Snook fishing, a little running, a new roommate, and she said yes!

The worst part about coming home from a fun filled, action packed, awesome vacation is that unfortunately you’re usually exhausted and work is, well, let’s be honest, it’s sucky but you have to do it.

I sure miss this though…

Venice Inlet at sunset

Since this week I’m back to my regular schedule of work, work, and more work I thought I’d go ahead and take some time to recap the vacay, while I still have a chance.  When we last caught up I was on my way to a CT scan and the family was out fishing with MacGyver.  They had a very successful trip and caught lots of grouper.

During the course of the week, we also caught a lot of snapper, trout and of course, Snook.  Snook season is the reason my sister and her husband come down the first part of September, and as you can see, it’s well worth it.  Here are a few examples from the week.


snook fishingsnook season in florida






In case I haven’t mentioned it before, we really like to fish in our family.  It’s a prerequisite for getting in too so don’t even think about marrying any of our kin folk unless you’re a reel fishing addict.  See what I did there?

We also like our beaches and lucky for us Stump Pass has an awesome one.

Stump Pass 1Stump Pass 2





By the end of the week the girls needed some shopping time and  we thought my niece might be a bit tired of fishing so we hit up some souvenir shops and then I took them to Manasota Beach.

Englewood, Manasota BeachManasota Beach





Boardwalkturtle on the boardwalk





When we go to Englewood whether we’re on Manasota Key or at Casperson Beach I can be found doing the one thing that you can only do in a few places.

Looking for fossilized shark’s teeth.

elementI tried to take a selfie with my sister and my niece but my sister and I decided that only my niece looked good and so, I cropped us out.

KaitlinI did get a good picture of my niece and my sister later on.  You can see them here in a shot I like to call, The three monkeys.  Can you spot the third one?

3 monkeysThat’s actually my neighbors house.  He obviously has a great sense of humor.  We totally get it.

I also took the girls to Flounder’s for lunch.  We probably should have eaten inside but I wanted them to enjoy the atmosphere outside.  Unfortunately the Sons of Beaches weren’t scheduled to play until later so it was sort of a bust but I did get to play the game they have there which I love.

foundlersBest game ever

My niece brought her boyfriend of over two years along for the trip and imagine how excited I was when I found out that he wanted to propose!  My sister and I, (mostly my sister) got to plan it.  We got an empty wine bottle, got my niece’s boyfriend to write out the note and then had the guys drive us out to Snake Island on the boat.  My sister and I told the kids to go for a walk and we planted the bottle with the note inside and hid behind some trees.

And then…

Kaitlin found the bottleShe found the bottle, read the note, and turned around where her boyfriend was on bended knee.

And then…

She said yesShe said yes!

We celebrated the engagement by hitting up the new Dockside Waterfront Grill.

Dockside Waterfront GrillThe ring was center stage for most of the actually, most of the rest of the trip.

Dockside Waterfront GrillAnd in case I didn’t mention it, I ran two days last week.  I ran Tuesday and Saturday and both days I got three miles in.  I did end up with a migraine on Tuesday but I was able to keep it at bay on Saturday so that’s something.

On Saturday afternoon I took my sister and the family to the airport and MacGyver and I made our way back home.  We were exhausted but so were these two.

Boomer with bearHank with bear





Yes, my dogs each have a bear that they sleep with.  I’m going to try and remember how cute that is because when I got back from my workout this morning, this is what I found.

dog-partyLittle bastards!

But back to my recap.  When MacGyver and I got home we realized that we have a new roommate.  He’s very smart too because he mastered both doggie doors with no problem.

squirrelUnfortunately Hank and Boomer don’t like him so we’ve had to evict him.  (It hasn’t prevented him from coming back though.)

Last thing and I’ll let you go.  I ran another 3  miles this morning!  I walked one, ran three and then walked one more.  I’m crossing my fingers that I don’t get a migraine but  time will tell.

What’s the worst thing your pet has ever done when you weren’t home?

Should I try to encourage friendship between the dogs and the squirrel or help the squirrel find a new home?

The beach, do you love it or hate it?


A Birthday Manatee

So the birthday was awesome, of course, but it was made even more awesome by the fact that I got to share it with someone who has the exact same birthday, my nephew.

The birthday duo!

The birthday duo!

And I also got to spend the day with my amazing brother in law, sister in law and my beautiful niece.


When MacGyver asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday, I could think of only one thing and fortunately my nephew agreed.

Yep, that's the plan.

Yep, that’s the plan.

Unfortunately the fish weren’t out like they normally are in Lemon Bay probably because of all the recent rain, so we headed out to our little island paradise instead.

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We found a ton of these babies.

Sharks Teeth!

Sharks Teeth!

teeth and shellsBut I really have to tell you the highlight of the trip and it was spectacular.
By far the best part of the day was when this guy came swimming up to the boat.

Well, hello baby manatee!

Well, hello baby manatee!

Happy Birthday to me
From this Manatee
Who swam up to our boat,
And smiled and said cheese!

Does it get any cuter than a manatee? I think not!

Anyway, we spent the entire day on the water and a lot of time on the island. We found an old cypress tree with a shell display that was incredible. We took the opportunity to take a heck of a lot of photos, like these…..

My little mermaid ;)

My little mermaid 😉

Taking a little nap

Taking a little nap

The birthday kids

The birthday kids

I spy Ginger and Mary Ann!

I spy Ginger and Mary Ann!

After a full day in the sun we were cooked but we still managed to make it to dinner at Landy’s on the water in Englewood. It was the first time MacGyver and I had eaten there and it was delicious.

My absolutely wonderful and talented sister in law made a spectacular brownie cake for my nephew and I but we were so stuffed we decided to wait and eat it the next day.  And by eat, I mean devour…..

I had full intentions of updating on Monday morning but then….

This was calling my name

This was calling my name

The water was calling.  The beach, the pool, family surrounding us, and good times to be had.  And then, there was shopping.

We’re in Englewood through the day and then we’re headed back to Clearwater tonight where we’ll be for a few more days and then back to Englewood. The next few weeks are going to be a mix of family, fun, some work here and there, and of course, lots of running.

And now before I re-read that and exhaust myself, I’ve got a couple of pups who are waiting on a walk so I’ve gotta jet but I’ll see ya tomorrow.

How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

Saturday… far.

So, I made it to the doctor on Friday.  It’s a new doctor as required by my lovely government mandated, more expensive than diamonds, sub-par, thank God you’re not terminally ill, shitty insurance.  Surprisingly, I love the doctor and the people in the practice.  It was a wonderful experience all around.

doctors office

Just once I’d like to walk into a doctors office filled with funky furniture and cozy blankets. Sounds comforting doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, the insurance pharmacy benefits, not so much.


wont pay for a prescribed epi-pen so I would have had to pay 540 dollars!  I’m going to take my chances and avoid bees and shellfish for a while.  In the meantime, I filed a request for an approval, so that should be interesting at best but trust me when I tell you, I’m not holding my breath….

So, back to what’s going on.  This guy is in town for the summer from California,


Little Danny is not really little anymore.

Danny came over and spent the night Friday so that he and MacGyver could get up early and go fishing on Saturday.  I was supposed to go running that morning but instead, I took a cue from the dogs and slept in.

sleeping dogs lie

They look really comfortable don’t they?

After I did get up I took the dogs for a walk. and I’m glad I did because shortly after it started to rain and it never stopped.  Like ever, as in ALL DAMN DAY.  In fact, it’s still raining now.


We can swim in the front yard too! Well, not really but soon….

Seeing as how the dogs were sleeping, the rain was coming down, the guys were fishing and I didn’t have to be at the doctors office until 4, I did the only thing I could do.


more shopping

I did a teeny weeny bit of shopping.

I would have taken pictures of all the new stuff and showed you the photos but I had to pack it all away before MacGyver returned, you know, just in case he wanted me to model it all, or put on a fashion show, or show him the receipts, one of those things.

Anyway, I still had a few hours to kill so I got started on some reading material.


I finally read the recent issue of Runner’s World and the last 3 issue’s of Shape! I’m a serious slacker!

But my main focus is on this book which I am half finished with.

go set a watchman

I will probably need to read it twice and then re-read To Kill A Mockingbird so that I can give you my full and honest opinion.

Late in the afternoon, I got ready to go to the doctor.  I picked out something to wear from Clearwater and brought it here but then I wasn’t sure I liked it….


I hate it when that happens.  Do you ever do that?  Take an outfit with you and forget to try it on first and then not ‘feel’ the outfit?  Or is that just me?

Oh well, I think it turned out okay.  It was comfortable and because it was raining, pants were an option which is normally NEVER the case in the summer in Florida.


The jury is still out….but I’ll probably where it again, maybe with a scarf…..

The earrings however are all in…I love these earrings…and flamingo’s!


And now we have our fingers crossed that the rain will let up because we plan on going out on the boat and doing some serious fishing and some serious beaching.  My paddleboard is screaming my name and I just want to play in the water for the next few days.

So, right now, I’m going to attempt a run and hope the rain lets up and there are no thunderstorms.

And then, I’ll change out of my running clothes and into this:

swim suit

And commence with the weekending whatever that may be… be continued.

Now tell me about you’re weekend so far….talk to me…..