Thursday, June 30, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Here's a picture of Sarah and me on a cruise on the Tennessee River is 2008 for Throwback Thursday.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cannibal Island

This kid is definitely going places. (Via Miss Cellania)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Battle of Sullivan's Island

On June 28, 1776, South Carolinian forces under William Moultrie and Charles Lee successfully defended Charleston, South Carolina, from British invasion during the Battle of Sullivan's Island.  A palmetto fort on Sullivan's Island proved impervious to bombardment from the British ships attempting to land troops for an invasion, and the English broke off their attempts, not to return to South Carolina until 1780. Now you know why there is a palmetto on the South Carolina flag.

Monday, June 27, 2016


This image shows the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, which may have an ocean of salty liquid water under its icy surface. This is a color-enhanced image. The moon is named for Europa, the mother of King Minos of Crete, who was abducted by Zeus in the form of a white bull in Greek mythology. A statue depicting the abduction is on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville near McClung tower.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sunset Above the Great Salt Lake

This is a photograph of sunset at the Great Salt Lake in Utah. It is difficult to see where the lake ends and the sky begins. Beautiful! (Via Earth Science Picture of the Day)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Battle of Bannockburn

On June 24, 1314, Scottish forces commanded by Robert the Bruce defeated British forces led by King Edward II in the Battle of Bannockburn, which led to the eventual end of the First War of Scottish Independence.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Joey, Jake and Sarah pose for a tourist photo in Gatlinburg in 2006. This was before I convinced my wife that Ogles do not patronize tourist traps in Sevier County. Ogles own tourist traps in Sevier County. (Not us, of course, but some do.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Major Ridge

Major Ridge was a Cherokee leader who fought alongside Andrew Jackson in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and was allied with him during the Creek and Seminole Wars. He was a signer of the Treaty of New Echota, which relinquished all Cherokee rights to land east of the Mississippi River and led to the Trail of Tears. Cherokee leaders opposed to the treaty executed Major Ridge on June 22, 1839.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Chicken and Rice Recipe

I found a skillet chicken and rice dish at the Nobel Pig that looks tasty. It calls for chicken thighs, which is our favorite cut of chicken, so it sounds right up our alley. Yummy!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer Solstice

Today is the summer solstice, marking the beginning of summer. Time to start keeping that sunscreen handy if you're spending any amount of time in the sun. The image is, of course, Stonehenge in England.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Fathers Day!

Today is Fathers Day, so to celebrate here is a picture of my dad, Phillip Ellis Ogle (known as Phil) with his young family.
For good measure, here is a picture of my Granddaddy Ogle, William Ellis Ogle (known as Ellis). Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there on the interwebs!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Valles Marinaris

Behold the planet Mars revealing the Valles Marinaris, also called the Grand Canyon of Mars. (Via NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day website)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Battle of Bunker Hill

On June 17, 1775, American forces inflicted significant damage to British troops during the Battle of Bunker Hill. Although the British won the battle, the ability of colonial militia to withstand seasoned British troops made it clear that the Americans meant business in their bid to free themselves from what they regarded as British oppression.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Throwback Thursday

We go to the beach in Sandestin in 2011 for today's Throwback Thursday snapshot of Joey and Jake by the Gulf of Mexico.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Restaurant Review -- The Blue Chair Cafe, Sewanee, Tennessee

When we came home from Estill Springs several weeks ago we decided to avoid Interstate 40 due to construction in Roane County that weekend, and we drove up through Sewanee to get on Interstate 24 to come home to Maryville via Chattanooga. We stopped at the Blue Chair Cafe in Sewanee for breakfast. It was the cool, sort of funky place you'd expect in a college town. They allowed you to order lunch items during breakfast time, soI had their club sandwich, which was a good meal, and Sarah got a hamburger. Sherry got the black ribbon beef and goat cheese sandwich, and it was wonderful and definitely the best sandwich of the three we ordered. The place also had a bakery, so we came home with some tasty fresh baked goods.
Sarah scans the menu.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Flag Day

Today is Flag Day in the United States. It is the day we celebrate the adoption of our national flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Book Review -- The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

I recently enjoyed the audiobook version of The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer, and I learned a lot about that period of history. I already knew that it would have been a difficult era in which to have lived, but the author explains in detail how people survived on a day to day basis, going as far as to quote from recipes and to describe what people wore and how they entertained themselves and each other. I have recently been reading about the 1600's, so it was useful to read up on the 1500's for context.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hot Summer Weekend

We have a hot and sunny day on tap here in East Tennessee, and the girls are taking advantage of it with an invitation to a pool. I have some chores, as I usually do on the weekends, that will keep me busy in their absence, and I may watch a geeky movie or two. Sarah had her friend Grace over for a sleepover, and they've had a good time as far as I can tell. Sherry is out visiting a friend who is recovering from surgery, and should be back soon.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Judy Garland

Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's Throwback Thursday picture, here's Sarah when she was about four years old.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Book Review -- An Island to Oneself, by Tom Neale

I recently read An Island to Oneself by Tom Neale, and enjoyed it thoroughly. It is Neale's story about living by himself on a remote island in the South Pacific in the 1950's, and it describes his day-to-day life, as well as his interaction with the few visitors to the island during his time there. Unlike fictional Robinson Crusoe, Neale planned his adventure on the island and was able to be dropped off with a significant amount of provisions, including seeds and chickens, and he was also able to make use of items and dilapidated buildings left behind by sentinels posted to the island during World War II. It was a short read, which I recommend.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Homer Plessy Takes a Seat

On June 7, 1892, Homer Plessy, a Creole man one-eighth African American, boarded a whites-only railroad car. Much like Rosa Parks, Plessy did so as part of an organized effort to challenge the Constitutionality of official segregation. The litigation, Plessy v. Ferguson, reached the United States Supreme Court, which had become more segregationist as the case progressed through the court system. In its 1896 decision, the Court created the "separate but equal" doctrine, which allowed segregation as long as the accommodations provided met the aforementioned test. The decision was overruled in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education, which held that separate is inherently unequal.

The picture is of Plessy's tombstone, which I took during our trip to New Orleans in 2011.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Restaurant Review -- Winstead's American Grill, Spring City, Tennessee

We got off the interstate to avoid traffic last weekend on the way to Estill Springs, and I missed a turn and didn't realize I had gotten us lost until we ended up in Spring City, where we decided to stop for lunch at Winstead's American Grill, 22456 Rhea County Highway, Spring City, Tennessee. The girls ordered burgers, and I opted for their very good Philly chicken sandwich. It was basic pub fare, but tasty and filling for $37.00, including drinks, taxes and tip. The service was very slow, but the server was nice, although she failed to bring mayo to the table after being asked twice. Chalk it up to the travails of travelling.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Weekend Doin's

Jake had four wisdom teeth extracted Thursday, and Sherry and Sarah went to Nashville yesterday to check on him. I had that same surgery when I was 19, and it was the most painful thing I've ever experienced, so I feel for the young man.

I'm holding down the fort here at home and am about to go out to the Co-op to pick up my hatchet, which was being sharpened and Granddaddy's ax, which needed a new handle as well as sharpening. The ax lives at the Camp, so I will take it out there next time I go.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Strawberry Preserve Recipe

Here is the recipe we used to can our strawberry preserves recently. We got 9 pints out of it.


7 1/2 cups (about 7 1/2 pounds) of crushed strawberries (We used a potato masher.)
3/8th cup lemon juice
9 Tbsp. Ball RealFruit Classic Pectin (There are also recipes inside lable.)
10 1/2 cups granulated sugar
9 pint jars with lids and bands

Cover jars in water in large cook pot and bring to just below boiling or a low boil. Wash lids and bands in warm soapy water. Combine strawberries and lemon juice in separate large cook pot. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Stir constantly, and add in all the sugar. Bring to full rolling boil again and boil for one minute. Remove from heat and skim any foam off the top.

Take jars out of hot water and place on towel on counter. Rinse lids and bands. Fill jars with ladle. Both jars and strawberry mixture should still be hot. Leave about 1/2 inch empty at top. Wipe the rims of the jars, and center lids on jars. Screw bands on and place jars in big cook pot. Boil ten minutes, then remove jars and allow to cool. Let jars sit 24 hours and check seal. The lid should not flex up and down when pressed in center of lid.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Throwback Thursday-Return of Dad

Dad makes a return appearance in today's Throwback Thursday picture. This is from his 1953 yearbook from Franklin County High School when he was a sophomore. He turned 16 that August.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Double Rainbow Over Everett Hill

We had a double rainbow visible from our house on Everett Hill on Sunday. This view is looking southeast from our front porch. The camera doesn't do the sight justice. It was very pretty.