Home sweet home.

It’s nice to visit new places but it’s also really nice to be home…

And good evening from Northside…

It’s nice to be home. πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸΎβ€οΈ

A darn good Saturday.

Good morning from Northside…

We ran over to the grocery store to get some groceries for the week…

How adorable were these buttons?

If they would have been magnets, they would be home with us right now. And this llama pillow was pretty cute…

There were some good balloons today too. I got five on it with some stars…

There were a lot of Back-to-School balloons because it’s about that time….

And without a hint of irony, the Back-to-School balloons were right next to the Get Well Soon balloons…

There should have been a promotion, Buy any Back-to-School balloon, get one, Get Well Soon balloon for free.” Ugh. It’s hard to believe that the pandemic has been raging for six months now, and nothing’s getting any better. And speaking of the pandemic when we were done at the grocery, we ran into Target…

While we were at Target, I got an eye exam…

If you remember a while back, I cracked my glasses right in two. I’ve been going without glasses for a minute. And today, I ended up getting two new pairs. One near-sighted pair with blue light filter for working on my computer and one far-sighted pair for driving and watching movies. Both of them compensate for my pretty considerable astigmatism. I’m so excited for my new glasses. They’ll be ready in a couple of weeks. The best part is that between my insurance and health savings account that both pairs of glasses cost me a grand total of $10. How cool is that? And I also got this new little bluetooth speaker…

It has a really good, full sound. Also full was my belly after eating a BLT with turkey bacon and Canadian Bacon for lunch…

It looked like it was raining off in the distance…

And good evening from Northside…

This evening I trimmed the grass in our little front yard…

And our little front yard flowers are really flourishing…

And of course, we played some ball in our backyard…

Mack was waiting for us upstairs at the top of the steps…

When we got upstairs, we watched the Grizzlies lose the the 8/9 play-in game to the trailblazers in the NBA bubble. It was a really good game. I love the Griz but I think the Blazers will give the Lakers more problems. And it was be awesome if the Lakers got knocked out of the playoffs.
We also watched Louisville City beat Loudoun 2-0.

It was a pretty darn good Saturday. I can’t wait for my glasses. πŸ˜€πŸ—“οΈβ€οΈ

The last of the cupcakes.

Good morning from Northside…

I don’t remember what we had for dinner. But we finished the cupcakes

It’s always a little sad when you eat your last cupcake.

Good evening from Northside…

And we played ball in the backyard…

We watched the Grizzlies beat the Bucks by 13 to officially clinched a spot in the Western Conference play-in game against the Portland Trailblazers. It was probably the Grizzlies best win of the bubble. I like the Grizzlies. I think they have the best logo in the NBA. But then again, I just really like bears. So I might be biased. And we watched the Phoenix Suns finish a perfect 8-0 in the NBA bubble as they defeated our Mavericks, 128-102. I’ve been really getting into the NBA bubble games. The officiating has been horrible as ever. But it’s been fun to watch the basketball. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸΎπŸ€β€οΈ

A wonderful start for Tuesday.

The sunrise this morning was a really pretty one…

I bet Mack was wondering what the heck I kept looking at…

And here’s what it looked like when I shared it on Instagram

It was pretty morning in our backyard too…

And good morning from Northside…

When Genifer went to lunch with her coworkers at Taste of Belgium, she also brought home a bag of blueberry Belgian waffles, and those waffles are delicious…

It was pretty this afternoon in our backyard as well…

While I was working this afternoon, Mack wandered into our office and set one of his squeaky toys on my leg and left…

And Bear was crashed out in Mack’s crate in our office all afternoon…

For dinner tonight, we had another one of the Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meals for dinner tonight. This one was Italian Sausage Penne with sun-dried tomato cream and sweet corn…

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

After dinner, we shared a giant chocolate chip cookie that Genifer brought home with her from Currito…

Oscar likes laying under our dining room table while he waits patiently for us to finish eating dinner so he can go on his walk…

And good evening from Northside…

And then we wrapped up our Tuesday back in our backyard again to play more ball…

We had a pretty darn good Tuesday. πŸ˜€πŸ—“οΈβ€οΈ

Hello from Northside.

Good morning from Northside…

Fast forward to this evening…

And good evening from Northside…

It was another Monday. And Mondays are the most uneventful day of the week.
It seems like we never do very much on Mondays. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„β€οΈ

Slow down and Sunday.

Happy Sunday! Good morning from Northside…

Here’s another photo our new hose, still without any leaks…

Genifer made cupcakes this afternoon…

But before we ate cupcakes, we took the time to slow down and grill…

We were about to grill up a whole bunch of good stuff…

Why does everything always taste sooo good off the grill?

Recently, we stopped buying hamburger and hot dog buns. We could never eat them all and we would end up throwing a bunch of them away. We found this sweet Hawaiian bread that we really like. It’s really tasty. We’ve just been using that bread for just about much everything. And now, we don’t waste a bunch of buns!

After we finished eating our grilled feat, we went back out in our backyard to play some ball. It was a really pretty afternoon…

Oscar doesn’t really play a lot in the backyard. He prefers to go on walks instead of running around in the backyard. The only time he really runs in the backyard is if a squirrel wanders into our backyard. Mostly, he just likes to sit on the patio and take it all in. But sometimes, he’ll leave his patio and go out and sit out in the sun…

Later, we went on our evening dog walk…

Good evening from Northside…

It was a really nice and relaxing Sunday. πŸ˜€πŸ—“οΈπŸŒ„πŸ”πŸŒ­πŸΎβ€οΈ

An early autumn Wednesday?

So far the weather has been almost autumn-like all week. It was only supposed to reach a high of 79ΒΊ today. This morning was chilly enough to wear a hoodie while we were taking the dogs on their morning walk. And it felt like we should be getting ready for college football this weekend. (Like there’s going to be college football this year.)

Still, it was a very pretty morning…

And good morning from Northside…

I realized that I never posted any photos of our freshly painted living room…

The living room turned out so nice. Genifer did such an amazing job with the painting! We’re looking to get a new sofa with a new, bigger TV and TV stand for our living room so we can hang out in our living room more.

And good evening from Northside…

We had BLTs for dinner again. We love BLTs. I had a BLT wrap. It was terrific…

Genifer went out to lunch at Taste of Belgium with coworkers today. And she brought home a oatmeal raisin cookie and brownie for us to share for dessert…

The icing on the cookie was so good…

And the brownie was more like fudge than brownie. It was very rich…

We played ball in our backyard for a half hour tonight…

All the dogs were so tuckered out afterwards. Mack always crashes out in the weirdest, most uncomfortable looking positions…

And when we got upstairs, Oscar made his way under the sofa. Almost…

It was another pretty good Wednesday. πŸ˜€πŸ—“οΈβ€οΈ

A case of the Mondays.

There was a pretty sunrise this morning…

Good morning from Northside…

It was started out as another slightly overcast day…

Bear was crashed out with me in the office all day…

And we had delicious Mongolian meatball ramen for dinner…

But it turned out to be a very pretty evening…

Good evening from Northside…

And then we played some ball in our backyard…

The Reds beat the Indians 3-2. And we started watching Dexter on Netflix. It was a pretty good Monday as far as Mondays go. πŸ˜€πŸ—“οΈβ€οΈ

A pretty good Saturday.

Today is August 1st. Can you believe that? For being pretty much confined to home since the middle of March, this year is going by really fast. I guess time flies regardless of your level of activity.

This morning started out as another grey and overcast Saturday but at least it was cooler and not as humid today. Good morning from Northside…

Genifer made these delicious banana bread cookies…

We were pretty lazy this morning…

After Arsenal lifted the FA Cup, we drove out to the far-north suburbs of Liberty Township for a cookout to celebrate Alyssa’s birthday. When we were leaving Northside, the skies looked really threatening…

And it rained the entire way to Liberty Township but once we got there it was very pretty outside. The sun came out and there were the biggest fluffiest clouds…

When we got home, we dodged more Northside raindrops and took the dogs for a walk…

And good night from Northside…

There was supposed to be an almost full moon tonight but there were waaay to many clouds. Still, it was a pretty good Saturday. πŸ˜€πŸ—“οΈβ€οΈ

We made it through Wednesday.

It’s hard when you’re really busy with work and there’s nowhere to go and nothing to do. And we were pretty tired today from last night’s MLS is Back tournament matches that both went to penalty shootouts and saw my Minnesota United advance and FC Cincinnati get sent home.

But it was still a good morning from Northside…

I’ve been all about these Kodiak Cakes microwave flapjacks and muffins cups…

Today, I tried the chocolate peanut butter flapjack…

Just a quarter cup of water and 60 seconds in the microwave and you have flapjacks…

They’re really good. I like all the flavors. But the blueberry ones are really my favorites. Speaking of bears, Bear was all crashed out in the office while I was working…

This afternoon I was tinkering with the relatively new Photoshop Camera app and the Photoshop Express app on my phone…

Both of those apps are really neat. There are a lot features. I love being able to remove little blemishes and spots with the Spot Healing feature in Express. I’ll have to keep playing with them.

Good evening from Northside…

And that was pretty much our Wednesday. πŸ˜€πŸ₯žπŸ»πŸ“·πŸ—“️❀️

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