Vacation is over and it’s bacon my heart….

Every time we take a vacation I tell myself that I will not eat badly and I will not over eat and every time, I fail miserably.  This time I decided to just have a good time and come what may.  We don’t keep a scale in our Nokomis house because I threw it out because who wants to worry about what you weigh when you’re on vacation, am I right?

diet

If you remember, I’m under doctor’s orders not to run and also I wasn’t able to walk for a week.  I extended the walking ban a bit further because hey, why not?  Based on the fact that I wasn’t doing any kind of exercise at all and I was eating whatever I wanted, oh, and sleeping in like a boss…….

I was pretty sure I gained the equivalent of at least a brain or half a dachshund, or 2 boxes of wine, or 6 packages of bacon, (which actually makes sense considering how much of that goodness I ate.)

eat skinny

We got home late last night and I stepped on the scale this morning and squinted through one half open eye to see the damage.

Lord Jesus

I weigh exactly the same as I did when I left for vacation!  If I had any idea how I managed to do that, I’d put it all down into words, write a book, and then sell that sucker and watch the millions roll in.

I wish I had a thousand photos to show you from our vacation because it was wonderful but even when I had a large part of my family over on Wednesday for a cook out, I neglected to take even one single picture.  I can’t help it.  When I’m having fun, taking pictures are usually the last thing I think about.

I did take some pictures from the week though so indulge me for a bit and I’ll share.

This is a bistro set that was brown and horrible looking.  My nephew helped me paint it and then I found these cushions on sale for half price and they matched perfectly!

Bistro Set

This is my blender which is from the 50’s, I think.  It’s pretty awesome.

50's blender

You know you want one!

My niece and I used it to bake a cake.  A blue velvet cake.

blue velvet cake

This is a picture of the cake BEFORE baking it.

smurf cake

It’s a smurf cake!  It was actually delicious according to my niece.

This is a MacGyver rescuing a gopher tortoise on Manasota Beach Road.

gopher tortoise

This is a soft shell turtle in our canal.  He is not a rescue, even though y’all probably think I rescue all of God’s creatures.

soft shell turtle

When my brother came over on Wednesday we were all standing around the canal and my brother said, ‘the water looks like motor oil.’

canal

I think he might be right.

And this is a picture of the awesome snook that I caught on Saturday morning.

snook

We catch and release at this time of year in case you’re wondering and also, this snook is way too small to be a keeper. But I caught one!

This is a random book store that we saw in Punta Gorda when my sister in law and my niece and I went to pick up a bird cage.

copperfish books

The next day I looked it up online, Copperfish Books is an independent bookstore that sells new, used and antique books.  They also support local artists.  I am determined to make it back to this place and to visit this store.  I love independent bookstores and you NEVER see them anymore.

We got home yesterday early in the evening and I got up this morning and walked.  It felt so nice.  I’m still looking for a bike.  I can’t decide if I want to get a brand new one since I’m not sure how dedicated I’ll be to the sport.  MacGyver found some really good used ones online so I’m going to take a look at those and see if anything jumps out at me.

Also, we have to save all of our pennies right now because we have some exciting things we’re working on, but I can’t tell you about it yet.  How’s that for a teaser?

Do you gain or lose weight on vacation?

Do you like independent bookstores?   

Do you like antiques or vintage things, like my blender?

We Vacatin!

Hey y’all!

balcony view

I may have forgotten to mention that we are on vacation this week, oops.

We’re actually just down in Nokomis and Englewood because a large portion of our families are in town.  Both brothers and their families and also I have a cousin and his lovely wife in town and also my Mom.

I’ve been hanging out with Thing 1 and 2 this week and loving it.

Here’s Thing 2 in the pool last night with my brothers niece.

the girls

I’m pretty sure they swam themselves into a coma.

Over the weekend Thing 2 and I were shopping and she wanted me to buy her a fish.  The conversation went something like this:

Thing 2:  Can you buy me a fish please?

Me:  I would love to buy you a fish but you would have a hard time getting it back to Virginia with you and your Mom and Dad would probably say no.

Thing 2:  That’s okay when I leave you can keep it for me.

Me:  I would love to but I already have 2 dogs and 2 birds and a big MacGyver to take care of.

Thing 2:  I know.  That’s a lot of things to be responsible for you but if it dies, just face time me for the funeral.

I swear! Out of the mouths of babes.

Today MacGyver and I have planned a big cookout and if all totals are correct, there will be 13 people, 2 dogs and 2 birds at my house this afternoon.  And except for the ones swimming in the canal, no fish.  I’ll update more tomorrow but for now, I have a party to get ready for!

When is the last time you went on vacation?  Where’d you go?

A 37 year running streak cut short by tragedy.

This is Linda J. Evans.

Linda J Evans

I am posting her picture because in all the news reports all I see are pictures of the man who hit and killed her.  Not one picture of the victim.

I heard about this story because my son lives in Columbus and I read the paper there every day.  It’s my way of keeping up with his ‘world’.  When I heard about this tragedy I felt so sad for her family.  And then I read about her and I was devastated.

Linda was a lifelong runner.  She met her husband on the way to the Boston Marathon.  Sharing the same love of running, they eventually married, at a 5K race no doubt.   Linda was a “Legacy” runner, which means she ran every single Columbus Marathon since 1980.  With 67 marathons under her belt, she was training for the 68th (the Columbus Marathon), when she was hit and killed.

The man who hit her got out of his car, looked at the damage, and then drove on to work.  How could he have not known that he struck someone?

The news reports called her an ‘avid runner’.  Avid?  Linda hadn’t missed a day of running in 37 years.  Thirty. Seven.She was also a talented artist and a humanitarian, a mother, a wife, a sister and a daughter.  I would have loved to have met her, she was extraordinary but I will never have the chance.

To help preserve her memory, the family has set up a memorial fund.  It will help to cover the costs of her services and they are hoping to have enough to create a memorial, possibly along one of her favorite running trails.  I think she deserves that.  If you do too, you can donate here.

What’s your longest running streak?