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I have owned my new Hewlett-Packard computer for one year!

Now, for the past year, I have had my new Hewlett-Packard computer in my “computer room.”  I have used it almost every day since I started buying it back on February 7, 2019.  When I first talked about it in a blog post last year, I said that I would try to keep it for a long time.  Well, let’s hope I can do just that.  My computer is fantastic, to say the least.

Now, when I first bought it at Best Buy in North Fayette On February 7, 2019.  I got the computer’s tower and the keyboard, but I would not by the LG monitor, which goes to my computer, for six more days.  On the afternoon of February 13, 2019, all of my computer’s part were in my house … and I started using it the next afternoon.  I still like this computer one year later … and I hope you guys do also.

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Joseph’s Flashback: I remember going to the pool in Scott Park years ago!

If you ride along Lindsay Road in Scott Township, you may come across a place called Scott Township Park.  I have been to that park several times over the years … and, whenever I was younger, I went to the pool that’s in Scott Park.  Now, that swimming pool is fantastic … and the water slide is fantastic.  I rode on it many times while I was the pool in Scott Township Park.  You would go up one flight of its stairs and wait before the lifeguard tells you to walk up the next flight of stairs.  Then, when he or she says, “go,” you would go down the water slide.  Then, when you get to the bottom of the water slide, you may briefly go underwater for a couple or seconds or so.  It’s happened to me maybe once or twice over the years.  I don’t like to go under the water, though.

While I was there, I remember seeing them doing “water breaks” near the end of every hour.  They lasted for 10 to 15 minutes every hour … and they were announced by a man named Ronald Ellis.  He worked at Scott Township Pool for many years … and, in 2018, he passed away at the age of 79.  Now, during the “water breaks,” the kids would leave the pool … and the adults would remain in the pool.  I thought that was kind of neat.  Mr. Ellis always did a fantastic job in telling us when the “water breaks” would start and end … and he also told us to “give the adults a few more minutes.”

I like the pool in Scott Township Park a lot … and, while I don’t really go there anymore, I may be able to see it while I ride along Greentree Road as I go towards Route 50 in Heidelberg.  It’s a fantastic pool!

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Remembering Piglet Five Years Later

Five years ago today, my bulldog, Piglet, passed away at the age of 12.  Not a day goes by where I don’t think about her.  I liked Piglet a lot … and I would like to end this blog post by showing you photos of Piglet.

So, as we mark the fifth anniversary of Piglet’s passing today, please consider taking a moment to honor Piglet with a “moment of silence.”  I may do that at some point this evening.  She will always be a fantastic dog.

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Joseph’s 1,300th Blog Post

Today, I’m writing my 1,300th blog post … and I will tell about the time that I had a cold while I was on my vacation.  Now, I was on vacation a few days ago … and, while I was off from work and while I was giving my computer a break, I just happened to have a little cold.  I was coughing, sneezing and feeling tired.  I had a slight fever … and I had a slight headache and, possibly, a little sore throat.  So, I guess I couldn’t have gotten sick at a rather unusual time.

Now, next time, I will talk about the fifth anniversary of the death of my bulldog, Piglet.

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Joseph Is Celebrating National Umbrella Day!

Today is National Umbrella Day … and, in a way, it’s somewhat appropriate because it rained on National Hill all day long.  While I was walking around my part of National Hill this morning, I was able to hold my Pirates umbrella.  I figured I should celebrate that day in a rather unique way.

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On February 10, 2020, I celebrated National Umbrella Day by using my Pirates umbrella while I walked around my part of National Hill that morning.

After I was able to finish taking my walk on National Umbrella Day, I was able to snap a photo of our backyard.  Over the weekend, it was mostly covered with snow … and, when I snapped a photo of our backyard late this morning, the snow was mostly gone.  There was still a little bit of snow left whenever I snapped the photo.

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On February 10, 2020, I snapped this photo of our backyard. There was just a little bit of snow left whenever I snapped this photo. Over the weekend, it was completely covered with snow.

Next time, I will write my 1,300th blog post.  I can’t tell you what the topic of it will be just yet.  You will have to wait until tomorrow to find out what the topic of my 1,300th blog post will be.

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I saw some neat stuff from Broyhill while I was at Big Lots recently!

Now, I went up to Big Lots in Bridgeville both yesterday morning and on Friday morning.  On Friday, I went up there with my mother … and, yesterday, I went up there with my grandmother.  Now, while I was up there on both of those days, I was able to check out some of the Broyhill products that Big Lots has in that store.  I mainly focused my attention on their outdoor stuff.  Broyhill calls it the “2020 Spring Season.”  Now, it is Winter outside, but that doesn’t mean that we have to stop thinking about Spring.  I saw a lot of their items for Spring … and they were near the front of the store.  Now, the items up there are worth either hundreds or even thousands of dollars.  I like most of the outdoor items that I saw up there, but since they are fairly expensive, I probably won’t be buying any of their outdoor items anytime soon.  I like the pavilion that they had up there, too, but it is worth around $1,300.  Overall, Broyhill’s outdoor items looked very nice to me … and I will try to look at their items again if I do go up to that Big Lots store again.

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Joseph’s Moment Of Peace: I need some “me time” in my “computer room” at 6:00 on weekday evenings!

Now, I am no longer taking my evening walks around National Hill.  In a matter of days, it will be harder for me to stay indoors after 6:00 in the evening, since it will be getting darker after that time in just a few days.  Now, I am actually giving myself a little “me time” in my “computer room” at 6:00 on weekday evenings.  To me, it’s very relaxing … and it’s beneficial to me since Brady has eaten up my “me time” over the past few months or so.  I have to watch Brady on certain days … and it eats up my “me time” in a big way.  In this day and age, having “me time” is important, even if it’s just for a short time.  You can probably do it in a private room in your house or apartment.  Maybe you guys can give yourselves “me time” at 6:00 on weekday evenings, just in case you had a tough day in either work or school.

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This Is How Joseph Spent His Day Off From Work Recently

This past Friday, I took a personal day from work.  I asked for that day off.  I have been at Bridgeville T.J. Maxx as a “regular worker” for nearly 13 years … and even the best workers, if I can call myself one, has to take a day off in this manner.  Well, I don’t like to stay at home on Fridays, whether or not I have to work, so I was able to be out and about for about 3 1/2 hours or so this past Friday.  I was out and about from around 9:45 in the morning until around 1:30 in the afternoon.

I went to both South Hills Village and Village Square in the South Hills this past Friday.  I went to both of those malls with my grandmother.  Our first stop was Macy’s.  I explored all three floors of the store while I was there.  They have a lot of neat things there, including Lens Crafters, Sunglass Hut, Finish Line, a hair salon and Macy’s Backstage.  Macy’s Backstage is like T.J. Maxx in several ways.  Like T.J. Maxx, they have fantastic items at fairly low prices.  While I was walking around the store’s first floor, I noticed that they also had a little coffee shop near one of the store’s entrances.  I had never noticed it there before … and I think they may have put it there recently.

At around 11:15 that morning, I went to the food court at South Hills Village.  I went to Noodles and Company while I was there.  I had Wisconsin-style Mac and Cheese and Chicken Noodle Soup while I was at that restaurant.  I also had a bottle of water while I was there.

Then, after lunch, I went to American Greetings, which is located near the entrance to the food court.  That store is closing its doors there in the near future.  I personally like the Hallmark store better … and that store is on the second floor of the mall … and it’s near the entrance to Dick’s Sporting Goods.

At around noon time, we went over to Village Square … and we spent a few minutes at Kohl’s.  I really enjoyed myself while I was at Kohl’s.  Now, while I was over by the registers that are by the store’s back entrance, someone said “Joseph” into the phone that was in the department that I was in at that store.  It kind of spooked me.  Maybe the phone knew who I was.

Before my special day off from work ended that afternoon, I went back over to Macy’s at South Hills Village … and I was able to spend a few short minutes in that store.

So, overall, I had a fantastic day off from work.  I will be going back to work again at around 10:00 on Friday morning.  It will be my first day there in two weeks.  After all, I have to use my personal hours sparingly.

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7,500 Views And Counting

On the afternoon of February 2, 2020, just hours after I started using my computer again, I noticed that my blog hit the 7,500-views mark on the nose.  I would like to say thank you for allowing my blog to reach this milestone.  Before you know it, it will hit the 10,000-views mark, but that won’t happen for quite some time.  It may happen either at the end of this year or at the beginning of next year.

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Joseph’s New Henley Shirt Is From Apt. 9!

As it turns out, I actually have one more Christmas present to show you.  I found it in the closet in my bedroom … and I wasn’t able to put it to use … until yesterday.  The item in question is a black long-sleeve Henley shirt, which is from Apt. 9.  The shirt is actually from Kohl’s.  Now, this Henley shirt is very classy … and it goes nicely with blue jeans and very nice dress pants.  It may also be worn with nice dress shorts or cargo shorts … and it should never be worn with sweatpants or gym shorts.  Yesterday, I wore the Henley shirt with jeans … and, if everything goes well, I will wear the shirt with shorts whenever it warms up a little bit more this Spring.  I hope you like the Henley shirt as much as I do.

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This is my new black long-sleeve Henley shirt, which is from Apt. 9. The shirt is from Kohl’s. I got this as a late Christmas present … and I put it to use on February 2, 2020. The shirt is very classy.
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Here’s a close-up shot of my new black long-sleeve Henley shirt, which is from Apt. 9. This shirt is from Kohl’s. It is a very classy shirt … and it can be worn with dress pants, dress shorts, cargo shorts and blue jeans. I put it to use on February 2, 2020 … and I got it as a late Christmas present. It was hiding away in my home for weeks after Christmas.