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/ 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 Our decision to counter-sue on the 'save our home' fight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713990 <em>198</em> Whew...yesterday was a LONG day of research and compiling the research, then making a pretty important decision to go ALL IN...ALL OUT WAR...against the bank in the fight of our life. The 'save our home' fight! <BR> <BR> I spent the day gleaning through mortgage law. Florida Fair Lending Act, RESPA, HOEPA Act, ECOA, Predatory Lending and Sub-Prime targeting. <BR> <BR> Let me tell you...that is a WHOLE bunch of information to filter through and register in my little artist ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 08:56:10 EST Today I decided to scope out the competition..and it was FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713033 <em>213</em> Howdy my sparkle sparklers! <BR> <BR> I always say the best way to run a competitive biz is to scope out your competition. And they don't have to be your arch enemies in the process. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to check out the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Workshop conducted in Naples, FL. I had read a wonderful newspaper article about the workshops a few weeks ago and thought...why not? <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready to start my own CeCe Caldwell Chalk and Natural Paint Workshops..... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 20:48:02 EST I have been going through my closets with a vengeance..time to lighten up there also! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711132 <em>29</em> What a job! I'm such a pack rat and with over 3300 sf of house to 'stuff' my 'stuff'...I'm overwhelmed with the process of lightening up. <BR> <BR> First, I tackled my Josher's electronic room. That was his hang out room with his computer and all of his games, and electronics...like mother like son. He had tons of stuff for me to sort through and donate. It's been a long and slow process and I've really had to do a lot of stopping and starting again when the sadness overwhe... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:10:57 EST A glimmer of hope tonight...democracy as it was intended! Teddy's RULE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708757 <em>104</em> Most of you know that I'm a pretty big fan of Senator Elizabeth Warren. I'm reading her newest book with MUCH interest entitled 'Fighting Chance'....it's down to earth and full of interesting information that EVERY American should know about 'the good ole' boys and how business is or more appropriately IS NOT handled in Washington for the American people. <BR> <BR> Elizabeth takes no prisoners and sometimes I worry that she is even MORE brash and more outspoken...than EVEN...... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:34:17 EST I'm a little worried I'm losing me marbles...too much stress lately! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707098 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1654301974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've felt so very lost this week. Tomorrow would have been my Josher's big 31st birthday if he were still with us here on earth. He's been gone now for a very LONG eight years. It's just so bizarre it still feels surreal to me. Some days it feels like he's been gone a lifetime, other days the pain is so extreme it feels like I'm just hearing the news again today. <BR> <BR> This week has been a very, very hard... Fri, 30 May 2014 21:44:54 EST For the love of spark & our 5% challenges~a blog assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702644 <em>213</em> Howdy my sparkling friends! <BR> <BR> I've been pretty much a daily element on Sparkpeople since I joined way back in 2009. I can't begin to tell you how much I truly love this wonderful community and the people in it. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople has helped me in SO many ways..both physically AND psychologically! <BR> <BR> I've met some of the MOST interesting and intriguing people ever! Many of them I converse with almost daily...actually we have formed bonds that are tighter... Sun, 25 May 2014 08:57:51 EST Geeze oh PETE..last night with dine in group...once again ANNOYING Frenchie...gosh I'd love to boyc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702155 <em>29</em> Sorry to say after a roll of about 4 nice weeks with the dine in/dine out bunch last night reminded me of the fact that we probably need another little break from the group. <BR> <BR> It's not the group so much.. as the fact that they allow my nemesis <BR> Frenchie'...to waltz in and out of the group at will. You've heard my rants about her in earlier blogs. Honestly I hate to admit that she STILL to this day is perfectly successful in getting my panties in a knot...but she ... Sat, 24 May 2014 12:52:22 EST Last night we went to a our fav little diner...it may be small but the customer service is BIG! Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699912 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783143743.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's the hubs and I this past weekend. I don't know what the heck is going on with those little flippy wings on my hair...just got it cut. You notice I now have my new choppers...LOVE EM! <BR> <BR> We went out with our dine in/dine out group to a fancy restaurant in Naples. The hostess for that week picked the restaurant and then we all planned to walk around the shopping center as they were having lots of loc... Wed, 21 May 2014 10:27:00 EST At last! A happy, happy day in the gloomy month of May..hey that rhymes..I'm a poet and don't kno http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699032 <em>337</em> 36 years ago on this day the hubs and I tied the knot! It was such a beautiful occasion...even though I mis-calculated that the roses wouldn't yet be blooming in the Rose Garden at a beautiful park in Des Moines, Ia. That was me...all good intentions with not the best foresight in my younger years. I was 27 on this wondrous occasion. I was fresh out of a 10 year marriage that was the marriage from hell and so thrilled that I had met such a wonderfully kind man who was also ... Tue, 20 May 2014 08:39:05 EST My sweet hubs wrote his perspective on losing our Josher on Facebook..I'm sharing it with you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696888 <em>220</em> My hubby was DEEPLY affected in losing our beloved son. He doesn't talk about it much...as most men do not...but yesterday he wrote his perspective about losing Josh on our Facebook page. He knows that many, many of Josh's friends visit that page almost non stop...I might be on Facebook more frequently if I wasn't always on Spark...but he wanted me to read what he wrote. <BR> <BR> I hope it lets all of my dear young adult friends know just how much their parents TRULY love ... Sat, 17 May 2014 09:02:31 EST You can't put all of your eggs in one basket..possibilities abound on the 'save our home' fight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694907 <em>211</em> I've always prided myself on being realistic...after all I'm an Iowa girl at heart and if Midwesterners are ANYTHING..they are down to earth practical. It's in our DNA and you can take Iowa out of the state...but you don't take Iowa out of the personality! <BR> <BR> Even all these MANY years living here in what I call the 'la la land of wealth and sun...SW FL! <BR> <BR> No wonder I walked around with my mouth hanging open for the first three months we moved from Des Moines t... Wed, 14 May 2014 12:22:19 EST Another plan of action on the 'save our home fight' will it help...who knows..but I'll try! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693175 I'm a BIG reader! I think most writers are avid readers also. I always love to see how other writers express their story lines and their points of view. <BR> <BR> I've told my hubs that I really think you have to be a lover of words...a reader...to become a good writer. Most all of us have the ability to be a writer. It's merely telling a story and deciding if that story might be helpful and hopefully peak the interest of our fellow human beings. If you can help any little aspect of th... Mon, 12 May 2014 08:32:01 EST Trying to find my inner fortitude facing the scary future ahead~I'll take it one day at a time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691417 <em>24</em> This is my worried face. I checked out the court docket to find out the status on our 'save our home' fight that has been raging for FOUR long years tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I have to tell you May is NOT my month...other than our anniversary that happens on the 20th...there is not one good thing about it. We lost our beautiful son tragically on the 16th...Mother's Day is next Sunday and is just a pitiful day for me without him. He always made sure my Mother's Day was a BIG deal... Fri, 9 May 2014 16:00:06 EST Okay...what's UP here? Last night with the Sat. night group was actually FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686985 <em>20</em> This is me with a slightly dazed and flabbergasted look on me mug! <BR> <BR> Last night's get together with our long time group of dine in/dine out buddy's was actually fun! <BR> <BR> Of course a new 'prop' came into the mix that made it so. But heck, I'll take props ANY day to liven up this group! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> We had an early Cinco de Mayo dinner that was quite tasty. The hostess laid out pulled pork, soft tacos, beans, cilantro cole slaw, and members of the g... Sun, 4 May 2014 08:25:36 EST It's all good~A mother's love for a son departed~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685677 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1827005966.jpg"> <BR> <BR> May is the month I always honor my quirky, talented, respectful, loving, SMART, sarcastic, heart of PURE GOLD son Joshua. <BR> <BR> Josh...or Joshers~as his dad and I affectionally called him departed this earth on May, 16th 8 years ago come that date. <BR> <BR> It was a horrifying shock to his father and I. He was the one that I valued more than any object of desire or achievement we had ever attained here on ... Fri, 2 May 2014 10:40:42 EST Karma...the GREAT equalizer...I LOVE it..and new jewelry design.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684018 <em>334</em> I love it when the universe steps in and takes care of righting the wrongs that need attention...right before your VERY eyes! <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> That's what happened today at our little consignment gallery and it couldn't have happened at a BETTER time. <BR> <BR> Let me tell you all about it. <BR> <BR> I was extremely upset about what took place the first part of the week to one of my FAVORITE professional movers. He's truly like my 'adopted' son...and YES I do go a... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:33:01 EST A Terrific and 'free' informational summit on eating healthy to stay well...don't miss this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680335 <em>334</em> World's shortest blog eva! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Thank GOODNESS...you sigh! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Check this out and get yourself educated about the foods that are being called such but absolutely ARE NOT! <BR> <BR> <link>foodrevolution.org/summit-dr-hyman/?<BR>orid=98878&opid=38 </link> <BR> <BR> But hurry...online listening program starts tomorrow...you owe this to your HEALTH to check it out! <BR> <BR> Hello dear ones...something exciting...and FREE...even be... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:55:12 EST Key West..Blue Heaven breakfast with the roosters...10,000 steps then back home PICS...LOTS OF EM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679758 <em>47</em> Day 3 in Key West...wow...anymore time there...and I would have had to lie in the hotel bed all day! <em>198</em> The hubs and I love our 'crazy' fun...but at our age...it IS crazy with a capital C...we love our funny friends...but one couple is a good 20 years younger than us and the other couple have YEARS of practice in brew ski~marathon drinking. <BR> <BR> So much so that they have plenty of built up carcinogens running around in their veins so as to keep their immune ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:37:29 EST Key West~day two...Mallory Square sunset and lots of pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679247 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1574023066.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The architecture in Key West is most extraordinary! These buildings are the typical cracker style with some Spanish influences from the ancestors that settled the region way back when. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l879797563.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since my friends call me 'The Queen of all things Color' I was constantly amazed and dazzled by the color splashes on the buildings, the clot... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:23:22 EST Key West...walking tour....it's such a COOL, crazy place! Lots of pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678209 <em>218</em> I LOVE Key West! it's definitely a state of mind. Everyone is strictly on island time and that IS.... it's 'Beer~thirty SOMEWHERE!' <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It was a 5 1/2 hour ride to get there and with the group of four other friends we were with...it definitely took a little longer! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> This group LOVES their fun and it usually includes a few brew~skies here and there. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> This was a birthday celebration...so who's to say the... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:20:52 EST It's official...this Easter we are breaking away from the pack & going to Key West with friends! Y http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674135 <em>452</em> <em>453</em> <em>450</em> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> I LOVE <em>26</em> Easter! For the miracle of the biblical learnings...and also because when we lived back in snowy Iowa Easter marked the true hope that Spring was just around the corner. Also in days gone by...for the chocolate eggs and baby chicks! <BR> <BR> No more on the candy..I haven't had the least urge to even look at it since I started my Fast Metabolism Diet back in January. This diet r... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:27:18 EST Fast Metabolism Diet still perking along! Yummy Slow Cooker meal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672705 <em>334</em> This is me on day 93 of my Fast Metabolism Diet! This is the BEST and most balanced nutritional diet I've ever been on. You can't really CALL it a diet because you are CONSTANTLY and CONSISTENTLY EATING! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Who in their right mind can argue with that? No me...for sure, for sure! <BR> <BR> I went through two cycles of the 28 day rotation where you ate in phases. Phase 1 - 2 days of healthy carbs, moderate protein, low fat meals. On these days you must ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:17:08 EST 5 more days til I get my permanent new choppers! New consignment pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670319 <em>334</em> I'll be grinning ear to ear showing off my new EXPENSIVE pearly whites in about five days! Can't wait. <BR> <BR> The last pic I posted of the hubs and me had some serious issues with my smile. It was NOT pretty. And it was a chubbier image of the NOW...newer more slender me. I'm still plugging away on my Fast Metabolism Diet and managed to lose a pound this last week in spite of my less than 'sterling' efforts to follow the nutritionist Haylie Pomroy's advise to the tee... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:25:05 EST It can ONLY happen in a Florida court room! But happen it did! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669321 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l604768840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So today the hubs and I would have rather been ANY WHERE other than where we were! I'm telling you...I'd even take the dentist's chair...for which I have to go back on April 17th to get my permanent new choppers and more work on my bottom teeth. <BR> <BR> As torturous as that little visit seems to be it will be pure heaven compared to marching yourself down to the courthouse in the 'la la land' of Lee County FL t... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:43:36 EST To all my sparkling friends...to attend or not to attend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668841 <em>24</em> This is me...all tied up in knots and frazzled with worry! I have trust issues as far as the legal system is concerned...and why the heck wouldn't I after 4 years of fierce fighting to save our beautiful home from foreclosure? <BR> <BR> We have encountered every crooked 'stacked against you' scenario the whole housing industry of corrupt bankers can cough up. <BR> <BR> We've had paperwork filed on our foreclosure from the now disbarred king of the foreclosure mill's attorne... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:15:56 EST Weird goings on...and the save our home fight heats up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667191 So...it's been a strange three days past. <BR> <BR> First I was taking out my soft contacts on Sunday night and a slight sliver of the left one was gone as I put it in my contact case. <BR> <BR> GONE! <em>40</em> A tiny little sliver off the radius...where the heck was it? I suspected in my eye somewhere! Because the contacts are soft...it's hard to get a true read on where it could have parked itself. The eye has a lot of nooks and crannies to it and try as hard as I could putting ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:06:08 EST Thursday at 4:30 p.m. brings fear to my stout heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665753 <em>24</em> Have you ever feared something so profound to the life changes it will impact in your life that you dread the day, the hour, the situation from ever coming? <BR> <BR> That is me my friend..this Thursday at 4:30 will affect the hubs and my life in a VERY big way! <BR> <BR> It will most likely be our last dance in defending our home from the evil empire's gripe in Florida foreclosure action. It's been a long and fierce fight..but all fights do have a climax don't they? <BR> <B... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:25:47 EST The Fast Metabolism Diet...it makes me HAPPY! :-)) Observations...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663406 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1792995984.jpg"> <BR> <BR> See how I literally used to HIDE from the camera? Not fun times at all when you feel so overweight! <em>39</em> Here is the hubs and I on a cruise several years back. This day is SO clear in my mind. I felt sooooo miserable! Dressing up was no fun...I was constantly trying to hide myself! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l712474306.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Being a normally thin person...... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:12:34 EST I got some MAD cute clothes at the clothing exchange! Another pound down that's 22 to date...yip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658137 <em>9</em> I'm still losing on the FMD...slower than before when I followed the Phase 1,2, 3, but staying on Phase 3 feels like a holiday for me! I can have a combo of good carbs, proteins and healthy oils and it is SO do~able! If I keep this up I should be at goal weight hopefully around Christmas. <BR> <BR> NOW...I COULD be pushing things forward a little if I'd move my tushie more...BUT I just don't seem to be able to do much more than 30-60 minutes of sustained exercise every day. I... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:28:00 EST