Saturday, November 29, 2014

Antique Archaeology in Winchester

The Winchester Herald Chronicle reported last week that a van with the Antique Archaeology logo on it parked on the courthouse square for a couple of hours.  Word quickly spread around town, and local folks were on the prowl for Mike and Frank from the American Pickers television show.  It turned out to be a scout from the Nashville Antique Archaeology store checking out John T's BBQ for the show.  The restaurant displays antiques as well as cooking barbecue, so it seems a good fit for the show.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Sherry wielded the electric carving knife for the first time this Thanksgiving inasmuch as I cut my thumb open on the aluminum foil box earlier this week.
With Laura and Stewart visiting with his family in Canada during the holiday weekend and Jake and Joey in Florida visiting with their stepmom's family, Mom and Leslie were our only Thanksgiving guests this year.  We sent them both home with plenty of leftovers, and we have plenty as well.  Since we traveled to Nashville last weekend, we have nothing planned for the rest of the long weekend, except typical weekend errands.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just put our turkey in the oven, and Sherry made her sweet potato casserole, cranberry congealed salad and a pecan pie yesterday afternoon.  I plan to make my second attempt at John's mac and cheese recipe, this time a full batch, and Les is bringing stuffing, corn casserole and cheese peas, so no one will have an excuse for being hungry today at our house.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Field Trip to Museum of Appalachia

Last week I received a call at work from a teacher's assistant at Sarah's school asking if I would agree to serve as a chaperone for the fifth grade field trip to the Museum of Appalachia.  I suspect that Sarah, who had been lobbying me to go on this trip volunteered me, and I said I would be willing to serve.  Sarah and I visited the museum four years ago, and enjoyed it, and this visit was also fun and interesting.
I drove separately and arrived about ten minutes before three busloads of fifth graders lined up to go inside.  I was in charge of twelve kids, but a nice teacher took pity on me and agreed to merge our groups into one large one.
This is a guitar made out of a toilet seat, something I missed during our last visit.  I simply must have one.  We got to hear some good live bluegrass, and one fellow played "Amazing Grace" on a fiddle made out of a gourd.  I would love to hear what the toilet seat guitar sounds like.
There are a variety of critters wandering the premises or in pens, including several peacocks.
The teachers wisely admonished the children that they were not to pet or otherwise touch any of the animals at the museum.  Since I arrived before the buses, I was able to make the acquaintance of this very friendly barn cat.  If Sherry had been there, all touring of the museum would have ended for her, and she would have spent the rest of the visit with the cat.
We took a break for lunch at 11:30 a.m., and all the kids gathered at the pavilion and the field behind the gift shop.  I neglected to pack drinks for Sarah and me, and so I went back into the gift shop to buy us a couple of soft drinks.  I was surprised to encounter my friends Kelly and Lisa from our sheriff's department coming in the front door.  I worked with both of them during my year in the D.A.'s office, and they are both fine officers and good people.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tenth Anniversary of Grandmother Ogle's Passing

Today is the tenth anniversary of the death of my paternal grandmother, Willie J. "Bill" Spencer Ogle, on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2004.  Grandmother is seated at left next to Granddaddy's sister Ruby with Granddaddy standing behind them.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Restaurant Review -- Copeland's of Kingston, Kingston, Tennessee

Sarah and I stopped for lunch at Copeland's of Kingston, 104 Martin Street, Kingston, Tennessee, on our way to Estill Springs earlier this month.  It is a small restaurant decorated with a 1950's motif, and the kitchen is open to the dining area so that you can watch your meal being prepared.  I had their delicious Chicken Cheesesteak sandwich with their homemade potato chips, and Sarah had chicken tenders and fries.  We shared a serving of banana pudding, which was plenty.  The total was around $28.00.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Early Thanksgiving in Nashville

Jake and Joey plan to visit Florida next weekend during Thanksgiving, so we traveled to Nashville this weekend for an early Thanksgiving celebration with them and Grams.  Grams had two bags of birthday loot for Sarah, as well as this birthday cake.
Every September since I was appointed Clerk and Master, I have visited Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee, for the fall meeting of the Tennessee State Court Clerks Conference.  I enjoy the conferences, and I learn a lot from the classes and benefit from the insights and experience of my fellow court clerks, many of whom have served for decades.  I always miss my womenfolk when I am away, and I was very pleased that we could stay at the park's inn during our visit to Middle Tennessee this weekend.  This is Sarah on the observation platform, with Acorn Lake in the background.
The observation platform runs from the park's restaurant to a staircase down to the lake, and Sarah and I climbed down the stairs to visit the geese, who are seen swimming away behind Sarah.

Sherry's been missing her boys.
Grams likes to take a family photo with her grandkids to send out as a Christmas card.  After the kids and Sherry posed for that shot, Grams took this one of us.
We had lunch Saturday at McCabe Pub, one of our favorite Nashville eateries.  They make an excellent meat loaf, which they also serve as a sandwich.  I get that sandwich almost every time I go there, and Saturday was no exception.
Grams lives on a bluff above the mighty Cumberland River, and we see tugboats pushing barges upriver from time to time.  I like to imagine what it would be like to work on one of those boats.  You would certainly get to see a lot of pretty scenery.

My cousin Elena's daughter Kelle recently moved to Nashville, and we met her at another of our favorite restaurants, U.S. Border Cantina, for supper yesterday evening.  She and Sarah really hit it off at a family reunion we had up in Roanoke, Virginia, when Sarah was only four.  They are second cousins, and Kelle and I are first cousins once removed.
Sarah and I got up early this morning and walked around the playground and the lake until the sun came up, and by the time we got back to our room Sherry was ready to get up and hit the road.  We stopped at the Waffle House on Charlotte Pike near Grams house and had breakfast.  One of the ladies who works there, Ms. Anita, has been there, or at the other Waffle House location in Bellevue, since before Sarah was born, and we love the Waffle House.  She always comments on how Sarah has grown since she last saw her.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Assassination of JFK

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.  I was just shy of three months old.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Restaurant Review -- Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, Clearwater, Florida

During our Florida trip in October, we dined at Frenchy's Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Florida, after enjoying the Sunset Celebration and a walk up the beach from the pier.  It was a busy night, so there was a 45 minute wait.  They also had a live band, which was festive.
Sarah got this balloon turtle from one of the folks on the pier.
My cousin Cara ate an octopus for supper.  You don't see that all that often in Tennessee.  I went for the cheeseburger, which was delicious.
As you can see, the weather for this particular outing was wonderful, and Clearwater has a very wide beach, which made me think of Daytona, on the other side of the Florida peninsula.
We parked at the parking lot near the pier, and walked down the beach to Frenchy's as the sun set.
 A lot of cousins!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Sisters Visit Oakes Farm, Corryton, Tennessee

My sisters and niece recently visited the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Oakes Farm in Corryton, Tennessee. I've never been there, but it looks like it was fun.  Here, Grace and Auntie Les pose with pumpkins and hay bales.
Mother Laura and Grace pose with some massive pumpkins.

This snapshot made me think of Genty's Farm in Franklin, Tennessee, where we selected our pumpkins when we lived in the Nashville suburb of Bellevue because of all of the pumpkins being put out in the field by size for customers to look over.
Leslie and Grace pose in front of what looks like a field of battle from which many pumpkins departed for the Great Pumpkin Patch in the Sky.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address during the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery.  This photo of Lincoln was taken prior to his address.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Happy Birthday, Gals!

Today is Sarah's 11th birthday.  She's grown a lot since this photo was taken six years ago, and so has Molly the cat!

Today is also my sisters' birthday, although at Laura and Leslie's advanced age, I will not disclose which birthday.  Happy birthday, gals!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Elizabeth I

On November 17, 1558, Elizabeth I became Queen of England.  She was the only child of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sarah's Birthday Party

Yesterday we hosted a birthday party for Sarah, who will be eleven years old on Tuesday.  We had fifteen children and eight adults in attendance, so we had a houseful, and it was a lot of fun for young and old alike.  Sarah is reading the Harry Potter books, and after dressing as the boy wizard for Halloween she decided that she wanted a Hogwarts theme for her birthday party.  Sherry even bought the kid a new wizard hat to go with her cloak.
I think that Sherry was as excited about this birthday party as Sarah was.  To save the expense of buying a birthday cake from a local baker, we made these owl cupcakes.  The eyes and eyebrows are sandwich cookies (We used Oreos.), the pupils are M&M's and the beaks were either almonds or M&M's.  (We had a couple of attendees with almond allergies, so I'm glad we had both.)  Sherry also made some Rotel and Velveeta dip, and we had plenty of hot dogs and chips on hand for lunch.
While is was in the mid-40's yesterday, the kids found there way outside to burn off some sugar.  I suggested that they rake a leaf pile to jump in, and they raked half of my backyard!  Most of the kids dressed for the occasion, and I was impressed by how many of them had Harry Potter wands, cloaks and other props.  Our neighbor Jamie even had Dumbledore's phoenix Fawkes.
The Alcoa Kroger store sells dry ice at $1.25 a pound, so I bought a four and a half pound bag of it.  We kept a witch's caldron smoking with it during the whole party, which was longer than I thought it would last, and we put little pieces in my Erlenmeyer flasks for display on the dining room table.  The dry ice was a big hit.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Restaurant Review -- Mama's Greek Cuisine, Tarpon Springs, Florida

During out visit to the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs, Florida, we had lunch at Mama's Greek Cuisine, a busy little diner on Dodecanese Boulevard.  I, of course, went immediately for the Pastitso, which is usually described as Greek Lasagna and which I've loved from the annual Greekfest over in Knoxville.  I was not disappointed.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary

During our recent visit to Florida we visited the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor.
The chimpanzees got a snack of fresh fruit as soon as we got there.  Frighteningly, one of them attacked a volunteer at the sanctuary in 2011.
This little squirrel monkey was interesting to watch.
Primates are not the only inhabitants of the sanctuary.  They had a couple of little alligators with their mouths taped shut so visitors could handle them.

These lemurs were enjoying their snacks.
More Obligatory Florida alligators.
 Some of the primates can be overly friendly.