Thursday, August 21, 2014

Off to College

My stepsons, Joey and Jake, are moving into their dormitory rooms today at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.  Sherry has traveled to Middle Tennessee to take part in moving day, a bittersweet experience for her to be sure.  I met her when her boys were five.  They are about ten in the picture above, and they are eighteen in the picture below in which they are posing at their grandmother's house prior to graduation.  It is the beginning of an exciting journey for the lads.  May they have successful and exciting collegiate careers.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tamale History of Knoxville

The Metro Pulse recently ran an article by Jack Neely on the history of tamales in Knoxville.  I first encountered home made tamales as a teenager working at McDonalds.  Betty, a lady I worked with, used to make them for us to give us a break from the hamburgers.  As the article points out, it is not unusual in Knoxville to see someone on a street corner with a cooler full of tamales for sale.  In fact, there's a lady who sets up near Mom's neighborhood off of Western Avenue, and Mom bought some for me that are still in my freezer awaiting their fate.  East Tennesseans have apparently been enjoying them for a long time.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Deck Project Complete

We completed our weekend project, staining our deck.  We ended up putting three coats on most of it.  After we pressure washed the deck several weekends ago, the wood really soaked up the stain.  Once it dried, we brought our recently painted outdoor furniture from the driveway onto the deck, and we grilled pork chops for supper.  It was too hot to eat outside, but we'll get plenty of use out of the deck this fall as things cool down.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Man of the Times

I tend to by old-fashioned, but since it is 2014 I photobombed this selfie Sherry took on the first day of school back in July.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

More Work

Mom came over and went out to Hot Rods with us for lunch yesterday.  It used to be one of our regular breakfast locations around town, but they stopped serving breakfast, which is the meal we are most likely to eat out on weekends.  Fortunately, they still serve their delightful cheese grits at lunch, and they have an extensive menu, which includes gluten-free options for Mom.  Sarah is partial to their spaghetti, and Sherry had her usual patty melt.  I've been wanting to try to make shells and cheese for a while, so I tried their version as an inspiration.  It was quite good, and like most of their entrees it was enough for two meals.  Mom had a big burger on a gluten-free bun.

After we got home and visited with Mom a bit, we tackled our staining project on our deck.  We've finished most of the detail work, but still have some of it left before we can break out the roller.  The deck is in the back of our house up high as Everett Hill drops off into our back yard, so this morning I am to ascend our extension ladder to get the high parts that we could not reach from up above on the deck itself.  Sarah said, "That's sounds dangerous.  Can I watch?"

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Home Improvement Weekend

We are having another home improvement weekend here at our place, specifically staining our wooden deck.  Sherry got home from work at lunch time yesterday and started the detail work.  By the time Sarah and I got home from school and work, Sherry had followed the shade down the stairs, painting as she went.  All three of us worked for a while until Sarah got tired and bored, and Sherry and I used up our first gallon of paint.  I'm hoping we can finish the detail work today and at least get one coat of stain on the deck this weekend.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Battle of Fort Dearborn

On August 15, 1812, Native Americans of the Potawatomi tribe decisively defeated the American garrison at Fort Dearborn.  The Americans called it the Fort Dearborn Massacre.  It is also known as the Battle of Fort Dearborn.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Crab Dip Recipe

The Nobel Pig has a recipe for crab dip, and it sounds like it would be delicious.  I'm always careful with seafood, but I've never had a problem with crab.  I always try to have it when we go down to the beach, and we have a local business in town that brings it up fresh from the gulf.  Maybe we'll try this the next time we entertain.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Threat to Printers Alley?

Some developers in Nashville are planning a fancy hotel at the site of an old hotel on Printers Alley, where I rented office space when I first moved to Nashville.  There are plans to kick some Printers Alley businesses out of their spaces, which has produced a movement to keep the area the way it is.  Nashville Scene has more.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches

The recipe for these lovely brownie ice cream sandwiches is at Smitten Kitchen.  Yum!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Medusa -- Jellyfish Version

This tiny Hydrozoan is a Medusa, named after the mythological monster with snakes for hair.  It is a wee, glowing jellyfish.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Home on the Hill

After our road trip last weekend, we dedicated this one to being at home here in Maryville.  I tackled cleaning our refrigerator yesterday and plan to cook some meat loaf today.  Sherry and Sarah went to see Guardians of the Galaxy with some friends, and Sarah's friend Grace (not her cousin Grace) came over after the movie.  The two girls spent their afternoon weaving rubber band bracelets, which Sarah has been really into for the past week or so.  She made a bunch of them for cousins at the reunion last weekend, and has been making them and giving them away to friends at school all week.

We have talked about driving up to Camp Montvale, which is having an open house today.  I never went to Camp Montvale, although I knew kids who camped there.  My scout troop always went to Camp Pellissippi.  We'll see how our morning unfolds.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Last Reunion Pictures

Here are my last few photographs from the gathering at Aunt Joan's condo in Jefferson Landing after the Yankee John Church reunion last weekend. 

I explained the significance of Skippy and Scarlett the rats last year.  (Scroll to the bottom)
It was a fun trip.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Abbey Road

On August 8, 1969, this photograph that became cover art for the Beatles' Abbey Road was taken by photographer Iain Macmillan.

Thursday, August 7, 2014