The Weekend Recap with bio-hazard material.

Last Friday MacGyver and I decided to go down to Venice and Englewood to see the parents who got in to town on Thursday. They came back from Virginia to get the new house in Englewood all set up and I think they were also looking forward to some sunshine and nice weather because they’ve both been sick with colds and such since going back to Virginia in March.

Sick people everywhere
They were worried that MacGyver and I would get sick but I wasn’t really concerned because I never get sick. I was worried about MacGyver though, because last year when they came down they were sick and MacGyver got sick as well but MacGyver and I took our chances because we couldn’t wait to see them again and we also had a major project to complete.

In Florida when Spring arrives the Jacaranda tree in my yard blooms with the most glorious purple flowers. They started showing up over the last week,

Jacaranda Tree
just about the time our temperature went from the low 70’s all the way up to 87. Yep, spring has sprung in Florida!

When we arrived in Venice we quickly unloaded the car and then headed over to Englewood where we hung out with the parents for a few hours, and then we headed back over to Venice and went right to bed. On Saturday morning I got up at 6am and got ready to hit the Legacy Trail. It was hot but I loved every minute of those 6 miles.

The Legacy Trail Nokomis
I didn’t really have any particular type of run scheduled as I’m not training for anything right now, the most important thing was just to enjoy the run and I most certainly did, well except for the first few minutes when I had a little encounter with some drugged out homeless people.  (I almost ran into them as they came out from the brush where they were using the bathroom and no, not in a port-a-john.)

After running I went back to house to help MacGyver with our project. We had a large out building removed from the property a few weeks ago and we needed to put in a vinyl fence to cordon off an area off for the dogs. They guys who removed the building put up a makeshift barrier for us but it only took Hank about 7 minutes to break free and infiltrate the work zone so we had to work fast.

breaking freeWe also had to remove all of the debris that used to be the outbuilding and take it to the dump.  It’s about a 40 minute round trip and we had to go twice.  On the second trip, we saw a deer on the side of the road.  I couldn’t believe it.

In case your wondering about the project, this is a pic of the fence as it was going up. I didn’t have time to take a picture after we hosed all the dirt off so you’ll just have to imagine it. The wooden fence belongs to the neighbor so we are hanging all sorts of beach themed things on it so it looks a little nicer. The area in front of the vinyl fence is where the building used to be and it borders the dock and the water.

the great fence project
This is what I plan to do to that area and the next project we are going to tackle:

outdoor fire pit areaPretty sweet, right?  I’ll post more pictures as everything gets done but in case you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited about it.

After all the work on the Venice house, we took the dogs and headed over to Englewood. Can you tell how excited Boomer is?

Lab going swimming
He was excited for one reason and one reason only.

swimming in the pool
The pool!  Nice view too, isn’t it?

After swimming and hanging out for a while, we headed back to Venice.  Unfortunately, we had a hard time sleeping that night because there was a police helicopter flying over with a spotlight and a police car in the park shining his spotlight all around.  Since our house is right across the water from the park, we were a bit concerned, as you can imagine.  I just kept thinking that maybe it had something to do with the homeless couple I had seen that morning.

The next morning I got up and ran on the Legacy Trail, again.  It was a quick 4 miles and afterward as I headed home, I saw the homeless man but he wasn’t with the same girl.  This time he was with an older woman so I guess the previous night had nothing to do with them.   After running MacGyver and I spent some time working around the house and then took the dogs for a walk.  We walked over to the park and noticed there was a wreath hanging on the Park Trail deck.  Once we got close to it we noticed it was a Halloween wreath, weird.  As we were leaving the park, Hank stopped to smell something and I looked down and saw a syringe, a SYRINGE!

I went home and called the local police department because I was concerned a child might pick up a needle or something but I gotta tell you, I am still concerned about it.  I’m not sure what is going on but I’m going to do everything in my power to stop it before it gets any worse.

Later in the day we went to visit the parents again, okay, and the pool.We hung out for a while and then early in the evening we came back and I cooked a little dinner for everyone and then MacGyver and I headed home.

I was really looking forward to a long run this morning because I want to start increasing my mileage just a little each week so I planned on getting up really early.

But that didn’t happen because guess what?

damn I got sick
Little miss, “I never get sick” is sick.

God Bless it!  I’m going to be in bed all day so it looks like I’m going to have to live life through you today so tell me about it, please!

Are you running today? What did you do this weekend?
Do you run on a trail or path close to your house?
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen on one of your favorite running routes?