Random (but not really)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Back-to-School, Back-to-Free Lunch

Two news bits, one after the other, struck me the other day. They were the following:

Staff Council to collect back-to-school supplies for children of WVU families

Third Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive sponsored for local families

It’s laudable and awesome that the WV and WVU communities support WV and WVU families in need.

HOWEVER

I find it upsetting that so many local families and WVU EMPLOYEES are unable to afford the basic necessities for their children to get a proper education.

WVU is the state’s flagship university but doesn’t pay some employees enough for them to buy pencils and papers and notebooks for their children for school.

How can anyone read that and not be mortified? How can we live in a day and age where people need go-fund-me pages to pay for medical bills so they don’t go bankrupt?

How can people think that education, health care, and a living wage are privileges and not basic human rights?

How such people can live with themselves–especially people who claim to be Christian–is beyond me.

Written by Michelle at 9:05 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Politics,West Virginia  

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Flower Pr0n!

Some flowers are from my house, some from the WV botanic garden, and one from the WVU arboretum.

Rhododendron!

2018-05-20_WV_Botanic_Garden_3

2018-05-20_WV_Botanic_Garden_14

Spiderwort

2018-05-20_Flowers_2

Broom (I love broom, and am glad this one has struggled and survived)

2018-05-20_Flowers_8

Chives

2018-05-20_Flowers_3

Irises

2018-05-20_WV_Botanic_Garden_12

2018-05-20_WV_Botanic_Garden_26

Peony

2018-05-20_WV_Botanic_Garden_18

Written by Michelle at 4:43 pm      Comments (2)  Permalink
Categories: Flowers,House & Garden,Morgantown,Photos  

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Things That Are Wrong

Let me be clear–most areas of WV in which I travel are pretty litter free. Student areas in Morgantown? Not so much. But I don’t see a ton of litter when I’m out and about. So there is a good possibility that a good deal of the trash is from flooding rather than littering.

And there is a LOT of organic matter there as well, which is of course no ones fault.

But there is still a lot of trash in there–non-biodegradable trash–and that is a problem.

2018-04-22_Rail_Trail_4

2018-04-22_Rail_Trail_9

Written by Michelle at 8:30 am      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos,West Virginia  

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Flower Pr0n: Wild Flowers!

The arboretum is FULL of wild flowers right now!

2018-04-22_Flowers_21

Trillium

2018-04-22_Flowers_27

Dutchman’s Breeches, Dicentra cucullaria

2018-04-22_Flowers_28

Spring Beauties, Claytonia virginica

2018-04-22_Flowers_3

Virginia bluebells, Mertensia virginica

2018-04-22_Flowers_36

Trout Lily, Erythronium americanum

Written by Michelle at 6:23 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Flowers,Morgantown,Photos,West Virginia  

Hiking WV: Snake Hill WMA

As much as I love the Morgantown Farmers Market, I *hate* their winter market hours. 11 AM on a Saturday means we can EITHER go to the market OR go somewhere and go hiking.

Despite the beautiful weather, we went to the Farmers Market, so we needed a close place to hike on Saturday, so we ended up at Snake Hill WMA (Wildlife Management Area). There are multiple logging / gas / access roads and multiple trails off them. The trails are unmarked and not blazed, but they had enough use to be pretty obvious.

The trail we set out to hike–the Canyon Rim trail–has four overlooks: Table Rock, Lake View, Middle View, and River View. For trails and overlooks that are not maintained, three of the four had excellent views. We also only came across one other group of hikers, which for a beautiful Saturday afternoon, was nice. (At Coopers Rock on nice days there are a constant stream of people; it’s nice people are visiting the forest, but not nice for relative solitude.)

Location: Snake Hill WMA
Trails: Canyon Rim, Cheat View, Little Hoop, Big Dipper, Northside Trails
Distance: 3.8 miles
Elevation: 1715-2342 feet (698 feet elevation rise)

Facing west towards Cheat Lake (Lake View overlook)

2018-04-21_Snake_Hill_WMA_9

Facing east towards Cheat River, Raven Rock is on the left (River View overlook)

2018-04-21_Snake_Hill_WMA_20

Coopers Rock Overlook. I swear I’ve never noticed that giant rock down and to the right.

2018-04-21_Snake_Hill_WMA_10

In Snake Hill WMA there is a small cemetery, with three gravestones, and one rock that might be a marker. All three males (ages 4, 17, 19) died in 1860, two in July and one in October.

2018-04-21_Snake_Hill_WMA_49

Written by Michelle at 3:43 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Hiking,Morgantown,Photos,State Park / Forest,West Virginia  

Monday, March 27, 2017

WV Botanic Garden

Since the early flowers are blooming (those that didn’t die because of the early warm spell) we went to the Botanic Garden.

20170327_Botanic_Garden_003

Tibbs Run

20170327_Botanic_Garden_007

First rhododendron of the year!

20170327_Botanic_Garden_011

Grape hyacinth

20170327_Botanic_Garden_014

These tiny daffodils are adorable.

20170327_Botanic_Garden_018

Written by Michelle at 3:23 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Flowers,Morgantown,Photos,West Virginia  

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday Flower Pr0n

Today needed something relaxingly active, so we took a trip to the WV Botanic Garden

20161002_WV_Botanic_Garden_004

20161002_WV_Botanic_Garden_005

20161002_WV_Botanic_Garden_039

20161002_WV_Botanic_Garden_021

20161002_WV_Botanic_Garden_041

20161002_WV_Botanic_Garden_008

Happy Fall!

Written by Michelle at 2:21 pm      Comments (1)  Permalink
Categories: Flowers,Morgantown,Photos,West Virginia  

Monday, January 25, 2016

SNOW! Coopers Rock

We need to rent snowshoes, to determine if we’re going to buy some; let me tell you, hiking in deep snow is HARD. We did a mile out on the main road, and a mile back, and it was pretty exhausting. (We foolishly went out with the intention of walking to the overlook. Nope!)

20160125_142550

20160125_142902

20160125_135837

20160125_134203

Written by Michelle at 6:24 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos,State Park / Forest,West Virginia  

Sunday, January 24, 2016

SNOW SNOW SNOW! Snow Is Pretty!

OK, I wanted to post the pretty pictures AFTER the whiny pictures.

Here are some overviews of town.

20160124_144910

20160124_144902

20160124_Morgantown_Snow_038

The Law School (have fun getting in THOSE doors)

20160124_Morgantown_Snow_052

And the area around the Alumni Center

20160124_Morgantown_Snow_072

20160124_Morgantown_Snow_068

20160124_Morgantown_Snow_055

20160124_Morgantown_Snow_045

Written by Michelle at 5:56 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos  

SNOW! Roads & Sidewalks (Suck)

If WVU has classes tomorrow, I call BS. As of 2ish, most roads we saw were a lane–lane and a half at most, and sidewalks were for the most part unwalkable.

Sidewalk on University–note that halfway up the hill there is not even a trodden path–you pretty much have to walk in the road

20160124_141532

Patteson Drive–sidewalks are not only not cleared, they are covered with plowed snow–completely unwalkable.

20160124_135132

You can see there is a path trod right up to the closed sidewalk sign–then you’re forced into the road.

20160124_141343

North street–you can see there is only a lane and a half plowed.

20160124_130252

Student parking lots

20160124_143352

20160124_144006

Written by Michelle at 3:37 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos  

Saturday, January 23, 2016

SNOW SNOW SNOW (Also: Tired)

Here’s our walk, Saturday between noon and two.

20160123_133545

20160123_133934

20160123_130756

20160123_134222

20160123_134214

20160123_132307

Written by Michelle at 2:41 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos  

SNOW! SNOW! I LOVE SNOW!

Saturday morning, between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM.

15 1/2 to 17 1/2 inches of snow around the house.

2016-01-23_10-36-34

2016-01-23_10-35-40

2016-01-23_10-36-16

2016-01-23_10-39-57

2016-01-23_10-39-25

2016-01-23_10-39-15

Written by Michelle at 11:02 am      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos  

Snow! Snow! Snow! Snow! Snow!

Friday evening:

20160122_182738

20160122_180509

20160122_183006

20160122_183959

Written by Michelle at 9:08 am      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos  

Friday, November 6, 2015

University Avenue Is Reopened!

University Avenue reopened today–at least partially.

It’s still a construction zone, it’s a rough asphalt job, and the sidewalk is supposed to be closed. But you can drive down University again.

Here’s what we saw:

First view coming around the corner:

20151106_University_Avenue_002

Sidewalk closed! (I ignored this.)

20151106_University_Avenue_004

Here’s where you can see the drop.

20151106_University_Avenue_007

Panorama of Beverly & University.

20151106_University_Avenue_010

Some new, nice wide sidewalk!

20151106_University_Avenue_012

Oooh! Metal barriers to separate the pedestrians from the traffic! And they’re not ugly!

20151106_University_Avenue_014

The garage is open! (At least the upper floors are.)

20151106_University_Avenue_018

20151106_University_Avenue_024

20151106_University_Avenue_022

Many more pictures if you click through to Flickr.

Written by Michelle at 6:06 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos  

Sunday, August 2, 2015

(De)Construction: University Ave – 2 Weeks Till School Starts

NOTE: The first two pictures were taken last week, by Michael, when he was on site for work.

The rest were taken by me, this evening, because I can.

20150729_135648

20150729_140907

The change in this sign amused me.

20150730_194508

Where the triangular house was:

20150802_200524

20150802_200527

The new sidewalk? The new curb? Random cement pouring?

20150802_200603

20150802_200330

The road is covered in dirt–it has not been torn up yet.

20150802_200647

20150802_200919

20150802_200842

Written by Michelle at 8:44 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

(De)Construction: Week Two, Day Four

Here’s how things looked today!

20150716_University_Avenue_Construction_032

20150716_University_Avenue_Construction_028

20150716_University_Avenue_Construction_017

20150716_University_Avenue_Construction_024

20150716_University_Avenue_Construction_034

20150716_University_Avenue_Construction_023

20150716_University_Avenue_Construction_015

Written by Michelle at 7:10 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos  

Monday, July 13, 2015

(De)Construction: University Avenue: Week 2

Here’s how things looked today!

These are taken coming down University (heading south).

20150713_University_Avenue_Construction_001

20150713_University_Avenue_Construction_002

20150713_University_Avenue_Construction_003

These are taking walking south on Beverly.

20150713_University_Avenue_Construction_003

20150713_University_Avenue_Construction_012

20150713_University_Avenue_Construction_014

20150713_University_Avenue_Construction_011

Michael: I bet the rent is dirt cheap.

As I was taking pictures with my phone, I was unsurprised that this picture didn’t turn out as I wanted.

When I looked in the hole, I could see water rushing by.

20150713_University_Avenue_Construction_006

This is taken at the Y, standing on University and looking down onto Beverly.

20150713_University_Avenue_Construction_004

And there are today’s updates.

Written by Michelle at 7:50 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos  

Thursday, July 9, 2015

(De)Construction: University Avenue: Day 4

It’s still raining, which is why I didn’t wander down to see the destruction yesterday. But there was a break in the weather this evening, so I got to see what’s happened.

They’re moving quickly.

University Avenue Road Construction

University Avenue Road Construction

University Avenue Road Construction

University Avenue Road Construction

University Avenue Road Construction

University Avenue Road Construction

Written by Michelle at 7:45 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

(De)Construction: University Avenue

So University Avenue is going to be closed for a couple months (so they say) so they can drop the road 5 feet for a flat intersection with 3rd street.

The construction started yesterday, so today I walked down to see what has happened so far.

The placement of this sign is apparently to ensure the maximum number of cars ignoring it.

University Avenue Road Construction

And having to turn around here.

University Avenue Road Construction

You didn’t think I was going to obey that sign, did you?

University Avenue Road Construction

This is, I am guessing, the section of road that will be dropped 5 feet.Yes, it is already relatively steep. No, I don’t know what they were thinking.

University Avenue Road Construction

I am not at ALL sad to see this building go.

University Avenue Road Construction

Current state of the intersection. I presume nothing is going to happen until that house is down.

University Avenue Road Construction

3rd Street

University Avenue Road Construction

Beverley. Weirdly, there is a hole in the ground here, behind that pile of gravel.

University Avenue Road Construction

That’s just me being easily amused.

University Avenue Road Construction

My supposition is that this is where the re-grading will start.

University Avenue Road Construction

There you go! The current state of the University Avenue construction project!

Written by Michelle at 7:33 pm      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Morgantown,Photos  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hiking WV: Coopers Rock State Forest

It was Sunday, and the weather was beautiful, so of course we were at Coopers Rock.

Location: Coopers Rock State Forest
Trails: Climbing Area trail, Raven Rock trail, McCollum trail, Roadside trail
Distance: 5.6 miles
Elevation: 1091 feet

First, the views from Raven Rock.

20150503_Coopers_Rock_005

I think you can see to Maryland there.

You can definitely see Pennsylvania here.

20150503_Coopers_Rock_001

Despite the view, I can’t say Raven Rock trail is a favorite. It’s extremely rocky, which just isn’t particularly comfortable to hike. (At least not with my ankle.)

20150503_Coopers_Rock_010

Amusements along the hike:

The root structure being left behind as the stump disintegrates.

20150503_Coopers_Rock_017

We stumbled upon the mating of the picnic tables. I was embarrassed.

20150503_Coopers_Rock_012

This happy tree!

20150503_Coopers_Rock_015

Written by Michelle at 7:00 am      Comments (0)  Permalink
Categories: Hiking,Morgantown,Photos,State Park / Forest,West Virginia  
Next Page »

Powered by WordPress

books main pictures cats e-mail