Two things Tuesday

Yesterday I walked 4 miles in the morning.  I wasn’t really sure if I would get out and walk or not because let’s be honest, I’ve been kind of cranky since my shin started acting up again, but I need exercise.  It soothes my soul.

It also pads my bank account sometimes.

free moneyI FOUND MONEY!

Well, to be honest, it was after my 4 mile walk and during my 1 mile walk with Hank so it still counts.  It was four dollars just laying in a bush near the sidewalk.

Hank

Did she mention that I found it? She didn’t did she? Well it was ALL ME.  I found it.

Okay, he’s right, it was Hank who actually found it but he doesn’t have hands so I picked it up.  Also, he doesn’t really understand money and since I buy everything he could ever want, I got to keep it.

Something happened over the weekend that I forgot to tell you about.  It happened on Saturday night.

MacGyver and I were watching TV, as usual, and our ring doorbell alert went off for our Nokomis house.  We looked at the camera but all we could see was darkness and then we heard some older kids laughing.  It was raining in Clearwater so we thought maybe the rain had triggered an alert but then we couldn’t explain the laughing and unfortunately our inside security camera wasn’t working.

So, MacGyver turned the speaker on and tried talking into it to see if anyone would answer.  We didn’t see anyone but the laughter got really loud and it sounded like a bunch of people running away.  Then we heard something that sounded like it was being moved around.  I don’t know why but I convinced myself that they were inside our house and stealing things.  And apparently I’m quite persuasive because I convinced MacGyver too.

So I called the police in Venice and explained that my ring doorbell went off and I could hear something that sounded like teenagers laughing and I didn’t know if they were in the house and could they drive by.  The dispatcher started asking me tons of questions, like, how many kids are there, are they on drugs, do they have any weapons?  And I was like, ‘I can only hear them, I’m not really sure what’s happening.’

And I started to think maybe I shouldn’t have called….

overreactAnd then MacGyver yelled, “I can see something on the camera” and honestly I was actually glad that maybe I didn’t overreact.  But, what he saw were deputies with flashlights milling around the front of the house and the headlights from four of the six squad cars that showed up literally 2 minutes after I called.

And then my phone rang and the deputy informed me that the only thing happening in the neighborhood was a little party with 4 or 5 kids playing in the street and he assured me that my house was completely safe and secure.   And then he politely told me that I might want to get some additional lighting for the front yard and fix my inside camera or wait til I actually see something before calling.

MacGyver and I learned two valuable lessons from this experience.  One, the police will probably never come to our house again and two, we do watch too much TV and we definitely need to get out more.

Have you ever overreacted to an alert from your Ring Doorbell or another security system?

Thursday things I need to say

MacGyver and I were listening to the news this morning and they were talking about a recent study that said most Americans think about food about 40 minutes a day.  FORTY?  I was like, we need to know who was in that study because I think about food like 4 hours a day and those people are not telling the truth.

Fortunately, I’ve stopped taking the steroids so now I only think about food like three and a half hours a day.  As far as the weight I gained while on the steroids, well, it’s made itself at home and I’m struggling with it.  This is an accurate representation:

Or chips, or ice cream……

Did y’all see that Ariana Mocha Latte Grande got a new tattoo?  She did.  I’m assuming that it was supposed to say ‘7 Rings’ which is apparently the name of her new song but it doesn’t.

Roughly translated, it says ‘BBQ grill’ and no, I am not kidding.  Maybe when you get a tattoo in Kanji, you should double check with someone who actually knows Kanji, just sayin.

But apparently Ariana took my advice and consulted with her Japanese tutor because she tried to get the tattoo fixed and even posted about it on her Instagram.

She captioned the post partly with this, “RIP tiny charcoal grill. Miss u man. I actually really liked u.”

However, depending on how you read it, her attempted fix might actually now read, ‘Japanese BBQ Finger.’  Good Lord.  I’m not sure what perplexes me more, the tattoo or the fact that I even follow Ariana Mocha Latte Grande’s Instagram account.

Also when I read some people’s messages on Instagram it makes me wonder…

word porn

Are you experiencing the Polar Vortex where you live?  I cannot believe some of these temperatures.  It’s crazy.  The kid lives in Columbus and with the wind chill it’s been in the negative 20’s.  He didn’t even have to work today because it’s too dangerous to be outside. 

For the record he doesn’t work outside but I guess the city wants as few people out as possible.  He also told me that the newscasters are telling people to turn down their heat because with so many people blasting their furnaces it puts a strain on the system so he has his thermostat set at 65.

I have my thermostat set at 70 because it’s been in the low 60’s here and my toes have been blue for days.  I can’t even imagine a polar vortex. Just the fact that polar is in the name indicates to me that it’s unlivable. Well that and this reporters pants,

They were frozen solid after 10 minutes outside. Nope, not for me.  I’ll be over here fighting with Hank over the heated blanket.

What is the temperature where you are?

Do you have any tattoos? 

Projects and pets

Taking some time off from running has left me with a little extra time in the mornings and quite frankly, if I don’t busy myself with little projects, it’s an ugly day.

GIVE THAT WOMAN A PROJECT PLEASE!

Fortunately there is no shortage of projects around here but I was getting rather tired of organizing screws so I was glad when I remembered I had that old dry sink to do something with. This picture is what it looked like after I had already sanded the top because for the life of me, I can’t remember how to take actual before pictures.

It was made out of knotty pine and the people that I bought it from had put in a little shelf and added some 70’s paper as a liner. I left the shelf liner because it was in really good shape but we took out the shelf itself because it was poorly made and honestly, it looked hideous.

Call me crazy but it only took a bit of cleaning and the liner really doesn’t look that bad…

I knew that I wanted to use this beside my sofa in the media room as a cabinet to store all of our popcorn and accessories. I’m gonna put the popcorn machine on top. But, that will be temporary.

Eventually it will be used as a coffee bar in my formal dining room which is what the room will be when we get rid of the media room. We don’t need it anyway, we have a living room and we mostly live in there. I don’t think we’ve actually watched a movie in the media room in at least 3 years but we eat every damn day so, instead of eating in the kitchen I think we need a dining room. Sorry, got off topic. That’s what I’ve been rehearsing since MacGyver doesn’t know the plan yet.

But for now, back to the dry sink. MacGyver insists it wasn’t that old but I think it’s fairly old. Not from the mid 1800’s old but at least the 30’s or 40’s. I think the last people who owned it changed out some of the hardware and added those hideous knobs but I could tell as I took it apart that the actual wood was quite old.

When I tried to find something similar online the closest I got was this one from Pennsylvania.

Very close, don’t you think?

What really matters to me though is what it looks like now and since my future dining room will have hints of red, I painted the bottom part and I also changed out the knobs. Here is the after:

What do you think? Do you like it?

I’ve been pinning things like crazy to go in the room once I change it and because I get sidetracked quite easily I’ve also been saving images for a Tennessee house. We don’t have one yet and quite honestly we just started entertaining the idea but of course, I’m already designing it.

I found the cutest thing to do instead of using curtain rods. I’m in love with this idea:

Can’t you just see that in a little farmhouse? It’s the cutest thing ever, right?

I have two more quick things to show you before I get to work. First, I need to show this picture of Charles. His feathers are coming in for spring and he’s getting all kinds of action from the lady peacocks.

Isn’t he gorgeous?

And this last picture is the boys. It was freezing this morning. Okay, actually it was around 45 degrees but that’s really cold for here. Anywho, Hank couldn’t find the sofa blanket so he used the next best thing.

That’s it for me. I need to get some work done.

Who does the home improvements and redecorating in your house? You or your husband? Or both?