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.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Monday

This Monday brings an end to a few things, yes the weekend is now behind us and we are facing a new workweek all refreshed. However Summer is now "Officially" over as we enter the autumnal equinox just about.....NOW. I set this blog up top post at that time, so if you are reading this it is officially Fall.

It is the start of a new season, one where the colors of Appalachia will paint a beautiful landscape here in the next few weeks as the leaves change colors and prepare to fall off of their trees in preparation of the next six months weather.

I can't complain, I would have to say it is now my second favorite season, mainly because I'm starting to not like the heat and need a break. I do enjoy the shorts wearing weather, but one of the best things about living in Appalachia is you get to experience all four seasons.

This is my last relaxing week, I start a new quarter for RTI next Tuesday which means I will be one busy individual up until probably Thanksgiving. I needed the break over the past month especially when I had to work another Field Interviewers Segment in the second quarter who left, I'm hoping we have replaced the missing FI this quarter.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, me and Peanut are watching Corky Ramano on HBO and contemplating on making some breakfast for me. She'll be happy with some treats.

Well WVU managed to leave Lawrence Kansas yesterday with a hard fought 29-24 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks. I do have to say I questioned some of Neal Brown's moves. We wasted a Time Out to try a 2 point conversion that failed miserably. I understand the scoring and all and what he was trying to do, but it makes us look bad. At the end of the third quarter we had the wind at our back and instead of running a play and kicking it if we didn't make it with the wind, he opted to let the quarter wind down and move ourselves into the wind. We ended up with the Field Goal, but only after we attempted to go for it on 4th down and got a Pass Interference Call to give us a fresh set of downs. It was a little nerve racking, but trust the climb.

Michelle and Amanda
Michelle spent the day at the Pines Country Club for Amanda and Joey's Baby Shower. She played the roll of the Photographer using her iPhone and put a number of pictures up of the days festivities. They seemed to have had a great day.

Today Michelle is working at the Vet's to do payroll and I will be working here briefly to set up my lead letters to send out so we can start a new quarter on October 1st. Got two segments this quarter, one I traveled to last year and worked and one around the house, so once again it worked out well for me. I plan on continuing to work for RTI next year, so that means I have to go to St Louis again this January for re-certification. I was trying to get San Diego, but no luck.

Have yourselves a great Sunday, make the most of it and enjoy a little NFL action this afternoon.

Go Steelers.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, I was the first one knocked out and the first one to recover from that dreaded beating by the Sandman last night. I'm up a little early sucking down an Alka Selzter and a Prilosec for my heartburn.

Michelle has a big day planned today after returning from Charleston last night. Today is Amanda's Baby Shower at the Pines Country Club. Michelle is going to head over this morning to help Chris get everything set up for today's festivities. This is Amanda and Joey's first bump and they will make a great set of parents.

Me, I'm going to go and finish laundry as Michelle helps Chris. We wash it here and take it to the Laundra Mat to dry it since our Dryer is Kaput and I can be in and out and get everything done in about 45 minutes doing it this way.

This afternoon I am going to watch the WVU game. I subscribed to ESPN+ this past August and already have the subscription you need to watch the game. It is a pay services that is either $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year and I chose the year option this spring for some reason or another, probably because I like to follow recruiting for both WVU Football and Basketball and it gave me access to all the insider stuff that I wanted plus the ability to stream non broadcast content such as today's game. Game starts at 4:30 today and we are playing Kansas.

Speaking of Football, Antonio Brown in the past couple of months got traded by the Steelers because he was unbearable. Cut by the the Raiders, then signed for a bigger deal with the Patriots. Loses his endorsement from the Helmet Company, loses his endorsement deal with Nike, gets accused of rape and now has been cut by the Patriots. At least the Steelers got a couple draft picks for this trainwreck.

Have yourselves a great day today and Let's Go Mountianeers.


Friday, September 20, 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? University High at 2-1 on the season travels to Wheeling Park to take on the 2-1 Wheeling Park Patriots. Trinity travels to Maryland to play the Maryland School for the Deaf. Clay Battelle is at home playing against Valley (Whetzel). Now what about my Alma Mater? The Mohigans are now 0-3 on the season and will hose 0-3 Hedgesville. Maybe one of these two can win a game tonight.

Michelle should be back from Charleston this evening, they are going to have a Baby Shower tomorrow for Amanda at the Pines Country Club. Her Sister Danni is comign down as well as her cousin Julie, so Michelle is probably going to be occupied this weekend.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, September 19, 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.

Sometimes we need to just look back and remember some special people who are no longer with us.  This amazing woman who is no longer with us would have celebrated a birthday last month, so I thought I would make a picture of her this weeks Photo Flashback.

This picture is from Moke and Ang's wedding going on nine short years ago that only seem like yesterday. I grabbed this picture of Jean at the reception hall after the wedding which was held at the Wadestown Firehall.

She is definitely missed as she touched so many lives.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Happy Birthday Calvin McClain

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Birthday Calvin.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us and we are staring straight down at a Tuesday. Time for what used to be my most read blog of thee week that is now my least read blog of the week.

* It has been 20,376 days since my birth, maybe if we reported our age in days, it wouldn't see, so bad.

* It has been 5,602 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography.

* 4,203 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, it was the beginning of my true happiness.

* 3,427 days ago I proposed to Michelle, iI made her wait but she knew my intentions.

* It was 2,958 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied the knot and then feasted.

* I have now lived 590 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.He definitely passed away at too young of an age.

* I have 4,473 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 1,080 days away. The NC State Band played Sweet Caroline at halftime Saturday, the fans added their "Eat Shitt Pitt" Cheer appropriately.

* There are 323 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together, I'm a very lucky man.

* There are only 185 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season.

* 138 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I've seen Phil this summer more than any other years past. Fed him all kinds of apples, now lets see if he is my Friend February 2.

* 122 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 98 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019. I'm hearing Terri is wanting to do a Pajama theme for Christmas Eve this year, I need to find something cute.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 76 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 5,767 blogs in the now 15 years since I started blogging. Amazing I have stuck with it this long.

* 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, if anyone knows of any, let me know.

* The Mountaineers won this past weekend, I was surprised I thought NC State would take us behind the woodshed.

* Gerald is doing much better, he has started walking and rehabbing. He's wanting out of there and back home.

* Michelle is traveling this week again and then Amanda's Baby (or the bump as she refers to it) Shower is Saturday.

* 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 16, 2019

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that does include our fun filled things that we refer to as weekends. Now it's time to take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

Speaking of working, I just got word that I will be returning to St. Louis once again in January for my yearly re-certification that I have to do every year. I will be leaving Morgantown on January 2, and will be in class the 3rd and the 4th and will either return on the evening of the 4th (Saturday) or the morning of the 5th (Sunday). I asked Michelle if she wants to go with me this year, she hasn't decided just yet if she wants to go this year yet.

Now as far as the office at NETL, I'm back there again today to start another week at my career job. I have a couple of meetings this week, one Tuesday and one on Wednesday. It's not going to be too busy of a week, so that tends to make it nice at times.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, I'm up a little too early for me and am going to be laying back down very soon. Something is on the TV, couldn't tell you what it was.

First off condolences to the Dalton Family and their loss. Ralph's step dad has found the answers to the other side after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Now as far as the game yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised and I think we were shown how good of a football coach we have. I have to say Neal Brown is on another level of thinking with something he did, I scratched my head why and realized this man is an absolute master strategist. It came with 3 minutes left to play with us up 44-27 and getting ready to kick an extra point. The ball was snapped and the holder just simply downed the ball by taking a knee. I was left scratching my head wondering WTF was that? Coaches reasoning, being up 17 points with 3 minutes left to go meant it was a 3 score game. Meaning it would have taken NC State 2 touchdowns and a field goal to tie or beat us, a 3 score game. If we kick it and it is blocked and returned it is good for 2 points and now just became a 2 score game. Never seen any coach on any level anywhere use that reasoning, but he is absolutely right. The man is on a whole different level when it comes to the games strategy.

Other than that, grocery shopping and the Steeler game at 1:00 are on our agenda for the day.

Have a great day.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a  quiet game day Saturday morning, I'm sure people are lining up to tailgate if they aren't already tailgating somewhere. I'm up a little later than usual and collecting my thoughts for the day. My partner in crime Peanut must have found another hiding spot to lay back down.

The Mountaineers return to the field today here in Morgantown to take on North Carolina State. A team that has our old Defensive Coordinator and has not let us a single touchdown yet this season. Tony Gibson, the one coach I wanted to retain from the previous staff, returns to Morgantown as NC States Defensive Coordinator against a group of young men he basically recruited himself to Morgantown.

After last weeks fiasco, I don't have too high of hopes for today, but I trust the climb and Coach Neal Brown. I'm prepared for the long term rather than the short, and will support school till the end. It's a time of rebuilding here in Morgantown, but we acknowledge that.

Not too much else planned, I was going to run to the Laundromat last night to dry clothes, but Michelle had them washed and said lets go dry them last night due to the noon kickoff here in Morgantown. Laundry is done and I'm going to enjoy my weekend off, life gets busy again October 1st.

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

Friday, September 13, 2019

Big Ole Hairy Friday the 13th

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

Are you looking for a little bit of High School Football? Well lets start with the school I missed last week. Undefeated Trinity is at home and will be taking on Fairport Harding, Oh. I think Clay Battelle is off this week. University High travels to the Northern Panhandle to take on Brooke and the hapless Alma Mater of mine who are 0-2 this week after blowing a 14 point lead to a AA Bridgeport team finally get their first home game of the season when they host Fort Hill, Md.

The Mountaineers are back at home to play their third and final non-conference game of the season when they host NC State in a return game from last season that ended up getting canceled due to a Hurricane.

That is the football here on Morgantown tonight and tomorrow. Plenty of gridiron action to see if that is your fancy.

Have yourselves a great Friday the 13th today.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, September 12, 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 to my days at Frostburg State. I worked for a company called InfoTech/VARGIS. VARGIS was the company I was initially employed by and then Infotech bought us out and we became Infotech.

This is my friend and Aerial Triangulation equivalent of me, this is Anand who was from Hyderbad India and was one of the people from the parent company that was brought over here to help many of the newer employees get up to speed with Photogrammatry.

I know the last time I spoke with Anand was a few years ago and he was trying to find a sponsor to come into the country full time and apply for citizenship. He's a great guy and was a pretty good friend.

Have yourselves a Great Day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

15 Years!!!!!

You know Wednesdays are usually my hardest day to write a blog. Never really have anything to say as it is the middle of a work week and I'm just usually going through the motions. Except for today.

It was on this day in 2004 that I found a website called blogger and made my very first post. I was trying to add life to my website, which is now my blogger page. It was something my sister Kim used to do, it was a weblog that you would write about your life and then post it for others to see. So I decided I would try this blogging thing to record my life.

What has it seen, numerous nephews and Neices graduating High School, one even graduating College. It saw me go through a few relationships and eventually meet, start dating and eventually marry my wife. It saw new members welcomed to the family and said goodbye to others. It's helped me plan picnics and events, talked about Softball and Trivia Challenges. I've shared numerous pictures and even talked about a friend signing to play College Baseball and eventually work his way into the Major Leagues. It's seen feuds and friendships, seen all kinds of joy and sorrow and has allowed me to express and share my life right here on on this cyber reality site.

Here is to 15 years and here is to the next 15 years of being a blogger.

Hard to imagine I ever stuck with this that long.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is complete, now it's time to concentrate on that second workweek day, Tuesday. It's a tidbits day.

* It has been 20,369 days since my birth, maybe if we reported our age in days, it wouldn't see, so bad.

* It has been 5,595 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. GIS was my area of study in case no one ever heard..lol

* 4,196 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, it was the beginning of my true happiness.

* 3,420 days ago I proposed to Michelle, in our back yard and yes she knew it was coming.

* It was 2,951 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied the knot and then feasted.

* I have now lived 583 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going. I'm really starting to feel my age some days more than others.

* I have 4,480 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 1,087 days away. Hopefully Neal Brown can build a team by then.

* There are 330 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together, I'm a very lucky man.

* There are only 192 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season.

* 145 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I've seen Phil this summer more than any other years past. Fed him all kinds of apples, now lets see if he is my Friend February 2.

* 129 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 105 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019. This thing is starting to creep up on us. Michelle and I actually started the discussion as to whether or not we are going to once again do a real tree this year or switch to an artificial one.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 83 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 5,760 blogs in the nearly 15 years since I started blogging, how nearly you ask? Check out tomorrow's Blog.

* 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, if anyone knows of any, let me know.

* Michelle and I took a trip to Terra Alta this past weekend to check out Balls Auction store.

* No updates on Gerald  this week, I would assume he is getting better and better by the day.

* Softball season is still over with. It was a tough one for me physically, I'm starting to show my age or should I see my lack of training.

* 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 09, 2019

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and by good if you watched the WVU Football game this past weekend that is very debatable. But it is the start of a new week of work and some new challenges to face and overcome.

Looking at my week ahead, I have just one mandatory safety meeting on my calendar, other than that it's pretty much open at work.

Michelle is going to work tonight and tomorrow night at the Vet's after work where my quarter for RTI is pretty much completed. I should be getting my new segment materials here in a couple of weeks as we prepare to finish out the year.

I'm not complaining about the idle time, I don't get a whole lot of it and the second quarter I had to travel to assist in another FI"s area as she had left the company. I enjoy a little bit of a break every once in a while and a chance to actually sit back and enjoy my weekends.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, finally recovering from that knockout blow by the dreaded sandman last night. I'm here watching the newer Karate Kid and collecting my thoughts for the day.

I was going to watch yesterday's game, but decided to take a trip with Michelle up to Terra Alta and make a visit to Ball's Auctions and specifically their warehouse. We were up there looking for a new mattress and we knew that they have the best prices around. We're just starting to do our research on the best kinds of mattresses.

After we left there, it was lunch at Shorthorns and a chance for me to catch up on the WVU Football game.

Let's just say I'm glad I didn't stay around the house yesterday to watch the game. Seems like anything that could go wrong, did in fact go wrong. I watched a few brief minutes of the game and thought I would just dissect the box score when I got home to get a feel of how the game went. It was pretty ugly all game long. Have faith and confidence though, this teams previous staff assembled a house of cards and not a team. Dana's approach to recruiting was much different than this staffs, hence why we would always fold later in the season and they did it on a consistent basis. Trust the staff and prepare for the long term, we'll be fine.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, me and Peanut are holding down the fort and are up watching who knows what. I'm getting some football scores from last night and the friendly feline is frolicking around somewhere.

The Mountaineers play Missouri today at noon in football. It's game two of the inaugural season for Coach Neal Brown and the Mountaineers look to improve from last weeks win, but this team will have their hands full and are double digit underdogs to the Tigers. We're a young and inexperienced team, so the rebuild is going to take some time.

Not too many plans for us today, just resting and relaxing from a relatively short work week. I'm going to go out here in a few hours and go to Millers and finish up laundry before the game starts and the students start to trickle into the laundromat. Other than that, just plan on writing the weeks blogs and watching a little bit of football this afternoon.

Have yourselves a great day, enjoy it and watch yourselves a little bit of football. 

Friday, September 06, 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.

Even though I missed it last week, I must ask. Are you ready for a little High School Football?

The Morgantown Mohigans coming off a season opening loss at Parkersburg will be on the road once again as they travel to take on Bridgeport. Bridgeport is coming off a 28-0 win over Lewis County.

The University High Hawks will be home once again this evening as they play host to Parkersburg South. The Hawks defeated John Marshall last friday 18-7 and are looking to make it two in a row this evening. At least one Mon County team won last weekend.

Clay Battelle lost on the road to Gilmer, but tonight play host to Meadow Bridge. Should be a good game.

Wishing all three Monongalia County schools much luck this evening. The Mountaineers are on the road this week at Missouri.

Have yourselves a great day the start of another great weekend.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, September 05, 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 a few years. Michelle and I had just started dating and we took Hayley to Ohiopyle to do a little bit of Geocaching and to spend a little time together.

We hiked far into the woods to find the Cache on a rain filled day, but we or should I say Hayley, found it after some looking.

This picture however was taken by the natural water slide that is at Ohiopyle. We walked down there after we found our cache for this  photo opportunity.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

It's already Wednesday

Do you believe it, it's already Wednesday and we are looking ahead to another weekend just on the other side of a Photo Flashback.

Yeah I know, we've been back to work a grand total of one day so far, two including today. But I say you should always look on the bright side of things and not reflect on the bad side. I'm showing optimism instead of Pessimism as that is just the best way to be.

I have been having a lot of trouble with my internet here at the house, it has seemed to be going down a lot as of late. I've had to call a their support line numerous times to  get it repaired and it is starting to become a little tiresome. I can still get on by tethering from my phone, but this is starting to get ridiculous.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Three Day weekend is complete, now it is time to load the work week. AS that is loading, here is a tidbits.

* It has been 20,362 days since my birth, I've been here for a few days and almost half that has been working.

* It has been 5,588 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I'm proud of the fact that I still work in my chosen field of study still.

* 4,189 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, it was the beginning of my true happiness.

* 3,413 days ago I proposed to Michelle, in our back yard and yes she knew it was coming.

* It was 2,944 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied the knot and then feasted.

* I have now lived 576 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. His life was way too short.

* I have 4,487 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 1,094 days away. We won and they lost this past weekend. =)

* There are 337 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together, I'm a very lucky man.

* There are only 199 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season.

* 152 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Phil has been spending a lot of time here eating the apples in the back yard.

* 136 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 112 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019. This thing is starting to creep up on us.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 90 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 5,753 blogs in the nearly 15 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out. I should have my 15th Anniversary of being a blogger in less than a month.

* 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, if anyone knows of any, let me know.

* Moke and Ang finally posted pictures and told the world of their new baby.

* Gerald was moved to Mapleshire last week. Kim said that he is doing much, much better than he was.

* Softball season ended for us last week. We knocked out the 2nd place team in the tournament, but fell just short of the finals finishing in third place.

* 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 02, 2019

Labor Day

Well today I get to sit back and enjoy my third day of a three day Holiday Weekend. it is Labor Day in the United States and it is a Federal Holiday and also the unofficial end of Summer and start of Fall, although that won't be official for another three weeks.

I seem to remember when I was a kid, Labor Day was when you got ready to go back to school, and all those TV networks (three of them) would introduce their Fall Season for returning shows and it was when new shows were introduced. I think the best term would be sweeps week for this week, but those days are now gone by.

Normally we would fire up the smoker or the grill today, but we're not doing that this year. Michelle and I are just going to spend a relaxing day at home and a day off from all the jobs we work.

Hurricane Dorian has not been too kind to the people of Florida or in the Caribbean. It's being a real pain in the neck and can't make its mind up where it wants to go to.

Have yourselves a great day, enjoy the time with Family and Friends and make it memorable.


Sunday, September 01, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit in a quiet household once again, enjoying the beginning of day two of my three day Holiday weekend. I'm up checking the scores from yesterday and scraping the sleep out of my eyes as I'm still attempting to reach full consciousness.

Well the Neal Brown era has officially started and it started with a 20-13 win over a very well coached James Madison team. The Dukes gave us fits all day long and their Defensive front pretty much dictated the day all game long. The Mountaineers managed to put together enough Offense when needed and played pretty well on Defense and Special Teams were outstanding on the day. It is going to be a slow build with this team, but have patience as we are in pretty good hands with a good young coach in Neal Brown.

Today's agenda is going to be our normal shopping and chores, then I'll take a little time out this afternoon and write this weeks blogs. I won't be rushed as I'm pretty sure that I am done with RTI for the quarter and we will take a little break before we gear up for the next quarter. What ever I do, it's going to be peaceful and relaxing. You know the better news? I get to do it all again tomorrow, yeah workers.

Have yourselves a relaxing Sunday.