Wednesday, August 31, 2016

R.I.P. Officer Kenny Moats

Kenny Moats

Officer Kenny Moats of the Maryville Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty last week. He is being laid to rest today. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues. (Funeral information here.)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Audiobook Review -- The Children of Henry VIII, by Alison Weir

I recently finished the audiobook version of The Children of Henry VIII, by Alison Weir, as part of a larger effort to learn more about English history in order to know more about the larger context of early American history, which I have studied more closely. This book covers the reigns of Edward, Lady Jane Grey, "Bloody" Mary and Elizabeth I, although it really ends just as Elizabeth ascends to the throne. The clash within English society between those more inclined toward Catholicism and those more inclined toward Protestantism underpins the story of Henry's children and their interactions with their people and with each other. I found the book to be interesting, but would do not understand why the author didn't go into Elizabeth's reign, although perhaps she either has written or will write that book. This is one I just picked up off of the shelf at the library.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Family Luncheon

We got together with the family Saturday and had lunch. It is a good thing they had a big table. My birthday is this week, so this served as my birthday celebration. I had shrimp and cheese grits and was very happy.
Sherry bought me a record player for my birthday, so we invited everyone back over to our place after lunch to spin some vinyl. 
The spawn of Phil and Wanette Ogle pose for a snapshot.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Overnight Storm

We had quite a storm yesterday evening. Our power went out for a while, but not for long enough for the house to get uncomfortable. We woke up to find the oak tree that lives between us and our neighbors lost quite a bit of foliage.
Our driveway
Our local newspaper reported in today's edition that there was damage in downtown Maryville, so I went out this morning to look about. This is one of several trees down on the courthouse grounds.
The storm hit East Broadway particularly hard, and several businesses had wind damage. I also saw that people have already been out cleaning up after the storm.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

2014 Boat Trip

I've had a waterproof disposable 35 mm camera for the past couple of years and finally had the kids finish taking the rest of the pictures on the roll of film at the beach this summer. I sent them off to be developed last week and got the photographs back this week. These shots are from a boat trip we took into the Gulf of Mexico from Destin harbor the summer before last.
As you can see, we had a sunny day to go boating, although I must admit I prefer the bay to the gulf because you don't get so much ocean motion.
Sherry, Sarah and Grace enjoyed some frozen drinks on the trip.
Seagulls have learned to follow these pleasure boats because tourists throw them chips and other food.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mother Teresa's Birthday

On August 26, 1910, Mother Teresa was born. She passed away in 1997. She has been beatified and is scheduled to be canonized next month.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Jake and Joey pose with their soccer trophies for today's throwback Thursday picture. This was taken in 2005.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dad's Birthday

This is my father, Phillip Ellis Ogle, known as Phil. Today would have been his 79th birthday. At the time of his death in 1993 he was living in Tullahoma and employed by a civilian contractor at Arnold Engineering and Development Center. He was a planner and took his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee and his master's at Georgia Tech.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hummus Recipe

Sherry's been wanting to make homemade hummus. We haven't tried it yet, but we found this recipe at

One 15-ounce can (425 grams) chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans (2 cups cooked chickpeas)
1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon
1/4 cup (60 ml) well-stirred tahini, 
Half of a large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 to 3 tablespoons water
Dash of ground paprika for serving

In the bowl of a food processor, combine tahini and lemon juice. Process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl then turn on and process for 30 seconds. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making smooth and creamy hummus possible.

Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin and the salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice mixture. Process for 30 seconds, scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds.
Open can of chickpeas, drain liquid then rinse well with water. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor then process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl, add remaining chickpeas and process for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and quite smooth.

Most likely the hummus will be too thick or still have tiny bits of chickpea. To fix this, with the food processor turned on, slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until the consistency is perfect.

To Serve
Scrape the hummus into a bowl then drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top and sprinkle with paprika.

To Store
Store homemade hummus in an airtight container and refrigerate up to one week.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Artist at Work

Sarah recently organized her many art supplies and acquired a new sketch pad, and she has been drawing away, with Molly the cat at her side on most days. Drawing is a good hobby because it is portable, and she usually takes some of her art supplies with her when we travel.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Chicken Carbonara and Blount County History

Leslie and Laura and Grace went over to Mom's house yesterday to prepare some chicken carbonara for her.

Mom and Grace pose for a picture during a break from kitchen duties. After the food was prepared, they divided it into single portions Mom could freeze and reheat later.

I spent Friday lugging files from the courthouse to the justice center and lugging old records from our office at the justice center over to the county records department, and I expect to spend tomorrow doing the same, so we've been resting up at our place. We did get out for groceries, breakfast, a trip to the library and a visit to the Thompson-Brown House, which was hosting a Cades Cove homecoming event. Since we were there, we also visited the Blount County Historical Museum and got a nice tour.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Salem Executions

On August 19, 1692, five people were executed for witchcraft as a result of the famous witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Today's throwback Thursday picture is of the kids in Seaside, Florida, five years ago when we were on vacation.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

David Crockett's Birthday

On August 17, 1786, David Crockett was born in what is now Greene County, Tennessee (then part of North Carolina). He died in 1836 at the Battle of the Alamo.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Martian Dunes

This image of strange, dark dunes on Mars was transmitted to Earth by the Curiosity rover. This type of formation is only found underwater on Earth. (Via Astronomy Picture of the Day)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Weekend in the Smokies

We spent the weekend in Gatlinburg at Laura and Stewart's Mountain Springs Chalet in Chalet Village. Sarah brought her friend Grace, and we got them to pose with this bear statue when we walked the parkway yesterday morning. Laura drove up while we were in town, and she came with our family's Grace and her friend Evie. They stayed down the hill at Buckberry Chalet, and Leslie was an hour so behind them, though she only came up for the day.
We walked from the parking lot at the intersection of the parkway and Ski Mountain Road all the way down to the aquarium and back. The kids couldn't resist playing with the big stone globe in front of Ripley's Museum.
We spent part of our afternoon enjoying the deck at Buckberry while the kids played inside.
We finally dragged the children outdoors and across the creek to enjoy Buckberry Creek, which was very low because weather has been so dry this season, not that it is a big creek to begin with. Still, there's a nice little spot on the creek where the little kids could climb around on the rocks and the rest of us could just enjoy the sound of the water running and the coolness of the creek.
Sherry suggested we drive the Cades Cove loop road, and we got everyone on the road relatively early to beat the worst of the traffic, although we encountered some. We saw four turkey, these two deer and a young bear that had been treed by about 15 to 20 camera-wielding tourists, despite signage throughout the cove admonishing visitors to keep at least fifty yards between people and wildlife. As a reminder, bears are wild animals and there are many reasons to give them plenty of distance. One is to preserve the bear in its wild state so that it does not become acclimated to people, become a nuisance and have to be killed. An even better reason is because they can and do attack and eat people. It was only the third wild bear I've seen in all my years visiting those mountains.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Quagga Extinction

On August 12, 1883, the last quagga died in Amsterdam. The quagga is a subspecies of zebra that was native to South Africa.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Throwback Thursday

For today's throwback Thursday, here are Jake, Joey and Sarah at Mighty Oak on Melton Hill Lake.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

British Columbia

Laura, Stewart and Grace traveled to British Columbia this summer to explore where some of Stewart's family lived. These are a few pictures Laura sent us during their journey.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Treaty of Fort Jackson

On August 9, 1814, the Treaty of Fort Jackson was signed following the defeat of the Red Stick Creek at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend by American troops including Tennesseans David Crockett and Sam Houston commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson. In the treaty, the Creeks ceded vast tracts of what are now Alabama and Georgia to the United States government.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Purpled Out

Sarah and I attended an event to support Alzheimer's Tennessee last week at the Alcoa Walmart. The Tennessee State Court Clerks Association started raising money to support finding a cure for the disease last year, and the sister association representing Tennessee Registers of Deeds joined in this year.
The manager of the Alcoa Walmart presented Alzheimer's Tennessee with a check for over $3,000.00.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Hot Summer Days

We have had air conditioning issues here at our humble abode, making the office upstairs far too hot for civilized activity such as blogging, so this space has been silent for the past week. The system is functioning now, but it is in the opinion of two different HVAC men that it is time for it to be replaced. I pretty much figured that would wipe out the new car/braces fund I've been saving up all year, but it looks like it'll only take a bit more than half of it. I have oral surgery next week and have arranged for the work to be done while I am at home recuperating from it so that I won't have to miss any more work than necessary.

Sherry is at a meeting of the board of directors of the Primary Players theater group to beginning planning for their next production, which will be Aladdin Jr. She is excited to have been asked to serve as the production's stage manager, her first time serving in such an important role. They are meeting at one of the board member's parents' lake house out in Friendsville, and spouses and children have been directed to be there around noon for some fun in the sunshine.