Saturday, February 13, 2016

Winter Weekend

We had some decent snowfall yesterday morning, and there's still a bit of snow on the ground, although the streets are clear. Meteorologists predict more winter weather moving in Sunday evening through Monday, so we're bracing for another batch before it warms up again. I'm ready for spring.

Sherry and Sarah just left to go out to lunch with our neighbors. I have a pot of spaghetti sauce on the stove I need to mind, and I'm still pretty full from breakfast. I plan to make lasagna, and we'll have enough spaghetti sauce left after that to enjoy over spaghetti squash. I tried the girls out on spaghetti squash the last time I made sauce, and they both really liked it, somewhat to my surprise (especially Sarah, who tends to be a picky eater). Tomorrow I plan to cook some Senate bean soup for Mom in our pressure cooker with the hock from the Honey Baked ham she bought for Christmas. I have two of them in the freezer downstairs, and will make a batch of soup for myself eventually.

Friday, February 12, 2016

President Lincoln's Birthday

On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky. According to the White House website, Lincoln described the circumstances of his birth and rearing as follows:

"I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families--second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks.... My father ... removed from Kentucky to ... Indiana, in my eighth year.... It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up.... Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher ... but that was all."

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Here is a picture of Sarah from around kindergarten age for today's Throwback Thursday photo. The walls of her room are still purple, but she and her mother are in the process of updating it.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, a season of fasting and prayer leading up to Easter.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Estill Springs Declared Boring

Our local CBS affiliate has an article on its website that lists what someone considers Tennessee's ten most boring places.  It lists our beloved Estill Springs, home to our grandparents' cabin, as the sixth most boring place in the state. My first response was righteous indignation. How dare they besmirch such a wonderful little town! I've certainly had fun every time I've visited, and I've been going there since I was a toddler.

Upon further reflection, maybe it is not such a bad idea that people who don't know some of our state's smaller communities think that they are boring. It wasn't too long ago that you had to walk up to the highway to get cell phone signal at the Camp, something I delighted in until they erected a new tower nearby, and we've only had access to pizza delivery for maybe three or four years. I value that relative isolation as a respite.

If you're looking for nightlife outside of bonfires and lightning bugs, Estill Springs probably isn't for you. Country life and city life are quite different, and while I've lived in mostly suburban settings, I cherish the slower pace and quietude of the woods, and especially our creek, pictured above. Boring? Not if you know what to appreciate.

Beatlemania Begins

On February 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first appearance on American television on the Ed Sullivan Show. An estimated 73 million viewers watched the performance, which helped kick of Beatlemania in the United States.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Stunning Image of Saturn

This stunning picture of Saturn, captured by the Cassini spacecraft, was posted recently on Slate.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Little Mermaid Pics

Sherry and Sarah are back at the Clayton Center for Sarah's final performance in The Little Mermaid, Jr., after a very busy week full of rehearsals and preparations. By all accounts the show has had a good run, and the matinee performance we attended yesterday was well-attended. This is the most prominent role Sarah has had since she joined Primary Players. She played Arista, one of Arial's mermaid sisters, and was thrilled to be surrounded by three and four-year-olds who wanted to pose with her. Her family pried her away from her public adulation for a few shots with family members, including Mom.
Sarah poses with her cousin Grace.
Here's a couple more photographs from the lobby of the Clayton Center, with Leslie above, and Laura below.
We've had a busy weekend to end what for the girls has been a very busy week. Jake spent the week with us, helping out back stage and eventually operating one of the spotlights. Joey and Grams arrived Friday night, and Papa John and Grand Jan, Sherry's dad and stepmom, who traveled from Murfressboro, joined us for the Saturday matinee. Joey had to be back in Clarksville, where he attends Austin Peay State University, by 1:00 p.m., so he, Jake and Grams headed out around 9:00 a..m.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Treaty of Alliance with France

On February 6, 1778, in the midst of the American Revolutionary Way, the Kingdom of France and the United States republic entered into a Treaty of Alliance, bringing a mighty new ally into the war against England. At the same time the parties entered into a Treaty of Amity and Commerce. Both documents were signed in Paris.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Mount Whitney

This is Mount Whitney, which is the tallest mountain in the 48 contiguous states at 14,496 feet above sea level. It is part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central California. (Via Earth Science Picture of the Day)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Today's Throwback Thursday picture is of Mom and Ron, my stepfather, at Mom's house on 4th Street Court NE in Hickory, North Carolina, in the Eighties, which you could probably tell from Mom's hairdo.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Day the Music Died

On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Rtichie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash in Iowa. We know that day as the Day the Music Died.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day, the day otherwise rational Americans indulge in the superstition that a groundhog can predict the end of winter according to whether or not he sees and is frightened by his shadow when he emerges from his burrow. If he does, it is supposed to herald an additional six weeks of winter.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Blue Pontiac Executive

When my sisters and I were kids Grandmother Ogle drove a blue Pontiac Executive like the one pictured above, and when Grandmother and Granddaddy came to visit us that was the car they drove. Granddaddy, a wholesale grocer, traveled to see his customers in and around Franklin County in a Ford Fairlane, which evokes memories of fishing trips in my mind. The blue Executive brings to mind road trips to Florida and to various places up north like Boston, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, New York City, Niagara Falls, Toronto and Gloucester, Massachusetts. We loved to see that car pull in the driveway with our grandparents and all the wonderful goodies they inevitably unloaded, almost always in including a pecan pie or two and usually coconut cake or apricot nectar cake to boot. If they came for Christmas, that car was like Santa's sleigh.

If I had $10,000.00 to throw around I'd buy one.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Illuminati Confirmed

Here are a few more pictures from our recent snow. We are experiencing a wonderfully warm weather pattern for January here in East Tennessee, but I suspect we'll have some more snow before the daffodils start blooming. My womenfolk are visiting Nashville this weekend. Grams is taking Sarah to a musical production of Roald Dahl's Matilida this afternoon at the Tennessee Center for the Performing Arts.

Sarah and her friends have become aware of the Illuminati, and she now sees evidence of the existence of the Illuminati in every triangle she encounters, so I made this in the snow for her.
As Sarah likes to say, "Illuminati confirmed!"
Since Sherry won't be able to leave until after the show, which begins at 1:00 p.m. central time, they won't be home until this evening, leaving me and the home guard of fierce calicoes to hold down the fort. Sarah's performances of The Little Mermaid, Jr., take place next weekend, which means the gals will be at rehearsals or performances every night until the cast party next Sunday. I am looking forward to seeing the performance, but I will be glad to be relieved of my status as a theater widower.