Monday, January 17, 2022


All good things must come to an end, and that includes those quarantined things called weekends. It's a Holiday for Duquense Light but they are allowing us contractors to work today which I am. Michelle is scheduled to work today, but that can all change with a text message if the roads get too bad or so her boss said yesterday. 

I'm not sure if I have ever mentioned this on my blog, but I hate snow. Not a little bit, a whole lot of hatred for this white stuff falling on the gorund. The good news is I can't go anywhere nor do I need to go anywhere and we are stocked up. 

Not working this week for RTI, basically the entire state is shut down, They'll re-run the numbers on Thursday afternoon so we'll see what happens after that. I'm still feeling under the weather a little, so we'll have to wait and see what happens. I have two segments and both of them are in Monongalia County. 

I watched a real good series on Netflix yesterday, The Queen's Gambit was a 7 part original Mini-series that I began watching and couldn't stop watching. I had watched a number of clips of it on Youtube and decided to sit down and watch it. I used to love to play chess when I was a kid and even have it installed as an app on my phone as I recently started playing again, so for me, this was a perfect series to watch. It was the perfect kind of day to binge-watch and just stay home. 

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, Kiwi and I are discussing the intricacies of WVU Basketball being a Defensive or an Offensive team, I am big on Defense and Kiwi says you can't win if you can't score. Who knew my aviary friend was a Basketball Analyst. He claims he has more air time than Michael Jordan. 

I'm still quarantining, which means yesterday put a big burden on my wonderful wife. She is an amazing person and got all the chores done. I couldn't really do anything for her birthday so I treated her to an at-home dinner from Applebees. 

A word to the wise, on Wednesday you can order 4 free COVID tests on THIS WEBSITE. It's a program that will allow you to order up to 4 at-home tests for COVID, my suggestion is to order the maximum amount you can to have them. That way if someone needs a test, someone associated in your circle will probably have one to use. I'm thankful to my sister in law Chris for having a spare one last week when I needed to know the answer. 

Get out and get to the stores early today if you have not already done so, we are due to get absolutely hammered this afternoon and into tomorrow morning with a lot of snowfall. Be prepared and sit back and enjoy some time at home with a good movie or series. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Happy Birthday Michelle Dawn Hall

Today I would like to take a little bit of time out and wish a very special person in my life a Very Happy Birthday today. Michelle is my wife, my partner, my soul mate and someone who has brought an immense level of joy and happiness into once empty life. 

She is my rock and my inspiration to everything that is my life, and I would like to take a little bit of time out to extend a very heartfelt Happy Birthday from Peanut, Sophie, Kiwi and myself, we all love you and you bring us all happiness and joy. 

The bad news is I have COVID, so I can't really go shopping for her, but maybe I can treat her to a nice dinner from one of the local restaurants that we eat at home. 

Michelle I love you from the bottom of my heart and I wish COVID could have infected me at a different time, but know that you are the most important thing in my life and I wake up each and every day knowing that I am the lucky one.

Happy Birthday Michelle. 

Friday, January 14, 2022

Big Ole Hairy 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 once again the dawn of another weekend and a Big Ole Hairy Friday.

I will not be working this weekend for RTI for a couple of reasons. First Monongalia County's COVID numbers are still too high and it's not an eligible county to be worked. There is only one county that can be worked in West Virginia, and it's in the middle of the state. The second reason, I was feeling sick since last weekend and it kept getting progressively worse over time. I tried to find an at-home COVID test kit and couldn't find any in any stores. but Michelle's sister Chris had one and I took the test yesterday morning and I tested positive for COVID. Michelle is feeling alright, but I've had a number of issues. Nothing that would stop me from doing what I do from home work-wise, but I have had some symptoms and thought it best to test and find out for sure. I have had both shots and the booster. 

So I guess this means I'm home this weekend. No running around for me and unfortunately, it's going to put the big burden on Michelle to do some of the things that either I would take of or we would do together every weekend. The worst part about it is, tomorrow is her birthday and this all hits now. 

Funny little story, usually during the day we bring Kiwi out into the living room. He likes being out there and I put him back into the bedroom at night. Yesterday morning I uncovered him and somehow, someway a mouse got into his cage. As I was carrying him out to the bar I told Michelle you are not going to believe this. When she heard me say that she thought Kiwi may have laid a happy egg and Kiwi was actually a shewi, she was shocked to see a mouse in the cage. That's when the excitement started. I reach in the cage to grab the mouse, Kiwi decides to fly out of the cage as if to yell I'm Free and fly around the room. Peanut and Sophie thought to themselves Hmmm, bird chow and attempted to catch him as I'm trying to grab the damn mouse. Michelle put the cats into the bedroom and closed the door, I grabbed the cage and took it outside to get the mouse out of it as Kiwi was just having a good ole time flying around. As I brought the mouseless cage back inside, Kiwi decides to headbutt the sliding glass doors in his attempt to head to Hawaii. Long story short, Kiwi went back into his cage, the cats were let outside the bedroom and the Mouse got evicted. What a way to start a day at 6:00 AM. 

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, January 13, 2022

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 week's pic has to be one of my favorite pictures that I took in all of 2021. Michelle and I had went to Hovatters Zoo just to get out a little bit from all the COVID. She loves her Giraffes, she sits and watches them each and every night on a web stream from Animal Adventure Park. 

When we got over by the Giraffes, of course Michelle had to show off a little bit and have them eat a carrot out of her mouth. It was a moment in time that just had to be captured and was. 

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Happy Birthday Sandra Irene Bell

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Mother Sandra Irene Bell a very Happy Birthday today.

 This is a picture that I have myself many times over to a woman who grew up in Hawaii. Why didn't you just stay there? I could be out on the sandy beaches of Hawaii sipping on some pineapple concoction right now if she just would have stayed. 

 Not sure what her and Gerald's plans are for today, I'm hearing they are planning on running the Pittsburgh Marathon and racing against the Sloth, but if you happen to see her out and about make sure that you wish her a Very Happy Birthday today.

Tuesday's Tidbits

* It's my Mom's Birthday, and Tuesday's Tidbits are I think her least favorite posts, but here to one anyways. 

* It has been 21,228 days since I was born, that is 21 years using my new and improved 991 day Calender. I prefer my calendar as it is the best calendar and it is variable. 

* It has been 6,462 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. This current group is finishing up finals this week and some will be graduating on Saturday. 

* 5,046 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, the pizza hut is gone, the move was horrble, but we're still together.

* 4,268 days ago I proposed to Michelle, she was expecting it as we had already bought the engagement ring and it was sitting in the safe. 

* It was 3,811 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife at the Marilla Center, seems like it was just yesterday. 

* I have now lived 1,433 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. It really brings into the perception of just how young he was. 

* I have 3,697 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, but I love doing what I do. 

* 355 more days to go until my Goodbye 2022 Blog is posted, it's been eventful. I have it started. 

* There are 349 more shopping days left until Christmas 2022.

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 324 more days. 

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 243 days away. Good thing we didn't play them this year, Pitt was actually pretty good. 

* There are 207 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 69 days until the start of Spring 2022. My favorite season of the year rolls around again. 

* There are 29 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. The Concert was supposed to be this August (actually it was supposed to be in March of last year) and they have moved it until the middle of February next year. So basically I bought tickets for a concert in 2022 in 2019. 

* 20 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, he has ended his winter vacation and can once again be seen in the back yard eating the Corn Michelle puts out. 

* I have written 6,656 blogs in the now 17 1/4 years since I started blogging. Seems like it was just yesterday that I started all of this. 

* Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. 

* Today is my Mom's Birthday, keep watching.

* I have my certification to work 2022 today for RTI. 

* I'm Not sure if I have ever mentioned to anyone ever before, or if I have even said anything on this blog about it, but I Hate Snow. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho