WAIT, I’m completely unarmed, literally

Anybody else out there feel like this,

three day weekend hangoverI think I have a three day weekend hangover, is that a thing?

Yeah, the struggle is too real.  Anyhow, how was your weekend?  We had a pretty busy one.  In case I didn’t mention it and I probably didn’t, we were in Nokomis.  I actually ran a few miles and walked a heck of a lot because you know, the heat, it’s almost unbearable.  Speaking of which, on Saturday while I was struggled to run a few miles on the Legacy Trail, these two passed me.

Amish rollerbladers

They were so fast it was hard to get a good pic but that was two Amish women on roller blades and they whizzed right by me at a breakneck speed.  I don’t know exactly how fast that is, but if I went that fast on rollerblades, I’d break my neck so it was that fast.  And in case you couldn’t tell, they were in long dresses.  Seriously.

On Saturday MacGyver was working on a project for his parents so I hit up some garage sales and then went to pick up my mother in law so we could continue shopping.  You may not know this but I love to shop. I even went back out after dropping off my mother in law and doing a quick check on the dogs.  I think I finished up around 6:30 in the evening but only because I got hungry.  Hunger always wins.

The next day MacGyver went to work on his project again and I felt sort of guilty that he was working in the hot sun….okay actually, I spent too much money the day before so shopping was not an option.  I decided instead to mow the lawn, run the weed eater and then weed and mulch.

But first, I cleaned our fountain.  I think I did something wrong though because two days later it still looks like this,

fountain mishap

Too much soap perhaps?

I also planned on washing the dogs.   I managed to get Hank washed but I didn’t make it to Boomer because while I was pulling a limb out of our humongous dead oak tree, I inadvertently pulled down a wasp nest.

wasp stingswollen armOne of them got inside my glove and stung the crap out of me.  It swelled up so bad that tiny little blood vessels in my skin burst.  It looked a lot worse than it actually felt.  It just itched tremendously however I still managed to make it to dinner with my in laws and some friends because, I’m a trooper.

The next day MacGyver and I decided we needed to tackle the dead tree before heading to my in laws for the holiday and I mean, what better way to treat that sore arm, right?

MacGyver climbed up on a ladder and used a pole saw to cut the huge branches and then used the chain saw to cut them into manageable pieces.  My job was to stack all of the big logs and put all the smaller ones on a trailer to haul off later.  I raked up all the smaller pieces and we burned all of them in the firepit.

We were able to take out about a quarter of the tree before 1PM and it went really smooth until I dropped one of the logs and it landed on my right hand.  The left one was still swollen from the bee sting and looked like this,

left arm

Check out little Hank photo bombing like a champ

And then I managed to drop a log on the other arm,  so now the right arm looked like this,

bloody right arm

Again, it looks way worse than it actually was.  I still managed to make it to my in laws for afternoon and we had a beautiful day.  My arms just look a little like chopped meat but my lawn looks great and we’re almost completely prepared for hurricane season so there’s that.

We’re back in Clearwater and I’m working this morning and typing is sort of a challenge when both of your arms are hard to move.  Thankfully, I love a good challenge.  And hey, you don’t need arms to run, so I’m good.

arm punHow was your weekend?  What did you do for Memorial Day?  Ever been stung by a bee?

Coo Coo Ka Choo

Last night MacGyver and I rented a few movies from redbox because the 3 streaming services and huge amount of cable channels that we have obviously don’t fulfill us.

Too much TV

Anyway, we rented The Mule and A Star is Born.  Yeah, I know, I’m late to the party but I finally watched A Star is Born.  I did like it, a lot, but I had forgotten what happens to the guy in the end and even though it happened a bit differently in this version I still hate the way it ends.   The Mule was good too but it was more MacGyver’s speed and not so much one I watch on my own.

I ran for a few little miles on Sunday.  I walked a lot too but I think it’s going to take a lot more time than normal to come back from this latest injury so I’m just going to take it slow and listen to my body.   MacGyver and I are doing quite a bit of bike riding along with our weight lifting so at least I’m getting some good cardio.

I don’t think I mentioned it on the blog before because it made me sad but last year we released our rescue birds.  They were ready and I knew it and I wanted them to have a happy life living the way they were meant to be but it was still sad to see them go.  I raised Woody from just after hatching and Squeakers wasn’t much older so I grew quite attached.  After we released them I sold all of the supplies and cages and everything because I just don’t think I’m cut out for rehab.  I get too attached and that’s not good because you have to release them.

That’s why when MacGyver found a little dove this weekend, I was very wary of taking him in but Oscar the Osprey has been hanging out all day catching fish and eating other small birds so I was worried the dove might not make it.

It was a good call.

coo coo ka choo

At first I thought it was a mourning dove but it turns out he’s not.  He’s a diamond dove.  Diamond Dove’s are sold as pets which means I can legally keep him.  I haven’t decided what we’re going to do but for now we’re protecting him and I’ve named him Coo Coo Ka Choo.

He’s still a little skittish around us so we’re just letting him feel us out and when it comes time, I guess he’ll let us know what he wants to do.  In the meantime, he lives on the lanai.

diamond dove

I think he might be binging me good luck because this morning I got a call from the immunologists office.  I had an appointment scheduled for May 20th to try to find out why my immunoglobulin G Subclasses are deficient and they called this morning to let me know that they have an earlier appointment.  TODAY.  So, I’m off.  Wish me luck.

Do you have any pets?

Have you ever had a pet bird?

Three miles, THREE MILES, I might be a little excited…

You know what feels great?  Running three miles first thing in the morning without having to stop and without any pain.

This is actual footage of me running around Nokomis this morning….

wonder woman

Okay maybe it wasn’t me but I felt like that.  I have to remind myself not to get too excited though because I can’t just jump right back into running every day, so on the days that I do get to, it’s epic.

So, if you didn’t catch it, we’re in Nokomis.  We came down Sunday morning for Easter with family and we were going to go back to Clearwater tonight but it looks like we may be here for a few days.

Last Friday there was a rain storm and a lot of wind and the dead oak tree in our back yard decided it was time to drop a large limb, so it needs some tending to.  And MacGyver is putting a coating on the bottom of the boat and there are many other things to do as well.  Fortunately, I have a lot of work to do so here I am on the computer, you know, working.

pretend work

I actually do have to get some work done but I wanted to pop in and post a quick hi and say that I hope you enjoyed the holiday.

What did you do this weekend?