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Browsing Archive: July, 2011

July 30: Avon Lake Arts Festival

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, July 31, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

You had to wear a hat today.  The July sun wasn't offering any mercy to folks in Northeast Ohio.

There were a ton of festivals going on around greater Cleveland, including the Avon Lakes Arts Fest.  

Lake Erie not only offered a beautiful backdrop for the artisan's tents, it offered customers a cooling breeze.

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July 29: Cleveland Critical Mass

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, July 31, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Hot evening for a bike ride through downtown Cleveland. But that didn't stop hundreds of bicyclists from turning out for the monthly Cleveland Critical Mass.

Everyone gathered in Cleveland's Public Square for the start of the ride at 7pm. Then the massive group winded its way through downtown Cleveland, across the Detroit-Superior Bridge,  down West 25th all the way to Brooklyn.  

We then circled back to West 25th Street and ended at Joy Machines Bike Shop. And that's where I snapped this photo...

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July 28: Just Watching The Grass Grow

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Friday, July 29, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Dad needs to mow the lawn. The grass is getting unruly.  

But, to be honest, it's not his fault he hasn't done it yet. It's the weather's fault. Every day for the past week we've had a downpour. Then the sun comes out and it gets all hot and muggy.  

Perfect conditions for growing weeds and crabgrass--which our lawn is blissfully filled with. Terrible conditions for someone to mow the lawn.


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July 27: Two Wheels And Heels Ride

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Thursday, July 28, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Perfect evening for a bike ride. More than 50 ladies turned out for the first ever Two Wheels and Heels bicycle ride last night in Cleveland.

We started at the Market Avenue Wine Bar in Ohio City and peddled through a few Cleveland neighborhoods before making our next stop at Lava Lounge in Tremont. 

From there we circled back to West 25th Street in Ohio City. And that's where Frank Lanza snapped this photo. Another beautiful night in Cleveland.


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July 26: The Boy Of Summer

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

It's the boy's birthday.  It was filled with swimming in a yucky pond, shooting b.b. guns with his bud, and wetting a line.  

And this is how he ended his day.  Caught a mighty fine small mouth bass.  For a ten year old boy, it doesn't get any better than this.

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July 25: Summer In The City

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Hot times, summer in the city. You're looking north up East 4th Street.  This is the hustling, bustling heart of the downtown lunch scene.

I took this around 9:30am, so not a whole lot of Clevelanders are out and about just yet. But by noon, this little stretch of street is packed with workers who just can't wait to flood out of their chilly air conditioned offices and spill out onto East Fourth for a lunch hour in the hot summer sun.  

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July 24: Cool As A Cucumber

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Crisp. Crunchy. Cool as a cucumber.  Picked this big ole fella out of my garden today.  

Immediately took it home, cut it up, and tossed it into a salad for dinner.  Poor thing was gone in five minutes flat.  

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July 23: Making A Splash

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Monday, July 25, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

It's the modern day equivalent of jumping in the fireplug. The splash ground.

Little kids are drawn to it like flies to a bug zapper. They squeal.  The shriek.  They run away giggling.
It's a great way to keep the kids cool when the temps are in the 90s for the fifth day in a row.  And it's just so darn fun to watch.
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July 22: Sun Dress Weather

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, July 23, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Few things whisper summer quite like a girly little sundress.  It was another Cleveland day with temps well into the 90s. Hazy, hot and humid.  

But when you're heading to the Scene Magazine Ale Fest in Tremont, best to don that little Lilly, a wide brimmed hat, and just glow.

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July 21: Thunderboomers and Showers

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, July 23, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

It's all in your perspective. As an adult, I hate the rain. Makes my hair frizzy. Gets my clothes wet. Just makes my irritable.
But to my 3 year old, the rain is a treat. The heavier the better. As soon as it starts to pour, she runs to the closet to pull on her rubber kitty boots, matching pink rain slicker, and Dora the Explorer umbrella. 

She begs me to open the back door.  The second I do, she springs out, giggling with joy.  And for a moment or two, it makes me think the rain is a treat ...
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July 20: Record Breaking Heat

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Thursday, July 21, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Didn't have to go far to find my weather photo today. Just stepped onto my back porch and snapped.  

Yup, you read it right. 100 degrees! Official temp at Hopkins International Airport was a little lower. At 6pm it was 96. Weather Service says it's the hottest day in 16 years.  

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July 19: Plain Old Hot

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Thursday, July 21, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

This is the Plain Dealer building on Superior Avenue in Cleveland.  This is where the reporters, editors and photographers gather each day to create Cleveland's only daily newspaper.

It was plain old hot at the Plain Dealer today.  It was hot everywhere in North East Ohio.  87 degrees hot.  

Reason I snapped this shot?  I'm an official freelance reporter here as of today.  And I'd like to think this little blog had something to do with that.  

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July 19: Flash Flood Warning

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Woke last night to the sound of thunder.  Then came the rain.

By the time I dashed out to my car for work at 3:30am, the rain was coming down in sheets.  And it didn't stop for at least two hours.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for Cuyahoga County, saying up to four inches of rain may fall.  The heavy precip flooded low lying areas.  

I snapped this photo of the Rocky River around 10am.  It was swollen, muddy and rushing. Luckily, most of the boats tied to the docks at...

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July 18: Where It All Began

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Just wanted to take you back to where my lovely lettuce first put down roots.  The Rocky River Community Garden.  

This year the garden opened on Saturday, June 6.  By the time I tilled my plot and covered it with weed block fabric, I didn't get my seedlings into the ground until June 12. But now, a mere six weeks later, the garden's really starting to take root.

And wait till you see what it looks like a month from now!

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July 17: First Harvest

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Monday, July 18, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Doesn't get any fresher than this.  I just harvested this lettuce from the garden.  Now it's going on the table.

There's just something so satisfying about eating what you grew from seed. Another bonus of the hot summer weather.
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July 16: Now That's Big

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, July 17, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Went on a group bike ride through the Cleveland neighborhood of Collinwood this evening. It was sunny, about 85 degrees, with a gentle breeze.

We visited a bunch of local landmarks including the lake front, a tiny farm with goats and chickens, and Arts Collinwood.

But the highlighted of the ride was the new gigantic wind turbine at Lincoln Electric.  Someone in the crowd said it's more than 280 feet tall.  I really have no idea, but when you look up at it you feel woozy.

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July 15: Light Up The Night

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, July 17, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Apparently the fireworks aren't over yet. Even though the Fourth of July has come and gone, tonight they were still setting off loud sparkly booms in our community. It's all part of the community day celebration.  Yipee.
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July 14: End Of Season

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Friday, July 15, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

It's the end of the season. Not summer, of course.  I'm talking ball. My son's little league season ended last week, and tonight my daughter's softball season ended with a real nail bitter.

The evening air actually had a bit of a chill to it. It was breezy and as the sun sunk lower in the sky the mercury in the thermometer went along with it.

Made me think Fall isn't all that far off. 

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July 13: Full Moon

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Thursday, July 14, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Trying to catch an iPhone photo of a midnight full moon is darn difficult. This picture just doesn't do it justice. But believe me, last night's full moon was a stunner.

I was up way later than I wanted to be. Or should be. Felt full of energy and couldn't figure out why. Then I looked up in the sky, and it all made sense.  It was a full moon.  

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July 12: Playing With Fire

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

If you play with fire, you'll get burned.  Isn't that the saying?  Well, I'd like to add a small footnote to that.  

*Except if the fire is at the end of a sparkler.

What is it about kids and sparklers? Maybe it's the glow. Maybe it's the sound. Or maybe they just love the idea of being able to hold onto sparking fire.

Whatever the reason, another summer rite of passage has to be using up the last of the Fourth of July sparklers.  And feeling that twinge of sadness when you reach into the box an...
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July 11: Even When It Rains, It's Dry In Here

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Takes your breath away, doesn't it?  This is The Arcade in downtown Cleveland.  It was one of America's first indoor shopping malls when it was built back in 1890. 

And today, more than 100 years later, I was glad to be indoors here, because it sure was raining cats and dogs outside.  

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July 10: Knee High by the Tenth of July

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Monday, July 11, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

O.K., O.K., I know it's supposed to be knee high by the fourth of July, but we got a late start this year because of all the spring rain.  So, I'm glad to say the crops in the community garden are finally starting to graze the knees.

This past week of hot and muggy weather accented with a hardy rain or two really got things growing.  My tomatoes are starting to make little green tomatoes.  My zucchini, squash and pumpkins are sporting happy yellow flowers. And my lettuce is screaming, "Eat me!...
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July 9: Bike Parade

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, July 9, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Stay out of the way.  That's what I learned today.  Tikes on bikes will run you over! 

Our community held a kids' bike parade this morning. Police closed down one of the main drags and let the kids go wild. There were tricycles, and bicycles, and dads toting trailers galore.

The weather was clear and sunny, but dang it was hot and muggy.  Good thing is, I think I lost five pounds by the time we reached the end of the street.  Bad thing? I gained it all back when I chugged a Gatorade at my son's...

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July 8: On A Bender

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, July 9, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Take a close look at this photo.  What do you see?  

You're looking at a sharp bend in the Cuyahoga River, and a giant freighter trying to maneuver through. For scale, look at the cement mixing truck.  That gives you an idea of just how huge the freighter is.

Cuyahoga is an Native American word. It's Iroquois for "crooked river." And the name's just as appropriate today as it was back then.
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July 7: Hey Batter, Batter!

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Friday, July 8, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Playing ball in the summertime can sure bring out the sweat. Especially when you're bound in catcher's gear.  

Between the chest protector, knee pads and facemask, there isn't much room for a cooling breeze to get through. Thank goodness for late evening games, Gatorade, and times at bat.  

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July 6: Yeah, This Is Cleveland

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Thursday, July 7, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

I've been wanting to get down to the lakeshore for another photo for a while.  It's less than a half-mile from my house, but I don't get there enough.

Cleveland's lakeshore is gorgeous.  In the winter, in the spring, in the fall, and in the summer--Lake Erie is a gift.  And when you pair that with sunny temps in the 80s, and skies that rival the blues of the lake, well, you can start to understand why I moved here. And stayed.

Yeah, this is Cleveland.

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July 5: Back To The Grind

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Ah, July 5.  The long holiday weekend is over. Boo!  At least for me.  Though a lot of folks who normally work in downtown Cleveland apparently took the day off because it was almost like a ghost town.  

The drive in was easy.  Even found a parking space on the fifth floor instead of the top level.  And the walk to and from the garage was mighty fine.  Especially because the sky was a brilliant blue which look pretty darn dashing snuggling up against the Terminal Tower.  
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July 4: AKA Fourth of July

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Monday, July 4, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Picture perfect Fourth of July.  Clear blue skies, temps in the upper 80s, and a slight breeze to keep the flags waving. 
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July 3: Backyard Barbecue

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Monday, July 4, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Aluminum folding lawn chairs? Check.  Ice cold beer? Check.  Burgers smoking on the grill? Check.  Yup, we've got everything you need to celebrate the Fourth of July properly.  

And you're invited, of course.  See we even saved you a chair.

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July 2: Nerd Ride!

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Monday, July 4, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

It was the hottest day of the year so far.  Temperature gage read 89 degrees when I peddled by for the start of the Nerd Ride.   More than 180 nerds donned suspenders, plaid and taped coke bootle glasses to ride from Lakewood to Downtown Cleveland then back to West 65th.  

I didn't take this photo.  As you can see Frank Lanza did.  But that's me in front to the right with the wicker basket on my bike.  Grinning from ear to ear and just enjoying a sweet summer evening ride....
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July 1: Sweet, Sweet Summertime

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Monday, July 4, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

We spent another gorgeous evening at the Little League Field. We rode our bikes and worked up a good thirst. Perfect thing to satisfy it and cool down?   
A Slurpee of course.  Dad went for blueberry and Miss M opted for cherry. Sweet, sweet summertime.

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June 30: A Berry Good Day

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Friday, July 1, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Oh, boy! They're finally starting to ripen.  Blackberries! Our backyard is filled with the prickly bushes, and much of the year they're nothing but a pain.  

But for a few weeks each summer, their thorny bows are weighed down with juicy blackberries.  And grabbing a handful of those sweet chubby berries is worth the occasional prick of a thorn.  Even my three year old knows that.
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