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Browsing Archive: October, 2011

The Dead Ride

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : Cleveland 


Yes, I'll admit it.  I'm one of those adults who still likes to get dressed up for Halloween.  And today hubby and I got to dress up a little early for the annual Dead Ride.

The Dead Ride is a group bicycle ride through Tremont, Ohio City and downtown Cleveland. Oh, and you have to dress up as a zombie.

It's a ton of fun. Not only do you get to hang with friends, get some exercise and enjoy some of the best neighborhoods in Cleveland, you also get to dress up.   
 

Brains!!!


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Making Pumpkin Pie

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, October 16, 2011, In : Cleveland 


Some things just go hand and hand with a season.  Like making pumpkin pie in the fall. 

Today we got up early and mixed all the ingredients: pumpkin, eggs, evaporated milk, sugar, spices. 
We baked it for a little over an hour.  And then set it out to cool for another two.

The house smells heavenly.  Smells like pumpkin pie.  Smells like fall.

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October 15: Closed for the Season

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, October 16, 2011, In : Cleveland 


Today was the last day of the season for our community garden.

Everyone had to pull up their remaining plants, turn the soil and check out. 

It looks so bare now.  So cold.  So dead.  


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October 14: Soulful Sunset

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, October 15, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 


Be still and know that I am.

Whether you believe in a God or not, sometimes there are things in life that stir something in your soul.  This was one of those times.

The sun was setting over Lake Erie tonight and I couldn't help but feel the power in it.

It was just gorgeous.  A contrast of lights and darks, fury and calm, anger and peace.  It felt electric and alive. So alive. 


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October 13: A Change is Coming

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, October 15, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 


Headed down to the shore of Lake Erie today. Haven't been there since the dog days of August. 

It looks very different now.  Gone are the bright green and blue hues, the tiny rhythmic waves, the diamonds of sunlight. 

Now it's dark and choppy and brooding.  

The lake seems to know too that the change of seasons is coming.
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October 12: Indian Summer

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Friday, October 14, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 


This is Indian Summer in Cleveland.  We've had a stretch of absolutely divine days.  Brilliant blue skies, temps in the upper 70s, and cool evenings perfect for sleeping.

No question this is my favorite time of year in Cleveland. There's an extra spring in my step, a true appreciation for the beauty that surrounds me, and a tinge of melancholy knowing what's to come.  

Stupid winter. 


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October 7: Chalk One Up for Fall

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Friday, October 14, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 


Broke out the box of winter clothes today.  Had to schlep down to the basement, sort through a half dozen heavy boxes,  until I unearthed the big plastic tub stuffed with long pants, long sleeve shirts and light jackets.

Good news though.  I found a box of chalk packed in with the fall clothes.  Not sure why it was there, but then again, it doesn't surprise me. Mom brain. 

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October 6: Occupy Cleveland

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Friday, October 14, 2011, In : Cleveland 


Walked into work this morning to find about two dozen people gathered in Public Square.  I wandered over to see what was going on.

Turns out it was Occupy Cleveland.  

This small gathering in front of Moses Cleaveland is an off-shoot of a much larger movement sweeping across the U.S. It started about three weeks ago on Wall Street in New York City.  People, especially the young, protesting the greed of banks and large corporations and the lack of jobs for many U.S. citizens.

Not sure yet if the ...

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October 5: Throwback

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Thursday, October 6, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 


Had to drop off some shoeboxes to my daughter at school today.  Of course she forgot to bring them this morning and needed them "NOW!"

On the way out of the office, I couldn't help but smile.  In front of the school was a sea of bicycles.  

It makes me happy for so many reasons.  I love that I live in a community where it's safe enough kids can ride their bikes to school.  I love that I live in a community that has sidewalks on every street.  And I love that I live in a community that harkens b...
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October 4: Here Comes the Rain Again

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Thursday, October 6, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 


It was another soggy walk into work this morning.  Even though I was clad head to toe in rain gear, and clung to my umbrella with all my might, by the time I arrived at work I looked like a drowned rat.  Again.

At least all this rain and gray skies makes for pretty photos. 

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October 2: End of the Season

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Sunday, October 2, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 


Checked on my community garden plot today for the first time in a week.  It's just so sad.

This was a disastrous summer for our community garden.  It rained so much and so often that many of the plots on the north-side were submerged under water.  

Luckily my plot is on the south-side and didn't flood.  But it was still a struggle to grow vegetables this year.  

I harvested only one zucchini, two bell peppers and three cucumbers all season. The tomatoes did O.K. and the basil, chives and marigol...
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October 1: Greens and Ham Hocks

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, October 1, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 


It's a cold, rainy, blustery day.  Perfect for comfort food.

Few things give me as much comfort as collard greens and ham hocks. I'd never even heard of the stuff until I took a job at a TV station down in southern West Virginia.

I was a vegetarian back then, and trying to find meatless meals in the mom and pop restaurants in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia was a mighty difficult task.  


I learned the only vegetarian dishes on the menu were beans and cornbread, grilled cheese sandwich...

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September 30: Apple of My Eye

Posted by Katherine Boyd on Saturday, October 1, 2011, In : Cleveland Weather 


With fall comes apples.  And these are my favorite kind. MacIntosh apples grown right here in Northeast Ohio.

They're fragile, bruise easily and turn mushy.  You have to buy them at just the right time and eat them practically on your way home.

Because they're tart and tangy, they make the best apple cider, another treat popping-up on store shelves this week.  

And another sign that fall is really here. 


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