FLORIDASUN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLORIDASUN FLORIDASUN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ More tales from the wild n' woolly side of Bobbi~land with pics of course! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837874 <em>446</em> I've missed you my darling sparklers! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas and happy holidays to each and all! Thank you sincerely for your cards and good wishes! I really REALLY love them all! <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>500</em> <em>425</em> <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> I must say I really enjoy my virtual world friends every bit as much as my fleshy friends...not to insinuate fleshy as in fat...only fleshy as flesh' n' bones! <em>20</em> I got called out on that onc... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 08:47:15 EST Oh...the stories to tell that have unfolded in the last 13 days! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837472 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l358728659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ha...ha! Selfie at the Christmas tree! I'm still not very good at this..smirk! I hand the camera to DH because he has a longer arm and he never gets both of us in the picture...so much for HIS photographic Christmas skills! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> There is SO much to tell you about through out the last 2 weeks I'll probably have to divide it up in blogs. <BR> <BR> As of today we are on vacay~until January 2n... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:39:41 EST 'Crunch time' gets er done! 3 days of hustle til Christmas dine in! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830710 Happy Wednesday my sparklers! <BR> <BR> Burrr...it's a rousing 46 degrees right now. Definitely CHILLY time for us Florida wimpsters! <em>444</em> We get all grumbly anytime the weather gets in this range. With good reason you understand, after you have lived here for many many years your blood thins out... so cold affects you BIG TIME. AND...Florida cold is a wet damp cold...so it's really pretty bone chilling. <BR> <BR> When we first moved to Florida wayyy back in the late 1970's I... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:11:52 EST Count down to Christmas Dine In @ our house & Girls annual Christmas Craft party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828527 Oh my golly gosh! This upcoming Friday is my turn to host the dine in group. It's LONG past due. I've really been dragging my feet on this..especially since we've been too busy to attend the last several shin digs the others in our group have hosted. <BR> <BR> We missed last night also. Just too pooped to pop. DH is on a big construction pool and patio remodel job and I've been alone in the consignment gallery. We both decided to conserve our energy for today since it's the busiest a... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 09:17:52 EST It is now official 'CRAZY TIME' in Florida..the snow birdies are back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827394 <em>213</em> Howdy my sparkies! <BR> <BR> This is officially my 'love/hate' relationship with Florida in December thru April timeframe. It's the time I have serious doubts in my ability to multi~task any more! Every year it seems to get harder...or maybe it's because I just keep biting more off the proverbial...only 24 hours in a day apple! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> In my head...all goes well..it's JUST another add on to the consignment gallery PAINT LINE...it's JUST another household of f... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:10:48 EST Loving the 'eat out Thanksgiving' this year! Gives me ME time...YAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822925 <em>104</em> Today was the BEST day! We had to go over to the consignment gallery so that a customer could pick up a picture that she wanted to have in their house before Thanksgiving company comes to visit. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking...WHY didn't she think of that LAST week when she was in the shop and looked at the picture...BUT...anything for a good sale huh? <BR> <BR> AND...we ARE only about 5 minutes from the shop...so why not? <BR> <BR> I was rather put out that she asked for a discou... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:14:41 EST WOW...9 whole days without a blog...does this tell you how busy it is here in crazy~ville FL during http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817682 <em>198</em> I'm SO bushed...it has been a mile a minute at the consignment gallery all of last month and this month too. We are up to about 150 per day coming into our little consignment shop...I'm VERY grateful! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Stuff has been flying IN and OUT of the gallery SO fast I haven't even had the time to take pics and share them with you before...POOF they are gone! <BR> <BR> This is GOOD...but it is also extremely stressful. Every time new items come in it's CRUNC... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:20:47 EST The consignment gallery is poppin! Furniture in and furniture OUT...woot, woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813530 <em>530</em> BAM....'season' in sunny SW Florida has arrived early this year! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I don't know if it's because of the polar vortex that is guaranteed to bear down on the northern states AGAIN this winter....OR...if people are just sick of dealing with cold weather in general and are moving to Florida in droves. <BR> <BR> I hear many comments from customers at our little consignment gallery that they had planned on relocating within the next 5-10 years...but decided LI... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 10:51:55 EST Yesterday REALLY dusted my tail~feathers...but today is another day! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811272 Holy COW...I was so tired last night I plopped into the La Z Boy cranked up the footrest and absolutely vegetated the night away! <BR> <BR> Good thing I had nothing planned on the social agenda or I would have been a no show for sure! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday 2 households of furniture went out for delivery and that means rearranging the entire 3,000 sf floor to fill in empty spots, clean dust bunnies, and of course plan out the floor plan for another whole house of furniture arri... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:43:14 EST A wild n woolly week in consignment land...the snowbirds have landed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809880 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1954113672.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You'd want to be here in the winter for this too wouldn't you? <BR> <BR> I feel so happy and blessed to be living in paradise...especially this time of year. It is DEFINITELY what we sweat out 98 degree weather for at 100% humidity for most of the year! <BR> <BR> But along with this wonderful weather comes lots and lots of challenges. Especially if you are a retail shop owner. <BR> <BR> The crowds...although... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:06:28 EST A whole house arrival of beautiful and CURRENT merchandise! I'm a happy girl! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805032 <em>213</em> Howdy sparklers! <BR> <BR> After the dust has settled from my last blogs bru~ha~ha on the sign fiasco life moves on. <BR> <BR> Well sorta! <BR> <BR> The sign is still not complete and the sign guy is making excuses on when he is supposed to come back and complete it. Time will tell...we may not even see him again...that unfortunately is the way business sometimes operates here in the la~la land of FL. One would think he'd want the rest of his payment...but as I say...time ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:45:36 EST When spousal biz partners don't agree...it's the PITS! :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802075 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l650953669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The hubs and I don't always agree and really never have on business. He will ALWAYS give the customer OR the vendor the green light even when it's detrimental to our OWN well being and profit. This is the thing I hate the most about him...he can certainly be a woos about standing up for OUR rights..but then it's ALSO the reason I married him...because he has a kind and caring heart! <em>26</em> I just wish a li... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:52:22 EST Custom painted table found some chair friends AND a new home! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798743 It was a grumpy weekend! <em>234</em> It's always that when I find that DH and I have to do work for the gallery on both days. Our weekends are Sunday and Monday and there is so much to do around this house we absolutely need BOTH days off. <BR> <BR> AND to further complicate our lives...we are so close to working 6 day weeks right now with 'season' right around the corner that those two days off mean a LOT to us! But...what are you going to do...you just put your head down and plow t... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:11:00 EST Some darn good news (knock wood) on the house and still going strong on walking streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795796 <em>104</em> Well...miracle of ALL miracles the judge signed off on our new case management plan for the 'save our house' fight. This definitely gives me some peace of mind and a little more stability on what is going on for us over the next year. <BR> <BR> Frankly I'm surprised she signed off, our valiant attorney was a little skeptical about her doing so. He said that it would be RARE indeed for a case as old as ours to be held over for another year. <BR> <BR> This pushes our summar... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:07:39 EST A terrific night with the Saturday night group and Bonefish Grill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792496 <em>334</em> You know my ongoing saga with our Friday/Saturday night dinner gang group.l <BR> <BR> It's been a long term standing date with all of us for some 20+ years. Over the years we have ALL definitely been though our ups and downs. <BR> <BR> DH and I used to be the big fish in the small pond when the group first formed back in the late 80s. But then we fell off our money horse and now are the minnows swimming in the big money pond. We have had lots of mixed feelings throughout... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 22:30:06 EST The Healthy Kitchen...something you might enjoy and it's FREE! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790511 <em>213</em> You know my favorite saying..."If it's free...it's for ME!" <BR> <BR> Soooo you might enjoy tuning in on Oct. 15th for a food revolutionary event on quick and easy ways to make your kitchen healthy! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I have to admit...with my new love of walking I'm very proud I've put into place a healthy streak promoting a great healthy habit....but...it seems this time devoted to walking has taken away from my food planning...I know...I know...I could record my groc... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:54:05 EST Walking early Day 10 on the beach with pics! PRETTY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789238 <em>462</em> <em>298</em> <em>141</em> <em>464</em> <BR> <BR> NOTHING makes me much happier than a nice stroll on the beach. Either early morning or sunset! <BR> <BR> After all that IS why we moved to sunny south Florida right? Living only about 15 minutes from the beach it's CRAZY that we don't go more and enjoy what people pay thousands of dollars to come and visit each year. <BR> <BR> It's a Florida thing...once you move here it's a complete novelty for about the first y... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:43:38 EST Dedicated walking and eating brings -3 pound reward this week! YAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787900 <em>311</em> Where there is a will to lose weight...there IS a way! It just takes a good solid plan and then dedication to stick to the plan. <BR> <BR> For me...the sticking to is the rub! I always start out great and am full of hopes but then as time dwindles and I get busy I somehow lose the motivation. I did really GREAT with my FMD and lost about 25-28 pounds...but I was NOT loving the cooking. And I wasn't really on board with the exercise portion those six months. We all know yo... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:32:39 EST Decisions...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786760 <em>213</em> Hello my sparkly buddys! Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> I'm still working my streak of early am walking. So far so good! This morning I felt the first resistance impulse. I ignored it and threw on my walking clothes and hurriedly slipped into my tennis shoes. I think the resistance is #1 I'm a normally lazy morning person. This is why we don't open the consignment gallery until 10:30 during our summer months and 10:00 a.m. during 'season'. <BR> <BR> I justify this by telli... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:50:30 EST Who ever knew getting up and out EARLY was the key?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784595 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> I've just finished day 3 of my 'up and at em' EARLY challenge! I have to do this...mostly because it's still hotter than Hades here in sunny SW FL...AND...if I wait to do exercise SOMETHING always gets in the way then I have to piecemeal it in 15" to 30" increments as many times in the day as I can. <BR> <BR> The KEY is get OUT there before your logical mind has a chance to fully waken and talk you out of it! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> It's kin... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:41:03 EST 5% Teddy Bear Challenge today! Good start and the plan~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783410 <em>311</em> It was a fairly cool morning here in sunny SW Fl so I got my keister out and walking before my logical mind could talk me out of it! I usually do my walking on my trusty treadmill but with the cooler air and slightly misty rain I just wanted to be outside for a change. <BR> <BR> It felt good to get my mile and 1/2 in slightly after 7 a.m. I'm hoping to make this a streak..I like getting out before all the other neighborhood walkers get started. Everyone wants to stop and ... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:33:07 EST Veeerrry strange case management recommendation..trust me when I say STRANGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781085 <em>2</em> Lots of things in this world puzzle me...but few actually BAFFLE me! Today we heard back from our faithful and loyal lawyer on the discussion about our case. This is when the lawyers meet with a case manager...not the judge to go over pending cases to get them lined up for their docket. <BR> <BR> When Randy called I was relieved that he was the one that had gone to represent us. He is always the most forthcoming of all the lawyers at this very prestigious law firm and frankly... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:21:04 EST Giving it up to a higher power feels right to me today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780802 <em>257</em> As our life unfolds we ALL have our trials and tribulations. But I have learned ABOVE anything else that you just can't control EVERYTHING...no matter how hard you try. <BR> <BR> Today's court date is a real left fielder. It's supposed to be a Case Management Conference. I'm not exactly sure what that is but I think it's when the judge hears from the lawyers if they are ready to proceed to Summary Judgment. I SURELY know what THAT means...it's usually the verdict on if you... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:37:01 EST Warning...a letting off steam blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780486 <em>29</em> I've spent my day off chasing down our attorneys and trying to determine if we are supposed to appear or NOT appear tomorrow for a case management meeting. Our attorneys weren't really sure because they say they haven't gotten back an Order to strike by the court on their June 16th appearance. <BR> <BR> The confusing thing about this is that I see 6/18/14 where the Court Register of Actions Order on Motion to strike appears. <BR> <BR> But...in my non judicial gullibility ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:03:11 EST New Fall 5% challenge is right around the corner..here's my plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778495 <em>4</em> I've tried em all! Every diet and eating plan under the face of the sun, they all work...for a while. Then I lose interest or in my latest fall from grace...go on vacation for 4 weeks and all bets are off! <BR> <BR> I'm just not willing to miss a sinful beignet at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans with a cup of cafe latte...at the ripe ole age of 62 screeching towards 63 in early January what are the odds that I'm going to make it back to Bourbon street 50 pounds lighter to get T... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:09:43 EST YAY....ME! Where DOES this insufferable spirit to soldier on come from? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775818 <em>20</em> Maybe it's because I'm a 'strappy~Cappy' a Capricorn in the truest sense of the word...always trudging carefully UP that mighty mountain refusing to look down. Or maybe it's because I'm slighty nuts and can't really identify with the word 'no'...but I keep on trudging...it's all about the climb I guess. <BR> <BR> Today I'm hoping to finish my 3 day marathon of organizing all of THIS....on our 'save our home' fight.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:17:34 EST The 'save our home fight' ramping up again..sigh~ :-(( 9/16 @9:20 a.m EST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775066 <em>29</em> I feel like I have a starring role in the movie "Groundhog Day" where Bill Murray wakes up every day and it's a repeat of the day before...infinity! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> We have another important court date coming up 9/16 @ 9:20 a.m. EST. I feel a little greedy asking for your prayers again...but I'm hoping you continue your very much appreciated support and prayers for justice to be served during this important time. <BR> <BR> Our attorneys have successfully (I hope) mov... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 09:48:25 EST Why do vacations leave us craving MORE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772874 <em>213</em> Wow...I should be a VERY happy little Florida camper after having almost a solid month off from work. But you know what...I'm in a royal slump on day 2 back to work. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to figure out why this is. I should be full of memories and brimming over with stories about our great road trip...but I'm feeling extremely sluggish and frankly kind of down. <BR> <BR> WHY IS THIS...aren't vacations supposed to revitalize us and restore our soul? <BR> <BR> Saturday night ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:00:28 EST Time to get back in biz mode...both with our biz and with my diet plans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770034 <em>4</em> WOW...talk about eating yourself through vacation! I surely did do that for the past 4 weeks. The only thing that saved me from gaining MUCH more than 3 lbs was my walking regimen while visiting the sites in Memphis and New Orleans. <BR> <BR> Luckily our hotel was a good 3 miles each way from the action of down town so DH and I got a workout after all. Especially in 90+ degree heat! Whew...but I'm glad we made ourselves do the walk...otherwise I'd probably have packed on a... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:34:32 EST It's in the cards...or so they told me in New Orleans~ :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768166 <em>40</em> Sooooo what do you think of having your Tarot cards read? Some people it totally freaks out and other people do it regularly. <BR> <BR> I am a skeptic...so it was only due to the mood and place that I decided I wanted to have a reading in a voodoo shoppe in New Orleans. <BR> <BR> Now DH being of Catholic upbringing wouldn't even step foot in the shoppe...well...he did come in but did a quick exit when I decided I wanted my cards read by a Warlock...that scared the bejabbers o... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:59:03 EST It's great to be home and to share our big New Orleans road trip adventure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767342 <em>213</em> Hi my sparkles! <BR> <BR> I'm so happy to be back at the Florida homestead and to find that our beautiful house is still here. I had serious concerns that it might be stolen away whilst we were not here to watch over it. This is just HOW RATTLED this 'save our home' fight has left me! <BR> <BR> All is well and I'm very thankful for that! We had 2 sets of friends checking in on it while we were gone...one in the neighborhood and one a distance away. They looked in on our c... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:04:38 EST Goodbye sweet Memphis...hello New Orleans on a whim! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764309 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l519193548.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We loved our Memphis visit. Graceland was really something to see! I'm glad we went. I liked Elvis although I was more from The Beatles era. Elvis hit the big time when I was just a toddler so I was never particularly tuned into him as a kid. <BR> <BR> He certainly was a phenomen though and as we toured his house, his grounds, his car museum and his airplanes I wondered why he...like Michael Jackson had EVERYTHIN... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:41:09 EST A splendid 2 days with friends in Lake Delhi IA..?Now to Memphis! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762853 <em>213</em> Our road trip is back underway after a 2 day stop off to visit our oldest and dearest friends at their lake cottage in Lake Delhi, Ia. <BR> <BR> We met them many years ago in FLA where they reside for most of the year. They are originally from Ia and we are too so we struck up an immediate friendship. <BR> <BR> I met Patty when she came to one of my Bonita Springs Newcomer meetings. She told me she was new to the area and needed to make some friends so I was delighted to f... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:28:43 EST Last day craziness..I put my foot down for my sanity...thankful for the sniffles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761005 This vacation back to our home state of Iowa to visit my husband's mother and sister has been better for the most part over the past ones. <BR> <BR> I have made a REAL BONIFIED effort to be especially thoughtful and understanding to MIL & SIL this year. Things have been done for her that would not have been done if I had not persuaded DH to do them. Her porch and stairs have been successfully pressure cleaned and sealed so they look nice and the wood is protected for the upcoming winter mo... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:36:37 EST The big va~cay is going well???I'm proud of my efforts with MIL & SIL..random acts of kindness work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760778 Whew...it's been a busy busy time here in our homeland of Iowa. Our first day took us to the great Iowa State fair one of the biggest and best in the entire United States! <BR> <BR> I LOVE the fair it reminds me of some of my happiest childhood memories when our family camped there in the campgrounds. my daddy was a huge affectionatio and never missed it! <BR> <BR> Check out the worlds largest pig...over 1,700 lbs...shall we introduce him to Sparkpeople? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:51:48 EST I about gave myself a heart attack last night! Tech loss is a BIG deal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750670 <em>40</em> I swear I'm losing me marbles! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> We have been chasing our proverbial tails around trying to get ourselves together for this big 3 week...or maybe 4...if we can stretch it that far vacation. <BR> <BR> I swear...DETAILS...I'm not the best at them! <BR> <BR> Especially when you are driving. I'm NOT a good passenger...or for that MATTER...driver on long distance extended trips. <BR> <BR> I want to just... BE THERE already....well...maybe not THIS trip.... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:58:19 EST Now THIS is MY kind of exercise! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746678 <em>354</em> If I'm going to exercise I have to coerce myself into it! It has to be something I really LOVE and something that is fun to do at the same time. <BR> <BR> Tonight's meet up with our big dinner group covered both bases beautifully. <BR> <BR> We joined the group at one couples Golf Club clubhouse for a nice evening of dinner and dancing with a Margarita~ville theme. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> YAY...for Jimmy Buffet...I'm a BIG PARROT~HEAD from way back! <BR> <BR> I had to d... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:17:42 EST Sometimes when things seem a little stinky...you get a wonderful lift...from a MOST surprising place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744900 <em>334</em> Such a NICE telephone call last night from our favorite lawyer at Ice Legal...one of the PREMIER legal firms in foreclosure defense in FL. <BR> <BR> As you who follow my blogs know...I LOVE to write! <BR> <BR> Why I can't get my act together and do it for a living I'll never know. I guess I'm a little self esteem challenged...if I ever finished a book...would it be GOOD enough...do I know enough about writing and subject matter to have people actually WANT to read it...A... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:08:37 EST Don't you just HATE it when things are beyond your understanding? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742736 <em>29</em> Oh boy the Iowa trip is only a week or so in front of us. WHY am I dreading it so much? It's nothing new...I ALWAYS dread that trip and it's completely beyond my understanding on developing coping mechanisms to make it easier. I've tried removing myself from the triggers that set me off and that seems to be my best defense. But it makes DH mad that I draw a line in the sand about how much I will allow myself to be manipulated. I don't GET this! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> What... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:27:32 EST Vacation plans are on my mind...hope to see the great Iowa State Fair! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736611 <em>67</em> I LOVE vacations don't you? I was always able to look forward to some down time without the nervous nagging thoughts of...if we leave what will happen to our house? <BR> <BR> It's been that way for almost five years now and it's NOT a place you want to be. I called the attorneys yesterday to find out why they haven't sent me a copy of the last motion to strike that was granted by the court 6/18! <em>2</em> They say they haven't gotten anything from the court yet...hummmmm..... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:53:47 EST Owls are appearing to me everywhere! Pics of some new painting projects at the consignment gallery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735295 Hello sparkles! It's been awhile since I've last blogged. Just too many things pulling at my time lately...and you KNOW how I love to blog...so I'm putting the crazy stuff on hold and doing what I LOVE <em>26</em> to do best and that's a few minutes of conversation with you! <BR> <BR> We had a terrific 4th of July holiday. BUT...wouldn't you know it...I FORGOT to take pics. <em>2</em> This is so NOT like me as I take pics of everything...but I was so caught up in the moment I just forg... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 11:19:45 EST Serendipity...do you believe in it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731181 <em>88</em> I LOVE serendipity. It's one of the coolest things I've witnessed in life. <BR> <BR> Serendipity: The faculty of finding VALUABLE or agreeable things not sought for. That is Webster's term but i like to think of serendipity as a sign that all things are going to fall into place according to your highest and best favor. <BR> <BR> That's why last night I got a fabulous little boost in thinking things may be okay for us on our 'save our home' fight. <BR> <BR> It all began when... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:27:54 EST The consignment biz...every day is a NEW adventure! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730414 <em>58</em> No matter how much I try and figure out the retail biz there is just no way of doing it! What constitutes a busy profitable day in no way reflects the day of the week, the temperature outside, if its raining or sunny, what you had for breakfast, or the simple fact that maybe you washed your windows! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, a Tuesday turned out to be a pretty good day sales wise. I had several people that said they'd be back ACTUALLY return...you can never really c... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:26:26 EST The fine art of haggling...I might have learned something last week!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728922 <em>24</em> You've heard me grumble about how SLOW things are at our consignment gallery this summer so I'm looking for just about ANYTHING to entertain me. <BR> <BR> Something did last Friday. <BR> <BR> I've said it before...I really am not the least bit fond of hagglers. Of course this is a fact of life...EVERYONE..myself included... loves a bargain. <BR> <BR> But...being a shop owner... I do set my own haggling limits. I might politely ask if "this is the best and final price"...o... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:26:41 EST Where oh where have all of our customers gone? It's SOOOO boring at the consignment gallery! :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727615 <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>298</em> Hi my dear sparkie friends! <BR> <BR> Living in sunny SW FL is truly a love/hate relationship. I LOVE <em>26</em> it in the winter months...well...mostly other than the hoards of visitors clogging up the roads and restaurants and buying out all of the Charmin at the grocery store...smirk! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> But...I truly, truly HATE it in the summer time. Waking up to 100% humidity and temperatures that soar into the mid to upper 90's... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:20:36 EST Challenges teach life worthy lessons..oh YES they DO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723887 <em>213</em> Howdy my lovely sparkies! <BR> <BR> I've been doing LOTS of self reflection about life challenges lately. Maybe it's because we just entered a brand new Summer 5% Challenge and I'm with my great BEAR clan once again. <BR> <BR> I love those BEARS...I do, I do! This time I'm taking on the leadership role for a challenge within the challenge called Teddy Bear Over the Mountain. I've been with the bears for many, many challenges over the years but this is the first time I've b... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:30:55 EST Thank you my dear wonderful sparkling friends for your prayers...they helped us so much! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720870 <em>104</em> Boom...another win (well sort of) in our column today! <BR> <BR> The collective power of prayer WORKS...and I'm SO grateful to all of my dear dear friends...YOU know who you are! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I spent all morning getting my ducks in a row...mainly my voluminous files! They are getting WAY out of hand and the last lawyer that chastised me for sending so much information and so many inquires really ticked me off...but he DID have a point! I'm telling myself to STO... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:03:48 EST It's the BIG day today! DH and I are full of hope for justice to be served! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720436 <em>458</em> The power of prayer and the belief in it's good outcome...that's what it's all about. Today will be a monumental day in the lives of DH & I. I know that whatever is to be...will be. I'm praying that the little guy wins one for a change. <BR> <BR> Our attorney representing us today is one that I have GREAT faith in. He may be a buddhist (how did HE ever get wrapped up in law) but he has a fierce heart and triumphs the under dog at every turn. I hope he wins for us...but ev... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:28:03 EST Gearing up for a great Father's Day and a splinter of good news.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717729 <em>24</em> This is me just three days before the scariest day of my life. <BR> <BR> A jangle of nerves and raw ends. It's this next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. where the fate of our future will be determined in a crowded standing room only (YES..there are just THAT many people that are STILL being hoisted from their houses daily in Lee County FL)...it isn't that I haven't given this 'save our home' fight my absolute ALL to try and protect our rights..and really the rights of all good citize... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:40:34 EST I'm doing my BEST to shed my 'control freak' self...it's hard..I'm not used to letting go..but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716519 <em>2</em> I've gotten myself SO WOUND up lately into a gigantic fragmented ball of nerves over the 'save our home' fight! So much so that I'm having trouble sleeping. <BR> <BR> I NEVER have trouble sleeping...in fact I could very well fall asleep standing up when things are okay in my world. But not this week...and it's something I go through each and every time before a court appearance. <BR> <BR> I should remind myself that whatever happens...it usually works out for the best in ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:18:59 EST