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Thursday, September 23, 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 is a long time ago picture, it's when I was probably 7 or 8 years old (yes I was cut then too) with my second cousin Chuckie from Moundsville. Chucky's parents were Rusty and Renee, Rusty being Junaita's (Dad's oldest sister) oldest. 

We lived right beside what was then Drummond Chapel Church which is now named Suncrest United Methodist Church, on Van Voorhis. That basketball hoop you see in the background was where I scored my first basket when I was 5 years old. I can remember that basket like it was yesterday, I had to tell everyone I made a basket and I did it without having a pair of PF Flyers, although I did have on Chuck Taylor Converses, but PF Flyers were magical shoes and I didn't have a pair.

I think the car in the background was one of Dad's old beaters.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday completed, I'm still over here in the Eastern Panhandle, good reason to do a tidbits. 

* It has been 21,116 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 6,347 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. I do love my mapping and Geography.

* 4,934 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, my life has been fulfilled ever since. 

* 4,163 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. It was no surprise, she knew it was coming. 

* It was 3,699 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. It was a memorable day. 

* I have now lived 1,321 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. I wish this was one bullet point that I didn't have to do. 

* I have 3,795 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 355 days away. We are within one year, I think this countdown started with about 2,500 days

* There are 319 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 180 days until the start of Spring 2022. My favorite season of the year rolls around again. 

* There are 141 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. The Concert was supposed to be this August (actually it was supposed to be in March of last year) and they have moved it until the middle of February next year. So basically I bought tickets for a concert in 2022 in 2019. 

* 132 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. 

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

* There are 96 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. It's under 100, start planning. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 71 more days. 

* I have written 6,538 blogs in the now 17 years since I started blogging. 

* Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. 

* Michelle is working a normal schedule this week. She'll be heading back home on Saturday to assist with Karen and taking her shopping. Should be a one day trip. 

* I'm getting tired of Microsoft 365, now today I have to use teams for an interview. 

* WVU plays away, Oklahoma is our opponent Saturday in Norman.. 

* There are 15 days until the girls' trip this year. No boys invited, I guess this is their version of he man woman haters club

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Order some Popcorn, help a kid out. 

* Michelle is going to do a Pampered Chef Party next month, it assists Ang. 

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, September 20, 2021

Monday

Here we go again, another fun-filled week of doing what it is we do for a living. I'm already in Charles Town at the Holiday Inn, probably getting ready to go down and get breakfast. It's time to take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun-filled week of doing what we do for a living. 

I'm down here this week and next, but I will return home for the weekend, to work two segments. One here in Charles Town and the other in Harpers Ferry. Both places I have never visited. 

I traveled here to open up a couple of segments before the quarter ends next Thursday. Hopefully I can see some historic sites, and maybe grab a picture or two while I'm at it. 

Michelle is home holding down the fort this week, taking care of the animals and making sure that they are all fed and happy. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday

Here I sit in a quiet household, wondering if Morgantown is still standing after yesterday. Peanut and I are out here discussing her favorite flavor of cat treats, I say it is catnip flavor because she can tend to be a finicky little bitch. 

Well WVU did what I did not think that they were capable of doing yesterday, they actually beat Virginia Tech 27-21 here in Morgantown. I really thought when we were up 27-7 that we were going to choke it away, and we just about did that as we let them back into the game, and had they converted on 4th and Goal late in the game we would be discussing a different outcome. The Mountaineers are on the road next week as they travel to Norman Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma Sooners, a team we have not beaten since we came to the Big XII. It would be nice to stop that streak on Saturday. 

I will be traveling for work once again this week, I'm actually going to be leaving this afternoon and settling into the hotel this evening. It's going to be a 3-hour drive and I just want to start tomorrow with a fresh start where I don't have to worry about getting out the door early and then traveling, then working, then settling into the hotel. It's a nice way to add up my IHG Rewards points. 

Shopping this morning, pay some bills, and then hitting the road before the sun drops down on the day.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

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.

Game Day

It has been a while since one of our traditional rivals has actually made an appearance in Morgantown. While it is not a game that I am confident about, I think we have too many glaring weaknesses, I am excited to see the Hokies coming back into Mountaineer Field at Don Nehlen Stadium (who it should have been named after IMHO).

Speaking of the old coach, I got to meet him and shake his hand this past week. I was at Walzy's Hot Dogs picking up lunch and I was sitting there waiting for my lunch right beside the register, an older gentleman came in and was standing in front of the register waiting to order. Who to my shocked eyes was it, it was Don Nehlen who was there to pick up some lunch. Had a quick conversation with him about my food and how he likes them and that was about it. Didn't expect to see him, and it was a pleasant surprise. 

Well, I know where I will be working now to close out quarter three. I will be traveling to Charles Town and staying and working. Plus I have another segment close by in Harpers Ferry both this week and next week. Since it's a three-hour drive, I'll be heading down a night early each week to get settled into the hotel so I don't have to worry about that and working on the same day. That could make for a long day.

Michelle was off yesterday but will be working today as this is her Saturday to work at FD Kitchens. Hopefully, she can get off work and avoid the post-game traffic that is associated with home games. 

Did get the grass cut yesterday, or should I say Michelle was going to town on the mower yesterday as I went to get the oil changed in Pearl. This may have been the last cut of the year, but something tells me that we will pull out the mower at least one more time this year for the leaves if nothing else. 

Have yourselves a great day. 


Friday, September 17, 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. 

However, let's get to the important things. How about a little bit of High School Football to start your weekend. The Undefeated University High Hawks are on the road to take on Wheeling Park. Clay Battelle plays host to Beallsville (OH) in Blacksville. Trinity travels to Paden City to play. The Mohigans still looking for their first win of the season play host to 2-1 Hedgesville. Good luck to all of our local teams this evening. 

Michelle is off today, this is her weekend to work so she takes the day before off as to not put her into Overtime. If it were up to her she would work OT, but it's the company policy that if she works on Saturday that she take Friday off. I should be off as well so maybe we can get a few things done around the house as this will be a big football weekend in Morgantown. 

Have yourselves a great day, have a great weekend. 

Thursday, September 16, 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 goes back to last Summer and one of a rare one. It's one of the times (about once a decade) where the five living siblings here in West Virginia manage to get together and step in front of a Camera. 

The picture was taken last year when Val had a birthday party for Erica and Josh and we managed to get Gary into town for the day. We tried to emulate a photo from 1978, which was our first one together, as we were all in the same positions from that original photo. Good times went by. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday completed, Kiwi is still singing and I can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits. 

* It has been 21,109 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 6,340 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. I do love my mapping and Geography.

* 4,927 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, my life has been fulfilled ever since. 

* 4,156 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. It was no surprise, she knew it was coming. 

* It was 3,692 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. It was a memorable day. 

* I have now lived 1,314 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. I wish this was one bullet point that I didn't have to do. 

* I have 3,802 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 362 days away. We do have Virginia Tech at home Saturday, so there is that. 

* There are 326 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 187 days until the start of Spring 2022. My favorite season of the year rolls around again. 

* There are 148 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. The Concert was supposed to be this August (actually it was supposed to be in March of last year) and they have moved it until the middle of February next year. So basically I bought tickets for a concert in 2022 in 2019. 

* 139 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. 

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

* There are 103 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 78 more days. 

* I have written 6,530 blogs in the now 17 years since I started blogging. 

* Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. 

* If you want to listen to a Good Podcast, listen to this one. The guy who hosts it (Anthony) is a former Softball teammate. The guest is Scott Scooter Bartlett another longtime Softball teammate, they talk about Steve "Chewy" Stavar, Matt Striner and Joe Webb, all of which were former Softball teammates. Scott was my Buddy, we clicked from the first time we met. It's an hour long, but a lot of good insight on Mountaineer Sports. 

* Michelle is working this Saturday, I guess she has to work once a month now and this is her Saturday to work. It was originally supposed to be every other weekend. 

* I'm getting tired of Microsoft 365, now RTI is switching to it and it's a big headache all over the place. 

* WVU plays a Home Game this week, the Virginia Tech Hokies will come to town. I've got my fingers crossed, but I don't have much faith. 

* There are 22 days until the girls' trip this year. No boys invited, I guess this is their version of he man woman haters club

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Order some Popcorn, help a kid out. 

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, September 13, 2021

Monday

Here we go once again sticking our noses back onto the grindstone for another fun-filled week of doing what it is that we do for a living. It's time to start another week of changing the world and making it a better place. Here's to everyone that helps do that. 

Is it hard to believe that it is already the middle of September, where in the world did our Summer go? It seems like it was just yesterday that Hayley and Tyler were getting married and we were at the Beach, and here we are three months past that. At least the weather is being cooperative for us. 

I should be around town and in Marion County this week working. I should find out this morning what the specific game plan is as those are the only places I have paperwork for and I don't have any travel approval this week. My boss was on vacation last week, something happened to her back up so we had a third Supervisor last week probably overseeing too many people in the field, so little communication last week. Plus we implemented a new Office 365 email system that has probably been a logistic nightmare for the people supporting IT. Not going to be a productive week, but we'll see what we can do. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday Morning Rambling

Here Peanut and I sit on a quiet Sunday morning, we're sitting here talking about 9-11. I was telling her where I was and what I was doing on that fateful morning 20 years ago. She likes hearing me talk and makes a pretty good listener, unlike Kiwi who like to do all the morning talking. 

What's on my agenda for this week, I have no approved travel this week so I will be working around town this week. My Boss was on vacation last week and away from any communication, so we'll probably put some cases I have worked to death around town and prepare for me going to the Parkersburg area next week. 

WVU had their way with Long Island University yesterday. Nothing to get too excited about, the outcome was already pretty much pre-determined as this was a warm-up game for us. I'm not going to complain about a 66-0 win, but there still are a lot of concerns. 

Plans for the day include us doing our grocery shopping and things of that nature this morning. The Steelers are playing at 1:00 against Buffalo for the start of the 2021 NFL Season, so it's a football weekend. 

Have yourselves a great day. 



Saturday, September 11, 2021

17 Years

Wow has time flown by, do you believe that it has been 17 years since my first post on Blogger. It was 17 years ago today that this all started, me sitting down at a computer and writing a journal of what was or is happening in my life. September 11, 2004 was when I first posted my first blog. Just think in four more years my blog will be able to buy a beer...lol

This blog has seen a lot in those 17 years, my career ups and downs, Michelle and my relationship from the very beginning and a few births, marriages, deaths, and other events all chronologically cataloged for anyone to read, see or reference. 

It has been tedious at times, challenging at times, and my honor at times. I think my favorite blog in all 17 years was This One where I publicly announced that our Brother Search had been found. My Wedding Day would have been #1 if it were not for me finding Jonathan. 

Thank you for reading the past 17 years worth of blog posts, it has been my honor to write them. Here is to the next 17 years. 


Friday, September 10, 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. 

However, let's get to the important things. How about a little bit of High School Football to start your weekend. The Undefeated University High Hawks are on the road this week as they travel to Wellsburg to take on Brooke. Undefeated Trinity travels to Millerport Ohio to take on that team. Clay Battelle hosts Valley Whetzel in Blacksbille this evening. Good luck to all three teams in action tonight. Morgantown who is still looking for their first win of the year is off this week. 

I'll be coming home this evening after working all week in Wheeling. 

Because tomorrow is a special blog, the WVU Mountaineers try to get on their first win of the year as they play host to the Long Island University Sharks at 5:00 tomorrow afternoon. I guess this means there will be a few drunk people around town tomorrow..lol

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, September 09, 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 weeks pic goes back 21 years. It was the summer of 1999 and Dad had came out of the hospital and wanted to have a big thank you picnic for everyone. 

This pic is of all the Grandchildren and extended family for the picnic. They were all so young back then and this just seems like it was yesterday. Just a little reminder that time goes by quickly, enjoy it. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* 4 Day weekend completed, time for me to hit back on the road for a few days. Sounds like another great reason to do a tidbits. 

* It has been 21,102 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 6,333 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. I do love my mapping and Geography.

* 4,920 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, my life has been fulfilled ever since. 

* 4,149 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. It was no surprise, she knew it was coming. 

* It was 3,685 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. It was a memorable day. 

* I have now lived 1,307 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. I wish this was one bullet point that I didn't have to do. 

* I have 3,809 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 369 days away. After this past weekend, I'm worried. 

* There are 333 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 194 days until the start of Spring 2022. My favorite season of the year rolls around again. 

* There are 155 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. The Concert was supposed to be this August (actually it was supposed to be in March of last year) and they have moved it until the middle of February next year. So basically I bought tickets for a concert in 2022 in 2019. 

* 146 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. 

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

* There are 110 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 85 more days. 

* I have written 6,523 blogs in the now 16, nearly 17 years since I started blogging. Saturday will be 17 years. 

* Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. 

* I did find DiCarlos last week, guess what we will be having Friday night for dinner. 

* I'm working in the Wheeling area this week, just a little closer to downtown than last week. 

* I'm getting tired of Microsoft 365, now RTI is switching to it. 

* WVU plays a Home Game this week, this is the easy throwaway game that we should be able to handily beat the opponent. I don't know though, I'm losing faith. 

* There are 29 days until the girls' trip this year. No boys invited, I guess this is their version of he man woman haters club

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Order some Popcorn, help a kid out. 

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, September 06, 2021

Labor Day

Woo Hoo it's Labor Day. I am extending my weekend as well and not working today either. Michelle and I scrapped the smoking idea yesterday due to the rain and are going to tackle it again today. 

I am traveling for work this week, I just won't be leaving until tomorrow morning and will be returning home Friday Morning this week. Traveling to Wheeling once again and ironically I will not be going to my brothers place, but I'll be in his neighborhood...literally. But that starts tomorrow. 

Had a nice relaxing day yesterday considering all the rain that we got. There was a nice nap involved and I will be up early firing the smoker up for dinner today. We've got a pork butt that we are smoking as well as our roasting ears. 

Michelle learned yesterday that her long-time hairdresser has passed away. Someone who has had some health problems that escalated and lead down that final path. She had been doing both Michelle's and her sister Chris's hair since they moved to Morgantown 30+ years ago. 

Have yourselves a great day today, enjoy your day off. 

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Sunday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, Peanut and I are sitting here coming up with a grocery list for the day and talking about yesterday. 

Well, for the most part, we had a pretty productive day yesterday, got laundry done, made a trip to Sams Club, and then had to put a new battery in Ice, the cold cranking amps just weren't there so we just replaced the battery with a much better one. Went up to the graveyard to waste some time and stopped by a local vegetable stand to pick up some corn for dinner today. 

After that, I told you I'm not very confident in this year's Mountaineer team and yesterday's 24-30 loss just confirmed what I had already known. I think we made a bad hire when Dana Holgerson left. Everyone wants to believe in Neal Brown, but he's way overpaid, in way over his head and I have seen no progress from this team since he's been here. He's too worried about having fun with the guys and being their big brother more than he is in doing what he is paid to do. I think it is time for the Board of Governors to start putting pressure on the President, the Athletic Director, and the guy we employ as a Head Football Coach. Rant Over. 

Today we've got a pork butt that we are going to toss into the smoker. I know we are going to do some roasting ears that we bought yesterday for dinner. 

I hope everyone has a great day. 

Saturday, September 04, 2021

It's Football

Here I sit the quiet dawn of football morning, all happy to know that College Football season is now starting. Peanut is excited and Kiwi is still sleeping saying not this stuff again. 

The Mountaineers start their 2021 campaign and taking on bordering state rival the Maryland Turds (or Terrapins if that floats your boat) in College Park this afternoon for a 3:30 PM Kickoff. The Mountaineers are a slight favorite, but we have also been put on the upset watch meaning we are one of today's favorites who could be upset. The game is in Maryland and Maryland's coach Mike Locksley was actually on the shortlist back in 2007 to replace Rich Rodriguez after he left for Michigan. Should be a good game. 

I can't make a prediction, WVU does return Jarret Doege last seasons starting Quarterback, but he had to be pulled in the 2nd half of the bowl game against Army as was Running Back Leddie Brown, and none of last years receivers had me very confident that any of them could make a routine catch last year. However it is a new year, a revamped Offensive Line and hopefully the bugs are all worked out as we begin Neal Brown's third year as the WVU Head Football Coach. 

I'll be watching with great anticipation this afternoon that we can in fact win the game, but I do have to say I'm not that confident coming into this season. I would welcome the opportunity to prove my gut is wrong and that this is a solid football team, but that will have to be done on the field. 

Have yourselves a great day and a great start to the 2021 season. 

Let's Go!!!!

Friday, September 03, 2021

Big Ole Hairy Labor Day Weekend

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 and a Labor Day Weekend. 

I'm home from my week of traveling and I'm ready for a nice long weekend. I'm off today and may head back out either Monday or Tuesday morning to travel once again. 

However, let's get to the important things. How about a little bit of High School Football to start your weekend. Undefeated and uncored upon University High is at home taking on Parkersburg South. Undefeated and unscored upon Clay Battelle is hosting East Hardy. Trinity High School starts its season tonight by hosting Bridgeport Ohio. Good luck to all of these teams tonight and continued success. Morgantown High visits the WV Bridgeport this evening to take on the Indians. Bridgeport's game last week against BU was canceled due to Buchanon Upshire's COVID problems, so this will be their first game of the year. The once-mighty Mohigans got their butts handed to them last week and that's why they get the last mention in this blog. 

Other than that, we're looking for a nice weekend at home. 

Have yourselves a great day and the start of a greater weekend. 

Thursday, September 02, 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 pic goes back to the year 2005 and I think this was Calvin's Birthday party at Pam and George's house years ago when they were putting on the addition and remodeling.

This picture however is early in Amy and Ralph's dating life, long before Kaiden or Kynlea and when she had no kids but did have a pet Ferret. I don't think she had it for very long, but they did have one briefly. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Hello from the Holiday Inn in Tridelphia West Virginia. Are you ready for a tidbits? 

* It has been 21,095 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 6,326 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. I do love my mapping and Geography.

* 4,913 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, my life has been fulfilled ever since. 

* 4,142 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. It was no surprise, she knew it was coming. 

* It was 3,678 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. It was a memorable day. 

* I have now lived 1,300 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. I wish this was one bullet point that I didn't have to do. 

* I have 3,816 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 376 days away.  EAT SHITT PITT

* There are 340 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 201 days until the start of Spring 2022. My favorite season of the year rolls around again. 

* There are 162 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. The Concert was supposed to be this August (actually it was supposed to be in March of last year) and they have moved it until the middle of February next year. So basically I bought tickets for a concert in 2022 in 2019. 

* 153 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. 

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

* There are 117 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 92 more days. 

* I have written 6,516 blogs in the now 16, nearly 17 years since I started blogging. 

* Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. 

* I do have to find the closest DiCarlos Pizza, the one Michelle and I used to go to when we were traveling is no longer there, and by no longer there the building is gone. 

* I'm working in the Wheeling area this week. There are all kinds of stores and restaurants up here, no problem finding someplace to eat or something to do. 

* I had to buy Microsoft 365 for my online email address last week, Godaddy had switched services and went to another service and it was nothing but a headache until I got it all sorted out later last week. People were using my emails and sent roughly 200,000 out under my name causing them to suspend my sending privileges which we are still trying to get restored. 

* Michelle had a great time at Gigi's 100th birthday party. 

* There are 36 days until the girls' trip this year. No boys invited, I guess this is their version of he man woman haters club

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, August 30, 2021

On the Road Again

All good things must come to an end, that includes those fun-filled things we refer to as weekends. In my case it also means me being home working for the last two months, now I'll be traveling until October. It was nice while it lasted, but now I'm having to travel to other places to work. 

Michelle will be holding down the fort at home and taking care of the animals, and I'll be up working in the northern panhandle once again this week. New segments so I'm kind of excited that I can be knocking on new doors instead of going back to places we have already visited as many as ten times and can't get anyone home. I should be home later this week, I'll be around Cabelas up in Wheeling all week and maybe the next couple of weeks. I like working the panhandle. 

WVU Football season begins this week as well. Saturday the Mountaineers travel to College Park Maryland to play the Maryland Turds or Terrapins or whatever they call themselves. I'm ready for some football to start. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sunday

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, Peanut and I are discussing the best options for the Mountaineers this coming season. We're out here carrying on and partying and frolicking all over the house. Sophie, she's just sleeping and telling us to quiet down and shut up. 

I get to enjoy a second day off for my weekend, I'm heading out to work near Cabellas this coming week, and will arguably be traveling the remainder of the quarter for work. Need to total up those IHG Points, We're Platinum Elite and we're heading to Aspire Elite status. It's rewards we get with our IHG Account and we total up points for things like free rooms and discounted rooms. We get one free night a year, and that is set to reset in a couple of weeks. The good news is your tax dollars are putting me up in a Suite this week again. 

Plans for the day, grocery shopping, and getting what Michelle may need for the week. Come home and take care of the animal's needs and I'll write a week's worth of blogs today. That way I don't have to worry about it when I am traveling. I usually do it when I am on the road, I do have a Chromebook that fits my needs, but at the end of a long day, I'm usually tired. First-day of travel there will be a Walmart trip for me to stock up on things like soda. 

Other than it's going to be a day of relaxation, I know Michelle is going to want it after her long day yesterday. 

Have a great day. 


Saturday, August 28, 2021

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, just me and Peanut talking about if we overpaid Oliver who has yet to produce his first termination. Peanut thinks I should take Oliver's Popcorn and convert it to cat treats for good cats like herself. 

Well today is Michelle's Grandmother Ruth's, or better known on this blog as Gigi, 100th birthday and they are planning a big party today. She didn't quite make it to the century mark as she passed earlier this year, but there will still be a celebration today in East Liverpool. Michelle will be going up and come home later this evening. 

My day will be consumed with cutting grass and other fun activities that I could get into. If I were working locally next week I would have gone with her, however, I'm traveling to Tridelphia and working all next week. I'll stay back and take care of all the animals and get a few chores done around the house. 

Have yourselves a great day, make it the best day you can. 



Friday, August 27, 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.

High School Football is just about to start this weekend and we are ready for it. The Morgantown High Mohigans are at home this week and will be hosting South Charleston this evening. The University High Hawks are also at home this week and will be hosting John Marshall this evening as well. Clay Battelle is also home and hosting Federal Hocking (OH) in Blacksville. Trinity is off this weekend, but host Bridgeport Oho next Friday Night. Good luck to all the local teams, here is to a safe and healthy football season. 

It's been a busy week for me of, well busy work. I'll be continuing that once again this afternoon as I try to close out some local segments before I head out to travel next week. Michelle is off this weekend and will be heading back to East Liverpool to celebrate her GrandMother Gigi's 100th birthday tomorrow, There is a big event and a lot of activity planned including a lantern release tomorrow evening. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, August 26, 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 goes way, way back. Actually to a time I really can't remember with a man who was a very big influence on my life. The man  

This pic was taken sometime during the 1960s, I was just a cute little bald boy back then. The most adorable little hellion in the world. The picture was taken at Coopers Rock with my Grandpa Hall. Good times went by. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

 * Monday is once again in our rearview mirrors, which means it's a Tuesday and I can't think of any better reason to do tidbits. 

* It has been 21,088 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 6,319 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. I do love my mapping and Geography.

* 4,906 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, Pizza Hut, and some stupid movie that I can't remember much about. That Pizza Hut is now gone. 

* 4,135 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. It was no surprise, she knew it was coming. 

* It was 3,671 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. It was a memorable day. 

* I have now lived 1,293 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. I wish this was one bullet point that I didn't have to do. 

* I have 3,823 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 383 days away.  EAT SHITT PITT

* There are 347 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 208 days until the start of Spring 2022. My favorite season of the year rolls around again. 

* There are 169 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. The Concert was supposed to be this August (actually it was supposed to be in March of last year) and they have moved it until the middle of February next year. So basically I bought tickets for a concert in 2022 in 2019. 

* 160 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. 

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

* There are 124 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 99 more days. 

* I have written 6,509 blogs in the now 16, nearly 17 years since I started blogging. 

* Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. 

* I may take a long weekend as I am traveling next week. 

* Town seems to have calmed down a little, now that the students are here and settled in. It's not complete chaos as it was last week. 

* I'm working in Morgantown and Marion County once again this week. Next week will see me traveling. 

* Kim and Robert have returned from their trip to pick up their Dog. I think she is happy to be home and not traveling until they go on vacation. 

* I had to buy Microsoft 365 for my online email address, Godaddy had switched services and went to another service and it has been nothing but a headache. I've had roughly 80,000 (honest number) emails bounce around I am working with tech support to get this taken care of. 

* I should be around town working today, but we'll have to wait to see if I'm here or eating Yanns Hot Dogs for lunch. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, August 23, 2021

Monday

All good things must come to an end, now it is 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. Hopefully, Oliver can eat less popcorn and get to doing what he is being paid to do and clear this town of traffic. 

Michelle is feeling a little better after running a fever on Saturday. You can't be too safe and we ended up missing three events all centered around young children, but better safe than sorry. We're both vaccinated, but that doesn't mean we couldn't be carriers. I feel fine, but we used a bit of caution just to be on the safe side.

I'll be working locally or semi-locally this week, however next Monday I'll be working around Cabellas up near Wheeling. That is where my brother Gary lives, but he's still in Florida for the time being doing some remodeling work. Something tells me that both Coleman's Fish Market and DiCarlos Pizza next week. YUUUM

Have yourselves a great week this week, my week should be a little less busy as I had both cars inspected last week and that's done. 

Hi ho hi ho


Sunday, August 22, 2021

Sunday

Here I sit once again on a quiet Sunday morning. Peanut and I are up watching some educational television, and by educational I mean who knows what is on the TV. Michelle is still fast asleep and Peanut and I are discussing what we need from the store. 

Grocery shopping kind of day, same as every other Sunday for us. Time to plan the meals for the week as I will be working in town or close this upcoming week. Next week is a different story and I'll be heading to the Panhandle to work. 

Michelle and I are both off today, I worked yesterday and am in need of a little rest and relaxation. We had three events yesterday, two birthdays and the Johnny Koon Lantern launch and butterfly release. With COVID numbers going up in our county, we just best thought that staying home was our best option. Maybe next year as this is two years in a row that we have missed it and both were pretty much COVID related. 

No plans for this afternoon other than a nice nap and maybe watch a movie or two. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Saturday Morning Rambligs

Here I sit in a quiet household, Oliver the Ostrich and I are reviewing how many students he terminated with extreme prejudice here in town, would you believe he wants more popcorn and says he is still seeking out a strategic first victim. I think he is playing me for free popcorn. 

Well my day off is over with and I will be heading out to work today. It's going to be a busy day for me to say the least, a couple of birthdays and the Johnny Koon Lantern release is tonight, so this will be another very busy day. I'm used to it this week of long days. 

I'll be working this week in Morgantown and Marion County, however next week I'll start my travels and will be working the Northern Panhandle once again. Our numbers have all pretty much went to an escalated status, I would attribute that to the students but it's just the trend throughout all of West Virginia. Stay safe and protect yourselves.

Have a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, August 20, 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.

High School Football is just one week away from starting the 2021 season. good luck to all of the local teams on the upcoming season. May you have a full season and may COVID not prevent any games this season. 

I'm off today but Michelle is working. I guess her next Saturday to work won't happen until next month as there are 6 girls in the rotation now. I'll be working local for the next week, but I will be traveling to the Northern Panhandle to start working the following week. This means Coleman's Fish Market for me the week after next and probably some DiCarlos for dinner, but I need to find one in the Wheeling area and not run clear to Glen Dale. 

I'll be doing a lot of running around today, laundromat, Walmart, Sam's, and maybe another place or two as I try to get a few chores done around the house. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Thursday, August 19, 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 weeks pic goes back to a Christmas Eve from many moons ago, it was from 2004 and we had Christmas Eve at the Old Country Inn when Terri and Nick owned it. 

This picture is of my younger brother Gary, who coincidently I hear is in Florida right now on vacation, or working or something like that. I think he's doing a little remodeling for someone as he enjoys Florida. Ironically, that is a state that I have never been to believe it or not. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

 * Oliver the Ostrich is still working on eliminating the students, he said to go and do a tidbits and that he likes Cheddar Popcorn. If Oliver says do a tidbits, you do a tidbits. 

* It has been 21,081 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 6,312 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. I do love my mapping and Geography. Unfortunately for us locals, the next group are starting their journeys. 

* 4,899 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, Pizza Hut and some stupid movie that I can't remember much about. That Pizza Hut is now gone. 

* 4,128 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. It was no surprise, she knew it was coming. 

* It was 3,657 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. It was a memorable day. 

* I have now lived 1,290 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. I wish this was one bullet point that I didn't have to do. 

* I have 3,830 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 390 days away.  EAT SHITT PITT

* There are 354 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 215 days until the start of Spring 2022. My favorite season of the year rolls around again. 

* There are 176 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. The Concert was supposed to be this August (actually it was supposed to be in March of last year) and they have moved it until the middle of February next year. So basically I bought tickets for a concert in 2022 in 2019. 

* 167 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. 

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

* There are 131 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 106 more days. 

* I have written 6,502 blogs in the now 16, nearly 17 years since I started blogging. 

* Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. 

* Michelle and I are both off on Friday, meaning we will both be working this weekend. 

* I have to get one car inspected this morning and the other tomorrow morning. 

* I'm working in Morgantown and Marion County this week. Next week may see me traveling. 

* Kim is getting ready to add another dog to her family. They will be picking her third one up this week. 

* There were multiple attempts to break into my Facebook account and change the password. There were multiple attempts over the weekend to get a password recovery code, but Facebook alerted me. 


* Get ready, the students are only hours away from invading. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, August 16, 2021

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that does in fact include my fun-filled day off or weekends as many of you refer to them. Now it is time to take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun-filled week of doing what it is that we do for a living. 

This week will see both Michelle and I work on Saturday. It's her weekend to work and I usually work Saturdays when I am not traveling for work. I'm in Morgantown this week but may travel the following week. 

I have to get both of our cars inspected this week. I'm scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday Morning first thing to have both Pearl and Ice inspected. I usually use Hartsell's, Brian is a long-time friend and I trust his opinion. Hopefully, we shouldn't run into too much trouble getting them inspected this year. 

Do you know where you were 44 years ago today at about 3:00 in the afternoon? I do, I was in the backyard playing wiffleball (where Brittany now works) when Grandma Hall came out and told me the news that Elvis had passed away. He will have been dead two years longer than he lived, life was definitely too short in his case. 

I wonder if there will be a Fall Fest this year, there wasn't one last year and I have not heard anything about one this year. Oliver must be doing his job, the popcorn I put out is all gone and Michelle and Kiwi are playing innocent. 

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Sunday

Here I on a quiet Sunday morning, I'm up contemplating with Kiwi how we can use the killer ostrich to scare all of the college students who have just returned back to Morgantown and made traffic horrible. Kiwi says he has a cousin Oliver the Ostrich who has a bit of a vicious side and he works for popcorn of all things. If you see this Ostrich running around Morgantown, run as he is a killer. 

It's a day off for Michelle and me, we need an alibi for when Oscar goes on his rampage. A little early morning trip to Krogers to do the weekly shopping, come home and do a few weekly chores, and we are calling it a day. We've earned it and Sunday afternoon is the only time we have together where we are not tied up doing something else.

Did anyone drive around town yesterday, the students are definitely back and a bunch of the town newbies don't know how to navigate the roads like the locals just yet. Give them time, they'll get the hang of it. 

My niece Amy had an honor this past weekend, some of the pics she took of her trip to Amish County were put on display by the Ohio Amish Country Group on Facebook. I've always said she is one hell of a photographer. Congratulations Amy. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, I'm still in slumberland after getting my butt kicked by the Sandman last night. I'm up a little early collecting my thoughts for the day and telepathically getting blog advice from the great Kiwi, King of all Birds. 

I did not work yesterday, so to speak, the client I went to meet Thursday was playing a game of I'm not going to open the door, just pretend like I'm not here all day. Someone else in that household we were supposed to try to set something up for yesterday, but I had better things to do. 

Better things to do? Dry Laundry, run to Walmart, Sams, and take a bunch of stuff to Michelle's work for lunches and snacks while she is working. Then it was home to take the great kiwi outside and then in the 93° heat, I cut grass. Thankfully we bought a riding mower a couple of years ago and it makes what used to be a labor-intensive job so much simpler.  

Today's plans? I'm heading out and working today. Not sure exactly where I will be working, we'll have to review my notes in a little while and best figure where I can be most effective. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, August 13, 2021

Big Ole Hairy Friday the 13th

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 the 13th. 

As of press time I do not know whether or not I will be working today. I scheduled myself to be off today, but a work situation where I may have to review my schedule to meet the needs of a client may just be a reality. If I do that I'll just take tomorrow off and make it two consecutive day weekend. 

Michelle is off all weekend, she works today and this is not her alternate weekend to work so she is off tomorrow. 

Students are starting to move back into the dorms, and are starting to come back into town. Classes start on Wednesday for them so this weekend will probably be pretty busy around the bars downtown. Might be something that you want to avoid. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho?

Thursday, August 12, 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.

Look at that jump shot, that style, and grace. This young wild-eyed young man had his future planned out for him from this moment on. Would he be a future NBA MVP? Nope, he became a Coal Miner in the hills of West Virginia. 

This is a picture of my Dad when he played Gradeschool Basketball for Van Voorhis. The Van Voorhis School is long gone, and probably not many people remember it, but it was towards the end of Van Voorhis Road going down the hill to Van Voorhis. 

The school was closed and just a remnant of itself by the time I was in Grade School, I ended up going to Flatts Elementary as well as many of the smaller schools out this way during those years including Bakers Ridge and Van Voorhis Schools. 

My only question is this, did the ball go in? 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

 * Monday Completed, loading up a Tuesday. Hayley's animals are back home and Peanut has returned to Sanity, good time to do a tidbits.  

* It has been 21,074 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 6,305 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. I do love my mapping and Geography. 

* 4,892 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, Pizza Hut and some stupid movie that I can't remember much about. That Pizza Hut is now gone. 

* 4,121 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. It was no surprise, she knew it was coming. 

* It was 3,650 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. It was a memorable day. 

* I have now lived 1,283 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. I wish this was one bullet point that I didn't have to do. 

* I have 3,837 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 397 days away.  EAT SHITT PITT

* There are 361 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 222 days until the start of Spring 2022. My favorite season of the year rolls around again. 

* There are 183 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. The Concert was supposed to be this August (actually it was supposed to be in March of last year) and they have moved it until the middle of February next year. So basically I bought tickets for a concert in 2022 in 2019. 

* 174 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. 

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

* There are 137 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 113 more days. 

* I have written 6,495 blogs in the now 16, nearly 17 years since I started blogging. 

* Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. 

* Friday is a day I'm off and Michelle works. This is her normal week.

* Last week the Apple Watch needed updating, now it's my iPhone. 

* I'm working in Morgantown this week and probably next week possibly. Large segment here in town but I'm getting it worked down. 

* With it being August, High School Football practices have probably began. WVU has even reported and you can see the band practicing around the Coliseum. 

* Get ready, the students are only hours away from invading. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, August 09, 2021

Monday

That nice and relaxing weekend is over with, now it's time to head back into that thing that we call work. Now it's time to take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun-filled week of changing the world. 

I will be working in the same areas that I have been working in the past two weeks. I suggested spending a day in Fairmont, but we shall see how it goes. 

I do have a warning for all Morgantown residents this week. The WVU Students will start returning this week starting on Thursday when the dorms start to open up for students. In short, that means there are going to be a whole lot more people in town and on the roads this week. We were at Krogers yesterday and you could see all the ramen noodles in big bins in anticipation of them buying them up. 

Hayley is picking up her two cats and her dog today, so Peanut can come out of hiding. She has sequestered herself in the back bedroom since these feline invaders have shown up here.  

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Sunday

Here I sit in a quiet household if that is what you call it. We still have two additional cats and a doggie that will be here until Hayley comes and gets them after work tomorrow. I'm up watching who knows what and collecting my thoughts for the day. 

We ended up making it to Nick and Terri's yesterday for the cookout that they were having. She had texted me earlier in the week to invite Michelle and I and we accepted. Nasrin came in as well as Samira and Auden and his Girlfriend. It was a very nice get together, it's been too long since we have had anything like this excluding Amy's housewarming a few weeks ago. 

Today Michelle and I are going to do our Sunday thing. Grocery shopping, some batch cooking for the week (Beef Stew this week) and the typical chores that we do every Sunday. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit, now married for 10 years and 1 day. we have a household full of animals. Four cats including Hayley's two Cats. Her dog Gracie and of course of green cheek conure Kiwi. The household believe it or not is in fact quiet at this early morning hour. 

Now it is back to reality after a day off, both Michelle and I are working today. This is her weekend to work, and I work all Saturday's when I'm local. We both work shortened days on the weekends, so it won't be that bad. 

We have been invited to a cookout this afternoon after work at Terri's. We're going to try to make it, but work situations could dictate our schedules and ultimately dictate our availability. We are planning on trying to make it as Samira is in and Nasrin is coming down for the event. 

Tomorrow is the other half of our weekend and we are looking forward to that. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Randy Hamrick

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my wonderful and camera-avoiding nephew Randy "Bub" Hamrick a very Happy Birthday today. It's very hard to get a picture of him sometimes, but I do manage to get a few.

If my math is correct, Randy will be celebrating his 33rd birthday today. I just realized I am really getting old. 

Not sure what Randy will be getting into today, but something tells me he will be at Terri's this afternoon. I don't get to see him that often but you know he is always pretty active and into something or another.

If you happen to see Randy today, and hopefully most of us will make sure that you take a little bit of time out and with this fine young man a very happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday, Randy.

Friday, August 06, 2021

Ten Years

It was ten short years ago that my life was forever changed. At age 47 and a lifelong bachelor and one woman came into my life and changed all of that. 

It was ten years ago today, that my wonderful wife, my best friend, my soulmate forever officially came into my life as my wife. Ten years ago today in front of friends and family at the Marilla Center Michelle and I with the help of a co-worker of hers at the time, had our lives forever joined together as we became husband and wife. 

These have been the happiest ten years of my life, we've purchased two new cars (a first for both of us), we have taken to date six cruises together to the Caribbean. We traveled to Niagara Falls, St Louis a couple of times, and even San Diego two years ago and we did it all together. 

We have seen Hayley grow up and into an amazing young woman and witnessed her entering her journey into blissful matrimony just two short months ago. 

This amazing young woman has given me an amazing life the past ten years as Husband and Wife. The luckiest day of my life is the day that she walked into it and then walked back into it again years later. 

Michelle, I love you with all my heart and you completed the part of my life that was empty. These ten years have been absolutely amazing, here is to the next ten years topping thse ten years. 

Happy Ten Year Anniversary. 

Thursday, August 05, 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 weeks pic goes back to Thanksgiving 2004, we had all met up a Terri's for a Thanksgiving Feast and I had my new camera with me so I grabbed a few pictures including this one. I grabbed group photos of everyone from Terri's clan. Erica Jean was still just a newborn. 

This was in fact one of those Thanksgivings that we all went to Suburban Lanes afterward to go bowling. 

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

 * Monday Completed, loading up a Tuesday. Great reason to do tidbits, that and Peanut says just do it. 

* It has been 21,067 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 6,298 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. I do love my mapping and Geography. 

* 4,885 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, Pizza Hut and some stupid movie that I can't remember much about. That Pizza Hut is now gone. 

* 4,114 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. It was no surprise, she knew it was coming. 

* It was 3,636 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. It was a memorable day. 

* I have now lived 1,276 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. I wish this was one bullet point that I didn't have to do. 

* I have 3,844 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 404 days away.  EAT SHITT PITT

* There are only 229 days until the start of Spring 2022. My favorite season of the year rolls around again. 

* There are 190 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. The Concert was supposed to be this August (actually it was supposed to be in March of last year) and they have moved it until the middle of February next year. So basically I bought tickets for a concert in 2022 in 2019. 

* 181 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. 

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

* There are 143 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 120 more days. 

* There are 3 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* I have written 6,484 blogs in the now 16 1/2+ years since I started blogging. 

* Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. 

* Friday will be mine and Michelle's Tenth Wedding Anniversary. We are both off. 

* My Apple Watch needed to be reset, Michelle started the reset to do the update. Here is the kicker, I only use it as a watch. 

* I'm working in Morgantown this week and probably for a few weeks. Large segment here in town that is getting addressed for RTI. After that, I think I'm going to Parkersburg for a week. 

* With it being August, High School Football practices have probably began. I know we always started August 1st. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho