Monday, June 27, 2016


The weekend is over with, my last calm weekend for a while is now behind me and now my weekends will be busy for a while as I have a number of things planned over the next few weeks including working my second job. So much for the relaxation, now it's time to put my nose on the grindstone for another fun filled week of work.

I do head back to the softball diamond tonight, we have a double header at 6:00 and another game at 7:00 this evening. We were off last week and will be off next week for the 4th of July, but this will put us up and over the halfway point on our season. It's been a lot of fun and if the opportunity presents itself again next year I'll play again. I've had a lot of fun out there this season.

Yesterday Michelle and I went out and shot a few rounds through all of our handguns. It had been a while since we last shot and we needed to get out and do that. It gave me a chance to make sure that they were all cleaned up and lubricated and all in good working order in case the need would ever arise that either of us would have to use one. They are not sitting around unloaded and collecting dust, that is for sure.

Have yourselves a great day today, make the most of it.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I know Peanut was up and running around a little while ago but she might have went back to sleep. I'm up watching something on the TV and collecting my thoughts for the day even though I have slept in this morning.

Yesterday was very productive for Michelle and Me, we did a whole lot of running around yesterday in preparation of next weeks picnic. We picked up cutlery, Styrofoam containers, soda, kool aide, table covers, pans and lids, serving utensils, condiments, snacks and about anything other than the perishable food that we will get next weekend. I think I personally made four trips up to the University Towne Center yesterday for one reason or another.

Today's activities are going to be the same as every other Sunday, we'll finish laundry and go grocery shopping this morning followed by a trip to our favorite bakery, and then I think we will finish binge watching Orange is the New Black and the final two episodes for season 4. I have to say this season is very good arguably the best one so far, so we'll have to wait to see how it all plays out.

Have yourselves a great day today and make it special.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again on a quiet Saturday Morning, I'm the first one to recover from that knockout the dreaded Sandman issued to me last night. Even the cats are sound asleep as Peanut is not even up playing around. I'm watching Smokey and the Bandit 3 on some channel and collecting my thoughts for the day.

My Brother in Law Jim who is a an auctioneer is holding a Auction this evening at Woodland United Methodist Church on the Mileground. It should be a great auction, so come on up and see if you can find yourself a deal or two out of all the items being auctioned off. This is the first auction that they have had for a while due to the construction around the Cassville Firehall.

There are multiple locations around Morgantown where you can purchase and donate needed items to the Southern Part of the state that was hit with some tragic flooding earlier this week. There are multiple people and places where things can be dropped off including my Softball Sponsor White Tail Crossing on the Grafton Road.

Mine and Michelle's plan for the day is to simply start planning for the picnic next week. It's time for us to go out and get all the non perishable things that we are going to need. The picnic is next Sunday and slowly creeping up upon us so it is time for us to actually get started.

Have yourselves a great day today and make a difference in someone else's life today.

Friday, June 24, 2016

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 for me this is the Friday before the storm, this is the last weekend that I'm not going to be busy for a while. The next quarter for RTI (my second job) and the SAMHSA study starts next Friday, plus I have a couple of picnics to attend including the one we are hosting at Krepps Park. Weekends after that we have a couple of Graduation Parties to go to so I will be busy the next few weeks to say the very least.

BOPARC used to do movies on the lawn on Friday Night's, but I can't seem to find anything on anything like that this year. It was something that they have done for a number of years that provided some free family entertainment for the community. Kind of sad to hear that they are not having that program this year.

So what is on Michelle and my agenda for this weekend? I honestly don't know. Maybe some preparatory shopping for next weekends picnic. It's go time and we need to start getting ready for it, so that very well could be in our plans this weekend. If not this weekend we'll be running around next weekend getting it done.

Have yourselves a great day today and make the most of it.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look back through the 30,000+ pictures that I have either captured with a camera, scanned or just stolen from some place on the internet and select just one picture. One lost moment in time to post up and relive briefly right here for everyone. Sometimes this is a little challenging and sometimes it's a breeze, it's always a lot of fun so no complaints from me.

This weeks pic goes back to last year, the Championship season for the West Virginia Black Bears and a game that Michelle got tickets for and we invited her Sister and Brother in Law Jim to come to the game with us. It was a lot of fun and maybe everyone can get together once again this season and watch another game. If you haven't been to a Black Bears Game yet (we've been to two already this young season), you don't know what you are missing as it really is a family friendly and entertaining experience with some sort of entertainment between every inning.

The only sad part about this day was that we actually lost the game by one run, hence the need to do it again and correct this monstrosity as we can't have our last attended game together be a loss.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The No Blog Today Blog

How about this for an original, there is no blog today mainly because I forgot to write it in a timely manner. I screwed up to say the least and did not wrote a blog for today.

Michelle and I went to the Black Bears game last night thanks to my Steelers Trivia Team Mate and we were in a Suite for the game and got back a little bit late, so to say that my creative juices were flowing would have been an inaccurate statement.

Allow me to share one of my favorite poems instead. Enjoy and Hi ho hi ho

Casey at the Bat

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville Nine that day;
the score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
a sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
they thought, if only Casey could get but a whack at that –
they'd put up even money, now, with Casey at the bat.

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
and the former was a lulu and the latter was a fake,
so upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
for there seemed but little chance of Casey's getting to the bat.

But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
and Blake, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball;
and when the dust had lifted, and the men saw what had occurred,
there was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.

Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
it rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
it knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
for Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place;
there was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile on Casey's face.
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
no stranger in the crowd could doubt 'twas Casey at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.
Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
defiance gleamed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
and Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped--
"That ain't my style," said Casey. "Strike one," the umpire said.

From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore.
"Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted someone on the stand;
and it's likely they'd have killed him had not Casey raised his hand.

With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone;
he stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;
he signaled to the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew;
but Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said: "Strike two."

"Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered fraud;
but one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,
and they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again.

The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clenched in hate;
he pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate.
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
and now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
but there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.

Ernest Thayer

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well Monday is now over with, now we are looking at that less dreadful Tuesday and no softball games last night, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* There have been 19,196 days since my birth, I'm fortunate to be able to continue to add to that total. Using my 905 day Calendar that makes me 21 =)

* It has been 4,419 days since I graduated from West Virginia University, it had always been a dream of mine, and it is better late than never.

* 3,020 days ago I took a very special lady out on our very first date, it was Pizza Hut and a movie, and we are still going strong today. Amazing simply based on how bad of a movie that I picked.

* It was 2,244 days ago that Michelle and I announced our engagement, it was 4:00 in the morning and she knew that it was coming, so it was no surprise, but greatly anticipated.

* It was 1,782 days ago that Michelle and I had our wedding in front of our closest friends and family at the Marilla Center. We partied down and feasted and had a few pictures taken.

* I have around 5,641 or so days to go until retirement, give or take a few hundred here or there one way or the other.

* In 2,279 more days the Backyard Brawl Football Rivalry between WVU and Pitt will once again resume. I feel a butt kicking of some Panthers coming up.

* There are but a mere 272 days to go until Spring 2017, my favorite season of the year.

* Phil will one again take center stage in 226 more days as we celebrate Ground Hogs Day, he did his job it was just Mother Nature who was not cooperative this year.

* I have 193 more days of content to write until my Goodbye 2016 blog is posted, recounting my previous year based on events that were posted right here in my blog.

* If you haven't started Christmas Shopping yet, you still have 187 more days to go to get this accomplished and plenty of time.

* There are 163 more days until the next anniversary of my 21st Birthday, using that old and outdated conventional 365 day calendar.

* There are only 109 days to go until we attempt once again to go to the Springs Festival in Springs PA. Last years event was a little dampened and hopefully we can have a little better success this year.

* There are but a mere 82 days to go until our next Cruise, it's all paid for as is the hotel room. We'll be staying at a different hotel this year, the one at the inner harbor that we like is booked up for when we want to stay there.

* There are 74 days until the WVU Men's Football team opens their 2016 schedule against Missouri here in Morgantown.

* 63 days to go until Jimmy Buffett in Burgettstown, not too late to still get tickets to see this legendary performer and the Coral Reefer Band. I have lost count on how many times this will be for me seeing Jimmy perform.

* In 46 more days Michelle and I will be celebrating our Fifth Wedding Anniversary together, woo hoo!!!

* In 12 days we will be partying down at the Third Annual Friends and Family Picnic at Krepps Park, I'm ready for the celebrating to commence and the picnicking to begin. Hopefully we have much nicer weather this year and it is once again a big success.

* I have written 4,504 blogs in the 11 3/4 years that I have been writing this blog. That's a lot of thoughts, ideas, rants, announcements and emotions that I have put into this site over the years.

* Nothing new on the brother search, I know big surprise on that bullet as it is getting stale. We are considering going to the next step in the process by doing a DNA sample and see what that returns. Maybe he is looking for us as well.

* No work done this week on the Hall Family Tree, it's just that time of the year when I don;t concentrate on this site as there are too many things going on.

* We are supposed to be going to another Black Bears game this evening, some friends of ours have one of the suites for this game so we will be up above everything in the luxury area enjoying everything.

* I found out this weekend that my Sister and Brother In Law Chris and Jim have a cruised booked for August this year going out of Orlando. A 4 Day cruise to the Bahamas.

* Congratulations to the Cleveland Cavaliers and their first NBA Title, LeBron delivered on his promise.

* Make the most of today and live it to the fullest as it is SUMMERTIME!!!!

* Hi ho hi ho