Sunday, May 28, 2023


Here I sit once again in a quiet household, Kiwi and I are up talking about today's strategy and meal planning. He wants Michelle and I to eat bird seeds all week and he'll eat the people's food, sorry little buddy that is not happening. We'll save the seeds for you. 

We went to Amy's yesterday for Erica's Graduation Party. Amy and Ralph were generous enough to host the event in their new garage, out and away from any of the heat. It was a pretty good turnout and a lot of fun. We didn't make it to the Graduation itself and instead met everyone at Amy's. 

Today it's grocery shopping and probably make our yearly trip to all of the graveyards that we need to visit to see family members who served and are no longer with us. We'll start in Everettesville, then to East Oak Grove, and finally to Mount Union Cemetary to put flags on those tombs and put some flowers on Dad and Jean's gravestones. It's something we do every year paying tribute to loved ones that are no longer with us. 

Other than that, probably some relaxing is on our daily agenda. Kiwi may have other plans, but we plan on taking it easy later on unless there is some unplanned event we forgot about. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Saturday, May 27, 2023


Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, Kiwi and I are up discussing some of the day's events and what is going on. He's wanting to have a discussion about whether it is better to play pool or darts. He's a pool kind of bird, but back in the day I was a dart thrower. 

Michelle was teasing me on Thursday along with some of her friends trying to trick me into buying her a hammock. I went yesterday and grabbed her the one she said she wanted and brought it home and assembled it. 

I also got my Laptop yesterday to do the work I am contracted to do. I got it all set up with my display monitors and now I am all set up and ready to go for Tuesday. Now it's fighting with permissions and getting access to all the software that I need, but I'll be doing that when I can bill them for my time not when everyone is getting ready for a holiday weekend. 

Erica Graduates today, I guess their commencement is this morning at Morgantown High, not sure if we will be attending Commencement as that's going to be a headache especially when it comes to finding parking in the area. Might not be too bad with the students gone, but it's still going to be a challenge to get parked. There is a Graduation Party for her tomorrow up at Amy's where we are all going to congregate and have a good time.

Have yourselves a great day, it's going to be one where I grab a few pictures. Hope to see everyone this afternoon. 

Friday, May 26, 2023

Big Ole Hairy Memorial Day Weekend Friday

Yes, it is once again that time of the week that we all look forward to when we can take time to cease the labors for the week and take a little bit of needed time out to enjoy the fruits of those labors. It is again the dawn of another weekend and a Big Ole Hairy Memorial Day Weekend Friday.

Here is the funny part of all of this, I have a three-day weekend so to speak, as I report to work for the Parsons Contract on Tuesday (remote role, work from home), but Michelle is going to be off on Tuesday so she gets a four day weekend. She was originally going to take today off, but some co-workers had to take this day for very good reasons that take priority so Michelle decided to take off Tuesday instead. 

Today I will be doing a laundry run as well as a trip to WalMart and Sams Club. I'll have everything done by the time Michelle gets off of work and starts her four-day weekend. It's going to be a busy one, with all the High School Graduations and parties this weekend. Erica's will be graduating from Morgantown High (my alma mater) and her part will be at Amy's place since she has a huge yard, and plenty of parking and they are away enough that all the kids will be safe so they can have fun. 

Paige, will also be graduating this weekend from University High and we got an invitation, I think Michelle said they are celebrating it on Sunday. 

Her cousin Julie's daughter Meghan is also graduating, but her party will be in a couple of weeks back up in East Liverpool. 

I will also be making my yearly run to three graveyards this weekend to place some flags on the graves of family members who served our country and are no longer with us. 

Havre a great day and the start to a greater weekend and we'll getback to the hi ho hi ho's next week. 

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look at some of the 30,000+ photos that I have stored on my computer. Little lost moments in time that I either captured with a lens, scanned or just stole from someplace on the internet. I like to find just one and post it up and recall or relive the picture to the best of my ability. Sometimes this is a pretty easy task and sometimes it's not that easy, one thing it has always been a whole lot of fun.

This weeks pic goes all the way back to 2011, August 6 as a matter of a fact. How do I know? This was the day Michelle and I got married. It's one of my favorites from our Photographers, who also happen to be Neices on Michelle's side of the family. I think they did a great job with this shot and it's one of my favorite. 

We had a Jimmy Buffett-style wedding, and gave out Lei's to all to everyone and the running joke was that everyone was going to get lei'd that day. We feated and had a lot of fun, and I learned what a cookie table was and fell in love with it. 

Have yourselves a good day as we edge into Holiday weekend eve. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2023


Well there is two of those work days down for everyone, get today over with and there will be a couple more ahead of a three-day holiday weekend. 

I swear Wednesday is a hard day to find a meme for, you either get camels saying hump day or you get pictures from the Netflix Series Wednesday based on the old Addams family Wednesday Adams. Sometimes it is a little bit limited to say the least. 

So what is new, I found out earlier this week my start date for LanceSoft will be May 30 instead of the 29th, but I kind of assumed that since the 29th is Monday and Memorial Day, which is a Federal Holiday. I've had a nice break, but it's time to get back to it as I hate sitting idle plus I like new challenges which this one will be. Believe it or not the head hunter calls have slowed down a little bit this week compared to the previous few weeks. I haven't updated my LinkedIn to reflect any changes yet, but I did update my Facebook profile. 

The good news is I was getting so bored watching the grass grow that I took advantage of the nice weather yesterday and mowed the lawn. It wasn't really needing it, but it was going to be at that point in a couple fo days so I decided to go ahead and kill my boredom and cut the grass. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Tuesday's Tidbits

* It is my Brother from Another Mother George McClains Birthday today, wishing him a Happy Birthday and doing a tidbits are on my agenda. 

* It has been 21,691 days since I was born, that is 21 years using my new,  new, and improved 1,000-day Calender. I do have to say I start to feel my age or older than 21.  

* It has been 6,951 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. That was 19 years ago today. 

* 5,539 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, the pizza hut is gone, the movie was 10,000 BC and it sucked to high heaven. 

* 4,742 days ago I proposed to Michelle in the backyard at 4:00 in the morning. 

* It was 4,287 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, for the most part, Michelle and I became husband and wife at the Marilla Center, we poured sand into a vase and said our I do's and we were hitched. 

* I have now lived 1,923 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. It's almost two years according to my birthday age calendar. 

* My older Brother Jonathan lived 21,266 days, I've now outlived him by 447 days making me Senior Supreme Sibling once again! To my younger siblings, bow down to my age seniority. =)

* I have 3,149 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, but I love doing what I do. Who knows though, doing what I do I may never retire as I am getting ready to embark on my next project. 

* 256 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, I saw him this past weekend as he is back here for his Summer home and eating the corn Michelle puts out. 

* 222 more days to go until my Goodbye 2023 Blog is posted, I'm just now getting started on content for that one. 

* There are 216 more shopping days left until Christmas 2023. You still have plenty of time to prepare and get ready. =)

* There are 192 days until I hit the age of 60. Yeah I know, I'm really older than 21. 

* There are 115 more days until the Pitt Panthers bring their butts to Morgantown so we can get some revenge on our game this year. 

* There are 109 more days to go until the Mountaineers travel to Happy Valley and get another shot at an old-time Rival, Penn State. It's a game that will be at nighttime on NBC so it's going to have a big audience. 

* There are 73 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Twelfth Wedding Anniversary together.  

* There are 36 days until my second favorite season, the Summer of 2023.

* I have written 7,185 blogs in the now 18 1/2 years plus a couple of days of being a blogger. 

* Older Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. My little drone is awesome and I really like it....when I take time out to fly it. 

* No Drone flights this weekend, I'm seriously a slacker. I do have my drone and controller charging as we speak. 

* Speaking of drones, I have a little free time on my hands, providing the weather is nice it is time to fly. Any suggestions as to where? 

* I start back to work next week, I have all my peripherals set up how I like them and now it's just a matter of waiting on the laptop unless I have to go and pick it up. 

* How about I start doing my favorite Tic Tok of the week? This is this weeks Tic Tok, I try to avoid Politics on this blog, but this was just plain funny. 

* I'm looking I'm looking

Monday, May 22, 2023


All good things must end, and yes, that includes those super-productive things that we call weekends. Now it is time to take the collective noses and stick them back onto that grindstone of life and get back to doing what we all do to make this a better rock to live on.

I have to continue onboarding, this time with the client Parsons rather than with my employer LanceSoft this week. Everything for LanceSoft should be good to go, now I have to find out what I need to do with Parsons. I was initially going to have to travel to Utah to pick up my equipment, but now they are either going to mail it to me or they have an office in Herndon Virginia as well as Richmond. Herndon is close to Dulles, so it can be out and back the same day basically. I'm supposed to start next Monday. I have my peripherals set up how I like them, now it's just getting the computer.

I have to find some time this week to fly my damn drone which I still have not done. I'm such a slacker and I think I am just going to go out on West Run and fly it. That and AI may need to cut grass sometime this week. 

Other than that, not much is going on this week. I may kick back and try to enjoy the last of my time off before I enter back into the working world. 

Have yourselves a great day.