Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day

For most people who either work for the Government, today is the Federal Holiday Veterans Day. A day in which we take off and honor all of of Veterans both past and present.

There are a number of Merchants that are offering discounts to Veterans, including a number of local establishments.

I would like to thank my Nephew Moke who has served in Iraq and my Niece Sarah who has done three tours and still is an active member of the Armed Forces. I thank them and all of the other members of the family who have served. On Michelle's side our Nephew Joey is also a Veteran.

It's a holiday for me at my office, but it is a day that I will be heading East to do a little bit of field work today.

Have yourselves a  great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, Peanut is somewhere sleeping and I'm out here on the computer watching the Hudsucker Proxy and collecting my thoughts for the day.

Well yesterday was a little bit of a well, tough day here in Morgantown. I was working down south when Michelle sent me a message and told me that Murph Tinsley had passed away. Murph was an end zone camera man and editor for the Mountaineers for years. He never played softball with us, but was always out watching up play or over at one of the guys houses that we sometimes gathered at after a WVU game. It was a running joke that Murph was in the hospital and would have to miss yesterday's game, only his third since the stadium opened. He missed one in the 80's for a friends wedding and one in the early 90's for his Dad's funeral and was hospitalized and was going to have to miss this one. It was all light hearted, until 9:00 yesterday morning. Murph was loved by all, my friends and WVU Football players both past and present. It was a shock and the news shocked everyone. The team played horrible yesterday, but I have to wonder if the news of Murph's passing reached the locker room because they just didn't have that edge.

Speaking of the game Texas Tech, a team I thought we would defeat, beat the Mountaineers 38-17 and the score was closer than the game was. I really thought Texas Tech was pretty classless going for it on 4th down inside the 10 yard line and then passing to try to score. They were up by 25 points at that time, there is just an un-written rule that you don't run up a score when the game is in hand and with his starters still in the game I felt that was the situation.Classless.

Have yourselves a great day today, it could be day 42 for me if I go out to work.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household once again, I think my co-author is as snug as a bug in a rug with Michelle sleeping. I'm up watching who knows what and collecting my thoughts for the day.

While all of my office co-workers enjoy a nice three day weekend, I'm on day 41 of my consecutive days worked streak as I prepare to travel once again today to work for RTI. I'm heading south for the day early this morning, I'm hoping to get back earlier this afternoon so that I can at least get to watch some of the WVU game this afternoon.

I think Michelle is going to go in and put in a full day at the Vet's today. She was a little under the weather this past week and has a little bit of catching up to do. Yes we have both had our flu shots for the year, but we've both gotten a touch of it in the past week.

The Mountaineers are at home today to take on Texas Tech at noon. It's been a long season and we have worked our way through the murderers row portion of the schedule, hopefully the rest of the season won't be as tough as the past month or so has been.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, November 08, 2019

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.

This is actually a Holiday weekend as well believe it or not. Monday is Veterans Day and a Federal Holiday, meaning I get paid to not go to the office today. Woo Hoo

Looking for a littler bit of High School Football action? Well the Mohigans and Hawks are now both done for the year after last Fridays butt whipping the Mohigans handed out in the rivalry. However 2-6 Trinity plays this evening when they travel to Wirt County to play. Clay Battelle at 5-4, the unofficial Mon-County Champions travels to Hundred to take on the Hornets. Good luck to both local teams that are playing tonight.

Congratulations to my Cousin Debbie Koon-Friel for being honored this week as a Most Loyal Mountaineer during Mountaineer Week. She won the award for Most Loyal Staff Mountaineer. Congratulations Deb.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, November 07, 2019

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.

You want to talk about a flashback? Enter this photographic time machine and we will travel all the way back to the year of 1976. This was the taken at the start of my 7th grade year at Suncrest Jr High and was my 7th grade picture. Notice that long and blondish hair this exceptionally sexy beau-hunk had back in the day.

I was still 12 years old, as school pictures were always taken earlier in the year, and actually had hair at that time. Hell give me the right clothes hat and I could have passed myself off as Buster Brown rather than my current day Shrek looking of as beau-hunk.

I was foot loose and fancy free during these years of my life, I loved playing Pinball and spending my days swimming during the summer.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, my Co-Author Peanut has informed me it is going to be a one job kind of day, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,425 days since my birth, that's a lot of days and I'm starting to really accumulate them.

* It has been 5,651 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, minors in History and Communications.

* 4,252 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,4 days ago I proposed to Michelle, best decision that I have ever made in my life.

* It was 3,00 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. Seems like just yesterday.

* I have now lived 639 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going. It brings how short life is into perspective, hard to believe that he has been gone for 20 years now.

* I have 4,424 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire. I'm losing two friends from work to retirement next month, one at the beginning of the month and one at the end.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,031 days away.

* There are 274 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are only 136 days until the start Spring 2020, the time of the year that I love so much.

* 89 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I have treated Phil well this summer, hopefully he returns the favor on this day.

* 73 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, something tells me this one is going to be difficult to write this year.

* There are 49 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019.  The smell of Peppermint is starting to radiate through the air.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 27 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,817 blogs in the now 15 years since I started blogging. I'm still a chugging along with my writing.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that.Come to think of it, I haven't made any real drone flights this year. WTF???

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, something tells me prices are going to be dropping soon.

*  Thinking about posting funny videos on Wednesdays. It's the middle of the week and I most of the time I have nothing meaningful to say anyways, at least provide some entertainment.

* Our open enrollment period has started at work, this is when I choose our benefits package for the next year. How much insurance I want, what kind of coverage and lot of other options. It would be  nice to know my pay raise rate BEFORE they tell me how much my insurance is going up. ..lol

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? Even with all the heat, I still hate snow.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton this summer.. He even has his own twitter account.

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

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, November 04, 2019

I Guess It All Starts Again

It's time for most of the world to put their noses back onto the Grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is that we do for a living. For me however it is the start of my regular job work week and day 36 in a row that I have worked one job or the other. September 29th was my last day off so to speak.

Looking at my week ahead, other than going to the office and doing a little field work for RTI, my week looks pretty open. I know I'm planning on working both jobs today, so it's going to be a long one for me. I'm pretty sure Michelle is also working both of her jobs today, so I might get to see her sometime...lol

It was a busy weekend for both Michelle and I and my days are getting to the point where they are starting to run together a little bit. Next Monday however is Veterans Day and a Federal Holiday, it could also be a day where I can either consider taking a break or extending that working streak up to day 60 (Thanksgiving) before I get a break. I would like some time off for the Holidays, so I might just try to keep going to get everything closed down.

I do have my trip to St Louis planned, my flight is booked and I have my itinerary already. I booked the same flights for Michelle and get this, we're flying Southwest (best Airline), both the trip there and the trip back are direct flights (that's never happened) and I'll stay an extra night on the the 4th and come home on Sunday the 5th. That means I'll be done and Michelle and I will not have to get up at the butt crack of dawn to catch a flight and will be in downtown St Louis that Saturday evening and won't have a thing that I'll have to do. Would you believe Michelle's round trip ticket was about $200 cheaper than last years?

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet house hold once again, the clacks are showing an hour earlier than yesterday as Daylight Savings time has ended and I'm wondering where my co-author is this morning. I'm up watching South Park and collecting my thoughts for the day.

I'm working today and so is my wonderful wife. I',m heading East this morning to do a little field work for RTI and Michelle is going to do payroll at the Vet's Office.

I know she plans on batch cooking some stuffed cabbage soup this afternoon to take into the office for lunches this week. Something tells me she is going to assemble it and then cook it in the crock pot tomorrow while at the office. Her and her Partner in Crime Stacey came up with the idea, they tend to batch cook for the week a few times and bring something in for them to eat while they can. Michelle has scheduled Stacey a full schedule of Interviews the next couple of days, she she will be busy.

Anyone ever used Home Chef? You can buy the meal kits at Krogers and are all the ingredients and instructions to make some pretty good meals that you wouldn't exactly plan on the average week. It's a nice portion size and full of flavor. You can order it online, but Krogers has it all in a box and everything we have had so far is amazing. They have a large selection to choose from and you can see that product moves and is always changing with fresh ingredients. If you don't enjoy cooking, this option obviously isn't for you, but if you do it expands your food universe and the food is amazing.

I guess Jim and Chris's auction went well. Michelle has been looking for a tree bag for our Christmas Tree this year. That way we just have to pull the bag up over the tree before we leave for St Louis and no needled everywhere. Last year we did not drill holes up into the tree and it showed as the needles were falling off left and right. I've had years when the tree was still alive and could be planted again before it was still alive, last year was NOT one of those years. At the Auction they had a large number of toys donated back to the auction and all of those toys will be given to the Westover Santa to be distributed for the 2019 Holiday Season.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Co-Author Peanut
Here me and my co-author sit early in the AM, we're both up and watching Beaches on HBO. Peanut of course has positioned herself between me and my keyboard to make typing a little more challenging this morning. She's pacing back and forth and in very deep meow level thought.

Jim and Chris are having an Auction this evening at Mason Dixon Park in the big building. It starts at 6:00 and Michelle will be up there today working helping them out and working the Auction so stop on by and find yourself a bargain and say hello.

Me, I'll be traveling south once again to work today to do a little bit of field work for RTI. They opened up a few partisans this week, s so that means that all of my segments will have added places for me to go and screen to see if anyone is selected to do an interview. After that I will probably come home and relax and try to watch a little bit of football.

Don't forget that tonight we turn our clocks back one hour, meaning it is the end of daylight savings time ends. This is when you get that extra long weekend and get an extra hour of sleep tomorrow.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, November 01, 2019

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes it is once again that time of the week that we all look foreword to, when we can take time to cease the labors for the week and take a little bit of needed time out to enjoy the fruits of those labors. It is once again the dawn of another weekend and a Big Ole Hairy Friday.

Looking for a littler bit of High School Football action? Well it is MoHawk Bowl time. The Hapless 2-7 Mohigans which is my Alma Mater will travel to this side of town tonight to take on my homes new school district 3-6 University High Hawks. Neither team appears headed to the playoffs this season, but throw that out the window as this is the Mohawk Bowl. Trinty at 2-6 travels to East Hardy and the countys best team, 4-4 Clay Battelle plays host to Massanutten Academy wherever they are located (Woodstock, Virginia).

Jim and Chris will be having their Christmas toy and tool auction at Mason Dixon Park. My lovely wife will be there working the auction, stop on over and see her and see if you can pick yourself up a bargain or two.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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 the last year I actually did anything on Halloween, it was four years ago and the first Halloween that wasn't up at East Gate, Amy and Ralph hosted the Wizard of Oz theme for the evening and Ralphie drove everyone around on a wagon on his Four-wheeler.

I know the kids had a lot of fun and it was a new chapter to Halloween after closing the old one. Amy and Ralph did a wonderful job hosting it that year.

Have yourselves a great day today

Mountaineers play Baylor this evening

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Pupils are back to normal, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,418 days since my birth, that's a lot of days and I'm starting to really accumulate them.

* It has been 5,644 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, minors in History and Communications. It's amazing how I use all of them in my career.

* 4,245 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,469 days ago I proposed to Michelle, best decision that I have ever made in my life.

* It was 3,000 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I got ourselves hitched. Best 3,000 days of my life.

* I have now lived 632 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.He definitely passed away at too young of an age.

* I have 4,431 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire.We are going to lose three people who I work with in the next couple of months.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,038 days away. Bring on the Kitties

* There are 281 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are only 143 days until the start Spring 2020, the time of the year that I love so much.

* 96 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I have treated Phil well this summer, hopefully he returns the favor on this day.

* 80 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, something tells me this one is going to be difficult to write this year.

* There are 56 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019. Time to start planning for shopping.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 34 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,810 blogs in the now 15 years since I started blogging. I'm still a chugging along with my writing.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, something tells me prices are going to be dropping soon.

*  We went to Harry's this past weekend, Michelle made 8 Meat Loafs and 63 big meat balls that are all occupying space in our freezer.

* We finally got the furnace fired up for the winter, we had it shut down for the summer but a few colder nights and we realized it needs to be on.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? Even with all the heat, I still hate snow.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton this summer.. He even has his own twitter account.

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

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, October 28, 2019

Monday Dilated Monday

Well that fun filled thing that all of you refer to as a weekend is over with, now it is time for us to take our collective noses to the grindstones and get back to doing what it is we do.

I'm only working one job today and it's even going to be a shorter day for me as I am going to leave early and make it a short day.

Why you ask? I am having my diabetic eye exam and will have my pupils dilated this afternoon to see if there are any problems with them or any damage from the diabetes. It's something that needs done yearly when you are diabetic and I've put it off for a couple of years. Michelle is coming home early as well to drive me home since they don't want you driving with your pupils dilated.

Looking at my week ahead, the Morale Subcommittee meets once again this week. I'm a member of it and was one of the judges for the decorating contest, this is our last meeting prior to our Halloween event. Our next one should be later in the year around the Holidays.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit in a quiet household once again, my weekend co-author is sitting right here by my side and we are both in deep thought. Peanut is thinking of how she can sneak her little butt outside or what can she do to get treats, I'm just contemplating what a horrible football season this has been all around.

My day is going to be the typical shopping, then going out to work for the day. I'll be traveling east today to work as opposed to me going South yesterday. To me Sunday is the roughest day to work, you really can't start before noonish as people in the rural areas tend to be in church, which means I have to work later into the afternoon than I do on say a Saturday.

Michelle took a trip to Harry's yesterday, she made 8 meat loafs, 64 good sized meat balls and bought a few other random things to throw in the freezer to last us for a while (who am I kidding, my big freezer is packed). She was busy yesterday to say the least. We'll probably make one more trip up there this year to get some Hot Sausage for Christmas Eve.

Have a Doctors appointment tomorrow, but that just goes to show you how boring of a life I live at times. Want more proof, today is day 28 of consecutive days worked from one job or the other. My last day off was September 29th.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, I'm sitting here wondering why I haven't turned the heat on yet and staring at my lazy co-author asleep in my recliner and planning out my day.

It's going to be day 27 straight for me between working one job, the other or both. I can honestly see this streak going until Thanksgiving even though Veteran's Day is coming up in a few weeks. You never know though, I may go out and work that day as well. Today I'm tackling a new segment and will be heading south to work. My local segment is pretty much worked down and the one to the west doesn't need two straight days  of me knocking on doors where no one is home, so I'm tackling a new segment since we still have yet to fill the position for the region I am working today. It's new challenges for me, so the day should go pretty quick and I shouldn't be too bored.

Michelle is going to take a trip up to Harry's this morning, time to restock our freezer a little bit and there is no better place to buy fresh meat than a real butchers shop. Prices are better, quality is better and they are sometimes literally cutting the meat off the animal to sell it to us.

WVU is off today and will play Baylor Thursday Night. That should be the end of murderers row for our schedule and we can start jockeying for position with the remaining teams on our schedule. Basketball is in the preseason part of the year and are less than two weeks away from the start of their season.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, October 25, 2019

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes it is once again that time of the week that we all look foreword to, when we can take time to cease the labors for the week and take a little bit of needed time out to enjoy the fruits of those labors. It is once again the dawn of another weekend and a Big Ole Hairy Friday.

Looking for a littler bit of High School Football action? Clay Battelle is traveling to Conotton Valley (OH) this evening to take them on. Trinity is at home against Tygarts Valley. University High at 3-5 travels to Kingwood to take on Preston. The embarrassment of an Alma Mater Morgantown Mohigans travel to Moundsville to get beaten to a pulp by John Marshall.

The Mountaineers are off this weekend but will travel on Halloween to take on Baylor. It is definitely a rebuilding year here in Morgantown, just make sure you don't lose sight of that and realize Neal Brown is a pretty good coach that will see us through all of that.

My weekend plans, I'll be out doing field work once again, Hopefully I'll have this segment worked down and will be ready to tackle another challenge.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, October 24, 2019

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 clear back to 2015. Michelle had ordered some sister bracelets for Dani and Chris. It was Abbies graduation Party and this was the first chance that they three of them had a chance to wear them and pose with them.

I know it was something very special to Michelle, she wanted them as soon as she saw them.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hump Day

Well that is two days down, well for me that is 22 days down, but that is just me, now most of you have a couple of days ahead of you and then it will once again be another fun filled weekend.

I know my sisters will be returning from their Girls trip to New York City sometime today. They left Saturday morning and will be returning today. It was a girls trip as all of the men were left at home and had to take care of the home fronts.

I know Kim and Brittany have been there numerous times, Terri I think that this was her third trip. Now as far as Val, Amy and Erica, they all got their first chance to see the Big Apple. Something I have yet to do believe it or not. I hope everyone had a great time, I'm sure I'll hear a nice story or two about their trip.

Have yourselves a Great Day.

Hi ho hi ho


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Sisters are enjoying their trip to the big Apple, good reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,411 days since my birth, maybe if we reported our age in days, it wouldn't see, so bad.

* It has been 5,637 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. All these years later and I'm still specializing in what I studied in college.

* 4,238 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, Pizza Hut and the movie 10,000 BC.

* 3,462 days ago I proposed to Michelle, best decision that I have ever made in my life.

* It was 2,993 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied poured some sand in a bottle and agreed to a few choice words read by her co-worker and poof, her last name  changed. Next Tuesday we will be celebrating 3,000 days of wedded bliss.

* I have now lived 625 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.He definitely passed away at too young of an age.

* I have 4,438 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire.We are going to lose three people who I work with in the next couple of months.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,045 days away.

* There are 288 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are only 150 days until the start Spring 2020, the time of the year that I love so much.

* 103 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I have treated Phil well this summer, hopefully he returns the favor on this day.

* 87 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, something tells me this one is going to be difficult to write this year.

* There are 63 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019. Michelle has already gotten our our towne for 2019. She saw it and had to have it. HERE, I think this goes with Michelle's cookie factory. Gary and I are opening up a Taco Truck..lol

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 41 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,803 blogs in the now 15 years since I started blogging. I'm still a chugging along with my writing.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, something tells me prices are going to be dropping soon.

* Michelle and I have been buying these Home Chef Meals from Krogers. They have 6 or 7 each week to choose from and they have all been pretty awesome. They give you all the raw ingredients you need and a recipe card to follow. We have a number of these cards in case we ever want to repeat any meals on our own.

* Jeanetta is doing a Pampered Chef party now to follow up Val's.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? Even with all the heat, I still hate snow.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton this summer.. He even has his own twitter account.

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

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, October 21, 2019

Monday Monday

Well that fun filled thing that everyone else refers to as weekend and I call days to work is over with. Now it is time for the rest of the workforce to strap em on and put those noses back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

Looking at my week ahead, it all looks pretty wide open. I'll go out working for RTI this evening, but this is probably the only day of the regular work week that I will be doing that. I'll just be working one job through Friday after today unless something comes up and changes that.

Michelle found something out about her other job, the Vet has sold the practice and that means she will probably be quitting there in the very near future. Her career job is taking off and pays much much better, so it's not like she needs the job or is even still interested in it, especially now that it has been sold. She's been there about a year and a half, maybe it's just time to move on from that part time job.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sunday

Here me and my co-author sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, we're both up and collecting our thoughts for the day. We're watching Life as We Know it on HBO and Peanut is having fun sticking her butt in my face as I try to write this. She can have her way of dominating the moment and getting my attention.

My plans for the day, heading out to work yet once again later this morning. Traveling once again to a distant county to try to some screenings and obtain some interviews. I had a pretty good day yesterday, hopefully today can be just as productive and I can dwindle this segment down and tackle one south of here.

Michelle had a good time yesterday at Trunk or Treat, we bought a lot of candy Friday evening with the anticipation that they were going to have East Gate proportions of children show up, needless to say our Candy bowl is full. She took the Company Jeep up and used it rather than using Ice, that way Extreme Labor can get a little cheap as in free advertising because the Jeep is wrapped with the company logo.

The Mountaineers played Oklahoma yesterday, fortunately I didn't have to observe that massacre as the Sooners were just way too much for this young group of Mountaineers. It was pretty ugly.

Have yourselves a great day today, Peanut will.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again on an early Saturday Morning, my weekend co-author Peanut was talking to me but must have decided to lay back down leaving me all alone to write this. Thanks Peanut.

Let's see, my sisters and nieces are leaving this morning for their long weekend in the Big Apple. They are leaving this morning and will be there until Wednesday of the coming week. I hope they have a good safe and educational trip.

Michelle will be at Woodland United Methodist Church today from 11:00-1:00 as they will be hosting Trunk or Treat. She is going to decorate Ice and has a Calderon full of delicious treats, take the kids on up and visit my lovely wife.

Me, I'm traveling to work today and tomorrow. My largest segment is not in Morgantown and I have to travel to it, so it is one that will take up my weekends for a while. I'm hoping to have some time off sometime around Thanksgiving.

Speaking of RTI, Michelle has decided that she is going to travel with me to St. Louis once again this January. I'll be in class and she'll be running around downtown St Louis and enjoying herself. WE made it down to the Arch the first year, but the Arch was closed for renovations,  we didn't make it there last year but plan on visiting it this year. I'm just waiting on my final itinerary to buy her plane tickets.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, October 18, 2019

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 and an extended weekend for me (not really).

Looking for a littler bit of High School Football action? Well let's start to talk about Clay Battelle, they are the pride of Monongalia County right now with their 4-2 record and will be taking on Cameron this evening at Cameron. University at 2-5 travels to the 1-5 Buckhannon-Upshur Buck Ups. 1-6 Morgantown is at home hosting undefeated Parkersburg South. Worst Mohigan team in my lifetime.

Wanting some college Football? West Virginia is on the road and there is absolutely nothing that they have shown me this year that would even make me think we can upset Oklahoma tomorrow. It's going to be a long season, but Basketball is right around the corner.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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 a few years.. Tonya was in the hospital and Gary came down 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, October 16, 2019

Hump Day

That's two days down now, now it's time to get up on your tippy toes and take a good long look. There, just past the photo flashback, can you see it? Look hard, it's the dawn of another weekend off in the distance, we're going up and over that workweek hump today. Woot Woot.

Of course I don't really know what I'm getting excited about, I'm out working not only the office job but the RTI Job this evening and this will be the only day this week where I actually go to work on both jobs.

Other than that not too much to say, I think Kim, Terri, Val, Any and Erica are leaving today or soon to spend a long weekend in New York City, but I'm not sure on the dates.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Happy Birthday Brittany Dae Cummings

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

It seems like it was only yesterday that she was born, it's amazing how 29 years can go by in the very blink of an eye.

She is an amazing young women, and I know she and Kim, Terri, Val, Amy and Erica are all planning on a trip to New York City, not sure when they are leaving if it is not today, but they plan on being there for the next few days taking in the sights.

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

Happy Birthday Brittany.

Tuesday's Tidbits

* My three day (lol) weekend is now over with and it's time to get back to my normal job, good reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,404 days since my birth, maybe if we reported our age in days, it wouldn't see, so bad.

* It has been 5,630 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a couple of minors in Communications and History.

* 4,231 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, seems like yesterday.

* 3,455 days ago I proposed to Michelle, best decision that I have ever made in my life.

* It was 2,986 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied poured some sand in a bottle and agreed to a few choice words read by her co-worker and poof, her last name  changed.

* I have now lived 618 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.He definitely passed away at too young of an age.

* I have 4,445 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,052 days away.

* There are 295 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are only 157 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season of the year.

* 110 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I have treated Phil well this summer, hopefully he returns the favor on this day.

* 94 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, where I relive the previous year through what was posted right here in my blog.

* There are 70 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019. It amazes me that I seen a lot of stores setting out Christmas stuff already.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 48 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,796 blogs in the now 15 years since I started blogging. Hard to believe something I started in 2004 as pretty much me trying something is still alive and well after all of these years.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, something tells me prices are going to be dropping soon.

* It's a short week of work at the Office, which is always a good thing.

* We got what we ordered from Val's Pampered Chef Party this weekend. Got three microwave cookers and some cookie molds for Hayley. She picked them up Saturday Night and loves them.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? Even with all the heat, I still hate snow.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton this summer.. He even has his own twitter account.

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

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, October 14, 2019

Columbus Day

It's day three of my three day holiday but working weekend. All of those who celebrate Federal Holiday's, this is one where I have worked all weekend and that will include me going out and working today as well. Other than that it is Monday.

After a weekend of running around Preston County, now I'm going to run around Mon County today and try to get a few interviews for the SAMHSA Study. I'm just that kind of a guy to sacrifice my days off doing this.

Today is kind of a celebration for me, it was 11 years ago today that I started working at NETL. I initially went in with a company called SAIC, switched to Sextant for the next 11 years and am now with AECOM. Everyone else gets a Holiday today, me I'm out in the field...lol

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in the early AM, Peanutless as my co-author is still in bed with Mommy. I'm up a little early catching my thoughts for the day and trying to wake up. Larry Crowne is playing in the background and I'm still wiping the sleep from my eyes.

The Mountaineers are at home once again today and will be hosting Iowa State. The Cyclones were our worst game last year and beat us pretty handily, so Neal Brown and crew will have to have the perfect gameplan and execution will have to be perfect if the Mountaineers want to walk away at the end of the day with a win. We are an 11 point underdog at home but it is not an impossible task.

I'll be heading east this morning as I'm once again out working for RTI today. I do have a three day weekend from my regular job and will be working today and tomorrow in Preston County and will be working here in Morgantown on Monday, so that will pretty much be the extent of my extended Holiday weekend. I don't see any days off for me in the month of October and possibly not until Thanksgiving will I have time off to be honest.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, October 11, 2019

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 and an extended weekend for me (not really).

Looking for a littler bit of High School Football action? Well the Mohigans played again last night, if that is what you call this disappointing season. The University High Hawks are home and will be taking on Mountain Ridge (MD). Clay Battelle travels to Paden City. Trinity is idle this week and next, and is off until the 25th.

The Mountaineers are at home once again this weekend as they will play host to Iowa State at 4:00. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and we are hoping for a good game and hopefully be able to get some revenge for last years loss.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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 takes us back to 2011, it was Mine and Michelle's Honeymoon and we went to Ocean City, Maryland for a few days. Every morning I would make Michelle get up and go down to the beach with me so that we could watch the sun rise over the ocean. An almost majestic view a it is something that I love to do. There is just something magical about watching a sunrise or sunset over the ocean, although I'm a sunrise kind of guy.

This picture was taken there our last day, right before we started to head back home. We wanted to see the sun rise one final time and that is when this picture was taken. It was an eventful week of run, run and more run for us, but it was a memorable honeymoon. Would you believe we spend less money on cruises than we did for those few days of running around.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Hump Day

Two days are behind us, two more ahead of us (or should I say most of you), now all we have to do is get up and over this noon time hump and it will be all downhill as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

Just some mid week odds and ends and a reminder to everyone that tomorrow is Moke and Ang's 9th Wedding Anniversary. Seems like only yesterday but it has been nine short years, time moves too fast I  swear.

Nothing much going on for me, Michelle and I are just chugging along and working towards the next day. This will be another day that I am out in the field doing fieldwork.

One thing I am wondering is how my end of the year blog will look, more than any other year I think I have pretty much mailed in my blogs every week. I went from writing it daily, to writing all the weekly blogs during the week to make sure that one is published. It's almost becoming a redundant task that I keep doing just for the sake of doing it. I don't think I have missed a day of blogging since 2006, anymore it just feels like a fight to write it and come up with any meaningful content.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us I'm tired but it is still time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,397 days since my birth, maybe if we reported our age in days, it wouldn't see, so bad.

* It has been 5,623 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a couple of minors in Communications and History.

* 4,224 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, seems like yesterday.

* 3,448 days ago I proposed to Michelle, best decision that I have ever made in my life.

* It was 2,979 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied poured some sand in a bottle and agreed to a few choice words read by her co-worker and poof, her last name  changed.

* I have now lived 611 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.He definitely passed away at too young of an age.

* I have 4,452 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,059 days away.

* There are 302 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together, Moke and Ang will celebrate their 9th in two days.

* There are only 164 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season of the year.

* 117 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I have treated Phil well this summer, hopefully he returns the favor on this day.

* 101 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, where I relive the previous year through what was posted right here in my blog.

* There are 77 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019. It amazes me that I seen a lot of stores setting out Christmas stuff already.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 55 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,789 blogs in the now 15 years since I started blogging. Hard to believe something I started in 2004 as pretty much me trying something is still alive and well after all of these years.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, something tells me prices are going to be dropping soon.

* It's go time for RTI, but I'm sitting tonight out and relaxing this evening.

* I have a feeling we are going to have a very special basketball season here in Morgantown this fall and Winter. I think Huggs has a pretty special team assembled.

* Val's Pampered Chef Party is over with, I think she did pretty well.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? Even with all the heat, I still hate snow.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton this summer.. He even has his own twitter account.

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

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, October 07, 2019

Ready Set...I'm already going

All good things must come to an end, and that does in fact include those fun filled things that many of you refer to as weekends, I refer to them as days I'm working out in the field. So it's time to stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what we do for a living.

Looking at my week ahead, I'll be doing field work for RTI tonight and Wednesday Night. I like to do a couple of days during the week, takes a little pressure off of the weekends.

Michelle will also be working this evening after work, believe it or not we do see each other occasionally..lol

One good thing about this week, next weekend is a three day weekend for me with Columbus Day being celebrated next Monday. Not sure if I'll head out into the field or just relax, but it will mark my 11th Anniversary at NETL. It's nice they give everyone a day off on my Anniversary...lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit with my meowing co-author peanut once again, she's up and has been all over my keyboard, I think she works for treats. We're sitting here planning out our day and reflecting upon our yesterday.

Well the Mountaineers gave Texas everything they had yesterday, but came up a little short in a 42-31 loss to the Longhorns. Turnovers killed the Mountaineers and were pretty much what prevented us from winning yesterday. It was still a good effort and we are still a building team, Trust the climb.

The Steelers play the Ravens today at 1:00, but I'll have to take a rain check on that one as I will be out doing field work this afternoon. I'm back out on the field today and starting a new work week altogether for both jobs.

Michelle said Jim and Chris had a good auction yesterday, said they registered a number of new people into the system, I know Michelle came home with a bunch of Halloween decorations last night. She also came home with a brownie with butter cream icing on it, oh my glucose levels are not going to like that...lol

Have yourselves a great day,  Peanut said to tell everyone Meow.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm up a little early starting to wake up and plan out my day and trying to brush the sleep from my eyes. Last weeks co-author Peanut is taking this Saturday off and sleeping somewhere.

It's arguably the biggest football Saturday of the year here in Morgantown. The University of Texas is in town and it is also homecoming. The 1969 Peach Bowl team will be honored today and Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Bowden is in town as well. There are probably a few celebs here and the game will be broadcast at 3:30 on ABC.

Me and my day, I'm out working today for RTI. I have two segments, one is a smaller one here in town that I  work during the week and one that is much larger that is in another county that I will be traveling to. I listed this segment and also worked it last year, so I am quite familiar with it. I'll be spending a number of weekends up there for the next month and a half most likely.

Jim and Chris will be having their Fall Fest Fun Auction this evening at Woodland United Methodist Church on the Mileground. The Auction starts at 6:00 this evening. I think Michelle will be working the Auction, I'll be home cussing at the TV screen....lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, October 04, 2019

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes it is once again that time of the week that we all look foreword to, when we can take time to cease the labors for the week and take a little bit of needed time out to enjoy the fruits of those labors. It is once again the dawn of another weekend and a Big Ole Hairy Friday.

Looking for a littler bit of High School Football action? 2-3 University High travels just across the border to take on Albert Gallatin High School. Funny thing is that other than cross town rival Morgantown, this is the closest school to University High and I'm surprised I can't really recall them playing too many times if ever. 1-4 Morgantown travels to Musselman. Clay Battelle at 2-2  is hosting Calhoun County out in Blacksville and 2-1 Trinity is playing host to Madonna.

A word to the wise, it is Homecoming Weekend here in Morgantown and we are playing the University of Texas tomorrow. Barstool Sports is doing their version of Gameday from here and this will be the biggest Football Weekend in town this year. Traffic will most likely be greatly increased with many visitors that we will be welcoming this weekend. If you are planning on doing any travel around town, allow yourself a little bit of extra time.

Have yourselves a great weekend for those of you who get to enjoy it.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Photo Flashback Thursday


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

This weeks pic is from Michelle's Phone earlier this year when we went to San Diego. Of course this is the famous St Louis Arch that she took a picture of as she was on the bridge straddling Illinois and Missouri over the Mighty Mississippi River.

I was in class all day and Michelle took to the city to do some more exploring, this was her second trip to St Louis and my third. I will be going back a fourth time this January, whether or not Michelle makes the return trip with me is still up in the air. It all depends on her office and how things are going there. If it's slow I'm sure she'll be in St Louis with me, if not I'll fly out alone again.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

On this Day

It was on this day in 1973, or 46 years ago, that I suffered the worst injury of my life and one that literally took months for me to recover from.

I was a young child playing pickup football across the street from where I lived on a muddy Intramural Field where Mountainview Regional Rehabilitaion Hospital now sits. It was rainy, but no matter, I was full of energy and found some guys to play football with.

I wasn't hit or anything like that, my left leg slipped out from under me and I ended up doing a perfect split. Although I was young and flexible, it wasn't a good type of split. I ended up with a green stick fracture on my left Femur. The bone broke up and smashed in together somehow and it was a much worse than it sounds.

The recovery process included me having surgery and a pin drilled through my leg so they could but me in Traction. That was a month long stay in the hospital with a leg looking like Frankenstein. After a month of that I was put into a body cast which was the left leg all the way up to my chest and the right leg all the way down to my knee. To say I spent the next six weeks immobile was an understatement. I come out of the body cast and for the next two weeks my leg locks up with 0 mobility and bent at a 45° angle. Then it was back into traction (although no pin needed drilled this time) to straighten my leg out and that took two weeks. After that I went back into a straight leg cast for two weeks and was told to work it for a couple of weeks which was pretty much the end of the recovery.

I was out of school, with a private tutor, for a total of about 18 consecutive weeks. I left school in early October and didn't return until some time after the Holidays and new year and well into February.

Grandma Hall was with me every day and was the best caretaker anyone could ever ask for. Except for when she put milk of magnesia into my milk and told me the old milk company went out of business and this was how milk tasted now. She lied to me to get me to poop. She did love me.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us and it's time for me to start a new quarter fro RTI, good reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,390 days since my birth, maybe if we reported our age in days, it wouldn't see, so bad.

* It has been 5,616 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a couple of minors in Communications and History.

* 4,217 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, horrible horrible movie I chose.

* 3,441 days ago I proposed to Michelle, best decision that I have ever made in my life.

* It was 2,972 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied poured some sand in a bottle and agreed to a few choice words read by her co-worker and poof, her last name  changed.

* I have now lived 604 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.He definitely passed away at too young of an age.

* I have 4,459 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,066 days away.

* There are 309 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together, I'm a very lucky man.

* There are only 171 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season. I do have to say Fall has moved up to my number 2, I still hate winter.

* 124 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I have treated Phil well this summer, hopefully he returns the favor on this day.

* 108 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, where I relive the previous year through what was posted right here in my blog.

* There are 84 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019. It amazes me that I seen a lot of stores setting out Christmas stuff already.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 62 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,782 blogs in the now 15 years since I started blogging. Hard to believe something I started in 2004 as pretty much me trying something is still alive and well after all of these years.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, something tells me prices are going to be dropping soon.

* It's go time for RTI, I'm out in the field this evening.

* Michelle is going to be setting up for the Job Fair that is being held at Mylan Park tomorrow, she'll be spending today preparing for it and tomorrow trying to hire a number of people. They have gotten two more large contracts this past week, they building this business very fast now. Bonus time!!

* My Niece Val is still having an Online Pampered Chef Party. I know she met one of her goals, Michelle and I ordered some neat stuff.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? Even with all the heat, I still hate snow.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton this summer.. He even has his own twitter account.

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

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, September 30, 2019

And So it Begins

Well those fun filled things referred to as weekends and time off were enjoyable, I was able to get recharged and get ready to go once again. Today for me is not only the start of a new work week, it's the start of a streak of consecutive days that I will be working.

Yes you heard that right, this is not only the start of a work week, but tomorrow is the start of a new quarter for RTI. New doors to knock on, new people to meet, new challenges to overcome. Say goodbye to my relaxing weekends and hello to getting out the door on time so I can get some fieldwork in during daylight hours. It's always exciting the first time working through the roster and that all begins tomorrow.

This weekend should be a challenging one as WVU plays Texas here in Morgantown and you know how people love Mountaineer Football. However on weekends I will be working out of the area and out of the county, so I won't have to deal with the gameday traffic as much and will be coming home after the opening kickoff.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit once again on a quiet Sunday Morning, yesterdays co-author Peanut is still sleeping with Mommy and I'm out here collecting my thoughts for the day and watching the Mule on HBO.

Michelle and I did not make it to the Buckwheat Festival yesterday, we tried to make a strategic play and get 4 new tires for her car purchased and installed which we did. We are Sam's Club Plus Members meaning we get early access to the store, thinking we could beat the crowd in. I must have picked the wrong time and the wrong Saturday as all the bays were full and there were three people in front of us all buying complete sets of tires. We ended up running back home and getting my car and dropping her car off to allow them the time that they needed to finish which they said was going to be about three hours. Mission accomplished and she has 4 new tires. Yeah.

While we were waiting yesterday we drove up to the Aquatic Center which is still not complete. It's still all fenced in and non accessible, but the track was there for viewing. I have to say I think everyone is going to be very pleased when they get their first chance to see it all in person. The entire facility is actually quite impressive and is going to be the cornerstone for future growth and development.

No plans for today, which is going to sadly be my last day off for a while. The new quarter for RTI starts on Tuesday.

If you haven't made your Pampered Chef Order from Val's party, there is still time to order. I think tomorrow is going to be the last day for her to earn any rewards.

Have yourselves a great day today, I'll be enjoying my last free day for a while.


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here Peanut and I sit in the early morning, if there are any misspellings that would be where she typed. we up watching who knows what and trying to keep a cat butt out of my face. I'm trying to get woke up so I can go out and finish up laundry.

This is my last weekend off for a while, we are starting a new quarter for RTI on Tuesday, so I better make the most of this one. Mountaineers are off, Steelers don't play till Monday night, so what am I to do? Laundry. Yep that or buying new tires for Michelle's car before the snow starts to fall just may in fact be the highlight of my weekend this weekend.

Michelle and I talked about going to the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, but I don't think that is going to happen today, I really need to get new tires on Ice before everyone makes the made rush when the weather gets colder to buy tires. Big exciting weekend planned, yeah...lol

I hope everyone has a great day, Peanut has managed to find something else to do as this human activity of blogging seemed a little bit boring to her.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes it is once again that time of the week that we all look foreword to, when we can take time to cease the labors for the week and take a little bit of needed time out to enjoy the fruits of those labors. It is once again the dawn of another weekend and a Big Ole Hairy Friday.

Looking for a littler bit of High School Football action? Well the Mohigans finally won their first game of the season last wee, tonight they travel to Wheeling to play Linsley. University High is at home and will be taking on Fairmont Senior who is still undefeated on the season. Clay Battelle is on the road to play Tygarts Valley.

The Mountaineers are off this weekend, so no game here or away, and this is my last weekend off until probably around Thanksgiving, so I'm going to make the most of it.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Photo Flashback Thursday



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

This weeks pic is one of my favorites of this weeks Birthday Boy Kaiden. This is the image I was going to use for his Birthday post, but decided to use this one for a Photo Flashback since it is one that I am quite fond of.

This was actually Calvin's Birthday Party nearly nine years ago, it was one I grabbed when he was just walking. Every once in a while you can capture that magical moment, I don't do it that often, but this was one of those moments.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Hump Day

Well that is a total of two days down, we have two more ahead of us after today, now all we have to do is get our butts up and over this noon time hump. Once we do that, we will be able to see another weekend off in the distance and a chance to enjoy ourselves yet again.

Oh what to talk about. Middle of the week once again, right in the middle of a few theme blogs and here I am once again stuck in the middle of the work week with nothing really to talk about.

As a Heads up and this mostly applies to me, Microsoft is no longer going to support Windows 7 come this January. Windows 10 is a very stable platform and probably one of their best, but my PC is still running the Windows 7 it had installed when I initially purchased it.

West Virginia University Football team get a bye week this coming weekend, that gives an extra week to prepare for when Texas comes in to visit on October 5th. We're sitting at 3-1 on the season and still have a lot of work to do.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us and we are staring straight down at a Tuesday.

* It has been 20,383 days since my birth, maybe if we reported our age in days, it wouldn't see, so bad.

* It has been 5,609 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography.

* 4,210 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, it was the beginning of my true happiness.

* 3,434 days ago I proposed to Michelle, best decision that I have ever made in my life.

* It was 2,965 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied the knot and then we all feasted on a meal prepared by Jean.

* I have now lived 597 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.He definitely passed away at too young of an age.

* I have 4,466 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,073 days away.

* There are 316 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together, I'm a very lucky man.

* There are only 178 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season.

* 131 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I have treated Phil well this summer, hopefully he returns the favor on this day.

* 115 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, where I relive the previous year through what was posted right here in my blog.

* There are 91 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019. I'm sure the organization will start soon.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 69 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,775 blogs in the now 15 years since I started blogging. Hard to believe something I started in 2004 as pretty much me trying something is still alive and well after all of these years.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, something tells me prices are going to be dropping soon.

* All of my madness starts once again one week from today as I start another quarter working for RTI.

* Michelle is done with the Art Walks in Charleston for 2019. They will once again pick them up in the Spring of 2020.

* My Niece Val is having an Online Pampered Chef Party 

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? Even with all the heat, I still hate snow.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton this summer.. He even has his own twitter account.

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

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Kaiden Dalton

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Great-Nephew Kaiden Dalton a very Happy Birthday today. He is a growing boy and is definitely starting to catch up to me in age, give it another 10+ more years and he'll pass me up in age.

Kaiden is a very good and well behaved young man and it is actually an honor to be around him. Not sure what Amy and Ralph have planned for this young man to celebrate his birthday, but we all know it will be special.

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

Happy Birthday Kaiden.