Hello from Northside.

Good morning from Northside…

When we got home from our walk, the light was coming through the curtains in the living room and illuminating the vase on our little table. It thought it was very pretty…

We had another one of the Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meals for dinner tonight. The Kroger meals don’t usually repeat much at all. But the last time we were at Kroger, they had the Asiago Turkey Meatballs with tomato basil couscous again…

It was another really delicious dinner. We really like the Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meal kits a lot.

And good evening from Northside…

It was a Wednesday. 😀🗓️❤️

We needed a new rug.

The new living room rug that Genifer ordered arrived today…

We love it! 😀😍❤️

Our front yard.

Happy start to long Memorial Day weekend! We both had the day off work today so we took this opportunity to work on our front yard. We got up early this morning and ran over to Lowe’s to get some supplies. This is what we were starting with…

A few weeks ago, we ripped up a bunch of weeds and some grass on the far side of our lawn. When we got home from Lowe’s, we pulled up the bricks that lined our path in our backyard and brought them around to the front yard to create an area to contain some small stones…

We planted a couple of little bushes and laid down weed barrier fabric…

And then we added all our bags of stones and placed our stepping stones…

It’s turning out really nice. We’re really happy with the progress we’ve made. We need a few more bags of stones and sink our stepping stones a bit. But we’ll keep plugging away to make our front yard look nicer. 😀🏡❤️

Our front yard.

Our front yard is kind of a hot mess…

It doesn’t look too bad when the grass is mowed…

But it still needs some love. I think we finally have a plan for how to make it better. And this afternoon, we started ripping up the grass on the far side of our lawn…

We’re thinking about putting a little stone garden with some shrubs on the far side over what’s now dirt. We’re going to put some stepping stones through the middle of our yard connecting our steps with the sidewalk. And then, we’ll figure out how to get rid of the rest of the grass and replace it with clover and violets so we never have to mow our front yard again. We think it’s going to look really nice. 😀🏡❤️

Pause for paws.

During the day, Mack stays with me in the office. But I let Oscar roam around our second floor. He’ll hang out in the office for a bit. And then he’ll wander down the hall to our front bedroom and hang out in there. I’ll peek to see what he’s doing every now and then. Most of the time, he’s laying on his dog bed…

He’s so dang cute. 😀🐾❤️

Working from home: Day 27.

By my estimation, this is my 27th day working from home. I feel like I’ve really been hitting my stride, developing a really good rhythm and a great routine. And our little home office is becoming more and more functional every day….

It’s not too bad sitting here and working all day…

Not too bad at all. 😀🏡💻❤️

Pause for paws.

We took Mack back to the vet this morning to have the doctor look at his hurt paw. The doctor said everything looked good. They rewrapped it and sent us home with some more medicine for his paw. We get to remove the bandages from his paw on Tuesday.

When we got home, Mack was hanging out in the office with me while I was working and he was shivering so I covered him up with a blanket…

And he went right back to sleep without any shivers. I think he likes hanging out in the office with me. 😀🐾💤❤️

Pause for paws.

Oscar is so fuzzy. And so sleepy. His groomer is not taking any appointments until well into May. We might have to figure out how to cut his hair by ourselves. 😀🐾❤️

Google Nest Wifi.

We get our wifi through Cincinnati Bell. We have a 500mbps plan. In theory, it should be pretty fast. It’s worked really well for us. But then again, we haven’t really pushed it too hard. With all the working at home for the last few weeks, I’m always downloading and uploading pretty sizeable files, and our wifi has struggled to keep up especially when it comes to all the video conferencing for meetings. We decided to replace our Cincinnati Bell provided router and try a router and point for Google Nest Wifi

I’m a designer, not an IT professional so I don’t completely understand all of this. But a traditional, single router provides relatively limited coverage. It becomes spotty the farther away you are from it. Google Nest wifi claimed to blanket the whole house in fast, reliable wifi that keeps buffering at bay without the need for wifi extenders. One Nest router with one point provides coverage up to 3800 square feet. The white one is the router and the blue one is the point…

The website said it’s strong enough to handle up to 200 connected devices (I need more devices) and it’s fast enough to stream multiple 4K videos at a time. We put the router in our front bedroom on the second floor…

And we placed the point down the hallway in our office…

And each Nest point is also a smart speaker with the Google Assistant. The wifi set-up was ridiculously easy through the Google Home app. And now are internet speeds are off the charts. This the speed test from Google Home…

 

But I mainly use an app called Meteor to check our internet speeds. This is what our speeds were with our old router from Cincinnati Bell…

And these are our speeds with the Google Nest wifi router and point…

And here’s the speed mid-morning when everyone is on the network…

Night and day difference. Our wifi is so fast now. It’s really great. To me, Google Nest is definitely worth the money! And once we return the router to Cincinnati Bell, we’ll be saving $10 a month on our wifi bill. So eventually, the Google Nest wifi will pay for itself some day. 😀📡❤️

Genifer also got this new rug for our master bathroom…

I love it.

Corners of our home.

This afternoon we hung new curtain rods in our second floor front bedroom…

We think they look really nice. 😀🏡❤️

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