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?

The Monday after when you eat all the things…

Hello and greetings from Nokomis.  We came down Friday night and we’ve decided to stay until this evening.  I’m working on wrapping up a huge project and for some reason I get more done down here.

Hank packed up

Can we go already? I’m packed!

Did you see his tongue sticking out, I mean, how cute is that?

I went for a walk on Friday morning and as soon as I got around the corner a peacock started following me.  He twerked his way around me at least 5 times.  I finally yelled, ‘No, Mr. Peacock, I am not having sex with you.’  (That’s what it means when they twerk like that and fan their feathers out.)  I didn’t realize a neighbor was standing outside when I yelled it so that was embarrassing.

twerking peacock

(I made the alt tag ‘twerking peacock’.  I wondered what kinds of hits I’ll get from that, lol.

We packed up on Friday afternoon and left Clearwater around 7ish.  MacGyver wanted to leave earlier I think but the Kid had mentioned that he sent something and it was being delivered on Friday so we I wanted to wait until it got there.

Y’all, I have the best kid in the World.  Not because he thinks of his mother on her birthday and Mother’s day but because he’s kind, smart, successful and honest.  Every day is Mother’s day because he makes me so proud.  We talk at least 5 or 6 times a week and even though he is miles away, we are very close.  I love that kid more than life itself.

And he does send the best presents too, in case you’re wondering.

fitbit versa

He knows me so well.

Since I’m still taking some time off of running I decided to finish up the lawn down here in Nokomis.  I finished mulching and weeding the entire yard, front and back and I built a grilling patio for MacGyver.  Okay, actually I got sick of tripping over the grill and the Traeger smoker which were placed randomly around the backyard.

I didn’t take a picture of the patio because it isn’t quite the look I have in mind so I need to add some additional features and then I”ll show you guys.

On Mother’s day MacGyver and I went to dinner with his Mom and Dad.  Before we left I noticed my shoes were a bit worn so I threw them out and put on a different pair.  Somehow while we were at dinner I managed to rip the entire side of my sandal out.

Yes,  I ruined two pairs of shoes in less than two hours!  Apparently, I need to bring some new shoes down here…or go shopping.  Which do you think I’ll do?

MacGyver and I have been really good about following this diet that we are on.  Except that instead of a diet, we’re calling it a lifestyle change because it’s geared towards autoimmune issues and we really want to keep our bodies as healthy as possible holistically.

I haven’t been running and I didn’t have any other workouts planned while we’re down here but I’m pretty sure the moving of pavers and all the lawn work count for something.  Actually, I’ve felt really healthy all week until this morning because at dinner, I ate all the things.

ate all the things

Yep, Accurate!

Instead of pizza, I ate steak and potatoes and chocolate gelato and lots of champagne.  Oops.  Oh well, I’m back on track this morning.

I hope that all of you Mother’s had a wonderful Mother’s Day and I hope that everyone had a blessed weekend spending time with those you love.

How healthy is your diet?

Do you follow a special diet or just watch what you eat?

Which do you think is worse, sugar or fat?

I’m still here, I was just sort of vacatin.

Good Morning and Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s already 2018?  I feel like it’s still 2016 sometimes and those are my good days.  Ha.  So, I realized last night that I haven’t written anything on the blog in like, 10 days.  It definitely wasn’t purposeful it’s just that between Christmas and the New Year, MacGyver and I take a little bit of a vacation.

jeep

Cabin LIfe!

So, I’ve got a lot to catch up on as far as work and life go but I wanted to check in and show you some things from the past few weeks.

Christmas was wonderful for me this year.  The only thing that mattered was being able to spend time with the kid and he was here for two and a half glorious days!

at the movies

We went to see The Last Jedi on Christmas Eve night!

We spent a little time in Clearwater and a little time in Nokomis.  I wanted to fit in as much as possible but still let the kid spend some time with his friends.

Hanging out in Nokomis

Of course with it being the holidays and all, we ate all the crap we could possibly eat.  There were peanut butter bon bons and cookies that I made and then one of our dear neighbors brought over this spectacular assortment of cookies and treats that she made.

Rita is from Germany and let me tell you something, she can bake!

After Christmas I found a red velvet cake on sale and well, I defied MacGyver and bought it anyway.

How the hell could you refuse this? Uh, you can’t!

I got some new running shoes for Christmas of course and the kid bought me a new iPad and I got some lululemon as well.

lululemon is always a good present.

I also got this jingle pen from my little friend Aubrey.

And it perfectly matched my ugly Christmas Sweater

The best, right?

Hank was not impressed with my gifts and at first, he hated his but after a few days, he came around and now, he lives in the igloo.

dachshund in an iglooAfter all the festivities and after the Kid went back to the cold weather in Columbus, MacGyver and I got ready to head out to the solitude of the cabin.  Except it aint so solitary anymore.

Holy Crap! Who told all these people?

At least it’s still pretty…

We spent a lot of time four wheelin and hanging with the dogs.  Our friends and neighbors also came out for a bit which was really nice.  It’s great to have lots of people to spend the new year with.

Here are some random pics from the cabin.

Why wouldn’t you put a few boats in the yard of your landlocked cabin?

Hank loves the cabin life

I was Nekki and MacGyver was Dashi. That’s just what happens when you buy all your shit at garage sales.

MacGyvers Christmas present last year. A deer head bottle opener. It gets used a lot.

My hacked lawn mower. There is no end to the hacks on this hunk of junk and I cannot believe MacGyver gets it to run.

This is Hank’s girlfriend, Rosie.

If she’s gonna be Hanks girl, she gotta represent! Go Vols!

My one dollar gloves were a hit with all the little girls around.

Everybody got to enjoy our shooting range over the weekend.

Shooting it out

I didn’t get to run over the weekend because my running trail is grown over and someone bought the adjacent property so we need to rework it a bit.

I ran a crap load over the past 10 or 11 days though and it’s still going great.  I’m up to 12 miles for my long run and I plan on increasing weekly.

It’s cold here today so Hank is keeping me warm! With doggie kisses.

Sorry for the randomness but it’s been so long, it’s hard to remember everything we’ve done in the last few weeks.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some semblance of normalcy, hopefully.

Happy New Year!

How did you ring in the new year?

Do you take a vacation between Christmas and the new year?