Snakes, birds, fireworks, wasps and thumbs.

Good morning to you.  It feels so great to get back to work after a 4-day weekend, doesn’t it?


MacGyver and I got back from Nokomis last night.  We went down Wednesday night to celebrate the 4th on the water with his parents and to get a few things done around the house.  We also did a little shopping and had hoped to get in some fishing but I have to be honest, other than heading out to the inlet to watch the fireworks, I want absolutely nothing to do with the water right now and it makes me sad, but that’s how I feel.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of bacteria in the water at Nokomis, Venice and other area beaches and recently someone died from flesh eating bacteria that she got from wading in the water here.  There have been other recent cases as well, though not as severe but I’m not taking any chances.  Period.

Fortunately, we have a wonderful trail down there called the Legacy trail and I was able to run on it quite a bit.  It was wonderful and I enjoyed every single minute of it expect for 4 minutes and 32 seconds.  That would be the exact time I froze because I ran into this guy and completely freaked out.


MacGyver said he’s a Red Rat Snake or Eastern Corn Snake and that they actually make pretty cool pets.

funny sarcastic

Pets are dogs.  Period.

At one point this weekend, MacGyver and I were driving around and we spotted a guy walking his dogs.  He had 4 doxie’s and 2 corgi’s and they were so cute that we pulled over to take a picture.

man with dogs

And yes, he thought we were weird but is that not the cutest thing ever? Those faces!

On the 4th of July I took MacGyver to Yoder’s for lunch.  He had never been there and I was super excited to take him.  Besides the fact that it’s located at a little Amish and Mennonite village smack dab in the heart of Sarasota, Yoder’s has excellent food.  I never noticed before but on the shelves they have little knickknacks and they had the Amish Butterprint Pyrex bowls.


I don’t know why I got so excited about the pyrex bowls but I did and I thought it was great that they had the Amish print.  MacGyver was not at all excited about it and thought I was weird for mentioning it.  He was more interested in whether or not the waitress had participated in Rumspringa back in the day because he thought she looked like she might have had a wild streak many years ago.  I was just very glad he didn’t ask her and made a mental note to cancel the network that airs Return to Amish.

After lunch MacGyver and I headed back to the house so we could clean up the boat and get it ready to go see the fireworks and that’s when it happened.  The dreaded fourth of July curse, and it got me this time.

wasp sting

That picture was only 5 minutes after the incident.

I got attacked and stung by another damn wasp!  Can you believe it?  I immediately took Benadryl to try to keep the swelling down but it didn’t work.  And a few hours later while we were watching the fireworks, I forgot I had taken the Benadryl and that’s probably why I got drunk on only one glass of wine and took 73 pictures of my thumb.

I did manage to get these shots though.

fireworks on the fourth

The rest of the weekend was spent going to garage sales and doing a ton of work around the house.  It was busy but also relaxing if that makes sense.

Oh, and one last thing, there’s a pond at the end of our street in Nokomis and lately there’s this single wood stork who’s been hanging out there.  The last day we were there he let me get really close and I got a few pictures of him.  I call him Mork.  Mork the Stork.

Mork the Stork

Isn’t he adorable?  I hope he sticks around.  He brightens up the mucky pond.

How was your fourth of July?

Did you have a four day weekend?

A sunny spot for shady people, a birthday and the ER

We’re still in Nokomis and I’m not sure when exactly we’re heading home but I wanted to check in and wish you a happy 4th of July and share a few things from our weekend thus far.

On Friday after I got back from my appointment with the neurologist MacGyver and I went in search of a store that his parents had told us about.  The place is located down in Englewood and I knew the second we walked in it would be a favorite for MacGyver.

For me, not so much.


It aint exactly Macy’s.

There was a cute furniture store located directly across the street that I did like a lot but the thing that got my attention was the bar located right beside the Man Cave Consignment store.  I’m not sure if the bar was open because it looked empty and it wasn’t so much the fact that it was a bar that I was interested in, even though I could have used a drink, but I digress.  The bar was called Will’s Honky Tonk and it had the best tagline ever.

wills honky tonk

Will’s Honky Tonk
“A sunny spot for shady people”

Love it!  I am determined to go back when they’re open.

On the way home we got stuck in a bit of a traffic jam.  There were several cars in front of us and they were all taking their time passing something.  As we got closer we realized it was someone on a bike and we couldn’t figure out for the life of us why people weren’t passing more quickly…..

Until we got closer.

crack kills

Apparently neither does his crack!

Crack kills.  Don’t do crack.

On Saturday morning I got up early and headed to the Legacy Trail.  I planned on running 5 miles but it was crazy hot and humid and at mile 3 I ran over the bridge and the view was breathtaking.

Running on Legacy Trail

And I decided that fishing was a much better idea so I headed home and caught MacGyver just as he was about to leave.  I took this picture as we headed out into Dona Bay.

Dona Bay

“I really wish it was more beautiful here”, said no one, EVER.

It was pretty hot out there fishing all morning so around noon we decided to hit up Snake Island and go swimming.  It was absolutely beautiful. (Contrary to the name, there are no snakes.  At least I’ve never seen any snakes.)

Snake Island

I could totally live here.

Snake Island beach

No, really, I could live here.

After an hour or so we headed back to the house and the pups and while MacGyver took a mid-afternoon nap I did a little shopping.  I had to pick up something special for a certain someone.

Sometime around 6 in the evening MacGyver’s allergies started acting up so I decided to give him a break and cut the grass in the backyard.  I only cut the backyard because I didn’t want to permeate the area with grass smells and I figured if he felt better the next day then he could do the front lawn.  See, I’m pretty smart.

On Sunday morning I got up early and went to run.  I ran four miles and then stopped to admire the view again.

Legacy Trail bridge

Come on down and run with me anytime.  You’ll probably never go back from whence you came.


When I got home I realized MacGyver was still in bed and not fishing so I knew something was wrong.  When I went to wake him up his right eye was swollen, shut.  As in, would not open.  I was positive we had been extra careful this year.  I was really hoping we could stay out of the emergency room but our curse continues and the July 4th weekend ER trip was on.


Typical ER room. We’ve seen enough to know.

MacGyver is going to be fine.  It turned out to be an eye infection due to really bad allergies.  They gave him a prescription for antibiotic eye drops and sent us on our way.   So, while we weren’t happy to be in the emergency room at least no guns blew up in our hands and neither of us broke a bone or needed stitches.  So there’s that, right?

Shit.  I probably shouldn’t have said that since technically the fourth is today. God bless it!

Anyway, we’ve got a big day today and a major celebration and I’m not just talking about the 4th of July.  Nope.  Remember when I said I went shopping for someone really special.

Boomers birthday presents

Boomer turns 8 years old today!


That face!

Happy Birthday my love.  Boomerton G. Pinkerton, Boomalicious, Boomer, Boom Boom, The Gentle Giant.  We love you big guy.  Best. Dog. Ever.

You can wish Boomer a Happy Birthday if you want to, I’m sure he’d like it.  Of course, he’d like you better if you send him food but birthday wishes are good too.

UPDATE:  I wrote the first part of this post at 12:30am and I cursed myself because at 3AM we were off to the hospital again.  MacGyver’s eye got worse.


Fortunately Venice Island is a quiet community and when we arrived at 3AM there were only 2 patients in the entire ER and we were the only people in the waiting room so MacGyver got in quickly.

macgyver in hospital

Poor guy!

We were in and out in about an hour but MacGyver is going to have to see an eye specialist tomorrow.  The ER doctor said it was iritis and he needs to see a specialist to determine the cause and make sure it heals properly.  Poor guy.  I’m taking very good care of him today.  Sadly, no fireworks but I don’t think he minds.

On the up side I told MacGyver even if we happen to be in Clearwater, if either one of us ever gets injured again, we’re driving to the Venice Regional hospital on the Island.  Even if it takes us an hour and a half to get here it will be faster than the Clearwater ER’s.

Quickest ER ever!  I mean, seriously, it’s an anomaly.

What are you doing for the 4th?  Party?  Cookout?  Emergency Room? Tell me!

We’re off to a great start and a Very, Special Birthday

Hey y’all!
I trust you had a fabulous Fourth of July, we did.
Ice Stars
Those would be my ice stars, cool aren’t they? I actually almost forgot I had them.
Yesterday morning we started the day very early with some fishing and if you haven’t tried it yet, Yoplait has a new flavor for the summer, WATERMELON. It was pretty awesome.
watermelon yogurt
We spent several hours on the boat in the morning fishing.
I think I was delirious afterwards because I came home and got ready for the night parade and fireworks on the boat and I went a little crazy with the selfies and the dog pics…
before and after
Mommy and Hank
Guilty dogs
Yeah, so I did say I got a little crazy. Anyway, if you have never seen fireworks from the middle of the Gulf of Mexico while laying on the boat, you really should. It was AH-Mazing. There is no way I could have captured it all on my phone camera but I did get several pics for you….you know cause I was camera crazy yesterday and all….
fireworks 1Fireworks 2
fireworks 3
fireworks 4
fireworks 5
And one last thing but it’s the most important thing of the day…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAIMIE! I hope you have the most awesome, spectacular, Monster High filled, My Little Pony filled, completely normal, fun and wonderful birthday because you deserve it.
Today is Jaimie’s 8th birthday. If you haven’t read about Jaimie, you can do so here.
I’ll be running for #TeamJaimie this morning. So, I better get out there and get going.

What are you doing today?