Some family, some rhombus and some pig love

Once upon a time there was this blogger who had a blog and she wrote posts like 4 or 5 times a week.  That girl is a slacker and you can tell her I said so.

Im a slacker

In the meantime, I have a bunch of stuff to tell you about so let’s get started, shall we?

On Thursday, the second of August, which I believe is the day after the last day that I posted, I had my long awaited appointment with the pulmonologist.  I wore a very cute dress which is important but I’ll tell you why in a minute.



The best mirror in my house just happens to be in the bathroom.  Don’t judge.

Anywho, the first thing that I had to do after arriving for my appointment was a chest x-ray.  It was uneventful.  Next stop, the pulmonary function test and I won’t lie, I was super nervous because the last time they told me that I had mild COPD.

The breathing machine was not tons of fun but my shoes are cute.

Let’s fast forward past all the boring stuff.  First, I do not have COPD.  In fact, I rocked that breathing test like a champ.  The doc says my lungs are in awesome shape.  Although, I do have a touch of exercise induced asthma.

Second, my chest x-ray was fine and the doctor didn’t even feel the need to repeat a CT scan.  I have to say though, I may still insist on one in the next 6 months just to be on the safe side and to ensure the pulmonary nodules they found last year haven’t grown.

So, what about the breathing problems I was having?  It turns out that if you lift hundreds of pounds of retaining bricks over several days you can actually strain or even tear your rhombus muscle.  Yeah, I know.  Mystery solved.  And oh yeah, I’m an idiot.

After the doctor, I had a retail therapy session.  And remember that cute dress I showed you earlier?  It is not so cute in a wind storm.  It blew up over my head much to the delight of the 70ish year old man sitting in the car facing me.  It was mortifying, to me, I don’t think he minded.

On Wednesday night I headed down to Nokomis to hang out with Inspector Gadget and the family.  I was afraid the beach would be really bad because of red tide and don’t get me wrong, it was definitely there, but not as bad as it has been.

Nokomis Beach

After spending the weekend in Nokomis, MacGyver and I headed back to Clearwater with Danny and Alma.  They spent a few days with us because tomorrow Danny will be headed back to California and Alma will head off to Sweden.  We took them to Pier 60 on Monday night.

Pier 60 has entertainers that perform from 6:30 to 10:30 for free.  They’re called buskers.  Did you know that?  I didn’t.  Anyway it’s sort of like Mallory Square in the Keys except Monday night.  The buskers performing that night were not very good.  And since they work for tips I felt really bad for them.

After Danny and Alma left my in laws came up for my mother in laws chemo treatment and I have the best news y’all.  After only 4 chemo treatments, she will not need anymore.  The cancer has shrunk so much that they feel they can perform surgery to remove the rest.  As you can imagine, we are all so thankful and so relieved to hear that.  The surgery will be sometime in the coming weeks.  But keep saying prayers because obviously, they are working.

On Thursday Inspector Gadget and the family came up to see us because they had to leave to go home a week early.  How’s this for random?  They came down for vacation, read a neighborhood newsletter about someone looking for a home and sold their house in a day.  So they had to rush home to pack and they’ll be moving into my in laws house since they’re now living in Florida.

We spent a few days with them before they left and I hated to see them go.  I can never have enough time with these two…

Robin and Vinny

Hmmmm, what else have I forgotten?  Oh yeah, Hank has a girlfriend now.  She’s a pig.

Hank and Tilly


And that brings us to today.  We’re almost back to normal.  Well, our normal anyway, whatever that is.

What have you been up to?

Have you done anything exciting?

6 thoughts on “Some family, some rhombus and some pig love

  1. Once I was carrying a box of cupcakes for my friend’s birthday. We were walking to the bar in Chicago and bring the Florida girl that I am did not notice the grate I was walking over…and the subway went through and blew my dress up.
    I’m glad your lungs are good!

    I just started a training program. But I think it’s too much for me. The beginner one seemed too easy but I might switch to it. I’m just looking for some variety in my runs.

      • I just suck at running. My lower back hurts. Idk if it’s something of itself, or I’m out of shape and the extra weight is straining my back. I use the different runs to feel like I accomplished something.

        Said it in my other post but yay for Your MIL. I’ll keep her in my thoughts.

  2. I’ve had my dress blow up in the church parking lot after service ended and everyone was outside. I never ran to the car so fast! Also, yay for lungs doing okay!

    Oh my word, a pig! I tell my husband that I want to buy a mini pig so my dog will have a friend but he’s not sure it will be a hit with our neighbors lol.

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