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Browsing Archive: May, 2011

May 30: Memorial Day

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Monday, May 30, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Hot as heck!  The mercury stretched all the way up to 88 today and the humidity was rain forestesque. Exactly the kind of weather you want for Memorial Day.  And a perfect day to hit the pool no matter what its size.
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May 29: Extra! Extra! Read All About It

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, May 28, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

It's official. The Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a story stating we've had rain 51 out of the last 68 days.

You can read it here.

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May 28: Honey, Can You Mow the Lawn?

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, May 28, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Another consequence of all this spring rain is the lawn is growing like gang busters, but you can't mow it 'cause it's always sopping wet.  Today, we caught a break.  The skies were mostly gray, but the rain held off.  So my hubby was able to get a quick mow in. Our yard looks so sweet!
 
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May 27: My Legs Hurt

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, May 28, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

The last Friday of each month is Critical Mass in Cleveland.  Critical Mass is a group bike ride through downtown Cleveland.  It's like a flash mob. You never know how many people are going to show and it's mainly promoted through social media. Tonight was cool but dry.  Turns out more than 250 bikers showed up, and we made the news on WKYC. Not bad.  Though my legs are sore. 
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May 26:

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Friday, May 27, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Another evening shrouded in stormy skies.  The winds and thunder weren't as bad as last night, but the rain was faster and heavier.  Had to drive through a flooded intersection to get home tonight.  Hope my car starts in the morning.
 
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May 25: Green Skies at Night

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Thursday, May 26, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

When you see a green sky, ya' better hide.  That's what I've learned from my years as a reporter in Ohio. This is what the world looks like just before a tornado rolls into your neck of the woods.  An eerie shade of almost pond algae green.  And sure enough, for the second night in a row, tornadoes touched down in Northeast Ohio.  Luckily, once again my town was spared.  But to the east of us, some folks weren't as lucky. 
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May 24: How Can My Garden Grow?

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Most gardeners in Northeast Ohio go by the old adage, "Wait till Mother's Day to start planting outdoors."  But this year, Mother's Day has come and long gone, and still my vegetable seedlings just sit n their little plastic pots.  I know they long to stretch out their tangled and balled white roots.  "But it's just too soggy out there," I try to explain. "You'll drown." I don't think they're very happy about this spring either.  
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May 23: What the Heck?

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

What the heck is going on here?  The day started off warm and relatively sunny.  My son ran out into the backyard, grabbed some flowers, and stuck them promptly up his nose.

But by supper time, the storm clouds rolled in and next thing you know an Emergency Tornado Warning was screaming at us from the TV. Luckily, our neighborhood was sparred, but I heard other parts of Cuyahoga County suffered some damage.  Nothing too severe. Except for my son's current sneezing fit. I warned him not to stic...
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May 22: Workin' at the Car Wash

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, May 22, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Sun+80F+Sunday=car wash weather!  Time to untangle the hose, unearth the scrub bucket and bring on the elbow grease. Best thing about the first car wash Sunday of the season?  The kids actually want to help.
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May 21: First Sunburn of 2011

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, May 22, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Had to break out the 50 SPF sunscreen today. The sun was full-on from the moment it peeked out from the morning horizon until its last lingering rays painted a stunning sunset over Lake Erie.   We spent most of the day outside, taking part in a three hour group bike ride through the Old Brooklyn section of Cleveland.  And despite a ball cap and layers of sunscreen I still managed to catch a sunburn.  Actually feels good in a way.  Feels like summer.
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May 20: Great Evening for a Ride

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, May 21, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

It's Cleveland Bike Week, and we've been itchin' to hit the pavement. Apparently a lot of other Clevelanders are too. Dozens of riders turned out on this serene evening for a group ride to Peddle Art, a gallery show featuring bike art. Wish every evening was as sweet. 
 
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May 19: Get Me Outside

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Thursday, May 19, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Finally a good day for a bike ride!  Sure it showered on and off, but in the end the sun came out ahead!  Feels so nice to get outside. Ahhhhh.
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May 18: A Good Day for Ducks

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

We were joking this morning that it was a good day for ducks.  Then we walked outside, and what did we see? Yup, ducks.
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May 18: When Life Gives You Lemons

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Sometimes you just have to make a bad situation tolerable.  And with the string of gray, cold, rainy days we've been having, I wanted to seek out a ray of hope.  And this is it.  

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May 17: Aw, Come On!

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Currently, it's 46 degrees. Forty-six stinking degrees.  The normal high for May 17? 69 degrees.  And it's rainy, again. Oh, and the fog's sticking around.  See this photo?  Took it around 4:30 p.m. and the whole top of Key Tower is missing. Super.  
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May 16: Shades of Gray

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 


Gawd today was depressing.  From the gray skies, to the gray Cuyahoga, to the gray mood everyone seemed to be sporting.  Made me just want to go home, crawl under a down blanket, and read a trashy book.
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May 15: Rain, Rain, Go Away

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, May 15, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Rain, rain, go away.  And don't come back another day. This rain thing is really outta hand. It rained all day today. It's supposed to rain all day tomorrow. And Tuesday. And Wednesday.  It's getting harder and harder to come up with new ways to talk about all this stupid rain.  
 
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May 14: Here Comes the Rain Again

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, May 14, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

There were flash flood warnings posted for Cuyahoga County today, as well as the surrounding areas.  So much rain came down so quickly it flooded streams and roadways.  Driving was treacherous.  Probably not a good idea to drive and take a photo at the same time.
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May 13: Our Community Garden

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Friday, May 13, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

This is our city's community garden.  As you can see, it's barren right now.  It looks gray, and depressing and dead.  All the recent rain has also left a ring of mud around the garden where the path used to be.  Can't wait to show you what this seeming wasteland looks like a month from now.
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May 12: Dining al fresco

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Thursday, May 12, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

One of the perks of working in downtown Cleveland is the great variety of al fresco dining spots within walking distance. And on a sunny, 75 degree day like today, there's no better place to hoof to than East 4th Street.
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May 11: Sun-ny!

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Thursday, May 12, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 
 
Fantabulous.  Outrageous.  Splendiferous.  Whatever word you fancy, today was that day.  Sunny. About 78. And not a cloud in the sky or the breeze to push it around if there was. Made me actually want to go to the garden center and buy some flowers.  Glorious. 
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May 10: Perfect Day for a Ride

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

When you're a kid, there's nothing like riding a bike.  One of my favorite things about the community where I live is kids regularly ride their bikes to school, even in bad weather.  And on a stunning day like today, so many kids ride they fill up ever single slot in the school bike racks, and late-comers are forced to chain their bikes to the fence surrounding the ball field. Days like today make me wish I was a kid again.
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May 9: Brilliant Sunshine & Cool Temps

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Monday, May 9, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

It's another brilliant sunshiny day. The temps are definitely still on the chilly side, and you have to wear a jacket, but I didn't see a rain drop or storm cloud all day.  The only thing sunnier that this fine May day is my 3 year old daughter's current disposition.
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May 8: Mother of All Days

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, May 8, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Yup, it's Mother's Day.  The day every Mother has a love/hate relationship with.  If you're a Mom, and your Mother's alive, that means packing up your kids, and all their fancy outfits, and stuffing every complaining thing in the car. It means making your husband pull on those "embarrassing" khaki pants and a brand new stiff polo to sit through a three hour brunch with your Mother.  It means forcing the entire family to pose for miserable photos that you hope will turn into heirlooms, but in ...
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May 7: Little League Opening Day

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, May 8, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Little League Opening Day is a really big deal.  Practically the whole town turns out to see our young sprouts don their bright, clean, new uniforms and applaud for the local dads and business owners who either coach or sponsor the teams. Each player poses for photos.  And then they take to the field for a single inning of play.  Last year it was 32 degrees, windy and blowing sleet.  This year was 65 degrees and sunny.  Picture perfect.
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May 6: Friday!

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, May 7, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

There are so many things I could write about for today.  It was sunny. It rained. It was sunny again. It rained again. And then it was dry and dark.  I took a ton of photos today, but the one I'm using here is my favorite. It's my old school bar. The Garage on W. 25th in Cleveland.  God bless Ursula and Jeff.  You'll never know how much you figure into my life.
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May 5: Cinco de Mayo

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Thursday, May 5, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Today's brilliant blue skies offered a gorgeous contrast to the bursting pink cherry blossoms.  Seeing and smelling this makes suffering through all those rainy cold April days seem almost worth it. 
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May 4: Oh Sunny Day!

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Hallelujah!  The sun has finally appeared.  Downtown Cleveland looks like a shiny, brand new toy.  And I'm ready to play. 
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May 3: Wet & Dreary Downtown Cleveland

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

I work in downtown Cleveland. The weather always seems exponentially worse when you walk down the city streets.  The wind whips harder.  The rain comes at a slant. And its colder because of the lake.  No matter how much I bundle-up, I always arrive at work looking like a drowned, frazzled, red nosed rat.    
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May 3: Trash Day

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

Every Tuesday is trash day at our house.  And early this morning, as I dragged out the heavy trash cans, it donned on me that this is the third week in a row I've done this loathsome chore in the pouring rain. Just imagine how the trash men feel.
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May 2: Gray Again

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Monday, May 2, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 

 It's another gray, cold, rainy day.  Getting really depressing.  Only fun thing is watching my three year old light up as she runs around in rain boots, gathering a fist full of flowers.
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May 1: May Day

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, May 1, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 
 
On this first day of May, I thought it'd be fun to trek into the woods and see how the May Apples are doing. These rich green umbrella shaped plants grow in clusters in the shade of mature forests.  Later in May, a golfball sized white flower will form under the umbrella  leaves. Seeing these reminds me of when I was a kid and spent hours exploring the deep woods behind our house.  There's just something so simply exquisite and peaceful about the May Apple, a perfect metaphor for how it feel...
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