Thursday, December 8, 2016

Throwback Thursday

We're going way back to the 1940's for today's throwback Thursday picture. This is an old picture of the Camp, our family cabin in Estill Springs. For comparison, there's a picture of it from a couple of years ago below. It is amazing how small and few the trees were back then. In my memory, it has always been a cabin in the woods.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sputnik Planum

As scientists continue to study data transmitted from Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft, some are speculating that the large heart-shaped area, known now as Sputnik Planum, may have an ocean under it after some large object impacted Pluto. (Via Astronomy Picture of the Day)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Pool Cat

Saturday, December 3, 2016

December Saturday

These are a couple of pictures of fall foliage here on Everett Hill from a few weeks ago, Wind and rain have taken most of the leaves at this point. We expect more rain over the next several days that will hopefully help the firefighters still working the Chimney Tops fires In the Smokies. City officials allowed residents and owners back into Gatlinburg yesterday during the day, and they are doing so again today so that people can assess their property. They hope to reopen the Parkway and other main roads next week.
We plan to do some cooking this weekend here at home in Maryville. I bought ingredients for McAllister's tortilla chicken soup, and we have some brown bananas that we will make into banana bread. Sherry is at work at her part time job at Blackberry Farm, and Sarah is leaving at 1:00 p.m. for a friend's birthday at an escape room in Knoxville, so I'll have some time for cooking.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Buckberry and Mountain Springs Chalets Survive the Great Fire of 2016

Laura got word yesterday morning that both Buckberry Chalet and Mountain Springs Chalet survived the fire, despite being in Chalet Village, part of which burned. They had renters in all four of their places in Sevier County for Thanksgiving weekend, but they all checked out Sunday, before the wildfires swept the mountains there. Laura pointed out the decorative flag in the driveway at Buckberry says "In everything give thanks." Amen. Sunset Ridge and Cozy Creek are still okay, too.

Others, however, were not so lucky. The death toll and property damage numbers have been increasing as emergency personnel are able to get into more places as they clear debris. The local television stations here are giving it wall to wall coverage if you want more information. There are a lot of scary pictures and videos out there.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's throwback Thursday picture, here's Mom and Sarah in 2006, the year before we moved from Nashville to Maryville.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Battle of Franklin

Battle of Franklin by Kurz and Allison (1891)

On November 30, 1864, the Confederate Army of Tennessee suffered devastating losses attacking fortified positions manned by Union troops in the Battle of Franklin.

Sevier County Conflagration

Disaster struck neighboring Sevier County on Monday, when high winds blew embers from a wildfire at Chimney Tops all over the county. Three people are dead, many others are injured and the loss of property is devastating. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were both evacuated, although Pigeon Forge rescinded its evacuation order yesterday. At a press conference yesterday afternoon Governor Haslam said it is the worst fire in the state in 100 years.

As of yesterday, Laura and Stew had word that their cabins Cozy Creek and Sunset Ridge were still standing, but have no information on Mountain Springs Chalet and Buckberry Chalet. They are both in Gatlinburg's Chalet Village, which suffered damage due to the fires. The fires were still burning last night, but we have had heavy rain overnight and today. Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors in Sevier County.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Battle of Spring Hill

On November 29, 1864, the Confederate Army of Tennessee under Lt. General John Bell Hood attacked Union troops commanded by Major General John M. Schofield at Spring Hill, Tennessee. The Confederate forces were unable to prevent Schofield from reaching fortifications at Franklin.

Monday, November 28, 2016

South Jupiter

This image, taken by the Juno spacecraft, shows clouds near Jupiter's south pole. (Via Astronomy Picture of the Day)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Day of Feasting

Grams and Joey came in Wednesday afternoon from Nashville, and they accompanied Sherry to Asheville Thanksgiving Day to see Jake. We're having our Thanksgiving meal today, and I put the turkey in the oven at 4:30 a.m. so that it will be ready to serve at midday. We're going also going to make mashed potatoes, cheese peas and deviled eggs, and Sherry's going to make her raspberry jello salad and possibly pecan pie. Laura and Leslie are going to work around that. For dessert, we got a gluten-free carrot cake from Lambert's Pie Shop to accommodate Mom, and we have ice cream and whipped cream to top it with. The food coma awaits us with open arms.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Chris P. Bacon

Our friends Tom and Denise recently bought some piglets for their farm. My response to this news was "Yum!" We live in the Hogs and Hominy State, after all. Sherry assumed they were intended to be pets and reprimanded me accordingly, but after visiting the farm this weekend she learned that they will only be pets until such time as they weigh 250 pounds, at which time they will be converted into barbecue, bacon and other tasty pork dishes. Tom has a couple of big cookers on the property, so I suspect a pig pickin' is in their future. I've named this one Chris P. Bacon.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Lightning Strikes

This spectacular photograph of a lightning strike near the Washington Monument was captured in 2003. (Via Earth Science Picture of the Day)