Sunday, April 18, 2021

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I once again sit, I and Peanut are out here yet once again discussing how cats have the ability to trick their human counterparts into providing them treats and letting them go outside. She seems to be the master of it so to speak. 

I do have some sad news to report, and this is why Michelle has been back home. Michelle's Grandmother Ruth, referred to as Gigi on this blog many times, has crossed over to the other side. She was the ripe age of 99 and about 2/3. She was looking to become a centenarian but the man upstairs had other plans for her. 

I did make hotel reservations to work this week as I will officially be back out in the field this week and ironically I will be staying at the same hotel I have been staying at up in the northern panhandle, the one that is literally across the street from where my brother Gary is working. This means we may be hooking up sometime this week. I have sent him a text letting him know, that I will once again be up in the area. This could all very well change with what transpired last night. 

My plans for the day, my typical Sunday I suppose. Grocery shopping this morning, a bunch of chores around the house, and getting ready for the week ahead. Michelle should return home today at some time. 

There is one thing I did manage to get done yesterday that I have been putting off. I finally mowed the grass for the first time this season. Got the mower all gassed up yesterday and had all kinds of fun riding it around the yard. They are calling for a day of nice weather this week, but I will most likely be on travel and since Michelle's wrist hasn't come back to full strength yet from her fracturing it last summer I don't want her trying to mow it without me or someone here. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet Household. Peanut and I are here conversing and telling cat jokes in Catanese, so most people would not understand her punch lines.We're just sitting here watching who knows what on the TV, (It's American Beauty on HBO) and entertaining each other. 

I came across this picture yesterday, it was from the Jerry West vs Hot Rod Hundley All-Star Basketball game that was played at the Coliseum back around early 1980. The two guys jumping off in the center were Hot Rod Hundley in the blue and Jerry West in the white. The Jerry West team wore the gold warmups and you can see his team's bench in the back of the picture. What makes this picture so unique you may ask? Well, do you see the guy in the striped shirt in the front row behind Jerry West's bench? It is none other than yours truly. Yep, I had front row cushioned seats for that game, walked up to the ticket window a couple weeks before the game, and bought my single ticket (I was only 16 at the time) and that's where I ended up. 

You know come to think of it, for the first few years of the current football stadium we had 50-yard line seats every week as well, but that was through Dad at the mines. Then they stopped all those extensive gifts to significant people and those free tickets kind of stopped. I guess the IRS started to get involved with all those expensive gifts companies were giving away back then and it all stopped. 

Michelle is still up north, she is once again staying at Jon and Laura's and running back to the nursing home every day. I think she is going in a little later this morning.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Friday, April 16, 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.

Michelle is up home, she went up yesterday afternoon for family support and reasons. Same reasons she was up there till late on Tuesday, only this time she took enough stuff to stay a night or two if need be. 

With Michelle gone, I'm here holding the household down and we are all watching each other. I'm watching Peanut, Peanut is watching Kiwi, Kiwi is watching Sophie, and Sophie is keeping me straight and letting me know when the Queen is hungry and wants to be fed. 

Plans for the weekend is to prepare to go out to work next week for RTI. I have my segment materials, I'm just waiting to see what is opened and closed. I will most likely be going to the Northern Panhandle again like I did for 80% of the time I worked last quarter. DiCarlo's Pizza, Coleman's Fish Sandwiches and seeing my brother Gary are all things that could be happening over the next few weeks. 

I did find out yesterday that those of us who got the Pfizer COVID Vaccine may be required to get a booster within the next 12 months. I had my second Pfizer shot exactly two weeks ago today, so as of this blog I am 100% vaccinated. 

Have yourselves a great day, make it a special one. 

Thursday, April 15, 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 a whole lot of fun.

This week's pic actually goes back about 12 years, Michelle and I were going to a couple of friends of ours Justin and Samantha's wedding, we grabbed this pic before we left for the day. It was a time period before we were married and us living together as the picture is taken from the living room. 

Funny story about that day, the wedding we went to we were sitting at a table with a few other friends and the question was asked: "where is the cookie table?" I was the only one at our table who did not have western pa roots as everyone but me knew exactly what they were talking about, Michelle had to explain it to me that in Western Pa, at the wedding reception there is usually a cookie table. I really liked that idea, so much so that if you remember our wedding there was a huge cookie table.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us, Kiwi's streak of days of going outside has been broken, great reason to do yet another tidbits. 

* It has been 20,955 days since I was born, that is 21 years using my new and improved 991 day Calender. I prefer my calendar as it is the best calendar and it is variable. 

* It has been 6,176 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. 

* 4,773 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, Pizza Hut and 10,000 BC movie that was horrible. 

* 4,002 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning but she was expecting it. 

* It was 3,524 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife at the Marilla Center, then we feasted like Kings and Queens. 

* I have now lived 1,164 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong.

* I have 3,956 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 508 days away. I think I started this countdown with about 2,500 days. 

* 295 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, he has ended his winter vacation and can once again be seen in the back yard eating the Corn Michelle puts out. 

* 262 more days to go until my Goodbye 2021 Blog is posted, I'm hoping for a big year this year. 

* There are 255 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 232 more days. 

* There are 114 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 114 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 68 days until the start of  Summer 2021. My second favorite season of the year. I'm currently enjoying my favorite season. 

* I have written 6,369 blogs in the now 16 1/2+ years since I started blogging. 

* I did work on my drone last weekend, it may have to been sent out for repairs. 

* Gasoline ass, which is how I would describe my wife this past week, is supposed to be heading back home with her sister Chris today for the day. 

* Update, both Michelle and I are fully vaccinated. I never felt anything from either shot, she got a little sick from the second one. By Friday we should be completely good to go. We're still wearing masks. 

* Kiwi is getting sad, he had Alexa give him the extended weather forecast and he's not too happy. 

* I have to figure a way out to cut the grass before it gets too put of hand, the good news is our lawn tractor can take care of it!

* The West Virginia Blackbears named their new coach for the upcoming season, Morgantown native, and just played in the majors last season Jedd Gyorko is the new coach.  

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

* We're actually Green for COVID for Monongalia County, although most of the rest of the state is red you can track the state stats HERE. We're still Orange on the Harvard map though. 

* 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, April 12, 2021


All good things must come to an end, and yes that does in fact include those fun-filled things that many people refer to as Weekends. Now it is time for everyone to take their collective noses and stick them back onto that grindstone of life for another fun-filled week of doing what we do for a living. 

Michelle made it home safely yesterday evening from her weekend get-a-way with Hayley, Tyler and Abby in Delaware. She did say as they were going to Assateague Island that they passed through Ocean City where we went on our honeymoon years ago and drove by the hotel that we stayed at. I haven't been back to Ocean City since then, but I'll be there in June passing through for Hayley's wedding. 

Not sure what is on my agenda for the next week or so. RTI is starting quarter 2 on Thursday, but my boss has been on vacation the last week and I don't know what is going on, I should find something out today. Could be some more travel involved, and I would imagine that that will be the case. One thing I might do is fire up the mowers and cut grass, I should have done it over the weekend but it's just easier when there are two of us. Michelle rides the riding mower and I follow along with the push mower to get the areas where the riding mower may not be able to get. 

I hope everyone has a great day, make it special.