Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us, I'm in the Eastern Panhandle this week so I thought that would be a good excuse to make this a tidbits. 

* It has been 20,990 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 6,221 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. WVU had a commencement yesterday and the students are all gone. Yipee

* 4,808 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, Pizza Hut and 10,000 BC movie that was horrible. 

* 4,037 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 3,559 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife at the Marilla Center, then we feasted like Kings and Queens. 

* I have now lived 1,199 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong.

* I have 3,921 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 480 days away. 

* There are 274 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. 

* 260 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. He and his wife live under the old bridge in the backyard. 

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

* There are 220 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 197 more days. 

* There are 79 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 33 days until the start of  Summer 2021. My second favorite season of the year. I'm currently enjoying my favorite season. I'm ready for some nicer weather I do know that. 

* I have written 6,404 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. 

* WVU Commencement is over, no more traffic for a few months. 

* We are only about one week from the High School Graduations here in Mon County. 

* It's going to be a pretty uneventful week for Michelle. We're just a few weeks away from Hayley's Wedding though. 

* I ordered my clothes that I will be wearing to Hayley's wedding, they wanted me to wear gray khakis and a white shirt as I will be giving her away for the wedding. Me and her Dad will have the honor. 

* Keep a watch on Mon County's COVID numbers, let's see if my sister Kim's theory stands true.

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

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

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish, but she wanted me to do another tapoe this weekend and my VHS has a pin stuck in it from one of the connectors. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, May 17, 2021

Another Week Starting

Here I go once again on this bright Monday Morning, I'm once again hitting the road and attempting to put my nose on the grindstone for another fun-filled and challenging week of doing what it is I do for a living. 

Today I head in a different direction, I have been working in the Northern Panhandle since February with the exception of a week I worked in Charleston. Today I head to Romney WV and work the other Panhandle. Now it is time to start addressing the Eastern Panhandle as I travel East this morning. New segments, new people and new challenges await me as I travel to a series of places that I am not all that familiar with. 

I do have to say I can't ever recall ever being in Romney, so this will be my first trip to the area. I'll be staying at a hotel that was recommended by a co-worker, the Koolwink which seems to have some really nice reviews from everywhere. Considering I will be down there for a number of weeks, I'm just hoping it has everything I need for my stay. I've stayed so many weeks in Weirton that I may actually start to miss it a little as I was learning a lot about the place. Oh well, new places, new adventures and new challenges. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sunday Morning

Here Peanut and I sit in the early AM of a quiet Sunday morning. We're having an in-depth conversation that was started years ago by Archie Bunker, do you put on a sock and a sock and a shoe and a shoe or do you do as thee meathead did and put on a sock and a shoe and a sock and a shoe. I'm the sock and sock kind of person, Peanut insists that it's a sock and a shoe, but what does she know she's a cat and doesn't wear shoes. 

It was 45 years ago today that I lost the first influential person in my life. Ellis John Hall left this world on this day in 1977, someone who still to this day is very influential in my life, someone I had only really known for the first 13 years of my life was gone. 27 years after that fateful night, or 17 years ago today depending on which was you are counting, I graduated from West Virginia University. 

Today here in Morgantown, there is another commencement. today at the Football Stadium instead of the Coliseum. So today we say goodbye to many residents who have made Morgantown their home over the past few years, don't worry they will be replaced by a new bunch this fall. I'm just excited that traffic is finally going to die down until August. 

May 16th is a day I will always remember. Have yourselves a great day and make it a good one. 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, Peanut is nowhere to be found as she got herself into a little bit of trouble yesterday catching a blue jay and bringing it into the house. The good news the blue jay flew out the door and survived.

Well after nearly 5 years since I bought my iPhone 7 Plus, it did what Michelle's did a few months ago and started to crap the bed. It had next to no battery life one day when I was working last week and I had to run to Uniontown yesterday morning and by the time I got home the battery was at 1%. It was just time to upgrade my phone. What did I get, I got an iPhone 11 (the 12 is the newest) so it's like a 3 model upgrade for me as to the new phone but not the newest phone. It was time and I am happy with it so far. 

My work in Weirton is done, they may send that huge segment to another field interviewer, but I have all of the lines opened and many of the interviews completed. It has been fun, but now it is off to new areas and new challenges. What's up next for me? I'm going to work Romney WV. Morgantown opened up, but it's all where students live and they are all gone, so maybe I'll working that segment the week leading up to and the week after Hayley's wedding. 

What's on our agenda for the day? Maybe cut the grass, I have some segment materials to set up for next week but other than that we're probably just going to relax. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Friday, May 14, 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.

Anyone recognize yesterday's birthday boy from the photo? Yep, that's my Dad and I had it in an album where I had yesterday's picture, so I thought I would use it today. 

I'm back once again from being on the road, now it's time to do the stuff I do around the house for the next few days before I head out again to my next destination. 

Hayley's Maid of Honor Bethany is having a virtual baby shower today for her upcoming little one. Michelle made them a batch of Spicy Sausage Rigatoni last Friday and I told her if that caused her to have the baby she had to name it Rigatoni, but no such luck. 

WVU is having their Commencement this weekend, which means there will be even less traffic around town come Monday as there was last Monday when most of the students left after Finals. Woo Hoo they will soon be all gone!

Have yourselves a great day. 

Thursday, May 13, 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 flashback is a little bit special, today would have been my Dad's 76th Birthday. My dad also gave me my love of capturing little moments in time to be shared sometime down the road as witnessed by him playing with his VHS camera that captured so many memories of the family through the years. You can see some of that footage below taken from this very camera.

He left us in 1999, but he left a legacy of memories and stories to be told. Good thing we were able to capture some of those memories with that camera he is holding. 

Happy Birthday, Dad. 

Hi ho hi ho


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us, I'm out the door later this morning to head to the Northern Panhandle one more time. Kiwi informs me that today is my Tuesday Tidbits and I can't disappoint Kiwi.

* It has been 20,983 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 6,214 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. WVU will be graduating the next class of Graduates this weekend. 

* 4,801 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, Pizza Hut and 10,000 BC movie that was horrible. 

* 4,030 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 3,552 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife at the Marilla Center, then we feasted like Kings and Queens. 

* I have now lived 1,192 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong.

* I have 3,928 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 487 days away. 

* There are 281 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. 

* 267 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. He and his wife live under the old bridge in the back yard. 

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

* There are 227 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 204 more days. 

* There are 86 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 40 days until the start of  Summer 2021. My second favorite season of the year. I'm currently enjoying my favorite season. I'm ready for some nicer weather I do know that. 

* I have written 6,397 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. 

* WVU Commencement is this weekend, my message is hurry up and get out of town. 

* We are only about 2 weeks from the High School Graduations here in Mon County. 

* Bethany, Hayley's Maid of Honor, is having her virtual bridal shower this weekend. 

* I'm ready for the warmer weather this week, but this April showers stuff is getting a little carried away. Besides that, it's May. 

* Michelle says she plans on spring cleaning this week as I am away. 

* Keep a watch on Mon County's COVID numbers, let's see if my sister Kim's theory stands true.

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

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

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I really need to get back on this as I am such a procrastinator.

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, May 10, 2021

Another Monday, Another Trip

Here I go once again on this bright Monday morning. I will be taking my nose and sticking it on the collective grindstone for the week starting today. So let's all take our collective noses and stick them on that thing so we can collectively make this a better world to live in. 

I'll be working in Weirton one more time this week, I have a very strong feeling this will be my last week there, I've called Gary and let him know I'll be up there this week. Before I go to Weirton I have to go to Robinson Township and try to get in for an N-95 Mask fitting. If I don't get in as a walk-in this morning, I have a 3:30 Wed appointment. Fortunately, the highway right beside my hotel is a straight shot to where I need to go and vice versa. The N-95 masks will allow me to do fieldwork anywhere including counties that are shut down due to covid. 

I think Michelle's Mother Goose nickname is going to stick, the last three days there has been this one goose who keeps walking up to the patio door as if to say, HEY LADY, I'M HERE AND I'M HUNGRY!! My wonderful wife always responds in kind and puts some bread out for them. Our backyard is a zoo, maybe we should start charging admission and call Michelle's occupation as a zoo keeper. 

Anyways have a great day and the start to a great week of changing the world.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Sunday


Here my friend Peanut and I sit on an early Mother's Day Sunday morning, we're here discussing cat physics and if Lavern and Shirley were better than Happy Day's. I say no, the Foz ruled but she kind of likes Lavern and Shirley. We're out here collecting our thoughts for the day and have something playing on the TV. 

Mother's Day is a holiday that has it's origins right here in North Central West Virginia. The Mother's Day tribute is in downtown Grafton, but the Anna Jarvis Museum is actually south of Grafton. I would like to wish my Mother Sandra Irene a very Happy Mother's Day as well as my lovely wife, who is the mother of two. Also a Happy Mother's day to all Mother's out there and even the ones who have stepped up into the role like our soon to be bride Hayley. Happy Mother's Day all. 

The agenda for my repetitive life, we're going grocery shopping this morning and then come home and do the weekly chores that we do every Sunday and then the day belongs to us. I know it's going to be an 80% chance of rain today, so whatever we may or may not get into one can wager that it will in fact be an indoor activity. I do have to get ready to go back to Weirton tomorrow and this will most likely be the last week I'll be working that segment. Possibly heading down to Romney the following week to work.

Have yourselves a great day today. 

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet Household, Peanut is out here and we are once again telling cat jokes and she is listening to my stories from the road from the past week. She does miss me and likes to listen to me speak. Something is playing on the TV, no idea what it is as it is on for noise more than anything else. 

Looking back on the past week there really wasn't a whole lot of excitement, just a lot of me knocking on doors and talking to people. I did not get a chance to see Gary as he was busy this past week, but we're going to try to hook up sometime this upcoming week as I will be in Weirton one last week. After this upcoming week, it looks like I will be working in an area of the state known for its Peaches. 

No big plans for Michelle and me today, Hayley did stopover last night as Michelle made a triple batch of Spicy Sausage Rigatoni for her and Bethany. They both love it and when we make it they want the leftovers. We checked our inventory for Deer food and we're good for this week, so there probably won't be a trip to Rural King today. 

Today is the last day for finals for WVU, but most of them have already left for the year. The few sticking around could be sticking around for Graduation next weekend. Traffic will be greatly reduced and will drop off even further after next weekend. 

I did give Michelle a new nickname yesterday. We had a couple of Geese that came to the back patio and I swear one of them is going to be knocking on the door before it is over with asking for food.  

They stayed around until Michelle fed them (along with the Deer, the Turkeys, the Ducks, the Groundhogs, Chipmunks, Squirrels and the 1,000 breeds of birds flying around on any given day. I told Michelle I think these Geese have adopted her and she is now Mother Goose. Good times at the Hall's Backyard Zoo, no Giraffes yet but give her time they will be showing up too. 

Have yourselves a great day today, I think Peanut and I are laying back down. 

Friday, May 07, 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.

I'm home from the road, got back yesterday afternoon and I'm sitting here relaxing today after a wet week. I'm just trying to stay dry today...lol

Nothing really on my agenda for the weekend other than assisting my lovely wife in any wedding planning she is planning on doing this weekend. A trip to rural king may be on the agenda and with all the rain this past week, possibly cutting some grass again. 

I am happy to see much less traffic that is around town, it's thinning out as students are finishing up finals and moving back home for the Summer. Tomorrow is the last day of finals, but my guess is 95% of the finals have probably already been completed. As I recalled, the only Saturday Final I ever had was for a night class. 

Have yourselves a great day today, make it memorable. 

Thursday, May 06, 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 is from my sister Terri and Nick's wedding some years ago, and I'm thinking they are coming up close to a 30th Anniversary here sometime in the next year or so, that is if my math is correct. 

It's a picture of my Dad walking Terri down the Isle, something I will have the honor of doing for Hayley in about a month. I was standing off to the side here, and a funny story about this day. Kim and Ed were up top filming the day's events and I was sitting with my sister Pam for the ceremony. Sometime after this, I was reviewing the tape with Kim and asked the question of who was the bald guy sitting beside Pam. It was an instant realization that that was the first time I had seen my thinning scalp. I knew it was thinning, people told me about it, but until someone films you from above you never really understand. It was a shock to the system, to say the least. Of course, what's Kim's solution, she told me to get spray on hair as she was laughing profusely.  

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho 

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us, I'm out the door later this morning to head to the Northern Panhandle. Sounds like a great time to do my sister Kim's least favorite blog of the week that I write. 

* It has been 20,976 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 6,197 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. 

* 4,794 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, Pizza Hut and 10,000 BC movie that was horrible. 

* 4,023 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning but she was expecting it. 

* It was 3,545 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife at the Marilla Center, then we feasted like Kings and Queens. 

* I have now lived 1,185 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong.

* I have 3,935 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 494 days away. 

* There are 289 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. 

* 274 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. He and his wife live under the old bridge in the back yard. 

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

* There are 234 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 211 more days. 

* There are 93 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 47 days until the start of  Summer 2021. My second favorite season of the year. I'm currently enjoying my favorite season. 

* I have written 6,390 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. 

* WVU is starting their finals today, most of them should be gone by Saturday with Commencment there the following weekend. 

* We are only about 3 weeks from the High School Graduations here in Mon County. 

* I'm ready for the warmer weather this week, but this April showers stuff is getting a little carried away. Besides that, it's May. 

* Oh, May the 4th be with you (had to put my Star Wars reference in. 

* Keep a watch on Mon County's COVID numbers, Kim pointed out to me that when the students leave, our numbers tend to go up as there is less testing. 

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

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

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I really need to get back on this as I am such a procrastinator.

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, May 03, 2021

On the Road Again

Well, all good things must come to an end, and yes that does include those fun-filled things that we refer to as weekends. Now it is time to take our collective noses and stick them back on that grindstone for another fun-filled week of doing what we do for a living. Me I'll be working out in the field this week and having all kinds of fun meeting new and exciting people. 

I'm back on the road working for RTI this week, I'll be heading out later this morning and heading to Weirton where my hotel is located and it's close to where my segment is located. I'm staying at the same hotel that I have stayed at numerous times before, it was just unavailable last week, hence why I worked closer to Moundsville. I'm working a very large segment so I will probably be up there a few more weeks at the very minimum. Michelle and I are IHG Rewards Members, so it's a nice way to keep totaling up our rewards points. My weather forecast for this week, rain, rain, rain, rain. 

We did have a pretty productive weekend with Hayley's Wedding Shower and us managing to get the grass all cut yesterday. A riding mower makes everything so much easier. We were also able to get our air conditioner in the window and have it all set up and working for the summer. That makes Michelle Happy. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, Peanut is still sleeping and I'm out here collecting my thoughts for the day and planning the day's activities. Not sure what is playing on the TV, it's just basically playing for noise and light as I like to sleep with a TV on. 

Hayley and Tyler's Wedding Shower went pretty well, it was a really nice turnout and we were able to pull it off with success and exceeding Michelle's goals. A big thank you to all the people who helped set up and break down and to everyone who attended the event. You absolutely made this future bride's day. It's amazing what an inspired group can accomplish when they put their minds to it. 

What's on the day's agenda? Grocery shopping to start the day, the household chores, and weather permitting we'll be cutting the grass this afternoon as it is starting to get a little high. I'll also be getting ready to travel to Weirton to work this week, but most of that is ready with the exception of my just simply packing my clothes. You figure traveling 7 of the last 8 weeks I've pretty much got this packing and preparing thing down pat and efficient. I've already got my hotel booked, I learned last week to book it much sooner than Saturday, and I'll once again be across the street from where my brother Gary works. I'll try to hook up with him one day and see what he is up to. 

Have yourselves a great day, thank you once again for all who made yesterday a very special day. 

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit at home on a quiet Saturday morning, I guess you can call it the quiet before the storm that is today. I'm sitting out here with the noise on the TV and just simply collecting my thoughts for the day. 

Well today is the big day before the big day, Hayley's Co-ed bridal shower is today at noon at the Woodland United Methodist Church on the Mileground, we went up last night and decorated and will be helping host it this afternoon. 

Their wedding is still a little over a month away and they are getting married on Assateague Island but we are all staying in Delaware for the wedding at the same beach house. After the wedding they are planning on going to San Diego for their honeymoon for two weeks. 

Today should be a fun day, I'll have my camera with me and will be taking a number of pictures of the days festivities. 

Have yourselves a great day, hopefully I will see you today.