Good morning from Northside.

Good morning from Northside…

And this morning, we ran to get Mad Llama coffee, which isn’t exactly Northside but we just love their coffee and turkey sausage egg and cheese bagel sammich…

And our Saturday was off to a pretty darn good start. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„โ˜•๏ธโค๏ธ

Good evening from Northside.

It was very pretty outside this evening…

This rather sizable cross section of tree has mysteriously appeared atop the hill at the end of our street…

And good evening from Northside…

It was such a pretty evening that later we sat out on our front patio for a little bit and watched some of the Reds doubleheader…

We sat out on our front patio hoping the mosquitoes wouldn’t be as bad as in our back yard. But we still needed to load up on the bug spray even on our front porch. We had a fun Friday evening despite the mosquitoes. And the Reds split their doubleheader with the Pirates. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„โค๏ธ

Mad Tree Brewing.

We finally made it to the new Mad Tree Brewing. We had been to their little original location a few times. We’ve tried to check out Mad Tree’s new location a few times but we always found ourselves trying to go at really busy times and we never could find a place to park. But we found ourselves in the neighborhood this afternoon and decided to finally check it out for lunch…

I think Mad Tree had the best social distancing precautions of any place we’ve been so far during the pandemic. Masks were mandatory to enter and they took our temperatures at the host desk…

Mad Tree had “traffic” lanes set up for everyone to follow when they were up and moving around from their tables…

We sat in the main room. But there was also an entire really huge outdoor courtyard area with another bar…

And there was another huge room behind the Catch-a-Fire kitchen that wasn’t being used while we were there…

The place is just massive. And I forgot to take a photo of the actual brewing facilities that are located off the main room where we were seated. But on to more pressing topics like taking a look at the draft list…

And once you’ve decided, you just order straight for the bar…

We ordered Kickboard with a raspberry-lemonade street pop in it, and a Nitro Hermit Crabs & Cowrie Shells

And then it was on to ordering some Catch-a-Fire for lunch…

We ordered a 10″ Buffalo Soldier pizza…

BBQ wood-fried wings…

And Peppadew Pepper Fire Bites…

Everything was delicious. The pizza had a great flavor but the sauce wasn’t too spicy. The wings had a great, delicious char on them. And those Fire Bites were just out of this world. The little peppers were very sweet and finished with a really nice heat. They were amazing! After we were done eating, we had a Shade and a S’More Gratitude

And exit through the gift shop please…

Mad Tree has an incredible space with terrific beers and great food. I can’t believe we waited so long to finally check it out. I can guarantee it won’t take nearly as long for our second visit. Mad Tree is pretty awesome.

Good morning from Northside.

Good morning from Northside…

We walked to Sidewinder this morning to get coffees…

Our Friday morning got off to a really great start. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„โ˜•๏ธโค๏ธ

Over 40 million views.

Back on July 17th, my photos on Google Maps/Local Guides surpassed 30 million views. And a couple of weeks ago on August 18th, I got an email to let me know the photos I’ve uploaded to Google Maps just passed 35 million views. I was going to do a blog post about it but I’m a bit behind on my posting…

Then on August 25th while we were out in the Outer Banks, my photos passed 37.5 million views…

And last week on September 1st, my photos went over 40 million views…

It’s pretty crazy to me that it took a little over a month to go from 30 to 35 but only 14 days to go from 35 to 40 million. I wonder if the pace is just going to keep accelerating?

And today, my reviews on Google Maps went over 300,000 views…

Back again on July 17th, my reviews on Google Maps had just over 250,000 views. And if you ask me, thatโ€™s another pretty big jump in a short amount of time. I was at 170,000 views back at the end of  March. Itโ€™s all a pretty big accomplishment to me. And itโ€™s pretty neat. Itโ€™s nice to still be popular. It’s been tough with COVID-19 but I keep working hard on my Google Maps contributions. Thanks for giving me another way to share my photos, Google! #LetsGuide ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ทโค๏ธ

Starting the holiday weekend with Tickle Pickle.

Tonight, we started our long four-day holiday weekend by walking to pick up dinner from Tickle Pickle

Genifer’s new favorite is the Eagles chicken sammich…

And I my go-to Buns ‘n Roses burger with extra cheese…

It’s so messy but soooo good! We also shared a side of their mac & cheese because it’s just plain awesome. And of course, we also got milkshakes. Genifer loves the vegan Oreo Speedwagon, made with vegan coconut milk ice cream. And I got my usual Flan Halen dairy strawberry shake. We love Tickle Pickle. It was a delicious way to start the long holiday weekend. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”โค๏ธ

Hello from Northside.

It started out as a very grey and rainy morning…

Good morning from Northside…

But later this evening, it had turned into a really day…

Good evening from Northside…

And good evening from our backyard…

Hello from Northside. And hello four-day holiday weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„โค๏ธ

An overcast pizza party sort of day.

Good morning from Northside…

The guys from Ohio Basement Authority got to work on waterproofing our basement early this morning…

This evening, we had an NYPD pizza party

We got a pepperoni and banana pepper pizza…

And I got my favorite the Crimebuster…

And this evening looked a lot like this morning. Pretty grey and overcast.
Good evening from Northside…

Pizza parties make any day pretty darn good. ๐Ÿ˜€โ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ•โค๏ธ

Hello September.

Can you believe that today is the first day of September? It’s crazy how fast the year has gone for pretty much staying at home for the last six months.

When we looked out our bedroom window this morning, we saw a new friend sitting on our window sill…

How cool is that? We haven’t seen a Praying Mantis in a quick minute.

Good morning from Northside…

The praying mantis was still hanging out after our morning walk…

When we were leaving Knoxville, the gas station by our hotel had a Cinnabon inside. We got a cinnamon roll to bring home with us and this morning, we got to eat it…

It was so good. I love cinnamon rolls. It reminded me a lot of the amazing cinnamon rolls that I used to get from Sidewinder in Northside.

Good evening from Northside…

We had spaghetti with garlic bread for dinner tonight…

I love spaghetti and garlic bread. That’s how it looks when I’m taking a photo of my spaghetti for the blog. And this is how my spaghetti looks after I take my photos and add more dust cheese right before I start eating…

After waiting for what seemed like forever, the guys from Ohio Basement Authority started working on waterproofing our basement today…

They were scheduling six to eight weeks out. And our day finally arrived. They were supposed to here this morning but the team got a flat tire on the way in from Columbus. So they got a bit of a late start. But we’re so excited that this project is finally getting started. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿกโค๏ธ

Crumb cake & NYPD hoagies.

It was hard to get back into the swing of things today. Genifer got me this delicious crumb cake from Napoli Cafe when we stopped for coffee in North Top Sail Beach as we were starting our trip back home…

I didn’t go into Napoli Cafe with Genifer. I stayed in the car with Oscar…

Look at all that crumb topping…

It was as much crumb topping as it was cake. And it was delicious. Really good. One of the inadvertent themes of our trip was crumb cakes and crumbles. Without trying, I ate three crumb cakes during our trip. I think this last one was my favorite. It made getting back to work this morning a little bit easier.

I must be out of practice and a little bit rusty. This morning, I completely forgot to take photos of the sky from the top of the hill at the end of our street. But I made sure to remember this evening…

So good evening from Northside. We need to make a trip to the grocery store. We don’t really have very much food in our house right now. At all. So this evening we had an NYPD hoagie sammich party

NYPD isn’t just for pizza parties. Their hoagie sammiches are really good as well. Genifer’s favorite is NYPD’s Italian. And my favorite is their chicken fajita with bacon crumbles added. We always add a family-sized order of fries. The good part of not having any food in the house is getting to go out to eat which makes it kind of feel like we’re still on vacation. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅช๐ŸŸโค๏ธ

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