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!