A little cooking and a vacation

Can you believe it’s December already?  I mean some days I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it’s 2018 and I’m so far behind on so many things but hey, let’s look at the bright side, it’s almost 2019 and I can just reset, right?

Did you have a good Thanksgiving?  We did.  My in laws came up from Englewood and MacGyver and I cooked.

all about the basteMacGyver found these little mini pies at Sam’s and look how the cherry has a little heart right in the middle.

Three piesAfter dinner MacGyver and I decided to do what we said we weren’t going to do.  For the past few years on Thanksgiving we’ve headed over to the Walmart to brave the crowds and purchase T.V.s at a ridiculously low price.  We really weren’t going to go this year but then lightning hit our house in Nokomis and our 60″ TV got fried so off to Walmart we went and this year, we got a 65″.

The lines weren’t too bad and we were in an out in under an hour and that was a good thing because I had to get home to pack.

Hank in the bag

Can I come too?

They really wanted to come but we did not bring the dogs.  My in laws were kind enough to fur baby sit for us so that we could go to Tennessee for a week.

Boomer

You can leave now, Grandma has better treats anyway.

We left on Friday and arrived in Tennessee that afternoon.

Knoxville airportMacGyver spent most of our time there hunting with my brother in law and my sister and I did some shopping.  We also bought an old table at an estate sale and refinished it for my mom.

unfinished table

Before

side table

After

I love doing projects with my sister.  I wish we could do it more often.  It was also nice to be able to make something nice for my mom who just moved back to Knoxville and is now closer to my sister and brother.

We had a few gatherings at my mom’s house too but I must have been in the moment because I totally forgot to take pictures.  MacGyver, my Mom and I also went out to dinner with some of my aunt’s, uncles and cousins that I hadn’t seen in forever and we had an awesome time and  I was in the moment then too because again, I forgot to take any pictures.

I did take a few pictures of my sisters farm.

chickengoatsOne morning as my mom and I were dropping MacGyver off to go hunting, we had to stop for wild turkeys crossing the road.

wild turkeysI didn’t take a lot of photos while we were there but no trip to Tennessee is complete without heading up to the mountains and snapping a few.  We didn’t make it all the way to Gatlinburg but we hit Pigeon Forge for dinner one night and I got some pics of the lights.

lights in pigeon foreIf you’ve never been to the area, I highly recommend it.  It’s also family friendly which is really nice.  It’s hard to find places that still cater to families and I feel like this area totally does.

While we were in Tennessee I managed to run almost every day, even on the cold days.

going runningI even conquered the hills in my mom’s neighborhood.  If you’re from the area, then you know, the hills of East Tennessee can be ferocious, but I love them.

On Thursday morning my mom took MacGyver and I back to the airport and we headed home.

knoxville airport

Fortunately we were just at the correct weight for our luggage and didn’t have to pay any extra and I still don’t know how we managed that.

We got back home before 9AM on Thursday and I’ve been playing catch up ever since.  Yesterday I finally started putting up my Christmas decorations and I’ll actually take some pictures this week and share them.

MacGyver an I have a ton of stuff going on this week so it’s going to be a bit hectic but hopefully I’ll be back to writing a little more often….or I’ll just have to make it one of my New Years resolution’s.

How was your Thanksgiving?

When’s the last time you took a vacation and where did you go?

Happy Birthday to me

birthday meme

It’s true.  You know it is.

Anywho, it’s my birthday.  Yesterday I went to the doctor.  I thought I was going to go schedule a biopsy and see my regular doctor to get a referral.

biopsy

Surprise, I got a biopsy.  I don’t know what the hell I was thinking and why I didn’t realize they were just going to go ahead and cut that little nodule out but that’s exactly what they did.  Now I just have to wait…and it could take up to six weeks.  And it still might be inconclusive…because this is my life.

Whatever.

Guess what?

I woke up to the best present ever…

pink fishing pole

That’s my new rod and reel and yes, my rod is pink, PINK.  MacGyver is the best.  I’ve got some new running shoes coming today too because he knows how to make me happy.

Now, y’all will have to forgive me, I’m off to celebrate.  I’ll be back tomorrow.

Throwback Thursday to yesterday, because I can’t remember any further

I hope you have a happy fourth of July.  We are down in Nokomis and actually went out on our boat to watch the fireworks but I’ll get to that in a minute.

First things first.  Before we left Clearwater on Tuesday MacGyver and I headed over to the lab so I could get some tests done that my doctor had ordered.

blood work

My hat goes off to the phlebotomist because she actually got my vein on the first stick and didn’t leave a bruise and that never happens, ever.  We wont get the results back for at least a week but I have a feeling they’ll all be normal anyhow because typically, they are.  I may be over here crossing my fingers anyway though because that’s what I do.

So after the lab, MacGyver and I finished up our work for the week and then hit the road.

When we bought our first house in Nokomis we took our boat out on July 4th and watched the fireworks over the Venice inlet.  We hadn’t done that since and so this year we decided it was time to to take the boat out and watch them again.

This year Danny and his sweet girlfriend Alma are in town so we took them with us.

Venice inlet

I had forgotten how beautiful it is watching all the fireworks above the water, it’s incredible.

If you follow me on instagram you probably saw the video I posted but believe when I say, the pictures nor the video due it justice I’m not kidding.  It should be on your bucket list.  Besides I know a great place you can stay if you ever come down…hehe  Hope your fourth was fantastic too.

What did you do to celebrate?