Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Turtles Can Cause Salmonella

CNN recently reported that small pet turtles have been spreading Salmonella, and that children five years old or younger are especially vulnerable to infection. I can attest to that. The only time I have been hospitalized in my life was when I contracted Salmonella from a small pet turtle when I was five. Look at, but don't touch, the little critters.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It is the day we set aside each year to remember our citizens who have served in the armed forces and paid the ultimate price for freedom, and to appreciate those who yet serve. It began in the aftermath of the Civil War as Decoration Day, when survivors decorated the graves of soldiers who perished during that war, and in time it came to be a day to remember all of our military dead.

Duel with Old Hickory and Regret It

On June 30, 1806, Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel in Kentucky (Dueling was illegal in Tennessee.) after Dickinson fired first and hit Jackson in the chest. Dickinson and Jackson had quarreled over a horse race, and worse, Dickinson reportedly insulted Jackson's beloved wife Rachel. Jackson carried the bullet in his chest for the rest of his life.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Holiday Weekend

We ate lunch at Los Amigos Friday, and I snapped this picture of the Greenbelt Lake at the top of the dam. As you can see, the weather has been cooperating so far this Memorial Day weekend, and we enjoyed some of it yesterday at Laura's place on the Little River, where we played in the water and cooked out. I recently bought Sarah a new tube for the summer, along with a much better pump for pumping it up, and she made good use of it in the water. I suspect we'll spend much of today on our back deck, assuming the weather holds.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Vincent Price

Actor Vincent Price was born on May 27, 1911. I was a big horror movie fan as a kid, and Price was known for acting in horror flicks. He had a art degree, and was an art collector, as well as a gourmet cook. He also did a wonderful voice over that begins Alice Cooper's song, "The Black Widow."

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Throwback Thursday

I am the subject of today's Throwback Thursday snapshot. This was taken in the kitchen of my small studio apartment at Londontown Apartments in Knoxville. I suspect this was taken before my hooding ceremony when I graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Law.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spring Trip to Hillside Cottage

Our family gathered at the Camp last weekend to open up the cabin for the season and to evaluate work to be done on the place in the coming months. Sherry, Sarah and I drove in from Maryville Friday evening, and Jake drove down from Nashville, arriving about an hour after we did. Joey joined us Saturday.
We're going to have to address the plant life this season, I suspect. We'd let it grow up and dropped trees around the property to discourage the people across the creek from riding four-wheelers on our property and tearing it up. We met the owner of that house this weekend, and those folks were renters who had torn up his house and land as well.
There's no one happier than a mother with all of her kids in one place, which gets rarer and rarer as they get older.
Jake got out my Sven saw, and all three of the kids worked on cutting firewood for our bonfire down by the creek. I highly recommend the saw, especially for hiking.
We had a first this weekend, at least for us, and had pizza by the creek. We've been able to order pizza from Papa Johns for some years now, but I try to resist it in favor of grilling out. On Saturday afternoon, the will of the group called for pizza by the creek.
Sarah, ever the board game promoter, got us to play Cranium both nights. 

Fishing Polecat Creek

We recently spent some time at Polecat Creek off Louisville Road for Jake to do a bit of local fishing. As you can see, the water was still down.
We packed some sandwiches for a picnic lunch, and Sherry spread a blanket out so she could soak up some sun.
Jake wasn't the only one fishing there. In addition to several other human fishermen, this great blue heron was wading the shallows looking to pick up some lunch.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Grahams Visit Arizona

My sister Laura texted me this picture from the Grand Canyon Sunday morning as we were driving home from our first spring visit to the Camp, our cabin in Estill Springs, Tennessee. Laura, Stewart and Grace were visiting Arizona, where Stewart has been doing contract work, while we were creekside.
Grace and La
The obligatory lone cactus

Grace enjoys a smoothie after enduring a wasp attack. Yikes!
Arizona mountains

UPDATE: Laura sent me a couple more pictures.
Grace acquired a cool ranger hat after completing a junior ranger program. They even swore her in!
Daybreak at the Grand Canyon

Monday, May 23, 2016

Execution of Captain Kidd

On May 23, 1701, Captain William Kidd was hanged for piracy and murder in London.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Family Pics

Here are a few more recent pictures of the family. These were taken at a recent gathering at Mom's house.
Auntie Les with her two nieces
The children of Phil and Wanette Ogle
Sherry and Sarah catch some rays on the patio of the restaurant at Concord Marina over in Knoxville.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Armed Forces Day

Today is Armed Forces Day, a holiday set aside for those of us who live in the United States to appreciate and thanks our fellow citizens who serve in our nation's armed forces.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Enjoying the Deck

Here are a few family snapshots I've taken this spring. As you can see, we are enjoying our refurbished deck out back. Grams bought us a couple of these reclining lawn chairs, and everyone seems to like them. Leslie got comfortable on this particular afternoon.
The umbrella is a nice addition, although you have to be careful with it on a windy day. Sherry wanted the metal flowers, and I bought them for her for Christmas, so they stayed downstairs for several months before she could enjoy them.
Sarah and Grace opted for the X-Box while the adults were talking on the deck.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Throwback Thursday, Dad Edition

We're going way back to the mid-1950's for today's Throwback Thursday picture, my dad, Phillip Ellis Ogle, in one of his yearbooks from Franklin County High School. He was in his junior year, 1954, and he turned 17 that August.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Strawberry Fields Forever

We went out to Rutherford Farms on Saturday to pick strawberries, which they had in great abundance. Our plan was to pick enough to can a dozen pints of preserves, with some extra berries to snack on.
As one would expect, the rows of strawberry plants were very muddy. I wore work boots, but everyone else went barefoot, which in retrospect was a better plan.
Muddy pickers feet
Joey and his girlfriend Abby were in town, passing through to spend a couple of nights up at Laura and Stewart's Buckberry Creek Chalet in Gatlinburg. They got in Friday around 1:00 p.m., and helped us with picking and processing duties until late Saturday afternoon.
We had nice weather, so most of the strawberry processing took place on the deck and under the umbrella. Sarah's friend Catarina came over, so we had six people working on the project, and it went pretty quick.
Ready for canning
Finished product

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Spring Clerks Conference

While Sarah was off on her adventure in New York City, I made a road trip a little closer to home to the spring clerks conference at the Chattanooga Marriott and Convention Center. This is a view from one of the elevators.
This is the view looking out my room with Lookout Mountain in the distance. As you can see, the convention center is pretty big.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Battle of Alamance

On May 16, 1771, colonial militia in North Carolina fought the Battle of Alamance against the British government, largely over taxes and local control. It is regarded as a prelude to the American Revolution, but should also be seen in connection with a political division between coastal elites and more rugged types moving into the western areas.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Photos from Sarah's Second Day in New York

Here's another installment of photographs taken by the teachers who chaperoned the school trip to New York that Sarah was on this week. This one is inside Grand Central Station. Sarah had two disposable cameras with 27 pictures on each. When those are developed I may post some of her photographs.

One cannot go to New York City and not have pizza, so they checked off that box at Mama Sbarro's on Times Square.
Sarah strikes a diplomatic pose outside the United Nations headquarters.

A group of schoolmates pose outside Rockerfeller Center. They also toured the NBC studios while they were there.
As part of their very busy second day, they toured the American Museum of Natural History, and saw lots of dinosaur skeletons.
They ended their touring with an evening trip to the Empire State Building, where they watched the sun go down.
They were treated to a spectacular sunset over the Hudson River.
Night falls on the city that never sleeps.