Monday, January 23, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
After traveling last weekend, we are going to enjoy a restful weekend at home this weekend. We have had unseasonably warm temperatures all week, and it is around 50 degrees this morning, so I'm going to begin my day with a trip to the recycling center to empty out our garage after the holidays, which tend to generate a lot of recycling. I have a few items to pick up at the grocery store, but I won't have much since I bought a big load of groceries on Monday to stock us up. I have a couple of ham hocks leftover from Honeybaked hams we had over the holidays, so I think I'm going to make a batch of Senate bean soup to have on hand for lunches. We are expecting rain for the weekend, beginning later this morning, so I need to get a move on to get my errands done before it starts. It will be a good weekend for domestic activities.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Book Review -- "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf
"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf. The authors alert the reader at the beginning of the book that it is not a chronological biography of Jefferson, which I found somewhat disappointing, since that was what I was expecting. It was, however, a scholarly study of various aspects of his life, especially his family and personal life. While I was and am more interested in his public life, I enjoyed the audiobook.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina. This was on the heels of another British defeat at the Battle of Kings Mountain the preceding October and eventually led to the Battle of Yorktown, which ended the war for all intents and purposes.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Monday, January 9, 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Cozy Creek up on Flat Branch Road between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. The neighbors checked on the place for them, and no pipes froze. They said they got around eight inches.
La and Grace
Saturday, January 7, 2017
This is the view looking west on Forest Avenue in front of our house. You can tell that cars have passed, but the snowplows haven't made it through yet to begin clearing it. Cars have been traveling on East Broadway since early this morning.
Blackberry Farm in beautiful Walland. Before she started there we went to Little River Outfitters and bought her some high-tech winter gear, which she really needed. Fortunately, she has a coworker with a four-wheel drive vehicle, and they and another coworker met at the justice center and carpooled this morning.
Whale's Rib, where another high school friend, John Penland, took me to have them back in the 1980's. Les reports that it is 72 degrees in South Florida and that she and Mark are about to go for a walk on the beach. Nothing beats southern Florida in the winter when you know there's snow and cold weather back home.