Hello from Northside.

Good morning from Northside…

Our little bush had even more blooms on it this morning than it did yesterday

And good evening from Northside…

There was a guy jumping rope at the top of the steps, and it terrified Mack to his core. I’ve never seen him have such a reaction of pure terror. It was really weird.

After our walk and after Mack regained his composure, we slowed down to grill…

We grilled four burgers from Whole Foods that I forgot to take a photo of, and we grilled two beautiful pieces of marinated salmon…

And we wrapped it up with some chicken sausages…

Oh. We also grilled two ears of corn that I didn’t take a photo of. It was the first time we ever grilled corn. It was a bit of an adventure. But it turned out great. I cut all kernels off the cob to get this amazing little container of gold…

It was a pretty nice night to be out in the backyard…

Good night from Northside. 😀🌄🔥❤️

Happy Father’s Day.

Today was Father’s Day. We hope all the dads had a wonderful day. Genifer The dogs got me an awesome new BBQ utensil set and a super-cool new Reds t-shirt for Father’s Day. It was really very unexpected. She’s the best wife. They’re the best dogs.

Good morning from Northside…

One of the little bushes we planted in our front yard is full of little blossoms…

We ran over to Kroger this morning…

Someone bought the train that was full of jello cups in the International aisle. And now there is this jello cup filled panda bear…

Every time we go to Kroger in Oakley, this baby cart is in the cart corral…

After we were done at the grocery, we got the Audi washed at Mike’s Carwash…

And while we were over in that part of town, we had to stop for our weekend edition of Biggby Coffee

We were so mad. We forgot to bring our reusable straws today…

But our drinks were delicious as always!

Laters, we went over to Taft’s Brewpourium for pizza…

Taft’s was having a Father’s Day special…

A large short rib pizza, caesar salad, a loaf of cheesy bread, and a growler for just $45?

YES PLEASE! I like watching the world go by through Taft’s garage doors…

While we were waiting for our pizza to arrive at our table, we watched the monsoon that had just started dropping sheets of water out of nowhere…

And there it is! Our delicious pizza…

We just ate on the pizza. We took home the cheesy bread, caesar salad, our growler and about half of the pizza…

When we were getting ready to head out, I super long train started rolling by Taft’s too…

Trains are so cool. I could sit and watch the trains go by all day.

On our way home, we stopped at Second Place for a bourbon slush…

When we walked the dogs, the asphalt in the parking lot atop the hill at the end of our street was steaming…

Good evening from Northside…

And we ended our weekend by hanging out in our backyard…

It was a really good Sunday. 😀🗓️❤️

A Tuesday in Northside.

Good morning from Northside…

Before we started working this morning, we walked down to Blue Jay for breakfast…

Because it’s the most important meal of the day…

Genifer ordered a half-order of french toast, and I ordered biscuit and gravy…

Breakfast was delicious. Blue Jay is always so good. We don’t eat there nearly enough.We need to really work on changing that.

When we were walking home, we noticed there was a mural started on the front of Schaeper’s Pharmacy…

And there was some sidewalk chalk art

They put down asphalt over the new water main on our street

It looks like they’re pretty much done working on our street.

And good evening from Northside…

😀🗓️❤️

Sunday funday.

This morning we ran to Lowe’s and then to Kroger. We saw this patio set…

The social distancing warnings are kinda getting out of control…

Also out of control are star-shaped waffles…

And then we got Biggby beverages as a reward for running our errands…

We worked on our front yard some more this afternoon…

We added another stepping stone path and some more flowers along our bricks…

And then we slowed down and grilled….

We made BBQ-Jerk chicken, sausages, burgers and first time, we grilled salmon…

The salmon was so good. We stood in the kitchen and ate the whole thing…

It was a pretty good Sunday, a little low-key but still a Sunday funday. 😀🗓️❤️

Another good Saturday.

Good morning from Northside…

We stopped at Biggby for our weekend morning coffee…

We ran over to Home Depot to get some more stuff for our front yard…

Like this tomato and citronella…

This was our first trip to Home Depot in a long time. And it was also our last trip to Home Depot after we heard they pledged to back Orangey McLiarface’s bid for re-election in November. I should have guessed it with all the orange at Home Depot. We’ll just be shopping at Lowe’s from now on.

On our way back home, there was a train going by overhead…

We got this cute little shrub and planter at Home Depot with our gift card…

After working on our front yard, we fired up the grill…

Those burgers were from Whole Foods and they were out of this world good.

I think it would be interesting to do a coffee table book about the alleys in Northside…

Good evening from Northside…

We also planted some little purple flowers in front of our bricks…

Our front yard is looking a lot better than it did a year ago…

We had another pretty good Saturday. 😀🗓️❤️

Our Sunday funday.

We woke up early this morning to take Oscar to Petsmart to finally get his haircut. But first, we stopped to admire our front yard again in the morning light…

We were running a bit early for his appointment so to burn a little bit of time we stopped through the drive-thru at Biggby for some delicious Biggby coffee

Then it was time for to get his haircut…

While we were waiting for Oscar to get done with his grooming, we stopped to do some grocery shopping at Kroger…

Holy margarita display…

And it worked. We bought a bottle of peach margaritas. But this giant iguana in a tree didn’t get us to buy anything…

Oscar was ready to come home with some new toys…

And he looked so handsome again…

After we got home with Oscar with put away our groceries, we sunk our stepping stone into our front yard…

And then we rewarded ourselves with one of those margaritas in our backyard…

As we sat on our patio in our backyard, the skies started to look a bit ominous…

And was pretty much our Sunday. 😀📅❤️

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. 😀🏡❤️

Hello from Northside.

Good morning from Northside…

We worked on our yard a bit today…

We’re putting together plans to make our yards better. I really struggle with this stuff. It’s hard to figure out what you want to do and it’s not cheap to try to set plans into motion. It seems like we come up with a plan, refine that plan, set the plan in motion, find out the plan isn’t really feasible, and then start the whole process all over.

I feel like we took a good step forward today though. We got a great quote to have our fence replaced in our backyard…

And we have a really good plan for our front yard. Hopefully, the weather will start to be as nice as it was today…

Good morning and good evening from Northside. 😀🌄❤️

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. 😀🏡❤️

Our front yard.

The not-so-little little tree in our front yard has always had a pretty precarious lean to it. Come to find out, our neighbors called it The Leaning Tree of Northside…

We didn’t know what to do to try to rectify the situation. To try to get it to stand upright would be a long-term project and a more than likely a real chore. And if we could get it stand upright without the lean, it would hang into our neighbors driveway. It was really difficult to mow around because the branches were so low to the ground. And Genifer thought our not-so-little little tree was getting much too big for our little front yard because it blocked so much of the front of our house…

So this afternoon, we chopped down the not-so-little little tree in our front yard…

I got a little electric chainsaw from Lowe’s. We cut it down and chopped it up. And now our front yard is a blank canvas that we can make into more of what we had in mind…

Now we can replace the tree with little shrubs. I think the plan is to add stones in an L shape extending from our front path to where the tree used to be and then add some little shrubs along our front porch and one slightly larger shrub where the tree used to stand. It was odd to look at our OscarCam after we removed the tree. The cameras hadn’t updated the still photo on the home screen yet. Before removing the tree…

And after removing the tree…

Poor not-so-little little tree. It’s a shame someone did such a crappy job of planting you. 😦🌳❤️

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