I am faster than the speed of something slower.

I guess I kind of disappeared for a while huh?  Well I didn’t really disappear, I mean, I’m still here but things have been a bit hectic and I really haven’t had a moment to spare.  And let’s be honest, sometimes life is more important than a blog.  And so that’s what happened.  Life.

Crazy busy

A lot of things have been going on over here but I just wanted to take a few minutes to catch up and get this blog back to some regular updates.  I’m pretty sure y’all aren’t dying to know whats going on with me but I need a reference when I need to remember things.  And yes, that happens often.

First thing, I told y’all a few weeks ago that my mother in law had gone to the emergency room.  What we thought was a serious but easily corrected issue was actually much worse and I don’t want to talk too much about it right now because it is such a serious matter that it deserves it’s own post but we’ve been rallying around her with much love and many prayers and we feel confident that she is getting the best care around.  If there is a silver lining in any of this, it’s the fact that she’ll actually be here  year round this year and that means, we get to spend lots of time with her.

I’m still running but it’s summer and it’s ridiculously hot this year already.  It seems like it gets worse every year but it probably doesn’t, it’s probably just me.  Although the feels like temp with our humidity at 9AM is 91 degrees.  The only thing that gets me motivated in that heat is new running clothes.  These are two of the shirts that I’m considering right now.

Running Shirts

I think I need both of those shirts.

My sister in law was here a week ago and we went shopping one afternoon and I saw these sandals.

watermelon shoes

I did not buy them but I have to tell you, they smelled exactly like watermelon.  I kid you not.

Squeakers the Mohawk, the bluejay I rescued, is getting huge.  He is also lazy and does not want to eat on his own so I have to be a hard ass and drop his food in and walk away.  I hate it but if I don’t do that, he’ll never learn to eat on his own and won’t survive in the wild.  It’s also very hard but you have to refrain from touching him and playing with him.

I might have forgotten to send MacGyver the memo.

blue jay

The dogs also love the bird because like me, they are weird.

MacGyver and I were in Nokomis this weekend and we were able to hit a few garage sales over the weekend.  While we were shopping at one, this guy pulled up on a bike with tin foil and all kinds of weird things but when I saw the head, I got a little freaked out.

weirdo bike

And then I remembered that I’ve seen this guy and his bike a few times before.  And just as I wrote that I’m almost embarrassed by it because apparently we travel in the same circle.

I was running the trail on Saturday and afterwards I got a text from a friend saying he just saw me running.  It was our little friend Danny, who is in town from California for a few months.


Only he’s not so little anymore.  He grew up and he has the sweetest girlfriend.  They came over for a bit on Saturday night and then Danny and MacGyver went fishing for a bit on Sunday.  They came back with 11 fish and MacGyver is so happy to have his fishing buddy back for a few months.  And so am I because when they fish, I can shop. Wink wink.

We got Hank some new doggles so his eyes wont bother him on the boat.  Boomer doesn’t mind wearing a fishing hat but it’s hard to find one for Hank.  Fortunately, the doggles fit perfectly and he loves them.

Hank's doggles

I could really go on all day because there’s been so much happening but I can’t.  On top of all the things we have going on right now on Wednesday, my computer crashed.  Hard.  No matter what I did it would not come back.

I didn’t want to give up because I can almost always fix my computer but after 14 hours of trying all kinds of things I had to take it to a specialist who, surprise, couldn’t fix it either.  Instead, we rescued all the data from the hard drive and put it on my other laptop and then wiped the computer and reinstalled Windows.  Now it works but the neurotic and paranoid side of me doesn’t ever want to use it again.

hate work

The most accurate statement, ever.

How was your weekend?

Mondays, should you work or stay home with the dogs?

Hey from Nokomis!

Good Morning.  I’m coming to you live this morning from here,

Nokomis House

That’s our Nokomis house.  Currently I’m sitting by those 3 tall windows typing on the computer, not that you really needed to know that but in any case, that’s where I am.

We came down Friday late in the afternoon.  I had planned on doing some running but I didn’t run at all over the weekend.  I did go walking on the trail though, with Hank on Saturday.


That’s not my horrible picture taking skills, it’s because Hank is so fast he blurs out in pictures.  Yeah, that’s what it is.

On Saturday MacGyver and I went to a few garage sales in the morning and then we went over to Englewood to visit with his parents.  My Mother in law hasn’t been feeling well so we wanted to go spend some time with her.

Later in the afternoon they came back over to our house so they could see the new baby bird we’re rehabbing and visited with us for a while.  It was a very low key and relaxing day.  That night however, MacGyver and I got to work on the landscaping because I had some weeding to do and he needed to mow the lawn.  Sometimes it seems like we spend half of our life working in the yard…because we do!

When I woke up on Sunday morning I just didn’t feel like running so instead MacGyver and I went out on the boat really early.

Venice Inlet

It was really early and the sky was a bit overcast.  I actually saw a wood stork fly over with something in its mouth.

wood stork

Just a few seconds later we saw another one fly over.

wood stork

They were carrying nesting materials.  It looks like the stork is gonna be delivering her own baby 😉

We headed out toward the Venice Inlet and I was taking a ton of pictures because like MacGyver always says, I only have 5,000 of the same pictures of the same inlet and probably the same dolphin so I must need more.

If you enlarge this picture you might be able to see that dolphin.

dolphn picture

They were doing some kind of diving thing at the inlet and there were police boats keeping everyone away from the divers.  MacGyver and I really didn’t see anything except at one point when they pulled a bench out of the water so I have no idea what they were doing.

Venice Inlet

We caught a few snapper and then I caught some of the absolutely smallest fish I have ever seen and so after a few hours, I called it and we went in.  MacGyver went back out for a few hours later and got a few really nice redfish while I took a nap with the dogs and the birds.

Later in the day we went over to the hospital because my Mother in law had to be admitted.  We are very glad that she got some immediate attention and that they are taking such good care of her , fortunately, the situation can be repaired and she should be just fine but we’ve decided to stay in Nokomis as long as we can so we can be here for her and my father in law if they need us.  I’m sure MacGyver is going to get in a little fishing too. 😉

I got up this morning a little more motivated and actually ran 5 miles on the Legacy Trail.

I can definitely tell that Summer is here but it felt a little drier this morning and not so humid.  It was actually nice.  I can honestly say that it was one of those runs I really enjoyed.  Of course, now, I need to get to work.

What did you do this weekend?

Oh the things I find when I’m running….

MacGyver and I had planned on heading down to Nokomis on Thursday to spend four days what with the holiday and all.  We were really looking forward to it and I had invited friends down but then Alberto decided to make an appearance so MacGyver decided that we should just stay home.

He said we could stay inside at home or stay inside down there so why not just stay home and save gas money.

tropical storm Alberto

Yeah, as you probably guessed it wasn’t exactly a wash out.  In fact, I mowed and weeded the lawn and then I weeded all the mulched areas and trimmed back all the trees in anticipation.  At least we’ll be prepared for the next one.

It did rain a lot, don’t get me wrong, it just didn’t rain the entire weekend.  I still ran in it too because, well let’s be honest, who doesn’t feel a little bad ass running in the rain?  Am I right?

running in the rain

MacGyver made me wear a shirt.

Sometimes things happen when we run.  We tend to see all sorts of things.  Sometimes we stop, sometimes we don’t.

On Saturday I was running and it was raining pretty hard but on my second loop around the neighborhood I saw something in the street and I stopped and now I am raising another baby.

blue jay

Meet Squeakers.  He’s a bluejay.  We weren’t sure if he fell from the nest or if another bird grabbed him and then dropped him.  His bluejay parents were flying around screeching but we couldn’t re-nest him because the nest was super high.

I’m glad we rescued him and are giving him a chance because the next morning I saw another one, the same size in the same area, dead.  I’m pretty sure another bird had picked the next because it was half eaten.  Squeakers has a tiny injury under his wing but it isn’t hampering his ability to flap them and he is eating and pooping just fine so hopefully in a few weeks, he will fly off into the sunset and live a happy bird life.

hungry bird

In the meantime, I’ve got a hungry bird that likes to be fed promptly, every half hour.  It’s a good thing he’s cute.


Even Hank likes him.


He climbs up onto the chair so he can watch me feed the baby bird.  It’s adorable.

Have a fabulous Tuesday!

What did you do this weekend?

Did you go anywhere or did you get rained out?