Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011


* Former West Virginia University Football Coach Rich Rodriguez was fired as the head Football Coach at Michigan.

* My Nephew Moke joined my Niece Brittany as a student at my Alma Mater, West Virginia University.

* In a busy month for Birthdays, my wife Michelle had one during the month of January. As did her Mother Susie, My Mother Sandi, and Arron according to my Blog.

* I came down with influenza and was out for almost a week at work.


* Phil did NOT see his shadow!!!!!

* The Pittsburgh Steelers played in the Super Bowl.

* WVAQ Radio Morning personality Eric McGuire left his position due to an upcoming surgery. Good news is he has made a few spot guest appearances this year.

* We secured the Marilla Center for our August wedding later in the year.

* Michelle got her first iPhone.


* I introduced a new feature to the BLOG. Thursdays were a little bit dry for me, so I started doing Photo Flashbacks on Thursdays.

* Our friends Chewy and Courtney Stavar had a little minion (daughter) and named her Edith.

* Michelle and I learned to make butter.


* Our yearly April Fools Joke this year was us saying that Michelle was Pregnant.

* We did some of our only Geocaches of the year.

* Amy was gracious enough to host an east Egg Hunt at her home.

* Michelle and I attended the Spring WVU Football game.


* Osama Bin Laden became fish food!!!!!!

* We set up a raised garden on the back patio to try to grow vegetables this season.

* I once again switched web hosts from Just Host back to GoDaddy.

* Josh Judy made his Major League Baseball debut.


* We bought Hayley an iPhone and an Otter Box for her Birthday.

* Bill Stewart was replaced as WVU's Head Football Coach.

* Jimmy Buffett Concert in Pittsburgh.

* We applied for our Marriage License.


* Michelle and I once again attended the Rosiak family 4th of July Water battle. This was my 14th year of going.

* Josh Judy was once again called up the the Majors.

* I chose the high road decided not to air out dirty laundry on the internet even though I very well could have let someone have it.

* Michelle had her bridal shower, thanks to Jes for stepping it up and her Sister Chris, it was a huge success.


* August saw me take the longest paid vacation of my working life when I took a ten day vacation.

* Michelle and I tied the bonds of matrimony a the Marilla Center in front of our closest friends and family. My days of bachelorhood became a thing of the past.

* For our honeymoon, we traveled to Ocean City, Maryland. Michelle had never been there and I had been there a couple of times in my life, so we made this our Honeymoon destination.

* In a month of firsts, Michelle and I both bought our very first ever new car that either one of us had ever purchased. We named her Pearl.

* I received and gave to Michelle the Flag that was flying over the US Capital on August 6th as we were getting married.

* My Sister Pam had Gall Bladder surgery.

* We made a trip to FallingWaters.


* The Mountaineer Football team started the Dana Holgorsen era with a lightning delayed game in Morgantown. Lightning actually struck the stadium during the game.

* We saw the Tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9-11-01.

* Farida and Abdul Rehmani celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

* I did manage to get some Buckwheat Cales this year, but we didn't make it to the actual Buckwheat festival due to the rain.


* Milan Puskar, owner of Mylan Pharmaceuticals and large donor to West Virginia University passed away. We lost a great Mountaineer.

* Michelle and I attended Mountaineer Madness.

* Terri made a weekend trip to New York City.

* I dropped and broke my iPhone, followed by a FedEx Nightmare.

* West Virginia University announced that they would join the Big 12 Conference starting in 2012.


* Michelle has a tough time period when she lost two family members on the same day. Her Uncle Terry from back home in East Liverpool and my brother in law Jim's brother Uncle Ernie also passed away later that day.

* Chad got a job working for a contractor for Xerox in Cleveland, it was Contract work that paid very well and lasted quite a few weeks.


* The greatest BLOGGER in the world celebrated another birthday.

* WVU earned a BCS Orange Bowl Bid for football.

* We spent a weekend Christmas Shopping at Tanger Outlets.

* We had my companies annual Christmas party at Oilverio's Restaurant.

* We traveled to East Liverpool, Ohio for Michelle's family Christmas.

* We spent Christmas Eve with my family at my Sister Terri's house, it was nice to get everyone back together again.

* I posted 405 BLOG Posts in 2011 for a grand total of 2,655 BLOG Posts as a BLOGGER.

See you on the other side.

Last Regular Blog Post of 2011

Today is my 404th BLOG post of the year, and will be my last regular BLOG post of the 2011 calendar year. I will still follow this one up with the still to come and my traditional Goodbye 2011, which traditionally has been my most favorite BLOG of the year to write. It allows me the time to sit back and really reflect on my year as we get ready to enter into 2012.

Michelle has a Dr's appointment yesterday for her foot that she broke last August, they have put her into a regular cast (A Pink one) and she will now be walking around on crutches for the next month. She is going to be semi incapacitated until after Ground Hogs Day.

Terri called me last night and said Mom was having some complications, but called back later to say that everything is fine and they are just kept her last night for observation purposes.

Well 2011 was a a very memorable year for me, so this may have been one of my funnest year end blogs to ever write just because of a few special events that took place in my life.

Friday, December 30, 2011

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 a New Years Day three day weekend.

Yes, three days of holiday fun with a New Years Celebration tomorrow night. I'm planning on staying home to avoid all of the drunks that will be out and about the town, I think I was sleeping last year as the ball was dropping.

I need to finish up my end of the year Blog that I have started writing this week, one that basically recaps the year in review by according to the things that happened in my BLOG. It's been a special year, so be sure to stop by and read the final 2011 BLOG sometime tomorrow.

Short day at work for me, plus I have to go to the Doctors with Michelle this afternoon, so let's get this party started.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to look back through my thousands of pictures that I have taken through the years and just select one special one to post and tell a story about. This weeks is one that is special to me.

The time was a couple of months after Michelle and I had started dating. We grabbed the GPS and headed East to seek a few geocaches. Hayley and her boyfriend at the time (my favorite one so far) Wyatt rode along with us as we headed to Deep Creek Lake.

This picture was taken at the Lake and is one that I have always liked. It wasn't our first picture together, but is one of my favorites as I thought we took a great picture together that day.

Nearly four years later we are still going strong.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hump Day...Woo Hoo

That was quick, one day off one day in and we are already at hump day!!!!! I do have to say, I'm not the only one at work, but there are very few there. I have plenty of time to take off if I chose to, but Michelle's working so I'm going in. No sense in sitting at home when it's cold rainy and snowy.

They are redoing the gym where I work, and it is right beside my office in the same building, so we get the smell of glue radiating throughout the building. Makes you a little happier or should I say mellow while you are working...LOL

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well Monday is now behind us, even though both Michelle and I were off with an extended three day weekend, still can't think of a better reason than that to do a tidbits.

* It's been 1,383 days since mine and Michelle's first date going on four years ago.

* It's been 606 days since our engagement.

* And this is our 143rd day of marriage. That's a special number one letter word, four letter word, three letter word. I Love You. =)

* You have 364 more shopping days left until Christmas 2012, provided the Myans were wrong (they were) and the world doesn't end on December 21, 2012. For those conspiracy theorists who believe this, I have Ocean Front property in Nebraska I'll sell you pretty cheap, I'll even throw in the Country of Chile in the deal.

* We took our day off yesterday and saw an awesome movie. We went and saw the movie We Bought a Zoo. It's a great movie, probably one of the best that I have seen in the theaters in a number of years.

* A note for all, the Dartmoor Zoo that the above movie is about, is real. I picked up on a couple strange things during the movie, then found out at the end that it is a true story.

* I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and can ring in a safe and Happy New Year.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, December 26, 2011

Post Christmas

We survived yet another Christmas, the number of shopping days until Christmas has been reset and starting to count down to another year.

Yesterday we went to Michelle's sisters house, and saw that they received one of the best Christmas Gifts ever from their kids. They are looking at their 25th wedding anniversary this upcoming year so the kids got together and did something very special for them.

They presented it to them in a 23 minute long DVD showing numerous pictures of their children and grandchildren through the years. Then the DVD got a little confusing to them. Images of a girl in a Hula Skirt and pictures downloaded off the internet from Hawaii.

The gift from their kids, they are sending them to Hawaii this spring for a week. Jon cashed in all his air miles and Marriot points and managed to get them a trip to Hawaii and a nice luxury hotel for a week. Needless to say, they were very surprised.

Have a great day, both Michelle and I are off today.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

It's Christmas morning, I'm the the first and only one up so far. I've got some Hot Sausage that we had set aside for my traditional Christmas morning breakfast, a tradition we started as kids and have maintained over the last 35-40 years. It was one thing we always remember my father making on Christmas eve, and he made enough that we always ate that for breakfast the next morning as leftovers.

Had a great time at Terri's last night. There was plenty of food and great times with my family. I installed NORAD's Santa Tracker on my phone and the kids were asking me every three minutes where Santa was at. It was one of those unplanned special memories that you'll never forget.

We have to open gifts here this morning and then we'll be off to Michelle's Sister's house for Christmas dinner with that side of the family. We have a red velvet cheesecake that we will be taking with us today. My Boss bought me one for my birthday and everyone seemed to love it, so we got one from the Cheesecake factory to take with us today.

Merry Christmas to All!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

It's Christmas Eve

The one day of winter that I actually do like, a time when families are together and worries are out the window for at least one day.

For my family, it's Christmas Eve when we all get together. Christmas Day has traditionally been for the individual units. Tonight at my sister Terri's are are going to once again attempt to assemble the whole clan and have a little Christmas cheer with the people who have meant the most to me in my life, my family.

I'm super excited.

For the kiddies, be sure to track Santa with Norad's Santa Tracker.

Friday, December 23, 2011

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.

For Michelle and myself it is the start of a three day Holiday weekend with Monday being the Christmas Holiday for both of us.

Our agenda should be pretty busy tomorrow with our grocery shopping and having Christmas Eve at my sister Terri's house. After being as ill and bedridden as I was last year for both Christmas and Christmas Eve, I am really looking forward to this years Christmas eve. It's been a couple of years since I have been around my family on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day will consist of us taking a trip to Michelle's sisters for their Christmas and their Christmas dinner.

It looks to be a great weekend.

Ho ho ho ho

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to sit back and take a little bit of time out and look through all my digital pictures that I have, find one and reflect a little bit upon that picture. Sometimes I rack my brain, sometimes it comes easy. This week, it came pretty easy.

With Christmas coming up I decided that would be a good theme to find this weeks pic and there it was.

My Father passed away in the summer of 1999. At his funeral we had a picture of him how many people would remember him. You see, my father lived to be a coal miner and we though that may be the best way top represent him. People loved the picture, especially his co-workers who attended. Many of which worked for him and he pretty much fed on a daily basis. I remember seeing him pick up 15 pizzas one day on his way to work, no joke.

Well my sister Terri has that picture, and in 2004 her an Nick opened up the Country Inn in Fairmont. As a family, we decided to have our Christmas party at the bar that year, with my father hanging in his place of honor.

We miss you Dad.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hump Day

Monday, check. Tuesday, Check. It's up over this hump today and on the other side of Thursday I can see another weekend peeking through. This time it will be an extended Holiday weekend, so that makes it a little better.

Had a Doctor's appointment yesterday, everything went well however I am still waiting to see the results from my A1C. They are usually pretty quick about posting those results, not this time however.

Did speak with Terri briefly yesterday. She is still in a lot of pain, but wants to still do Christmas at her home this year. I told her we have another box of the sausage we had for the wedding that we are going to make for Christmas Eve. Did briefly speak with Nick too, just confirming that we would be there on Christmas Eve this year.

I have been working on removing some very vicious malware from Hayley's computer, I think I am just about to the point where it is clean and I should be able to return it to her. I have the malware cleaned up, I just wanted to clean it all up before something else rears its ugly head.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well Monday is once again in our rear view mirrors, that was the last working one of 2011 for me, so I can't for the life of me think of a better reason than that to do yet another tidbits.

* It's been 1,376 days since mine and Michelle's first date. How many people do you honestly know that are still keeping track of something like that?

* 599 Days ago we became engaged.

* 136 Days ago we were married.

* And now for the real important one, you only have five shopping days left until Christmas, it has slowly snuck up on us and we are almost there.

* We are two days away from the official start of winter and the end of fall, it will also be the shortest day of the year and the winter Solstice. We're at the far end of the turning point, days are about to start getting longer.

* I'm contemplating starting my year end BLOG soon. That will be my Goodbye 2011 BLOG where I go through my blog from the preceding twelve months and write one blog about what has happened.

* It was a slow day at work yesterday, we got back into town late Sunday evening and yesterday was "Go" from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed. It just seemed like a very long day, but it's now past us and we are moving towards an upcoming three day holiday weekend.

* I spoke with Mom and Amy yesterday, I was informed Terri is missing cervical disc C-4 and disc C-5 in her neck, and they are going to try to schedule an MRI for further observation in the near future. She has been hurting for a period of time and she finally made it to the Doctors. Surgery may be an option, but that is a preliminary assumption.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, December 19, 2011


Well all good things must come to an end, no matter how much we want them to continue, and that includes fun filled weekends.

We had a great time yesterday visiting Michelle's family. Got a few pictures that I would say are keepable and got a chance to spend some quality time with some very nice people.

Now however, it's back to the grindstone. This will be the last Monday that I will be working for a few weeks, next Monday is when we celebrate the Federal Christmas Holiday and the following Monday is when we will Celebrate the Federal Holiday for New Years. So, this will be my last full week of work until the second week in 2012.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Off to East Liverpool

It's that time of the year again, the time when we head north to East Liverpool, Ohio and Calcutta, Ohio to spend Christmas with first Michelle's Materrnal Grandmother (Gigi as we call her) and then we will venture over to Michelle's Dad's place to visit him before we head back here later this evening.

It'll be the first time that I have been up that way in a while, however Michelle has been home a couple of times for other reasons. It's always nice to get out of town for a while, take the camera and get a few pictures. You never know, one of them may just end up in a Thursday Blog some time soon...LOL

Should be a good day, the kids will somehow manage to make it to the Hot Dog Shoppe, a place they all seem to love. It;s like a local place that the entire community goes to and is unique to them. Sort of like a Cappalentti's that used to be in Morgantown or a Yann's in Fairmont. They make manage to make it there every time they are up that way.

Should be a good one.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Busy Saturday

It's going to be a busy day today, we'll be cramming all of our weekend chores into one day so we can travel to Ohio tomorrow. We'll do all of our weekly grocery shopping and try to finish up any Christmas shopping that remains to be done.

Last night we had my company Christmas party at Oliverios. That went pretty well and was an entertaining evening. In years past I didn't know everyone there, even though we have a small company when people bring their spouses and children into the equation it gets hard to initially keep track of everyone, but this year my third with Sextant, it was pretty easy to keep track of everyone.

Michele got some more of the Hot Sausage we had at the wedding for next weekend. Christmas Eve at my sister Terri's this year, I'm looking forward to it.

Have a great day.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Big Ole Hairy Friday

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

Well no Football for me once again this weekend as the Pittsburgh Steelers don't play until Monday night and the Mountaineers are in a down period before the Orange Bowl.

Fret not though, we will be busy. This evening is my companies Christmas Party which is always nice. This will be my third year and all three years we have had our party at Oliverios Restaurant in the Wharf District. Dale usually treats us to a feast and I'm sure this year will be the same, I'm waiting for the Calamari, it's really good and something I look forward to every year.

Sunday we will be traveling to east Liverpool Ohio for Michelle's family Christmas at her grandmother's. It's an all day event with us leaving early in the morning and usually getting back later in the evening. We will be visiting with both sides of Michelle's family this weekend.

Let's get this party started, hi ho hi ho

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out to look through all my pictures and select just one to tell a little story about, sometimes it's easy and the story tells itself and sometimes you just need to pick one. This week, I just picked one.

This was taken at my nephew Moke's birthday party a little over seven years ago. My brother in law George was just starting the addition on his house and my sister Pam actually had a pet goat. I saw the goat walking around to the front of the house and snapped this picture.

Nothing exciting, just a goat...LOL

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hump Day

That's two days down, over this hump and it's all downhill after that!!!!!!!

I swear there are times when my days just seem to run together. My days are long and repetitive and sometimes just seems to run together. Maybe it's just the time of the year, when days are short and cold and there really is no daylight and you don't really get out much in this weather. Maybe that has something to do with the reason why I love spring and summer so much and really don't like winter, being cold, short days or snow. The one good thing about this time of year thought is snacking on Michelle's Christmas Cookies while I am writing this. Butterscotch....yummm

Hats off to my niece Val, she is quitting smoking and is going through the first part of breaking the routine and habit that is formed when you are a smoker. I'm very proud of her, I know she can do it.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well Monday is now once again in our rear view mirror and we are staring straight down the barrel of a Tuesday, can't think of a better reason that that to do a tidbits.

* 1,369 days ago my life changed forever, I had my first date with the love of my life and my life has been for the better ever since then.

* 592 Days ago, remember when I had her wait till day 777, I got down on one knee in the back yard and proposed marriage to the girl that I love.

* 129 days ago at the Marilla Center, we entered into Marital bliss.

* You have 12 days left to do your Christmas shopping. You procrastinators are still on the clock.

* Well some good news that I have learned in the past week, my niece Amy is pregnant with her second child. She let the word out on Facebook this week.

* Hi ho hi ho


Monday, December 12, 2011


All good things must come to an end, and that includes the weekend. This past weekend was very productive, Christmas Shopping and making the seasons cookies.

Now it is time to stick our noses back on the grindstone and get back to work for yet another week. Too bad we couldn't just bypass Monday's and go straight to Friday...LOL

I have to say that we are more prepared for Christmas than we were before the weekend started, but we are not 100% ready for it as of yet. Still have a little bit of shopping to do and a couple Christmas Parties this coming week. Hence another reason I want to get this week over, my company Christmas party is Friday evening.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cookie Day

Well we got a good start on our Christmas shopping yesterday, unfortunately we did not complete it and still have a bit of it to do. We did find some really nice deals at Tanger and later on the way home had a late lunch at Red Robin.

Today I'm going to do a little Grocery/Christmas shopping this morning and hopefully this afternoon, Michelle's health is the variable in this, we are going to start baking our Christmas Cookies for 2011. There are no distractions for today like a football game, so I'll do my best to assist and see if we can get a few cookies made today.

As cold as it is right now 19°F outside, making warm cookies may be the best activity for today.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in the early AM in a very quiet house, it's only me rattling around and the television playing in the background. Chad is back from Cleveland, the contract he was working on is now basically complete, meaning he'll be home now. They may have to go back to the contract when an issue gets resolved, but for now this job is completed.

Today will be a Tanger Outlet Christmas shopping kind of day. We'll be heading up north in a little while, once everyone else gets up and when Tanger actually opens and doing our Christmas Shopping. Hopefully the weather holds up, Michelle has been fighting being under the weather.

We tried a new Morgantown Restaurant yesterday, actually I had been there once this week for lunch, but this was the first Time Michelle had been there. Tazikis in the Suncrest Towne Plaza just opened up, I give it a two thumbs up. It was very good, Michelle liked it and actually liked the lamb I had, I think we'll make a return trip there some time in the future.

Back to the couch, let's see if I can find something good on the boob tube.

Friday, December 09, 2011

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.

AHHHHHH. No Football for me this weekend. The Steelers played and won 14-3 last night, West Virginia doesn't play until the Orange Bowl and High School is finished for the season. Maybe it is time that I start to transition myself into watching basketball, I guess it is basketball season here in Morgantown now, the boys did travel to K-State and beat Hugg's old team last night in double overtime 85-80.

Our agenda this weekend will consist of Christmas shopping and making our Christmas Cookies for the year. Next weekend is my company Christmas Party and we'll be traveling to East Liverpool Ohio for Michelle's family Christmas, so the rest of the vital things need to get done this weekend because the following weekend is Christmas.

I think we'll be heading to Tanger Outlets tomorrow to do our yearly Christmas shopping. I'm sure there will be another stop or two throughout the day, but that is one place we are planning on going.

Can't get this weekend started until I get today in, so hi ho hi ho

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through all of my old pictures, find one and just tell a little story about it. Sometimes it is a pleasurable experience, and sometimes I am reminded of the things that I hate the most.

This week is one of those weeks that I am reminded why it is that I hate winter. This picture is from about six years ago when we got that big heavy snowfall in October, the one that downed all the powerlines around Mon County and I was without power for a few days as a result of this.

Yesterday's snow, reminded me just how much it is that I do not this seasons weather. Give me 80°, shorts and sandal type weather and I am happy, none of this sub 32° white crap that is trashing the ground.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Hump Day

It's Wednesday and we are getting closer to another weekend, it's just over this hump and on the other side of Thursday and you will see the dawn of another weekend.

As we are starting to get closer and closer to the shortest day of the year and starting to head into winter, it is really starting to show as it stays darker later in the morning and is dark earlier during the day. I'm just thankful the temperatures have been nice and we have not seen much of that white powdery stuff that I hate so much. Although this year we have a 4 wheel drive back on the road as our primary vehicle, so it shouldn't be that bad. I just hate being stranded and not being able to go where we want.

Hi ho ho ho

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well that dreadful Monday is once again now in our rear view mirrors and we are staring straight down the barrel of a Tuesday. I can't think of a better reason than that to do a tidbits.

* It has been 1,362 days since Michelle and I went on our first date. We'll be looking at four years together this spring.

* It has been 585 days since Michelle's wait of 777 days (my lucky number) was over and I got down on one knee and proposed marriage to the love of my life.

* We have been married for 122 wonderful days. 122 days since we got together and dripped sand into a bottle as William Filcheck helped us exchange our vows and make it legal.

* In case you have not heard, the Mountaineer Football team has been offered the Orange Bowl that we will play January 4th, 2012 at 8:30 PM against Clemson.

* Yesterday was an unseasonably warm day, temperatures were actually in the 60's. I did get a little surprise at work as my boss had bought me a Red Velvet Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory to share with my employees and bring some home for Michelle and Hayley.

* Chad is in Cleveland, he was in for the weekend and may be returning back home soon ans the project is nearing completion.

* We did stop by this weekend and see my sister Terri. She has been in a great deal of pain the last week or so, they have ruled out anything cardiac related. We're hoping for a pinched nerve. She is a trooper and has been working despite the pain.

* I'm ready for a few Christmas movies.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, December 05, 2011

Back to Work

All good things must come to an end and that includes weekends. One that was very busy on our part and one that we got quite a bit accomplished over the course of. Now it's time to stick our noses back on the grindstone.

Next weekend appears to be very busy as well as we will be baking cookies and performing the majority of our Christmas shopping. The following weekend we will be traveling to Ohio for Michelle's family Christmas and the weekend after that is Christmas.

It's going to be a busy few weeks to say the least.

Sunday, December 04, 2011


Well over the past few weeks everything has worked in the West Virginia University Football Team's favor as far as what has needed to happen. We have had three fourth quarter comebacks to win all three games, Cincinnati lost the one additional game we needed them to lose and Louisville has lost the one additional game that we needed them to lose to create a three way tie for the Big East Championship. The one scenario that we needed to happen, as the tie breaker resorts to the highest BCS Ranking to determine what school will be issued a BCS Bowl birth. Going into this weeks games we were ranked 22nd, Cincinnati was ranked 28th and Louisville was ranked 40th.

All we have to do is remain the highest BCS ranked Big East Team and tonight at 8:00 on the BCS show we will be announced as the Big East Champion representative to the BCS. This will mean any one of a number of scenarios. Most likely would be us going to the Orange Bowl to take on our former Quarterback Commitment in Tajh Boyd and Clemson or we will be heading to New Orleans to possibly play against Michigan. Boyd was one of Bill Stewart's first recruits who later changed his mind to and decided on Tennessee before finally making a commitment to Clemson.

Geno vs Tahj would be a heck of a game, ironic however is the fact that this years most likely Heisman Trophy winner and the first pick in the NFL Draft will be neither of these Quarterbacks, but a Quarterback whose father played here and is the current Athletic Director for WVU in Stanford's Oliver Luck.

Congrats to this years team, let's see how this turns out today.

Christmas Tree Done

Our 2011 version of the Hall Christmas tree is now up and running in our household. Michelle and I went to Southern States yesterday morning and picked out a tree, and unlike any previous versions was the very first tree that we actually came across. It was laying down in the way and when I stood it up, we realized it was the right height, the right kind and a nice shaped tree that was full of branches and no void areas in its makeup.

We picked this tree and brought it home. Trimmed it up, set it up in the stand and last night we put the lights and decorations on to give us our 2011 version of the tree.

We did find a couple little additions yesterday that we have added to the tree this year. One is a remote control that controls the tree turning on and off. No need to crawl in behind and turn any switches or plug anything in anymore, just use the remote. The second thing that we found was a little funnel that is about three foot long and can be hidden and camouflage'd to hide it's spout to make watering the tree a simple ans easy task.

It was a very productive day.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Christmas Tree Day

Michelle shampooed the living room carpet last night where the Christmas tree for 2011 will be placed this year. Later this morning, we will be heading over to Southern States to pick up our tree for this season.

Once again we are doing a live tree, this will be my third live tree in a row and I'm starting to get a little excited about it.

It's about ready to start looking like Christmas in this household.

Friday, December 02, 2011

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 Black Friday.

Well this enters the time of the year that makes it hard to write my Friday BLOG. High School football is done for the local schools, with the State Championship games this weekend. West Virginia played last night in their final regular season game and that leaves only the Steelers who are playing a lot of Prime Time games that I usually don't stay awake for.

Now I have to find something else to talk about for the next six months or so or until the Summer outdoor movie season starts at BOPARC.

As most of you know, I write my weekday BLOGS the night before so as they post early in the morning and I can concentrate on getting ready for work and waking up so I can't comment on last night's WVU game because at the time I am writing this, it has to be played even though this is posting well after the game.

I would like to extend a heart felt thank you to all the birthday wishes I received yesterday, it was almost overwhelming responding to them all. I guess that mean's that I am lucky.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Happy Birthday Ed

I would like to take a moment to wish my wonderful husband a very Happy Birthday, now I will not say how old he is today, but this is the 27th anniversary of his 21st Birthday. I am so thankful to have this man in my life. If you happen to see him today make sure you send the warmest of Birthday wishes. I love you honey and I hope you have a great day…

Photo Flashback Thursday

About once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through all my digital pictures and take a little bit of time out and tell a story about just one of those pictures.

This week I took a picture of the original underwear model, eat your heart out Marky Mark I was first, in all my glory.

I couldn't decide whether I wanted to be a baseball player or am underwear model, so I chose the only other choice that I could logically make. A Geographer...LOL

Actually this picture was taken mid to late 60's in Van Voorhis where I lived with my Grandparents. If you take a look in the background you can see one of my Grandfathers's great pride and joys, other than the sexy underwear model, and that was his garden. A plot of ground we worked every spring, summer and harvested every fall.

A time long gone by and surely missed.

Hi ho hi ho