21 miles and fish, dead fish

I ran 21 miles last week.  That seems like such a low number to me since that would be a long run for me just a few years ago but these days it’s progress so there’s that.


It’s also balls hot here so anything over 3 miles a day and I’m going to need a saline drip.

Did I mention that I’m a widow.  Well, not technically a widow but a fishing widow.

fishing widow

Actually, I like to fish too.  A lot.  Unfortunately the red tide in the Venice area is horrible right now and based on my recent breathing issues, I’m not taking any chances.

red tide areas

In case you don’t know what red tide is, it’s the result of a harmful algae bloom, in most of the cases around our area, it’s an organism called Karenia Brevis or K. Brevis as it’s commonly known.  Not only is a Florida red tide harmful to the fish but it is also harmful to humans.

K. Brevia

And it even looks like a bug or a worm. GROSS

K. brevis, produces brevetoxins that can affect the central nervous system of fish and other vertebrates which causes these animals to die. The waves from the Gulf of Mexico can cause the K. brevis cells to break open and release these toxins into the air leading to respiratory irritation. For people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions red tide can cause serious illness. The red tide toxins can also accumulate in oysters and clams and that can lead to Neurotoxic Shellfish Poisoning if you consume contaminated shellfish.

Red tides have been recorded for decades in Florida, it’s not something new.  That being said there are a lot of people who believe that pollution has made the situation much worse and there are some people who believe that the water releases from Lake Okeechobee might cause or worsen the situation.  Scientist say that the later is not true.

I’m not a scientist and to be honest I don’t really know enough about it to make an informed decision but it seems to me that if you release algae infested waters into other bodies of water, the algae would follow as well which could create algae blooms.  Right?

This year the red tide has been going on for quite a while and it seems like it last longer every year.  I don’t remember having any red tide the first few years that we had a house in Venice. A few weeks ago MacGyver and I went down to the beach to collect some shells and there were dead fish all over the beach, the smell was horrible. It’s very sad to see all of the dead fish laying on the shore and floating in the water.

And it’s not just the respiratory problems that scare me, it’s also scary to think about what you might be consuming when you fish in the Gulf of Mexico and you eat what you catch, which we do.

This weekend I avoided the water the entire time.  When MacGyver asked if I wanted to go, I said no and adopted this new attitude.

my new attitude

Maybe this red tide will die off soon and we can get back to business, the business of competing for the most fish caught. Because, obviously I will win.

What do you know about red tide?

Have you ever gotten sick breathing the air during red tide?

A little shopping, fishing, a popeye arm and Sneakers.

Good Morning.  I wanted to use an exclamation point to really make that statement loud but I’m working from my Dell and the number keys on the top bar don’t work so basically, no exclamation point.  Hell I can’t even use the at sign so when I enter an email address, I have to cut and paste one.  I live for challenges.

Anywho, we’re back in Clearwater.

Hank in a bag

I’m just making sure you don’t forget me mommy.

We would never forget you Hank, not ever.

Over the weekend we did some work on the house.  MacGyver and Danny ran new electric and water down to the dock so now we can clean the fish without having to pull a hose all the way down and MacGyver can hook up some dock lights.

After all the work on the house MacGyver took Danny fishing and I went to some garage sales.  I also might have spent a shit ton of money at WalMart but good Lord did they have an awesome sale on their patio furniture.

I go this tea cart at a garage sale for 5 bucks.

tea cart

I didn’t have any wine bottles to put on it but I did buy some root beer for those occasional root beer floats that MacGyver and I love.

I also went got all new patio cushions and the best new patio table at WalMart’s patio sale.

The day was not without incident though.

As I was placing all of the cushions on the chairs a wasp flew out from under the bench by the fire pit.  I ducked out of the way as quickly as I could but the son of a bitch still managed to nail me on my wrist.  Fortunately I’m not allergic to wasps, only bees.  Unfortunately I still have bad reactions.

My skin swelled up so fast it broke the blood vessels under the skin.

It was so itchy and painful and it looked just like….


Let’s hope it goes down soon.

MacGyver didn’t want me to work in the yard or even do much housework on Sunday because he didn’t want me to use my arm so we went fishing instead.

Danny and Alma caught lots of fish.

Danny and Alma

And MacGyver and I caught a few too.

Summer is the best because we have all the fish we could ever hope to eat and I am so thankful for that.

And I have one last thing to tell you about.  Over the weekend we had a visitor in our garage.  He got in shortly after we arrived and was there for days.  No matter what we did he wouldn’t leave so eventually I started leaving food out for him.  I didn’t want him to die.

I guess he was very grateful for the food because now, we have a new member of the zoo.


Meet Sneakers

Sneakers is out baby rabbit.

Do you have any idea what it’s like to travel back and forth with two dogs, two birds and a rabbit?  It’s definitely interesting.

What did you do this weekend?

I’m back.

I guess I’ve been MIA for a while, huh?  Well, it wasn’t really intentional, it’s just that we’ve had a shit ton of stuff going on around here and quite honestly, I wasn’t all that motivated to write about it.  I’m back now so let’s catch up.


First and foremost, how freakin long are the World Cup Games?  I mean, jeez Louise, it’s been weeks since I’ve seen Kelly and Ryan and I’m starting to wonder if soccer is a permanent part of the Fox Network now.  No offense for those of you who love soccer, it’s just a bit much for me.

And also, has anyone else noticed the similarities here?

I’m just sayin.  Is it just me or do you see it?

I haven’t been running since Friday so obviously I’ve had a lot of time on my hands.

MacGyver is buying all the bells and whistles for the new boat.  He’s purchased new drink holders, and hatch covers, and rod holders and such but most importantly, he bought this:

Hank in his life vest

Hank has already roamed around the boat a bit while it sat in the yard.  Boomer hasn’t been in it yet.  I’m so excited to take them out in the new one because now Boomer has a place to lay down when he gets too hot or tired.

I might even put their favorite rug in there.


Seriously, how cute are they?

It’s been raining a lot here.  The good news is my flowers are growing like weeds and the mallards have become permanent fixtures so were happy with that.

My mother in law is doing a bit better.  She just had round two of the chemo treatments and is handling them very well.  She hasn’t thrown up at all which is wonderful news.  The treatments have been hard on her stomach though and after the first treatment she developed an ulcer which bled a lot and landed her in the hospital again.  We have to watch carefully to make sure that doesn’t happen again but, other than that, the side effects haven’t been too bad.

And as I mentioned, I haven’t really been running all that much.  The reason is because last week I started feeling short of breath again.  I didn’t really mention it to MacGyver at first but then I told him and my mom about it.  I’m a bit worried because of the pulmonary nodules that they found last year.  I had attributed it to the topamax since I had issues with breathing once I started taking it and I thought because I went off of it, the breathing issues would go away.

They came back and also when I was weeding the yard last week I got dizzy when I stood up and felt like I would pass out.  This and the breathing have me worried.  Unfortunately I can’t get into see the pulmonologist until August 3rd so I won’t know anything until then.  And until that time, I’m gonna,

Dr. Google

It’s a really short week with the fourth being on a Wednesday so MacGyver and I are heading to Nokomis for a little break and Lord knows,  I need it.

What have you been up to lately?