What do they say about best laid plans?

We watched soccer this morning…

Good morning from Northside…

We planned to drive up to Waynesville to check out the Waynesville Fall Fest

But it looked a lot smaller in person than it did on the map, there were so many cars in the parking lot, and we didn’t see any masks on people walking in to the fest….

We decided to add Waynesville Fall Fest to the list of things to do next fall along with the Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival. So we decided to walk through the little shops in Waynesville again…

But first coffee…

I actually got a non-dairy maple shake instead. And it was pretty amazing…

But Genifer got coffee…

The cow painting that I love was still there…

We found three oil paintings here at Lilly’s Corner Mall….

And I almost got this one for the studio office…

If it’s still there the next time we come up to Waynesville, I’m going to get it.

Last time we were in Waynesville, we were told that this building is haunted by two spirits; a little girl and an older man in a top hat. And that they can sometimes be seen looking out the second floor windows…

So now we always stop to look to see if we see anyone in the windows…

Waynesville is always fun. We enjoy wandering in and out of all the little shops. On our way home, we stopped at Genntown Farms to get a couple of little pumpkins…

We stopped for lunch at Doc’s Place in Lebanon…

Genifer had a turkey burger…

I ordered this huge fish hoagie…

We stopped at a little bakery in Lebanon and got cupcakes for later and stopped for coffee at Kidd Coffee in Mason….

Here are our cupcakes….

And here are the paintings we found today….

We took the dogs around the block and Chloe was our in her front yard…

Good evening from Northside…

Tonight, we finished Only Murderers in the Building on Hulu. It was pretty cute…

It was a really good sports day too. Michigan thumped Northwestern 33-7 and #2 Cincinnati squeaked by Navy 27-20. In soccer, Louisville City knocked off Memphis 901 3-1, Minnesota United drew with LAFC 1-1 and FC Cincinnati lost to Inter Miami 5-1. FC|C’s loss virtually guarantees they’ll win their third wooden spoon in three seasons in MLS. The wooden spoon is awarded to the team that finishes with the lowest point total in MLS. Three for three. At least they’re incredibly consistent.

We had a really good Saturday. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ–ΌοΈπŸ”πŸ“Ίβ€οΈ

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

Saturdays are the best.

Good morning from Northside…

For lunch, we had our last HelloFresh meal of the week. This one was Sesame Soy Pork Bowls with sriracha mayo, cilantro and crispy onions…

These meals are delicious. This was one was no exception. But it was a little on the spicy side. It was the first one that we had to take breaks from eating because it was so spicy. Still, it was delicious.

Good evening from Northside…

We walked back down to Gulow Street for some noodles…

Genifer order some Sesame Noodles…

And I ordered the Rigatoni Bolognese with garlic bread…

And I love garlic bread. Ohmigosh. We love Gulow Street so much. Everything is so good. We’re so happy they decided to become part of our Northside.

And later, we watched the Olympics in our backyard…

I forgot to take a photo of our projector set-up this evening. I think our set-up is pretty cool. I love the weekends when we can sit out on our patio and enjoy our backyard. And Saturdays are the best. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸΎπŸœπŸ“ΊπŸ†β€οΈ

The Tokyo Olympics are underway!

Good morning from Northside…

Good evening from Northside…

Tonight, we watched the Tokyo Olympics Open Ceremonies. I thought they were very poignant yet exceptionally beautiful. For me, he most spectacular part was the amazing drone display…

Such pageantry. We’re really excited for the Olympics. With still working from home because the pandemic, it’s a quite opportunity to get to really deep dive into the Tokyo games and have them on in the background all day. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸΎπŸ†β€οΈ

Also, it’s hard to believe there isn’t an emoji for the Olympic rings.

There’s more than one water bowl.

Good morning from Northside…

Oscar and Mack always drink out of the same water bowl at the same time…

There’s another water bowl right next to Mack.

The cicadas are starting to be everywhere outside…

I forgot to take my little fisheye lens with us on our walk again this evening…

Good evening from Northside…

We had sausage with sweet potato and apple bake for dinner tonight…

And then it was upstairs for the evening…

And we watched the Grizzlies lose game two of their first round playoff series against the Utah Jazz. Bummer. But other than that, it was a pretty good Wednesday.
πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ½οΈπŸΎβ€οΈ

Friday evening in our backyard.

Good morning from Northside…

We’ve been going to Blue Jay for breakfast on Friday…

Mmmm. Northsider omelette…

We stopped for coffee on our way home…

We ordered this new rug for our second floor hallway…

Oscar slept on the rug while I finished up work…

And just like that, it was the weekend…

Good evening from Northside…

We sat on our back patio and had some drinks…

We watched the final NBA play-in game, and the Grizzlies beat the Warriors 117-112 in overtime…

Congrats Memphis! In the first round of the playoffs, the Grizz get to play the team with the best regular season record and number one overall seed in the playoffs, Utah Jazz.

Mack got tired of being outside with us and went inside…

Creepy.

Friday. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸΊπŸΎβ€οΈ

Fantasy basketball 2021.

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I played NBA fantasy basketball again this year.Β And just like last years COVID shortened season, I played eight teams again. Seven of my eight teams made the playoffs. Six of those seven made it to the championship round. And four of those six won their leagues. Four championships from eight teams is pretty good, right?

Fantasy basketball makes the basketball season so much fun, and this was another great season. πŸ˜€πŸ€πŸ†β€οΈ

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. 😠😑🀬⚽🀣

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