Saturday, November 30, 2013

Battle of Franklin

The same opposing armies that fought the Battle of Spring Hill fought in nearby Williamson County, Tennessee, the next day, November 30, 1864, in the Battle of Franklin.  The Confederate Army of Tennessee lost half its men and was largely eliminated as a threat to Union forces.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Battle of Spring Hill

On November 29, 1864, the Confederate Army of Tennessee commanded by Lt. General John Bell Hood (on right) attacked Union forces commanded by Major General John Schofield (on left) in the Battle of Spring Hill in Middle Tennessee.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giving Thanks

Thank you Lord for thinkin' about me.  I'm alive and doin' fine!  Mom and Les and La just left after  our Ogle Thanksgiving feast here at our place on the hill.  I am thankful for many things, not the least of which is my wonderful family.

MORE:  "Alice's Restaurant," because it is necessary for a proper Thanksgiving.  We here at Boongablogger hope that yours is joyful.

Thanksgiving 1970

Here's Mom serving up some Thanksgiving dinner to my sisters, who had just turned five, at Grandmother and Grandpa Isenhour's house in Hickory, North Carolina in 1970.
Here's Dad hanging out with his three kids, plus cousin Julie, at Uncle Mack and Aunt Nancy's house during the same trip.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

First Snow of the Season

When I woke up this morning, snow was falling here in East Tennessee.  It did not stick to the roads, but it covered grassy areas enough to be pretty.  Here's our front yard and a view of Forest Avenue looking east this morning before dawn.

It was about 34 degrees Fahrenheit when I got home from the office this afternoon, and the melting snow had formed icicles on our veranda.

Who Lives In a Pineapple Under the Sea?

I was getting ready to cut up this pineapple for Sherry, and I turned around to find it inhabited by undersea creatures.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Comet ISON

According to NASA, comet ISON will swing around our sun on Thanksgiving Day.  If the sun does not destroy the comet, it should be visible here in North America for us to enjoy after our Thanksgiving feasts.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Let's Go Peay!

We learned today that my stepson Joey has been admitted to Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.  We are quite proud of the lad, and I suspect that a "Let's Go Peay!" T-shirt will find its way under the Christmas tree for him this year.  Congrats to Joey!

Ricardo Montalban's Birthday

Today is Ricardo Montalban's birthday.  To commemorate the occasion, here is a link to an interview with the actor discussing the transition from Mr. Roarke of Fantasy Island, to the vengeful Khan from The Wrath of Khan.  Montalban passed away in 2009.


UPDATE:  Check out KHANAAS, or Khan As a Service, which allows one to have Captain Kirk (or Spock) scream "Khan" or whatever else one wants.  Just delete "khan" from the end and substitute whatever name you want in its place.  The internet is a strange and wonderful place.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Deep Freeze

It is a cold weekend here in East Tennessee.  Yesterday was dreary and rainy, and today is clear and cold.  It was in the low 20's when I woke up this morning.  Brrrr!

We went out to breakfast at the Midland, and stopped by Wal-Mart to buy Sarah a cover for the Nexus tablet that Mom gave Sarah for her birthday.  I do not think we will venture out again today, and that we will enjoy our nice, warm house.  The weather isn't supposed to be much better next week.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Death of Blackbeard

Edward Teach, the English pirate known as Blackbeard, was killed on November 22, 1718, aboard ship off Ocracoke Island, North Carolina.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

R.I.P. Professor Paine

Donald F. Paine, one of my favorite law school professors at the University of Tennessee, died this week.  The Tennessee legal community is mourning the loss of a wonderful human being, and an exemplary attorney, teacher and writer.

Other former UT law school students will remember Professor Paine as a man of humor and humility, who made his classes entertaining and interesting by among other things, cross-examining a giant stuffed panda ("Buddy Bear") and playing guitar in class.  He also had a big crush on Emmylou Harris.

When I took his evidence class he wanted to do something special for the last day of class and inquired if any of us lived in an apartment complex with a pool.  I volunteered the pool at Londontown Apartments, where I lived during law school, and my landlady obligingly agreed.
Professor Paine arrived that morning with donuts for his students, Buddy Bear and a guitar, along with his lesson plan, and he gave his lecture with his class gathered around the swimming pool.  After class Professor Paine broke out his guitar, and most of the class spent the day by the pool enjoying song and sun.  The good professor bought Buddy's barbecue for lunch, and sent flowers to my landlady to thank her for allowing his class the use of the swimming pool.  No one could ask for a cooler prof.

He continued to teach me, and many other lawyers, even after we graduated law school and were admitted to practice.  I knew him for over twenty years, and every time I called  him over the years with an arcane legal issue he not only took the call, but he unfailingly provided valuable advice and insight with enthusiasm.  Many attorneys know him from the annual Tennessee Law Institute as well.  We have lost a wonderful man, and an outstanding legal scholar.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

USS Enterprise, NCC-1701

This is the model of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, that was used in the production of the classic Star Trek series.  Here's an article about its history.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Birthday Pictures

Here are a few photos from the birthday weekend.  Sarah asked for an ice cream cake for her party.
I clerked for the Lewis King law firm in Knoxville when I was studying for the bar exam.  They had a miniature of this statue on their conference room table, which I always thought was pretty cool.
We drove to downtown Knoxville Sunday to meet my sisters, who share Sarah's birthday, for a late lunch at Nama.  Unfortunately, when we got to the downtown Nama we learned that everyone else was at the Bearden location.  A storm blew through, so we had our lunch downtown, and they drove out to Bearden in time to have dessert with the family.
Sarah and Grace pose with birthday loot in the background.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Happy Birthday to My Sisters!

Sarah shares her birthdays with her aunties, shown here at the age of five, my sisters Leslie (left) and Laura (right).  They are, of course, identical twins, as this picture shows.  The other kids in the picture are our Albamonte cousins, our cousin Julie (behind Laura) and me (behind Julie).

Happy birthday L&L!

Happy Birthday, Sarah!

I wish a very happy birthday to my daughter Sarah, who is ten years old today!  It seems like waiting for her arrival in that hospital room in Nashville was just yesterday.  This is her third grade school photograph.  Time flies when you're raising kids.
This is Sarah crawling around the condo on her first trip to Seagrove Beach.  She was about seven months old in this snapshot.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Birthday Sleepover

Sarah has been lobbying her mother and me for some time to let her have a sleepover with some of her friends, something I have anticipated with some amount of apprehension if not outright fear.  Despite my trepidation, she had her first sleepover last night for her tenth birthday, which is tomorrow.  We had five guests, although one of the girls did not stay overnight, and the event went well.

Kids started arriving at 4:30 p.m., and once everyone was here and toured the house, they went into the yard and driveway to play, which burned off some energy.  After they ran around outside for a while, we fed them pizza and cake, and Sarah opened her gifts.  Shortly thereafter, the kids went upstairs to watch a movie, and I must say everyone was very well-behaved.

Sarah was the first child to awaken this morning, and she went to work cooking blue pancakes for her friends for breakfast.  We also had a nice, big cinnamon roll Sherry bought as part of a fundraiser, and it was a big hit, too.  Moms began arriving at 10:00 a.m. this morning to collect their daughters, and the only evidence of the sleepover is the popcorn on the rug behind me, which Sarah will be vacuuming shortly.  We are still due to meet Mom and Leslie and Laura for a late birthday lunch (My sisters and daughter share November 18 birthdays.), so we will have had a busy weekend when all is said and done.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

More Pancakes!

Sarah is a member of The Primary Players Children's Theatre Group here in Blount County, and they had a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. this morning at Applebee's on Airport Highway in Alcoa.  The kids waited and bussed tables, and the adults worked the kitchen, though Applebee's staff did the cooking for us.  I haven't worked in a restaurant kitchen since I was eighteen years old at McDonalds, so it brought back a lot of memories.  It was an enjoyable morning.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sherman's March to the Sea

On November 15, 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman began his March to the Sea, which began with the destruction of Atlanta and culminating in the capture of the port city of Savannah in Georgia.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mac and Cheese Pancakes

This is the most sinister use of Mac and Cheese I've ever seen.  My sisters, dedicated lovers of M&C,  will take over the Earth if they find this recipe.  I provide it here, but disclaim the consequences.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Purple Pancakes and Sausage Balls

Sarah is becoming quite the kitchen helper.  Last weekend she wanted to cook pancakes, and she decided to add food coloring to make them purple.
She cooked up a big batch, so she can have them for breakfast this week.  She also put her organizational skills to work and organized our Tupperware, which needed it badly.

Although strangely hued, the purple pancakes were very good.  Sarah has also learned to make sausage balls, which are a family favorite.  The recipe calls for three cups of flour, two cups shredded sharp cheddar and a pound of hot Tennessee Pride sausage. Form into balls a bit smaller than a golf ball, and place on greased baking sheet.  Press half an olive into the top of each one, and cook at 350 degrees for twenty minutes.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

They Have a Cave Troll!

Sarah had her Littlest Pet Shop guys out the other day, and I thought I'd bring the cave troll down out of the boys' room to visit them.  This is far more horrifying than a band of orcs.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day!

On November 11, 1918, an armistice was declared ending hostilities in the Great War, which we now call World War I.  In this photograph, American soldiers in France await news of the armistice.  For many years the celebration of the event was called Armistice Day, but we now celebrate the holiday as Veterans Day.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

How to Geek Your Kid

My good lady wife sent me a text to let me know she is underway from Nashville. We've missed her this weekend.  Yesterday, Sarah and I watched the UT/Auburn game, and then watched The Hobbit.  I brought out my old copy of the book, which Mom bought me when I was a kid, and suggested that the child read it.  She started it last night, and spent half the morning playing her Lord of the Rings video game.  I was working on the computer, and Sarah turned off her game and went downstairs.  After ten minutes or so I went down to check on her, and she was in her room and on page 45 of The Hobbit.

When Sherry goes out of town, Sarah gets the tomboy/geek treatment.

Way Back Machine

I've been scanning some old photographs, so it is time for a trip aboard Mr. Peabody's Way Back Machine this morning for some family history.
Sarah poses in the rain in the driveway of the rental we stayed in for the first year after we moved from Nashville to Maryville.  She was four.
Sarah's cousin Grace models a hand-me-down dress from Sarah.  I would guess she's around two here.  We'll have another sack full of clothes for her after Sherry goes through Sarah's winter clothes.
I think this was probably taken before Sarah was born.  Joey and Jake are probably about eight in this soccer picture, which is why their hair is green and pink, respectively.
A young Sherry demonstrates teen angst.
My sister Laura is about five in this picture.  In Leslie's school photo that year she had forty-seven stitches in her face from a dog attack.
Back in the mists of time, we find my studious mother.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Saturday On the Hill

Sherry is in Nashville this weekend visiting with Jake and Joey and Grams, and Sarah and I are holding down the fort here at the house.  We are celebrating Sarah's birthday next weekend, and so she and I have been cleaning house for her guests.  We plan to do some cooking this weekend as well, and we'll tune in the Vols game at noon.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Magician's Card

When I was a kid, I was interested in magic because I have an older cousin, George, who was good at slight of hand.   There was also a kid in my neighborhood who did magic tricks, and I have a friend, Jonathon, who taught me a lot.  He and another junior high school classmate collaborated on the artwork that adorns my first business card.  I was probably twelve or thirteen.  My thanks to another older cousin, Michael, for posting the image from out in California.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

'Bama White Barbecue Sauce

Despite my Ogle ancestors having lived near the Alabama state line in Franklin and Coffee Counties in Middle Tennessee for generations, I had never heard of Alabama White Barbecue Sauce until I read about it on Nashville's Eat. Drink. Smile.  I'll have to give it a whirl.

UPDATE:  The recipe calls for Creole Mustard, which Zatarain's sells commercially, but you can make that at home, too, if you can obtain the brown mustard seeds.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Restaurant Review -- Sissy's Ole Country House Family Cafe, Elk Park, North Carolina

We had breakfast recently at Sissy's Ole Country House Family Cafe, 8060 North Highway 19E, Elk Park, North Carolina.  Every time we passed the place at meal time, the parking lot was full, and we found good service and a good country breakfast at a reasonable price.   You could tell it was a local favorite.
When Mom lived in Blowing Rock, North Carolina in the Eighties, I usually took Highway 321 from Elizabethton to Blowing Rock.  On a few occasions I traveled on Highway 19E from Banner Elk to Elizabethton, and this horse has been perched on this building since then.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Nina, Pinta and Fuzzie's Birthday

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta were anchored at Calhoun's on the River in Knoxville a few weekends ago, and we toured the ships before meeting a big group at the restaurant for Frazier's birthday.
You can see cranes on the Henley Bridge in the background of this family shot.
The Fraziers pose inside Calhouns.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fall Walk at Look Rock

Sherry, Sarah and I took the short drive up Foothills Parkway to Look Rock campground this weekend for a walkabout.  It is one of our favorites, and we were sad that it did not open this year.  The last time I camped there was last October, when the campground was packed with campers.  When the National Park Service is able to reopen the campground, there will be plenty of firewood, including a big tree down in the road shortly after you pass the first few camp sites.
The road to exit the campground was covered in brown and yellow leaves.  Wild geraniums grow along the right bank in the spring, and there are some pretty ferns along the road here as well.
I rested the camera on the concrete water fountain in front of the ranger station to take this timed snapshot.  It was a nice fall day in East Tennessee.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Clocks and Smoke Detectors

Daylight Saving Time ended last night here in the United States, so it is time to move the clocks back an hour if you haven't done so already.  It is also time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Trick Or Treat!

Sarah dressed as a pirate for Halloween this year.
We started our walk behind the Everett Rec Center.
Sarah's friend Jamie and her mom joined us for the expedition.
As you can see, the fall foliage is at peak color here in the valley.
Moms Anita and Sherry keep an eye on the trick-or-treaters.