Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that does in fact those things that many people get to enjoy as time off from work called the weekend (except for me this weekend), now it's time to stick our collective noses back on the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

It was a pretty good weekend for Michelle and I, we do have some black walnuts still drying and we are still trying to get that black ink off our hands from Saturday. I sure hope the payoff from trying harvest these are worth the payoff. The good thing is we did not overdue it on them. Just a nice little what I would call usable batch.

Michelle's 30th class reunion is coming up this weekend, but I'm not sure that she wants to go this year. We had planned on it and may still end up going, but that would be up to Michelle. I think she was a little upset with some of classmates this past week or so for some things going on on Facebook. Time will tell and we shall do whatever Michelle wants to do, but with Chad getting ready to move back in something tells me she has other priorities for this coming weekend. Time will tell.

Have yourselves a great day and a great start to the week.

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Brittany Dae Cummings

I would love to take this time out to wish my beautiful niece Brittany a very Happy Birthday today.

It seems like it was only yesterday that I was in the hospital waiting room watching an afternoon running of the TV show Who's the Boss as Kim was bringing this wonderful bundle of joy into the world. If my math is right, this would be her 27th Birthday, or as I like to put it, the 6th Anniversary of her 21st Birthday.

She is an amazing young women, graduating from West Virginia University a couple of years ago, she currently works for WVU Medicine as a scheduler.

If you get a chance to see or talk to Brittany today, make sure that you take a little bit of time out and wish her the Happiest of Birthdays today.

Happy Birthday Brittany.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday

Here I sit on a semi-quiet Sunday Morning,. we are dog sitting Rocky and Lilly and Lilly and I are up at at em already. We are watching the Charlies Angels movie on the tube and collecting our thoughts for the day.

I have to confess I was working yesterday, so I recorded the game as I was out. I was listening to it while I was working and we were getting spanked and dominated by Texas Tech. I drive home and am talking to Michelle about all the work she did at the house yesterday all the while not turning on the TV. Michelle looked at her phone and much to my surprise, we were now winning 38-35 after rallying from an 18 point margin early in the 3rd Quarter to win 46-35 in front of a Homecoming crowd. From my understanding the crowd was electric and I even read where a friend of mine Chris Ostien (Steelers Trivia and Softball Teammate) said "Thirteen seasons of producing games at Mountaineer Field. Today was.... maybe the most memorable.... What an win. What an atmosphere. Still buzzing." It must have been special, I have it recorded.

Michelle did a great job of purging a lot of stuff from the back bedroom. Most of it junk the kids had left behind and was just simply taking up space. Old games and just large boxes full of junk we would never use again, to the trash it all went and organized it now is. Chad may be moving back in in the near future, so the purge really helps. No need keeping junk you're not going to use.

Michelle and I harvested some Black Walnuts yesterday, we have an abundance of them like never before, and once we identified what they were were grabbed them all up off the floor. We cleaned and washed about 3-4 dozen of them and have them drying now. It takes 2-4 weeks for them to dry, so we shall see. There are more out there that we picked up, not sure if we will clean them though as even working with rubber gloves, the black ink stains the hands.

Typical Sunday morning for us, we'll be heading out and doing our shopping and visiting Phoenix Bakery this morning, before I once again head my butt out to travel to do some more field work. During the week I am working locally, but on weekends I have to travel about an hour each way to get to the segment.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Homecoming Saturday Morning

Here I sit in a quiet household once again, I'm up early watching Orange County and catching my thoughts on the day.

It's homecoming weekend here in Morgantown, WVU takes on Texas Tech at Noon which means there are probably a few hundred people holding "I Need Tickets" signs around town. It the early morning, but my guess a few of them will show up pretty soon with the early kickoff.

Me and my day, I'll be heading out early this morning and traveling for work. I'll be out of town both today and tomorrow working and may be for the next few weekends. It gives me a couple of hours of drive time a day so there is the nice country trip during the fall foliage that the Government is paying me to drive through, so there are some perks for this job...lol. Of course I'll have to record the game today to watch it.

Michelle is going to Treasure Hunt/Purge the back bedroom to try to clear some things out of there. Chad may be moving back in with us in the near future. She found a few things yesterday that assisted her in decorating for Fall, and I'm sure there are many treasures back there that we have forgotten all about for her to sort through.

Have yourselves a great day today, and let's go Mountaineers.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, October 13, 2017

Big Ole Hairy Friday the 13th

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 the 13th.

Looking for a little bit of football this weekend, well we have football this weekend. Riverside comes to Pony Lewis Field this evening to take on the Morgantown Mohigans, should be a good one. #2 and still undefeated (until they play the Mohigans) University High travels to Buckhannon-Upshur to try to continue their undefeated season and Clay Battelle travels up the road to Cameron for their game this evening.

Tomorrow, West Virginia hosts Texas Tech as we are going to try to stop a 9 game losing streak against ranked teams as the Mountaineers take on the Red Raiders. Special Teams play is the reason the Mountaineers have two losses so far this season, the Offense and Defense has played well enough to win, Special Teams may be one of the worst overall units I have ever seen on a Division 1 Football team. Any school, any year, they are just that under coached and unprepared.

No big plans for Michelle and I other than going out to dinner this evening like we do on every Friday Night, it's the one night of the week we plan on going out to dinner. Kind of like a little treat for a week of hard work.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, October 12, 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.

This weeks pic is a very special one, but one very few people will real significance of, but it is significant to say the least.

The game is a WVU Baseball game, it was against a very good Texas team (who we beat) that played for the College World Series Championship that year if I recall. More importantly however, this was the last WVU Baseball game played at old Hawley Field. The next season the Mountaineers traveled around the state while Monongalia County Ballpark was being constructed. The night before the Governor signed the TIF at the Ballpark here that allowed for the construction of the new Stadium, but this was the last game that was played at Hawley.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hump Day

Two days in (for some) and now all we have to do is get up and over this dreaded Noontime hump and it will be all downhill as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

We got Ice's windshield fixed yesterday, Safelite came to Michelle's office and fixed it there for us. It was just a freak thing driving down the parkway where a rock came up and hit the windshield, we just decided to have it fixed before it turns into something else where we would have to replace the whole windshield which considering we have the Eyesite on this car, the windshield is very important to keep clean and fully functional with no problems.

The Mountaineers will be at home this coming weekend when they take on #24 Texas Tech here in Morgantown at Noon on Saturday. The 3-2 Mountaineers will host the 4-1 Red Raiders and try to end a 9 game losing streak against ranked teams. We have not beaten a ranked team since 2014 when we beat #4 Baylor here in Morgantown. It's time for that streak to end.

Have yourselves a great day today, make a difference.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Gotta go back to work today, enjoyed my day off yesterday, but now it's time to go back to work and it's time for another Tidbits.

* Happy Anniversary to Angela and Moke McClain, they are celebrating their Seventh Wedding Anniversary today.

* It has been 19,689 days since my reported birth, or so they tell me.

* It has been 4,895 days since I graduated from West Virginia University, fulfilling a lifetime dream of mine.

* 3,496 days ago I asked Michelle out for dinner and a movie, I'm lucky after that movie choice to have gotten a second date...lol

* 2,720 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed marriage to a very special lady who has made my life better every day that we have been together.

* It was 2,257 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, we got married at the Marilla Center. Helped fulfill a friends bucket list to Marry someone.

* I have 5,165 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days or so here or there and depending on if I hit the lottery and become a mega millionaire, I'll retire that day if it happens.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass is only 1,811 days away, I had to endure that ugly Panther gear Sunday at Heinz Field. May the Steelers should make Pitt get a stadium that they could fill up, like a Jr High stadium.

* There are 301 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary.

* We have 161 more days to go until Spring 2018. I'm already over winter and we are not even there yet.

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

* 83 more days to go until my Goodbye 2017 Blog is posted where I recount 2017 based on what I have written in my blog. It has been a year of transition and change, so should be a good read.

* There are 76 more shopping days left until Christmas. I actually bought our yearly Village item yesterday. We started this a few years ago and add something to it every year.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 59 more days. If you use that antiquated 365 day calendar, this will be the 33rd Anniversary of it.

* I have written 5,014 blogs in what is now my 13 full years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,986 to go!!!!!

* 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.

* The Steelers game was horrible Sunday, I can't believe we lost that back. Ben threw two pick six's that put the nail in our coffin. The Gateway Clipper ride was nice as usual.

* Got a small hole in the windshild for LP on the parkway Sunday. Rock came up and hit it. We called Safelite and they are going to Michelle's place of business this afternoon to fix it. 

* Things are going good at my regular job, it may be Christmas time for me as I might get to pick out a few new toys. $30,000 GPS is on my list as well as some software upgrades.

* 4th Quarter for RTI is well under way, I'm still chugging along and working my sections down. This might be the real start of a few week stretch where I won't have many days off from one job or the other. Hence why I just took the day off from both jobs yesterday.

* Peanut aked me yesterday "Meow Meow, meow meow meow, meow meow meow meow meow,  meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow?" Which basically translates into "Hey Dad, days are getting shorter and it's getting cooler, does this mean my meoutside time is going to be shrinking? " I speak fluent Cat-anese BTW.

* Would you believe I had a BSoD writing this blog? Not good, but good thing everything saved.

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I am such a slacker.

* I'm going to put this out there and not sure if I have ever mentioned it before. I Hate Snow. Not a little bit, a lot.

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, October 09, 2017

Columbus Day

I am lucky as I work at a Federal Facility and today is a Federal Holiday called Columbus Day. Meaning they pay me to stay home and relax and not have to go to work. You got to love it when things like this happens. Ironically the first place many experts believe was Christopher Columbus's first stop was Grand Turk, which is usually the first stop on all of the cruises that we have been on.

After yesterdays Steeler game and working two jobs,  I think I am going to enjoy a little rest and relaxation from both jobs today and do some things around the house and or town and just generally take it easy and make it a me day. Not sure what I will get into, I need to make at least one phone call to the Physicians Office Center, but other than that I plan on it being as boring of a day as possible as tomorrow things get hectic again.

Michelle on the other hand, has to work today as does a lot of America. I know there are some companies at work who have to work today, but they are more site support and network type things. I'm one of the lucky ones who is off.

Have yourself a great day today, I plan on it.

Hi ho......not today.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Steeler Kind of Sunday

Well here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, I'm up early and I have no idea what is on the TV behind me and I'm collecting my thoughts on the day and preparing for the day.

Mine and Michelle's plans for the day, putting on one of our Steelers Jersey's, grabbing our Terrible Towels and heading to Heinz Field to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this afternoon at 1:00.

We'll head out earlier this morning and we have a parking pass for a garage on the North Shore, but we usually park at Station Square and ride the Gateway Clipper over, it's such a majestic way to enter Heinz Field.

We might head out early and partake on some pre-game festivities at Stage AE or just enjoy the North Shore until kickoff. Either way it's going to be a good day and we plan on spending it with the Steelers.

Have yourselves a great day today, make it a special one.


Saturday, October 07, 2017

Saturday

Here I sit on a semi-quiet Saturday morning, Michelle and I are both up and ready to start our days.I'm up watching who knows what on the TV (I Think it is Hope Floats) She is playing with a Bose Soundlink Micro that we bought for her last night for her office so she can listen to music at work.

I'll be heading out and traveling this morning to do some field work, so this will be my seventh straight day working, however Michelle and I are going to the Steelers game tomorrow and Monday is Columbus Day (A Federal Holiday) so I might just take the day off from doing field work as well to recover from tomorrows game.

Being that we are traveling tomorrow and I am working today, my lovely wife gets to do our Sunday Grocery Shopping without me this weekend. With a change in jobs we changed roles in Sams Club Shopping, it used to be me doing it on Fridays while she was working later, now that has flipped I she gets off work when I used to and I get off work later in the day when she used to so we switched roles on Fridays. I guess my job as the home sous chef was downsized so the chef could take over the evening cooking duties as well. It has definitely been a year of change for the both of us.

I hope everyone has a great day today, I'll be missing the WVU Football game but that's OK, I feel what I am doing has purpose and maybe it is more important than a game I can catch up on in a box score.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, October 06, 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 a little football action? We have football this weekend. Tonight the Morgantown High Mohigans host Wheeling park at Pony Lewis Field. University hosts Hampshire and Clay Battelle travels to Paden City to play. College Football the WVU Football team is at TCU, Gameday on ESPN will be broadcasting from there, so Lee Corso could put a Mountaineer hat on, but TCU is favored and are a very good football team. Sunday Michelle and I will be traveling to Pittsburgh to watch the Steelers take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field.

I'm off from RTI today, but will be out early tomorrow and be putting in a full day before taking off Sunday and (gasp) Monday as well as it is a Federal Holiday and I'm off at NETL and I might just stay home from the RTI job as well as most people will be working during the day.

The Springs Festival is this weekend, although I will not be making it up there unless we go tonight. Not sure what Michelle's plans are for tomorrow, but obviously I will be tied up and working.

Have yourselves a great weekend, make it memorable.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, October 05, 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.

This weeks pic goes back to 2010, Michelle and I had went to a WVU baseball game in the spring of 2010 and this old time looking dude stopped by and talked to us. I don't know how they let him into the game with a musket, but they even let him fire it a few times that day.

Actually the Mountaineer was Brock Burwell and he was a legacy Mountaineer. His Uncle was the Mountaineer years ago and Brock was the little Mountaineer when he was a young child and being the Mountaineer was his destiny. He had graduated but gave it one last shot after being the alternate for two seasons, so he tried again. He won it and was the best Mountaineer we have ever had in his two years of being the Mascot.

I had actually known him for a couple of years before this point, he went to church with a boss of mine plus he was a regular poster on Blue and Gold News, so I knew his back story before he was ever named the Mountaineer. I believe this baseball game was his first official outing as the primary Mountaineer as he won it during basketball season. Up until that point, I had never seen the Mountaineer at a Baseball game. Brock started a trend.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Rest in Peace Abdul Rehmani

This past Friday I got some disheartening news about a great man. Our extended family lost one it's most intelligent and cultured man. Abdul was an amazing man and he spoke seven different languages, built successful businesses on other continents only to have it stolen from him by corrupt regimes. Nothing ever seemed to stop the man and if he was anything he was always determined and planning his next step.

Abdul leaves behind his lovely wife Farida, two daughters in Samira and Nasrin and one son in Nihat or Nick as we all have come to know him.

Funeral services will be held today in Richmond Virginia as they are making sure he is buried as the is being buried as his faith Ismailism dictates. This was the closest facility that could follow his faith and enter him into his final resting place.

I have numerous fond memories of this great man, whether it be sitting and having very intellectual conversations with the man where I walked away enlightened with a wealth of knowledge that I did not previous know, or just talking about the simple things.

Abdul was a very self motivated man, when he wanted to learn a discipline (such as computers) he would be relentless and not only know how to do something, but why you do it and the consequences of doing in an alternative way. He did this on purpose as he wanted to fully understand everything. He was actually Cisco Certified, something he did later in life.

Anytime I ever sat down and spoke with the man, I always felt I walked away a better man and enlightened due to the time we had spent together. I could always get a perspective that I did not know or only imagined, especially in todays troubling times. Abdul was always the voice of reason and I consider myself a better man from knowing him.

My condolences goes out to Farida, Nick, Nasrin, Samira and all of their immediate families and friends during this time of mourning. You all have mine and Michelle's love, thoughts and prayers during this time.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday completed. Check. Tuesday up ahead of us. Check. Time to write a tidbits. Check.

* It has been 19,682 days since I first showed up on this rock we call a planet.

* It has been 4,888 days since I graduated from West Virginia University, fulfilling a lifetime dream of mine.

* 3,489 days ago I asked Michelle out for dinner and a movie.

* 2,713 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed marriage to a very special lady who has made my life better every day that we have been together.

* It was 2,250 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, we exchanged our Marital vows and entered into the world of marriage.

* I have 5,172 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days or so here or there and depending on if I hit the lottery and become a mega millionaire, I'll retire that day if it happens.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass is only 1,818 days away.

* There are 308 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary.

* We have 168 more days to go until Spring 2018. I'm already over winter and we are not even there yet.

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

* 90 more days to go until my Goodbye 2017 Blog is posted where I recount 2017 based on what I have written in my blog. It has been a year of transition and change, so should be a good read.

* There are 83 more shopping days left until Christmas. WalMart has their Christmas Trees up and we were actually looking at them this weekend.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 59 more days. If you use that antiquated 365 day calendar, this will be the 33rd Anniversary of it.

* We are 4 days away from the Springs Festival, I'll be working so and we are going to the Steelers game the next day, so I might not make it this year.

* I have written 5,007 blogs in what is now my 13 full years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000.

* 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.

* There was a tragedy yesterday morning in Las Vegas, an idiot gunman started shooting people and as of the time of this being written there were 50 people killed and 200 injured.

* Donald Trump is scheduled to be here in Morgantown tomorrow, Sean Hannity is going to interview him and they are doing it at the Metropolitan Theater and it is invitation only.

* WVU plays TCU this weekend, we are playing at TCU and Gameday will be broadcasting from there. Which means Lee Corso will choose to either put on the TCU head or the WVU Hat. He'll choose the Horned Frogs as this will be our toughest test of the year so far.

* 4th Quarter for RTI is under way, I'm out here this evening so this will be a very long day for me.

* Going to the Steelers Jaguars game Sunday, we've got tickets and a parking pass and are good to go for the game.

* 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. Not a little bit, a lot.

* Have yourselves a great day and do something to make a difference in the world that we live in.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, October 02, 2017

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that includes those fun filled things referred to as weekends, now it's time to stick our collective noses back on the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is that we do for a living.

Today is kind of an anniversary for me, it was 44 years ago today that I broke my leg in what has been the biggest accident in my life to date. It took months to recover from, a surgery, a pin in my leg, six weeks in traction in the hospital and 8 weeks in a combination of casts including six weeks in a body cast where I was immobilized from the shoulders down with the notable exception of my right knee and below. I ended up being a half an inch taller on my left leg than my right due to the traction and it's now starting to affect my hip all these years later. Sucks getting old...lol

Looking at my week ahead, it's work, work, work, work and work. It's going to be a busy week for me to say the very least. The good news is that next Monday (even though I will probably be out doing field work) is a Federal Holiday, so I do get a little bit of a break with the Holiday, I'll only work one job that day...lol

There is some word that Sean Hannity is going to broadcast from Morgantown on Wednesday. I've heard that Donald Trump is going to be his guest and it is supposed to be held at the Metropolitan Theater. I can see Morgantown being chaotic that day for one reason or the other if this holds up to be true, I'll just keep my butt on this side of town...lol

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm up watching "She's Out of My League" a movie that I have and collecting my thoughts for the day. Sophie is snoozing on my recliner and Peanut is around somewhere.

Today starts another busy quarter for me, I'll be heading out later this morning and traveling to a place that I worked this time last year to start my fourth quarter. I do have to say that I am about as least enthused by this quarter as I have been for any quarter that I have worked. I'm staying with it, I do enjoy what I do, but this is my 7th quarter that I will be working for RTI and the newness is starting to wear off a little. I do enjoy getting out and meeting people, that will never change though. I start a stretch that may see me have one day off this month and that will be next Sunday as we have tickets to the Steelers game.

Michelle and I did our civic duty yesterday and went out and voted early on the road bond issue that is currently being voted on and the actual voting day will be this coming Saturday, but we decided to get out and go to the old Mall and cast our votes before then.

We did find a butcher yesterday that deals in fresh meats that is across the state line but still local. Harry's Meats off of 857 seems to be exactly what we were looking for, you walk in and all the meat is fresh in the cooler and they have a big area off to the side where they are processing everything as well as a big smoker. The meat we brought back from Amish Country was so good that we needed to find something more local and I believe we have.

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

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, I'm up early and watching who knows what on the boob tube and collecting my thoughts for the day as I am waking up.

Michelle and I did make it to the Buckwheat Festival yesterday and I did manage to get my Buckwheat cakes. We stopped at the Methodist Church in Masontown to eat, as it seems like it is never crowded there when we go and they have some very good buckwheat cakes. After eating we headed into Kingwood to enjoy the festivities and see all the crafts. I do have to say I personally enjoy all of the livestock, I can walk through there and fart up a storm and no one blames me. It was my dust and go strategy and I pulled it off beautifully.

No real plans for the day, we might run back to Masontown and Streets Store to stock up some bacon and sausage. They really do have the best Bacon and Whole Hog Sausage in the area. Other than that this will be my last day off for a while with the exception of next Sunday, when we go to the Steelers vs Jaguars game, which could very well be my only day off in the Month of October from both jobs.

I think I hear the couch calling my name to come back and relax on it again.

Have yourselves a great day, make it memorable.

Friday, September 29, 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.

Weather permitting this evening, I would like to go to Preston County this evening to eat Buckwheat Cakes. The Buckwheat Festival is in full swing and my experience with Buckwheat cakes last weekend was less than pleasurable. The best place and time to get Buckwheat cakes is in Preston County and during the Buckwheat Festival. Maybe it's a local thing, and I only crave them once a year and this is that time.

Other than that, if you are looking for a little High School Football action, University travels to St. Albans, Morgantown travels to Musselman and Clay Battelle is at home against Calhoun County. WVU is off this weekend so this is pretty much going to be a non-football weekend around the city of Morgantown.

I'm off tomorrow, but my next quarter starts with RTI on Sunday. It's been a nice little break and I have enjoyed it, but now it's time to get my butt back out in the field and bring the 2017 season to an end before I have to head back to St. Louis for re-certification.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, September 28, 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.

The things you see in other Countries. Michelle and I went to Niagara Falls a few years ago, we went up ans stayed in Canada as part of a package deal that I bought on Groupon, which is a really reasonable get away especially if you have your Passport and can go across the border and stay. There is so much more to do on the Canadian side than the US side.

We went to one of the gift shops in Canada by the falls, and this is what I saw when I went into the restroom. It was a Moose standing at the urinal doing his business. Not exactly something you expect to see when you walk into the restroom.

Have yourselves a great day, make the most of it and maybe you'll run into a Moose in the restroom, you never know.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

5,001 a Blog Odyssey

And it begins. Since yesterday was the day I celebrated my first 5,000 posts, I am now working on my next 5,000 posts and it all starts with post number 5,001.

It's also hump day and the middle of the work week, so there is that as well...lol Let's just get up and over this noon time hump and it's all downhill as we work towards another fun filled weekend. I will be off Saturday, but Sunday it all begins again working for RTI on our final quarter for 2017.

The Preston County Buckwheat Festival begins tomorrow. I would like to make it up, I love Buckwheat cakes, so we shall see how that all turns out. I love buckwheat cakes and the ones I ate last week in Maryland were kind of Gnasty and with a capital G. I know Michelle likes looking at all the crafts, but she is not a Buckwheat Cake eater, so maybe we'll make a deal that is beneficial to both.

Have yourselves a great day, do something worthwhile.

Hi ho hi ho


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

5,000


Well I have reached a milestone as a blogger. What I began 13 years ago when I just wanted to see what Blogger was and what is was all about that I started doing this new thing called blogging.

I had seen others write daily journals and I think when I started to write this that was my initial intention. Just a place to put my thoughts and share them publicly. I thought it was a good idea, but who knew how long I would do it. Thirteen years and 5,000 posts later, I'm still doing it and pretty much doing it daily for over a decade now.

My Blog has seen a lot through the years, both highs and lows. From me going from one job to another, to me meeting the love of my life and the things that we do and places we go. It's seen me visit numerous countries and go to places I would never have dreamed of when I started writing it initially, as they were all just dreams in the clouds.

It's seen us welcome new members into the family, celebrate many birthdays and even give my thoughts when very special people have left us and the grief that has caused us.

I've documented events and shared pictures and videos, and just simply shared my sometimes redundant and brain dead thought process.

It has been my pleasure to write this, even though it becomes a pain in the butt at times, I don't know what I would do without being able to write it.

Thank you to each and every reader, I know my blog has been read in many countries and in places I will never have the chance to visit. Thank you for allowing me to share my life with you and thank you for reading. Not too many people can make the claim to have written 5,000 blog posts.

Here's to the next 5,000 posts, 10,000th blog should be posted around the year 2030...lol

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again in our rear view mirror, can't think of a better reason to replicate my Tuesday's Theme blog other than it is Tuesday.

* It has been 19,675 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. Layla and I talked about this this past weekend, I don't think she grasps the concept of a 933 day calendar.

* It has been 4,881 days since I graduated from West Virginia University, I have stayed the course and worked in my field of study since I graduated even though my job title is now Engineer.

* 3,482 days ago I asked Michelle out for dinner and to see the movie 10,000 BC, I could have went and seen Semi-Pro but I chose this stupid movie.

* 2,706 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 2,243 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife.

* I have 5,179 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days or so here or there and depending on how I feel.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass is only 1,825 days away. Pitt is selling 50 yard line seats for less than the price of a Big Mac.

* There are 315 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary.

* We have 175 more days to go until Spring 2018. Yes everyone loves the fall or the winter, bah humbug give me the tropical climate.

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

* 97 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 90 more shopping days left until Christmas. WalMart has their Christmas Trees up already. That's OK, we already started buying Christmas decorations a few weeks ago in Amish Country.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 66 more days. If you use that antiquated 365 day calendar, this will be the 33rd Anniversary of it.

* We are 11 days away from Michelle and I going to the Springs Festival, if we make it up for that. We were just there this past weekend and I will be out working for the Festival.

* I have written 4,999 blogs in what is now my 13 full years of being a Blogger. I'm just one away from a Milestone post.

* 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.

* Spoke with Gary over the weekend, he seems to be doing well. He's staying the course and is thinking about becoming a preacher.

* Spoke with Pam over the weekend, George is recovering. Still sore, but making progress. She said they all went to Fusion for Calvin's Birthday.

* WVU is off this coming week for Football. Should be a quiet weekend around town.

* We will be starting another quarter for RTI Sunday. I've got all my preparation done to start the quarter, just waiting for Sunday to officially start another quarter.

* With all the controversy this past weekend surrounding the NFL and the National Anthem and seeing so many people making empty claims of boycotting it while making multiple posts on the internet, I just want to point out we are going to the Steelers vs Jaguars game the weekend after this one. First time I will be going to a Steelers game without sideline passes...lol

* Mohigans lost, Steelers lost and WVU's defense was exposed despite winning. Not the greatest of sports weekends.

* 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 about halfway there. When her dad made the tapes, he didn't waste any tape, he used up the whole two hours and did it at higher definition.

* I'm going to put this out there and not sure if I have ever mentioned it before. I Hate Snow. Not a little bit, a lot.

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

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday

All good things must come to an end and that does include these fun filled times that we call weekends and look forward to. Fear not, it is the start of another work week but there is another weekend on the back side of it all.

Starting Sunday I will start another streak of consecutive days working as we start our final quarter with RTI. This is our fourth and final quarter of the year before I need to be re-certified in January, like I was earlier this year. It looks highly probable that I will once again be going to St. Louis this year as it is one of the sites that have been designated with Raleigh North Carolina and San Diego. Of course if they gave me a choice I would be going to the left coast and Sand Diego, but Michelle and I will most likely be heading back to St Louis this year.

No other plans for Michelle and I this week, nothing really coming up this week other than working and coming home and making sure Peanut the cat has had sufficient time frolicking out side and bring her butt back in. Days are getting shorter and colder, I'm not sure she is going to like what is coming up for her the next few months, her care free summertime days are coming to an end...lol

Have yourselves a great day, make it special and memorable.

Hi ho hi ho

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

Monday

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 am....lol

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.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Morning Rambling

Here I sit once again, a slacker who is the last person in the household to wake up as Michelle has been up for a couple of hours already drinking coffee while I was still in lala land. I'm such a slacker on a Sunday morning...lol

There is something I wanted to talk about yesterday, but being it was a football Saturday I didn't think the subjects mixed very well so I hesitated and ended up not doing it due to the nature of the topic.

Years ago, it was the Spring of 1982, we moved into East Gate Manor. We had a number of great neighbors, it was a very close neighborhood and more specifically a great area of the neighborhood. Across the street there was a young family with a young Daughter named Valerie. Quiet and conservative, but a sweet young lady.

Years later when she got married she lived in the house with her first husband Jason and a couple of kids that they had.

When I was in college, Valerie had also started to attend and was actually a 4.0 student and a very amazing young lady. I remember speaking to her about an hour or so one day between classes catching up on things and Jason. That turned out to be the last time I had ever spoke to her.

About a year later there was a very tragic event in front of the Waterfront, Valerie was shot in the head by her new Husband (not Jason he was a great guy) who I guess she had married since the last time I had spoken to her.

Well earlier this week I was looking back through some of my blogs from years past (13 years and nearly 5,000 posts makes some interesting reading of your own life) and saw one that had an exceptional number of views compared to anything else I had written at that time. It was the blog post that I liked earlier in this post, so I thought I was inquisitive and decided to seek out if there was any news on Valerie. She was in a vegetative state and was blind after the shooting and there were a couple of fund raisers through the years for her.

I found my answer, Valerie had passed away about three years ago. My heart sunk, this was an inspiring young lady who had the world to capture in front of her. She lived nine years after the murder attempt, not sure how much of a quality of life that she had after the cowardly attempt on her life, but her suffering had finally ended.

It's amazing that in just a split second how someone with so many dreams, desire, vision and the get up and go to make it happen had their life forever changed.

Have yourselves a great day and appreciate it, you never know when it could change.

RIP Valerie.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

It's Gameday

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, I'm the first one to recover from that losing battle with the Sandman last night and I'm up early collecting my thoughts for the day.

It's Football Saturday in Morgantown which means the "I Need Tickets" guys are probably already out and about as they have a short window to gather and resell tickets prior to the noon kickoff today. The Mountaineers are taking on Delaware State which that the Mountaineers should win handily as they are a rebuilding FCS program. Should be a good day for highlights for the Mountaineers.

Michelle and I will be watching the game from the comforts of our very own living room. No log bathroom lines and food is much more reasonable prices and parking is free. You know there were times that I would never miss a game, but it just seems like the price of attending a game had passed its feasibility threshold for me years ago. $60 for an FCS opponent that hasn't beaten anyone in a couple of years, $40 for parking where you still have a mile or so to walk to the game and that is before you even walk into the gate. Hence why I will be watching this game in the comfort of my living room.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Friday, September 15, 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? We have football this weekend. Morgantown High hosts Brooke this evening at Pony Lewis, the Mohigans finally got their first win of the season last Friday after playing two out of state powerhouses. #1 ranked University High travels to Wheeling to take on Wheeling Park High School. Clay Battelle is at home against Valley Wetzel this evening in Blacksville.

College? WVU is at home this weekend to take on Delaware State at Milan Puskar Stadium at Mountaineer Field Saturday with another noon kickoff here in Morgantown. I'll be watching it once again at home with the HD TV, surround sound and a lot shorter lines to the bathroom...lol

Have yourselves a great day today and a the start of an even better weekend.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, September 14, 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.

When Colasantes caught fire a couple of years ago, the first thing that ran through my mind was all the memorabilia that was on the walls and what may have been lost. For years I heard there was an image in the women's restroom that someone told me that I was in. This image is after the 1984 Penn State Victory, the goal posts were torn down and carried from the stadium to the old stadium loop in Sunnyside. This is a picture of that goal post in transit to the Stadium loop and I am NOT in this picture.

I am the person however the State Police Officer walked up to after the game and handed the hacksaw to. Yes, the West Virginia State Police provided the hacksaw to cut it up and it was handed to me in the stadium loop.

Sad story, I was completely drunk for that game, I was so far gone that I was in the sink puking at Mountaineer Field the majority of the game to be literally honest with everyone. I had two room mates at the time, one was a Penn State Graduate who was doing his Masters here at WVU named, Michael Jordan. He was about 5'8" and white, but his name was Michael Jordan. My other room mate was Greg Cutrone who was a member of that 1984 team that ended the streak. Our house was interesting that week and Greg and I made a banner to remind Mike who the Beats of the East was...lol

I saw this picture pop up on Facebook this week and knew that I had to make it my photo flashback even though I am not in this one, I met the goalpost not too far beyond this point and helped carry it into the stadium loop (yes I was still very drunk).

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hump Day

Two days in, Check. Two more ahead of us, check. Now all we have to do is get our butts up and over that noon time hump and we will be able to see the dawn of another weekend off in the horizon for us all to enjoy.

I have to say that I have changed the way I write my blog a little bit. I used to do it every day the day before at work during down periods, but those times are behind me now as my days are quite busy, challenging and quick as I am busy. Now I write them the day before still, but usually in the wee hours before I go to work. So while this is posting Wednesday at 3:00 AM, I'm actually writing this at about 5:45 AM the day before.

It just seems my creative juices seem to flow a little more in the early morning as I have always been an early morning person. A trait I think I got from my Grandparents, who would always start their days in the middle of the night. I remember my Grandmother would do laundry on Saturdays, and she was up at 1:00 or 2:00 AM starting it. Sunday dinners, same thing she was up very early starting to make her delicious home made roles that she used to make.

Some people function best during the day, some late night like my brother Gary, me I'm early morning and I think I will be that way until I die. I figure it's been 21 years (how old I am) and I'm not going to change now.

Have yourselves a great day, make it a memorable one.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, September 12, 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 19,651 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 4,867 days since I graduated from West Virginia University, and I have worked primarily in the field that I studied.

* 3,468 days ago I asked Michelle out for dinner and a horrible horrible movie.

* 2,692 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 2,229 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife.

* I have 5,193 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 1,839 days away, Penn State beat Pitt's (aka Akron) butt this weekend, now we want a shot at them.

* There are 329 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary.

* We have 189 more days to go until Spring 2018. Summer is not even over with quite yet and I'm counting down to Spring.

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

* 110 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 104 more shopping days left until Christmas. It's September so some people start about now.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 80 more days. If you use that antiquated 365 day calendar, this will be the 33rd Anniversary of it.

* We are 25 days away from Michelle and I going to the Springs Festival. The other Amish Country we go to.

* I have written 4,983 blogs in what is now my 13 full years of being a Blogger and I'm also starting to close in on 5,000 posts written which to I think is amazing that I have stuck with it this long.

* 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.

* We have been watching the weather channel the past couple of days tracking Irma and watching what it has done to the gulf coast of Florida.

* WVU is playing another home game this weekend, so we won't be venturing out and doing too much with all the anticipated game day traffic.

* Michelle and I may be moving in the near future, Patty has lost the properties down here (except for her house and her Dad's house) and a new landlord will be taking over in the near future. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

* I'm still converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. She brought a bag of them over last Sunday and we went through and determined which ones she wants converted to DVD. I'm a procrastinator, I confess.

* 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 11, 2017

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that does in fact include those fun filled fall football weekends that we all kind of enjoy. Now it's time to put those games behind us, head into the office so we can talk about those games and start another week of doing what it is we do for a living.

Would you believe that today is kind of an accomplishment for me as a blogger. While I am coming up on a milestone of 5,000 blogs written which should be coming up later this month, today actually marks the 13th Anniversary of my very first blog post. It was 13 years ago today that I heard someone say "I'm a grogger not a blogger", that I had to find out what a blogger was. I knew what a grog was, but I had never heard the term blogger so I investigated and the rest is a daily documented history pretty much of my life over the last 13 years.

I have to say that for me, someone who loses interest in things after a while, that 13 years of writing about things in my life is a pretty remarkable accomplishment for me. It's a great way to document times and events of things that have happened in my life. It's documented my time with Michelle, job changes that I have made, births, deaths, travel, purchases, what I am watching on TV, and things in my life and the lives of many people who have been around me for those 13 years.

I try to keep it simple with a few simple rules I have adopted over the years. Never air out any dirty laundry on my blog. I have a few times, but I have found it is better to remain neutral. Keep it PG rated, I have been known to cuss worse than a factory worker at times and I have tried not to carry it over to this format. I've made very few political posts and that has been by design. I do strongly hold my opinion, but putting it out there for the whole world to see while I am employed as a Government Contractor is probably not the smartest move so I just don't do it. I try not to angry post or say anything derogatory about anyone. I learned a long time ago expressing your emotions is one thing, expressing your emotions and documenting them on the internet or Social Media (which this blog also posts to via Twitter and Facebook) is something that you could very be more trouble than it was ever intended.

There are other rules, but they have all been pretty simple and easy to comply to. I have been threatened with lawsuits by lawyers for my blog a few times. Specifically the cash for gold scam whose attorney's sent me multiple letters to cease and desist, but they are lawyers and not a judge and I stood by first Amendment Rights.

I can been a wonderful 13 years, it's been fun documenting them and I take a little time out every once in a while to go back and review them. It's been tedious at times, but I don't regret becoming a blogger and it really has been a whole lot of fun for me.

Have yourselves a great day today and here is to another 13 years of Blogging.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household once again, there is nothing on on the Boob Tube and I have my headphones on listening to some Don Williams Music who just recently passed away and collecting my thoughts for the day.

The Mountaineers bounced back from last weeks opening loss to beat East Carolina 56-20 yesterday here in Morgantown. WVU was up 49-3 at the half, son the score ended up being closer than the actual game so to speak. QB Will Grier threw for 5 TD's and former recruited QB David Sills (who was signed by USC when he was 13 years old to play QB) caught 7 passes for 153 yard and 3 of those touchdowns. RB Justin Crawford had another 100 yard effort as the Mountaineers looked very good yesterday.

Today is the day that we would have left on our Cruise, but obviously all those plans have changed as we canceled a couple of months ago and the Cruise itself had been changed due to Hurricane's Irma is about to hit landfall in Florida at a Cat 4 (downgraded from a Cat 5) and Jose, another Cat 4 is coming up right behind her and it would have been right in the cruises path of travel. Carnival has changed their itinerary and they are going to Halifax Nova Scotia and St. John even further north of that. If we had to cancel a year, this was probably the best year to do so as we will return to our normal cruising schedule next year!!!

Today will be filled with shopping, laundry and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers as their NFL season begins this afternoon.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

It's Gameday in Morgantown

It's finally here, yes it started last week with the 2017 Home Football Season. The Season started last Sunday with a 24-31 loss to heated Rival Virginia Tech as they retained the Black Diamond Trophy, bu the home season starts today.

I'm sure that even in these wee early hours in the morning, even before they open the lots up to tailgating, that there are people wandering around town with the "I Need Tickets" signs, even though they already have a stack of them in hand lol.

Today the Mountaineers take on East Carolina whom both teams are 0-1 on the season after ECU lost last week to Jeanettas Alma Mater James Madison University. Don't ever discount them though, you never know what ECU has have been known to give us a lot of trouble in the past, but I think we will be fine.

The game kicks off at noon here in Morgantown and I'm sure the Mountaineers will be playing in front of a full stadium as fans want their first home glimpse at new QB Will Grier who will most likely be a next level QB as he is the former Gatorade National Player of the Year and former starting QB at the University of Florida.

Should be a good game, I'll be watching it from my living room with the surround sound, and shorter bathroom lines than there would be at the stadium.

Let's Go Mountaineers.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Pray for their Safe Return
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.

This is kind of a bittersweet BOHF, for the last five years this is the last day of work for Michelle and I before we started our vacations and prepared for our Cruise aboard the Carnival Pride. We actually had this years Cruise booked, but cancelled a couple of months ago due to the fact that both of us switched companies this year and while she has the time built up, I do not yet. It was a tough decision but one that had to be made.

Well come to find out that due to Hurricane Irma which is one of the strongest Hurricanes on record getting ready to inflict some major devastation where ever it hits, and now Hurricane Jose is rearing up right behind her and it's projected path would have been the direct path we took to Grand Turk. The Carnival Pride was scheduled to go to the same places this week as it was going next week, but all of those locations have been changed. Next week's cruise (the one we were scheduled on), is going to make a decision today as to whether they are going to cancel this weeks cruise on the Pride due to the Hurricane and Safety Concerns. I feel a heck of a lot better knowing that I cancelled on my own rather than anticipating going on our cruise now and having them cancel it.

We have family in Punta Cana right now on vacation, and Tom and Tommy Green and need your thoughts and prayers as they are hunkered down and preparing for this CAT 5 Hurricane to hit them. They have moved them more inland to a more secure location, but they are not out of danger and they and everyone else needs your thoughts and prayers for a safe return at this time.

UPDATE: We have heard from them and they are OK.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho