Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Turn About Is Fair Play

I am at home for lunch, and Sherry just called to say that she is about to get off work for the day. Unfortunately, I have an afternoon docket I have to be in court for, and I already took a half day off on Monday. I guess turn about is fair play.

Shipwreck

Sarah and Friend

Sun Pillar

The column of light in this photograph is a sun pillar, caused by ice crystals catching and reflecting sunlight as they fall. This one is over Lake Norman in North Carolina. The coming year has been designated the International Year of Astronomy.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Short Week

This week is just a three-day work week for Sherry and me, so as of now we're two down with one to go. I had two appointments stand me up this morning, and one of them didn't even call, which is surprising. I spent most of the day reviewing audio and video recordings related to several of my cases. I didn't quite get finished, but I made good progress.

Year End Tasks

I've been working on some year end tasks, and I accomplished one today by closing down my attorney trust account, which I no longer need as an employee of the State. I have to write the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee each year to report on the status of my trust account, and thought it would be a good idea to close it out and then report that fact to the chief justice. I've also recently paid my annual fee to the disciplinary board and taken care of malpractice insurance for 2009. I don't really need the insurance as a State employee, but I still have a couple of open cases to deal with from my private practice. I figure better safe than sorry.

Marbles

Sarah and I were wondering how to play marbles. I found directions here. Believe it or not, there's actually a Land of Marbles website.

Kurdish, Mediterranean, Russian and Thai Food in One Brentwood Strip Mall

One of the cool things about Nashville is the variety of restaurants around the city. Whenever I'm in any city I like to find a restaurant we don't have at home, and there are many unique eateries in our capital city. I just read an interesting article in the Nashville Scene about a strip mall in Brentwood, which is in Williamson County near Nashville, that has restaurants featuring Thai, Kurdish, Russian and Mediterranean food.

Music City Bowl

Vanderbilt plays in the Music City Bowl tomorrow beginning at 2:30 p.m. central time in the stadium formerly known as Adelphia, where the Tennessee Titans play. The stadium is right next to the juvenile center in Nashville, and the influx of fans will make it next to impossible to get into the juvenile center to transact business. It was not unusual for me to make my work plans around events like Titans games and the various foot races that take place in downtown Nashville when we lived there.

Dave Sighting

My friend Dave Myers is in town to see his parents, and he came out to the house yesterday to visit. I was able to take the afternoon off, and La and Grace and Les came out as well. Dave stayed until about supper time, so Sherry also got to see him when she got home from work. We had a nice visit, and the weather was nice so we were able to be outside for a bit to let the kids play. Dave is headed back to his home in suburban Saint Louis today.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Andrew Johnson's 200th Birthday


Today is President Andrew Johnson's 200th birthday. Johnson, of Greeneville, Tennessee, became President upon the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Johnson was the first President to be impeached, though the Senate did not convict him and remove him from office. I visited President Johnson's tailor shop in Greeneville when I was a child on a field trip, and I'd like to take the kids there sometime.

Pretty Present

My lovely wife gave me this gift in November 2003. I treasure them both.

Colts Whip Titans

I usually don't care much who wins when the Titans play the Colts, since I like both teams about equally. Yesterday's game didn't affect either team's situation for the playoffs, and both teams were playing the bench. I watched a bit of the game, which the Colts won 23-0.

Matted Molly

I've been trying to cut mats out of our long-haired calico Molly's fur for a couple of days now. We used to have to take Sherry's beloved Himalayan, Caesar, to the vet twice a year to be groomed. He had very long fur and terrible matting problems. Most vets tranquilize cats before grooming, so it is a procedure we hope to avoid with Molly. Her fur isn't quite as long as Caesar's was.

Appetizer Recipe

This recipe is making the rounds this Christmas. We heard about it from Papa John and Grand Jan and from Mom. We have all the ingredients in the house except the cheese.
Take dates and be sure seed is removed. Split open and insert an almond.
Then put on some feta or Gorgonzola cheese. Wrap tightly in bacon strip and bake
in oven at 325 degrees until bacon is done.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Asteroid Impact

I just ran across this computer generated clip, which is about four minutes long, of an large and unfriendly asteroid colliding with our lovely planet. The video shows the Earth being destroyed as Pink Floyd plays in the background. It is oddly beautiful and horrible all at once.

"There is no dark side of the Moon, really. As a matter of fact it's all dark."

Birthday Gymnastics Party

One of Sarah's classmates from preschool invited her to a birthday gymnastics party. Sherry and Sarah just left for the party, which is at Foothills Gymnastics about five minutes away. Sarah's preschool is at Perpetual Motion School, also about five minutes away and which also has a gymnastics program that Sarah enjoys as a regular part of her curriculum there. It is cool that she gets to explore a different facility today.

Titans Vs. Colts


The University of Tennessee Volunteers did not get invited to play in a bowl game this year, which leaves something of a hole in the holidays for the Vol faithful. The Tennessee Titans play the Indianapolis Colts today, so I may fill some of the void by watching part of that game.

Rain on the Roof

Sarah and I are upstairs, where you can hear the rain on the roof this morning. I have been watching C-SPAN, and she is playing a game on the Noggin website.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Warm December Breezes

We are enjoying an afternoon near 70 degrees Fahrenheit here in Tennessee, and we've used the opportunity to play outside with Sarah a bit this afternoon. We've played with sidewalk chalk and bubbles, and have moved back into the garage and her art center down there. She got a lot of art supplies for Christmas, and we've all been getting creative.

Christmas Tree at the Curb

If you've never set fire to your discarded Christmas tree after it has dried out, I will tell you it is a sight to behold, and it makes you know how horrible it would be if a Christmas tree were to catch fire inside your home. Our rental place we lived in last year had a fire pit, and I set fire to our Christmas tree out there in February. I had some wood and documents to burn and enjoyed an all-day bonfire that began with torching last year's Christmas tree.

We live within the City of Maryville now, and the city will haul our tree away from the curb, where I put this year's tree after we took the decorations off of it this morning. Let us make ready for 2009!

Garage Infested by Faries

Actually, our garage is only infested with one fairy, Tinkerbell, Sarah's favorite. While working on tidying up the garage a few days ago, I found Sarah's flying Tinkerbell toy, as well as the flying bat we bought for the boys. Ever since I showed Tinkerbell to her, she's been nagging me to hang it for her, and I finally did so about an hour ago. The child has yet to exit the garage.

Marie Antoinette

Another warped toy I've enjoyed having is this Marie Antoinette action figure, which comes complete with a head that pops off when you press a button on her back.

Flying Screaming Monkey


I got one of these last Christmas, and I'm still enjoying it. The cats hate it, though.

Cake Wrecks

One of the things I find most interesting about the Internet is that there is a website for just about everything. I just found an excellent example of this in Cake Wrecks, a website dedicated to professionally made cakes that have gone horribly wrong.

Curbside Recycling Coming to Bellevue

Bellevue, the area in Nashville where we used to live, is going to begin curbside recycling in 2009. Recycling will be on a voluntary basis, and it will cost an extra $10.00 per month on the trash bill. The recycling bins at the Harpeth soccer fields are the second most used in the city. The bins at Hillsboro High School, Sherry's alma mater, are the most used.

Meanwhile, here on Forest Avenue in Maryville, we continue our recycling program, and I have a carload to take over to the Food City bins on East Broadway Avenue waiting for me in the garage.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Saint Stephen's Day


Today is Saint Stephen's Day, which is celebrated as Boxing Day in Canada, England and other countries. He was the first Christian martyr (Acts 7).

A Few Snapshots of Christmas 2008

Molly snoozes beneath our Christmas tree.


Sherry and Jake


Joey and Sherry


Sarah and Grace


A picture of me, from Sarah's point of view

Radiator Building

The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne

Still Unpacking Boxes

We moved into this house last March, and I have recently been trying to work my way through those last few boxes that have not yet been opened. These are in the garage and attic, and are mostly my books and some table games. I've been working on the attic this morning, and once I have all of the books out of the boxes I'll have to work on organizing them in some fashion.

Sliding Rock in North Carolina

In discussing Joey and Jake's camping trip yesterday, we talked about an area called Sliding Rock, which is in the Pisgah Ranger District. I have done some exploring in western North Carolina, and I have heard of Sliding Rock, though I've never been. There's video at the link, and information about the place. The pool at the bottom of the slide is eight feet deep, and I'm willing to bet that the water is ice cold in July. It looks like fun!

Ferrelli Men Heading for the Woods

Mark is taking Jake and Joey camping this weekend. They are going with one of the boys' friends and his dad, and from the best I can tell it sounds like they are going to camp somewhere in the Pisgah Ranger District on the other side of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. They were to depart this morning, and we have rain in East Tennessee this morning. It is moving northeast, so hopefully it will be gone before they get to camp.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Back in East Tennessee

We spent the morning at Mark's house enjoying Christmas loot with Joey and Jake. Their dad got them a Nintendo Wii, and it was fun watching them play games on it. It is a game designed to get children off of the sofa and into more aerobic exercise, and it seems to do the trick. Joey in particular was working out with a boxing game that looked like fun. I'm glad the kids will get some good indoor exercise this winter.

Papa John and Grand Jan, Sherry's dad and step mom, joined us for our last gift exchange of the season, and as usual we had a nice visit with them. They're coming here tomorrow to see our home on Forest Avenue, so we're looking forward to entertaining now that we're back at our place. I think we shall cook a ham.

Garden Inspection

Last Friday we had weather in the 60's in Maryville, and so Sarah and I got in a few minutes of play outside. We picked some red berries we found on a bush and planted them in a clay pot, and I pondered spring gardening projects. I saw seeds of plants everywhere, and thought how this time of year would be the time to gather them if one didn't buy seeds from a store.


Someone else was thinking along similar lines here.

Lord of the Rings at the Belcourt Theater

Nashville's Belcourt Theater is presenting an all-day screening of the Lord of the Rings trilogy this Saturday, complete with Middle Earth meals! I don't know that I would sit in a theater all day, even for the Lord of the Rings and good food, but it sounds like a cool event.

Christmas in Winchester

A part of my Christmas ritual during most of my early life has been visiting my father and my Ogle grandparents in Winchester, Tennessee, for the holidays. Dad died in 1993. Granddaddy passed away in 2000, and Grandmother died on Thanksgiving 2004. I suppose I am not unusual in missing them this time of year.

My family moved around a lot when we were kids, and one of the results of this was that Grandmother and Granddaddy's home on North Jefferson Street in Winchester was the only home we had that remained the same throughout our lives. We also had, and still have, their cabin in Estill Springs, but as Grandmother used to say, "Any resemblance between the cabin and a real house is purely coincidental."

Whenever we visited Grandmother and Granddaddy, they always treated us like royalty. Grandmother cooked for a week prior to our arrival, especially during the holidays, and we always had Christmas dinner in her elegant dining room. Their Christmas tree was almost always a cedar tree they cut on the cabin property, and it was always surrounded by loot. The Ogle children never had any doubt about how much we were loved by our grandparents.

Grandmother's sisters, my Aunt Vesta, Aunt Lucy and Aunt Fay, lived nearby, and while all of the sisters were living, they rotated hosting a big family Christmas event. This involved a sort of competition around whose food disappeared most quickly and drew the most compliments. Aunt Lucy was a piano teacher, and we would gather around her to sing Christmas carols. A family favorite was "O Christmas Tree." None of us knew all the lyrics, and we never bothered to learn them. We just kept repeating "O Christmas Tree" to the tune, and this almost always reduced the room to hysterical laughter.

How I miss those Christmas celebrations! I am very thankful to have been blessed with such a loving family and to have such wonderful memories, even as we are building our own Christmas traditions with our children.

Gracie in the Snow

The Grahams are in Edmonton, Canada, for Christmas visiting Stewart's family. In Alberta a white Christmas is almost a given. Here's Gracie walking in the snow.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve in Nashville

We're at Sherry's mom's house, and we've just concluded our exchange of gifts here with Sherry's family. We have weathered a fierce storm, feasted and are now settling in for some quiet time. We saw some icicles hanging from the rocks along the Cumberland Plateau on the way over, but here in Nashville we had a deluge. I'm glad we didn't have to drive in it!

AMC Matador

AMC Matador
I used to drive a beige AMC Hornet. This car is the step-up vehicle. I really don't miss the Beige Hornet all that much.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Vacation!

My Christmas vacation this year is a five-day weekend, which begins today. We're going to move Christmas Eve up one night for opening gifts here at the house, so we are awaiting Santa's visit tonight. We will see what he leaves under the tree tomorrow morning, and then we will drive to Nashville for a Christmas event at Grams' house.

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Recipe I'm Not Brave Enough to Try

I find I like sun-dried tomatoes, but I don't really feel like I know how to use them. This panini sandwich recipe sounds interesting. I don't think I'm brave enough to try to make a sandwich with goat cheese.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Solstice

Today is the winter solstice, which is the shortest day of the year. After today, we begin the long march toward the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Bring on the daylight!

First Haul of Christmas Loot

We ended up with a pretty good haul from our first Christmas gift exchange of the season, and as I suspected, Sarah ended up getting some good art supplies, including some glitter and paint glue pens, which we are using to paint a bird house I've had in the garage to be painted. Jake and Joey got a Spiderman web shooter, which I thought they might be too old for, but judging from the webs all over our back deck and driveway, that wasn't the case. If the Green Goblin shows up over here, we're ready for him.

The boys also got gift cards, and Sherry has taken the kids out to spend them. Her venison stew is in our new crock pot, and this house smells good!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas with the Grahams

We are about to load the kids in the car to head over to La and Stew's place on the Little River for some Christmas festivities before the Grahams head for Edmonton, Canada, tomorrow morning to spend the holidays with Stew's kinfolk. Stew is baking a ham, and we're bringing cheesy potatoes, a sweet potato casserole and a loaf of sourdough bread I baked. Les and Fraz are bringing carrots, deviled eggs and green bean casserole. We will eat well, and will also exchange gifts.

Venison!

Jake brought us some of the venison from the deer he shot several weekends ago, and we now have a good supply of it in our downstairs freezer. Sherry's thawing some out to make us some of her yummy venison and noodles.

Honda Hoot Cancelled

Knoxville has been host to the annual Honda Hoot, an event which has been bringing thousands of motorcycle riders to Knoxville since 2001. Last year the event brought 16,000 people to the area, but American Honda is not having the event this year due to the poor economy. This, of course, is bad news for the local economy, since all of those people were renting hotel rooms and buying meals here. The Honda riders have always been very good visitors and very appreciative of what East Tennessee has to offer, in addition to beautiful and curvy mountain roads. The News Sentinel has the story here.

Sarah and Louie

Louie, our tuxedo cat, went missing shortly after our move last March. I just ran across this photo of Sarah and Louie from last year. He was a good beast.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Scarlet Pond Fairy

Oh please! Could she be any cuter?

Office Christmas Lunch

We had our office Christmas lunch today, and it was very nice. There were twenty-two of us all seated around a big table, and the occasion was quite festive. I ordered from the lunch menu, thinking I was going to eat light, but they brought me a bowl of soup I could have made two meals out of. I'm stuffed on half a sandwich and half a bowl of soup!

Artichokes

We use artichoke hearts in recipes every now and then, but we never buy fresh artichokes. Looking for some new ways to use an artichoke, I found the California Artichoke Advisory Board, and they had a recipe page. I also learned that almost all the artichokes grown in the United States come from California, mostly Monterey County.

New McCartney Album

How did I miss this? I just read in the London Times online that Paul McCartney has a new album, Electric Arguments, coming out. He is putting the album out under the pseudonym "The Fireman." You can check out some music from the album here.

Word of the Day: Pomander

I remember sticking cloves into oranges as a kid and hanging them in the kitchen window over the sink to give the kitchen a nice smell. I did not know that it was called a pomander. Here's what Wikipedia says about pomanders:

A pomander, from French pomme d'ambre,
i.e. apple of amber, is a ball made of perfumes, such as ambergris (whence the name), musk, or civet. The pomander
was worn or carried in a vase, also known by the same name, as a protection
against infection in times of
pestilence or merely as a useful article to modify bad smells. The globular
cases which contained the pomanders were hung from a neck-chain or attached to
the girdle, and were usually perforated and made of gold or silver. Sometimes
they contained several partitions, in each of which was placed a different
perfume. Pomanders were used in the late Middle Ages through the 17th
century.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Good Day of Office Work

This has been a busy week, and since Thursday is an office day for me I've been trying to crank through some of the work I've accumulated while in court this week. This is a never-ending part of a lawyer's life, and it sort of goes with the territory. Since we have two abbreviated weeks coming up over the holidays, I'm striving to keep my office work under control so I don't feel overwhelmed after the New Year weekend, and I expect I'll knock a couple more small projects out this afternoon if nothing out of the ordinary comes up.

Photos from Jane


Our friend Jane passed along these photos, which I just opened, and I thought I would share them here. Below, Jane, Grace and Les pose for a photo op. Above, Sarah admires her Tinkerbell birthday cake.

More Beans

Upon further browsing of the Bush Beans website, I found their recipe pages, which have some interesting recipes. We don't eat a lot of beans at our house, except for chili, and beans are healthy food. I may try to make one of their casseroles.

Sarah at School

Sarah enjoys a cupcake at Perpetual Motion School.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rice Krispies Bacon Treats


Check out the Rice Krispies Bacon Treats from the Ridiculous Food Society of Upstate New York. These things can't be good for you.

Restaurant Review: U.S. Border Cantina, Nashville

Sherry gave me what in our family we call an "eat-your-heart-out call" from Nashville last weekend about dining at one of our favorite Bellevue restaurants, the U.S. Border Cantina, which is about five minutes from where we used to live. Jose', the chef, has some really interesting specialty items on the menu, for instance, trout served with Mexican side dishes. One of the things that first impressed me about the place is that Sherry asked them for enchaladas with verde sauce when it wasn't on the menu, and Jose' accomodated the request. Their prices are reasonable, and their service and food are always good.

Rainy Wednesday

I was in a meeting this morning that fortunately concluded early. It was scheduled to run to 1:00 p.m., and sometimes they run later than scheduled. Today worked out nicely inasmuch as we got through at noon, giving me a lunch hour, which I am enjoying at home, and I will be back to the justice center in plenty of time for my 1:30 docket.

We are experiencing a rainy week here in East Tennessee, though the system has also given us warm temperatures for November. We still need the rain in this part of the United States, but I confess that after a few rainy days I am ready to see sunshine again. I am thankful that I work indoors.

Sarah as Joey

Disturbing

Sound of Music at Tennessee Theater


The Sound of Music is playing at the Tennessee Theater in Knoxville Friday, December 26, at 1 p.m., Sunday, December 28, 1 p.m., Monday, December 29, 1 p.m. and Tuesday, December 30, 1 and 7 p.m. Although I've seen this classic movie countless times, I do not believe I have ever seen it in a theater. It runs almost three hours, though, and that might be a bit long for the kids, especially Sarah, to sit through.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Daube of Beef Leftovers

I've had leftover daube of beef, peas and cheesy potato casserole for lunch two days in a row now. Sherry shames me for eating peas, which are one of my favorite vegatables, so I'm sneaking them to protect her sensibilities.

All I am saying, is give peas a chance.

Mom and Laura and Leslie as Disco Elves

These elves are just getting out of hand. Sarah will like this one.

First Christmas Event

La, Stew, Andrew, who just got home from college for winter break, and Grace are leaving this Sunday to visit Stew and Andrew's kinfolk in Alberta, Canada, and so we're going to exchange gifts with them and have a meal together on Saturday before they go. Laura suggested that she might make a standing rib roast, and I've been encouraging that line of thinking.

Sherry's going to meet Mark in Cookeville Friday after work to pick up Joey and Jake, and they'll be here through Christmas Eve, when we'll all go to Nashville to celebrate with Grams and the rest of Sherry's family. We're going to open Santa's presents around our tree here at the house the morning of Christmas Eve before we head for Middle Tennessee.

Home Sweet Home

This is another image of the Milky Way, taken from high on a mountain in Chile.

Another Tortilla Soup Recipe

I found another Tortilla Soup recipe, this one from the Coconut and Lime blog. We are just finishing the leftovers from the McAllister's Tortilla Soup recipe we made a few weeks ago.

More Elves

Now the Grahams have gone elvish as well.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Hopscotch


I was interested in finding the rules for Hopscotch so Sarah could play in the parking area behind our house. I found this description of the game from a website dedicated to children's games:

Hopscotch is a wonderful hopping game that can be played on a bare patch of ground or on a floorindoors. There are hundreds of variations of the diagram that can be drawn. Use your favorite version to have children play.Use chalk to draw a hopscotch pattern on the ground or use masking tape on a floor. Create a diagram with 8 sections and number them.

Each player has a marker such as a stone, beanbag, bottlecap, shell, button, etc. The first player stands behind the starting line to toss her or his marker in square 1. Hop over square 1 to square 2 and then continue hopping to square 8, turn around, and hop back again. Pause in square 2 to pick up the marker, hop in square 1, and out. Then continue by tossing the stone in square 2.

All hopping is done on one foot unless the hopscotch design is such that two squares are side-by-side. Then two feet can be placed down with one in each square. A player must always hop over any square where a maker has been placed. A player is out if the marker fails to land in the proper square, the hopper steps on a line, the hopper looses balance when bending over to pick up the marker and puts a second hand or footdown, the hopper goes into a square where a marker is, or if a player puts two feet down in a single box.

The player puts the marker in the square where he or she will resume playing on the next turn, and the next player begins. Sometimes a dome-shaped "rest area" is added on one end of the hopscotch pattern where the player can rest for a second or two before hopping back through.

Click here for some thoughts on how big the squares should be.

Fuzzy Elves

Les and Fuzzy have elved themselves.

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Connie Myers sent me this link to the song "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," which I had not heard before. Sarah will love it!

The Center of Our Galaxy

This image, from NASA, is of the center of the Milky Way Galaxy:
At the center of our Milky Way Galaxy lies a supermassive
black hole
. Once a controversial claim, this conclusion is now solidly based on
16 years of observations
that map the orbits of 28 stars very near the
galactic center
.

Christmas Decorations Completed

When Sherry and Sarah got home yesterday, we got our Christmas tree decorated, which was festive. The lights on the outside of the house are cheery and colorful, and the Christmas cards were mailed this weekend. Look out Christmas, here we come!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Inspector

Since things French seem to be the theme of the day here at Boongablogger, I remind readers of The Inspector, whom I just learned was voiced by Pat Harrington, Jr., the guy who played Schneider on One Day at a Time. He also played Oscar opposite Tim Conway as Felix in The Odd Couple, which I saw with my sister Leslie at the Tennessee Theater.

Daubière

The pot one uses to make a daube is called a daubière, like these. I improvised with our crock pot, and paid the price. Next time I will either brown the beef and vegetables in a skillet like a Southerner should, or I will use one of my metal soup pots.


Daube Disaster -- Bottom Falls Out of Crock Pot

My French beef stew project took a turn for the worse when I tried to take the ceramic crock pot I was cooking it in off of the stove to put in the oven, as the recipe recommended. As I lifted the crock pot, the bottom fell out of it, and the stew poured out all over the stove, oven door and floor. I'm lucky I wasn't seriously burned.

Nevertheless, the meal goes on. I was able to save most of the meat, and I still had some stock left, so I'm finishing it off on the stove. We use our crock pot a lot. I can't believe I killed it.

French Beef Stew



I'm busy in the Ogle kitchen this morning preparing a French beef stew, Daube of Beef Provencal. We'll set how it turns out. I'm browning the beef at the moment, and it certainly smells good. I prepared a cheesy potato casserole yesterday to accompany the beef.

Granddaddy's Tackle Box



My Granddaddy Ogle taught me to fish on Tims Ford Reservoir in Middle Tennessee, pictured above. Usually we'd fish on the bank, often under a bridge, but I also remember his neighbor and friend Robert Jones taking us fishing in his boat on occasion. Granddaddy was a rich source of fishing lore, and he knew when the bugs and worms that fish like to eat are in season.
As he grew older, he had to give up fishing, and he gave me his tackle box, its contents and some fishing poles. Five to ten years after he gave me his fishing gear, when he was in his 90's, I brought his gear back to him so he could have a look. I'm sure I also told him a fish story. He remembered many of his old fishing lures, and he said, "I wish we could go fishing like we used to."
Me too, Granddaddy.

More Sea Creatures

Here are some more photos from the Aquarium of the Smokies. It is a very colorful place.