Pause for paws.


Oscar loves laying in the sun on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Taken with Instagram.🙂

Halloween, part one.

We had a little family get together this evening for Halloween. Genifer was a mermaid and I was Michigan’s football head coach, Jim Harbaugh…


It was a really fun evening. And our place looked pretty festive for the occasion too.🙂

Good evening.


Happy Friday from my happy place… our backyard. Taken with Instagram.🙂


It’s been grey and rainy here all day since the moment we woke up…

When I was walking Oscar this morning, it looked like this to the east…

And it looked like this to the west when we got to the end of the street…

This evening there was an almost constant rumble of thunder and lightning…


It’s what’s for dinner.

Genifer made some awesome slow-cooker chili and sweet corn cornbread for dinner tonight. And it was delicious…


She makes some really good stuff! Taken with Instagram.🙂

Northside Farmers Market.

As the weather starts to grow colder and the days get shorter, the Northside Farmers Market moved inside from Hoffner Park up Hamilton Avenue to the North Church…

Because I had to get my Shadeau Breads pecan rolls…

It’s the same great Northside Farmers Market with a new winter location that’s now even closer to home.🙂

Northside nubs.

Northside Tavern

And Yurko stenciled on the sidewalk…


Cyclones season tickets.

Genifer got us another 12-game pack of tickets to our Cincinnati Cyclones. And this afternoon, I walked down to US Bank Arena to pick up our hockey tickets…

They were busy getting ready for Carrie Underwood and Disney on Ice at US Bank Arena…

I sure hope the ‘Clones can add to their banner collection again this season…


Constructing Cincinnati.

The new parking garage and apartments on Sycamore between Seventh and Eighth Streets continue to rise higher and higher into the sky…

I forgot to walk over and see how the new Holiday Inn was looking over on Broadway Street. But the new hotel in The Banks has really been making a good deal of progress…

And the cutting-edge architectural wonder that was everybody’s least favorite parking garage on Fourth Street…

Now looks like this…

There’s always something new going up or coming down in downtown Cincinnati.🙂

Another trip to Ikea.

We made another pilgrimage out to Ikea in West Chester this afternoon to get some more innovative Swedish home solutions and furnishings for our house…

And now I have some more projects to complete. I’ll post photos of the new additions to our home just as soon as I get them built.🙂

Keep checking our T+G Home Tumblr for updates very soon.

Old West Festival.

A few months back, I bought a Groupon for discounted tickets to Old West Festival. We’ve been wanting to check it out for a couple of years now. Our Groupon was about to expire tomorrow. So today, we finally got to experience Old West Festival. It’s located all the way out in Williamsburg on the east side of Cincinnati. But it was a pretty easy drive and we were there before we knew it…

Our Groupon was for a Sheriff Admission, which came with these Old West Festival souvenir mugs…

It was a really fun afternoon. We wandered around in and out of all the little shops, listened to some of the bands, watched a couple of the shows and ate some tacos and quesadillas from Three Amigos Cantina. It was just a really good time. I’m really glad we finally made it out to Old West Festival.🙂

Happy Sweetest Day!


Taken with Instagram.🙂

Obscure Cincinnati.

I saw this poster today for Obscure Cincinnati in downtown Cincinnati…

Obscure Cincinnati is an interactive art project by J. Miles Wolf.  Over 40 photographs can be viewed along a four-block route in Downtown Cincinnati.

Large-scale photographs fill the windows and doorways of nine buildings in Downtown Cincinnati as part of the biennial FotoFocus exhibition program Every photograph is visible from the street 24/7, and many are also visible while riding the streetcar Connector.

This public exhibit can be seen from the sidewalks within a short walking route starting at the CAC.  Obscure Cincinnati is interactive; use the QR codes to unlock additional clues and photographs, then read some history behind each photo or the photographic technique used to capture each image.  Viewers are encouraged to guess where each photograph was taken by playing the Obscure Cincinnati game.

Pretty neat stuff. I’ll have to walk the route to see the all photos and play the game really soon to see how well I know Cincinnati.🙂

Good mornings from Northside.

We’ve witnessed some pretty amazing sunrises lately from our bedroom window…

And the sunsets have pretty spectacular from our backyard as well…


Little Free Library.

A house at the end of our street has a new Little Free Library in their front yard…


It’s pretty neat. I’m about to borrow that book on dinosaurs right there on the top shelf.🙂

Operation Plowshare.

We stopped at Urban Artifact this evening after picking up more pecan rolls from Shadeau Breads at the Northside Farmers Market to try their latest creation, Operation Plowshare. It’s a Black Raspberry Jelly Doughnut Ale made in partnership with Holtman Donuts and Yelp Cincinnati to Celebrate National Donut Month and Yelp’s Baked & Brewed! And Plowshare was delightful. It tasted just like biting into the center of jelly-filled donut…

We got one with sprinkles and one without…

Great stuff. I only wish we would have remembered to grab one of our growlers.🙂

Weston Art Gallery.

I stopped by the Weston Art Gallery to check out the new exhibition, Mario Pascual • Three Works

Three Works is an selection of photographic manipulations that combines photography and everyday objects…

Interesting. Downstairs was a selection of photographs entitled After Industry, a selection of American and German photographers who examined post-industrial landscapes. Again, it was interesting. But nowhere near as interesting as the last exhibition, which I completely forgot to do a post about. The last exhibition, Another World featured paintings by the late Dennison Griffith, the former president of the Columbus College of Art and Design where I went to school. His paintings were a “surreal landscapes populated by a cast of colorful and biomorphic characters often tenuously tethered or supported by crutches or ladders.” And in the downstairs galleries was one of the coolest exhibitions that I’ve seen. It was called Lost in the Makinga series of intricately constructed miniature worlds by Christian Schmit. “His intimate and intricately constructed sculptures alluded to the secret and obsessive activities of unseen characters.” And it was one of the most amazing exhibitions I’ve ever seen. I could have stared at those little scenes for hours. The Weston Art Gallery always has something pretty neat.🙂

Burrito Monday.

On the way home, I stopped at Habañero in Clifton to get us some delicious burritos for dinner again


I love burrito Mondays.🙂

A wonderful weekend visit.

We had a great time this weekend hanging out with my parents. Friday night, we had Geri, Cathy and Shelly over as well for some delicious Pizza King pizza goodness that my parents brought down with them. They also brought down a growler of a really amazing jalapeno beer called Xalapa from One Well Brewery for us us to try. It had all of the jalapeno flavor without any of the heat. Really good stuff. On Saturday, we went to walked around the little shops of Northside for Second Saturday. Then we stopped at Boswell’s for lunch and sampled the beers and cheers at Urban Artifact, including Milkman,maple breakfast stout, before returning home to watch the Michigan thump Rutgers and the Cubs beat the Giants. It was a pretty great weekend…

It was great to get see my parents, and we’re so happy they got to see our house.🙂

Huit Craft BBQ.

All that talk about Huit yesterday got me thinking that it’s been a minute since I’ve eaten there. So today, I walked up to Court Street to get lunch from Huit Craft BBQ

I got curry empanadas, which were delicious…

And I got Huit’s sweet and sour chicken. I’ve been on a real Asian food kick…

What a very tasty lunch.🙂


I was walking to get lunch today and I when noticed some new signs in the window of what used to be Dynasty Chinese Restaurant on Main Street. It looks like Huit up on Court Street is opening a sister restaurant called neuf asian eatery …

It’s always nice when a new restaurant opens up right around the corner from work. I can’t wait to give it a try once it opens. And if it’s anything like Huit, you just know it’s going to be great.🙂

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