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?

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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.

snake

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

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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.

yoders

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?

WTF Wednesday, I can’t leave my house, like, ever!

How is it Wednesday already?  Jeez Louise has this week flown by.  What’s been going on you ask?  Well a few things.

First, last week when I walked out my back door from the lanai, I was staring straight at this:

snakes

That’s not two snakes having sex as I originally thought. No, there were 5 of them just all intertwined like big ass snake weirdos.

Obviously I can never leave my house again.

Last week I told you about the 2nd washer that we got but that it had spring a leak and we had to move it out to the garage for repairs.  Well, it was actually in front of the garage and MacGyver fixed it, but just to make sure it didn’t leak again he wanted me to wash a few loads before moving it back to the laundry room.  That’s how we became known as ‘the house with the washer in the front of the garage smack dab in the middle of the driveway’ people.

The neighbors love us.

Those people

In order to prevent any fines from the city I convinced MacGyver that it was working just fine and he moved it back into the laundry room/ spare bathroom yesterday, and so far it’s working with no issues.  I know this because I’ve already used it 4 times.  Yes, I know, it’s a problem.

Last week I met with my immunologist regarding the antibody tests results.  He confirmed what I thought, that they were definitely low.  And actually, 7 out of 14 were basically non-existent, which means if I were to get sick with that type of illness my body would have a hard time fighting it.

So, the immunologist has ordered a pneumovax vaccine and then I have to go back in 4 and 6 weeks and have more antibody testing to see if my body develops antibodies.  Hopefully then I’ll know if the low IGG Subclasses are an issue or not.  In the meantime, the immunologist wanted to re-check my allergies.

allergy tests

Number 26 looks like a problem, what could it be??

allergies

Hmm, that’s a lot of numbers, I’m just glad they wash it all off.

I’m not sure if you can see it but the bright red spot on my back is for mold.  Apparently, I am allergic to mold, good to know.  Fortunately, I can avoid that easily.  Now, the big red spot on my arm, number 26, that’s going to be a hard one.  Because my worst nightmare was realized right there in the doctor’s office.  Guess who is allergic to her most favorite thing on the planet?

ME!

People, I’m extremely allergic to………………

DOGS!!!!!

oh god know

There’s always the option of allergy shots.  Because getting rid of the offending allergy is NOT an option.

Besides, my dogs protect me.  Just yesterday one of the snakes that live outside the lanai managed to find a way into the lanai and was just slithering around like he owned the place.  Little Hank saw it and grabbed it by the tail and shook it until it turned around and hissed at him.  I screamed and MacGyver came out and tried to get it out from behind the hurricane shutters with a grabber thingy.  It ran out the other side and then Hank chased it out the door.  It was all very scary but now I really can’t ever leave my house again.  EVER.

At least I have two washers to keep me busy and wtf, it’s Wednesday!  Something interesting is bound to happen, right?

When is the last time you saw a snake?

Do you have allergies?  To what?

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.

GIVE THAT WOMAN A PROJECT PLEASE!

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?