Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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
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.
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
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
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
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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.
Sarah, ever the board game promoter, got us to play Cranium both nights.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Grace and La
The obligatory lone cactus
Grace enjoys a smoothie after enduring a wasp attack. Yikes!
Monday, May 23, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Auntie Les with her two nieces
The children of Phil and Wanette Ogle
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Sarah and Grace opted for the X-Box while the adults were talking on the deck.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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.
Muddy pickers feetBuckberry 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.
Ready for canning
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
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
Sarah strikes a diplomatic pose outside the United Nations headquarters.
They were treated to a spectacular sunset over the Hudson River.
Night falls on the city that never sleeps.