T+G forever in concrete.

Seven years ago, the Reds lost in the NL Wild Card game to the Pirates…

We didn’t walk the dogs up to the top of the hill at the end of our street this morning. They were working on the end of our street at the bottom of the hill so we went the other way.

Usually, during the day there is one dog on each floor. Oscar hangs out on the first floor most of the time. Mainly because he refuses to go up and down the stairs. So he’ll hang out on whatever floor you put him on…

Bear hangs out with me in the studio on our second floor. He sits behind me while I’m working during the day. But he follows me wherever I go. He’s like my fuzzy shadow…

And Mack sleeps pretty much wherever he likes…

He hangs out on the third floor a lot. Or he also likes sleeping in the front bedroom on the second floor.

This afternoon they poured the concrete out in front of our house to replace our sidewalk. And as soon as they were done and moved on down the block, I went out to write our initials in the concrete…

I’ve never had the opportunity to write anything in concrete before. They smoothed it over once. But I went back out to rewrite our initials…

Later this evening, we slowed down to grill…

As soon as we got inside with all of our delicious grilled food, it started raining. And when we went to take the dog on their walk after we finished eating, there was a beautiful rainbow up at the top of the hill at the end of our street…

Good evening from Northside…

And good evening from our backyard…

It was a really good Tuesday, as far as Tuesdays go. 😀🌄☁️🌈🐾❤️

Timehopping.

Three years ago, we were at our 257th Reds baseball game at Great American Ball Park, give or take a game or two…

Our plan for this summer was to drop FC Cincinnati entirely and go to many more Reds baseball games. We’ve just gone off FC|C completely. We enjoy the Reds games so much more than the soccer matches. GABP is my happy place. And I really missed going to baseball games this summer.

Of course, that plan never materialized. So thanks for that, COVID-19.
Hopefully, next summer. Thanks for the memories, Timehop. 😐🦕⚾️❤️

Watching baseball one year ago.

One year ago today, we got to see the best player in baseball, Mike Trout of the Angels play baseball at GABP with our friends…

And we saw Mike Trout go yard…

And it was an awesome night. I miss going to Reds baseball games so much. Thanks for all the wonderful memories, Timehop. 😀🦕⚾️❤️

One year ago.

One year ago, we were at Great American Ballpark watching Reds baseball…

Remember when you could go to baseball games? In person? Those were the days.

Thanks for all the wonderful memories, Timehop. 😀🦕⚾️❤️

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. 😀🍕⚾️❤️

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!”

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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.

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.

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

Pause for paws.

Oscar is sooooo fluffy

He gets a very much needed haircut on Friday. 😀🐾✂️❤️

And here’s photo of Oscar when we were still able to watch baseball…

I really miss baseball.

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