Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

The bracket that used to hold our flag pole on the front of our house is so old and rusted it can no longer hold the flag up.  I bought a couple of flag pole kits last weekend, and I put them on the deck yesterday morning.  It is the first time I've been able to display the Tennessee flag in a long time, camping trips excepted.  I'm very pleased.

We lunched at Flaherty's yesterday in celebration of my birthday, and then had a good group come over to the house afterward, so we got to show off our newly stained deck.  Sherry has a new card game she's been wanting to play, and she had a big group playing in the living room while others enjoyed the sunshine outside.  We capped off the day watching the Vols put up an impressive showing against Utah State, beating them 38-7.  Sarah even came in and showed an interest in football.  I was amazed.

Today is Labor Day here in the United States, and it is a day we celebrate work by taking a day off.   That's just how we roll here.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Busy Saturday in Maryville

We've been busy today, but are winding down with rain falling outside here on Everett Hill in Maryville.  We had breakfast at Gracie's, did our grocery shopping, and then Sherry helped me put up some light fixtures in our basement.  Sarah has a friend over for a sleepover, and they've been having a good time while Sherry and I have done some household cleaning chores.  We've also cooked a turkey and put together some Turkey and White Bean Chili with some of the meat.  We'll use some for sandwiches, and I've put away about four pounds of it in the freezer in anticipation of making Turkey Tetrazzini at some later date.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Shays Rebellion

On August 29, 1786, Shays Rebellion broke out in central and western Massachusetts.  Delegates would meet in Philadelphia the next summer to create the Constitution of the United States.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Down By the Creek

There is a perfectly watermelon shaped ledge at the bank of the creek on our Estill Springs property right at the area where we like to hang out.  I commented that I wonder how many watermelons have cooled in the water since Grandmother and Granddaddy built the place all those many decades ago.  I assure the dear reader that this is not the first.
My friend Dave Myers coined the term Mediocreminton to describe the variations of Badminton that we play at the Camp.  Leslie and the kids have enjoyed this activity in the creek this season.

Grace built this cool little river city downstream on one of the rocks that washed downstream from where we constructed a dam earlier this year.

Until next time, old friend.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August in Estill Springs

With Sherry in Clarksville and Nashville as Jake and Joey moved into their college dorm rooms last weekend, Sarah and I went down to the Camp, our family cabin in Estill Springs, Tennessee.  Verdant summer foliage abounds at Grandmother Ogle's Hillside Cottage.
Having just finished the staining of our deck at home in Maryville, I was struck by how in need of that our deck at the Camp is.  I'm hoping we can get in a weekend this fall to accomplish that.  Other than that and the raccoon damage, the old place is in pretty good shape.
Sarah and I drove to Estill Springs on Friday, and Laura, Leslie and Grace joined us Saturday around lunch time.  With high temperatures around ninety degrees, we stayed in the creek most of the day.  It was most pleasant.  In this photo, Laura watches Leslie accompanying the children downstream to explore.
La brought a pumpkin to the Camp last October, and we carved a Jack-O-Lantern.  We left it by the fire pit after enjoying it that weekend, and discovered this pumpkin vine growing there last weekend.  It will be very cool if we can carve another Jack-O-Lantern from the fruit of this plant this Halloween season.

It is an unwritten law that we are forbidden to have a family trip to the Camp without playing some form of card game.  This weekend Uno was the game of choice.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chat Lunitique

Sarah keeps shoes in this plastic box under her bed.  It is beyond my ability to comprehend why Molly thinks this is a comfortable place for a nap.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Birthday National Park Service

President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation on August 25, 1916, establishing the National Park Service, which manages our beloved Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dad's Birthday

My father, Phillip Ellis Ogle, was born on August 24, 1937.  Today is his 77th birthday.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dorm Sweet Dorm

Jake and Joey, in the middle, got moved into their dorm rooms at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville on Thursday.  Here they are with their respective roommates, who are friends from Nashville.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cordell Hull Building Dodges the Wrecking Ball

I worked in the Cordell Hull Building, located on Sixth Avenue North in Nashville, when I was an Assistant General Counsel in the central legal office of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.  I liked the building and was disappointed to hear that there were plans to demolish it; however, apparently the building has been spared.

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?"