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 usย 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. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—“๏ธโค๏ธ

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! ๐Ÿ˜€โšพ๏ธโค๏ธ

The T must stand for Tuesday.

It’s Tuesday. Good morning from Northside…

Before work this morning, we ran over to Lowes so Genifer could get more paint for our living room. But they were out of the paint base to mix the color we needed. And that’s kind of a bummer. She was so looking forward to trying to finish the living room today. We’ll check back or try another Lowes later in the week. While we were out, we did get Mad Llama coffees. I’m in love with their Caramel Java Whips. It’s soft-serve ice cream with caramel sauce and coffee. And it is out of this world…

I also tried one of their sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sammiches this morning…

It was a terrific breakfast sammich. I will definitely be getting many more of these in the future. Today was very long. There was just too much stuff to try to get done in one day. It’s already been one of those weeks. And it’s only Tuesday…

Good evening from Northside…

We had BLTs again for dinner tonight. The T in BLTs must stand for Tuesday. Holy geez, I love BLTs with turkey bacon…

And Genifer made seasoned oven curly fries…

I put some turkey on my turkey bacon BLT to make it a turkey bacon club again…

I wonder how many days I could eat BLTs in a row before I get tired of them. I’d bet you it would be a lot. Hopefully, things start to calm down this week. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—“๏ธโค๏ธ

Breakfast burrito & a lot of painting.

Good morning from Northside…

We ran over to Mad Llama for some weekend morning coffee…

This morning I tried the Mad Llama bacon breakfast burrito…

And there it is…

It was really good stuff. I like breakfast burritos. Next time we go to Mad Llama, I think I’m going to try one of their breakfast sammiches.

We ran out so I could drop off a return at the UPS Store. Guess what. Come to find out the UPS Store is closed on Sundays. Who knew? At least it gave us an excuse to get some Mad Llama Coffee. When we got home, Genifer started painting our living room. Here’s what it looked like primed and before she started…

And when we came downstairs to check on her, she had made a lot of progress…

It’s looking so good. She’s doing a great job. But she thinks we’re going to need to get more paint to do a second coat.

We ate all the grilling leftovers from yesterday for a late lunch today. Stuff from the grill is so good, Even when it’s warmed up the next day.

Later, we took the dogs on a walk…

And good evening from Northside…

When we got to the top of the steps, it looked really threatening off in the distance…

It got really winding in our backyard when we got home. But then it blew over and the big fluffy white clouds were back…

We had a pretty low-key Sunday but Genifer has our living room starting to look pretty amazing! I can’t wait to see it without all the painter tape. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—“๏ธโค๏ธ

A pretty good Saturday.

Good morning from Northside on this Saturday…

This morning we ran over to Lowe’s again to get more paint. After her success with painting our little half-bathroom, Genifer wanted to try painting our living room this weekend. While we were at Lowe’s, we also looked at some Pergo flooring for our third-floor bedroom. We really liked the color variations on this sample…

Pulling up the carpet on our third-floor and replacing it with wood might be our next, next project. After Lowe’s, we ran over to Kroger to get some groceries. They just had bee and sunflower balloons again today…

Have you ever tried Jack fruit? It looks like you’d get a lot of it for just $1.99…

I wonder if it’s any good? You know what IS good? These Ruffles chips…

Ohmigosh. They’re my new favorite! And this is the second time now that I’ve found them at Kroger! I was worried I would never find them again.

After we were done at Kroger, we stopped at Mad Llama for coffee…

When got home, Genifer started taping off the living room with painters tape…

And then she started priming,,,

And she did another really outstanding job with the primer…

And tomorrow she wants to paint the living room. She has a navy called Salty Dog that we think will look really nice in our living room. My job was to keep the dogs away from the paint while she was priming and tomorrow while she will be painting. And while she was priming, I got to watch the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and my Arsenal on ESPN+.

I don’t know why they relegated this match to ESPN+. They had a UFC behind-the-scenes show on ESPN and old X-Games highlights on ESPN2. It didn’t make much sense to me. But Arsenal defeated FA Cup holders Manchester City 2-0 to move onto the final at Wembley. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored both goals for the Gunners, finishing off an unbelievable 18-pass team move and then a swift counter-attack goal to finish off Manchester City. Come on you, Gunners!

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Arsenal keeper Emi Martinez came up huge again for the Gunners especially with this save on City’s Riyad Mahrez. Watching the Mikel Arteta Bench Cam was also pretty entertaining. Arsenal’s head coach gets pretty animated on the sidelines. It’s been a week for The Arsenal. The Gunners beat newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool 2-1 on Wednesday and now FA Cup holders City 2-0 just three days later. Pretty darn unbelievable!

Arsenal will face Chelsea in the FA Cup final on August 1st…

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Chelsea beat Manchester United 3-1 in the other semi-final.

When the match was over and Genifer was done priming, we went out in the backyard with the dogs…

And while we were in the backyard, we fired up the grill…

First, we grilled some salmon burgers and chicken kabobs…

And then we grilled a couple of burgers and some jalapeno cheddar dogs…

The burgers were really good…

And the dogs were outstanding…

We’ve been buying this sweet Hawaiian bread at the grocery. Not King’s Hawaiian, but the Kroger equivalent. And I’ve been putting my hot dogs on that instead of buying hot dog buns too. It seemed like there were always hot dog buns leftover. The dogs taste awesome on the Hawaiian bread and now we don’t have a lot of extra hot dog buns going to waste. I think that’s what they call, a win-win.

This is Bear, the newest member of our family…

I like him. He’s fitting right into our family like he was meant to be here.

Good evening from Northside…

When we got home, we had some of this strawberry cake we got at the grocery…

It was really good. I’ve been on a strawberry kick lately. I can’t wait to see how our living room looks in its new Salty Dog blue…

When we got upstairs, we watched Louisville City lose 1-0 to St. Louis. And we watched more of the MLS is Back tournament. It was a pretty good Saturday. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—“๏ธโค๏ธ

We made it through another week!

Good morning from Northside…

I love these types of clouds. They’re so pretty…

After we walked the dogs this morning, we ran over to Kroger. I’m really happy that they finally made wearing a mask mandatory in public…ย 

We stocked up on Shining Stars

Today, Kroger had both the bear and the train in the international aisle…

Kroger’s been having a balloon display by the vegetables recently…

The cutest display was with the condiment balloons or the Cinco de Mayo balloons.

After we got our groceries from Kroger, we ran into Meijer to look for another one of the Venus in-store displays I designed. And there it was…

This display looked really great as well. And then we stopped at Mad Llama for coffee…

When we got home, I had a big bowl of Shining Stars with my Mad Llama Java Whip…

After work. we had delicious BLTs for dinner…

I really love BLTs. When we took the dogs for their evening walk, the skies looked kinda ominous and threatening…

Thankfully, it seemed like those dark clouds had passed us…

The ice cream man drove by…

Of course, we didn’t have any money on us. Because we were just walking the dogs.

Good evening from Northside…

It was starting to look threatening again. But when we were walking down the steps, the sun came back out. At the bottom of the steps, we saw this Northside sidewalk snail but it was hiding inside its shell right in the middle of the sidewalk…

I picked it up and moved it over so it wasn’t right in the middle of the sidewalk…

Those are some really grey clouds. I’m happy we made it through another work week.

This evening we watched more of Hanna Season 2 on Amazon Prime. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—“๏ธโค๏ธ

Tuesday morning Mad Llama.

Before we started work this morning, we ran over to Mad Llama to get coffees. And as we were pulling into Mad Llama, the sun was making an appearance…

If it’s really nice outside the next time we get Mad Llama, I think I’m going to get one of their Java Whips. But which one should I try?

This morning I just stuck with my hot chocolate…

Mad Llama is one of our four favorite coffee shops in all of Cincinnati along with Biggby, Sunny Blu, and of course, our local Sidewinder. ๐Ÿ˜€โ˜•๏ธโค๏ธ

Coffee from Mad Llama.

Before I started working this morning, we ran over to get some drive-thru Friday morning coffee and hot chocolate from Mad Llama in Madisonville…

It was so good when we got Mad Llama on Wednesday

Genifer got a caramel latte with oat milk and I got a hot chocolate, of course…

Mad Llama makes some really delicious drinks. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฆ™โ˜•๏ธโค๏ธ

Line to enter starts here.

We ran over to Trader Joe’s this morning. We were pretty surprised to see that they were limiting the number of customers to 30 people in the store at a time…

The line wasn’t very long. There were only three or four people ahead of us. Once we got into Trader Joe’s, it was pretty much like having the store to ourselves…

On the way home, we stopped to get coffee from Mad Llama, and we were back home in time for my first meeting of the morning. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ›๏ธโ˜•๏ธโค๏ธ

Mad Llama Coffee.

We made an early Saturday morning run to Trader Joe’s. And that means we get to check out another new coffee shop.ย And the coffee shop we checked out this morning was Mad Llama in Madisonville…

Neat little coffee shop. We loved all the llamas and the coffees were great! ๐Ÿ˜€โ˜•๏ธโค๏ธ

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