Friday, June 23, 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.

I finally found out where I will be working at this quarter and let's just say that my lead letters that I have to send out will not have to travel that far, let's just say from my mailbox to where the majority of the other mailboxes are located is about 213' and yes that is feet. Less than the length of a Football field. Needless to say I won't have a whole lot of travel time or travel hours for the first part of this upcoming quarter...lol

Well I know Pam, George, Moke and Ang will be traveling to Virginia today. I'm not sure if Calvin is going down with them or if he is already down there, since it is his wedding that we will be traveling for this weekend. Calvin and Jeanetta's Wedding is tomorrow. The countdown has went from days down to hours before these two tie the knot in Holy Matrimony. The Wedding is in Harrisonburg, but we will be staying in Staunton Virginia. We're not planning on heading out until tomorrow morning however and just staying one night. It's going to be a great weekend, I'll be sure to grab a few pictures and videos of the event.

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

Thursday, June 22, 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 my long lost friend Chloe. We had to put her down about two years ago and it was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. Chloe was my friend and we bonded from the very beginning. I could hit the back of the couch and she was right there for me to pet.

We have replaced her with first Phin and then Peanut, but you can never replace a special pet and Chloe was just that.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hump Day / Field Day

I'm back out in the field today, the middle of the work week for everyone else. I will once again be working in a neighboring county and doing some listing work. This will probably be the last bit of listing that I do until the start of a new quarter for my interview portion of the job.

I'll be getting my materials in the very near future (maybe today) to do the next quarters work, but I'll have a lot of prep work to do before then. It's getting close and out kickoff meeting is next Tuesday.

We have officially been dogless for a couple of days now, Hayley came and got Gracie and May a couple of days ago, I think Michelle is going through depression...lol She misses her puppies. We did try to give Hayley a guilt trip yesterday, but to no avail...lol

Oh well, I hope everyone has a great day, I'll be out trying to get the listing work done.

Hi ho hi ho


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday Tidbitless

I have to admit, that Tuesday's tidbits is the most redundant and time consuming blog that I post during any week. It's almost like I am brainless and on auto-pilot. Yet here I am yet once again not writing one.

I have to be honest, my blog in general may have run it's course, everything has become redundant and I've lost any originality that I once used to have. It's almost as if I just repost canned bullshit week after week and never really express anything about myself. Maybe it;s writers block, maybe I've lost interest in doing something that I have done pretty much every day for about 13 years.

It is a great reference point for me when I am trying to pinpoint a specific event down, but then again some events I do not write about as I've learned a long time ago to not air dirty laundry on the internet.

Maybe it's that I have too much time on my hands and am not motivated to write, as I do best when I don't have time.

Will I keep writing my blog, I would say probably, but there are times when it does become burdensome like inopportune times when I have forgotten to write it. I used to enjoy writing it as it was a whole lot of fun, but anymore it's just more burdensome and a pain in the butt.

Anyways, have a great day.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Birthday Erica Jean Nicholson

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my great niece Erica Jean Nicholson a very Happy Birthday today.

I'm not sure what Val has planned for Erica Jean today, she usually combines both Erica and Josh's Birthdays and has one big party, but I'm not sure what the plans are for this summer as a few things have changed.

Erica is turning into a beautiful and intelligent young woman and it is a pleasure to be around.

If you happen to see Erica Jean today, make sure that you take a little bit of time out and wish her a very Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Erica

It's a new week.

That dreaded day of Monday has arrived and it's time to start another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living for the next five days.

Josh has left once again after being out on the road for a few weeks, he and his cousin are probably pulling into Ocean City Maryland about close to the times this posts or he is almost there. He's never been there before so Michelle and I gave him some advice on some things to see and do, He should have a great time.

The clock is counting on Calvin and Jeanetta's wedding. We're heading down Saturday morning and I talked to Pam over the weekend and they are heading down on Friday for the weekends festivities. I'm looking forward to officially welcoming Jeanetta into the family.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Fathers Day

I would like to wish all of the Fathers a very Happy Fathers Day today. It's a holiday that originated here in North Central West Virginia despite what historians may try to have you believe, but the first observance was actually in Fairmont WV just a few years after Mother's Day was established in neighboring Grafton.

There is my Father who gets this blog written every year, but then there is the man who actually took me in and raised me and is my inspiration to this day. That was my Grandpa Hall who you see pictured here.

He was my Father when my Father was absent from my life and trying to establish his. I lost him when I was just a mere 13 years old, but this is the man who I have always looked to for inspiration and try to live the life that he wanted for me.

Ironically it was 27 years after his passing, that I accomplished his dreams for me and that was to Graduate College. It was his dream and my duty to fulfill it.

Happy Fathers Day.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday

Here I sit on a very early Saturday morning, believe it or not I am still up from last night and thought I would write my Saturday Blog then go to bed so that I could get some sleep.

Don't know what our plans are for this weekend yet, we do have a couple of tickets to go and watch the Pirates Play the Cubs this evening, but they have not been playing well and it is a late start for the game.

We sat out on the front porch for a few hours BSing with Ashley last night. Michelle and her were drinking wine and we were all reminiscing about Jean and Mick and telling stories. It was a great and memorable evening and one that I think I'll always remember.

I think it's time for me to actually lay down and get a little bit of sleep.

Good Night

Friday, June 16, 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.

Well that was a pretty uneventful day at NETL, I did have one meeting that turned into two with all of the miscommunication that was going on plus this portion of Morgantown was without power for a few hours yesterday due to a transformer catching on fire.

That was yesterday and this is today, I'm heading back out into the field for some more listing work with RTI today. I'll be working in Morgantown today (literally) so there will not be a whole lot of driving around for me. The interview portion of our work starts back up in about two more weeks when I will be getting back to that part of the job. The good news is I can wear shorts again today, woo hoo

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, June 15, 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 photo serves as a dual purpose, one to show the woodpecker that Michelle found last week in the back yard. It was flopping around like it had a broken wing, so we captured it and took it to Cheat Lake Veterinary Hospital to see if they could identify the problem and possibly fix him up again.

Michelle called for an update earlier this week and they told her that he had a fractured wing and they have him resting with his wing immobilized so that he can heal. It's going to take a couple of weeks to heal him and then they are going to take him and let him loose once again in our area as this is his habitat to fly free again.

It's our good deed for the month.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hump Day

Well here we are once again in the middle of the work week, now all you 9-5ers just have to get up and over this noon time hump and it will be all down hill working towards another fun filled weekend.

I'll be out doing some listing field work today, I'll be traveling to a nearby county once again but a different one to do the listing work. I actually enjoy the field work, getting out and about and not really having to interact with anyone and working at your own pace. The last couple of times I listed I felt rushed as I had things going on that evening and time was of the essence, not going to be the case today.

Michelle is preparing to move her office upstairs this weekend, or at least getting everything ready for the movers to make the move. She's pretty excited about moving upstairs.

We did book our hotel for Calvin and Jeanettas wedding here in less than two weeks. We are not staying with the wedding parties and will instead be staying about a half an hour out using one of our rewards nights for one of my CC's.

Have a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Another Tidbitless Tuesday

Do you believe this, I'm making a bad habit of not writing a Tuesday Tidbits. This is like 2 weeks in a row and like 5 of the last 7 weeks where I have failed in providing everyone those tidbits that everyone is hanging on the edge of their seats for.

First of all Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winning their second straight Stanley Cup and fifth one in franchise history with a 2-0 win over Nashville in Nashville Sunday evening. The Penguins have yet to win the Cup at home, clinching it all five times in the opponents arena. That didn't stop fans from filling up the PPG Paints arena in Pittsburgh to watch the game on the big screen.

We played Softball last night, it was nice to see Mark Devault back out there after he intended on retiring this season. He as usual was a huge asset and helped us pull out a 14-12 victory over IDK in a pretty competitive game. They demolished us the first time we played them last year and have beaten them in every game since that initial meeting. We're off next Monday and return on the 26th with another Double Header.

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that includes the weekends with the outstanding weather when you can go to the zoo and do some smoking outside. Just look at that smoke ring we made on the pork loin, it was just filled with flavor. I highly recommend the set it and forget it electric smokers, they are under rated and they are amazing.

Whitetail Crossing takes the softball field once again this evening, I think we have lost a couple of guys for the season. One just had shoulder surgery and the other has a severely pulled hamstring. Both are great players and their absence for the rest of the season will take a definite toll on the team. Sometimes it's just hard to find guys over 50 years old who would want to come out and make a commitment to play softball for the season. We'll persevere however and find the right guys for the right positions.

I'm scheduled to work 1-2 days for RTI this week plus I'll be going into my office on Thursday for some meetings that I am scheduled to attend. Michelle is starting the process of moving her office into a bigger office upstairs, she is definitely moving up and is a huge asset to MepCo.

We should be busy the next upcoming three weekends, between a Pirate Game, a Wedding and the big picnic, we will be occupied.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday

Well I can't say I'm the first one up this morning as my wife is now tending to sleep less than I do. She was already wide awake and drinking a cup of coffee by the time that my eyes opened up this morning.

Well with no plans yesterday Michelle got excited and had a great idea. She wanted to go out and do something with this great look of expectation upon her face that you had to say yes to no matter what it was, she wanted to go and visit the zoo or Hovatters Zoo as the name so many know it by.

I took my camera and of course got quit a few pictures of Michelle having an absolute ball. They have made a number of improvements and additions to the facility since our last visit last season with the most notable change being the Aviary section where there were literally hundreds of parakeets that you were enclosed with. We purchased the "One of everything" bag to feed the animals and it included a Popsicle stick dipped in honey with bird food on it.

 They did hire a new worker to help separate all of the food that they they sell to customers, but his mind seemed to be many other places and he kept monkeying around and not getting the job done quick enough. I think he was about as entertaining as any of the other animals but he was working in the main shop area. To say that he was the center of attention in that area would have been an understatement.


The zoo has made many improvements since last year including new watering systems for the enclosures, some new enclosures that are being built, the aviary section and they have finished the alligator section. If you have not visited this zoo this year or recently, it's more than worth the trip. This is our local zoo and it is growing, go and support their effort and know that these are some very well taken care of animals and this is a very caring staff.

That was yesterday, what's on our agenda for today? We're smoking a pork loin wrapped in bacon!!!!

Have a great day today.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household once again, I'm up early just simply surfing the next and starting to ponder if I should lay back down. The couch is calling my name and it's calling it loudly. 2:30 is a little early to be up and at it, especially for me...lol

It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day ahead, Michelle and I were contemplating on whether to pack up Pearl and head out on a road trip or stay here and let the animals play outside all day. I would love to go run around, but I'm sure the animals would also love to be outside.

Other than that, not too much going on here. Michelle's stone problems have seen to have temporarily subsided for a while, but she said she can still feel it in there and it has not worked its way out just yet. Hopefully it does not give her any pain like it did last week and it does come out.

Hayley has officially moved out and into her own apartment, she was going to move out on July 1st, but it became available a little early so she jumped on the opportunity the past week to get out on her own once again. She does have a room mate and they have a place on 8th street, but we haven't seen the new place just yet.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Friday, June 09, 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.

I updated my aps on my iPhone yesterday, it usually does it automatically if I have iTunes open, it hasn't been open for a few weeks so needless to say there were a whole of of aps and updates that I had to do. I like keeping all my aps up to date, but hadn't in some time and I paid for it yesterday.

Let's see it's Friday and BOPARC used to do movies on the Mon, I used to write about it in every Friday's blog when the movies were playing, but they seem to have gotten away from that practice the last couple of years. I can't seem to find anything on their website about where they are playing movies. Pretty sad considering we approved the parks and recreation levy last election cycle, I wonder what happened to that program. I thought it was a very good one during the summer for families.

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

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, June 08, 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 all the way back to....last night. Tonya is in the hospital and Gary came down yesterday to spend the day with her, so I stopped by the hospital to pay a visit as did Val. I would say that is a motley looking crew, lol.

I could not let the opportunity pass as I don't get to see Gary that often to take a picture with him.

Have yourselves a great day.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Hump Day

Well here we are, the middle part of the work week where everything is downhill from here on out once you get up and over that noon time hump.

Me I will be heading out of town early this morning to do a little more listing work for RTI. The Interviews are finishing up for this quarter and we are starting to gear up to going back to doing more interviews at the start of the month, the listing work is just early prep work that we do to prepare for upcoming quarters.

I did find out a couple of nights ago that my Brother's girlfriend Tonya is here in Morgantown, she was having some health issues and they transported her from Wheeling to Morgantown to be under observation at Ruby Memorial until they can figure out what is causing the seizures. Hopefully they get it all under control very soon as I know no one really likes to stay in hospitals...lol

Have yourselves a great day today.

Happy Birthday Hayley Dawn Collins

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the best daughter in the world a very Happy Birthday today.

Hayley is the best daughter anyone could ever ask for, she is very kind, considerate and just has a very magnetic personality that people are just attracted to.

I'm not sure what Hayley's plans are for today, if she's not going to be working I'm sure she will be spending time with her friends or staying active and busy doing something.

She really impressed me a few weeks ago, she was bound and determined to remove all of the seats from her car and basically scrub the seats and the carpets. I was going to give her a hand and before I knew what happened, she had the first one unbolted and was pulling it out of the car.

If you happen to see the birthday girl today, make sure that you take a little time out and wish her a very Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Hayley.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Tidbit-less Tuesday

I was a little bit busy yesterday, I fealt between the listing and having to play a softball double header that I was constantly running against the clock yesterday, so I really didn't have much time to write a tidbits. I know, this is becoming a habit with me...lol

 I did manage to get a big section done yesterday, I was a little worried as I had never done a complete section on my own and this was my first. I managed to get through it pretty easily with no troubles. It's kind of difficult at times especially when you are doing so many things at once and trying to make sure everything is correct and accurate. This is definitely something for people who are very good at multi-tasking many things in very short time periods, short as in seconds.

Not sure what todays plans are as of yet, I have to head to another county to do some listing, but not sure whether I am heading that way today or tomorrow. It might be a very long day with the travel, so I might just do a lot or organizing today. Having a background in GIS really makes the preparation portion of it very easy and simple.

Have yourselves a great day today, make the very most of it and live it to its fullest.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Monday

All of that weekend fun has now come to an end, it's now time to start doing what it is we do for a living once again. Let's stick those collective noses back on the grindstone and churn out another fun filled week of doing what it is we do.

Well it's a day of field work for me today as I will be out in the field here locally doing a little bit of listing work. It's different from what I normally do when I take the computer out and actually do interviews, it's listing all the residences in an area that we will do down the road in the next coming two years.

It's a double header softball night for us in the old farts division. We have games at 6:00 and 7:00 but we're going to struggle to be able to field a full team this evening. I guess in the old fart division we have a couple of guys injured and a few more going on vacation all at the same time. We will however be there tonight to play the team that beat us for the Championship last year, only they have split their team into two different teams and we play them both this evening. Should be an interesting evening of Softball.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Gary Allen Hall

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the best brother any man could ever hope for a very Happy Birthday today.

It's Gary Allen Hall's birthday today, I've lost count as to how many years he is old, but I'm 21 so that should make him about....

Gary is currently living in the Moundsville area and getting his business back up and running. He's really got the right mindset this time and he is more than capable of making it all happen and cornering the construction market in the area. He is an amazing Carpenter and all around carpenter.

Not sure what he has planned for today, I wouldn't be afraid to wager that he is probably working today, but that is just my guess.

If you happen to see or talk to Gary today, make sure that you take a minute or two to wish him a very Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Gary.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Ray the Mechanic
Good morning everyone, I'm up early once again and watching who knows what on HBO as I collect a few empty minded thoughts that are rattling around in my empty head this morning.

Today's plans are to travel, we will be heading East later this morning to the land of high hills and valleys that is Cumberland Maryland. We will be going down for Paul and Lynn's son Trent's High School Graduation Party somewhere in the Cumberland area. It has been a couple of years since I have seen them, but Michelle sees and talks to them more than I do as they usually stop in and say hello when they come to Morgantown. Should be a great day.

Changed the brakes on LP yesterday, I did all of them all the way around the car yesterday, despite what the picture shows Michelle (or Ray as her Mechanic name) really was a huge asset in helping me get the brakes changed. We had trouble on the first wheel as we could not get the caliper over the new brake pads. We struggled and struggled and struggled to get them on but it wasn't that successful....until I realized that as a safety precaution I had the tire under the brakes and the jack was slipping and resting the car on the tire, hence moving the rotors and making it impossible to put on. Once we figured that out, we changed the last three in less time than it took us to do the first one.

We had a great day yesterday and got about everything done, now it's just a day of travel and relaxation.

Oh an update on the financial situation from last week. We got all of our money back, no the bank has not contacted me about criminal charges yet, but it could have been just something as simple as another BBT client just transposing the wrong account information in three times. I do not know who did it, I filed a claim with BBT and the State Police, but I have already gotten my money back and have not heard from anyone.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, I'm the first one up and I'm watching King Ralph on HBO and collecting my thoughts for the day.

We're probably going to switch our weekend schedule around a little bit and do our grocery shopping this morning rather than tomorrow morning. We're planning on traveling to Cumberland Maryland tomorrow morning to attend a friend of our son's graduation, so we're going to get a few things done today rather than tomorrow.

Something else I need to do today is change the brakes on my car, they are starting to squeal so it's time to change them. I bought both front and back brake pads and will be changing breaks on LP for the better part of this morning. The good news is that they are all disc brakes and shouldn't be much of a problem.

I think Michelle's plans for this beautiful day is to catch sun and rays outside as it is going to be absolutely beautiful today. It's almost sad that I'll be working on the car rather than having fun, but it is what it is and I have to prioritize and get done what needs to be done. Already purchased the pads, just need to do the work.

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

Friday, June 02, 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.

Well it is official, there will be no cruise for us in 2017. It killed me to have to cancel it and seeing the tears in my wife's eyes gave me a sinking feeling of disappointment. I know she was looking forward to it, but with nothing breaking on the job front yet for me it had to be done. I promised to take her next year, we will return to cruising, but just not this year.

There is some good news however, we recovered the money that was stolen from our Savings account last week. The bank filed the paperwork and the other banks returned the money, fortunately that was a pretty easy process and we got everything back.

I'm in the office today so it is Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, June 01, 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 over a decade believe it or not, Gary was at Nick and Terri's having a good time on the deck when they had their pool years ago.

I really don't have much of a backend story to this picture as it was just one that I randomly selected. LOL

Have yourselves a great day.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hump Day

Well I was going to go out and do some listing today for RTI, however UPS seems to have had some trouble fining where my house is and all the materials that were next day'd to me last week, still have not arrived so that means no listing today.

I did get a number of things done yesterday, I had to go to the bank and sign fraud reports and agree to prosecute whoever they find that did this, provided it's not just a simple error. One payment I can understand, but they paid off three credit cards so I'm wondering if it really was as accident.

Michelle's stone still has not worked it's way out, the surgeon should be calling her soon to set up a time and a date for a surgery to have this stone taken out. Yesterday was the first day back from a holiday weekend, so hopefully she'll be hearing something today.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday's Tidbits

* It's Tuesday and everyone is returning to work today, you know what what means.

* There have been 19,539 days since I was born, of course I use the 930 day calendar and that officially makes me still just 21 years old.

* It has been 4,762 days since I graduated from West Virginia University. It has been 13 years since I took my walk and sometimes it seems like just yesterday.

* It has been 3,363 days since my life changed forever and I took Michelle out on our very first date.

* I had made her wait long enough, so 2,587 days ago I proposed marriage to her.

* We have been blissfully married for 2,124 days now and still going strong. I am a very lucky man to say the very least.

* I have about 5,297 days to go until I enter the world of retirement, give or take a few hundred here or there of course.

* There are 1,936 days to go until the Mountaineers beat Pitt again in Football as the Backyard Brawl is renewed.

* My buddy Phil the Groundhog takes center stage again in 248 more days to tell up about the upcoming six week weather forecast.

* There are 215 more days to go until my Goodbye 2017 Blog posts shows up right here discussing how my year has went according to this blog.

* There are 209 more shopping days left to go until Christmas, you still have plenty of time to do your shopping.

* In 185 more days I'm going to swear it is my 21st birthday again, or at least celebrate the 23rd anniversary of my 21st Birthday.

* The Springs Festival, which we missed last year, is in 130 more days.

* Our cruise is going to leave in 103 more days, with or without us. I've been waiting until the last minute to cancel it hoping something breaks, but with each passing day it appears more and more that there will not be a cruise in 2017 for us.

* We are 68 days away until Michelle and My sixth Wedding Anniversary.

* Mountainfest and the George Thorogood Concert are just 51 days away. We bought our tickets earlier this year.

* There are a mere 33 days to go until the 4th Annual Friends and Family Picnic this summer. I was asked in the past few weeks if we are still having the picnic, we have it rented and are still planning on doing it.

* There are 25 more days to go until Calvin and Jeanetta's Wedding next June, I really need to get my RSVP in and book our hotel for that. Their very informative website.

* There are 22 days left to go until Summer.

* This is my 4,891st blog that I have written for George's Journal. It's going on 13 years this September since I started writing it.

* I have to confess, I did not do any work at all on the Hall Family Website this past Winter.

* Once again nothing new on the Brother Search, I get some matches occasionally with the DNA I submitted last year, but they are all distant cousins usually around 4th.

* We have set the dates for our 35th High School Class reunion, it will be July 28th and 29th of this year.

* I did find some very unpleasant news yesterday, I had quite a bit of money stolen out of my savings account. The numbers were felony worthy and I am prosecuting. Who ever did it, used the money to pay off credit cards so there are records of the transactions. I feel pretty good about getting my money back.

* Michelle is still sore due to her problem from this weekend, she might be talking with a surgeon today about having the stone removed.

* I have to go to the bank this morning, I called the fraud department yesterday, I just need to go switch the account and set up a new one so that this doesn't happen again.

* Last week was a slow week hearing anything from any job searches due to the holiday, I look for something to transpire soon one way or the other.

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

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

Enjoy your extended weekend today, but please take a little bit of time out and remember those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice to allow us the freedoms we enjoy.



Thank you to my Father George Hall Sr as he served in the US Army in the 1960's and pre-vietnam war era. I was actually born on a Military Base due to him serving at the time.




Thank You to my Mothers Father Donald Newbraugh who was a Veteran of three US conflicts. World War II, Korea and Vietnam. 




Last but certainly not least a special thank you to my Father's Father and the man who raised my Ellis Hall who fought for our Country during what was called the Great War, or better known to modern historians as World War I.

Take a little time out from you BBQ's and cookouts today to remember those who served to protect us but are no longer with us. Take a little time to visit a grave yard today.

Have a great day,

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, it's only Michelle and I here as Josh is in Ohio and Hayley has also traveled for the weekend but I forget where she said that she went. I'm up early watching the ending of the Ugly Truth from my media center and collecting my thoughts on the day.

We did have a little bit of a scare yesterday morning with Michelle. All of a sudden her jaw just did not look right and she was in excruciating pain and it all just came out of no where. I had just hugged her and it happened. My immediate question is do you want to seek medical attention and it's usually followed by a no, except yesterday when I was met with an instantaneous yes, so off we went to seek medical help.

We ended up at Ruby Memorial in the Emergency room and after an evaluation the Doctor determined that it was Sialolithiasis, or a stone in her salivary gland that was causing her the extreme discomfort. He gave her a couple prescriptions and advised her on eating lemon candy to see if she can pass the stone on her own. Surgery is still an option and this may have to happen yet if the stone does not pass on it's own, but they said it is a minimally invasive surgery but it is a final option if needed.

We came home and rested yesterday, hopefully she feels a little better this morning when she wakes up, but we'll have to see on that.

Our plans for the rainy day, firing up the smoker and trying to smoke a whole chicken to see if we have any luck with that. Hopefully I have the right wood or pellets I need to smoke a chicken. I'll probably throw the smaller EZ-UP up and put the electric smoker under it due to the rain.

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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again 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 watching nothing on the boob tube as I fell asleep streaming a movie last night.

It looks like it is going to rain the entire holiday weekend, Michelle and I had talked about loading up the little grill and going somewhere, but I think we may just smoke a chicken or two this weekend and stay dry at home.

There is something that I plan on doing sometime this weekend as I do every Memorial Day Weekend. I usually take one day and head out to a few graveyards of deceased family members and place flags on the tombstones of those who have served. I'll be heading to Arnettsville, East Oak Grove and Mount Union Cemeteries this weekend. It's just something that I have done the past few years, it is Memorial Day Weekend and we can't forget those who sacrificed for us. None of my family died in any conflict, but many served during conflicts and I still honor them this weekend.

Have yourselves a great weekend and try to stay dry, Mother Nature is being a pain in the butt.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Big Ole Hairy Weekend

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 and the unofficial start of Summer with Memorial Day Weekend.

This is the start of the time period of the year that I love, when the days are longer, the birds are singing and I'm wearing shorts.

Unfortunately Mother Nature is going to act like a geriatric wench this weekend as she is really not going to cooperate. I was wanting to head out with Michelle and take our little grill somewhere, now it looks like we might just stay here this weekend as it's calling for rain.

Nothing new on the way of the job search this week, it's a week leading up to a Holiday week and not too much is getting done, but I have three very good prospects that I am waiting on. One may even be the opportunity of a lifetime, but it won't be here, actually none of them are here but two of them I will still be close.

Have yourselves a great Memorial Day Weekend.

Thursday, May 25, 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 picture goes back a long time ago, that is if you consider this past Saturday as being a long time ago. It was a picture that Michelle's sister took for us right after Amanda and Joey's wedding. I think we make one hell of a cute couple, but all that cuteness needs to be attributed to my lovely wife as she is the one that raised that level in this picture.

Truth be told, I was actually under the weather on this day and Michelle got knocked down with it the next day after we returned home. I guess I can fake it pretty well, all credit goes to Michelle for brightening up this picture.

Have yourselves a great day today, doing some field work.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday Wisdom

I thought I would do a little something different today. It's been a while since I've done a Wisdom post so today is a great time to do it.

I found out yesterday that the Department of Energy is taking a 56% Budget cut, you can save a lot of money on auto expenses if you just don't put gas in your car, or at least that must be the shallow thought process that is being exhibited here.

I try to avoid politics on this board so other than that I will stop with that since it not only affects me but probably a great number of my co-workers as well.

I found a great high quality movie torrent site yesterday. Yifytorrent.xyz is up and running and has a number of high quality movies available for download. Many very up to date movies including a few that have been released this year. I would say they are all blue ray quality rather than someone in some foreign country holding a camera up to a movie screen. A great way to build up a digital library especially if you have a home media server.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well it has actually been a few weeks since I last did a Tidbits, I'm sure everyone is wondering where the counts are, so maybe it's time to do a long awaited tidbits.

* There have been 19,532 days since I was born, of course I use the 930 day calendar and that officially makes me still just 21 years old.

* It has been 4,755 days since I graduated from West Virginia University. It has been 13 years since I took my walk and sometimes it seems like just yesterday.

* It has been 3,356 days since my life changed forever and I took Michelle out on our very first date.

* I had made her wait long enough, so 2,580 days ago I proposed marriage to her.

* We have been blissfully married for 2,117 days now and still going strong. I am a very lucky man to say the very least.

* I have about 5,305 days to go until I enter the world of retirement, give or take a few hundred here or there of course.

* There are 1,943 days to go until the Mountaineers beat Pitt again in Football as the Backyard Brawl is renewed.

* My buddy Phil the Groundhog takes center stage again in 255 more days to tell up about the upcoming six week weather forecast.

* There are 222 more days to go until my Goodbye 2017 Blog posts shows up right here discussing how my year has went according to this blog.

* There are 216 more shopping days left to go until Christmas, you still have plenty of time to do your shopping.

* In 192 more days I'm going to swear it is my 21st birthday again, or at least celebrate the 23rd anniversary of my 21st Birthday.

* The Springs Festival, which we missed last year, is in 137 more days.

* Our cruise is going to leave in 110 more days, with or without us. I've been waiting until the last minute to cancel it hoping something breaks, but with each passing day it appears more and more that there will not be a cruise in 2017 for us.

* We are 75 days away until Michelle and My sixth Wedding Anniversary.

* Mountainfest and the George Thorogood Concert are just 58 days away. We bought our tickets earlier this year.

* There are a mere 40 days to go until the 4th Annual Friends and Family Picnic this summer. I was asked in the past few weeks if we are still having the picnic, we have it rented and are still planning on doing it.

* There are 32 more days to go until Calvin and Jeanetta's Wedding next June, I really need to get my RSVP in and book our hotel for that. Their very informative website.

* There are 29 days left to go until Summer.

* This is my 4,864th blog that I have written for George's Journal. It's going on 13 years this September since I started writing it.

* I have to confess, I did not do any work at all on the Hall Family Website this past Winter.

* Once again nothing new on the Brother Search, I get some matches occasionally with the DNA I submitted last year, but they are all distant cousins usually around 4th.

* We have set the dates for our 35th High School Class reunion, it will be July 28th and 29th of this year.

* I really haven't said much about it, but I have basically lost my funding at NETL. I've got some, but it equates to about 2 days of work a month so I am on a major job search and have been for a few weeks. I have had a couple of interviews and am just waiting to hear from either of them.

* Michelle and I are talking about moving out of state. Close enough to where she can still commute to her job, but also closer to where there is a large demand for my skill set. There are going to be some changes coming up in the very near future, just waiting to see which direction we go.

* As I said earlier it has been a while since I have posted a tidbits, it's been much longer since I actually wrote one from scratch instead of copying and pasting and just changing a few things. If felt good to actually write one again.

* Oh and if you see my Brother from another Mother George McClain today, make sure that you wish him a very Happy Birthday.

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

* Hi ho hi ho


Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday

It's that time of the week when everyone stops having all the fun that they were having over the weekend and get back to doing what it is we do for a living. It's time to stick those collective noses back on the grindstone.

I think today I will pull all the video together from Amanda and Joey's wedding and try to put something together using all the footage that Michelle managed to capture.

No big plans for me this week, but that can always change at the simple drop of a hat. I'm waiting to hear from a couple of perspective employers and also waiting to count and list my next section for RTI. I'm kind of in the sit and wait time, hopefully I start to hear something this week.

I hope everyone has a great day, go out and change the world.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Pam McClain

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Sister Pam a very Happy Birthday today.

I would have published this about 12 hours ago, but with the wedding and planning on getting ready to return home and things, it accidentally got delayed for a little while.

Pam is a sister than any brother would be very proud to have. She is the most genuine of the genuine and it is an honor to call her my Baby Sister.

I did speak with her a little bit today to see if she had any plans, but they do not at this moment as she indicated that she has to work today and tomorrow.

Take a little bit of time out of your busy day and wish this special lady a very Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Pam

Sunday Morning

Good Morning to everyone from New Stanton PA from the beautiful Marriott Hotel. We came up yesterday for Amanda and Joey's Wedding and will be returning to Morgantown sometime this morning.

I did manage to put a number of pictures up on Facebook yesterday, but I have not looked or worked with the video that Michelle had captured yesterday as of yet. I tried the 360° camera but since it was an outdoor wedding I had trouble getting the lighting right and didn't use it.

I have to say that they went all out for this wedding as far as the facility, everything was just so well done and organized and it was nice for everyone to get together for this special event.

We'll be heading back home in a few hours, I'm sure the animals are suffering from separation anxiety without us being there.

Have a great day.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Amanda and Joey's Wedding

After all the preparation and planning, Amanda and Joey's Wedding day is now upon us. Michelle and I will be leaving this morning and heading up to the venue. I think everyone in the wedding party are either already up there or in transit from out of state to get there.

With the wedding planned for this afternoon and the reception afterwards, we are planning on staying up there this evening rather than trying to drive home later this evening. Chad and Hayley are coming back this evening, and she will be taking care of the animals. I will betaking my 360° camera, my video camera and my regular camera to try to capture the moment today is a few different formats for them.

I'm a little excited to get out of town and head north for a little while, it's going to be a very special weekend for a very special couple.

Friday, May 19, 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.

Well I'm out in the field all day today with RTI, I'm getting ready to take on another task with them of counting and listing for information that will be used the next couple of years when we are out doing interviews. I'll be working south of Morgantown today with a trainer from Ohio, so I get to pick up a little extra knowledge about the entire process for the study. I love doing field work, it really is a lot of fun, only this time I don't have to be knocking on any doors or dealing with anyone other than myself. This will be all mapping and recording on my part.

We'll have a busy weekend however as we will be heading to the Barn at Madison for Amanda and Joeys wedding tomorrow afternoon. We will be staying up there tomorrow night, but Hayley will be here tomorrow evening to feed and take are of all of the animals. Her and Chad are just going up for the day and will come home tomorrow night.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, May 18, 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.

With Amanda's wedding coming up this weekend and all of the talk of cookies and the cookie room that they are going to have, I felt the need to post a picture from the cookie table at mine and Michelle's wedding.

We had help in baking all of these cookies, a lot of it to be specific, but I think that it was a huge success and people really enjoyed it. At the end of the day we were not going to take any of them home with us and we invited everyone to fill up a Styrofoam container and take some of the treats )as well as the abundance of food) home and enjoy it. We were heading to Ocean City Maryland and it would all go to waste if we tried to keep it.

Have yourselves a great day, I'm back in the office today so..


Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday

Two down, two more ahead, it's just a matter of getting up and over the noon time hump to start working towards another fun filled weekend.

Big plans this coming weekend, Michelle and I will be going up for Amanda's Wedding on Saturday and staying over Saturday Night at a local hotel. I'll make sure that I take my cameras and my 360° camera as well to capture the moment. As of right now it is scheduled to be an outdoor wedding, so we shall see how it all works out. Hopefully we can capture some memories for her and Joey.

The weather has been great this week, I know the animals are so glad that winter is over with and they get to go outside and play for extended periods of time. I know May had a great time outside yesterday, or should I say she hate this wonderful weather that we have been having.

And people wonder why I love this season so much.

Have a great day.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

40 Years Ago

There are days that you encounter in the time that we spend on this rock that were turning points in your life. Possibly a single event that changed your destiny either for the good or the bad or was a point that you remember back for inspiration. For me that day is today, a day that I will never forget and always look to as a turning point in my life.

It was May 16, 1977 and about the time that this blog posts. I was a 13 year old kid who was being raised by my Dad's Parents, my Grandmother was the Motherly figure in my life at that time and my Grandfather was pretty much my Father. I still referred to them as my Grandmother and Grandfather, but they were much more than that. I was woke up with some of news that absolutely devastated me, for the first time in my life, someone very close to me had passed away.

It was a day when the man I knew to be my Father, despite my real Dad being alive but not really involved in my life those first 13 years, had passed away and my childhood changed forever. It was just me and my Grandmother and I had to assume a role that I maybe wasn't ready for yet, but it helped me grow up pretty quickly.

27 years after his passing, I accomplished a goal that he had had for me when I graduated College and fulfilled his dream. That day was 13 years ago today as well, but that was for him. I did stop by his and Grandma's gravesite yesterday to take a little bit of time to reflect upon the first 13 years of my life and what he has inspired me to do.

I miss them both to this day.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday

Well here we are once again at the start of another fun filled work week. Michelle made it home yesterday evening and brought me a few samples of the delicious cookie treats that will be featured in the cookie room this coming weekend. I understand young Maddie took my place this weekend as the QAQC tester.

The girls and I had a good time this weekend, but they were all happy to see Michelle come home as was I. I held down the fort while Michelle was gone. I think May is the most happiest as she usually sleeps with Michelle and stayed on the couch since she left.

We had a Mother's Day Breakfast yesterday at Golden Coral for my Mom. I think that she had a pretty good time, but someone who shall remain the nameless blogger forgot to take any pictures at all of the mornings festivities.

I think I am going to brush up on my Python programming today, something tells me that this will be a big asset in the very near future.

Have a great day.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mothers Day

Today is a special day here in West Virginia, it is Mother's Day, a holiday that has its origins very close to where we live in a small little town called Grafton West Virginia. The holiday was created by Anna Jarvis has grown in the 109 years since it was first celebrated.

This morning Kim, Terri and I will be meeting our Mother Sandra Irene for Breakfast early this morning at the Golden Coral. Terri has to work later this morning, so we are going to do it when the restaurant opens up at 7:30 to celebrate Mothers Day with our Mother.

Michelle is still up north and she and her Mother are baking cookies still for Amanda's wedding next weekend.

So Happy Mothers Day to all of the Mothers out there, if it were not for you, none of us would be here.

Happy Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a household empty of all humans, it's just me and my four legged friends hanging out and having a good time. We're all watching Kill the Irishman on the boob tube, or at least I am as everyone else is sleeping and collecting our thoughts for the day.

Today would have been my dad's 72nd birthday if he were still around and still with us. Unfortunately he has been gone for a while and it will be 18 years since his passing this July. His birthday is semi-easy to remember because it is always so close to Mother's Day and for this of us that live in Morgantown, WVU's Graduation weekend.

The weather is not so cooperative this weekend meaning I'm not getting out and doing much of anything. I may make one final attempt to do some field interviews for RTI today before I move on next week and start doing some listing work, which will be a new challenge for me. I open the chance to try something a little different rather than just knocking on doors and reading verbatim speeches.

Have yourselves a great day.

Friday, May 12, 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.

Well it looks like I will be here alone this weekend, Michelle is heading up north to Jon and Laura's after work today. Amanda and Joey's wedding is next weekend and they are going to spend this weekend baking cookies for next weekend. I love Pennsylvania weddings and cookie tables, so much so that we had a big one at our wedding.

Hayley is heading further north to see one of her childhood friends graduate college this weekend. She'll be up somewhere close to Erie to watch Brianna Graduate.

Josh is heading back to his work site to start another week of on site working, which leaves me here all alone all weekend. I guess it will be me and the animals home alone all weekend.

I will be busy however, Jackie dropped off a few VHS tapes for me to convert to digital format and DVD for her. I have the set up and can easily convert VHS to either a DVD or just as a file to simply throw up on Youtube. Congratulations also goes out to Jackie as she is Graduating this weekend from West Virginia University.

Speaking of Graduates, Congratulations are also in store for my niece to be (she's already family) Jeanetta, she graduated this past weekend from James Madison University. Her wedding is also coming up as well.

I hope everyone has a great day and a great weekend.