Saturday, January 25, 2014

Happy Snow Storm Week - From January 21st to the current weekend.

I decided to blog again for a while. Maybe put up some pictures. Pen a little ditty or two.  Let's see what's in the picture log.
I like this poster. New beginnings for everyone!

And the storms of 2014 begin - snow days - what kids live for (gifts from above - who says there is no prayer in schools)

This was yesterday 1-24-2014. No school in Taylor county and who are those crazy guys who braved the sub zero temperatures to have school on a 2-hour delay? on a Friday yet!

A discovery from the vault of Wynne Shaffer Proudfoot. Stan, Sally and me! How young we were - circa 1970...

Is this global warming?

Monday, September 9, 2013

September and the sun sets here around 8PM

Another blog with my random thoughts.
1. do I have fleas? The cat is gone; the strange flying things remain.
2. am I disgruntled or just too sensitive? A grown, supposedly educated, woman (in a supervisory position) sends mass e-mail reminding employees that light bulbs which work in the Smart Boards are expensive. So, 'take care of these bulbs' by turning off the machine between uses. Umm.

I probably missed the earlier memo that said "We are financially unable to support the technology that we have forced upon you. Use magical thinking to get the technology repaired if you want to use said technology in the future." or maybe it said, "Don't let students use the overhead projector for a basketball hoop mini-me." [I hope I am using that word correctly. The language of the 21st century sometimes eludes me.]
I do have middle school boys who must touch the highest part of the ceiling whenever possible... and I encourage them to "reach for the sky" every once in a while. Maybe I need that email reminder. Save that lady a trip from the office to meet with the lowly workers whose lives, success, and discontent depend on having [or not] equipment that works ALL THE TIME. Sorry this is negative; I tried to stay away from the drama...

Monday, August 26, 2013

Another beautiful weekend in the Valley of the Sun, West Virginia

Greetings familia, I found these family photos on my computer and thought I'd share. Leah sent them. I haven't explored the vast number of photos I have discovered here in the basement and here in the closets. I hope you enjoy them. We have lived an eclectic life and we are from hardy stock.
The lady in this photo is Amanda Olive Wright Snodgrass, my paternal grandmother.

The couple pictured here are my paternal grandparents: Clem Joseph Snodgrass and Amanda Olive Wright Snodgrass.

Granddad Clem Snodgrass and Cousin Leah Lucille Snodgrass about 1955...

Me and Aunt Audry Snodgrass 'making applebutter' Leah is taking the picture. Maybe in 1990?

Too bad we can't read the calendar...
Saturday and Sunday were just beautiful here in West Virginia - cool nights and warm sunny days, lots to do and much to think about.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The very special First Day of August 2013

The end of summer is right around the corner.  But it's not here yet ;-)
This week has been full of actions that should be endings, but, in reality, are just other events that stretch the activities of life and no closure ever arrives.  It's like I'm 'Waiting for G'do" (I never can remember how to spell that play...)

Monday (Mamo-Monday) come back in 6 months.  Wonderful lunch at Atomic Grill. All the kids had a great meal and we even got some great photos. (Send me some photos family!) And a trip to the big junk shop.

Tuesday (Telephone Tag- Tuesday)  see you tomorrow said the EPA.  Got $park plugs replaced in the car. Washed the car - it's so nice when it's clean!

And saw a purty  "metallic purple/black cherry?" 300 for sticker 38K and a 2013. But-I can't find the color anywhere on the internet, can't figure out why it's so cheap - AWD ? engine? It does have a sun/moon roof and leather seats - but the passenger seat is not  power so what else is missing???

and so it goes...  I'm just not ready for that big move.

Wednesday -(WOW-EPA-Wednesday)
Lew, Bekka and Dave came from Elkview and the behest of Rusty and began to explain how this 'pick up' of materials works.

 They go to the basement and bring out 200 big zip lock bags worth of stuff, manifest each, toss into the appropriate bin.  They know their jobs; they recognize my problems; and by 5 o'clock they are on their way back home - had to unload the truck this morning. (I was so tired watching them work, I went to bed early!) not finished...

Thursday (WOW-EPA-Through Thursday) Neighbors stopped by to see what the heck the EPA was doing in their neighborhood yesterday. they even chatted up the guys.

Jeff came to help clear out the greenhouse so they could get to the material. He also loaded the tools into the truck when everyone was gone.

The crew walked through the basement, finished up, tackled the garage and greenhouse - result: they got the NiC and took it along with some other stuff. We passed the mercury sniffing test. And we are clear to finish cleaning out the basement, garage and greenhouse, the work is far from over.

I am really tired.
Tomorrow is Friday.
I'm tired, just thinking about it.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

What a beautiful 'Last' Sunday in July 2013

What a beautiful Sunday Morning! the cool air has arrived (from somewhere) and the temperatures have dropped from the very hot and very muggy lower/or occasionally higher 90's of two weeks ago, to the mildly cooler 80's of last week to the predicted 70's of today.

The following photos are the people and things that bring joy to my life: 
The Legacy!

The 5th birthday

The girls are coming late this afternoon for a mini sleepover; tomorrow they will go to Morgantown to bond some more in that cultural event 'back to school shopping' or some such excuse. We are really having a mid-birthday party (not a late celebration not an early one). This year the magic numbers are 35 and 39 and, of course, 66. [also 5 and 13 parties already over and yet to be held] I'm planning watermelon, ice cream sundaes, and maybe cup cakes - something to set the flames upon.

The Summer of 2013 has gone quickly. School was not over for me until mid June. By then we had had a plethora of events: Tracy and Keith's anniversary (over the Memorial Day Weekend)

Zoey turned 5 in June.  See those photos of her Miss Kitty BD?

Delia spent a night over here - we went to see Despicable Me2...

It's been a rainy summer in WV. Some weeks the rains came every day.  It was even difficult to find a day to cut the grass.  'Indecisive me' let several opportunities to empty the house fly by - so I still own it and have to pay the taxes and deal with registering it as 'vacant' with the assessor's office. Bummer.

Through f/b and Tracy, I found an artisan, Sarah H., who offered to look at the stained glass windows in the garage with the intent on appraising them for sale. She brought a friend to the garage to help move the windows to photograph them and he wore flip flops. After he stepped on a board with a nail sticking out, we quit looking at the windows and took him to the hospital ER for a tetanus shoot and an x-ray. (I called Jeff to put the widows back.)  She's been busy since then. I have tried to track down the original prices of the windows and some of their history. That's a story for another paragraph.

Brenda and Sonja have helped me clean out some of the stuff in 'the house' - Brenda is a friend from my days teaching at Flemington and my friendship with Jean Burton. She does the hard work of dragging stuff to me and moving it downs stairways; Sonja is Jeff's wife and she carries stuff to the car and truck and helps box up - we were on a roll until we went to the basement. Brenda boxed up all the fluorescent light bulbs; Sonja got her son to drive the trash of the ceiling tiles to the dump - things were coming together. Brenda swept a path; Sonja started her plan to clear the shelves - then we opened a cabinet door and realized we had a problem.  The solution had to wait until after the Boy Scout Jamboree, and that ended this past week, but the guys have not called me to set up a visit at this time... and Sonja went home to can beans; Brenda lets me cancel every Tuesday...

I used the 'free time' to get the oil changed in the LHS - and the garage said I had a problem with an oil plug so I spent a couple days at the garage waiting for a solution there... I have an appointment for Tuesday this coming  week.
The 15th  anniversary party at Coopers Rocks ROCKS!!!!

Last Fall - my family together at Timberline- November 2012

Summer Fun 2013

Checking up on my health. Until I shake this depression, and this medicine I'll just say Ouch.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

NO, I didn't win the power ball.

Happy Sunday after Mother's Day.

Big storms and tornadoes are all over the west (in Kansas)
John and Trent are on their way to Denver. They left Columbus around 3 and I hope they are on the ground by now. Trisha, Zoey and I ate at Cheddars for our late Mother's Day lunch.

What Inspires me!

The movie "Dave" inspires me. 
And that's not all ;-) Having time to reflect and write about what I'm thinking 'inspires me'.
Knowing - if I die tomorrow - I've had a pretty good life; not fabulously famous, but happy times.
Now, it's time to change some of the photos on this blog.