Snook fishing, a little running, a new roommate, and she said yes!

The worst part about coming home from a fun filled, action packed, awesome vacation is that unfortunately you’re usually exhausted and work is, well, let’s be honest, it’s sucky but you have to do it.

I sure miss this though…

Venice Inlet at sunset

Since this week I’m back to my regular schedule of work, work, and more work I thought I’d go ahead and take some time to recap the vacay, while I still have a chance.  When we last caught up I was on my way to a CT scan and the family was out fishing with MacGyver.  They had a very successful trip and caught lots of grouper.

During the course of the week, we also caught a lot of snapper, trout and of course, Snook.  Snook season is the reason my sister and her husband come down the first part of September, and as you can see, it’s well worth it.  Here are a few examples from the week.


snook fishingsnook season in florida






In case I haven’t mentioned it before, we really like to fish in our family.  It’s a prerequisite for getting in too so don’t even think about marrying any of our kin folk unless you’re a reel fishing addict.  See what I did there?

We also like our beaches and lucky for us Stump Pass has an awesome one.

Stump Pass 1Stump Pass 2





By the end of the week the girls needed some shopping time and  we thought my niece might be a bit tired of fishing so we hit up some souvenir shops and then I took them to Manasota Beach.

Englewood, Manasota BeachManasota Beach





Boardwalkturtle on the boardwalk





When we go to Englewood whether we’re on Manasota Key or at Casperson Beach I can be found doing the one thing that you can only do in a few places.

Looking for fossilized shark’s teeth.

elementI tried to take a selfie with my sister and my niece but my sister and I decided that only my niece looked good and so, I cropped us out.

KaitlinI did get a good picture of my niece and my sister later on.  You can see them here in a shot I like to call, The three monkeys.  Can you spot the third one?

3 monkeysThat’s actually my neighbors house.  He obviously has a great sense of humor.  We totally get it.

I also took the girls to Flounder’s for lunch.  We probably should have eaten inside but I wanted them to enjoy the atmosphere outside.  Unfortunately the Sons of Beaches weren’t scheduled to play until later so it was sort of a bust but I did get to play the game they have there which I love.

foundlersBest game ever

My niece brought her boyfriend of over two years along for the trip and imagine how excited I was when I found out that he wanted to propose!  My sister and I, (mostly my sister) got to plan it.  We got an empty wine bottle, got my niece’s boyfriend to write out the note and then had the guys drive us out to Snake Island on the boat.  My sister and I told the kids to go for a walk and we planted the bottle with the note inside and hid behind some trees.

And then…

Kaitlin found the bottleShe found the bottle, read the note, and turned around where her boyfriend was on bended knee.

And then…

She said yesShe said yes!

We celebrated the engagement by hitting up the new Dockside Waterfront Grill.

Dockside Waterfront GrillThe ring was center stage for most of the actually, most of the rest of the trip.

Dockside Waterfront GrillAnd in case I didn’t mention it, I ran two days last week.  I ran Tuesday and Saturday and both days I got three miles in.  I did end up with a migraine on Tuesday but I was able to keep it at bay on Saturday so that’s something.

On Saturday afternoon I took my sister and the family to the airport and MacGyver and I made our way back home.  We were exhausted but so were these two.

Boomer with bearHank with bear





Yes, my dogs each have a bear that they sleep with.  I’m going to try and remember how cute that is because when I got back from my workout this morning, this is what I found.

dog-partyLittle bastards!

But back to my recap.  When MacGyver and I got home we realized that we have a new roommate.  He’s very smart too because he mastered both doggie doors with no problem.

squirrelUnfortunately Hank and Boomer don’t like him so we’ve had to evict him.  (It hasn’t prevented him from coming back though.)

Last thing and I’ll let you go.  I ran another 3  miles this morning!  I walked one, ran three and then walked one more.  I’m crossing my fingers that I don’t get a migraine but  time will tell.

What’s the worst thing your pet has ever done when you weren’t home?

Should I try to encourage friendship between the dogs and the squirrel or help the squirrel find a new home?

The beach, do you love it or hate it?


8 thoughts on “Snook fishing, a little running, a new roommate, and she said yes!

  1. we have four cats. usually there are “surprises” for us when come home (even if someone has been taking care of them)… I had a cat who used to open the fridge door (it was a little fridge, like for in your college dorm room) get out the turkey or chicken lunch meat, eat it all, leave the packages on the floor and the fridge door open. He did it more than once… I even FOUND him sitting in the fridge once!

    I wouldn’t know about dog/squirrel relationships…

    LOVE the beach. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

    The engagement story is VERY sweet! congrats to her!

  2. One day I was making toasted sandwiches for my husband for work. I had to leave the sandwiches to cool down and told him not to let Atom (the great dane) into the kitchen, well Atom did go to the kitchen and ate 4 toasted sandwiches. He was one happy dane.
    Love the beach!!
    Yay for running again and a great engagement story!! Love it!!

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