Tuesday tangents and such

There’s a palm tree very close to my house that has been damaged due to the storms this year.  There are two large holes, one in each side of the tree, and on one side a family of red bellied woodpeckers were living and on the other side, (much to my delight), a family of northern flickers.  There were so many baby birds.


“You mean there’s more like me?”

I was so happy to see them but especially the flickers because obviously I’m very fond of the flickers.  Yesterday I went down to the palm tree with the dogs to see the baby birds.  They were all gone.  So I sent MacGyver down with a ladder to assess the situation.

The news was so sad.  All the babies were gone.  MacGyver said they were most likely eaten by the starlings that were circling overhead.


In case you haven’t heard, no one finished the Barkley Marathons this year.  I watched a report on the race mostly because I love Gary Cantrell and you just never know what he’ll say.  He never disappoints.  This year he gave the interview in his geezer hat.  If you don’t know much about Gary Cantrell or Lazarus Lake as he’s also known, here’s a great article about the man and the challenging races he organizes.

And here’s the report about the Barkley Marathon’s this year.

For those of you who have asked about little Hank, he wanted me to let you know that he’s feeling 99% better. He and MacGyver has also started a club since the vet recommend we neuter him.  It’s called the ‘save Hank’s nuts club’ if you’re interested in joining.


‘Join the club and help save my nuts!’

Remember when I told y’all that I had trigger thumb?  Well I went to the doctor about it and he said it was beyond a steroid injection and that I most likely needed surgery.  I didn’t schedule a follow up yet because as long as I don’t bend it, it doesn’t hurt.

Until today.

Trigger thumb

After my eight mile run this morning I was ripping off my sweaty clothes to jump in the shower and my thumb got caught in my sports bra.  It bent, rather forcibly and I heard a tearing sound.  Now it’s swollen and hurts like a mother so I guess I’ll need to schedule that follow up appointment.

And that’s all of my tangents for the day.  Of course it’s only 10:45AM so more could be coming.

What do you got?  Tell me anything.

Seven Islands Birding Park, my Barkley Marathons practice run ;)

What’s happenin’ honeys?  Good things I hope.  Not much over here right now.  I’m just catching up on some work.  This morning MacGyver and I took a little break and may or may not have went to a few estate sales.  I’ll never tell.  Never mind those vintage pyrex to go baking dishes on the counter, I’ve had those things for years….

where did those come from

Now since I don’t want to leave you guys hanging I thought I would share with you little parts of my Tennessee trip over the next week or so and today I’m going to share with you the day I ran in the Seven Islands Birding Park.

In pictures of course because that’s how we roll on Fridays, lazy.


When I first started to run, two deer ran in front of me and then stopped. I told them to go on but one of them wouldn’t. I slowly walked up to him and stuck my hand out. At first he sniffed and then he licked it! That will NEVER happen again in a million years!

birding park

I have the worst sense of direction and I got a little lost a few times and had to double back because I wanted to take the longer trail by the river. It is very remote and hilly and I loved it.


You enter at a barn and my sister told me the turn around point was at the second barn so I was glad when I finally came upon this one.  I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to run through this one too but I didn’t.  I ran around it.

steep hill

And up this hill which was steep.  The picture doesn’t really do it justice because this hill is super steep.

trail head

There is a viewing area at the trail head and you can see the river below.

River View

This is a better view of the River.  Okay, maybe not that better but were not finished yet.


It’s a little remote in spots but I didn’t mind.  It’s also muddy and there are some brambles.  Barkley Marathon practice y’all!

seven islands birding park

Besides, with views like this at the top how could you really be mad?


I loved this little spot. I am definitely coming back. I’m jealous this place isn’t right in my backyard.  It’s times like this I really do miss Tennessee….

If you happen to hang your hat in Kodak, Tennessee even if for a minute, I highly recommend this place.  It might even be good practice for the Barkley Marathons since only one person even finished this year and he was from the area.  🙂

What’s your absolute favorite trail?

Dog Town trail is preparing me for the Barkley Marathons, sort of.

I’m sick.  Ugh!  I hate being sick more than just about anything in the world especially when it’s a cold AND a fever!  We were at the cabin on Saturday night and I went to bed around midnight feeling fine but I woke up around 1:30AM with a scratchy throat.  I thought maybe I was just thirsty so I drank a bottle of water and went back to bed and the next morning I felt fine.  It wasn’t until Sunday night on the way home that I realized I had a cold and after we got home the fever kicked in.

I woke up yesterday and I could barely breathe…MacGyver ordered me back to bed and other than a few trips to the bathroom and a few small steps in the backyard, I’ve been there ever since.

willpowerAnyhow, since I’m confined to my bedroom but I can actually sit up today without throbbing head pain, I figured I’d update the blog and tell you some of the highlights from our weekend at the cabin.

When we arrived at the cabin my running trail was seriously overgrown.

overgrown trail

I think I’d say a tad bit overgrown….

That’s what happens when you don’t come out for a few months I guess but MacGyver being the sweetheart that he is mowed it in the dark on Friday night.

So, even though I hadn’t planned on it, I woke up Saturday morning and hiked/ran 5 miles on Dog Town Trail.


That is some high grass surrounding my trail but thanks to MacGyver the trail is good.

On Sunday morning I ran 10 miles and since I’m convinced that one day I’ll be asked to run the Barkley Marathons, I included sections that were overgrown with blackberry bushes, high grasses and areas littered with driftwood and burnt out trees.

overgrown trailrandom driftwoodbushes all aroundI still managed to finish in under 2 hours so I felt pretty good about it.

After I finished running on Sunday I took a shower at our outdoor showering station.  MacGyver still hasn’t built the outdoor bathhouse but I’m not giving up on it.  I have visions of a room with a shower in one corner and a tub in another made out of galvanized steel….

outdoor shower

do you see my running clothes strewn about?

If you’re wondering where in the world the water is coming from, check out the water tower.  It’s a bit intimidating when the wind is blowing.

water tower

While running I had noticed a few blackberry bushes looked like they might be producing so later in the afternoon I took a hike through the bushes to try and pick some.

blackberry bushIf someone asks me if they can come out to my property to pick blackberries it’s because they’ve never been to my property to pick blackberries.  It is however perfect training for the Barkley Marathons because it’s seriously thorny just like the briars of the Tennessee mountains.  (Laz?  Did you hear that?)


This was after only ten minutes!

And the haul was totally worth it.

two blackberries

At least one of them is edible.

Totally worth it.  (Laz, I’m ready for Barkley, call me.  I’ve got my license plate and a buck sixty!)

The dogs always have a good time at the cabin but Boomer in particular.  You see, in case you’ve ever wondered, Boomer knows how to camp like a boss.

Boomer camper

If you could just get me a cigar, all would be right with the world, mmmkay.

Hank and I spent a lot of time on the four wheeler.  Typically we have to share our riding time with MacGyver but since he rolled it on himself on Saturday I banned him from it.


The four wheeler is mine! You shall have no more turns.

We left late Sunday afternoon and I snapped a few photos on the way out.

flowerssuburban estates

suburban estates

It’s very peaceful here.

Obviously I have no running to share with you this week because my sinuses are raging war with my body  and I’m gonna do everyone a solid and stay home.

mama juneHow was your weekend?

When is the last time that you were sick?