Down here in Nokomis where the coyotes roam free.

Hey from Nokomis where we’ve been since Thursday nite.  We’re heading home tonight but we had a lot of things that needed to be done around here so we extended our stay a bit.  I was also able to complete the two night stands that match the dresser I re styled several months ago.

night stand

Now the bedroom feels a little more ‘put together’ and I don’t feel like it’s so hodgepodge.  I love it when things start to look like I imagine them in my head.

bedroom

Not perfect but getting there….

MacGyver and I went to a few garage sales while we were here as well.  I was pretty excited to find a few great antique pieces at great prices.  We found a large metal container that I thought might have been used for milk back in the day and as it turns out it is the bottom part of an antique milking machine.  It’s pretty awesome and once I figure out what I’m going to do with it, I’ll show it to you.

I also found this beautiful little side table and I am in love with it.

Side Table

I love the cutout on the side, it sort of looks like a tulip..

MacGyver and I hauled off the tree limbs we cut a few weeks ago that have been residing on a trailer in the driveway.   I love going to the dump in Nokomis.  I’ve only been there twice but each time I saw a deer so I was really looking forward to seeing another one.  This time however, there were no deer but we saw a coyote running around in front of the Publix parking lot in the middle of the afternoon.  It was crazy.  And it was fast, too fast for me to get a picture but maybe next time.

With everything going on this week I still managed to run a little every day,  I ran/walked 33 miles last week.  I also lifted weights 5 days and did a core workout 5 days and I can now run 3-4 miles on average without taking a break.

eleven happy dance

Eleven get’s me..

It seems like such a small feat but it feels huge because honestly, I haven’t felt completely healthy in months so I’ll take what I can get and I’ll keep plugging along.

One of the people that I look to for inspiration is Gabe Grunewald.  If you aren’t familiar with Gabe, she’s a professional distance runner who’s been fighting a rare type of cancer since first being diagnosed in 2009.  I was sad to read this morning that Gabe has been moved to a comfort care center for end of life treatment.   Her husband, Justin, shared the news so that anyone who wanted to could send her one last message.

I hate hearing this news.  I really do.  If you want to send Gabe a message via twitter you can do so at @gg_runs and you can also leave a message on her Instagram account.

The purpose of life is to live it, so get on out there and go enjoy your day!

Throwback Thursday to yesterday, because I can’t remember any further

I hope you have a happy fourth of July.  We are down in Nokomis and actually went out on our boat to watch the fireworks but I’ll get to that in a minute.

First things first.  Before we left Clearwater on Tuesday MacGyver and I headed over to the lab so I could get some tests done that my doctor had ordered.

blood work

My hat goes off to the phlebotomist because she actually got my vein on the first stick and didn’t leave a bruise and that never happens, ever.  We wont get the results back for at least a week but I have a feeling they’ll all be normal anyhow because typically, they are.  I may be over here crossing my fingers anyway though because that’s what I do.

So after the lab, MacGyver and I finished up our work for the week and then hit the road.

When we bought our first house in Nokomis we took our boat out on July 4th and watched the fireworks over the Venice inlet.  We hadn’t done that since and so this year we decided it was time to to take the boat out and watch them again.

This year Danny and his sweet girlfriend Alma are in town so we took them with us.

Venice inlet

I had forgotten how beautiful it is watching all the fireworks above the water, it’s incredible.

If you follow me on instagram you probably saw the video I posted but believe when I say, the pictures nor the video due it justice I’m not kidding.  It should be on your bucket list.  Besides I know a great place you can stay if you ever come down…hehe  Hope your fourth was fantastic too.

What did you do to celebrate?

Memorial Day Weekend and a White Dove

I love going down to Nokomis for the weekends, especially when it’s a three day weekend, but after packing up to go down and then cleaning up to leave, and then coming home and unpacking and putting everything away, by Tuesday morning I feel like I got hit by a mack truck.

Mack TruckWe left Clearwater on Friday night and drove down to Nokomis.  MacGyver wanted to leave early but I had some rewards points from my credit cards and I had to spend them or lose them so I HAD to go to the mall.  Had to.

new outfit

In case you had any doubt about my skill, this entire outfit, including shoes was less than 30 dollars.

After power shopping we headed down to Nokomis and on Saturday morning I got up bright and early and got in a long run on my favorite trail.

long run sat

MacGyver and I had some lawn debris to pick up and some garage sales to visit so we piddled around for much of the day on Saturday doing those things.

We didn’t find too much at the garage sales but we did go over to the jetty and we met this guy who had a metal detector and he was picking up things right and left.  He told us that he had found 28 rings in only 6 months, twenty eight, including diamonds and sapphires.

money eye

hmmmmmmmmmmm

On Sunday MacGyver got up really early in the morning to go work on the boat and I went out for a run.  He was supposed to change out the prop while I ran six miles and walked the dogs and then we were going to go out and try to do some fishing.  Here’s what actually happened.

six mile run

I did run six miles and walk the dogs but on the walk Hank got over heated and fell down which scared the hell out of me so I picked him up and carried him back home, (he loved it, I’m not sure but he may have planned it).

MacGyver pulled the boat out of the water to change the prop but the dealer had given him the wrong parts so he had to put the old prop back on, which meant he wasted a shit ton of time for no reason.

Finally, around 11am, my mother in law came to pick me up so MacGyver could get the boat back in the water since it was at their house in Englewood.  When she showed up, this was what she walked in on.

woodpecker on my head

My mother in law and I loaded my things, and by things I mean, my menagerie, into the car and then we headed off to Englewood.

my family(In case you’re wondering were Hank is, he insisted on driving.)

We finally made it onto the boat around 1:30 in the afternoon and made our way out to Stump Pass.  I haven’t been to Stump Pass since last year and I was super excited to get out there, mostly because I really wanted to fish but also because I knew there would be a lot of people out celebrating and enjoying the holiday weekend.  I was shocked when we got there and I saw this.

Nothing ever stays the same

Apparently the pass isn’t deep enough for the larger boats so they are ‘fixing it’.  In my opinion, it will never be the same.  Progress?  I’m not sure that’s what I’d call it but it is what it is.

Anyway, there hasn’t been any bait fish anywhere.  MacGyver is convinced that the red tide we recently had ruined the fishing but I disagree.  We went to a few spots looking for bait and didn’t see any and we threw a few lures out but MacGyver was getting frustrated.

Eventually MacGyver and I decided that we should maybe start metal detecting but I said I wasn’t really ready to give up yet and that’s when I threw out a lure one last time and I landed the only fish of the day, and it was a snook!

snook

Boom!  What you can’t see in that picture is that when I was holding the snook, he flipped hard and his gill caught my thumb and cut it pretty good, and when he flipped, because I caught him on a double lure, the second lure flipped up and caught my hand as well so in that picture I’ve got blood all over my hand.

About 5 minutes after I threw the snook back I looked to the left of the boat and saw a large fin.  Yep, a shark.  I had hoped to get a closer look but it swam away.

After locating some band-aids we decided to head back and have some dinner.  Later that night we had desert back in Nokomis and we decided to go over to the Jetty to try some metal detecting with a unit that MacGyver had bought at a black Friday sale a few years ago.

detecting

It didn’t work.  (I’m searching craigslist for a new one today.)

Yesterday we hung out in Nokomis for most of the day.  It was so hot that I really had no desire to go out in the sun at all.  MacGyver and I watched some TV and hung out with the animals and worked a bit in the yard.  We just enjoyed the day.

Late yesterday we met my laws for dinner before leaving and had a really nice time.  The restaurant pulled a bait a switch on us which was annoying but there was a white dove hanging out there and I really wanted to take it home.

white dove

Wouldn’t you like a woodpecker brother?

I didn’t.

We got home last night around 9PM and MacGyver and I made it to bed around midnight.  I managed to get up and run/walk around 4 miles this morning but I have no idea how I did it because I’m exhausted and I still have a full day of work ahead of me.  This is why lunchtime naps were invented 😉 and why I excel at them.

How was your weekend?

Did you do anything special?