Hey from Nokomis!

Good Morning.  I’m coming to you live this morning from here,

Nokomis House

That’s our Nokomis house.  Currently I’m sitting by those 3 tall windows typing on the computer, not that you really needed to know that but in any case, that’s where I am.

We came down Friday late in the afternoon.  I had planned on doing some running but I didn’t run at all over the weekend.  I did go walking on the trail though, with Hank on Saturday.

Hanky

That’s not my horrible picture taking skills, it’s because Hank is so fast he blurs out in pictures.  Yeah, that’s what it is.

On Saturday MacGyver and I went to a few garage sales in the morning and then we went over to Englewood to visit with his parents.  My Mother in law hasn’t been feeling well so we wanted to go spend some time with her.

Later in the afternoon they came back over to our house so they could see the new baby bird we’re rehabbing and visited with us for a while.  It was a very low key and relaxing day.  That night however, MacGyver and I got to work on the landscaping because I had some weeding to do and he needed to mow the lawn.  Sometimes it seems like we spend half of our life working in the yard…because we do!

When I woke up on Sunday morning I just didn’t feel like running so instead MacGyver and I went out on the boat really early.

Venice Inlet

It was really early and the sky was a bit overcast.  I actually saw a wood stork fly over with something in its mouth.

wood stork

Just a few seconds later we saw another one fly over.

wood stork

They were carrying nesting materials.  It looks like the stork is gonna be delivering her own baby 😉

We headed out toward the Venice Inlet and I was taking a ton of pictures because like MacGyver always says, I only have 5,000 of the same pictures of the same inlet and probably the same dolphin so I must need more.

If you enlarge this picture you might be able to see that dolphin.

dolphn picture

They were doing some kind of diving thing at the inlet and there were police boats keeping everyone away from the divers.  MacGyver and I really didn’t see anything except at one point when they pulled a bench out of the water so I have no idea what they were doing.

Venice Inlet

We caught a few snapper and then I caught some of the absolutely smallest fish I have ever seen and so after a few hours, I called it and we went in.  MacGyver went back out for a few hours later and got a few really nice redfish while I took a nap with the dogs and the birds.

Later in the day we went over to the hospital because my Mother in law had to be admitted.  We are very glad that she got some immediate attention and that they are taking such good care of her , fortunately, the situation can be repaired and she should be just fine but we’ve decided to stay in Nokomis as long as we can so we can be here for her and my father in law if they need us.  I’m sure MacGyver is going to get in a little fishing too. 😉

I got up this morning a little more motivated and actually ran 5 miles on the Legacy Trail.

I can definitely tell that Summer is here but it felt a little drier this morning and not so humid.  It was actually nice.  I can honestly say that it was one of those runs I really enjoyed.  Of course, now, I need to get to work.

What did you do this weekend?

Oh the things I find when I’m running….

MacGyver and I had planned on heading down to Nokomis on Thursday to spend four days what with the holiday and all.  We were really looking forward to it and I had invited friends down but then Alberto decided to make an appearance so MacGyver decided that we should just stay home.

He said we could stay inside at home or stay inside down there so why not just stay home and save gas money.

tropical storm Alberto

Yeah, as you probably guessed it wasn’t exactly a wash out.  In fact, I mowed and weeded the lawn and then I weeded all the mulched areas and trimmed back all the trees in anticipation.  At least we’ll be prepared for the next one.

It did rain a lot, don’t get me wrong, it just didn’t rain the entire weekend.  I still ran in it too because, well let’s be honest, who doesn’t feel a little bad ass running in the rain?  Am I right?

running in the rain

MacGyver made me wear a shirt.

Sometimes things happen when we run.  We tend to see all sorts of things.  Sometimes we stop, sometimes we don’t.

On Saturday I was running and it was raining pretty hard but on my second loop around the neighborhood I saw something in the street and I stopped and now I am raising another baby.

blue jay

Meet Squeakers.  He’s a bluejay.  We weren’t sure if he fell from the nest or if another bird grabbed him and then dropped him.  His bluejay parents were flying around screeching but we couldn’t re-nest him because the nest was super high.

I’m glad we rescued him and are giving him a chance because the next morning I saw another one, the same size in the same area, dead.  I’m pretty sure another bird had picked the next because it was half eaten.  Squeakers has a tiny injury under his wing but it isn’t hampering his ability to flap them and he is eating and pooping just fine so hopefully in a few weeks, he will fly off into the sunset and live a happy bird life.

hungry bird

In the meantime, I’ve got a hungry bird that likes to be fed promptly, every half hour.  It’s a good thing he’s cute.

bluejay

Even Hank likes him.

Hank

He climbs up onto the chair so he can watch me feed the baby bird.  It’s adorable.

Have a fabulous Tuesday!

What did you do this weekend?

Did you go anywhere or did you get rained out?

He got shot … and still finished!

I think everyone has that one fear about death. Maybe you had a bad dream about drowning or you had a close call with a stranger in an alley at one point in your life but I believe everyone has that one fear of dying their most horrible death. For me, it’s being shot in the head.

I know, I know, not a good blog topic but stick with me. You see when I was a kid I had a dream that I got shot in the head by an intruder and I’ve had the dream on multiple occasions as an adult. Even though, in my dream I realize the pain is not really bad, it’s the fear of it actually happening that scares me. And that’s why bullet man is one of the most amazing people I have ever heard about.

Dennis Rainer was a 26 year old in 1978 and he really wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon so he ran the old Grand Rapids Marathon in Michigan. About 10 miles into the race he entered a rural area when suddenly he was knocked forward and almost hit the ground. He checked himself out and thought he was fine so he continued on.

Dennis Rainer

This is Dennis at the 2015 Ironman, (yes, he’s an Ironman too!)

Once he finished the race, he grabbed a hotdog and checked him time, 3:09, not a qualifying time. Disappointed but worried about the near fall earlier in the race he did the smart thing and headed off to the doctor. That’s when the doctor figured out what had happened and informed Dennis he’d been shot in the head!

You can watch the video below to hear the entire story.  (You really do want to watch this!)

The worst pain I ever ran through was a migraine. Dennis is the marathon boss in my book.

What’s the worst pain you ever ran through?