Seis De Mayo or the day after Cinco

Good morning.  I trust y’all had a fabulous Cinco de Mayo.  We celebrated by eating tacos last night.  Woo hoo.

cinco de mayo

Yep, that’s how we do.

MacGyver and I spent the weekend in Nokomis.  Saturday was my mother in laws birthday and we really wanted to be there so we could spend time with her.  After a year long battle with ovarian cancer her last scans came back clear so we had a lot to celebrate this year.

We had a wonderful dinner at Luna, an Italian restaurant in downtown Venice and then we hit up the 3rd annual Venice Wine and Seafood Festival.  We ended the evening with some very rich chocolate cake back at our house.  If you’re ever in the Sarasota or Venice area, you must visit Detwiler’s Farm Market.    It’s an Amish market and I got the chocolate cake there and it was absolutely heavenly.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever purchased anything there that I didn’t love.  You have to visit this store.  I think they have 4 or 5 locations and they specialize in fresh and organic products at great  prices.  Seriously, go there. You will thank me forever.

On Sunday MacGyver and I were doing a bit of work in the yard when MacGyver heard a huge splash in the canal. When he went to investigate, he found 2 manatees playing right in our backyard!  I managed to run into the house and grab my phone and capture a picture of one of them.

manatee

This is my backyard, I mean, how lucky am I?  I love manatees.

And birds.  But y’all knew that didn’t you?  In case you’re wondering, we still have Coo Coo Ka Choo.  I’ve grown attached.  He’s only let me pet him a few times but that’s all it took.  And he is getting real comfortable having the lanai all to himself, he even has a few favorite spots picked out.

Coo Coo Ka Choo

Isn’t he the most adorable thing ever?  I know.

I think I told you that I got an earlier appointment with the immunologist, right?  Well, I did.  He was super nice and spent a ton of time with me.  He also conducted several breathing tests which I passed with flying colors.  He is going to be doing some allergy testing on the 15th of this month.

He had me go get a test to see what my pneumococcal antibody titers are because apparently if they’re low, then he needs to do some additional testing to determine whether or not I have an immunodeficiency.  I got the results of the antibody tests back and they seem low to me but I’m not a doctor so I guess I won’t find out until I see him again so I’m still in limbo but at least some things are getting done.

How was your weekend?

How did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Friday Photos, edition 2

So, I think since y’all seemed to like the Friday photos post of last week I’ll just incorporate it into the program here with a little twist.  I’ve decided to change the photo theme weekly depending on, well basically whatever I feel like.

Earlier in the week I told you we were going out on the boat and heading out to Stump Pass which is absolutely beautiful.  I’m pretty sure I told you I would try to take some pictures for you.

I aim to please.

mermaid bracelet

I had to share that photo first because MacGyver is such a sweetheart and knows how much I love mermaids so he bought me this bracelet.

We got up early on Tuesday but it was a little too cold just yet so we hit up breakfast and then sat by the pool for a little bit.

pool

Those are our friends, Randy and Peggy and if you look closely, you might spot Hank’s tail waggin photobomb.

When we finally got on the boat it was absolutely beautiful and quite sunny.

canal

We made a quick stop at the marina for some bait and I took a picture of the bridge.  Most of the time when we fish under the bridge we see all kinds of bats, it’s a little eerie and unnerving.

placida road bridge

You drive down the Intracoastal Waterway for around 15 or 20 minutes heading toward Stump Pass which is the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico.  Just before you get to Stump Pass the water color changes and the difference is stunning.

This picture doesn't really do it any justice, trust me, it's beautiful

This picture doesn’t really do it any justice, trust me, it’s beautiful.

Check out this photo and tell me if you can see the manatee…or his nose…

manatee

We fished for a bit at the mouth of Stump Pass and then we decided to visit our little Island that we love.

I got off the boat and the first thing I did was take a picture of the awesome shells and greenery.  It got a little cloudy but it was actually a good thing because none of us were in the mood for a sunburn and it kept it nice and cool.

seagrass seashells

beach

I snapped a lot of photos out on that Island so bear with me because dammit I’m sharing!  I thought they would turn out crappy because of the lack of sun but they actually came out very cool.

shells

I love the shells, LOVE!

shells

The shells here are insane! I always bring back bucket fulls.

pelicans

These pelicans were doing whatever pelicans do on a sandbar. I was so excited to see white ones because we typically only see the brown ones.

We were out there for so long that the sun started to go down but I didn’t want to leave.  The sky was ethereal.  I hope I captured even a tenth of the exquisite beauty.

boat at sea

It started to get a little cloudy but look how pretty the sky is.  Can you see the dolphin fin?

The dolphins were all over the place this day

The dolphins were all over the place, can you see the two of them in this picture?

Here’s a view of the Island on the other side.

stump pass island

Just before we left I took a quick photo of MacGyver doing what he loves to do and that seemingly random photo has become one of my favorite photos ever.  It completely defines him.

MacGyver fishing

A boat in the distance, fish in the water and a pole in his hand. 🙂

And I took this last photo just as we left the island.  Check out the sky.

BEAUTIFUL!

BEAUTIFUL!

And here are a few randoms.  Typically we never have water coming inside the boat but for some reason this old boat put off a massive wake and Peggy and I got soaked.

jerky boat owner

Thanks ass wipe!

This is one of my favorite boats and it belongs to one of the neighbors.  It’s a Chris Craft and there is just something so beautiful about all that wood.

Chris Craft boat

Look at their Christmas Tree!  Can you see it just behind the boat lift.

And I can’t leave you without one final picture.

Boomer has given me permission to add this picture in order to satisfy the requests of his fans so I will comply.

Boomer and the bed he ‘borrowed’ from his brother:

Boomer

That’s a handsome boy right there!

Just like last week, tell me about a random photo on your phone or tell me about a photo of something awesome you did this week.  GO!

Notes on my door, moons and manatees.

Can you believe it’s Monday already? Dang, the weekend just flew by but that’s what happens when you’re busy have shit tons of fun!

So in case you didn’t know, we were in Nokomis for the weekend. On Friday night MacGyver installed our new amplified HDTV Antenna that we bought for the house. Now we get like 55 channels or something FOR FREE!  So, you can go suck it cable.

On Saturday morning we got up and turned the TV on and guess what was on…

HR PufnStuf
That my friends is H.R. PufNStuf, which is probably one of the greatest kids shows ever made. In case you haven’t seen it, you can watch full episodes online here.

Unfortunately, MacGyver and I didn’t have time to watch it on Saturday morning because one of the largest communities in Venice was hosting its bi-annual garage sale and with over 70 homes participating, we had some serious bargain hunting to do.

We shopped for a few hours and then headed home for lunch. I went out to the dock and was shocked to find the water this high….

water levels

Typically it’s about 1-2 feet lower..

MacGyver said it was a good sign that the fish were biting and that we had to get out there so we hopped in the boat. We decided not to take Boomer because the heat is not good for him, but Hank refused to stay home. That dog loves to fish more than I do.

fishing dachshund

Shhhh, I’m spotting bait. I need quiet people, QUIET!

MacGyver was correct. The fishing was stellar and even more so because I caught more fish than MacGyver. That always makes the trip a little extra fun, just sayin.

When we got home I went to get a special treat for Boomer and I found a note on my car. It’s the second note that I’ve gotten from this couple who are looking for the previous owners of our house. I found the first note a few weeks ago. They slipped it through the mail slot on the front door. It basically said:

Hey Lisa & Brain,
This is Debbie and Earl.
We came by to see if you still live here. If you do please call us at 407- XXX – XXXX.

I threw the note away because I figured when they didn’t get a reply they would realize that Lisa & Brain have moved and do not live there anymore.

Obviously not. The second note read:

Hey Lisa & Brain,
If this is you, me and Earl was looking for you. Give us a call at 407- xxx – xxxx.

I told my Mom about the note and she said I should just call and let them know that Lisa and Brain do not live there anymore, a thought which never occurred to me because, well, I’m obviously socially awkward. I figured the next best thing would be to reply to the note.

So, after several rough drafts, I replied with the following:

Hello Debbie and Earl,
We are the current homeowners. Lisa and Brain no longer live here. They haven’t lived here in over 3 years. They have moved away.    We do not know their current location but good luck in the search.  Also, it is entirely possible that he had an identity crisis, because rumor has it that Brain is now Brian.
Kindest Regards,
The current homeowners.

I stuck the note on the door as we were leaving.

Y’all may already know that the reason the water was so high in our canal and the reason the fishing was so good was because the tides are abnormally high during the full moon, but they were exceptionally high and there was a reason.

In case you didn’t know, on Sunday night for the first time in 30 years, we had a super moon with a full lunar eclipse. The result is a super large blood moon. I really wanted to see it and I was disappointed that the cloudy skies prevented it.

However, Nasa has many pictures on their website and you can view them here.

So, I may have missed the amazing Super Blood Moon but I did get a picture of the most glorious sunrise on Sunday morning before my run:

sunrise
And then MacGyver sent me this picture which he apparently took from the boat at the exact same time.

Florida Sunrise
He may have been fishing and I may have been running but we both looked at the sunrise and took a picture at the same time. You can go ahead and say Ahhhhhhhhhhh now, it’s okay.

And did you know that on Sunday we had the exact same hours of daylight and dark? Exactly 12 hours of each. Cool, right?  (Sorry but I geek out on these kinds of things.)

You know what else I geek out on?   Manatees.

While I was in Englewood taking care of a few things yesterday, I sat the water hose down on the edge of the dock and it just happened to be the same time the manatees came for fresh water!

manatees

manatees drinkingmanatee

manatee lips and teeth
It was such a cool moment that I almost didn’t get a picture.  Bet you’re glad that I did.

What did you do this weekend?
Did you get to see the super blood moon?