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/ Counting my many blessings and hugs for a stranger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004100 <em>458</em> There by the grace of God go I. I reflect upon this as I think of my day at work. I received an e-mail with some pictures of some items a customer wanted to consign with our gallery. I'm SO full of pictures right now that I almost politely declined via e-mail. But something about this particular picture made me pause and respond back to the sender asking her if she would like to bring it to our consignment gallery so I could look at it closer. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad I did. ... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:18:35 EST The quest for health and happiness..and the perfect hair color..snort! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002712 <em>213</em> Hello my dazzling sparkling friends! Life is short...there are SO many things to accomplish with this lifetime! I'd love to get my Josher's book published and out into the world. I'd love to get my book out there on coping with the loss of a child. I NEED to get my book out there on the crippling experience of battling a crooked bank and a crooked system in 'the save our home' fight. When will I find the time to park my keister in a chair and just 'get ur done?' <BR> <BR>... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:50:17 EST A dear sparky friends word association challenge...pretty interesting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997917 <em>247</em> to my sweet friend Donna for her thoughtful and provocative challenges...here is a great one on what these words mean to you! Check it out and maybe you'd like to share it with me or someone else in Spark world. It really DOES get the old gray matter moving! <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> What do these key words mean to you? <BR> <BR> Happy Monday my beautiful Donna! <BR> <BR> Ok I like this word association game! Here goes...my first impression on e... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:28:43 EST Gearing up for Saturday night Italiano dinner for the group...wish you were coming! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995057 <em>4</em> It's been awhile since I've hosted the dine in group with a meal. It's a challenge working full time and entertaining 20 people for dinner. BUT...we have recently discovered a newly opened Italian Deli that has popped up about 10 minutes from our home and they have the most delectable Italian EVERYTHING...I just can't resist getting my hands in some real authentic Italian Sausage/Meatballs and Pasta! So this Saturday I will take the day off from the gallery while DH holds down... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 21:19:45 EST Two more days of vacation...then... back to work..derp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991598 Hi my sparkling friends! I haven't blogged much lately. It just doesn't seem like I can tell a story without sharing my beloved pics during it. AND...now that Spark has a major problem with my picture posting I have to admit it's taken some of the luster out of blogging. <BR> <BR> I wish, wish WISH they could come up with some brilliant fix that would let us rotate our own pictures so we could do our own fixes. Please keep requesting this so we can all enjoy everyone's blogs to full pote... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 15:55:07 EST Smokey Mountain vacation...the BEST! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988157 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8d5c3b3-e0b4-4566-ad53-86b6d5e0a9c8.JPG"> <BR> <BR> We just returned from a week in the great N. Carolina Smokey Mountains and LOVED <em>26</em> every spiritual moment of it! I say spiritual because there is something about being in those sacred woods that just brings pure bliss to my soul! <BR> <BR> We used to own a little cabin up there for about 10 years and that vacation time with our young son was some of the BEST memories I will pro... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:40:46 EST Almost vacation time! YAY! More weird stuff on the 'save our home' fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980098 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e442be1-f734-4457-bcf3-2be59b07e089.JPG"> <BR> <BR> It's ALMOST time to get the heck out of 'Dodge' also known as hotter than Hades SW FL! We booked our reservations so now we HAVE to go! It's been SO slow at our little consignment gallery that we have taken to reading books while on duty. I HATE to be bored...just hate it! I'd rather be buried in work and then have carry overs for the next day. But such is life in August. <BR> <BR> Now... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:01:50 EST And..the beat goes on! I never realized I was such a fighter! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977825 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d025bbb4-8ce4-4901-88b1-35762ac3028c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I may LOOK all sweet and soft...and usually I am...until I think I've been wronged! Then my head goes down in full Capricorn stubbornness and those Cappy horns tilt forward! <BR> <BR> I've been called a 'strappy~Cappy' and I'd probably also add SCRAPPY Cappy... because I just keep on plugging. Nothing deters me from my goal if I believe in it strongly enough! <BR> <BR> Nothing...I mean N... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:34:42 EST A VERY sweet customer...and a 'save our home fight' update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974754 <em>334</em> Kind and appreciative people just make me SMILE! I have so many of you right here in Sparkworld...but the customers and friends I have here in 3-D world...not so much! <BR> <BR> That's why when someone separates themselves from the 'me, me, ME' pack it's pretty newsworthy! <em>215</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> That's exactly what happened yesterday. DH was in our consignment store while I was home chained to my desk doing year end bookwork for taxes...YES...I know we ar... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 15:26:52 EST More fab new merchandise to Found Objekt~A Consign & Design Gallery... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966965 My apologies...I guess turning photos upside down is perhaps Spark's way of discouraging the posting of them? Am I wrong...another little snafu in my state of annoyance this Sunday! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Hi my sparkling friends! it's been a few weeks since we got these lovely items into our consignment gallery. I've just been distracted lately and have been slow to get them posted. Welp...today's the day! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> This beautiful dining set is a little wild with the upholster... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:47:08 EST I LOVE to read...check out this awesome reading challenge! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965070 <em>149</em> I LOVE to read! If I could just curl up and read as much as I felt like during a rainy Florida day I'd be all IN! <BR> <BR> Of course that is totally impossible with the crazy busy life that DH and I lead...but one day I shall take the time to read all day if I choose to! <BR> <BR> My mother was a photo journalist and later a historical librarian so I was taught from a very young age the value of books. Being an only child they were my constant companions! They were my tic... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:13:58 EST My ongoing quest for happy & healthy! Great brain info! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957951 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0600a1c-ec7f-4ab9-a202-764e29b55481.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Here I am with the hubs...the total and complete love of my life. This is after he drove 4 1/2 hours to join me in Orlando last month after I wound up my 'girls trip'. My dear friend Erin graciously offered us the timeshare for the rest of the week after they had to leave on Monday to go back to work. <BR> <BR> YAY...for being self employed! The hubs and I have a reasonable amount of fre... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 08:35:59 EST I'm on day 7 of mostly RAW eating...down 5.5 lb YIP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956861 <em>9</em> I think I may actually be getting somewhere on this new diet plan. Heaven knows I've been searching high and low for something that my body will respond to that doesn't require a TON of cooking or eating crappy chemical laden food. <BR> <BR> I started off with a 4 day completely RAW detox plan and lost about 3.5 lbs. That was very encouraging even though I know most of it is water weight and could come right back at the blink of an eye. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Then on my 5t... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 10:23:47 EST 4 days RAW eating yields 3.5 pound loss..whoop da! Wetland creature visit with pics. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954859 <em>104</em> I'm SO excited that I've held to my RAW eating detox diet for 4 days! <BR> <BR> I can't say I LOVED it...but I sure like my friendly scale at the moment. I know that I'll have to modify it to be about 80% raw with some hot foods added in. Anything above 118 degrees is technically not considered raw as heat supposedly kills the enzymes in the foods devitalizing them. <BR> <BR> That's according to die-hard RAWISTS...I say good for them if they do well with that regimented o... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:45:49 EST Day 2 Raw..scale says I lost 3.5 lbs after my first day RAW...WHAT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953291 <em>2</em> We are NEVER ever EVA happy are we? I just jumped on the scale and had a mental debate with myself over the number I saw. 3.5 lbs. less than yesterday's read. Now how is that EVEN possible. Are my batteries low..was I EXTRA heavy on yesterday's weigh in...did I have a ton of water weight...WHAT? <em>101</em> I'm scratching my head on this one...but hey I'll take it..yes indeedy I WILL! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe my poor little ole' body was SO out of whack that just giv... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:47:30 EST Day 1 RAW Eating...so far so good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952851 <em>4</em> It's 2:35 EST Florida and I've only had raw food so far! Now that isn't much of a record in the RAW eating book...but for me it's a pretty big deal. <BR> <BR> I woke up and had 8 oz of water with the juice of a lime (didn't have a lemon available) and 1 T Apple Cider Vinegare with the 'Mother' in it. Braggs is supposed to be the healthiest form of Apple Cider so that is what I'm using. <BR> <BR> A BIG thanks to my wonderful friend Snowflakelily for the tip above! You are... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:05:31 EST Summer 5% Challenge...I'm ready and rarin' to GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951667 <em>104</em> This is me...ready for our Summer 5% Challenge. This is where we challenge ourselves to lose 5% of our current body weight in 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> It's a GREAT way to keep yourself accountable as you are on a team that is counting on your full fledged support to earn miles (fitness minutes) to gas up a plane that flys to all kinds of cool virtual places. You also have a task each week called 'Living the Good Life' whereby you are challenged as a team to do small easy things (l... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:46:17 EST You have through Monday 6/22/15 to raise your voice against GMO's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948787 <em>4</em> If you care about the food that you eat and want to be informed if the food is genetically modified...let the FDA know...but act fast..you only have through tomorrow to voice your comments. <link>oregonrighttoknow.ngpvanhost.com/for<BR>m/-3707580306070108416 </link> <BR> <BR> It has been said that imbibing GMO food is akin to setting an insecticide bomb off in your gut. I don't know about you but I feel that we ALL deserve the choice in what we eat. <BR> <BR> Monsanto can s... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 19:52:47 EST This nasty little 'robber baron' has taken out the bird feeders! :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948250 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/167fd2ae-2849-4c9b-83d3-cda5b72f457b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> WANTED-- THE INFAMOUS RACKY THE RACCOON and sidekick robbers of little birdies and their feed! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aa7f8be6-17bc-4d89-935f-f78494988be2.JPG"> <BR> <BR> A lesson in food chain dynamics...right outside our leisure room windows! <BR> <BR> A few blogs back I told you about the relaunch of our bird feeders. We had them for years and took ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 14:39:33 EST Jurrasic Park is the BOMB and wind up of vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946304 We went to the new movie "Jurassic Park" yesterday! WOW...what an action packed thrill a minute thriller! I wish we would have sprung for the 3-D version...with so many dinosaurs sticking their teeth through the screen it would have been well worth it! Put it on your 'must see' summer films for this summer!!! <em>104</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> The wind up of the vacation begins with the best ride in Harry Potter world in Universal's Islands of Adventure it was Harr... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:51:15 EST Vacation continued...Harry Potter world at Universal...wow over 20,000 steps per day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945457 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6be92eba-bc84-45ec-8a58-e554cd66fdc7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I gave the girls a BIG hug and sent them on their way back down to Naples to anxiously await my DH who was driving up to meet me and continue the rest of our vacation. <BR> <BR> I can't say how grateful I was to my girlfriend who sweetly suggested that the hubs and I continue the rest of her timeshare week. Wow...what generosity..the place was gorgeous and DH and I had wanted to see Harr... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:40:31 EST Vacations make me happy! and...tired! Three days of recovery before back to work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944393 Okay...I'm a spoiled little Iowa gal...now residing in sunny SW FL.....I like most modern women want it ALL! That is a fast paced vacation AND...the pep and verb to enjoy it all coming back home with energy to spare and fully refreshed and ready to jump back into our grueling work schedule. <BR> <BR> Ain't happening with all of this extra weight I am hauling around with me. It acts much as an unwelcome house guest who refuses to leave! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I'm good at denial...I only s... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:38:25 EST Girlfriend's Trip....woot...woot!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941233 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2572d0ed-8588-41f4-acab-6f663b4dc65f.jpg"> As much as I grouse about a certain group of ladies in our group I'm eternally grateful for three of them! I've known them for a long, long time and they make me laugh so hard my sides ache! We all decided to take a road trip to Orlando this weekend and it has been hysterical! We went to Cassadaga to get out readings done....interesting! Then did some serious pool time today! More laughs as I haven'... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 15:07:19 EST A lovely day of 'chill time' oh how I needed it! New items for the consignment gallery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933611 <em>213</em> Hello my dear sparkling friends! Yesterday and today were truly 'chill' days! I hosted our large dine in/dine out group on Friday evening and I have to tell you...this task stresses me out to the max! There is no reason to be so anal about having the house look perfect, the outdoor patio look perfect, the hors de 'oeuvres be perfect...after all there is NO such thing. But time after time I fall into the 'perfect little hostess' trap and let this situation swallow me whole... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:04:04 EST We all have our crosses to bear..but what we make of the lesson is what's important~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929118 <em>39</em> Today is a very sad day for DH and I. It's the day we lost our 22 year old angel son 9 years ago. <BR> <BR> Nine years feels like a VERY long time on some days..then on others it feels like yesterday...or even the very moment we were notified we had lost our Josh whilst on a huge cruise ship out in the ocean thousands of miles away from home. Much too far away to swope in like the 'helicopter parents' we were and save our Josh. <BR> <BR> This was a trip I didn't want to b... Sat, 16 May 2015 12:33:41 EST A 'test' blog..hope this makes my teams roster lists :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927661 <em>2</em> Okay...call me slightly paranoid...when I noticed my blogs weren't showing up on ANY of my teams list...I began to worry. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> You certainly know I can be...shall we say...controversial...from time to time? <BR> <BR> But a blog is basically a person's personal journey and outlook on their present state of mind at any given time...aren't they? Explanation mine,,, since my 1977 Webster's hasn't even heard of such a term. <BR> <BR> AND...as we all know...my... Wed, 13 May 2015 18:56:10 EST A fitting Mother's Day and a new herb basket~Woo hoo I'm a gardener...well sorta! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926517 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b08ff30d-ce0a-41e9-a3d0-eb6c62f1e5c2.jpg"> <BR> Tis I...the new blondie...a happy gal on Mother's Day! it doesn't take MUCH to impress this Iowa gal. Mel's (our FAV diner in the world) always has a 1/2 price Mother's Day breakfast and THEN on top of that great bargain they give you a $5.00 gift certificate to use later. <BR> <BR> WHO DOES that anymore? <em>2</em> Needless to say...WE are fans for life! They also give their loyal summer lo... Mon, 11 May 2015 18:48:40 EST Gaghhg...I'm NO good on selfies..but here's me..the new blondie! Mid Century goodies coming to gal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924132 <em>20</em> Whoa...my new I-Phone 6 plus has the power of definition of a #20 magnifying mirror! I'm not so sure I like all of this fine pixel precision...but...here's the new blond me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1172016173.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've NEVER been this blond...never EVA! But the new look is growing on me after living with it for about a week now. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1173621805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Honestly... Thu, 7 May 2015 08:33:29 EST Cha...cha...changes it's about time! More news on protecting your health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921743 <em>20</em> Okay...I did a WILD and CRAZY thing on Friday! I went from a lifetime of being a brunette with lots of red highlights to a BLOND! <em>2</em> YES...a BLONDIE! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Now I guess I WILL test out that theory that blondes have more fun! I'll get a pic up when I have the time. Honestly I still get a 'start' when I happen to catch a reflection of myself in the mirror! I look SO different...I mean SO...DIFFERENT. <BR> <BR> It started with a discussion years a... Sun, 3 May 2015 10:09:20 EST Are you and your loved ones 'Tox-sick' you need this information! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920680 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparkling friends! I've always said if I know something that will pertain to our health and happiness you are going to know about it also. <BR> <BR> So RUN...do not walk to the store and pick up Suzanne Somers newest book called 'Tox-sick"..this book will set your head to 'spin cycle' in nothing flat...and it will explain to you why we have such a HARD time losing weight in SPITE of all of the exercise and calorie counting we do. <BR> <BR> You see Suzanne using he... Fri, 1 May 2015 09:12:32 EST What's gotta give for this weight loss thing? I've GOT to get my head in the game that's what! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913320 <em>39</em> I've learned one thing in my number of years here on this planet. <BR> <BR> I'm a competitive person! When I attended Weight Watchers back in the day and it was my turn to step on that scale in front of a room full of ladies and a few men scattered here and there it was a BIG moment! <BR> <BR> We used to all line up for our weight to be recorded and although most people in the room didn't give a HOOT about what number was called out from the person in front of them ..the... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:10:36 EST Lots of lovelies~ into our consignment gallery. Got my thinking cap on for the future! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909485 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l338378196.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We've gotten several new items into the consignment gallery lately. I really can't remember it being this STUFFED for quite some time. I guess that's a GOOD thing...but owning the critical eye of an Art~Teest.... <em>268</em> I don't like things cluttered and on top of each other. I pride myself in keeping our gallery in a state that owns some breathing room around the furniture so that people can actually vis... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:30:09 EST Doing great on my early a.m. walking...now just to tackle the eating plan...AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899394 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1791420560.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hows THIS...for early walking inspiration...pretty doggone GOOD right? <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326507733.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I LOVE <em>26</em> catching these beautiful sunrises in our neighborhood as I set off for my early morning walks! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1509465245.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I enjoy that fresh sparkle of mor... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:21:13 EST Missing my sparkie friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890518 Gosh...I surely MISS you all! <BR> <BR> Here's the sweet hubs and a close friend of ours celebrating their 1 day apart birthdays this year. He is March 9th and she is March 10th. Isn't he the CUTEST with his little beard? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l223802073.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l160896860.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't even BELIEVE he is 68 years young this year! I'm 5 years behind him and hope I hold up this ... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:58:37 EST Practicing stress reduction and gratefulness for the life we lead! It's all good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883173 <em>213</em> Hello my lovely sparkies~ <BR> <BR> Since several of you asked...a quick update on last Saturday's Dine IN with the motley group. It was calm to the point of almost boring! <em>20</em> Does this tell you that I might thrive on some of the drama~rama my own BAD self? <BR> <BR> Our reigning 'resident diva' was not in attendance and that was almost certainly the reason for the 'no drama zone'...I'll take it! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> We have a group of 20-25 when we are all ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:38:02 EST A week of hustle bustle~and more ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879878 <em>198</em> What a week...it's been SO busy at the consignment gallery.... but next week will be even more so. We have a houseful of lovely things coming in that I blogged about on my latest blog. <BR> <BR> I'm particularly happy to represent these beautiful items since I worked so hard to get the privilege biding against 4 or 5 other consignment shops. THE THRILL OF VICTORY! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I will really have to be on my toes to move this beautiful merchandise as quickly as ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:16:21 EST Another BEAUTIFUL houseful of furniture coming to Found Objekt~ whoop da! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878726 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l755570496.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I worked HARD for this house full to come to our consignment gallery! <BR> <BR> But it was SO worth it! Absolutely gorgeous stuff coming Monday from a very high end gated golfing community only about 10 minutes away from our consignment gallery! <BR> <BR> I'm telling you with the rash of consignment stores that have popped up over night all around us it has made the marketplace for getting quality furniture i... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:32:58 EST A Sparky friend's blog inspired some deep introspection on this weight loss thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875631 <em>198</em> Have you ever lost track of a sparky friend? One that you enjoyed reading their blogs and shared many of their insights and feelings? <BR> <BR> That's just what I did with A_BIT_AT_A_TIME. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> BUT...I found her today on our friend feed and immediately went back through some of her blogs. One particularly struck a chord with me dated July 11, 2014. She was wondering to herself why she was having such a hard time losing weight at this period in her lif... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:18:55 EST Goals are SO important in making a good life aren't they? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872482 <em>213</em> Hello my dear sparkling friends! <BR> <BR> I am writing you on my new obsession...my MacBook Pro 15"...WOW...does this baby purr! <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> I should have ponied up the serious ching a ling...YEARS ago...it is SO worth it! As you know the hubs and I are seriously Mac obsessed...and who wouldn't be with their totally awesome products? BUT...I have to say the power and the portability of this sweet little computer has to be the BEST by far! Now I can work on m... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:33:14 EST Missing my sparky friends! 'Season' and 6 days a week working is for the birds...ha..it IS for th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867852 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l408100049.jpg"> <BR> HA...I made a Monday funny! 'Season' and working 6 days a week is for the birds...OH..it IS...for the Florida SNOW~birdies! At least I've still got my sense of humor...although I lost my MIND...long ago! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We have been cranking along...DH and I working the biz! We often think...screw it..we will be closed Sunday AND Monday...then we look at our sales volume and just can't. With all of the oth... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:55:40 EST Another go at The Fast Metabolism Diet...it's ABOUT time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861528 <em>234</em> I'm SO disappointed in me! I do so fantastic with my eating and exercise for a good long time...THEN I back slide! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I keep asking myself why I do this? WHY? No logical answer other than not making myself the priority I should be. I guess this is a 'woman' thing. <BR> <BR> We are usually SO focused on taking care of everyone else's needs that we just don't have the gumption to add ourselves to the list! WHY is this? I'd SO love to know! <BR> <BR>... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:00:01 EST Stealing some update time with my wonderful sparky friends! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859043 <em>20</em> Soooooo I've been thinking lately...(can you smell the smoke burning) <em>334</em> Life is all about priorities. I've got to get a handle on mine....the sands in the hourglass are sifting through so quickly! <BR> <BR> My one big POWERFUL burning wish in this life is to become a published author. Yes...I said it..presumptuous I know in a world of wannabe writers...but it's something I've always had as a goal. <BR> <BR> I did do professional writing back in my banking career... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:23:13 EST I CAN do it if I get in the 'writing frame' of mind! I proved it to myself yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852654 <em>213</em> Hi my darling sparkies! <BR> <BR> Thanks SO much for all of your words of wisdom lately. You know I've been struggling and you are ALWAYS there to support me on my eating and exercise...totally AWESOME! <em>304</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> You also remind me in no uncertain terms to COUNT my MANY blessings and to be grateful for the blessed life we lead. THANK YOU...and message received! <BR> <BR> One of my darling sparkies actually took me back to blog I wrote some ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:57:06 EST Survived another birthday...too busy working to really enjoy! New gallery pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850357 <em>29</em> This working 6 days a week is for the birds I tell you! <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I'm whooped, double whooped, and TRIPLE whooped along with slightly resentful! <em>24</em> BUT...what are ya gonna do? I try REALLY hard to count my blessings and the fact that we are so busy as a GOOD thing...but honestly I can't help but look at all of our high roller friends and the 'Life of Riley' they all live and be a little jealous. <BR> <BR> YES...I KNOW we are blessed to live in such... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:11:32 EST A new year and lots of new opportunities for all of us! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843312 <em>249</em> Although 2014 went out on a bummer note with my wallet going missing I'm still very optimistic that 2015 will be a stellar year! <BR> <BR> We spent the evening with some dear friends tonight and there were many new couples in the mix so we met some interesting new people. This is the type of event that makes me so very happy. It's so good to mix it up with new relationships and new conversations. <BR> <BR> Our dinner group has been together for 25+ years and to add new peop... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:19:54 EST Christmas Day 2014...lots of quiet reflection and thankfulness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838355 <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>26</em> <em>447</em> <em>425</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to all of my amazing sparkling friends! I hope you are having a beautiful holiday full of good cheer, family, friends and of course...the MOST important thing LOVE! <BR> <BR> I'm really enjoying this 'stress free' day at home in our beloved house with my DH! We have each other and the day is so peaceful and calm I'm able t... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:34:29 EST 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