We had a pretty low-key Saturday.

Good morning from Northside…

We got lunch from NYPD…

I forgot to take a photo of our lunch. I think we ordered hoagie sammiches.

Good evening from Northside…

And we watched Minnesota United beat Houston 2-0

And then we watched the last full day of the Olympics. It’s hard to believe they’re almost over already. But we sure have enjoyed watching them.

And we just had a pretty low-key Saturday. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ₯ͺπŸŸπŸ“Ίβš½οΈβ€οΈ

Hello August.

Good morning from Northside…

Early this afternoon we ordered Domino’s for lunch…

I like Domino’s. I think they make a good, solid pizza pie. And Genifer loves their cheesy bread.

we sat out on our back patio and watch some of the Olympics.Track and field was on tonight…

And then we switched over to the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final: Mexico versus the United States…

The United States beat Mexico 1-0 to lift their seventh Gold Cup. And they beat Mexico for the second time in less than three months!

What a great Sunday. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ•πŸ“Ίβš½οΈπŸ†β€οΈ

Coffee. Inside?!

Good morning from Northside…

We went over to Mad Llama to get coffee…

And today, we could actually go back inside to get our coffees…

It was pretty exciting to be able to get coffee from inside Mad Llama again…

It’s the little things.

It was looking very dark off in the direction of home…

When it got home, it started pouring…

Once it was done raining, we set our new little fire pit out in our backyard…

We had one HelloFresh meal left for this week. So we ate Meatball with Bulgogi Sauce and roasted carrots, ginger rice and sriracha crema for an early dinner…

It was another delicious meal. There hasn’t been a bad meal yet. They’ve all been really good. We can’t wait to try our meals next week.

Good evening from Northside…

We watched the Copa America final…

It was pretty tremendous to see Messi finally lift his trophy. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„β˜•πŸŒ¨οΈπŸ”₯πŸ“Ίβš½β€οΈ

Happy 7-1!

Today is July 1st! Happy 7-1 to all that celebrate…

It was another rainy morning…

On our walk this morning, we only made it to the stop sign at end of street…

But when we went on our walk this evening, the sun was out…

Weather. Go figure.

Good evening from Northside…

We haven’t seen very many snails on our walks so far this year…

Our third and final HelloFresh dinner of the week was Pecan & Walnut Crusted Chicken with BBQ-spiced sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts and apple…

Have we said that we really like the HelloFresh meals?

When we got upstairs, it started pouring again…

And now we have a long four-day holiday weekend…

πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸΎπŸ½οΈβ€οΈ

Hello from Northside.

Good morning from Northside…

Good evening from Northside…

We had another HelloFresh meal for dinner. This one was Over-Ready Enchilada Chicken with southwestern rice & beans plus red pepper crema…

These meals are just amazing. I really look forward to them every night.

We watched Minnesota United beat Austin and FC Cincinnati beat Chicago…

It’s remarkable that both teams won considering had not good FC Cincinnati is still.

And there was an almost full moon tonight…

We made it through another Wednesday. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ½οΈπŸ“Ίβš½οΈβ€οΈ

BLTs & more work on our yard.

It was kind of hazy this morning…

Good morning from Northside…

We ran over to Lowe’s this morning…

We stopped for coffee…

We added some landscape edging and decorative rock border to our front yard…

When we were finishing up in our front yard, a guy jogging by stopped to ask where we got our bricks. After chatting for a minute and as he started to walk away, he said, “Yeah, I gotta work on my front yard and try to get it up to this level.” It was such a nice thing to say. And it made us feel so proud of our front yard…

Hopefully, we van get our backyard up to the level of our front yard. We pulled all the grass and weeds out of the front third of our backyard…

I tried to dig out an old concrete post anchor next to our backyard path…

And that was clearly a mistake. I put it back in it’s hole and filled the hole back in…

Our next step will be adding rocks…

We went upstairs to take some showers. Hi Oscar…

We had BLTs for dinner….

BLTs with wedge fries…

Good evening from Northside…

Our front yard looks so nice…

We sat out on our back patio for a bit…

We watched the Louisville City thump Memphis 3-0 and listened to some music…

We had a really good Saturday. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ₯ͺ❀️

Soccer Saturday with some yardwork.

Good morning from Northside…

We ran over to Lowe’s to get some stuff for our backyard…

We listened to the FA Cup final while we almost finished staining our fence…

But we ran out of stain. Again. And we put some little pea gravel down on the other side of the path in our side yard…

We walked to Tickle Pickle to pick up an early dinner…

I’m not certain but I think Tickle Pickle might have got a big new sign…

But they have fries now!

BAM!

And the fries were delicious…

Good evening from Northside…

Tomorrow, we’ll go get some more stain for our fence and some flowers for our side yard…

Later, we watched the ladies of Racing Louisville play to nil-nil draw…

And we watched Minnesota United snatch a 1-0 win in the 95th minute

It was a really good Saturday. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ–ŒοΈπŸ”πŸŸβš½οΈβ€οΈ

The FA Cup Final.

I’ve been a fan of Arsenal football club for as long as I can remember. My love for the club dates back to the early nineties. Way back in the day, I would watch (and record) the hour-long highlight show from the week that was in the English first division. And I fell in love with Arsenal. I fell hard. Their name, their kit, their larger-than-life cast of characters, their style of play with all the intricate passing, and jaw-dropping team goals. Before Arsene Wenger led the club to new heights. Heck, even before there was even an English Premier League. Arsenal has just always been my team for as long as I can remember.

Fast forward to the start of the 2014/15 season, and newly promoted Leceister City caught my attention. I still remember the piece NBCSN did on the newly promoted Foxes from “Lester.” And I thought if Arsenal were my top-of-the-table team, Leceister would be my relegation battle team. Leicester survived their first season back in the Premier League and then went on to become Premier League Champions during their unbelievably magical 2015/16 season. All of a sudden Leicester is my team competing for top-four finishes. Because in the meantime, Arsenal forced out their club legend manager, Arsene Wagner and is now somehow a middle of the table team.

Long story short, I’m a big fan of two football clubs.

Today, Leicester played in their fifth FA Cup final. They’d made the finals on four other occasions and lost all four, the last itme being during the 1968/69 season.

But today, the Foxes won their first-ever FA Cup by beating Chelsea 1-0 on a Youri Tielemans goal from 25 yards out. I collected a bunch of images from social media to commemorate the occasion…

It was an amazing match! It had a bit of everything… a banger of a goal from Youri Tielemans, an iconic save from Kasper Schmeichel, VAR controversary and most importantly, Leicester City lifting the Cup!

#FoxesNeverQuit πŸ˜€πŸ¦Šβš½οΈπŸ†πŸ˜β€οΈ

Rest in peace, Super League.

I don’t know if you’ve been following along but a new European football Super League was proposed recently with twelve of Europe’s biggest football clubs wanting to create their own closed Super League simply so they could make more money. I’m not really a fan of James Corden but his take on this proposed Super League was spot on…

Also, mad respect to him for doing an eight minute segment on American TV knowing that most people couldn’t care less about European football.

Anyway, the people that did care about European football were pretty pissed about the proposed new Super League…

My favorite club Arsenal was one of the twelve teams that wanted to break away. The official Arsenal supporters organization in the United States released this statement…

And just as quickly as the Super League was created, it all fell apart as teams started to come to their sense and began backing out…

Now it’s the Fyre Festival of the footballing world…

And now comes the fallout…

Rest in peace, Super League. I hope to never hear about you again. 😠😑🀬⚽🀣

Just a quick visit.

Good morning from Northside…

This afternoon my very favoritest soccer team, Arsenal played the second leg of their Europa League tie against Slavia Prague in Prague.

The match was the first game since Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudula was found guilty of racially abusing Rangers’ Glen Kamara last month and was duly banned for 10 matches by UEFA.

The official statement said they decided “to suspend SK Slavia Praha player, Ondrej Kudela, for the next 10 UEFA club and representative team competition matches for which he would otherwise be eligible to play, for racist behavior.”

Ahead of the match, Slavia Prague players refused to take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Arsenal striker and match captain, Alexander Lacazette chose to move a number of steps ahead of his teammates to stare down his opponents while taking the knee…

Given the situation, Lacazette’s stance was particularly poignant. And it’s very a powerful image. There is no place for racism in football nor wider society.

Arsenal scored three goals in an astonishing six-minute flurry. The Gunners ended up winning the match 4-0 with Lacazette netting a brace to knock Slavia Prague out of the tournament 5-1 on aggregate.

Later, we saw another patch of weeds that looked like a stylized little mini forest…

Good evening from Northside…

My parents stopped in town for the evening on their way home from a long road trip out west. We went to Taft’s Brewpourium for dinner…

Genifer just had her nails down earlier in the day…

Taft’s had a jumbo shrimp special tonight. We shared those and loaded tots. And we brought a large Taft’s pizza home with us…

It was wonderful to get to see my parents, even if it was just for a quick visit this evening. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„βš½οΈπŸŒ²πŸ•β€οΈ

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