Friday, January 15, 2021

It's a Happy Birthday Michelle Dawn Hall Birthday

 This is not your typical Friday, it's a very special one to me and my wife. Today, my lovely wife along with her Sister Chris (they are not twins) celebrate their birthdays. Danni and Roy are planning on coming down some time this weekend so we will all probably take a trip out for dinner someplace. 

Michelle and Chris are both two very special ladies in my life, Michelle is the apple of my eye and my soulmate, it's hard to believe that we have been together what will be coming on 13 years in a couple of months. She has been my rock-solid foundation and I want to take this opportunity to not only tell her I love her with all my heart, but also a very Happy Birthday today. We have been trying the last couple of days to teach Kiwi to say Happy Birthday, but he has his own aviary agenda. 

Also celebrating a birthday today is Michelle's sister Chris, who is 5 years and 1 minute older. Chris is one amazing Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Teacher, Spiritual Guide, and just an all-around amazing person. I am a very lucky man to have such a sister in law. 

There may be some more good news, but as of presstime of me writing this blog it has not been finalized. This would be very good news for Michelle and her job search. She's been through two interviews and they emailed her their entire benefit package, so this could be some good birthday news coming very soon. 

Happy Birthday to both Michelle and Chris, two very special ladies in my life. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Photo Flashback Thursday



Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look at some of the 30,000+ photos that I have stored on my computer. Little lost moments in time that I either captured with a lens, scanned, or just stole from someplace on the internet. I like to find just one and post it up and recall or relive the picture to the best of my ability. Sometimes this is a pretty easy task and sometimes it's not that easy, one thing it has always been is a whole lot of fun.

This week's pic goes back to last Summer, my weekend co-author negotiated into her contract that I need to show more pictures of her when Peanut was living large in the back yard. She loves her Meoutside time and I grabbed this pic one day when I was shooting pics of all of Michelle's backyard friends. 

Peanut really likes to go outside and during the winter when leaving the door open all day is not an option, she sits in the window or by the back door pretty much all day watching what is going on outside. 

Peanut is specially trained to thwart off any Rhinoceros attacks that we could suffer from. She is a kitty ninja and takes her job very seriously as we have yet to see the first Rhinoceros in the back yard.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is not completed, my Steelers are out of the NFL Playoffs, let's still do a Tidbits

* It has been 20,864 days since I was born, that is 21 years using my new and improved 991 day Calender. I prefer my calendar.

* It has been 6,085 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. 

* 4,682 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, has it really been 12 3/4 years. 

* 3,909 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. Best decision I have ever made.

* It was 3,433 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife and then feasted with all of our guests. 

* I have now lived 1,073 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. Although we have lost the first sibling with Jonathan passing. 

* I have 4,033 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there.

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 599 days away. I think I started this countdown with about 2,500 days. 

* 353 more days to go until my Goodbye 2021 Blog is posted, I have a whole year to make a better one that in 2020. 

* There are 347 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 323 more days. 

* There are 206 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. It was postponed this March to July and now they are pushing the tour until next year. It'll be my and Michelle's 10th wedding anniversary.

* There are 206 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth  Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 70 days until the start of Spring 2021!!!!! My favorite season of the year. 

* 21 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I haven't seen my friend for a couple of weeks, I wonder if he moved. 

* I have written 6,276 blogs in the now 16+ years since I started blogging. 

* No Drone flights this weekend, hopefully, I can get a few flights in this spring. 

* I guess Apple and Android removed the Parler App and now Amazon has eliminated it from their servers after the attack on the Capital last week. Even the companies that own most of the talk radio outlets are ordering the affiliates to stop the election fraud rhetoric. 

*  Am I addicted, we have an Amazon Echo in the living room and an amazon Dot in the bedroom and another one in the bathroom. It's nice to go in there to do your business and you just have to say, "Alexa what's the news for the day" and it starts playing NPR headlines. I guess that is a change from the days of taking a newspaper in with you. 

* The contract tracing has been going well still, it's a heck of a lot different that people not wanting to talk to you like on my Field Interviewing job. 

* Not sure if I have ever mentioned it before on my blog, but I Hate Snow. Don't even like it a little bit.  

* Corona Virus, you can still track it as it is now starting to pick up steam and the numbers are increasing. 

* We're now Orange for COVID for Monongalia County, although most of the rest of the state is red you can track the state stats HERE

* 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.  

Monday, January 11, 2021

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and to you Monday-Friday workers that include those fun-filled things referred to as weekends. For people like me who work Saturday-Wednesday it's kind of the middle of the week hump day for me. Either way, let's 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. Let's get out there and make this a better world. 

Michelle went over and visited her sister Chris yesterday, I was working so she thought it would be a good time to go and catch up with her Big Sister. I was slaving away of course, doing contact tracing of course, I'm actually getting pretty good at this job. It's nice to be able to feel like you are making some kind of a difference in this world that we occupy. 

Michelle did say that her sister Danni and Roy may make a trip down to Morgantown next weekend, hopefully, we can find someplace to all go out to dinner. I know Michelle mentioned to Chris that we tried El Pollen over the weekend and really liked it, but not sure how that would work as a group setting. 

Have yourselves a great day, do something to make this world a better place. 

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Sandra Irene Bell

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Mother Sandra Irene Bell a very Happy Birthday today.

This is a picture I took of her and two of her three siblings plus spouses a few years ago during Bonita's last visit to Morgantown.

Not sure what her and Gerald's plans are for today, I'm hearing they are planning on running the Pittsburgh Marathon with a group of midgets, but if you happen to see her out and about make sure that you wish her a Very Happy Birthday today.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet Household, my co-author is once again nowhere to be found and I'm out here collecting my thoughts for the day. The movie life is playing in the background, but I'm not watching.

I'm still waking up and contemplating what this day will have involved with it, such as our weekly grocery shopping and chores right before I head off to do some more contact tracing for RTI. 

The NFL playoffs are starting this weekend and the Steelers are one of the teams that are playing. They have the late game this evening against Cleveland, meaning they play after I get off of work, so I'll be able to watch the entire game if my little heart so desires. Hopefully, they can get back to their winning ways, if not the season ends with their next loss.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday morning, the start of the traditional weekend for some and the start of a new work week for me. I'm out here without Peanut-who is off sleeping somewhere in parts unknown to me. I'm out here watching who knows what on the boob tube and collecting my thoughts for the day. 

I start the next five days of working once again after having the last couple of days off. I'm refreshed and ready to hit it heard on today and meet new and exciting people who may need some assistance with COVID and quarantining. 

Obviously, no plans for me today other than working, that 11:30 - 8:00 Schedule kind of makes it hard to really plan to do much of anything, but I'm not complaining one bit, to be honest. 

The WVU Men's Basketball team plays host to #4 Texas this afternoon at 1:00. I think this will be the 3rd time this season we have played a top 4 team in the country. Gonzaga and Kansas being the first two and the schedule doesn't get any easier when we take on #2 Baylor on Tuesday. Talk about a murderer's row for a schedule, and we're not even in mid-January yet. The women take on the #17th ranked Longhorns tonight at 6:00 here in Morgantown, a few hours after the Men's game ends. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, January 08, 2021

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes, it is once again that time of the week that we all look forward 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 for most of you working stiffs, I'm enjoying the second day of my weekend.

Well, I can't say this has been an uneventful week, I got some news that I won't be offered the job in Baltimore, Michelle had an interview locally so keep your fingers crossed that all works out for her on that one. I think she is the candidate that they are looking for and the pay range is what she is seeking. She has all the desired skillsets plus she is a notary, which they need but wasn't in the job description. 

We now officially have a confirmed President-Elect, Congress certified the 2020 Election results and all that is left is taking the oath of office on January 20th. I did see something yesterday that left me saddened, a mob overtook the Capital Building causing both Houses to have to be sequestered and creating a National Emergency. Iran claimed they were going to have a terrorist attack on the Capitol Building on Wednesday in retaliation for us taking out Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani. I never thought the terrorist attack would be our own citizens. 

Have a great day today, make the most of it and enjoy the start of your weekend. 


Thursday, January 07, 2021

Photo Flashback Thursday Update



Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look at some of the 30,000+ images that I have either captured with a Camera, Scanned, or just simply stolen off the internet. Little lost moments in time that I post up and relive tight here for everyone while I try to recall the moments around that image. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that image and sometimes it's a challenge, although one thing it always is is a whole lot of fun for me.

A few weeks ago I posted a Photo Flashback picture similar to this one, there was some reasoning behind it as I thought I had found a new job. A job in Baltimore doing GIS and more importantly from my hint, the long brownish building just over Michelle's shoulder ironically would have been my office building, right on the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, I was happy and ecstatic. 

I found out yesterday that they decided to go with a more local candidate, and it was not the choice of the company that was going to hire me, they really liked me and I was their choice, but it also had to be approved by the city of Baltimore and they wanted a more local candidate. Despite my willingness to relocate, they chose someone from Baltimore. My heart was broken again, to say the least. 

Good and memorable times gone by.

Have yourselves a great day today. 

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* This is going to be my first tidbits for 2021, let's do this!!!!

* It has been 20,862 days since I was born, that is 21 years using my new and improved 991 day Calender. It's new and improved and recommended for people over 20,000 days old. 

* It has been 6,078 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. 

* 4,675 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, has it really been 12 3/4 years. 

* 3,902 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. Best decision I have ever made.

* It was 3,426 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife and then feasted with all of our guests. Just like Josh and Bethany did Sunday evening. 

* I have now lived 1,066 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. 

* I have 4,040 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there.

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 606 days away. I think I started this countdown with about 2,500 days. 

* 360 more days to go until my Goodbye 2021 Blog is posted, I have a whole year to make a better one that in 2020. 

* There are 354 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 330 more days. 

* There are 213 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. It was postponed this March to July and now they are pushing the tour until next year. It'll be my and Michelle's 10th wedding anniversary.

* There are 213 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth  Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 77 days until the start Spring 2021!!!!! My favorite season of the year. 

* 35 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I haven't seen my friend for a couple of weeks, I wonder if he moved. 

* I have written 6,268 blogs in the now 16+ years since I started blogging. 

* No Drone flights this weekend, hopefully, I can get a few flights in this spring. 

* Michelle's probably heading back home today for the day, she's going to go and visit a few people and run some errands. 

*  Football season is over with, at least for the Mountaineers. I never thought we would get through the season but they did. 

* Tne contract tracing has been going well, I find people much more cooperative when I call them then I do when I do fieldwork. I've had a few horror stories on that one, generally the people I talk to have COVID and are very cooperative as we are attempting to assist them. 

* Not sure if I have ever mentioned it before on my blog, but I Hate Snow. Don't even like it a little bit.  

* We found out some horrible news last night, my sister Terri's best friend's daughter Jessica Gantle has passed away. She herself leaves behind a daughter. 

* Corona Virus, you can still track it as it is now starting to pick up steam and the numbers are increasing. 

* We're now Orange for COVID for Monongalia County, track the state stats HERE

* 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.  

Monday, January 04, 2021

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and to you Monday-Friday workers that include those fun-filled things referred to as weekends. For people like me who work Saturday-Wednesday it's kind of the middle of the week hump day for me. Either way lets 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. Let's get out there and make this a better world. 

The good news is I'm pretty sure our stimulus checks have been deposited in our bank account. They were sitting there pending on Saturday night, they should be there today. Woo Hoo. 

Michelle is planning on going back home tomorrow, weather permitting. She's going to go up and pick up her Dad's ashes and help Karen out a little with some things that she needs to get done. She's also going to stop and see her Dad's best friend Quinny and pay a visit to her Mom. She is going to make a day trip out of it and should be home tomorrow evening, so I'll be flying solo tomorrow plus I'll be working again tomorrow so I'll be occupied and busy. 

Have yourselves a great day, let's go and change the world with the fruits of our labors. 

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Sunday

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday morning, I'm here watching Biloxi Blues and collecting my thoughts for the day. My co-author is once again on a labor strike trying to renegotiate her cat/blogger contract.

Our agenda for the day is to simply go do our grocery shopping this morning and get our weekly chores done. Things we do every Sunday morning on any other week. 

Afterward, it will be me heading to work once again doing my contract tracing, I started my workweek yesterday and today will be day two of it. I do have to say that it kind of throws your schedule off as to knowing what day it is working such a strange schedule, it does take a little bit of getting used to. 

The Steelers play today at 1:00, but I'll miss that game due to working. The Steelers are sitting my starters as they have nothing to gain or lose from today's game in preparation for next week's playoffs. 

Have yourselves a great day today, make it memorable. 

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Welcome to the Other Side

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning on the other side of the worst year on record, I'm sitting here watching Little Nicky on Netflix and waking my tired butt up and preparing for the day. Peanut is running around somewhere, I heard her little bells a couple of minutes ago. 

I hope everyone had a good New Years, did everyone enjoy your Pork and Sauerkraut for good luck yesterday? Hopefully we all had some and it will bring us a more prosperous 2021. 

This is usually the day that I'm getting on a plane in Pittsburgh and flying to St Louis. We usually do our certifications for doing fieldwork for RTI over the next couple of days, but that has been delayed this year due to COVID and many of us are contracted out doing Contact Tracing for Partners In Health for at least the next month. Our certifications this year are going to be done virtually and no official word on when they are planned. 

I begin my work week today after a couple of days off today, so it's back to making phone calls and doing contact tracing today. In can't say that it is that bad of a job, you figure everyone I am speaking with has COVID and are all pretty receptive as we are trying to help them through their quarantine. 

It was an eventful couple of days, the Mountaineer Football team won their bowl game against Army on Christmas Eve. We looked horrible and undisciplined as a team, but the backup QB came in and lead us to the scores we needed. WVU Men's Basketball team lost our McDonald's All-American as Oscar Tshiebwe indicated that he was sitting out for personal reasons, Bob Huggins indicated that he will not be back. Sounds like that is not a temporary thing and he may be gone. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, January 01, 2021

Happy New Years!!!!!




Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?
CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
CHORUS
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine†;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
CHORUS
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS