 camera-wielding tourists, despite signage throughout the cove admonishing visitors to keep at least fifty yards between people and wildlife. As a reminder, bears are wild animals and there are many reasons to give them plenty of distance. One is to preserve the bear in its wild state so that it does not become acclimated to people, become a nuisance and have to be killed. An even better reason is because they can and do attack and eat people. It was only the third wild bear I've seen in all my years visiting those mountains.