The last Monday in July.

Today is the last Monday in July. How crazy is that? I guess time flies when you sit home and rarely leave the house for four months.

This morning there were actually clouds in the sky for the sunrise…

Most of the mornings recently haven’t had any clouds in the sky for the sunrise. I think the breaking morning light on the clouds is what make the sunrise so pretty.

Good morning from Northside…

See? Not a cloud in the sky again…

This morning I buzzed the grass in our little front yard before I started work…

I swept our sidewalk to make the photo look nicer…

Here’s one from the other end of little front yard…

Our little shrub has a bunch of blossoms on it now…

On my way back inside the morning light was so pretty filling our living room, I stopped to take a couple of photos of our freshly painted living room walls…

Our living room looks so pretty. Genifer did such an amazing job with the painting!

For dinner tonight, we had the tortilla crusted BBQ chicken with cheesy potatoes and corn Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meal kit again. They changed the label design on the packaging for the Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express…

It’s a really delicious meal. Even though we completely forgot to put the tortilla strips on our chicken. There hasn’t be much variation in the Prep+Pared meals at Kroger lately. I think this is the third time we’ve had this meal. We really like the Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meal kits a lot. But I hope next time we go to the grocery there are some new options.

This evening the clouds moved in and it got pretty overcast…

And good evening from Northside…

Of course when we got to the top of the hill, it started sprinkling…

It was a fitting end to another Monday. 😀🗓️❤️

 

Cool is being good.

I wish I could remember where I found this because it’s absolutely brilliant…

Brilliant because it’s true. I’m just trying to do a little better and be a little better each and every day.  😀💬❤️

Our Sunday on repeat.

It looked like it was going to be a very pretty Sunday. Good morning from Northside…

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky this morning…

With MLB baseball back, our natural inclination was, “Dang, we should go to the Reds game today.” But we can’t because you know, COVID-19. It’s such a bummer.

And since we didn’t go to watch the Reds game at Newport on the Levee yesterday, we did what we do almost every weekend since things have reopened. We went over to Taft’s Brewpourium this afternoon for New Haven-style pizza, a couple of beers…

And now… Reds baseball…

We’ve always loved Taft’s Brewpourium. But during the pandemic, it’s really become our go-to place when we need to get out of the house. It’s a big and airy space with lots of room for social distancing. And of course, delicious pizzas and great beers…

And now Reds baseball…

We ordered our new favorite pizza, a 10″ white pizza with prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, and arugula after bake. It’s so dang good. We paired our pizza with loaded tots now topped with pulled pork but on the side…

That pulled pork was just dynamite…

I ended up eating most of the pulled pork just by itself. We love Taft’s Brewpourium…

Oh, the Reds lost. Again. On our way home, we saw this stock car…

And then, it was good evening from Northside…

And I was tinkering with filters and stuff…

It was a pretty good Sunday. It was pretty much like a lot of other Sundays during this pandemic. I don’t know if having baseball back is really a good thing or a bad thing. It’s cool that baseball is back. But it’s already really frustrating not being able to go to the games in person. But then this entire pandemic is just pretty frustrating. 😀🍕⚾️❤️

#TBT Pause for paws.

Milan loved his naps. Always remembering all the good times with the bud dog. 😀🐾❤️

At least the BLTs were great.

We’re up and moving pretty early every morning. And today was no exception, we were up and walking the dogs before 8am. Good morning from Northside…

Apparently, I need to clean either my Moment fisheye lens or the lens on my mobile’s camera. I’ve been getting a slightly darker dot right in the middle of my frame. And that’s kind of annoying to notice well after the fact.

We ran over to Kroger to some groceries…

Kroger had more really cute balloons

So cute. We stopped at Mad Llama again to get coffee and a breakfast sammich…

I got this sausage egg and cheese sammich on a jalapeno cheddar bagel…

And boy, those jalapenos were spicy! You could tell the bagels were super fresh and made from scratch. It was a really good breakfast sammich. But next time, I would definitely get it on an Asiago bagel instead so it wasn’t so spicy.

We didn’t do anything all afternoon. We thought about going to Newport on the Levee to watch the second Reds game of the season. They were projecting the game on a big screen outdoors “safely social distancing in our own game box!” But then we looked again at Newport on the Levee’s Instagram and it just looked like too many people for us and it didn’t look like people were wearing masks in any of the photos. So we decided just to watch the Reds game at home because, you know… COVID.

So we just ate BLTs again and watched the Reds game…

And good evening from Northside…

And the Reds lost to the Tigers 6-4. 😀🗓️❤️

A Friday with Reds baseball.

We got up extra early this morning to run a couple of errands before work. But first, we had to walk the dogs. It was a little hazy this morning. The hill off in the distance looked extra distant today…

Good morning from Northside…

Our little shrub in our front yard is so blossomy…

We ran to Lowe’s so Genifer could get another gallon of paint for the living room. And then we swung through Mad Llama for coffee

And we made it back home for my 9am meeting. It turned out to be a very pretty day…

Good evening from Northside…

And then we watched the entire Reds game, from the first pitch until the last…

The Reds looked formidable as they beat the Tigers 7-1. It was really good to watch the Reds again! And it’s so amazing to have MLB back in our lives. While we were watching the game, Oscar snuck in between the sofa and the ottoman…

It was such a pretty evening…

It was a really good Friday. It’s terrific to have baseball back! 😀⚾️❤️

Baseball is back!

Welcome back baseball! Our Redlegs look like they have a pretty good team this year…

This is going to be a very unique, one-of-a-kind season the likes of which will hopefully never happen again. It should make the baseball really interesting…

With the COVID-19 shortened regular season only being 60 games long, every game is really going to matter. And I hope baseball can make it all the way through the regular season to get the expanded playoffs…

Because that sounds like it would be a blast! Fingers crossed that the COVID-19 doesn’t ruin this too. 😀⚾️🦠❤️

I don’t understand why baseball didn’t try to create a bubble just like the other major North American sports. After a rocky start, the MLS bubble seems to be holding really well and the so far the NBA bubble seems to be intact too. It’ll be interesting to see if the MLB made a huge mistake by not creating a bubble in Arizona with all the little spring training ballparks out there. I guess we’ll find out.

It was just a really grey day.

Good morning from Northside…

It looked like it was going to be another grey and overcast day. Hopefully, the sun will come out a little bit later just like it did yesterday.

Bear has become my new shadow. It seems like he’s never more than a few feet away. While I was working today, he slept in Mack’s crate next to me in our office. And he brought all of his new favorite toys with him…

The sun never came out today. It was grey and overcast all day long…

Good evening from Northside…

We tried to play in our backyard before it started to rain…

The sky started getting darker and darker…

When we got upstairs, it was starting to sprinkle again…

And then it started getting really yellow outside…

It was just a really grey and rainy day. 😀☁️❤️

One. More. Day.

Baseball is back tomorrow! We’re so excited to finally get to watch our Redlegs again!

And where it’ll be incredible to have MLB baseball back, I’ve been enjoying the MLS is Back tournament so much. I’ve watched every match of the tournament either live or recorded or both. It’s been so much fun to watch. I’ve really looked forward to the matches with the 9am kickoffs every morning over the last couple of weeks. It’s been awesome to get ready for work and then be able to listen to a live soccer match while I settle in and start my workday. Today was the last day of the group stage play. And unfortunately, I think that means no more 9am kickoffs.

Now that the morning soccer matches are over, I’m probably going to go back to listening to the KBO baseball games as I start work each day. I’ve been missing my Doosan Bears baseball during the soccer tournament.

I’m really happy that sports are back. It makes the world feel a little more normal again. 😀⚾️⚽️🇰🇷📺❤️

A Wednesday pizza party?

When we let the dogs out in the backyard this morning, it looked like it was going to be another grey and overcast day of working from home…

When we went out on our morning walk, we saw just how grey and overcast it was…

Good morning from Northside…

Someone lost their shoes. I’ll never understand how someone loses their shoes

We used to see it quite a few abandoned shoes when we lived downtown. Somehow it made a little more sense to me downtown. I don’t know why.

The little shrub in our front yard is starting to blossom…

Just as I was settling in to get down to work, it started pouring…

Slowly throughout the day, the sun started to come out. Later, we had to pick up a refill of Oscar’s allergy pills from the vet. And then we continued on to Finneytown to pick up some carry-out Domino’s pizza for dinner…

We usually have our pizza parties on Thursday. But we were in the neighborhood. So why not have a Wednesday Domino’s pizza party?

Genifer ordered a crispy thin crust with pepperoni and banana peppers. I got a thick pan crust double sausage and we shared some cheesy bread…

Dominos pizza is delicious. It’s so good. When we lived downtown, we used to order Dominos all the time but we don’t get it as much now because it’s just not as convenient as it was and they don’t deliver to Northside. And that’s a bit of a bummer. But what are you going to do?

Good evening from Northside…

It turned out to be a really pretty evening. And it wasn’t a bad Wednesday either. But pizza parties help make any day pretty darn good. 😀🗓️❤️

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