Easter orange mist on the moor and stuff.

Can you believe it’s April 3rd already?  I can’t even believe it’s April.  Seriously.  Time is flying by this year.

Anyway, in case you missed me, MacGyver and I just got back from a little mini vacay down to Nokomis.  And when I say vacay, I mean we basically went down and worked on our house for 5 days.  It wasn’t all work though, we had some fun too.

We saw this chrome car on the way down.  Does anyone have any idea what type of car this is?

chrome car

We got there on Thursday and I took MacGyver out to lunch at my favorite place, Left Coast Seafood Co. 

pasta

After lunch we drove over to the pond supply place to check out some fountains and stones for our landscaping.  We are determined to put in some sort of water feature in the front yard.  We spent an hour or so looking at everything and got some pretty good ideas and some serious sticker shock.

All of the rock that we grew up with in Tennessee and Virginia is hella expensive in Florida.  We might have to go visit the relatives and pick up some to bring back.

On Friday I found an estate sale and a few garage sales locally and I convinced MacGyver that we needed to go.  It didn’t really take a lot of convincing.  If you have any doubts as to how much he loves a bargain, here he is retrieving a tool that someone dropped in the middle of a busy street.

Run honey

He spotted it from a half mile away, pulled over and ran out to get it.  I barely saw it.  Wouldn’t you know it turned out to be some German wire cutter worth around 75 bucks!  Yes y’all, MacGyver is that good!

I scored some awesome vintage marbles at the estate sale but they hardly compare.

I am taking all the credit for this next find because we found it at the estate sale that I heard about through one of my sources and we got it for only 60 bucks.

water fountain

Water feature, check!  I added the little bird statues because I already had them and they were too cute not to add.  We may change the cherub for a dolphin eventually but for now, we have a fountain.

While we were out we kept checking the security camera to make sure the animals were okay.  This is how they were practically the entire 3 hours we were gone.

dogs and bird

The two dogs cuddled in the chair the entire time and the bird ran around the room because you know, he’s in charge.

When MacGyver and I got home on Friday afternoon we started painting as we had the day before.  MacGyver also started putting in new windows.

You can see the new one on the right.  I love my new windows.  Love them!

And here is a picture of our living room which we finished painting with the dolphin gray that we used in the rest of the main parts of the house.  It’s hard to make out though.

living room

I also painted the spare room a very pretty blue but the picture is also hard to make out.  Obviously I suck at taking pictures.

spare bedroom

I refinished this desk too.

The highlight of the painting revolved around the master bedroom which we started on Saturday.  See, I had this vision in my head and I was positive it would be bright and sunny and exhilarating. So, while MacGyver and his dad put in some more windows, I got to painting.

master bedrroom

As you can see I stopped half way down the wall. Unfortunately it was the last wall.

I literally painted 3/4’s of the room before I realized it was the most hideous choice ever.  I stopped painting halfway through the fourth wall and then left and called my mom and told her I ruined my house because I turned my bedroom into an orange.  I’m pretty sure I cried a little too.  I should have known.  I mean both of my in laws hated the color and the paint guys at Lowe’s were making fun of it, though I didn’t get it at the time.  MacGyver thought it looked like pepto bismol but it wasn’t pink, it was coral.  I guess that’s a mute point.  The point is, it was definitely not a good color choice unless it was for a little girls room.  Or a grove.

That night MacGyver and I went to sleep but I got up at 2 in the morning to check to see if Lowe’s was open on Easter, it was.  And that’s where I went very early on Easter Sunday.  Because we had already returned paint twice, the guys at lowe’s thought I was playing an April fool’s joke on them.   I was not.

I told them we hated the color Tropical Breeze and needed to choose another one.  We ended up choosing Mist on the Moor and I think we made the right decision.

Master Bedroom

It also ended up looking much better in the master bathroom.

master bathroom

I couldn’t be defeated though so I decided to leave a feature wall in the bedroom and I saved one of the coral walls.

Master Bedroom

I think it works but MacGyver thinks that I should put the half can of leftover ‘mist on the moor’ to work and finish the job, we’ll see.  The coral is kind of growing on me.

On Easter Sunday MacGyver’s parents were over helping us with the house again and my mother in law made us the most wonderful Easter Dinner.  It was so good.  I have truly been blessed when it comes to in laws.  I couldn’t be any luckier, I swear.

I didn’t run a lot this past weekend, only 12 miles total on Saturday and Sunday and 36 total miles for the week however, I am so sore from all the painting and prepping that I’m pretty sure that counts as a few workouts.

We got home late yesterday and unfortunately I had a migraine all day and night, (probably from paint fumes.)  As we were driving in we thought we smelled smoke.  As we got closer we saw it.

Fire

This house is 3 street down from us, not far at all.  Fortunately the family was able to escape.  I have only met them once but they seemed nice, a young couple and their mother or mother in law.  Unfortunately the family’s two dogs perished in the fire.  So sad.  This is the third house fire that has happened in my neighborhood in the last few years.  I’m definitely going to be more careful with candles and things.

That’s it for me, I’ve got some serious work to do.

How was your Easter weekend?  Do anything fun?

Just another migraine Monday…

Forgive me if this post is full of typos, all over the place or just generally makes no sense.  Last night MacGyver andd I went to dinner with his parents and I had a bad headache but I thought it would go away considering I took some tylenol and dramamine which surprisingly usually works, except last night.

We were sitting at dinner and I was trying to not think about my headache when all of the sudden the overwhelming sense to throw up came over me.

No!

And now it’s a migraine!

Thankfully I made it to the restroom but dinner was cut short and I felt awful about it.  My father in law gave me some excedrine migraine and MacGyver drove me home soon after and I drugged myself up with additional dramamine and went to bed.  This morning I feel like I’m dragging a huge weight around but no migraine so I am not complaining.

The kid left on Saturday afternoon to head back to Columbus.  We had a blast with him while he was here.  On Friday we took him and his friend out on the boat.  The dogs even joined us.

mikey and the dogs

My three ‘kids’

The kid jumped off the top of the boat and swam in the water with the dogs.  I didn’t go near the water because it was under 70 degrees and quite frankly until it hits 85, no thank you.

We also did some fishing but it wasn’t very successful because apparently the fish were cold too.  The kid did catch a puffer fish and that was pretty cool.

puffer fish

After a full day on the boat we hit up my favorite thrift store but it was a bust so we headed back to the house and MacGyvers parents came over and we had a huge dinner.  MacGyver smoked ribs and I made sour cream and chive mashed potatoes and a cucumber salad.  My mother in law made a mac and cheese casserole and some corn on the cob so we had food for days.

Apparently the activities of the day exhausted poor Hank and he feel asleep on me.

Hanky

Before the kid left he and I spent some time together running a few errands and visiting a few thrift stores.  We had a really good time.  We visited a pet store and while we were in there this man came in with a dog that looked eerily familiar.  I asked him what type of dog it was and he said it was a black lab mixed with a mini dachshund!  So just for giggles, here is what it would look like if Hank and Boomer had a baby, (although that is impossible as they are both boys.)

the Banker

Boomer + Hank = Banker

We said goodbye to the kid around 1PM on Saturday and then MacGyver and I drove around for a bit.  It was a pretty lazy day until later when I decided to go ahead and clean up the house.

On Sunday morning I got up early and decided to get in a longish run.  It was really hot and humid by 7AM so I decided to take along my Camelbak Rogue.  It’s a newish one that MacGyver and I bought a few years ago but I never used because I typically prefer my waist pack however the Camelbak holds shit tons of water so I took it.

I made two mistakes.  First, I filled it all the way.  Do you have any idea how much 2.5 liters of water weighs?  A shit ton.  It weighs a shit ton.

Second, and this was the most critical error, I forgot to test it to make sure everything worked and since it was new, it has a drinking cap that fits over the tube and you have to slice it open.

Oh shit

Carrying all that extra weight by mile 4 I was already dying so I went to take a sip and nothing.  Crap.  Obviously I didn’t bring a knife with me so I tried to use a stick I found on the trail and then a shell but nothing would cut that sipper.  I had to sling off the back pack and open it up and drink every time I was thirsty and it sucked.

I still managed to run 12 miles but looking back if I have no doubts why I got a migraine later.  I’m pretty pissed that I didn’t plan it out better because I was on a roll of no migraines after long runs.  Oh well.

shit ton

Somehow, I managed to run 40 miles last week.  I didn’t run for two days and I averaged 7 miles a day except for Sunday so I guess fitness wise, it was a good week.   I really wish the kid could’ve spent more time here because I really wanted to do a few hikes with him but I guess I’ll just have to make a trip to Columbus soon.

How was your weekend?

Do you ever get migraines after a long run?

15 miles before heading to the cabin where my running trail is no more…

So I thought I would check in and let you know that I’m still here.  It’s just that the kid is in town and we’ve been having so much fun I almost forgot about my little blog.  And then just when I decided to sit down and write a little post, bam, my internet took a crap again.  Thank you WOW cable and internet, you never cease to amaze me with the amount of mistakes you make and the crappy service you continue to almost provide.

sarcastic applause

Anywho, since we’ve got service for the time being, let me start by telling you about my awesome Saturday long run.

fifteen mile long run

Yep, I got my fifteen mile run done, albeit slow, it was still 15 miles and I did not get a migraine and I felt great afterwards.

The kid and his friend arrived around 1:15 in the afternoon and we hung out around the house because he was tired from driving for so many hours.  MacGyver and I went to get pizza and another of the kids friends came over so they all chilled on the lanai for a while.  It was a pretty low key evening because we had to get up early the next morning.

On Sunday at 5AM I woke everyone up and we hit the road.

four wheelin

We headed out to our cabin in Holopaw.  We didn’t bring our mud jeep this time because we were only going to be there for a few days and the guys weren’t interested in muddin all that much.  They had other plans.

guys shooting

In case I didn’t mention it, we have our own shooting range on our property.  MacGyver brought out a mini arsenal and they all wanted to shoot every single thing.

shooting hill

They set up tons of targets and the thing that launches the clay pigeons.  The kid is the master at skeet shooting.  For real.  He doesn’t miss.  Ever.  He loves it.  Unfortunately he also loved MacGyver’s Benelli and has informed me that’s what he would like for Christmas.  If anyone knows where I can get a Benelli super black eagle III on sale let me know.

While the guys were busy shooting, the dogs were busy napping.

sleeping dogs lie sleepy dog

I wish I could sleep through all that noise.  Silly dogs.

Instead, I was inside the cabin setting up dog town with new sheets.  For those of you who don’t know, our camp is actually called ‘Dog Town’.

dog sheets

Can you believe I found those dog sheets on clearance at Walmart after Christmas for only 7 bucks!  Score.  And bonus, they’re flannel.  Perfect for the cabin.  I also got a queen set for 11 bucks for our bed.

We did a bit of riding around while we were out there and we even did some Urban Exploration through some abandoned camps and I’ll post those photos tomorrow.  It was so much fun.  I could have done that for days.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to run on Monday morning because my running trail is grown over and since someone bought the lots around us, we have to reconfigure it anyways.

We got home around 9:30 last night and the guys must have been exhausted because I got up and ran 7 miles, walked the dogs and showered and they were all still sleeping.  Too bad because they missed this beautiful sky.

sky

That’s it for me. I better get some work done while the internet is functioning.  Check back tomorrow, I promise you will love the pictures from our urban exploring adventures.

How was you’re weekend?