Mothers Day Weekend

Woody is part of the family and just goes with the flow.  I’m not even kiddin you, it’s hilarious.  He just rides in the car like one of the family and he sits on the sofa watching TV like one of the gang.

pets

‘Are you sleeping yet?’
‘No, are you?’

The only thing he hasn’t done yet is go on the boat and it’s only a matter of time.  When we go out somewhere and come back home I come in through the door and say hello to the dogs and they’re both barking and whining and Woody is chirping right along with them and when I say ‘Hi Woody’ he sings this little song, it’s adorable.

Woodpecker in a boat

We have this lamp that has a boat and an Ernest Hemmingway type character on it. MacGyver puts the bird in the boat to ‘train’ him.

Over the weekend I ran on the Legacy trail every day and on both Sunday and Monday morning I saw a hawk.  I almost brought it home too.

Hawk

I didn’t.  When it discovered a rabbit that had recently been hit by a car and drug it under a tree to save for dinner I knew that the hawk could fend for itself so I let it be.

We had a nice time in Nokomis and I love spending time down there but I have to say that I really missed the kid this year.  He called me Thursday night and we talked for quite a while and he texted me on Mother’s Day but I really, really miss him.  It’s been about 6 months since I’ve seen him so I think it’s about time for me to schedule a little trip soon.

MacGyver put in a new glass insert into the front door of the Nokomis house for me for Mother’s Day.  It’s really, very pretty and I love it.

Outside

This is the view from outside.

new door insert

And this is the view from inside the house.

 

We spent most of Sunday on the boat and MacGyver smoked a ton of food so that his mom and I wouldn’t have to cook anything for the entire day which was very sweet.  We took the dogs out with us and headed toward the island that we went to last weekend.  The dogs didn’t like the beach part of the trip very much.  The waves were intense and poor Hank got pummeled in the first two minutes and promptly gave up and left the water, Boomer didn’t last much longer either.  They both hightailed it back to the boat.

Boomer

Boomer slept in the back in the shade for most of the ride home. He loves the wind in his hair, diva!

Hank the dachshund

Hank jumps around like a popcorn kernel.

They both preferred the boat ride to the beach or the water on this trip, and Hank would have been happy if we would have caught a fish, but unfortunately the fish weren’t biting.  We did see the most interesting thing I’ve seen on the water in quite some time and I made MacGyver stop so that I could get a picture of it.

boat dock phone booth

Best thing seen on the end of a boat dock EVER!

I think they should have turned it into a tardis and then it would have been even cooler.

You could totally turn that into a tardis right?

We hung out with MacGyver’s parents until quite late on Sunday night so we decided to stay until Monday and then on Monday I got up and ran and MacGyver went to work on the boat.  We were supposed to leave around 1PM and come home so that I could get some work done that afternoon but did I mention that MacGyver went to work on the boat?  Yeah, so instead we left around 2:30ish.

Anywho, we’re home now and things are almost back to quasi normal.  As normal as a two dog, one woodpecker, MacGyver and a running girl household can be anyway.

How was your weekend?

WTF Wednesday with woody and a spoonbill crane

It is so hard to get anything done with a pecker in your lap.

Woody Allen Jac

They thought you meant something else!

Woody Allen Jac is gettin big!  He hangs out on my lap for a bit sometimes but mostly he stays in his cage because we try not to handle him too much.  Unfortunately he imprinted on me quite rapidly even though we tried really hard not to let it happen.

But it was impossible because this is totally me…

Snow White

We’ve had a bit of a drought here and because of the lack of water all kinds of wildlife has been making it’s way into our backyard to drink from the pond.  Recently we’ve had a pink spoonbill crane which we’ve never had before.

pink spoonbill

We’ve also had screech owls!  I didn’t get any photos of them because they only come out at night but they’re so cute.

Don’t worry, I haven’t kept any of them so far.

My Mom and Shakespeare left yesterday and I’m just catching up with work today so I really didn’t have a lot of time prepare a long post today but I wanted to share the photo of Woody with you and I also wanted to share this photo with you that I saw on Pinterest in the funny feed earlier in the week because it cracked me up.

LOL

Now, if that doesn’t make you laugh out loud, nothing will.

WTF, it’s Wednesday, laugh a little, the week is half over!

Seven Islands Birding Park, my Barkley Marathons practice run ;)

What’s happenin’ honeys?  Good things I hope.  Not much over here right now.  I’m just catching up on some work.  This morning MacGyver and I took a little break and may or may not have went to a few estate sales.  I’ll never tell.  Never mind those vintage pyrex to go baking dishes on the counter, I’ve had those things for years….

where did those come from

Now since I don’t want to leave you guys hanging I thought I would share with you little parts of my Tennessee trip over the next week or so and today I’m going to share with you the day I ran in the Seven Islands Birding Park.

In pictures of course because that’s how we roll on Fridays, lazy.

Deer

When I first started to run, two deer ran in front of me and then stopped. I told them to go on but one of them wouldn’t. I slowly walked up to him and stuck my hand out. At first he sniffed and then he licked it! That will NEVER happen again in a million years!

birding park

I have the worst sense of direction and I got a little lost a few times and had to double back because I wanted to take the longer trail by the river. It is very remote and hilly and I loved it.

Barn

You enter at a barn and my sister told me the turn around point was at the second barn so I was glad when I finally came upon this one.  I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to run through this one too but I didn’t.  I ran around it.

steep hill

And up this hill which was steep.  The picture doesn’t really do it justice because this hill is super steep.

trail head

There is a viewing area at the trail head and you can see the river below.

River View

This is a better view of the River.  Okay, maybe not that better but were not finished yet.

Trail

It’s a little remote in spots but I didn’t mind.  It’s also muddy and there are some brambles.  Barkley Marathon practice y’all!

seven islands birding park

Besides, with views like this at the top how could you really be mad?

park

I loved this little spot. I am definitely coming back. I’m jealous this place isn’t right in my backyard.  It’s times like this I really do miss Tennessee….

If you happen to hang your hat in Kodak, Tennessee even if for a minute, I highly recommend this place.  It might even be good practice for the Barkley Marathons since only one person even finished this year and he was from the area.  🙂

What’s your absolute favorite trail?