Category Archives: spring

  Spring flowers!

Happy Monday Cleveland. Did everyone have a nice St Patty’s Day? I hope you were able to enjoy the festivities with family and friends; pinch-free!

Where did the snow come from? Just last Sunday it was almost 70 degrees and I was outside doing some necessary spring yard clean up. I should know better, springtime in Cleveland is such hit or miss, literally from one minute to the next it could be raining, sunny, snowing or thunder storming and sometime it comes to us all in that order in one day.

These types of mornings make for hard fashion choices, do you agree? However with the glimmer of spring styles and the bold colors creeping into the stores, I think a few days of layers is well worth the wait.

To remind us that spring is just around the corner, check out this video I found of the spring crocus peaking it’s little face to the springtime sunshine. Watching it over and over makes me happy.

Happy Monday everybody. Cheers to another bizarre weather week in the CLE!

  Guide to OPENING DAY!

This lovely post comes to us from a seasoned Opening Day, Tribe Fan. While I myself do enjoy a soft pretzel, a chilled beer and the roar of the crowd, I must admit I’m no expert. This post is completely awesome and covers all aspects of Friday’s first day of baseball season. It’s a great read and TOTALLY worth sharing with all of your tribe-loving pals. ENJOY and GO TRIBE!

“If you’re like me you probably have this day marked in your calendar for a long time now. Even though the weather is miserable out there, the start of the baseball season signifies that summer is finally right around the corner. Who’s excited to hear the crack of the bat? To mow down a kosher hot dog? To hear a crowd of 40,000 people roar?  Yeah, we all are!

Please allow me to be your guide for this year’s Cleveland Indians’ home opener. By no means am I an expert on the matter but I have been going for many, many years. So hopefully some of you may find this information useful on our big day!

Here are some facts about our home opener:
– Game is on Friday, 4/1 at 3:05 pm vs. the Chicago White Sox
– The gates will open at 1 pm so visitors can participate in all the opening festivities, most notably honoring former Cleveland Indians pitcher, Bob Feller, who died in late 2010.
– In fact, some of the uniform changes include the number 19 patch to be worn on every sleeve in honor of “Rapid Robert”.
– Starting pitchers are Fausto Carmona vs. Mark Buehrle
– New food this year in the ballpark includes: Caribbean pork wings, a chicken and waffle sandwich, a beer-battered cod sandwich and half pound bratwurst and Italian sausage sandwiches!
– A new popular hangout will sure to be “Your Dad’s Beer Stand” which features old-school favorites like Blatz, Little Kings, Pabst, Genesee and Rolling Rock.

Not familiar with what’s been going on with our Indians as of late? Here are a couple of tidbits that you can share with your friends:
– This is the 18th year of Progressive Field (Jacobs Field). Crazy huh? Yup, opened in 1994.
– The Indians will have the youngest 40-man roster in the big leagues.  We should be spritely!
– Coming back from major knee surgery, Grady Sizemore probably won’t play his first actual game until late April.
– A major sore spot last year, the Indians’ new projected starting infield – Matt LaPorta (1B), Orlando Cabrera (2B), Asdrubal Cabrera (SS) and Jack Hannahan (3B) – has made only one error all spring!
– Shin-Soo Choo has had a strong spring, and he’s coming off an All-Star caliber season (.300, 22 HRs, 90 RBI). He has hit exactly .300 each of the past two seasons, his OPS being an all-star caliber .884 since 2009.
– Carlos Santana will see time at first base and DH. The Indians say they want Santana to play “about 145 games,” but not catching that many. He is their cleanup hitter, and he did have off-season knee surgery.
– What about Pronk, you ask? Travis Hafner is the No. 5 hitter. We are all very aware of his shoulder problems and his ridiculous decline in power. In fact, he hasn’t hit more than 16 homers or driven in more than 50 runs in a season since 2007. But it’s a new year right? Another summer in the leagues. Anything can happen.

Last but not least, here are a few pointers that should help your opening day be a little more enjoyable
– Dress appropriately!  It’s going to be very cold and most likely rainy.  Just accept this to be the fact now and prepare for it.
– Remember that “there’s no crying in baseball!” Remind that to your friends as well.  No one wants to hear how cold and crappy it is outside all day.
– The game is sold out already. However there won’t be any shortages of “business men” selling tickets outside the park. Be cognizant of actual ticket prices and allow for the Opening Day surcharge.
– Transportation to the ballpark – I like the combo meal. Take the RAPID down to the park and use a taxi cab to get home. The train is so much fun going there because mobs of people are psyched up for the big day. But then the cab is critical to take coming home in order to avoid the same mobs of people who have had their personalities changed by the box score, intoxication and weather. You know what I mean.
– When to get downtown? The game is at 3:05 pm and I like to be down there a couple hours early to soak in the atmosphere. All around the Gateway District will be hopping with fun. Eat a sandwich at Panini’s. Check out the new custom t-shirts for sale on the
street corners. Do some people watching on E. It’s the one game out of the season that we always sell out.  Take advantage of the positive vibes.

Ok, so grab your peanuts and Cracker Jack. Put on your wool Tribe baseball cap with the ear flaps down. Bring your lucky pencil to keep track of the box score. And most of all have a safe and fun Opening Day!  See you there!”

(thanks SO MUCH for this wonderful post “Opening Day Fan!”)

  Cleveland weekend!

Hello my dear i heart cleveland readers…

I am oh so sorry for being a delinquent poster this week. My work has been super busy and on the side I have been purging my home for this weekend’s “tag sale.” It’s really no excuse except that I just wanted to say hello and wish you all a very wonderful Cleveland weekend.
As always, there are SO MANY things we could get ourselves into, but here are just a few…
– An awesome “Tag Sale”
Pedal for PRIZES….
– A dark & stormy cocktail on the patio (if the rain holds up!)
– Let’s go Tribe!
– Prepare for the big MOVIE by renting the entire series!
– Shop for adorable dainty jewelry from the comfort of home.
– SAVE at Whole Foods (I’m not joking, 2-4pm on Saturdays)
– Swing by Room Service to see the Bike Art show she has on exhibit. (see photo)

  Weekend happenings!

What can I say? This morning being a Cleveland sports fan is a bit tough. Tough to believe the series/season is over. Tough to believe that now we must wait to hear what happens to our Cavs team. Just tough. I’m thinking of you Cavs fans. :) Now on to the optimist in me….

This weekend is going to be the best weather we have had in months, sunny, warm, perfect. There are lots of fun spring activities going on and here are just a few…

> Tremont Art Walk : including a A ‘Clear Kim Crow’s Closet’ Sale at The Cleveland Auction Company

> Blue Pike Farm : open farm day and plant sale, 10am-2pm at 900 E. 72nd St Cleveland, OH 44103

> Ohio City Home Tour : a perfect excuse to stroll through Ohio City and enjoy the ncie day

> Kamm’s Corner : spring Hooley = block party including a parade, 12-8pm

> Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Benefit : including a performance by MC Hammer

> Cleveland Marathon : This Sunday get out and cheer on the runners!
Happy friday, happy weekend!