Tuesday tangents

I just got back from walking the dogs and taking a five mile walk myself and now I’m sitting here watching the CSI van roll by.  Nothing tragic to report just another robbery in the neighborhood.  Another vehicle break in.

It’s so annoying to watch helplessly as my little neighborhood just repeatedly gets targeted over and over again and all we can do is just sit here like targets and it’s all because of the way we are zoned.  Just to give you a basic idea, my house is county but the house directly across the street is city and the house next door to it is county and the house directly behind it is city.  It’s a ridiculous mess and when a crime occurs such as a minor break in and the police are called, the 911 operator has no idea who to direct the call to and God forbid we have an emergency.  I’m so afraid that one day I’ll have a need to call for medical services and they won’t know who to dispatch and the outcome will be determined by the mere seconds it takes for them to decide….I shudder to think about it….

On the other hand we sort of have it made because we are zoned county so we can have small farm animals and fires, so there’s that.

fire pit

I ended up with a migraine yesterday but not because I ran.  I know this because I have been keeping really good records and I hate that I have to do this but it’s become necessary, otherwise I wouldn’t know what went wrong because Topamax does help with migraines but for memory, not so much.  Anyhow, I took a peek at Saturday and Sundays diet notes and then I looked over what I drank and I was a little shocked to see that I didn’t drink very much at all.  Bad girl!

Migraine mystery solved.  Also, Topamax and too little water is a no no since it can cause kidney stones so I won’t be making that mistake again.  We learn from our mistakes right?  I wish I would have caught it earlier instead of losing half a day to a migraine but it wasn’t so bad.  I made a fort blanket in the media room with the dogs and we chilled out for a while. I feel all better today.

I’ve got a visitor coming tomorrow and so do the dogs….

How much water do you drink in a day?


Five Miles is heaven…

I got a lot done this weekend.  A lot.  But not everything.   After working inside at my desk for a bazillion hours last week I couldn’t wait to work outside Saturday and Sunday and I got most of the lawn finished.  I cleaned up all the broken limbs from the hurricane that wasn’t, I raked up all the leaves from the sweet gum tree and I swept off all the patios areas.  I re-mulched all the mulched areas and replaced some of the beat up pavers and I cleaned off and mopped up the entire lanai.

I cleaned most of the inside of the house but before I could finish the weekend was over and I didn’t even get to all of my personal paperwork that’s been mounting on my desk in the bedroom.  I was so tired that I had to ask MacGyver to take the trash cans down to the curb when he came home from hunting which prompted him to ask me if I had also had time to clean up the garage for him.


Do you want to repeat that? Are you sure? Think about it….

Yeah, he is crazy.  He’s still alive too, barely.

You may remember that my nephew and his family were in town last week.  My nephews wife is very much like me in the sense that we are both ‘Dr. Doolittle’s and tend to speak to the animals or rather they speak to us.

This is probably why I don’t find it odd at all when I hear that she’s been speaking to deer or chickens, and I don’t think she finds it odd to hear that I’ve been feeding a peacock or a turtle, by hand of course.

Anyway, a few days after they arrived at our Nokomis house she called to tell me that she had rescued a squirrel in the backyard because his momma had been mean to him and wouldn’t take care of him.  She tried to release him but he had already imprinted on her and now he was hers.

I sent her a video of me feeding the peacocks the day before they left to head home.  I wanted to send one of Charles watching TV because I’m positive he asked me to turn the channel but I missed it and didn’t get it on video, I only got a picture and I didn’t think it had the same impact as a video would have besides who believe that a peacock prefers football over fishing but I swear he does.

peacock watches tv

I was wrong about the impact of photos obviously because when my nephew and the family left on Sunday they sent me the following photo as they were driving home with their new family member and it was then that I realized a picture is worth a thousand words.

Squirrely gets a new life

Goodbye cruel world, I’m going home!

I ran almost 10 miles total last week y’all!  I didn’t run at all over the weekend because I knew I had a lot to do and I didn’t want to push it and that’s okay.  I’m running again and that’s all that matters.  Last week I I had a total of 34 miles, 10 of those running and 24 walking.

Can you guess what I had planned for this morning?


Yes, that’s it, that’s what I had planned.  But Hank would not cooperate.

Okay, that’s not what I had planned.  Actually I planned a five mile run.

Five miles baybee.  And I got up and got it done.  It wasn’t the easiest five miles and I struggled a little toward the end but it wasn’t horrible and I did it.  I. did. It.

And after today, only 8 more days until I see the gastroenterologist!  And I cannot believe I just got excited about that.  Such a weirdo.  I have an excuse though, I was dropped as a baby.  No really I was….


Have a fantastic Monday.

Did you run this weekend?

Did you know that peacocks like football?

The Legalities of Running

I’m so happy to be hitting the pavement again y’all but even if I wasn’t running you know I’d be out walking every day and that being said I’ve been meaning to present this post for quite some time but with the hurricane last week I had to postpone it and that’s a good thing because after what happened to me on Tuesday I couldn’t think of a better time.

In case you’re wondering what happened to me, let me tell you.  I was finishing my five mile walk in the park near my house.  I was feeling pretty good, it was breezy, a little overcast and cool, which if you live in Florida means it felt like pure Heaven.

Anyway as I was coming out of the park I looked over to the wooded are by the railroad tracks and saw a guy standing there…. with his pants down around his ankles.  I’m not sure why but I just assumed he was a biker or a runner who had just trailed off into the wooded area to the use the restroom.  Mind you, the port-a-potty is a mere 10 feet away and the door was open.


It should have knocked some sense into me and I should have screamed or yelled or said something but I didn’t and I’m still mad at myself regardless of why he did it.  Because there are all kinds of people utilizing that park and he had no business exposing himself in that manner, it doesn’t matter why.

That’s just one way in which we runners need to be aware of our surroundings and stay safe, here are other ways as well.   Is it just me or does it seem like I’m always writing about people trying to kill me with their cars and their dogs?

Well, anyway a few weeks ago I was all set to present you with a guest post all about the legalities of Running and written by a legit attorney from an actual law firm.  But then I didn’t post it because I’m horrible.

And then Hurricane Matthew happened.

And then I saw a naked idiot and I remembered that I wasn’t being all that safe and that I had this great guest post and I needed to post it immediately and so without any more delay and before any more hurricanes pop up, compliments of the Benenati Law Firm I present to you the following article.

(Please enjoy and feel free to leave any comments or questions at the end.)

The Legalities of Running

Central Florida offers many great spots for runners. You may choose to run on one of Orlando’s top trails such as the Cady Way Trail or the Orlando Urban Trail, or you may prefer making your own path. Regardless of where you choose to run, your safety must always come first. As a runner, you need to know your legal rights and your legal responsibilities. Further, you should also be aware of some basic strategies that will help reduce your risk of injury.

Your Legal Obligations as a Runner

Runners have a legal right to access public trails, roadways and sidewalks. However, this does not mean that runners have free reign. There are some simple rules and regulations that must always be followed. More specifically, you can find your legal responsibilities under Florida Statute 316.130.

  • When a sidewalk is available: In Florida, runners must use the sidewalk whenever one is available. If a sidewalk is only available on one side of the street, you must cross to that side to run. Whenever possible, you should cross the street using a designated crosswalk.
  • When no sidewalk is available: Many roads in the area are not lined with sidewalks. In this situation, you can usually still run on these roads. However, you must run on the shoulder of the roadway, in the direction that is facing oncoming traffic.

By following your legal obligations as a runner, you will go a long way towards protecting yourself from harm. Unfortunately, in some cases, harm may find you anyway. It is important to remember that as a runner you also have rights. For example, if you are injured while running due to the fault of another party, you have the right to seek compensation for the full extent of your damages.

Four Quick Runner Safety Tips

  1. Stay Hydrated

Dehydration present a major threat to runners. Do not underestimate the damage that can be caused by simple dehydration. Even during the winter months, it can get hot in Florida. Whenever you are running, you need to ensure that you will have plenty of access to fresh water.

  1. Know the Traffic Patterns

Remember, runners are pedestrians. As a pedestrian, oncoming traffic is perhaps the most serious safety threat that you face. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly 500 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents each year in the state of Florida alone.

  1. Be Visible

Drivers have a legal duty to look out for your safety. Unfortunately, too many drivers fail to live up to that duty. You should take steps to help them see you. Try to make yourself as visible as possible. This is especially important at night. Please wear running attire that will reflect a vehicle’s headlights.

  1. Stay Aware of Your Surroundings

Finally, it is always important to stay vigilant. You should be sure that you are fully aware of your surroundings. This includes knowing where traffic will come from as well being ready for other safety threats. Sadly, if you run at night, you might be threatened by a bad actor such as a mugger. Please try to stay in areas that are well lit and in which you are comfortable running. In some cases, it may make sense to bring a defensive device such as pepper spray along with you.

Do You Need Legal Assistance?

Injured runners may be entitled to seek compensation. If your running injury was caused by a vehicle, a third party attack, unsafe premises or any other type of negligence, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney today. Your attorney will comprehensively review your case and determine the best way to protect your legal rights and financial interests.

I hope you guys enjoyed this guest post and if so please leave a comment and/or any questions.   

Also ladies I’d love to hear from you, What’s the worst experience you’ve had while out running and do you carry pepper spray when running alone?