Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a  quiet household, Michelle has already been awake 3 1/2 hours so she has me beat by a long shot as she is doing laundry (shades of Grandma Hall) and has been up drinking coffee and watching whatever is on the TV.

Yesterday turned out to be a pretty good day, we ended up taking Trish and Layla with us to Western Maryland for the day. We were trying to find a good fresh butcher, but we were not impressed so far with what we have found. Where we went, everything was frozen and pre-packaged, but I'm looking for fresh like we found out in the Ohio Amish Country.

I think Trish and Layla had a great time yesterday, we did visit a few places out there and treated them to lunch as Casselmans who changed ownership on August 1 and you could definitely tell there was something different the moment you walked into the door.

We stopped by Lynn's to visit her and say Happy birthday to Trent and watch the second half of the WVU game with them. We did surprise Layla by taking her to Hilltop Fruit Market and just seeing her eyes light up was more than worth the trip. Hilltop is also the home to Candy land BTW.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Happy Birthday Kaiden Dalton

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Great-Nephew Kaiden Dalton a very Happy Birthday today. He is a growing boy and is definitely starting to catch up to me in age, give it another 13 years and he'll pass me up in age.

Kaiden is a very good and well behaved young man and it is actually an honor to be around him.

Not sure what Kaiden is up to today, other than working towards his Doctorate in in Civil Engineering (yeah I know it's early), but if you happen to see Kaiden today, make sure you wish him the Happiest of Birthdays.

Happy Birthday Kaiden.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, I'm the first one to recover from that losing battle with the dreaded Sandman last night and I'm up early watching Orange County on HBO and collecting my thoughts for the day.

If you live in Morgantown and more specifically my side of town, travel might be a little difficult this morning as the Morgantown Marathon is taking place this morning. All three races cover Van Voorhis Road with the Marathon going into Sabraton and other areas around town. Be careful driving this morning, if you have to get somewhere plan accordingly.

For Michelle and I, we are heading out today for a mini road trip. We are going to Trent's birthday party today in Cumberland, but we are going to make a day of it by traveling around and checking out some local butcher shops. We want to find one at least semi-local that can compare to the one we visited in Amish Country. We have a few we would like to visit and check out before we head west.

The Mountaineers play today at noon, but they are in Kansas and I'll just set the game up to record and watch it later. It's on ESPNU here in Morgantown. Channel 174 here in Morgantown for those of you who don't know where the channel is located on your dial.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Friday, September 22, 2017

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.

Looking for some football? The Morgantown Mohigans travel to powerhouse Martinsburg (the Mohigans have not avoided anyone this year) to take on the Bulldogs, who have won 5 of the last 6 State Championships. #1 University High is at home to take on #2 AA Fairmont Sr and Clay Battelle travels to Tygarts Valley. University High has the only home game this weekend in Monongalia County.

In the College ranks, West Virginia is visiting the land of Dorothy as they travel to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks as we start Big XII Conference play. The Mountaineers will be seeking their third straight win as they are trying to get back into the top 25.

This will be my last full weekend off for a while, I'll start working for RTI next Sunday as that is when the new quarter starts. I'll be working locally during the week and traveling on weekends to work my assigned sections. Can't say where I am traveling to, but it's within an hour of where I live both ways.

Have yourselves a great day, change the world before you take the weekend off.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through some of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off of the internet through the years and find one special picture that stands out. Little lost moments in time from yesterday caught with a Cameras lens and relived right here in my blog. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that one special picture and sometimes it's not that easy, one thing it consistently is however is a whole lot of fun.

I'll admit that I stole this weeks pic from my Sister in Law Chris. Michelle earlier this week asked me about a picture of her with Chad and Hayley from the picnics we did during the summers. I looked through all of my pictures and could not find what she was looking for, turns out it was a picture Chris had taken.

This weeks pic is of Hayley, Michelle and Chad and is probably one of the few (we need more) when these three are in the same picture and the only people in the picture. This one was taken at the 2015 picnic. What makes this rare, is Chad really doesn't like his picture taken.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Brain Fart Wednesday

Every once in a while I get writers block, or my creativity is lacking a little too much to make a meaningful Blog post. Yes here I am stuck in between a tidbits and a flashback in the middle of the work week and trying to come up with something to write about.

Not the first time I have suffered one of these brain farts, but there come times when you really don't have a whole lot to say. I started a Wisdom Wednesday a few years ago and I never really got into that too much. I've thought about other themes for Wednesdays, but it is bookended by theme posts.

Summer is winding down, Fall will actually be here this Friday, and my favorite seasons of the year are ending and my two least favorite are starting to begin. Yes it is football season, but I'm a spring time kind of guy. I think I have always been like this, or at least as far as I can remember.

One of the things I have been doing lately is looking back through some of my older blogs, once written over a decade ago and seeing what my thought process was back then. It's always nice to reflect on days gone by.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Another work week has been started and we are now looking down the barrel of a Tuesday morning, good reason to write another Tuesday's Tidbits.

* It has been 19,658 days since I first set foot on this planet, I'm thankful for each and every one of them. Using my unique and rotating 933 day Calendar, that makes me 21 years old.

* It has been 4,874 days since I graduated from West Virginia University, fulfilling one of my dreams as I grew up here in Morgantown.

* 3,475 days ago I asked Michelle out for dinner and to see the movie 10,000 BC.

* 2,699 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed marriage to Michelle, about 4:00 in the morning, but she knew it was coming.

* It was 2,236 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife.

* I have 5,186 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred here or there and depending on how I feel.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass is only 1,832 days away. Pitt got destroyed by Oklahoma State this past weekend.

* There are 322 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary.

* We have 182 more days to go until Spring 2018. Summer is winding down and getting ready to end as we enter fall, but I'm a Spring and Summer kind of guy.

* 137 more days until Phil takes center stage again and pretends that a Groundhog is the worlds most listened to Weatherman.

* 103 more days to go until my Goodbye 2017 Blog is posted where I recount 2017 based on what I have written in my blog. Should be an interesting one this year to say the least.

* There are 97 more shopping days left until Christmas. Now we are within 100 days, time for people to really start planning.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 73 more days. If you use that antiquated 365 day calendar, this will be the 33rd Anniversary of it.

* We are 18 days away from Michelle and I going to the Springs Festival. Going to see if we can find a butcher up there as all the meat we bought from Amish Country in Ohio was great.

* I have written 4,991 blogs in what is now my 13 full years of being a Blogger and I'm also starting to close in on 5,000 blog posts. I've been reading through some of my older ones through the years, it's a nice reflection and something enjoyable. It's the payoff for 13 years of staying with it.

* Nothing new on the Brother Search that has been going on for a couple of years, but we've hit brick walls everywhere.

* Nothing new on the Hall Family Tree, even though there are some updates and additions that do need to be made.

* I had a good sports weekend this past weekend, the Mohigans, Mountaineers and the Steelers all won their respective games again.

* WVU will be on the road this week, so it should be quiet around Morgantown for the most part.

* We will be starting another quarter for RTI in a few weeks. I should be getting my specific materials in the very near future as to tell me specifically where I will be working. I've enjoyed the break, but I'm about to get busy once again for a month or so.

* Peanut has enjoyed her Summer, being able to roam around during the day before coming in of an evening to safely rest and eat. Days are getting shorter and colder, she may not like what is coming in the next few months. I don't either. I'm curious to see how she will do in the snow.

* I guess the riots in St Louis has hit the hotel we stayed at in January. They busted out the big glass windows where we would eat at in the Convention Center. We are planning on going back this January, maybe this time the arch will be open for us to ride to the top.

* I'm still converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I'm a slacker but I'll get them done.

* I'm going to put this out there and not sure if I have ever mentioned it before. I Hate Snow. =)

* Have yourselves a great day and do something to change the world.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, September 18, 2017


Yep it's that day that we all love so much. The weekend is now exhausted and it's time to head back into our places of work and change the world. Hopefully you are relaxed and recharged and ready to tackle it all and make a difference.

I have actually got a busy week ahead of me, a few meetings and working with an outside office trying to obtain some very detailed data. I've even got a get together luncheon at work where AECOM is going to buy us our lunch. I'm hearing a rumor it's going to be Dickie's BBQ, so I'm a little excited about that as I love their food.

Morgantown is getting a new indoor gun range that will be located in Sabraton. It's supposed to be a state of the art facility. I have been going to Fairmont and the ATR Performance Range which is really nice, but the one in Morgantown is supposed to be state of the art so we shall see. I like to go shooting every once in a while to keep my weapons in working condition and to practice with them. Yes Michelle is still a better shot than I

Have yourselves a great day today and let's change the world.

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Calvin McClain

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Nephew Calvin a very Happy Birthday today. Don't ask me how old he is all I know is that all of my Nephews and Nieces have passed me up in age and I'm still only 21 (he's 22)

Calvin is someone Michelle and I have watched grow up and mature more than any other family member since we have been together. He has matured into a fine young man and now has a beautiful wife to share his life with.

I'm not sure what Jeanetta or even my sister Pam have planned for him today, but I will say it'll be memorable no matter what it may be.

It has been a real honor watching this young man grown up into the man that he is today.

If you happen to see Calvin today, make sure that you wish him a very Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Calvin.