Friday, July 22, 2016

Lost Colony of Roanoke

On August 22, 1587, a second voyage to establish an English colony at Roanoke in what is now North Carolina arrived after an earlier, failed attempt. When an English ship returned to Roanoke in 1590, the settlement was abandoned. We know this as the Lost Colony of Roanoke because there has never been a satisfactory explanation of what happened to more than one hundred people. The only clue was the word "CROATOAN" carved in a fence post. Nearby Croatoan Island was not searched due to a brewing storm.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Here's a Throwback Thursday picture of Sarah sporting some very dark shades when she was around three years old.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Deck Painting Project

These pictures document our deck maintenance project at the Camp last weekend. As you can see, it needed pressure washing pretty bad. We got that part done Friday afternoon.
I got up early Saturday morning and bought paint and supplies from Home Depot. This is the deck after pressure washing and just before we got started with the paint.
A work in progress.
The finished deck, ready for the rest of the season.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Rome Burns

Torches of Nero, by  Henryk Siemiradzki

On July 18 and 19, 64 A.D., the Roman city of Rome burned in what is now called the Great Fire of Rome. This is the fire where the Emperor Nero "fiddled while Rome burned." Several accounts blame him for the fire, including one in which he blames the fire on Christians living in the city, causing the city's first persecution of Christians.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Middle Tennessee Summer Weekend

We spent the weekend in Middle Tennessee, beginning with a trip to Nashville to see Flight of the Conchords, an act Sherry bought tickets for a couple of months ago. She's a big fan and has wanted to see them for the past couple of years. I would describe them as a musical comedy act, and they are very entertaining.  Like Monte Python, they are an acquired taste. It kind of takes you time to get in on the joke. Before the show, we had supper at Rock Bottom restaurant. I took these photos from where we dined on their upstairs patio. Above is a view of the Nissan Stadium with the Cumberland River in front of it.
This is the view up Broadway from our seats.
It is not unusual for us to see tugboats at Grams house in west Nashville, where she lives on a bluff high above the Cumberland, but I don't get to see them on the river downtown very often any more.

We woke up the morning after the show and drove to Grandmother and Granddaddy's cabin in Estill Springs, which we lovingly refer to as The Camp. My hope was to at least pressure wash the deck out there and to perhaps begin painting it, but Sherry, Sarah and I put two coats on it and polished off that project completely. Despite some hard work, we still had sufficient down time to enjoy hanging out in lawn chairs in the middle of the creek. I'll put up some pictures from The Camp in the days to come.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pyrocumulus Clouds

This is an image capturing pyrocumulas clouds over the State of Utah. (Via Earth Science Picture of the Day)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Apollo/Soyuz Mission

On July 15, 1975, dual launches of an Apollo spacecraft and a Soyuz spacecraft began the cooperative Apollo/Soyuz mission between the United States and the Soviet Union that signaled an end to the space race on the 50's and 60's. It was the last Apollo launch, using a leftover spacecraft from the discontinued program.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's Throwback Thursday picture, here's a picture of Sarah and friend in Slidell, Louisiana, where we did a swamp boat tour during our 2011 trip to New Orleans.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ta Ta Creek

Laura, Stewart and Grace were in British Columbia in Canada last week. This is a picture they sent us of mountains above Ta Ta Creek. (Sarah used to call herself "Ta Ta" when she was little, and she could be quite adamant about it.)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Death of Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton died on July 12, 1804, from the gunshot wound he received from Aaron Burr in a duel the preceding day. Hamilton was born on January 11, 1757, on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies. He was an important aide to General George Washington during the Revolutionary Way, and he served as his first Secretary of the Treasury.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Duel Between Hamilton and Burr

On July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr fought their famous duel, in which Hamilton was mortally wounded.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

'Possum Patrol

After feeding our cats this morning, I let one of them, Molly, outside. I went onto the back deck to scan the back yard and driveway for her, and I spotted a rather large opossum waddling along the fence in my neighbor's back yard. His trajectory led him into our yard just as Sarah was getting out of bed, so I went in to tell her to come out and see him. By the time we got back to the deck, he'd moved on from our yard, but Sarah spotted him heading along the same course, essentially following the property line skirting a small forested area. I still haven't spotted Molly, though.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Saturday in Maryville

Sherry is in Nashville this weekend visiting with her mother and Jake and Joey, while Sarah and I hold down the fort here at home. We went out for breakfast and then, after a brief walk at the Greenbelt Park, went to the library so I could check out an audiobook to listen to in my car.

Sarah's Auntie Les is going to pick her up in a little while and take her to West Town Mall for some lunch, shopping and to see the movie The BFG, which is based on the book by Roald Dahl.

Friday, July 8, 2016