Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sunset Above the Great Salt Lake

This is a photograph of sunset at the Great Salt Lake in Utah. It is difficult to see where the lake ends and the sky begins. Beautiful! (Via Earth Science Picture of the Day)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Battle of Bannockburn

On June 24, 1314, Scottish forces commanded by Robert the Bruce defeated British forces led by King Edward II in the Battle of Bannockburn, which led to the eventual end of the First War of Scottish Independence.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Joey, Jake and Sarah pose for a tourist photo in Gatlinburg in 2006. This was before I convinced my wife that Ogles do not patronize tourist traps in Sevier County. Ogles own tourist traps in Sevier County. (Not us, of course, but some do.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Major Ridge

Major Ridge was a Cherokee leader who fought alongside Andrew Jackson in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and was allied with him during the Creek and Seminole Wars. He was a signer of the Treaty of New Echota, which relinquished all Cherokee rights to land east of the Mississippi River and led to the Trail of Tears. Cherokee leaders opposed to the treaty executed Major Ridge on June 22, 1839.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Chicken and Rice Recipe

I found a skillet chicken and rice dish at the Nobel Pig that looks tasty. It calls for chicken thighs, which is our favorite cut of chicken, so it sounds right up our alley. Yummy!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer Solstice


Today is the summer solstice, marking the beginning of summer. Time to start keeping that sunscreen handy if you're spending any amount of time in the sun. The image is, of course, Stonehenge in England.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Fathers Day!


Today is Fathers Day, so to celebrate here is a picture of my dad, Phillip Ellis Ogle (known as Phil) with his young family.
For good measure, here is a picture of my Granddaddy Ogle, William Ellis Ogle (known as Ellis). Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there on the interwebs!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Valles Marinaris

Behold the planet Mars revealing the Valles Marinaris, also called the Grand Canyon of Mars. (Via NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day website)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Battle of Bunker Hill

On June 17, 1775, American forces inflicted significant damage to British troops during the Battle of Bunker Hill. Although the British won the battle, the ability of colonial militia to withstand seasoned British troops made it clear that the Americans meant business in their bid to free themselves from what they regarded as British oppression.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Throwback Thursday

We go to the beach in Sandestin in 2011 for today's Throwback Thursday snapshot of Joey and Jake by the Gulf of Mexico.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Restaurant Review -- The Blue Chair Cafe, Sewanee, Tennessee

When we came home from Estill Springs several weeks ago we decided to avoid Interstate 40 due to construction in Roane County that weekend, and we drove up through Sewanee to get on Interstate 24 to come home to Maryville via Chattanooga. We stopped at the Blue Chair Cafe in Sewanee for breakfast. It was the cool, sort of funky place you'd expect in a college town. They allowed you to order lunch items during breakfast time, soI had their club sandwich, which was a good meal, and Sarah got a hamburger. Sherry got the black ribbon beef and goat cheese sandwich, and it was wonderful and definitely the best sandwich of the three we ordered. The place also had a bakery, so we came home with some tasty fresh baked goods.
Sarah scans the menu.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Flag Day


Today is Flag Day in the United States. It is the day we celebrate the adoption of our national flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Book Review -- The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England


I recently enjoyed the audiobook version of The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer, and I learned a lot about that period of history. I already knew that it would have been a difficult era in which to have lived, but the author explains in detail how people survived on a day to day basis, going as far as to quote from recipes and to describe what people wore and how they entertained themselves and each other. I have recently been reading about the 1600's, so it was useful to read up on the 1500's for context.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hot Summer Weekend

We have a hot and sunny day on tap here in East Tennessee, and the girls are taking advantage of it with an invitation to a pool. I have some chores, as I usually do on the weekends, that will keep me busy in their absence, and I may watch a geeky movie or two. Sarah had her friend Grace over for a sleepover, and they've had a good time as far as I can tell. Sherry is out visiting a friend who is recovering from surgery, and should be back soon.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Judy Garland

Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.