Animal updates!

A little later this afternoon MacGyver, the dogs, the bird and I are all going to pack into the truck and head down to Nokomis for the weekend.  It should be epic.

Hillbillies

But I didn’t want to leave without first giving you an animal update.

First, I’ve recently gotten a few emails from some people asking about Boomer.  Some of you were wondering how he’s been doing and what he’s been up to lately.  I can tell you that he’s been pretty busy,

sleeping.

Boomer Sleeping

Woody is growing at an alarming pace.  I can’t even believe how fast this bird has grown.  He’s tripled in size in only three weeks and he can fly for a few feet now.  He still doesn’t really have any major flight feathers but don’t tell him that.  He thinks he can soar through the sky!

Red Bellied Woodpecker

He knows his name too.  He comes when you call him.  He is also starting to get the red coloring on his head which is clearly evident in the next picture.

You can see the red just at the top behind his head, or not, depending on how closely you look but it’s there, I swear.  He’s so darn cute.  Have I mentioned that?

Did I mention that Boomer is still the champ at sleeping?  Or that he’s also cute?

Boomer's philosophy on sleep

“When you’re this good at something, there’s no reason to quit.”

And it wouldn’t be an update without a status report on this little guy who is, you guessed it, also a cutie pie,

Hank the Dachshunds

“Psssst, single adoptable male here, loves women! Not afraid to share the bed or my toys, just not with other dogs, cats or birds! Looking for a new family, preferably a sane one. Currently taking applications.”

I don’t know why he would say that, he loves it here.  He might be a tad bit jealous is all.  Maybe I could get the in-laws to pecker sit this weekend so I could give the wiener some extra attention.

hmmmmHope you have an excellent weekend!

What are your plans?

 

 

Mothers Day Weekend

Woody is part of the family and just goes with the flow.  I’m not even kiddin you, it’s hilarious.  He just rides in the car like one of the family and he sits on the sofa watching TV like one of the gang.

pets

‘Are you sleeping yet?’
‘No, are you?’

The only thing he hasn’t done yet is go on the boat and it’s only a matter of time.  When we go out somewhere and come back home I come in through the door and say hello to the dogs and they’re both barking and whining and Woody is chirping right along with them and when I say ‘Hi Woody’ he sings this little song, it’s adorable.

Woodpecker in a boat

We have this lamp that has a boat and an Ernest Hemmingway type character on it. MacGyver puts the bird in the boat to ‘train’ him.

Over the weekend I ran on the Legacy trail every day and on both Sunday and Monday morning I saw a hawk.  I almost brought it home too.

Hawk

I didn’t.  When it discovered a rabbit that had recently been hit by a car and drug it under a tree to save for dinner I knew that the hawk could fend for itself so I let it be.

We had a nice time in Nokomis and I love spending time down there but I have to say that I really missed the kid this year.  He called me Thursday night and we talked for quite a while and he texted me on Mother’s Day but I really, really miss him.  It’s been about 6 months since I’ve seen him so I think it’s about time for me to schedule a little trip soon.

MacGyver put in a new glass insert into the front door of the Nokomis house for me for Mother’s Day.  It’s really, very pretty and I love it.

Outside

This is the view from outside.

new door insert

And this is the view from inside the house.

 

We spent most of Sunday on the boat and MacGyver smoked a ton of food so that his mom and I wouldn’t have to cook anything for the entire day which was very sweet.  We took the dogs out with us and headed toward the island that we went to last weekend.  The dogs didn’t like the beach part of the trip very much.  The waves were intense and poor Hank got pummeled in the first two minutes and promptly gave up and left the water, Boomer didn’t last much longer either.  They both hightailed it back to the boat.

Boomer

Boomer slept in the back in the shade for most of the ride home. He loves the wind in his hair, diva!

Hank the dachshund

Hank jumps around like a popcorn kernel.

They both preferred the boat ride to the beach or the water on this trip, and Hank would have been happy if we would have caught a fish, but unfortunately the fish weren’t biting.  We did see the most interesting thing I’ve seen on the water in quite some time and I made MacGyver stop so that I could get a picture of it.

boat dock phone booth

Best thing seen on the end of a boat dock EVER!

I think they should have turned it into a tardis and then it would have been even cooler.

You could totally turn that into a tardis right?

We hung out with MacGyver’s parents until quite late on Sunday night so we decided to stay until Monday and then on Monday I got up and ran and MacGyver went to work on the boat.  We were supposed to leave around 1PM and come home so that I could get some work done that afternoon but did I mention that MacGyver went to work on the boat?  Yeah, so instead we left around 2:30ish.

Anywho, we’re home now and things are almost back to quasi normal.  As normal as a two dog, one woodpecker, MacGyver and a running girl household can be anyway.

How was your weekend?

Long runs, eye twitches, and dog rescue’s

If you follow me on Instagram then you may already know I’ve recently developed an eye twitch.  I have no idea why but according to Dr. Google it’s most likely due to lack of sleep, or stress.  I’m going to wager a bet here and go with C, both!

all about winning

Over the weekend I decided not to do too much work on the computer to see if that would alleviate some of the symptoms.

It did not.

Fortunately not being on the computer left me with lots of time to do work around the house and to get some runs in.  On Saturday, I ran 10 lovely miles around the neighborhood and it was stellar.  I enjoyed every single solitary minute of it, even when this guy try to seduce me somewhere around mile 4.

Mr. Peacock

Oh, hello!

After I finished running MacGyver and I decided to go to some garage sales and putter around for a bit, after which I came home and did about 4 hours of lawn work.  I was tired but in order to avoid the computer I was thinking about starting a new craft project.  As I went outside to look at an old piece of furniture I have stored in the garage, I noticed a stray dog running around the road and we locked eyes and of course he ran right up to me.

Obviously he was someone’s pet as he had a collar and tag, but no number.  After a few minutes a friend of ours drove up and said that the dog had been at his house earlier and he had given it some food and he was worried it would be hit as it wasn’t really afraid of cars so we decided to try and find the rightful owner.  The dog was running around and not really wanting to be controlled so every time one of us got close it took off.

Finally, we cornered the dog at a house around the corner and knocked on the door and I asked the guy if he knew who owned the dog.  He didn’t, but as luck would have it, he worked at the humane society and offered to take the dog in and read the chip to find the owner.  While standing there talking to the guy, a random guy in a gray car peeled around the corner at around 80 miles an hour. We all yelled at the idiot in the car to slow down and then you won’t believe what happened next.

He drove his car up onto the sidewalk and actually tried to run over me and my friend.  Seriously.

what the hell

I was stunned.  Too stunned to even try to get a license plate number.  Not that it would have mattered because by the time I got up and turned around he was a half a mile to Sunday.

The guy at the house took the dog and found the owner and returned it, and we went back to my house to tell MacGyver what happened.  I don’t think MacGyver really understood how close we actually came to getting hit and I’m kind of glad he didn’t see because it was really close.  What kind of person does that?  I can’t for the life of me figure out why on earth you would do something like that.  Miscreants!

On Sunday I ran 5.5 miles and I looked very hard for that silver car because I am determined to find it.  I’m sure he must live somewhere in this neighborhood.  And when I find him, and I will, I will watch that guy like a hawk until I find out how I can get him off the streets.  It just takes patience, and I’ve got all the time in the World.

Also, Kharma always wins because yesterday while MacGyver was cleaning the boat and I was working in the yard again another dog wandered over and plopped down right beside us!  No really.

This one was a pit bull mix, very sweet but hot and thirsty.  I walked it around the neighborhood for a good hour and a half and we kept it at our house for another 3 or 4 and could not find out who owned it.  Finally around 8:30 last night MacGyver and I got in the car and drove around looking to see who might own this dog.  We stopped at all kinds of houses and talked with all kinds of people.  No one had a clue but we did meet the owners of the black dog that I had helped to rescue the previous day.

Just when we were ready to give up I decided to try one more loop around and I saw a guy outside talking on the phone so I pulled over to try and ask him if he knew of anyone missing a dog and while I was waiting for him to end his conversation a car pulled up behind us.  The people in the car said, ‘hey you didn’t happen to find a lost dog did you?’

And here is the greatest part of the story, the guy driving the car was the guy in the house who’s door we had knocked on the previous day.  He was the guy who worked at the humane society and helped us save the black dog, the pit bull was HIS dog!

So yeah, basically I’m responsible for rescuing all the dogs in the neighborhood this weekend.

high five me

You would think after all that my eye would stop twitching but, nope.  Oh well, before I leave you for the day, here are a few more pictures from my trip to Tennessee.

Sweetwater

This is me in front of a random fountain the antique district in Sweetwater, Tn

horse

Patsy Cline

Bear carving

I’ve always wanted a bear carving but I’ll have to learn to carve because MacGyver will never pay 700 bucks for one.

morning Glory Farm

Morning Glory Farm property of Artist G. Webb

french broad river

French Broad River

the Smokey Mountains

I love my Tennessee hills!

What was the best thing you did over the weekend?

Where is your hometown?

What do you love most about your hometown?