Red tide, struck by lighting and baby shark doo doo doo doo

I know it’s been awhile.  I’ve been vacationing with my sister and the family.  I meant to update yesterday but I had an eye doctor appointment at 9 in the morning and they dilated my eyes which basically means I had a migraine from that point forward.

eye doctor

So, my sister and her family went home on Saturday morning.  We had an awesome visit despite the red tide that is plaguing us this year and the fact that my house in Nokomis got struck by lightning and we had no internet or cable or a decent TV since it killed my big ass TV in the living room.  And by killed, I mean fried.

No internet

Except none of us were feeling that amazing and this is actually what lightning looks like after it hits your house.

lightning strike

And when you go to the beach and red tide is in full effect, the smell can be pretty bad and there are warnings out, like this:

 

While I didn’t do any fishing myself, the rest of my family was able to do quite a bit and my sister and I got to shop. A lot.  We also spent some time on the beach, on an island and at Weeki Wachee and I have some pics for you….

The guys caught some sharks but this is the only pic that I actually have.

they caught and released it for those of you who are all, ‘love the sharks.’

My sister, my niece and her daughter and I all went to Nokomis beach one day while the guys fished.

this is one of my favorite pics of the day

After realizing the fishing was a no go in Nokomis and without any TV to watch or internets to browse, we decided to head back to Clearwater.  Shortly after we got back we went to Anclote Key where they have the best shells ever and also some great photo opps.

Novaleigh

I mean, seriously, how cute is this picture?

Kaitlin and Novaleigh

My sister and I found that shipwrecked vessel on the Island and convinced Kaitlin and Novaleigh to pose in it.

But then we decided we needed to pose in it too.

me and ang

Except we’re awkward and I couldn’t sit straight on the bow and my sister obviously had some important phone call to make or something.  Because we were supposed to be shipwrecked you know.

Later that night after we got home we went to a local restaurant called Ford’s Garage.

Ford's Garage

I highly recommend this place.  It was awesome.  Look at the burgers:

ford's Garage

And the onion rings come out on an oil thingy and the napkins are garage rags held together with hose clamps.  I kid you not.

Fords

And if none of that impresses you, check out the bathroom sink…

We also went to Weeki Wachee which I was really excited about because my sister hadn’t been there since we were kids.

weeki wachee

Why yes, that is a potato chip raft and a pizza raft, don’t judge.

My highlight of that whole trip was the mother and baby manatee.

manatees

The last full day the guys went fishing and the girls went shopping and then we all went to Tarpon Springs for dinner.  I didn’t take any pictures while we were there because it was already dark and it was raining a bit.

They left on Saturday morning and I miss them so much already.  But there is one thing I don’t miss.

When the kid was little, we had a wind up music box I could play to help him fall asleep, or the mobile on his bed which played music, but kids today have youtube.  And I would like to personally thank the ass hat who came up with the gem of a song below because I sing it all the damn time now and I cannot stop.

And now, I pass this gem onto you…

Even through all the beaching and shopping and playing, I still managed to run 23 miles for the week.  Not bad.  Vacation is fun but now it’s back to the real world.

Where is the last place you went on vacation?

Has your house ever been struck by lightning?

The best diet ever….a colonoscopy

Good morning from Nokomis and guess what?  It’s that time of year.  Inspector Gadget and the family are here.  I haven’t taken any pictures yet but I’ll post some soon.

I did take a picture of a really cool pie bird that I got at an estate sale last Friday.

pink pie bird

Also on Friday I had my long awaited visit with the gastroenterologist.  She went over my CT scan of last year and we talked about my diet and the recent problems I’ve been having and then she rocked my world.

“Start eating gluten again”, she said.

what

Wait what?

But, I thought I was supposed to avoid gluten at all costs so I was really confused.  And then I asked her if she thought the diagnosis was wrong and that I can eat gluten.  But no, my life is never that easy.

I am scheduled for a colonoscopy and endoscopy with tissue biopsies in mid-September and in order to get the proper diagnosis they need me to consume some gluten.  Some gluten, not all the gluten.

disappointment

And because my day always gets better, she gave me the instructions for the prep.  Oh, the prep.  I mean seriously, if you’ve ever had a colonoscopy, then you understand completely.

accurate

Most Accurate

It’s supposed to rain today so after a bit of work, we’re gonna do some shopping.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some pictures.  Of my family, in case you were wondering.

How was your weekend?

Hey from Nokomis!

Good Morning.  I’m coming to you live this morning from here,

Nokomis House

That’s our Nokomis house.  Currently I’m sitting by those 3 tall windows typing on the computer, not that you really needed to know that but in any case, that’s where I am.

We came down Friday late in the afternoon.  I had planned on doing some running but I didn’t run at all over the weekend.  I did go walking on the trail though, with Hank on Saturday.

Hanky

That’s not my horrible picture taking skills, it’s because Hank is so fast he blurs out in pictures.  Yeah, that’s what it is.

On Saturday MacGyver and I went to a few garage sales in the morning and then we went over to Englewood to visit with his parents.  My Mother in law hasn’t been feeling well so we wanted to go spend some time with her.

Later in the afternoon they came back over to our house so they could see the new baby bird we’re rehabbing and visited with us for a while.  It was a very low key and relaxing day.  That night however, MacGyver and I got to work on the landscaping because I had some weeding to do and he needed to mow the lawn.  Sometimes it seems like we spend half of our life working in the yard…because we do!

When I woke up on Sunday morning I just didn’t feel like running so instead MacGyver and I went out on the boat really early.

Venice Inlet

It was really early and the sky was a bit overcast.  I actually saw a wood stork fly over with something in its mouth.

wood stork

Just a few seconds later we saw another one fly over.

wood stork

They were carrying nesting materials.  It looks like the stork is gonna be delivering her own baby 😉

We headed out toward the Venice Inlet and I was taking a ton of pictures because like MacGyver always says, I only have 5,000 of the same pictures of the same inlet and probably the same dolphin so I must need more.

If you enlarge this picture you might be able to see that dolphin.

dolphn picture

They were doing some kind of diving thing at the inlet and there were police boats keeping everyone away from the divers.  MacGyver and I really didn’t see anything except at one point when they pulled a bench out of the water so I have no idea what they were doing.

Venice Inlet

We caught a few snapper and then I caught some of the absolutely smallest fish I have ever seen and so after a few hours, I called it and we went in.  MacGyver went back out for a few hours later and got a few really nice redfish while I took a nap with the dogs and the birds.

Later in the day we went over to the hospital because my Mother in law had to be admitted.  We are very glad that she got some immediate attention and that they are taking such good care of her , fortunately, the situation can be repaired and she should be just fine but we’ve decided to stay in Nokomis as long as we can so we can be here for her and my father in law if they need us.  I’m sure MacGyver is going to get in a little fishing too. 😉

I got up this morning a little more motivated and actually ran 5 miles on the Legacy Trail.

I can definitely tell that Summer is here but it felt a little drier this morning and not so humid.  It was actually nice.  I can honestly say that it was one of those runs I really enjoyed.  Of course, now, I need to get to work.

What did you do this weekend?