And it was a rainy Sunday too.

Bleh. Good morning from Northside…

When I was putting this blog post together, I had a hard time figuring out if these were photos from this morning or yesterday evening. It all just looked the same… very, very grey and awfully damp…

We ran over to Lowe’s this morning…

Lowe’s had all their Christmas stuff out in full force…

Christmas trees are silly expensive at Lowe’s…

It must be the frosted tips or maybe the lights…

We got our artificial Christmas tree for a fraction of that a couple of years ago. We found it on one of those deals and discounts websites after Christmas. And I guess we got a really good deal. I liked this wreath…

We’re thinking about replacing the carpeting in our bedroom with this embossed wood plank laminate flooring in Seaside Chestnut

We want to remake our third floor bedroom to have a coastal cottage feel. Genifer wants to paint our bedroom. Here’s the colors she’s thinking…

And I really liked this rug…

And then we went back to Biggby for coffee

I tried this new Biggby maple waffle breakfast sammich…

It was really good. I would definitely eat it again.

And after some football, it was good evening from Northside…

We watched my Minnesota United host their first home playoff match tonight against Colorado Rapids. Andhe Loons earned their first playoff victory with a 3-0 win over Colorado led by two goals from Kevin Molino…

Take that, Stan Kroenke.

Two years ago, we were in Dallas for Thanksgiving. And I ate the spiciest chicken sammich I have ever eaten. It was so delicious but soooo spicy…

Thanks for the memories, Timehop.

It was just a low-key weekend with all the rain. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐ŸŒง๏ธ๐ŸŽ„โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿˆโšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿฆ•๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”ฅโค๏ธ

A very pretty Thursday.

It’s Thursday. We’ve almost made it through another week…

Good morning from Northside…

Fast forward through the work day to the sunset this evening in our backyard…

Genifer made these turkey mushroom stuffed acorn squash for dinner…

And they were delicious! She always finds the best recipes to make.

After dinner, we went back out in our backyard to check on the sunset…

And then we took the dogs around the block. There was a big X is the sky…

Good evening from Northside…

Tonight, I was trying a different camera app. I was looking for an app that made it easier to control the contrast because I thought some of my photos have looked washed out lately. Now, these feel a little too dark. ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

Later, we watched the Thursday night football game. While we were watching the game, I remembered something I heard one of the announcers say during last week’s Thursday night football game…

Last time I checked, points aid in oneโ€™s pursuit of a win when playing a game that a score is kept.

It totally sounds like something Joe Buck would say.

Today was also my 888th Timehop in a row…

And in my 888th Timehop in a row was one of my favorite gifts we ever received, our Cincinnati Reds All-Star Legacy Brick

We had another pretty good Thursday. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿฆ•๐Ÿงฑโค๏ธ

And we’re back at it.

It’s Monday morning. And for once, we had a Monday morning that wasn’t rainy. It made it a little bit easier to get out of bed this morning…

Good morning from Northside…

And then it was time to get back to work…

A really big project got underway last week while we were kicking it on the beach. It’s probably going to keep me pretty busy for a while.

For dinner tonight, we had another one of the Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meals for dinner tonight. This one was Korean Pork Chop with bok choy and pepper lo meinโ€ฆ

They changed their packaging. But they didn’t change the deliciousness…

And it was another delicious dinner. The noodles and the sauce were terrific. And the pork chop was really good too. But I could eaten a huge bowl of just those noodles. They were tasty. We like theย Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meal kits a lot.

Good evening from Northside…

The time change is still really messing with me. It gets dark so early now. These photos were taken just before 6:45pm. It feels like it’s 11pm…

But we made it through our Monday. Genifer fell asleep pretty early and I started watching For All Mankind on Apple TV. It reminds me a bit of The Man in the High Castle by presenting a “what if the United States hadn’t won?” scenario. For all Mankind dramatizes an alternate history depicting “what would have happened if the global space race had never ended” after the Soviet Union put a man on the Moon ahead of the United States, and where would the world be now. I think it’s pretty interesting.
๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿš€โค๏ธ

And we’re back!

We’re home from our week out in the Outer Banks. We stayed in the little town of Duck again. We really like it out there in the Outer Banks, and Duck in particular…

The house we stayed in was so nice…

It was just a short walk from the house down the street to the beach…

We woke up to watch the sunrise every morning…

Then we’d drive to get coffees from Duck Cottage…

We’d sit on the patio on and drink our coffee…

We’d walk down and sit on the beach…

We’d go find something amazing to eat for lunch…

Then we were back on the patio or we’d hang out inside and watch TV…

And we’d watch the sunset…

There were so many stars at night…

It was so wonderful and relaxing and low-key. And we got to repeat that routine all pretty much week. There were a few variations. One morning, we got breakfast from Treehouse Coffee. We drove up to Corolla one afternoon to see the Currituck Lighthouse and Whalebone House. We got some espresso milkshakes from Sunset Ice Cream. The weather was really beautiful all week. It only rained on our last day but that gave us the perfect opportunity to check out some of the local gift shops. And we found some great treasure and souvenirs.

It was a really wonderful week. And now we feel ready for what looks like a very long, cold COVID-19 winter. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐Ÿฆ†โค๏ธ

Click to see all of our photos from our trip and a handful of little videos too.

We made it! It’s Skyline time!

All we had to do was make it through today, and tomorrow we’d be off to North Carolina for the week…

We walked down the path on the top of the hill to watch the sunrise…

There was a very faint pink streak across the sky this morning…

Good morning from Northside…

We finally made it through our day. We wrapped up all our lose ends and I finished up our projects the best we could. After work, we ran a couple of errands to get a few things for our trip. And on our way home, we stopped to get Skyline carry-out for dinner tonight…

Skyline is sooo good. It’s pretty annoying how early it gets dark now…

Good evening from Northside…

We are pretty much all packed and set to go on our road trip tomorrow morning. We just have to drop off Mack at the kennel and then we are on our way! ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿง€๐ŸŒญโค๏ธ

Our Election Day.

We got up extra early this morning to walk over to North Presbyterian Church on Hamilton Avenue in Northside so Genifer could vote…

I dropped off my absentee ballot at the Board of Elections last week.

The polls opened at 6:30am this morning. We got there just a little before 6:00am and Genifer was second in line…

As we stood waiting for the polls to open, the line steadily grew behind us…

Genifer got to cast her vote. And we were over at Sidewinder to get coffee by 6:45am…

Sidewinder had cinnamon rolls this morning too…

My office was closed today for the election so everyone could vote. And Genifer had a pretty light day with her work. So later, we walked back down Hamilton Avenue to Blue Jay for lunch…

Genifer had a five-way and fries for lunch…

And I had Blue Jay’s chicken tender sammich with cheese…

I love that dang sammich. Blue Jay is so good. We don’t eat there enough.

We enjoyed the rest of our Election Day by not doing much of anything. We played in our backyard for a bit…

And we went on our evening walk around the block…

Good evening from Northside…

For dinner, I ate a carry out five-way and a cheese coney I got from Blue Jay…

This evening we went out of our way to avoid any news about the Election. I don’t think we’re going to know the final results any time soon. I just hope everything turns out for the best and that competent adults start running the country again. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒญโค๏ธ

Our Halloween.

Halloween shouldโ€™ve been perfect this year. It fell on a Saturday, withย a full moonย and with daylight savings time everyone got an extra hour of sleep the next day. But unfortunately, 2020 had other ideas.

Halloween got off to a very frosty start…

Good morning from Northside…

And for the first time this fall, we had to scrape our windows this morning…

After the windows defrosted, we ran over to the grocery…

And then it was on to Mad Llama for Saturday morning Halloween coffee…

After Michigan State shocked Michigan, we rolled over to Taft’s Brewpourium for a delicious pizza dinner…

As we were walking across the parking lot, a train was rolling by…

Taft’s had a Halloween special this weekend…

We had a Maple vs Amburana double imperial stout before we ordered….

While we drank our beer, we watched our street view WyzeCam to see if there were many trick-or-treaters out and about…

And it looked like there were a few on our street…

There’s our cotton candy….

And there’s our pizzas…

After we devoured our delicious pizza, we took the dogs on a walk and couldn’t help but admire the Halloween full moon…

Good evening from Northside…

All things considered, we had a pretty good Halloween. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ•๐ŸŽƒโค๏ธ

Tuesdays are grey too?

This morning looked just like yesterday morning, grey and rainy…

For dinner tonight, Genifer made this buffalo chicken pasta

Omigosh. It was soooo good. It was just the right amount of spicy. We had garlic bread with our buffalo chicken pasta. And I love garlic bread.

Then it was back for another walk. And it was still grey and rainy…

Good evening from Northside…

We watched a few more episodes of The Queen’s Gambit tonight.

On the iPad, I watched the Dodgers buy themselves a World Series title. I mean, they had the best team that money could buy. Spared no expense. In my opinion, this season and this World Series should always have an asterisk next to it. But that might be because I just really dislike the Dodgers. They’re like the Yankees of the West. Only without all the championships. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„โค๏ธ

Why are Mondays always so grey?

It was another Monday morning. And it was another grey and rainy morning. Why are Mondays always so grey and rainy?

Good morning from Northside…

Mack and Oscar were waiting for postwalk treats…

The Pad Thai we had last week was so good that I got this Pad Thai for lunch when we were at the grocery…

The noodles were good. But the flavor definitely wasn’t Pad Thai. It was just Asiany noodles. The flavor was kind of odd, actually. I don’t think I would get these noodles again. At least this flavor.

And for dinner tonight, we hadย another one of the Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express mealsย for dinner tonight. This one was Margarita Chicken with garlic Parmesan zucchiniโ€ฆ

And then with the pesto added on top of the chicken…

And it was another delicious dinner. The chicken was so cheesy and the pesto on top of it was great. The Parmesan zucchini was just out of this world good. We really like theย Kroger Prep+Pared Home Chef Express meal kits a lot.

It started really sprinkling while we were on our walk this evening…

Good evening from Northside…

Tonight, we started The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. We’re just a couple of episodes in and it’s pretty good so far. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿœ๐ŸŒง๏ธ๐Ÿ“บโค๏ธ

Nice! You have a reward.

Good morning from Northside…

This afternoon we ordered pizza from Taft’s Brewpourium. And we had accumulated some rewards…

Omigosh! Look at our Taft’s Brewpourium pizza feast…

I’m pretty sure Taft’s is my favorite pizza is all of Cincinnati. It’s so good.

Oscar was telling us it’s time to go on our evening walk…

And when we were walking the dogs, we noticed this…

That’s pretty darn creepy.

Good evening from Northside…

We hung this guy out on our back porch…

This afternoon I had to knock out a few things for work while I listened to Arsenal lose 1-0 to Leicester, and then we watched the Bengals come up short against the Browns.

This evening, we watched the Dodgers win the World Series. It’s a bummer. It would have been so neat for Tampa Bay teams to win the Stanley Cup and the World Series. This season will always have asterisk next to it for me. The Dodgers were the best team that money could buy over the course of a pandemic-shortened 60-game season. Personally, I liked it much better when the Dodgers would spend all that money year after year and and then come up short. That was great. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ•๐Ÿพโšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿˆโšพ๏ธโค๏ธ

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