Some family, some rhombus and some pig love

Once upon a time there was this blogger who had a blog and she wrote posts like 4 or 5 times a week.  That girl is a slacker and you can tell her I said so.

Im a slacker

In the meantime, I have a bunch of stuff to tell you about so let’s get started, shall we?

On Thursday, the second of August, which I believe is the day after the last day that I posted, I had my long awaited appointment with the pulmonologist.  I wore a very cute dress which is important but I’ll tell you why in a minute.



The best mirror in my house just happens to be in the bathroom.  Don’t judge.

Anywho, the first thing that I had to do after arriving for my appointment was a chest x-ray.  It was uneventful.  Next stop, the pulmonary function test and I won’t lie, I was super nervous because the last time they told me that I had mild COPD.

The breathing machine was not tons of fun but my shoes are cute.

Let’s fast forward past all the boring stuff.  First, I do not have COPD.  In fact, I rocked that breathing test like a champ.  The doc says my lungs are in awesome shape.  Although, I do have a touch of exercise induced asthma.

Second, my chest x-ray was fine and the doctor didn’t even feel the need to repeat a CT scan.  I have to say though, I may still insist on one in the next 6 months just to be on the safe side and to ensure the pulmonary nodules they found last year haven’t grown.

So, what about the breathing problems I was having?  It turns out that if you lift hundreds of pounds of retaining bricks over several days you can actually strain or even tear your rhombus muscle.  Yeah, I know.  Mystery solved.  And oh yeah, I’m an idiot.

After the doctor, I had a retail therapy session.  And remember that cute dress I showed you earlier?  It is not so cute in a wind storm.  It blew up over my head much to the delight of the 70ish year old man sitting in the car facing me.  It was mortifying, to me, I don’t think he minded.

On Wednesday night I headed down to Nokomis to hang out with Inspector Gadget and the family.  I was afraid the beach would be really bad because of red tide and don’t get me wrong, it was definitely there, but not as bad as it has been.

Nokomis Beach

After spending the weekend in Nokomis, MacGyver and I headed back to Clearwater with Danny and Alma.  They spent a few days with us because tomorrow Danny will be headed back to California and Alma will head off to Sweden.  We took them to Pier 60 on Monday night.

Pier 60 has entertainers that perform from 6:30 to 10:30 for free.  They’re called buskers.  Did you know that?  I didn’t.  Anyway it’s sort of like Mallory Square in the Keys except Monday night.  The buskers performing that night were not very good.  And since they work for tips I felt really bad for them.

After Danny and Alma left my in laws came up for my mother in laws chemo treatment and I have the best news y’all.  After only 4 chemo treatments, she will not need anymore.  The cancer has shrunk so much that they feel they can perform surgery to remove the rest.  As you can imagine, we are all so thankful and so relieved to hear that.  The surgery will be sometime in the coming weeks.  But keep saying prayers because obviously, they are working.

On Thursday Inspector Gadget and the family came up to see us because they had to leave to go home a week early.  How’s this for random?  They came down for vacation, read a neighborhood newsletter about someone looking for a home and sold their house in a day.  So they had to rush home to pack and they’ll be moving into my in laws house since they’re now living in Florida.

We spent a few days with them before they left and I hated to see them go.  I can never have enough time with these two…

Robin and Vinny

Hmmmm, what else have I forgotten?  Oh yeah, Hank has a girlfriend now.  She’s a pig.

Hank and Tilly


And that brings us to today.  We’re almost back to normal.  Well, our normal anyway, whatever that is.

What have you been up to?

Have you done anything exciting?

My fitbit is stuck in the customer support limbo mode, and yes, it’s a thing.

On the 9th of July I was sent a return label for my 2 month old fitbit Versa because the display stopped working.  Remember that date okay?

fitbit tan

The good news is, I was getting the opportunity to work on filling in that fitbit white strap which had unfortunately become a permanent mark.  I figured I’d have at least a week to fill that in but surprise, apparently I’ve got all the time in the world.

Apparently, fitbit has to wait until they receive the old fitbit and then their warehouse has to notify them that they’ve received the item, and that takes up to five days.  I don’t understand this, is it because they have so many returns and if that’s the case, what’s up with that?

In my case they received the versa on the 20th and as of the 29th they still hadn’t gotten confirmation but in the interest of keeping their customers happy they told me they would go ahead and ship out a replacement.  How thoughtful.

Oh, and also even tough they promised overnight shipping on the return back to me, they conveniently forgot and shipped regular ground because why not make the girl wait another week?  What’s the date again, oh yeah, tomorrow is the last day of July.  What the hell fitbit?  I would’ve used an exclamation point but that key is broken on my computer but I was yelling that, just so you know.

hell no

I planned on reviewing the Versa this month but since I haven’t had it all month that will have to wait.  I can review customer service though and at this point in time, I can tell you that they Pretty. Much. Suck. Ass.

MacGyver and I were home this weekend because we had a lot of stuff to get done around here.  He left this morning to go to Nokomis because he has a big job down there but I am staying in Clearwater until the end of the week because I have a shit ton of work to do and a doctors appointment later in the week.

Oh and also, I’ve got like a bazillion animals to feed.


Forget the bird lady, Black Labs Matter.

Now, how does this camera thing work? Wait, shit, I wasn’t posing…

The food is free, go tell all your friends.


Hey look, when pigs fly…..

Okay, that last one isn’t mine.  It’s my neighbors.  Her name is Tilly and after meeting her and petting her little nose, I want one.  And I could get one too because MacGyver is in Nokomis and he would never know.

Somehow over the weekend I convinced MacGyver to go shopping with me.  When he wasn’t relaxing in the children’s recliners, he helped me find the perfect gnome for our Nokomis house.

You can’t really tell in the picture but it’s teal blue y’all and he’s beautiful.

That’s it for me, I’ve got work that needs to be finished and pets that need to be fed.

How was your weekend?

Do you have a fitbit?  What kind and have you ever had problems with it?  How was customer service?

The best diet ever….a colonoscopy

Good morning from Nokomis and guess what?  It’s that time of year.  Inspector Gadget and the family are here.  I haven’t taken any pictures yet but I’ll post some soon.

I did take a picture of a really cool pie bird that I got at an estate sale last Friday.

pink pie bird

Also on Friday I had my long awaited visit with the gastroenterologist.  She went over my CT scan of last year and we talked about my diet and the recent problems I’ve been having and then she rocked my world.

“Start eating gluten again”, she said.


Wait what?

But, I thought I was supposed to avoid gluten at all costs so I was really confused.  And then I asked her if she thought the diagnosis was wrong and that I can eat gluten.  But no, my life is never that easy.

I am scheduled for a colonoscopy and endoscopy with tissue biopsies in mid-September and in order to get the proper diagnosis they need me to consume some gluten.  Some gluten, not all the gluten.


And because my day always gets better, she gave me the instructions for the prep.  Oh, the prep.  I mean seriously, if you’ve ever had a colonoscopy, then you understand completely.


Most Accurate

It’s supposed to rain today so after a bit of work, we’re gonna do some shopping.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some pictures.  Of my family, in case you were wondering.

How was your weekend?