Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Brynne's Visit (7/22-24/2013)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Somehow we decided to follow in the footsteps of Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Today we had lunch at Geraci's (2266 Warrensville Center Road, University Heights):
Guy Fieri was here:
So were Brynne and Paul:
The interior of the restaurant:
Specialties are meatballs and pizza; an open-face meatball sandwich with grilled tomato:
Pizza with sausage and green olives:
The afternoon was spent at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Lunch today was at Melt Bar and Grilled (14718 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH) with its art glass:
The menu was almost exclusively grilled cheese sandwiches:
which was pasted to the back of 76 rpm record album covers:
Guy Fieri, and Brynne and Paul were here:
The mural of Cleveland people, places and things:
The Parmageddon (with sauerkraut):
The Big Popper:
Despite having eaten, we continued to the West Side Market (1979 W 25th Street, Cleveland, OH). We started in the produce annex:
Next door was the West Side Market with the Hubbell Bell Tower (1912):
As seen from Market Square:
Market Square Cleveland Public Library Bookbox:
Market Square Wine Bar mural:
The Great Lakes Brewpub:
The Great Lakes Brewery:
The Cleveland Brew Bus:
Okay, enough brewing, let's go in the west Side Market. Kids were getting a kick out of cow parts:
Where are the chicken feet?
Mexican sodas in the Middle East display?
All kinds of Slim Jims/Smokies:
Cake pops:
Yumm, bacon:
You have to love the names around here:
Not just any pasty, a corned beef pasty!
Ah! Here are the chicken feet:
How many flavors of salt are there?
Oh, look at that ceiling!
Purple mashed potatoes:
Wide choice of hot sauces:
Lots of pickles:
Stuffed olives are a big thing:
Several cannoli flavors:
Next door to the West Side Market is a new Market Garden Brewery/Distillery:
They are still working on the distillery part.
The Market Garden chalkboard:
Bike rack:
A short drive brought us to Settler's Landing across from The Flats:
Old railroad bridge:
Alexis de Tocqueville was here?!
The Nautica Queen:
The Superior Avenue Bridge:
It was around here that I stepped into a deep hole and whacked the camera, ending its life.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Our House 2013

We have relocated to Cleveland, OH. It took us three tries to buy a house, being successful after we slashed the list of requirements.
Although we saw this house on our first day of open houses, it was lower on our priority list. But you will see why it appealed to us. We would have been happy to move right in with the previous owners' furniture! The two young physicians were able to decorate this house as their first house. We will be decorating with what we already own...
We are going to show "before" and "after" photos. "Before" photos are from the previous owners. "After" photos show how we fit in our own things.
Front of the house
Front door (with sign about radon testing)
The front of the house looks the same, except that the notice on the door about radon testing is gone!
Entry before
Entry after
Living room overview before
Living room overview after
Living room south wall before
Living room south wall after
Living room fireplace before
Living room fireplace after
Living room before
Living room after
They had a Pottery Barn rug, too! We were able to use the same drapes. We changed all the cellular shades to wooden blinds to provide more light with privacy.
Dining room before
Dining room after
Dining room before
Dining room after
We did change the drapes here to gold sheers.
And where is the Japanese screen?
Japanese screen in dining room
Sun room before
(We haven't dealt with the sun room yet!)
Sunroom after (8/14/2016)
Kitchen before
Kitchen after
Kitchen before
Kitchen after
Kitchen nook before
The previous owners had a TV in the nook!
Kitchen nook after
Pantry (the same before and after)
Stairs before
Stairs after
Looking up the stairs before
Looking up the stairs after
Full bath before
Full bath after
We changed the plastic mini-blinds to wood blinds.
Full bath before
Full bath after
The toilet tissue holder required gymnastic twisting ability to reach it, so we bought ourselves the tissue holder floor stand.
Hard to reach toilet tissue holder
Next on the tour is the second bedroom:
Second bedroom south wall before
Second bedroom south wall after
The door leads to the "deck" on the roof of the sun room.
Second bedroom before
Second bedroom after
Second bedroom east wall before
Second bedroom east wall after
We changed the bedroom blinds to room-darkening cellular shades.
Master bedroom before
Master bedroom after
Master bedroom west wall before
Master bedroom west wall after
Master bedroom southeast corner before
(This was taken on home inspection day, when the wife was already moved to AZ!)
Master bedroom southeast corner after
Third bedroom before
Third bedroom after
Third bedroom southeast corner before
Third bedroom southeast corner after
Third bedroom northwest corner before
Third bedroom northeast corner after
The fish on the third bedroom
Since we are using this room as a bedroom, our office is the desk in the second bedroom.
Upstairs hall before
This photo above is to show the laundry chute; the small door in the wall on the right.
Attic east before
Attic east after
Attic west before
Attic west after
Fancy strip lighting.
Heading back downstairs, there is a half bath next to the stairs to the basement:
Half bath before
Half bath after
Um, okay, no real difference!
Half bath cabinet before
Half bath cabinet after
Perhaps you have noticed that every room has an Allen pendulum clock?
Rec room west before
Rec room after we removed the carpeting
Rec room west after
Rec room east before
Rec room east after
Laundry room before (essentially the same)
Workbench before
Somehow the previous owner took the drawers.
Backyard patio before
Backyard patio after
Garage before
Garage after
As you can see, we have added an extra-terrestrial sounding board!
Back of the house
And so the tour ends.

Friday, October 4, 2013
Now to see some Shaker Heights landmarks.
Shaker Towne Centre art installation
Shaker Towne Centre art installation
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building
Hanging flower baskets and RTA Lee Road Station entrance
Shaker Heights City Hall (1930,
designed by Charles Schneider in Neo-Georgian style)
Shaker Heights Main Library, Van Aken Boulevard side
The Main Library was formerly the Moreland Elementary school, built in 1926.
Main Library entrance
Around-the-World Playground
Around-the-World Playground