Friday, January 15, 2021

It's a Happy Birthday Michelle Dawn Hall Birthday

 This is not your typical Friday, it's a very special one to me and my wife. Today, my lovely wife along with her Sister Chris (they are not twins) celebrate their birthdays. Danni and Roy are planning on coming down some time this weekend so we will all probably take a trip out for dinner someplace. 

Michelle and Chris are both two very special ladies in my life, Michelle is the apple of my eye and my soulmate, it's hard to believe that we have been together what will be coming on 13 years in a couple of months. She has been my rock-solid foundation and I want to take this opportunity to not only tell her I love her with all my heart, but also a very Happy Birthday today. We have been trying the last couple of days to teach Kiwi to say Happy Birthday, but he has his own aviary agenda. 

Also celebrating a birthday today is Michelle's sister Chris, who is 5 years and 1 minute older. Chris is one amazing Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Teacher, Spiritual Guide, and just an all-around amazing person. I am a very lucky man to have such a sister in law. 

There may be some more good news, but as of presstime of me writing this blog it has not been finalized. This would be very good news for Michelle and her job search. She's been through two interviews and they emailed her their entire benefit package, so this could be some good birthday news coming very soon. 

Happy Birthday to both Michelle and Chris, two very special ladies in my life. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

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 is a whole lot of fun.

This week's pic goes back to last Summer, my weekend co-author negotiated into her contract that I need to show more pictures of her when Peanut was living large in the back yard. She loves her Meoutside time and I grabbed this pic one day when I was shooting pics of all of Michelle's backyard friends. 

Peanut really likes to go outside and during the winter when leaving the door open all day is not an option, she sits in the window or by the back door pretty much all day watching what is going on outside. 

Peanut is specially trained to thwart off any Rhinoceros attacks that we could suffer from. She is a kitty ninja and takes her job very seriously as we have yet to see the first Rhinoceros in the back yard.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is not completed, my Steelers are out of the NFL Playoffs, let's still do a Tidbits

* It has been 20,864 days since I was born, that is 21 years using my new and improved 991 day Calender. I prefer my calendar.

* It has been 6,085 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. 

* 4,682 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, has it really been 12 3/4 years. 

* 3,909 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. Best decision I have ever made.

* It was 3,433 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife and then feasted with all of our guests. 

* I have now lived 1,073 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. Although we have lost the first sibling with Jonathan passing. 

* I have 4,033 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there.

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 599 days away. I think I started this countdown with about 2,500 days. 

* 353 more days to go until my Goodbye 2021 Blog is posted, I have a whole year to make a better one that in 2020. 

* There are 347 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 323 more days. 

* There are 206 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. It was postponed this March to July and now they are pushing the tour until next year. It'll be my and Michelle's 10th wedding anniversary.

* There are 206 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth  Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 70 days until the start of Spring 2021!!!!! My favorite season of the year. 

* 21 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I haven't seen my friend for a couple of weeks, I wonder if he moved. 

* I have written 6,276 blogs in the now 16+ years since I started blogging. 

* No Drone flights this weekend, hopefully, I can get a few flights in this spring. 

* I guess Apple and Android removed the Parler App and now Amazon has eliminated it from their servers after the attack on the Capital last week. Even the companies that own most of the talk radio outlets are ordering the affiliates to stop the election fraud rhetoric. 

*  Am I addicted, we have an Amazon Echo in the living room and an amazon Dot in the bedroom and another one in the bathroom. It's nice to go in there to do your business and you just have to say, "Alexa what's the news for the day" and it starts playing NPR headlines. I guess that is a change from the days of taking a newspaper in with you. 

* The contract tracing has been going well still, it's a heck of a lot different that people not wanting to talk to you like on my Field Interviewing job. 

* Not sure if I have ever mentioned it before on my blog, but I Hate Snow. Don't even like it a little bit.  

* Corona Virus, you can still track it as it is now starting to pick up steam and the numbers are increasing. 

* We're now Orange for COVID for Monongalia County, although most of the rest of the state is red you can track the state stats HERE

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I really need to get back on this as I am such a procrastinator.

* Have yourselves a great day.  

Monday, January 11, 2021


All good things must come to an end, and to you Monday-Friday workers that include those fun-filled things referred to as weekends. For people like me who work Saturday-Wednesday it's kind of the middle of the week hump day for me. Either way, let's take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun-filled week of doing what it is we do for a living. Let's get out there and make this a better world. 

Michelle went over and visited her sister Chris yesterday, I was working so she thought it would be a good time to go and catch up with her Big Sister. I was slaving away of course, doing contact tracing of course, I'm actually getting pretty good at this job. It's nice to be able to feel like you are making some kind of a difference in this world that we occupy. 

Michelle did say that her sister Danni and Roy may make a trip down to Morgantown next weekend, hopefully, we can find someplace to all go out to dinner. I know Michelle mentioned to Chris that we tried El Pollen over the weekend and really liked it, but not sure how that would work as a group setting. 

Have yourselves a great day, do something to make this world a better place. 

Hi ho hi ho

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 I took of her and two of her three siblings plus spouses a few years ago during Bonita's last visit to Morgantown.

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

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet Household, my co-author is once again nowhere to be found and I'm out here collecting my thoughts for the day. The movie life is playing in the background, but I'm not watching.

I'm still waking up and contemplating what this day will have involved with it, such as our weekly grocery shopping and chores right before I head off to do some more contact tracing for RTI. 

The NFL playoffs are starting this weekend and the Steelers are one of the teams that are playing. They have the late game this evening against Cleveland, meaning they play after I get off of work, so I'll be able to watch the entire game if my little heart so desires. Hopefully, they can get back to their winning ways, if not the season ends with their next loss.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday morning, the start of the traditional weekend for some and the start of a new work week for me. I'm out here without Peanut-who is off sleeping somewhere in parts unknown to me. I'm out here watching who knows what on the boob tube and collecting my thoughts for the day. 

I start the next five days of working once again after having the last couple of days off. I'm refreshed and ready to hit it heard on today and meet new and exciting people who may need some assistance with COVID and quarantining. 

Obviously, no plans for me today other than working, that 11:30 - 8:00 Schedule kind of makes it hard to really plan to do much of anything, but I'm not complaining one bit, to be honest. 

The WVU Men's Basketball team plays host to #4 Texas this afternoon at 1:00. I think this will be the 3rd time this season we have played a top 4 team in the country. Gonzaga and Kansas being the first two and the schedule doesn't get any easier when we take on #2 Baylor on Tuesday. Talk about a murderer's row for a schedule, and we're not even in mid-January yet. The women take on the #17th ranked Longhorns tonight at 6:00 here in Morgantown, a few hours after the Men's game ends. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho