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/ Perking along...looking forward to the Girls Annual Christmas Craft Party Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278282 <em>213</em> Woo~hoo it's almost here. The annual Christmas party where all of my girlfriends get together and we enjoy food and festivities while crafting a fun Christmas memory! We've been doing this for over 20 + some years and I love the tradition! <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> I still have a boatload of stuff to do...but it will get done...it always does. <em>128</em> And...guess what if a few odds and ends are still hanging..no biggie. The good things about my group of friends is tha... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:13:05 EST Two days bone broth...5 pounds down..very very interesting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277299 I have been taking my bone broth for two days now...weighed myself this morning and lost 5 pounds... I LOVE it! Of course, I have been eating REAL foods, watching my portions and stepping up my exercise. <BR> <BR> It's also easier to lose weight when you have a LOT of weight to shed so we can't look at this bone broth as some kind of miracle, can we? <BR> <BR> I think it has worked so well for me (if only for the 2 days I've been on it) because it is providing nutrients and minerals that m... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 19:50:06 EST A great SHARE I wrote to a sparky friend...I want YOU to have this health also! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276600 Hello dear sparklers: <BR> <BR> Okay...here's my Christmas Gift of Knowlege delivered early...just for YOU! <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> I spent some time putting together this comment to a dear sparky friend (Maringal) because I love her SO much and want her to be the healthiest little humanoid walking planet earth! <BR> <BR> Of course I love all of you also..so put aside your poo~poos of trying something new and give this healthy bone broth a shot. I just KNOW you will love it if you give ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:27:09 EST Bone Broth..it's a THING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276174 Last night we went to our friend's house for our dine in soiree. It was actually a great experience and I really enjoyed it. I was analysing this morning why sometimes our get togethers are so nice and other times they can be a scary movie. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I think it all boils down to smaller crowds...last night there were only 10 of us...usually there is 18 or 20. With this particular group of ladies (we always sit together and the men sit together) someone is always speaking ov... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:12:08 EST Bone broth the new craze..I'm going to try it and here's why :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275659 <em>213</em> Hello to all of my dear sparklers! <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> My last blog was a real downer so I'm trying to perk it up with this one. I've been thinking and hearing about the newest rage which is bone broth. In NYC they have little pop up shoppes that sell nothing but bone broth and they have lines a MILE long! <BR> <BR> Who'd thunk it? Bone broth..something I have basically poured down the drain after cooking a nice roast beef or turkey or chicken in the crock pot. <BR> ... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 08:14:57 EST An eye opening day about your government in action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273819 <em>40</em> OMG...what a day yesterday was! Most of you who grace me with your reading of my blogs know about our exhausting and frustrating fight against the machine (AKA GMAC/US BANK/OCWEN) in our 6 1/2 year fight to save our house from an illegal foreclosure action filed against us back in 2010! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> These banks are crafty devils..they don't give up and they lie, lie, lie, and if THAT doesn't work they illegally fabricate paperwork in an effort to convince the court... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:09:04 EST Note to self...do a sample craft before you decide to make up 8 of them for party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272078 Whew....what the heck was I thinking when I decided for our Annual Girls Christmas Craft Party that we would make burlap wreaths. I thought...hey how cute..and hey how fun...all you do is tie the strips of burlap onto a wire frame. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4c3c49f-9e55-4ab3-a67f-fd150f09711b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The finished product will be cute and it will be fun...but holy moly..I've got tons and tons of prep work in front of me getting those darn strips cut... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:23:14 EST North Carolina for Christmas here we come! Hoping for a little snow :=)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270667 The hubs and I have been talking about our holidays. We will do Thanksgiving here at home...just the two of us. I just am in a funky mood this year about the upcoming holidays. <BR> <BR> I'll go ahead with my girls Annual Christmas Craft Party because I've done it for 25+ years and it makes me happy to bring this crazy group of ladies together for crafty fun. Instead of doing it on a week night when I have to work the next day I've decided to do a Sunday brunch. We did that last year and... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:39:53 EST The holidays are closing in FAST...I'm NOT ready! Our baby alligators..so cute! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270382 It always gripes me when I see all the Christmas paraphernalia out BEFORE Thanksgiving. I know retail business is down and these poor retailers are desperate for some happy holiday purchases. <BR> <BR> As a small business retailer myself...I GET it! <em>389</em> <BR> <BR> So today I broke my own 'humbug' rule and bought my first Christmass decorations. Two big beautiful poinsettias for our backyard patio and I LOVE em! Why not enjoy their beauty before Thanksgiving...why not? <BR> <B... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:20:29 EST Chill time on the patio...my FAVORITE part of our day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269955 <em>213</em> Howdy dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> It's time to enjoy our backyard patio for about an hour before those pesky little no see em's come out in full force. We call them flying bicuspids..those darn little critters are so nasty! <BR> <BR> This little oasis is such a special treat..sooooo beautiful! Look how the light plays off of my beautiful flowers! You don't see it real well from the photo but it's like such a special light...like when angels smile down on you and sing hallel... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 19:42:50 EST Chill time Saturday evening on the back patio...LOVE my down time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269547 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67e35688-4d0e-4275-b6f6-c4f660fe74f5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As I get older I must say I love <em>26</em> my down time! It becomes a precious commodity in a world that thinks more, more, more, faster, better, faster, NOW is a good thing. Little do we realize that time is finite and if you let your life go whizzing by you in a big blur...you haven't accomplished the joy of just 'being'. <BR> <BR> Hey..it's taken the hubs and I a GOOD long time to ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:14:24 EST Days like today make me want to go 'postal' PEOPLE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268601 <em>198</em> People make me crazy! I mean totally C~R~A~Z~Y! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> It's a good thing I'm a fairly stable person. Some days the people I deal with could flatten a lesser mortal! <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> I just finished writing my FIFTH e-mail to a wealthy 'entitled' customer that thinks the terms of our consignment contract apply to everyone on God's green earth other than HER! Her contract expired...she didn't pick up her merchandise but she still expects to be paid ... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:46:06 EST Sometimes people surprise you...knock me over with a feather! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267434 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ecb5bfb-1e98-4ee1-929d-59036f8e62ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my new FOREVER mantra! Feel free to share it and pass it on! I bought this as a refrigerator magnet so it's the FIRST thing I see when I shuffle out to the kitchen and grab my first cup of Joe. <BR> <BR> I like it A LOT...it makes me happy and I know it will make you positive and in a great frame of mind to. I LOVE the happy colors...I like the fat print...I like the fact that it... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:32:23 EST Nope...not doing that! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266925 <em>253</em> <em>253</em> Bye...bye to mean girls! Another big decision forward for me in refusing to participate in 'mean girl' behaviors! Well...maybe we should say 'mean old fart' behavior! <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> We were supposed to have a girls night out at PF Changs tonight for one of the ladies birthday celebration. We used to do this for EVERY one in our group...but one friend decided to put the clamps on it as she is gone in October when her birthday is...so she didn't thin... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:26:30 EST Our Friday/Saturday night group and some more 'aha' moments! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266127 <em>2</em> Last night our Friday/Saturday night dinner group who we have pretty much been meeting weekly for some 25+ years gathered at the home of one of my favorite sisters. <BR> <BR> We haven't seen most of these friends for 4 weeks or maybe more. We got together with one couple shortly after they came back to FL a few weeks ago and it was a very nice evening. <BR> <BR> For some reason, we always do better with this couple (our oldest friends that actually formulated this group with ... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:32:54 EST 5% Challenge....today we work...and then two wonderful days to relax! A few new things for our consi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265625 <em>9</em> I'm pretty happy with my 5% Teddy Bear Challenge. I'm 7 pounds down and have one more week to go. I LOVE these challenges because they focus you on your goals and hold you accountable in posting your results for the team. <BR> <BR> I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Teddy Bears...the most supportive and wonderful group of friends in all of Spark world! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> This challenge has a section called 'Living The Good Life' that enhances good weight loss tips <BR> and exerci... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:43:44 EST A new hot water heater...JOY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264958 Today was pretty exciting...as exciting goes... after this wacka~doo election. I haven't heard a peep from my fleshy friends but I've heard plenty from my customers and my sparklers. <BR> <BR> Everyone has a different take on things and I try to be respectful of everyone's different perspectives. It's been a rough journey and I continue to pray for our country and our people every night. <BR> <BR> Our new water heater is such a blessing. The old one was leaking...where...we had no idea... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:26:41 EST Life goes on...no matter what...live your life and continue forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264479 <em>593</em> I LOVE it when we get new emoticons. This new batch is really cute. <BR> <BR> I'm a little bleary-eyed today. I was up until 3 a.m. last night long with the election resuls after DH (the smart one) had called it quits and went to bed. Then I was back up at 6:30 a.m. thinking the night before might go away and just be a bad dream. <BR> <BR> But you know what... the wonderful diversity of who we are as a people has spoken and we must accept the results of that choice. <BR... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 19:30:25 EST During Times that are hard..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264221 My most favorite woman in the universe says it best!! <BR> <BR> "Remember that troubled times are our allies in awakening. They compel us to access the deep, untroubled beings that we really are. The hero engages with destiny only on the road of trials. Each of us is the central character of our own story, and right now, it’s true, the road ahead looks long. Let’s use it as a chance to grow wiser and stronger, to become heroes we’re all meant to become." <BR> <BR> ~ Martha Beck <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 07:24:12 EST She's BAAACCCKKKK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264061 Remember that lady that brought in the tie-dyed dogs a few months back and I was soooo surprised and a little shocked that I only snapped a pic of their rear view? <BR> <BR> Well...today they came back into our consignment gallery and DH asked if he could take a pic from the front side...ha..ha! I'm sure this lady is VERY used to this request and she said YES of course he could. <BR> <BR> Soooooo here are the tie-dyed dogs once again. The first time I saw them I was shocked and concerned ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 21:33:54 EST A day off but a scouting adventure to a custom furniture builder for the gallery..interesting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263526 I love little field trips! Today we took one up to Ft. Myers to visit a custom furniture builders warehouse. He had stopped into our gallery last week asking DH if we had room for any of his overflow pieces. I immediately asked DH if he had gotten his website. He had none. <em>40</em> This is the kiss of death in an artisans world. After all, you are selling furniture..people want to SEE furniture. <BR> <BR> Turns out the guy is VERY talented...his craftsmanship is superlative and bey... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 21:01:54 EST Oh how I love our Sundays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262957 Sundays are the best! They are our day of faith, our day of relaxation, our day of grace! I got up and enjoyed my delicious cup of Sea Salt Carmel blended with my beloved Don Pablo. The blend is just right and I enjoy it so much! <em>106</em> This occurred out on our lanai facing the beautiful wetlands with the crisp rays of the sun peeking through the vegetation. Delightful start to my day! this is the life I LOVE to live! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 19:55:00 EST Long busy day at the consignment gallery (pics) but then a perfect evening outdoors on our patio! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262497 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/865e007c-4b73-47be-bd34-da51e1e2c5eb.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/acb9d542-d52f-4c47-9b39-fecf8d5553f7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After a hard day of work pushing and pulling and dragging the new merch in our consignment gallery, I LOVE our evenings sitting out on our back patio. It is truly a blissful, beautiful and peaceful place. We back up to 27 acres of FL wetlands and the area is teaming with FL wildlife. <BR>... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 21:30:45 EST Florida 'season' overload! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262022 TGIF...and don't I wish I didn't have to work Saturdays? I have to go in tomorrow early because we are getting a boatload of mostly really awesome furniture and accessories and I have to find a spot to place all the stuff. <em>198</em> This will not be easy considering we are already so full of STUFF! I'm so happy that we didn't make any social plans because after a day of pushing and pulling furniture around I'll be pooped! <BR> <BR> This is how 'the season' works in sunny SW FL. You... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 20:09:12 EST Smacks herself on forehead! Today was nothing other than WEIRD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261091 <em>198</em> Today was the weirdest day I've had in a while! And...let me tell you I've had PLENTY of them. When you deal with people all day every day you are bound to get some Lou~Lou~s! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> But today those Lou Lou Loopies weren't in my consignment gallery. <BR> <BR> I left a little early and dropped into my favorite haunt Barnes N Noble because I had a 20% off coupon and who's not going to jump on that!?! Do you know paperbacks are up to over $12.00 a BOOK n... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 20:38:56 EST If you have something to say...don't be bashful...BLOG! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260474 <em>149</em> I'm SO happy today my friends! I just finished my one hour on-line Creative Writing course and I LOVE it! This course just pumps me UP! <em>85</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Writing my truths just makes me happy! Too many people in my opinion, hold too much in in fear of being judged...don't let that happen to you...it's TOXIC! I feel like it is my patriotic duty to share my steps and missteps along my life path. <BR> <BR> Now I don't share some of my deeply personal ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 18:11:50 EST Happy Halloween to all my sparky friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259871 <em>431</em> <em>465</em> Happy Halloween to all my sparky friends! <BR> <BR> I love Halloween! It's the time of year you can be anyone...or anything you want to be! When I was a kid I would just get giddy over the thought of going door to door in my costume of the year! I was a variety of superheroes, princesses, bunny rabbits and one year a rooster! Yep, a rooster...I loved cock a~ doodling~dooing and watching the shocked look on the homeowner's faces! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Ev... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:48:34 EST A productive day at the consignment gallery! YIPEE! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257044 <em>212</em> I've said it before...and I'll say it AGAIN...I LOVE <em>26</em> our little Florida snow birdies! They are the ones that fuel the small businesses lifeline here in sunny SW FL! <BR> <BR> They are the ones that make me excited about going into work each day. They are almost always in a great mood...who wouldn't be at this time of year in FL? Today it was in the upper 70's with almost no humidity! We had our big overhead door open in the back and the front door open in the... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:48:15 EST AMAZING weather today! Love the temp. and LOW humidity! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256559 <em>213</em> Howdy dear sparkies! <BR> <BR> Today has been a fruitful day. DH got up bright and early to do war with the overgrown Brazilian Pepper Tree that has decided to swallow the corner of our backyard deck. These Pepper Trees are considered exotics and very invasive. They are a super woody and sinewy...quite the challenge for DH. Winter time in FL is when they sprout and drop red berries and propagate faster than rabbits! <em>172</em> <BR> <BR> The tree is actually on our n... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:04:42 EST It's SUNDAY...our day OFF..I'm up before the birdies...YIP! Paint projects too! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255721 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe2db08e-11a8-45df-ae2a-595944ea62ff.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday my sparklers! <em>213</em> I'm up and about bright and early! It's FINALLY cooling down here in sunny SW FL and I SO WELCOME this change. It seems it's been an exceptionally hot, exceptionally STICKY (100% humidity) summer! We've had some BLOCKBUSTER hurricanes that thankfully THANKFULLY have missed our little neck of the Palm Trees! <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> I have learn... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:29:37 EST The line has been drawn in the sand______________________ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255407 <em>227</em> Some people just can't keep their yaps shut! No matter how many times they have been politely asked, subtly threatened, yelled at, persuaded with reason,,, they just can't help themselves...and that my friends is when you have to draw your line in the sand. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> It becomes a 'no idiots tolerated state of affairs'......big sigh.. <em>24</em> .it happened last night AGAIN...and we've had it. Or I should say my DH has HAD it and I have to agree with him... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:29:43 EST The days I create are my favorite days ever! My paint project...DONE! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254148 <em>268</em> Painting is not my most favorite crafty craft...but the finishing touches on it...YES! <BR> <BR> I finished chalk painting my antique drop down secretary chest today! YAY! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> This has been sitting in our leisure room for weeks! It got derailed because our A/C went out and I was in the mood to do NOTHING! Our inside temperatures were up to 87 degrees, maybe higher...I stopped looking after seeing 87! The humidity in SW FL is brutal so 87 degrees wi... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:02:53 EST I learn some insightful lessons on health from a broken A/C in HOT FL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253471 <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> I love living in SW FL in JANUARY! <BR> <BR> But I have to tell you dear sparklers...there IS a trade off for that balmy sunshine when so many of you are scraping ice off your windshields! I DO remember those days...winter in IA is NO JOKE and I feel grateful for my southern lifestyle! <em>462</em> <em>298</em> <em>461</em> <BR> <BR> UNTIL...you have no A/C! Puff...puff! AND...no A/C with your own built in blanket of extra poundage ... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:57:23 EST HOT! HOLY HOT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252328 <em>198</em> Holy cow it's still so flippin' hot here in sunny FL! NOT the ideal time to have our A/C croak! Last night was misery trying to sleep! Okay...I know I'm a whiner...BUT..if you mess with my sleep BAD Bobbi comes out! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I have a wonderful sparkling friend that blogged many times about losing her appetite and not being able to sleep during the summer. She has no A/C either..and now I TOTALLY understand where she was coming from! HOT=miserable. It was... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:32:53 EST If you don't want my opinion...I respectfully say...don't ask :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251636 <em>535</em> Our motley crew of friends will soon be fully reunited. Two more couples are coming back to FL for the season. One is my oldest friend and she fancies herself the 'princess in charge' of our group. This surprises me because she....like I....is a midwestern girl and I venture to say that most midwesterners are usually imbued with great common sense. <BR> <BR> Evidently, P has been Florida~`ized as she suddenly thinks that she and she alone has the power to censor who will a... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:37:51 EST A good day in court...AND baby alligators! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250009 <em>104</em> Woo hoo...today started out pretty GREAT! First I spun 500 points on the spark wheel <em>347</em> a little gimmick I thought was SOOOOO silly when I first joined Spark but now I treasure accumulating those silly points! <em>285</em> Then on my bonus spin another 50! <em>334</em> Pretty darn good start for the day right? <BR> <BR> I was up at 5:30 a.m. today. I'm always keyed up when we have to go to court on a 'save our house' appearance before a judge. I should have ... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:47:21 EST First night it's been cool enough to sit out on lanai....loving it! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249503 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a167bdd8-4a1d-4c9c-a77c-d75c965c549d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f5794ea-fc41-49bb-8440-cb4b72ae308e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d44456bd-3c50-4e24-9e16-fc710848431f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a760350-ad58-4331-8f91-7b7b17f45d68.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So many of you know how much we LOVE <em>26</em> sitting out on our lanai looking o... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:38:46 EST I just LOVE Sundays don't you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248958 <em>345</em> Today was a pretty close to perfect day for me! I woke up early, had my yummy pumpkin spice coffee and my chocolate biscotti. This biscotti is 270 delicious and indulgent calories. BUT...it makes me SO happy why not? It is my breakfast and I could imbibe many more calories and not be nearly as satisfied as dunking that lovely little piece of heaven in my coffee for JUST the right time until it's saturated with coffee but NOT long enough that it breaks off and goes IN the co... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 18:52:24 EST A new day to be thankful in sunny SW FL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247865 <em>198</em> Wowy....THAT was a close one! It's been a good long time since I've been so scared that a monster hurricane might be knocking on our door. It feels so great to know that we were spared once again...I'm SO very grateful! Now I'm praying for our Northern FL, GA, and S.C. friends who are still in harm's way. Blessings to you my friends! <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> DH is manning the consignment gallery today so that I can continue clearing Josh's room and organizing items for d... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 12:53:13 EST Hurricane Matthew...just downright CREEPY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247568 This is a picture captured on hurricane doppler right before Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti. Downright creepy this storm is! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8b349ae-546b-4643-bce7-cdee4ea40f8c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hurricanes creep me out in general...but look at this...it looks just like a menacing skull with a slimy smile doesn't it? <BR> <BR> This sends a clear message to me. Mother Nature has HAD it with what we are doing to our beautiful world. The oceans are ... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 21:33:18 EST Decluttering is a good thing...but it SURE is exhausting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245916 Today was our day off...but not really. <BR> <BR> It's like that for so many of us isn't it? We work a full time job and then on our days off we do full time house work. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I tackled Josh's room bright and early with my Pumpkin Spice coffee in hand...YUM I love fall. <BR> <BR> October is Fall right? <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I wish we really had that lovely season here in the mono-mono sultry summer of Florida. BUT...you won't hear me complaining in January tha... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 21:19:43 EST One foot in front of the other... it's what I do ;-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244811 Howdy my dear sparklies! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Today was weigh in day on our Teddy Bear 5% Fall Challenge. I managed to squeak down a pound. I'm happy to see the scale going down instead of up. <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> This summer has been a pisser! I definitely am a stress eater so there you go...but I'm also a social eater, a comfort eater and a 'because it tastes good' eater. So I have my work cut out for me. The best thing for me is to be sure I... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 19:53:07 EST Super impressed with Square's brassy team and an interesting day at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244345 <em>213</em> We are sitting out the dine in group this weekend...why... because no one stepped forward to host. That's okay, though...I, for one, think that every single week of getting together may be too much...especially until after the elections..ha..ha! <BR> <BR> Last week's dinner at our house was a quite and peaceful gathering so I think everyone is just savoring that event for a week or so. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't have a super busy day at the consignment gallery so I c... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:20:52 EST My latest adventure...entry into Square's Brassy's (shamelessly bold) :-)) award http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243839 <em>213</em> Howdy my dear sparklers!! <BR> <BR> What have I been up to lately...well mischief of course! I got an e-mail from our credit card provider Square about entering into their small business symposium. <BR> <BR> Hey...why not? With a chance to win the top prize of $10,000 and a one-day mentorship with National Press recognition...I was feeling P~R~E~E~T~Y flattered! <BR> <BR> UNTIL I pressed the submit button and decided to check out my competition. Holy Mother of Competition... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:40:43 EST Last night's Peace Accord HELD...YIP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241546 <em>380</em> We gave 'peace' a chance last night at our weekly dine-in dinner DH and I hosted. Thankfully reaching out to all the wounded parties at the big 'dust up' a few weeks back where the hostess got so upset she threw out my two favorite sisters...and was on such a tear..she then threw out the entire dinner group! <em>40</em> This was the result of arguing over politics. They are of one party affiliation with one other couple (that live in FL full time) and the rest of the grou... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:24:53 EST Holy BALLS of fire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240834 Tomorrow is the big night. I'm hosting our dine-in group so today was house cleaning day. UNTIL my trusty Oreck vacuum caught on FIRE! I mean literally...I could have burnt the whole darn house down! It was lucky I was just backing out of the room and only had my fingers on the handle where the plug caught fire. It's a pretty wonky design having the plug and cord right by the handle where you push the vacuum BUT...it gave me quite a scare and there was a serious FLAME...about 6 inches l... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:26:15 EST Working on a few goals for our fall 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239821 <em>465</em> Our 5% Fall challenge begins soon. I'm SO excited to be back on my beloved Teddy Bear team. I always love these challenges because they hold me accountable and I'm a loyal member of my team. Where I might not do everything right for me...you can bet I'll go the extra mile for those bears! <em>174</em> <BR> <BR> The goal of the challenge is to exercise EVERY day and post your time. That time equates to miles in the air on an airplane and you travel to exotic and cool pla... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:47:55 EST Sometimes being 'peacekeeper' actually works! Shocked face :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238501 <em>213</em> Howdy my dear sparkly friends! <BR> <BR> You remember the big ole' dust up with our long term group of friends dine in/dine group a few weeks back? <BR> <BR> Thankfully DH and I weren't at that particular dinner party as we were on vacation...but believe me, I heard all about it from every guest in attendance and the more I heard the more confused I was as to who actually was at the center of the blame. <BR> <BR> It appeared that the hostess was the culprit but her versi... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:31:37 EST Cat Sitting Duties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238123 <em>239</em> <em>240</em> <em>241</em> Today was day one of our cat sitting duties. <BR> <BR> We are taking care of our neighbor's three cats for a week while they are on vacation. They decided to board their dog as it needs to be walked 3 times a day and with our work schedule that is not possible. <BR> <BR> I was up early this morning and ready to go see the trio since DH was the one that met with our neighbor to get the scoop and meet the kitties a few days ago. I couldn't help... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:48:45 EST It's never too late to say never :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235686 <em>104</em> As some of you know we stay in close touch on Facebook with many of Josh's (our dearly departed son) friends. DH stays on top of Facebook happenings closer than I do...I have my hands full with my Sparkie duties. <BR> <BR> But when one of our young adults (who we love as our very own kids) are having struggles he say's to me...."It's time for a Bobbi reply" I then jump on Facebook and do my very best offering words of encouragement or sometimes some hard love, or even somet... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:59:33 EST