Friday, June 30, 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 Michelle had a follow up surgery yesterday from a few years ago. Believe it or not part of the discharge instructions were quite comical and we actually had to stay around a little longer to actually get some clarity from the surgeon who was in surgery when we were getting ready to leave. I swear that hospital is getting too big and has lost track of its very mission statement.

We stopped in yesterday afternoon at Earth Magic: Books, Stones, Crystals & Talisman to see Mo and check out her new shop. We had a very pleasant visit, Ed had asked me to stop by a few weeks ago and it was the first chance that I have actually had to stop by. It's a nice little shop, if you are ever in Star City at the bottom of the Hill on University Avenue, stop and and say hello to Mo. Michelle liked the Fairy Gardens that she had set up. She does have creativity, something I was never blessed with.

Have yourselves a great day.

Thursday, June 29, 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'm sure that this weeks pic has people scratching their heads and asking what the heck is that a picture of? It just looks like water running over a drop off. To some it may be, but to many others it's a completely different perspective of a very world known place.

This is a Picture that I took with Michelle when we were in Canada and were visiting Niagara Falls. We had stopped by the larger of the falls known as Horseshoe Falls and I went to the very edge of the falls right before the drop off and captured this image.

I will say that standing there among all that power gives you a different perspective on life, if only for the few short minutes that you are standing there.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I'm slacking this week for sure.

Don't know whether I just have no inspiration or no desire to pump out the same regurgitated stuff day after day and week after week. I have forgotten to write this blog and just woke up in the middle of the night realizing the errors of my way on this day.

So no blog today.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Another Tidbitless Tuesday

I'm getting pretty consistent of missing my Tuesday's Tidbits. I've lost track of how many times in a row now that I did not post my regurgitated numbers out once again. I have an excuse however, I have been really sick since we got back from Virginia.

I don't know if I just caught a very serious bug or whether it was food poisoning, but it was not pretty and not the type of illness that I would wish upon anyone. I was just not myself and felt very much under the weather since we got back.

Well now with two weddings out of the way so far this summers, now it's time for us to turn our attention to the Friends and Family Picnic this weekend. This will be the fourth year in a row for this event, not sure if there will be a fifth one due to my situation, but we'll just have to wait and see.

I hope everyone has a great day today, I have a kickoff meeting this morning for the third quarter work for RTI so it should be a busy day for me.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday

Well we made it home safe and sound yesterday, we had a great and refreshing trip to an amazing area. Michelle and I both loved it down there and felt it was an honor being there to share this magical day with these two wonderful people.

I did manage to get all my pictures loaded to the Facebook Album as well as convert the video footage that we shot and put it up on YouTube (Share at the end of this blog post).

We took our time coming home yesterday, we went a completely different route home that we took getting there. Possibly because we stayed about 25 miles south of the Wedding Venue and we just headed up I-81.

We made a couple of stops on the way home, the first was called the Virginia Farm Market, if you are ever in the area take the time to stop on by, fresh baked goods with free try it before you buy it samples galore to go with a lot of very fresh produce. I think Michelle got some peach cider to bring home with us and some strawberries.

On the way home were were going through Berkeley Spring where I stayed a couple of nights while working in the area earlier this year for RTI. Michelle had never been there and I showed her the baths and the gift shop where she bought a few things. After that we went up to the scenic overlook before returning back home.

I've got a few chores to do today that we put off due to all the travel yesterday, like grocery shopping, but that's not a problem.

I hope everyone had as great of a weekend as we did, now it's time to stick those collective noses back on the grindstone. I know I just had to remind you...lol

Have a great day.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

We're Coming Home

We had a great time yesterday at Mr and Mrs Calvin and Jeannetta McClain's wedding. I have an album started on Facebook, but have many more pictures that I will add to the album later today.

The wedding was simucast as well and we got pictures, video and 360° pictures of the wedding, and the reception. I think that this event has been pretty well documented and the entire wedding was very well planned and executed. It was mine and Michelle's honor to be there and witness my Nephew getting married to the love of his life.

Today we'll be loading up the suitcases and hitting the road to return home. It was a beautiful drive coming down here yesterday, the view was almost majestic the entire way here, this is some beautiful country if you have never been here. Well worth the trip if for nothing more than the view.

I hope everyone has a great day today and lives it to its fullest. I would say that this trip was a nice battery recharge to say the very least.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Travel and Wedding Day

For Calvin and Jeannetta the countdown stops, all the preparation and planning is has come to fruition and we have arrived at their special day. I am honored to be able to witness these two love birds tying the knot of Matrimony and welcoming Jeannetta into the family officially although she has actually been a part of it for a while, now she has the hardware and paper to prove it. 

Michelle and I will be heading out later this morning and heading to the venue later this morning, We're going to give ourselves plenty of time to get there and are planning on getting there a little early to see everyone and spend a little bit of time with them. I'm taking my regular camera, my video camera and my 360° camera down with me, so hopefully I can get some decent images to share. I've already created the Facebook Album to share the moments for those who were not able to make the trip and be there in person. 

Harrisonburg is about three hours away from Morgantown, so this is a trip that we will do over a couple of days and returning tomorrow morning. Michelle and I are actually staying in Staunton Virginia taking advantage of my annual free night for being a IHG Platinum Member. We were going to stay at one of the local hotels, but we missed the window to book any of the blocked off rooms and the special rate. 

Should be a great day, I've never ventured into this part of (East) Virginia so it will be an adventure. Michelle and I have been in the state of Virginia together, but that was only in Dulles Airport coming back from St. Louis earlier this year. We're planning on having a great day, I hope you do the same. 

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.