Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Turkey Day Eve

Today is Wednesday to the rest of the world, here in the United States it's Thanksgiving Eve and two days before Black Friday. This is the end of the work week for many Americans, and just the day before a day off for others who do not work in retail.

Tonight after work Michelle and I will head over to the Cassville Firehall where her side of the family always gathers and does a big Thanksgiving Feast. We'll all gather and do a lot of preparation work for tomorrow, potatoes will be peeled, noodles will be made (yes home made noodles), Pies will be baked, tables will be set up, Turkey's will be brine'd and everything that needs to happen before tomorrow will happen.

I have to say Michelle's family does Thanksgiving right. The food is a plentiful, the people are amazing and it's a great time had by all. We all bring an item to Thanksgiving to be auctioned off that day. The money raised from that auction pays for the Firehall rental and much of the food that is prepared for the next year (this years was financed by last years auction).

On Friday Michelle will be working and I probably will as well. No Black Friday shopping for us this year, it's a madhouse out there. I've taken the last few "day after thanksgiving" off, but with Michelle working this year and no plans, I'll probably just go into the office on Friday.

Have yourselves a Great day

Get ready to Gobble till you Wobble.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well that dreaded day we all hate so much is now behind us, the work week is started and we are staring straight down the barrel of a Tuesday as so many deer in WV did yesterday. Can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been an amazing 18,986 days since my birth, that's 21 years if you use the proper calendar having 905 days a year rather than that other one that only has 365.

* It has been 4,209 days since I graduated from West Virginia University. A very proud moment in my life.

* It was 2,810 days ago that my life changed forever, I took this recently widowed woman out on a date and I was hooked.

* 2,034 days ago I asked my wonderful wife if she would Marry me. She knew it was coming, so it was no real surprise, but it was still a very special day for both her and I

* It was 1,571 days ago in front of our closest friends and family that Michelle and I had or wedding, it was a non traditional wedding with a Caribbean Theme, but that's just us.

* I have about 5,851 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred here or there of course.

* In 2,489 more days the Backyard Brawl of a Football game between WVU vs Pitt will take place. I am eagerly waiting on kicking some Panther butt.

* There are 292 days to go until Cruise 2016, same cruise as the last four years, we love the port, the ports of call and the ship. We're pretty comfortable with it for now.

* Michelle and I will be celebrating our Fifth Wedding Anniversary in just 256 more days. These have been the happiest years of my life.

* There are only 117 more days to go until Spring 2016, my favorite season of the year.

* In 37 more days my Goodbye 2015 blog, the blog that reflects the previous year based on what I have written in my blog, will appear.

* There are only 31 more shopping days left until Christmas.

* There are only 7 more days to go until another Anniversary of my 21st Birthday, depending on if you use the 365 day or the 905 days calendar.

* In 4 Days we will set up  Mom and Gerald's Christmas Tree for 2015. This will be the third year for this event and the tree grows more and more life every year. AS we populate the tree this year we will take a little time out to reflect on each and every ornament, new and old.

* I have written a grand total of 4,271 Blogs since I first started writing George's Journal a little over 11 years ago.

* Not too much work on the Hall Family Tree this past week other than making all my siblings site administrators. 

* Nothing new on the Brother search yet again, it;s a dead end with no more real leads. Maybe it's just time to cross your fingers and pray for a miracle.

* It's nice in town, with the students on Fall Break this week, traffic has not been too bad at all. A couple more weeks and they will be done for the semester and start Christmas Break. Arguably the emptiest time of the year in Morgantown as most of the Grad Students even return home during this break.

* The Dixie Chicks are on Groupon for their Pittsburgh Concert. Groupon is a great site to find discounted items.

* Michelle's niece and Nephew Laura and Jon made an announcement as to the gender of their baby due next year.

* Sunday Morning Michelle tied me down and cut off all my hair, "Take that you Hippy" is what she kept screaming at me. Well as everyone knows, it seems like every time I cut my hair it snows. I went out to warm the car up and guess what, snow flurries. I Hate Snow!!!

* If you like Christmas Movies, check out the Family Channels schedule until Christmas, although I think the best all time Christmas Movie is Christmas Story.

* The University Towne Center is due to open a few new stores in the near future. AC Moore, Kirklands, ULTA, and Five Below are some of the stores that will be opening up here soon.

* I continue to wish all the hunters luck, success and a safe and happy return home.

* Have yourselves a great day

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, November 23, 2015

Introducing Sammy,the Elf on a Shelf

I would like to introduce everyone to a new member of our family who just happened to show up yesterday out of no where. Sammy, the Elf on a Shelf has showed up at our household and made a promise to both Michelle and Me that he would not get into any mischief this year at our home. Not sure if I believe him, but he's here until after Christmas.

Sammy actually works for Santa Clause and reports directly back to Santa, and he needed a place to stay for a while so he can watch all the little boys and girls and give his local report back to Santa. He directly effects Santa's naughty and nice list, so with him having such an important roll he will be shacking up with us, it's the least we can do for Santa.

Stay tuned this Christmas season and we'll see what kind of mischief can find his way into over the next month or so. He has that all so innocent look, but something tells me that he's going to be having as much fun as he can before he has to report back to Santa for the season.

Today is the first day of Deer Season (Rifle) in West Virginia and it's arguably the most missed day of work in the state. I'm not a hunter so I'll be going into the office to hold down the Fort for a few guys who actually are avid hunters. I would like to wish that all hunters have a great season, hope they all nail that big buck but more importantly I hope that they all return home safe to their families tonight and that there are no on accidents or incidents where anyone gets hurt. I'm also hoping that no hunter accidentally shoots a reindeer as Sammy will not tell me where Blitzen is hiding.

Have yourselves a great day, Hunters good luck and for the rest of us...

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Well here I sit yet once again on a quiet Sunday Morning, I'm up early watching Shallow Hal on HBO and collecting my thoughts for the day and surfing the internet.

Well the Mountaineer Football team had a great game yesterday, beating Kansas 49-0 as the Mountaineers had three runners run for over 100 yards, a feat that has not been 3 players rush for 100 yards in a game for us since I think they said 1938 against Texas Tech during the broadcast. I would say it was one of the better complete games we have played in some time.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are off this week with their Bye week, so we are probably not watching any football today as it is an NFL day.

Well thanks to my niece Brittany for putting a fire under my butt yesterday, we have come up with a date that we are going to put Mom and Gerald's Christmas Tree up for 2015. This coming Saturday afternoon is when we will all assemble for this year and put up their tree for this year. Same as in years past for everyone, make or buy something personal to add to the tree. This is the third year we are doing the tree, and with each and every passing year it gains more life.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household,  it's just me and Fin that are up as she is running around the house playing. I'm up collecting my thoughts for the day and watching Bad Grandpa on Amazon.

We have absolutely no plans for the day believe it or not. I'm still battling this little bit of a chest cold /sinus infection that I just can not seem to shake. It's unreal how long this thing has been lingering on and on.

The Mountaineers played Stetson in Basketball last night and won 103-62. They are now 3-0 on the season. Women's Soccer played in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and beat Northwestern 4-0. Northwestern had only allowed 4 goals all season and the Women scored 4 last night. The Man's Football team travels to the Kansas today to take on the 0-10 Kansas Jayhawks, hopefully we can help them continue their losing streak.

Other than that no plans for today, traffic last night was absolutely crazy all over town with the Men's basketball game, Women's soccer and the students doing their best to get the heck out of town for Thanksgiving break. The good news is that there is not going to be anywhere near the traffic around town as we have been used to seeing the past few months. It'll be a nice little break for all of us residents.

Have yourselves a great day, Fin is wanting Fed so my duties call.

Friday, November 20, 2015

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 no more High School Football in Monongalia County this year. Morgantown lost last week ending their season and they were the only team from Mon County to qualify for post season play this year.

The Mountaineers travel to Kansas tomorrow for a noon kickoff. A win here will put us as Bowl Eligible and secure a spot in some post season bowl game. This is a game that we should win since Kansas is 0-10 on the season.

No plans for Michelle and I, with Thanksgiving coming up and it just being that time of the year, we are probably not going to get into anything this weekend. No road trips or excursions planned like last weekend. Maybe a little house cleaning as we start to prepare and get ready for the Christmas Season that is coming up upon us.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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+ images that I have either captured with a Camera, Scanned or just simply stolen off the internet. Little lost moments in time that I post up and relive tight here for everyone while I try to recall the moments around that image. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that image and sometimes it's a challenge, although one thing it always is is a whole lot of fun for me.

Let's go waaaaaay back for this picture, so far back that it predates about anyone who is reading this. The little boy with the had on in the middle of the picture is my Grandpa Hall and the man with a little girl on his lap would be my Great-Grandfather Lee Hall. My guess is the little girl is either my Grandfather's sister Hazel or Eva and the other two boys being his Brothers Lincoln and Russell. I have no clue as to the identity to the man on the left hand side of the picture.

I'm guessing that this picture based on my Grandfather's age at the time was the possibly the late 1890's or more likely the early 1900's. He was born in 1893, so a guestimate on his age will get you pretty close to the year that this picture was taken. My guess is that this picture was taken in Jeanette Pennsylvania where he was originally from.

Have yourselves a Great Day

Hi ho hi ho