Friday, July 29, 2016

A Few More Cabin Pictures

Here's the last batch of pictures from our trip to Estill Springs, including this view of the cabin from the creek.
The screened porch is a nice place to lounge, though it's ceiling needs painting, which can be done now that we put a new roof on the house. Although the house has had plumbing since the Eighties, I still like to fill up the basin on the shelf in the background with water to wash my hands like we did back before my grandparents had plumbing installed.
In my opinion, the best place to hang out when you are at the Camp is in lawn chairs sitting in the creek so the cool water and breeze will fight off the summer heat for you.
The tunnel created by the overpass is a favorite with kids because it has a dark, scary element to it. It is also a great place to set off fireworks.

Sarah relaxes sitting on the lower bunk of the bunk beds.
This is the wallpaper in the bedroom. Grandmother Ogle was the queen of floral wallpaper. The upstairs bedroom in her house in Winchester where I always slept had rose wallpaper.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's Throwback Thursday picture, here's the kids in one of those touristy Photoshop pictures from Gatlinburg from ten years ago. As a local, I frown on patronizing most Sevier County tourist traps, but sometimes I cannot restrain my city girl wife.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

More Pictures from the Camp

Here are a few more of the pictures we took the weekend before last at the Camp. Although we managed to get a lot more work done out there than we expected, the place still needs a lot more love. The next project is building a new front porch before this one collapses.
Sherry is back on one of her reading kicks, and she got some comfy reading time in on the cot Laura bought for the bedroom.
This is a view of the creek looking downstream from our property.
The view upstream shows the overpass that carries Rock Creek Road over the creek.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Anticrepuscular Rays

This is a picture of anticrepuscular rays shining above Colorado as the Sun sets. You can visit NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day website to learn about how they form.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Another Weekend

Our friends Matt and Mary Jo invited us over to their place in Knoxville for a cook out and swim. They live in the Colonies off of Ebeneezer Road, which is my old stomping grounds. I bought a beef roast at the grocery store yesterday, and I plan to cook it in our pressure cooker later this morning. I suspect that otherwise today will be a quiet day for us.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Lost Colony of Roanoke

On August 22, 1587, a second voyage to establish an English colony at Roanoke in what is now North Carolina arrived after an earlier, failed attempt. When an English ship returned to Roanoke in 1590, the settlement was abandoned. We know this as the Lost Colony of Roanoke because there has never been a satisfactory explanation of what happened to more than one hundred people. The only clue was the word "CROATOAN" carved in a fence post. Nearby Croatoan Island was not searched due to a brewing storm.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Here's a Throwback Thursday picture of Sarah sporting some very dark shades when she was around three years old.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Deck Painting Project

These pictures document our deck maintenance project at the Camp last weekend. As you can see, it needed pressure washing pretty bad. We got that part done Friday afternoon.
I got up early Saturday morning and bought paint and supplies from Home Depot. This is the deck after pressure washing and just before we got started with the paint.
A work in progress.
The finished deck, ready for the rest of the season.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Rome Burns

Torches of Nero, by  Henryk Siemiradzki

On July 18 and 19, 64 A.D., the Roman city of Rome burned in what is now called the Great Fire of Rome. This is the fire where the Emperor Nero "fiddled while Rome burned." Several accounts blame him for the fire, including one in which he blames the fire on Christians living in the city, causing the city's first persecution of Christians.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Middle Tennessee Summer Weekend

We spent the weekend in Middle Tennessee, beginning with a trip to Nashville to see Flight of the Conchords, an act Sherry bought tickets for a couple of months ago. She's a big fan and has wanted to see them for the past couple of years. I would describe them as a musical comedy act, and they are very entertaining.  Like Monte Python, they are an acquired taste. It kind of takes you time to get in on the joke. Before the show, we had supper at Rock Bottom restaurant. I took these photos from where we dined on their upstairs patio. Above is a view of the Nissan Stadium with the Cumberland River in front of it.
This is the view up Broadway from our seats.
It is not unusual for us to see tugboats at Grams house in west Nashville, where she lives on a bluff high above the Cumberland, but I don't get to see them on the river downtown very often any more.

We woke up the morning after the show and drove to Grandmother and Granddaddy's cabin in Estill Springs, which we lovingly refer to as The Camp. My hope was to at least pressure wash the deck out there and to perhaps begin painting it, but Sherry, Sarah and I put two coats on it and polished off that project completely. Despite some hard work, we still had sufficient down time to enjoy hanging out in lawn chairs in the middle of the creek. I'll put up some pictures from The Camp in the days to come.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Pyrocumulus Clouds

This is an image capturing pyrocumulas clouds over the State of Utah. (Via Earth Science Picture of the Day)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Apollo/Soyuz Mission

On July 15, 1975, dual launches of an Apollo spacecraft and a Soyuz spacecraft began the cooperative Apollo/Soyuz mission between the United States and the Soviet Union that signaled an end to the space race on the 50's and 60's. It was the last Apollo launch, using a leftover spacecraft from the discontinued program.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's Throwback Thursday picture, here's a picture of Sarah and friend in Slidell, Louisiana, where we did a swamp boat tour during our 2011 trip to New Orleans.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ta Ta Creek

Laura, Stewart and Grace were in British Columbia in Canada last week. This is a picture they sent us of mountains above Ta Ta Creek. (Sarah used to call herself "Ta Ta" when she was little, and she could be quite adamant about it.)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Death of Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton died on July 12, 1804, from the gunshot wound he received from Aaron Burr in a duel the preceding day. Hamilton was born on January 11, 1757, on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies. He was an important aide to General George Washington during the Revolutionary Way, and he served as his first Secretary of the Treasury.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Duel Between Hamilton and Burr

On July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr fought their famous duel, in which Hamilton was mortally wounded.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

'Possum Patrol

After feeding our cats this morning, I let one of them, Molly, outside. I went onto the back deck to scan the back yard and driveway for her, and I spotted a rather large opossum waddling along the fence in my neighbor's back yard. His trajectory led him into our yard just as Sarah was getting out of bed, so I went in to tell her to come out and see him. By the time we got back to the deck, he'd moved on from our yard, but Sarah spotted him heading along the same course, essentially following the property line skirting a small forested area. I still haven't spotted Molly, though.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Saturday in Maryville

Sherry is in Nashville this weekend visiting with her mother and Jake and Joey, while Sarah and I hold down the fort here at home. We went out for breakfast and then, after a brief walk at the Greenbelt Park, went to the library so I could check out an audiobook to listen to in my car.

Sarah's Auntie Les is going to pick her up in a little while and take her to West Town Mall for some lunch, shopping and to see the movie The BFG, which is based on the book by Roald Dahl.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's Throwback Thursday picture, we return to Seagrove Beach in 2007 to find Laura and Grace beachside.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

More Seagrove Beach Pics

Here are a few more pictures from our recent beach trip. During several of our days down there this summer, the water was as clear as a mountain stream. Most mornings began on the patio watching the waves roll in.
Les and Sarah have been playing some tennis, although they had to curtail it last year after Leslie broke a foot. They batted a few tennis balls around one morning at the Beachwood tennis courts as Sherry and I watched.

After discovering that Sarah's float was flat this spring, I bought her a new one, and it got plenty of use in the surf.
Sarah's cousin Grace is into a mermaid story of some sort that had her fascinated all week. She wrapped her blanket around her to form a mermaid's tale.
Sherry, Sarah and Grace cool of in the Beachcrest pool.
Les and Sarah play a bit of coastal paddleball.
Sherry and Sarah took this sunset selfie on our last evening there. See you next year, Seagrove!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day

Today is Independence Day in the United States of America. It is the day we commemorate our Declaration of Independence, which was published on July 4, 1776. The Second Continental Congress voted to adopt it two days earlier. Independence Hall, then known as the Pennsylvania State House, is where they met, and is pictured above.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Seagrove Beach 2016

We recently made our annual trip to Seagrove Beach, Florida, and enjoyed a very pleasant and sunny week. The rental service we usually use has instituted a new key code system that has ended our ability to check in early as we have for many years. Fortunately, they are cool with letting us cool our heels at one of the pools onsite while we wait for 4:00 p.m. (central) check in.
We spend the great majority of our time at the beach on the beach and tucked under umbrellas or the canopy we bought last year. I unfortunately only brought the canopy frame and left the cover at home, so we relied on umbrellas.
Sarah and Sherry pose on the beach as the afternoon winds down.
As you can see, this picture was taken at low tide. Laura and Leslie we being photobombed by Sarah, and you can just see the child's arm on the right side of the picture.
We stayed in our usual condo complex, Beachwood Villas, although we stayed in a unit we'd never stayed in before. Mom, Leslie, Laura and Gracie rented a condo in Beachcrest, the high rise in the background. Joey and Abby drove down and stayed on our sleeper sofa, so Sarah spent her nights at Beachcrest, since they had an extra bed.
A day ends on the beach.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Battle of San Juan Hill

On July 1, 1898, American forces defeated Spanish troops in Cuba at the Battle of San Juan Hill. This is the battle in which Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders won military glory, bringing Roosevelt to national attention, the Vice Presidency and the Presidency.