Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

I hope your day is filled with feasting on food, family and fun for all to enjoy.

Michelle and I will be celebrating this holiday with her family at the Cassville Firehall where there will be an absolute feast a waiting on us as there is and has been every year since Michelle and I started dating.

Have a great day and gobble till you wobble on Turkey and don't forget for a few of you shopping crazed nutcases, it's Black Friday eve although I will be avoiding any commercial establishments like the plague tomorrow. I'm not a Black Friday kind of person.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through the pictures that I have. Little lost moments in time that were either captured with my camera, that I scanned or that I just simply flat out stole off of the internet. I like to select just one of those moments and write a little something about it, reflecting to a time gone by. Sometimes this is a pretty easy task and sometimes it's not that easy, it is however always a whole lot of fun.

This weeks picture was one that was long lost but just recovered last weekend. Jean had a couple of picture albums up in a closet from years ago. Pictures that many of us had not seen in some time or never before, to to me this was like finding the holy grail of pictures from my past.

I scanned a number of pictures this past weekend, so I had to select one (or two) to use for today. The picture I chose was one of my Dad at work just simply eating his lunch in the mines. He was a long time coal miner and he was a coal miner until the day that he passed away a little over just 15 short years ago.

On this Thanksgiving I am thankful that this man was my Father. I just wish he were around today to see all of his kids, Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. I think he would have been as thankful for us as we are to have been a part of his life.

How about a bonus pic??

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Turkey Day Eve

Well that is two days down, now all we have to do is get today in and we can start preparing for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Tonight after work Michelle and I will head on over to the Cassville Firehall if she is up to it to help her Sister Chris and everyone else start to prepare for the Thanksgiving day feast tomorrow. There are turkey's to prepare, home made noodles to be made, potatoes to be peels, pies to be baked and that's just the start of the cooking.

We will also have tables and chairs to set up, serving trays to be brought out and set up as well as cover and decorate all of the tables for tomorrows festivities. There is a lot of work to do this evening both in and out of the kitchen and it is simply amazing and inspirational in how they all seem to come together and pull this off.

I hope everyone has a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Valarie Nicholson

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my beautiful niece Valarie a very Happy Birthday today.

Yes that is a picture of her, but that goes back at least one or two years to a time when she was a very young lady and a birthday party that my sister had thrown for her.

It's easy for me to remember Valarie's age as I am just a few days older than 20 years older than her, which would make this her first birthday (OK I lie).

I'm not sure of what her and Bobby's plans are for today, but I think I heard my sister Terri say that they will be going out Saturday night to celebrate.

Anyways, if you see Valarie today, make sure that you take a little time out and wish her a very Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Val.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well that dreaded thing we call Monday is once again behind us and we are staring straight down the barrel of a Tuesday, still can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* I have managed to be around this earth for 18,622 days now. I count my blessings every day that that number continues to grow.

* 3,845 days ago I fulfilled one of my lifetime dreams when I graduated from West Virginia University.

* It was 2,446 days ago that I had a chance to take a special lady out on a date. Pizza and a horrible movie, but we're still going strong.

* It was 1,670 days ago that I got down on one knee and proposed marriage to Michelle.

* We are on day 1,207 of marital bliss. I am a fortunate man that this wonderful and inspiration woman re-entered my life.

* I have about 6,215 days or so, give or take a few hundred here or there until I retire.

* In 254 more days, Michelle and I will celebrate our fourth Wedding Anniversary.

* In only 173 more days my niece Brittany will join me as an Alumnus of West Virginia University.

* There are 115 more days to go until Spring. That's still a long way to go and I'm ready for Spring to come back around already.

* I have 36 more days of writing content before my Goodbye 2014 blog posts. I usually take a few weeks to write that one, I should be starting it sometime in the very near future.

* There are 30 more shopping days left until Christmas with Black Friday looming just a few days away.

* I have 6 more days until my Birthday. =)

* This is my 3,858th blog that I have written for this blog in a little over a decade of blogging.

* Michelle made it back to work yesterday briefly, it was a little too much on her and she came home after a couple of hours as she was starting to get a little sick. She needs to take it easy and not over do it.

* I see everyone has their Christmas decorations out already, just a reminder that I am setting my Mom's tree up this Saturday afternoon between 4:00 and 6:00. It shouldn't take that long, just trying to give everyone a window of opportunity to place a bulb on this years tree when everyone can participate together.

* Have I ever mentioned that I Hate Snow? Not sure if I have ever mentioned that here before.

* Michelle found a neat little ap for her iPhone, she scans her receipts from grocery shopping and she gets money back for buying specific items. The name of the ap slips my mind, but I'm sure I'll be talking about it again.

* I've finally broken my weight plateau and am down a couple more pounds. I was a little over a month or so withing a 5 lb range that I have finally dropped below. I'm down 102.4 lbs since Christmas and 87.4 lbs since May 22nd when I had my first official weigh in. I've got a few more pounds to go until I hit my initial target that I set this spring.

* Michelle is about a day away from going from her post surgery all liquid diet to a pureed diet. She has been on an all liquid diet for two weeks now preparing for surgery and post op.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, November 24, 2014

Back To Work Kind of Monday

Well for us non-hunters in West Virginia, it's the start of another fun filled week of work. It's time to stick our collective noses back on the grindstone for another week of work.

For the Hunters in West Virginia, it's like Christmas to a kid as it is the first day of Deer Season with a rifle. I would like to wish all of those hunter that are already out there or going to be out there a good year, bag a big one and I also that there are no unforeseen accidents and they will all be able to return home to their families this evening. Good luck to all who are hunting today even though it is going to probably be a little on the warm side of ideal conditions today.

It's Thanksgiving week for the rest of us. Michelle and I will once again be spending Thanksgiving Day at the Cassville Firehall with her family. We will head over on Wednesday evening to help start preparing the next days feast as we do every year.

By then Michelle will be over a week post op and able to move to Phase II of her liquid diet where she can have puree'd foods and start back on her protein. She is going to attempt to head back to work today just one week post op. She just needs to take it easy and not over do it.

Have a great day, good luck to hunters and for me...

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Morning

Here I sit yet once again in the not so early AM for me, I was the first one to recover from a losing battle with the Sandman last night and I'm up early catching my thoughts for the day and watching As Good AS It Gets. Both Michelle and I are up as she is drinking her juice of the gods (Coffee) and waking up.

Michelle is feeling much better today than she did yesterday, last night she was starting to get a little cold and clammy before I went to bed, but she appears to have slept very well and is wide awake this morning. She seems to recover more and more each day, to say that I am proud of her is an understatement.

I did manage to get 315 of Jeans pictures scanned yesterday and put them in not one, but two albums, that brings the grand total to 607 of her pictures that I have scanned over the past two weekends in three albums. Unfortunately that is all of the pictures that she has stored up in the closet. A special thank you to Jean for allowing me to capture these images and a very special Thank You to my sister Pam who was the one who organized all these pictures years ago. I've bought a couple more albums to replace the aging ones that they were in and hopefully we can get together and make a few more albums out of these. Add that to the 301 of Mom's pictures that I have scanned a couple of weeks ago and that will make a grand total of 908 scanned pictures over the last few weekends. I still have some other pictures that need scanned, but these are the same ones I had last spring that I never quite got around to. Anyone else have pictures they want scanned? I'm building a family archive and I think that between what I have scanned and what Kim had done, that that is a whole lot of old pictures to reference for everyone. That is well over 1,000 lost treasures brought back for a digital life.

Next up may be converting VHS to digital, Jean has a number of tapes that we need to look through and determine what needs to be converted as well.

Our schedule is back to normal today, we'll be heading out to the grocery store here in a little while and we'll also be finishing up laundry today. This is probably going to be the extent of our day. I think Michelle and I are going to switch Subaru's for a couple of days, as the clutch may be a little hard for her to navigate this week. The Forrester is a 5 Speed and the Legacy is an Automatic.

Have a great day.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I would say that I am the first one to recover from a losing battle with that dreaded Sandman last night, but Michelle was up most of the night and couldn't sleep due to some stomach pains. I'm up early watching Pink Cadillac on HBO and catching my thoughts for the day.

Like I said, Michelle had a tough time sleeping last night, but is now zonked out and catching a few ZZZ's. We did get out of the house a little yesterday and she may have overdone it a little bit. No worries, we'll get her some rest and relaxation and put her back on the road to full recovery.

Congratulations are in store to my Step Daughter Hayley, she was accepted into Fairmont State and will be joining her brother Chad as college students at this fine University. She has found a field that she wants to study, Veterinary Technology which is a field both she really appears to have a passion for. Both Michelle and I are extremely proud of both her and Chad.

My only plans for the day is to continue scanning the pictures that I got from Jean. I have a long way to go and this will be the second day that I will dedicate to scanning, there are still a number of great images that I want to get captured and stored. This really is a lot of work archiving everything, but it has been an absolute bast for me.

It's going to be a Football-less weekend for me as WVU played Thursday Night and the Steelers are on a Bye this week. Maybe I'll catch a score or two on ESPN.

Have a great day.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes it is once again that time of the week that we all look foreword 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.

Well there is some good news in the Hall Household, Michelle was released from the Hospital yesterday morning following her Gastric Bypass Surgery on Monday. She was going to be released on Wednesday, but she was having some pain issues that needed to be resolved first. She was retaining gas in her intestines and this was causing a great deal of pain and discomfort. Thank you to everyone who has followed her through this and all of the love and support that everyone has shown as she begins her road to recovery.

With Michelle healing up, I would say that our weekend plans are getting her some rest and help her recuperate and get back to normal. She has set up a blog to blog about her experiences with this entire experience and as it goes forward. It will be nice to document everything in case in helps someone else down the road trying to decide if they are going to choose this option as well.

Maybe I'll get some more scanning done this weekend.

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