Friday, September 30, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's throwback Thursday picture we go back to 1996 and Chalmette Battlefield, where the Battle of New Orleans took place. The bottom picture is from the National Park Service website for the battlefield.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher, was born September 28, 551, BC.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cat Warns Bird

This reminds me of Bessie, the cat I had when Sherry and I met. (Via Phils Phun)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Machine Gun Kelly

On September 26, 1933, George Francis Barnes, Jr., known as Machine Gun Kelly, was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee. He was caught without his machine gun and said, "Don't shoot G-men!" when FBI agents arrived to arrest him. The term because synonymous with FBI agent thereafter.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mustering of the Overmountain Men

Two Hundred and Thirty Six years ago today the Overmountain men mustered at Sycamore Shoals on the Watauga River in what is now Elizabethton, Tennessee, in order to march upon Kings Mountain and turn the tide of the Revolutionary War. Major Patrick Ferguson dared challenge the tough Indian fighters to "desist their resistance to the king's arms" or he would "march his army over the mountains, hand their leaders and lay waste the country with fire and sword." You just don't talk to mountain folk that way, and the Overmountain men let their muskets do the talking. Ferguson perished in action on Kings Mountain.

I took this photograph of the shoals, a low point that renders it an excellent place to ford the river, on Friday on the way up to Roan Mountain State Park to meet my friends Tom and Tracey for the weekend.
There is to be a reenactment of the crossing of the shoals by the Overmountain men this weekend, and a few reenactors were onhand Friday teaching groups of schoolchildren about that period in history. I'm going to have to get me a tricorner hat and some buckskin and do that one of theses days.
This is just another view of the lovely Watauga River just upstream from the shoals.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Creech Hollow Lake

These are some pictures I took of Creech Hollow Lake that I took as I hiked along its shores last week at Montgomery Bell State Park. As you can see, the sun had just come up.
Although a short trail, only 1.7 miles, the Creech Hollow Lake trail is a picture perfect fisherman's trail. The setting is quite peaceful except for the sound of a pumping station on the far side of the lake from where I took this photo.
I got a text from Sherry as I was hiking along, so I took this selfie to send to her. I was almost to the end of the trail at this point. It is not a circular trail. You either connect to another trail within the park's trail system, or you turn around and walk back out. I did the latter.
This is a stream that feeds into the man-made lake. Looks like crawdad hunting territory to me, but I had just enough time to get my hike in, clean up and go to class.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's throwback Thursday picture, here is a photograph of Sarah, Joey and Jake playing in the leaves in our house on Old Harding Pike in Nashville in 2006. This was about the time we decided to move from Nashville to Maryville.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Visit to Montgomery Bell State Park

I attended the fall clerks conference meeting in Middle Tennessee at Montgomery Bell State Park last week, and I stayed at the park's inn where the conference is conducted. Every room has a view of Lake Acorn, one of three man-made lakes in the park.

I drove to a different area of the park from the inn one morning to hike a trail I hadn't hiked before, and on the drive back to the inn I came upon these two deer grazing by the side of the road.

Here are a couple of pictures of Lake Woodhaven, near where I walked the Creech Hollow Lake trail that morning before encountering the deer.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Battle of Chickamauga

On September 20, 1863, the Battle of Chickamauga ended with the defeat of the Union Army of the Cumberland by the Confederate Army of Tennessee.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Football, Food and Down Time --What Fall Weekends Are For

The Goodyear blimp was over Alcoa last weekend, most likely on its way up to cover the Battle of Bristol football game. I took this picture of it from our back deck.

Yesterday we drove over to Knoxville to watch the first half of the UT v. Ohio game. When halftime rolled around everyone was ready for lunch, so we headed over to the Calhoun's on Bearden hill and finished up the game there.

We don't really have anything scheduled for today and will most likely have a quiet Sunday around the house.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Constitution Day

Today is Constitution Day in the United States, a day set aside to honor and appreciate our founding document, the United States Constitution, which was adopted on September 17, 1787, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's throwback Thursday picture, here's a photograph of Sarah posing next to a flowering tree during our fall 2011 trip to New Orleans. It's hard to believe it has been five years since that trip. It is a very cool city.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Icelandic Aurora

This cool aurora was caught on film over Iceland back in August. (Via NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016


On September 12, 1959, the television show Bonanza premiered on NBC. It used to run in syndication when I was a kid, and I watched it in the afternoons after school.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Getting Ready for Conference

I will be traveling next week for my fall clerks conference at Montgomery Bell State Park, so we are having another weekend enjoying home. I like the conferences and always benefit from what I learn at them, but I start getting homesick for my womenfolk before I even leave. I usually try and get a little bit of hiking in at the park in the mornings, and I have some good reading material to occupy the time that isn't spent in class. Montgomery Bell is only about forty minutes from where we used to live in Bellevue on the west side of Nashville, and it was our most convenient campground, so it is very familiar, especially since I've been staying at the inn there every fall since 2009.

We don't have much in the way of plans, although Leslie said she might come pick up Sarah tomorrow to take her to the fair or the mall. I will probably start staging gear for my trip and doing whatever chores I can this weekend before I leave.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Indoor Driving

We moved some old court records to the county archives last week, and the department is in an old industrial facility that once produced Rubbermaid products. The last batch of records we took out there had to be wheeled across an indoor area about the length of a basketball court, but last week we were able to drive right up to the room where the records are to be stored, which was much easier work.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Throwback Thursday

We're throwing Thursday back to 1958 with a photograph we recently rediscovered of my dad, Phil Ogle, at a Lambda Chi Alpha dance at the University of Tennessee with his date for the evening. He met a girl from Hickory, North Carolina, shortly thereafter who settled him down.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Restaurant Review -- Rock Bottom Restaurant, Nashville, Tennessee

When we were in Nashville this summer for a concert we had supper at the Rock Bottom Restaurant on Broadway. They have appealing upstairs outdoor seating overlooking Broadway and a festive atmosphere. The menu was typical pub fare, and I was pleased with my sandwich. As you would expect for downtown Nashville, it was not cheap, with our tab for two adults and a child coming to right at $70.00.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Beach Pictures

Here are a few more of the pictures that were on the 35mm disposable camera that we finally used up this year at the beach. Above is a submarine Grace.
Sarah and Grace enjoy the pool at Seacrest condos in Seagrove Beach.
Laura and Grace pooside

We are a family that spends most of its time on the beach when we are on vacation, although we try to limit our exposure to the sun with shade and sunscreen. I'm ready to go back!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day

Today is Labor Day in the United States, a holiday set aside to honor our country's working people, which includes most of us. We celebrate with a long weekend.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Quiet Weekend

We are enjoying a quiet holiday weekend so far. Sherry went out to a movie last night, and Sarah went over to spend the night at her friend Grace's house. I got out of the house yesterday morning to do our weekly grocery shopping and to put gasoline in my car, but other than that and a couple of loads of laundry, I didn't do much other than enjoy a day at the homestead. We don't really have anything planned for the next couple of days either, so we'll wait to see what develops.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Molly on the Spot

Our cats have a tendency to jump into a spot where someone has been sitting and to make a bed in the warmth left over from the person who just vacated the spot. When Molly got into Sarah's spot where she was drawing, the cat looked like she was the artist at work.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's throwback Thursday picture, here are Joey, Jake and Sarah in 2011 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. We were there for a clerks conference.