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.


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?

The real housedogs of Tampa Bay, starring Hank and Boomer

I only ran 5 miles last week and walked 3.  That’s a pretty big difference from the 35-40 miles that I had been running but my shins weren’t getting and after taking a few days off I realized that the pain had actually originated from my Achilles and it was still bothering me.  So, I made the adult decision to take some time off until I feel 100% better no matter how much time that may be.  I’m okay with it but I ain’t gonna lie, I have had a few moments in the past few days.

I have had a little more free time on my hands so I’ve been tackling some projects that I’ve been meaning to get to.  I’d like to say they were my projects but actually they’re MacGyver’s.  I’ve been trying to teach him the wonders of good organization with the JoFlow method, that’s my version of KonMari. 

I would be willing to bet that she never had to deal with anything like this:

That would be buckets and buckets and totes full of screws that I am trying to organize.  It’s a little maddening but I’m determined.  Don’t worry, after I finish with the garage Mahal, I’ll write my book and you can buy it.

And since I’ve had extra time, MacGyver and I have watched a bit more TV that we normally do.  And since I’m prone to little outburst when I’m not running, I’ve been winning the ‘what are we watching  war.’  That may not be such a good thing because over the weekend we watched a documentary called ‘the devil we know’ which is about DuPont and the chemicals used to create Teflon pans.

I urge you to watch it.  After we saw it I pulled out my cast iron pans, oiled them up and told MacGyver those are our new go to pans.  Not that it will matter much.   Apparently the chemical used to make Teflon, Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) also known as C8, has shown up in the blood of almost everyone tested for it.  Testing has shown that it causes birth defects and cancer in lab animals and the incidence of cancer and birth defects is much higher in areas around plants that have used PFOA and tainted the water supply.   If you ever had any doubts about what major corporations are allowed to put into the products we use every day, watch the documentary. 

MacGyver and I went to grocery store yesterday and as we stood in the checkout we saw a calendar with Crusoe the Dachshund on the cover.  I told MacGyver that Crusoe has a YouTube channel and he’s very popular and I wouldn’t be surprised if his owners haven’t made at least a few hundred thousand on that little guy.  And then I said, ‘maybe we should focus on Hank, he could be a star.’

‘Hmmmmm, what will I do with all my millions’

MacGyver said he didn’t think it was possible to make 6 figures off your pet.  Can he not see our dogs?  I’m convinced my dogs are millions of dollars just waiting to happen.  In fact, I think I’ve been doing this all wrong and I need to go set up a few social media accounts and a YouTube channel.

Have you seen the documentary ‘the devil we know’ and did it make you want to stop cooking with Teflon?

Do you have any pets and do they have their own social media accounts?

How many followers do your pets have and do they have more than you?

Would you wear a race shirt from a race you didn’t run?

Years ago, when I first starting running races I wondered whether or not I should run in my race shirt.  I was told by some of my more seasoned runner friends that it would be a big mistake and I would look like an amateur if I did, so I never ran in one.  Truth be told it wasn’t because other runners told me not to it was because I was terrified to run in anything I hadn’t pre-tested because I didn’t want any surprises on race day.

For a few years anytime I ran a race I’d hang the t-shirt up in closet and never think about it again.  It sort of became like a race medal, a prize that you hang up and notice occasionally but you don’t actually wear.

I don’t know why it happened but at one point MacGyver and I were in a thrift store and I noticed brand new race shirts on the racks.  I bought some to use during training because I figured at 1.99 they were cheaper than most of the running shirts I usually bought and they were moisture wicking so it was a win-win.  It never occurred to me that I had some perfectly good running shirts hanging in my closet because in my mind those were trophies.

Wearing  participant shirts that you got in a thrift store also presents a problem because inevitably someone will see the shirt and ask is you liked the race, or when you ran it, or how many times, and since you bought the shirt at a thrift store you can’t answer most of the questions.  I would usually say, ‘I bought this shirt at a thrift store but I plan on running it this year’ or something like that.

I think it was MacGyver who actually asked me why I ran in participant shirts from the thrift store but now my own and it was about that time I realized I should go ahead and pull them out of the closet and add them to my rotation.  Of course by that time some of them had yellowed a bit.

It didn’t take me long to choose my favorites.  Living in Florida and the fact that I tend to get really hot, I typically run in tanks, but in the fall and winter I do add some of the short sleeves into my rotation, both my own participant shirts and ones from the thrift store. 

The long sleeve shirts are worn much less often.  Typically I wear them about 10 days when running in Florida and I take some of them with me whenever I head to any destination north of here. 

I still buy participant shirts at the thrift store but these days I typically only buy them when I’m visiting another state and I find cool ones that I would normally never have the chance to acquire and I also run in them too. 

People still ask me if I ran the race and when, because let’s face it most of the people who live in Florida aren’t from Florida and the person asking is usually from the state you got the shirt from.  No matter, I still think it’s the most affordable option for running shirts and for finding cool running shirts with awesome slogans and graphics.

One of my favorites participant shirts has a bible verse on the back, it reads, “2 Chronicles 15:7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” I like to think that it gives encouragement to anyone running behind me and I don’t think about the fact that I never ran the race for which it was given out. 

When my old race shirts are worn out and I no longer wear them for training, I throw them into a drawer in a dresser in the spare bedroom but I haven’t forgotten about them.  I plan on learning how to make a quilt one day and then I’ll cut those old T-shirts into squares to use in the quilt.  But that’s not gonna happen anytime soon, I have a lot more races to run if I’m gonna make a quilt that will actually fit a bed. In the meantime, I’ll wear my race shirts to train in and when I’m running a race, I think I’ll wear shirts like this one:

funny running shirt

Do you wear your participant shirt when you run a race?

Would you wear a shirt from a race you didn’t actually run?

Do you wear your old race t shirts to train?

What do you do with your race shirts?