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/ Oh boy...our first house robot...will I like Myrtle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438569 Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> It's Friday and I'm so happy! I'm happy of course because I'm working out of the house. I'm ALWAYS happy at home lately. <BR> <BR> I LOVE my Martha Beck! Her monthly inspiration hit the nail right on the head for me! <BR> <BR> "No other person will ever walk the path that destiny has laid out for you, but along that path, you’ll come home to a thousand different places. You will meet your mother, your father, your twin, yourself, in a thousand different b... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:48:52 EST A new social life during the holidays...it's a good one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436995 <em>444</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Hello dear sparkies: <BR> <BR> You heard about the big split from our large group of friends several weeks ago. I must say it is a strange feeling after sooooo many years of socializing with this group almost every single weekend. <BR> <BR> I don't think about it too much but this a.m. I got a text from one of my favorite sisters (there are two who are a part of the larger group) saying she didn't go to the 'event' last night beca... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 10:29:30 EST Searching for savings? Start with your car insurance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436459 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> Again...I'm tardy with my blogging! I have taken up e-mailing a few of my closest sparkler friends back and forth and then poof...my spark time has disappeared! I love communicating with them...but then I start missing all of you so I'll have to work harder on my blogs. <BR> <BR> It CAN be done...I just need to manage my time a little better. I must say being a creative soul...time management is not my strong forte'. I love to fly around by... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 13:41:29 EST Black Friday awesomeness! A sparky meet up! Sunday Sanibel/Captiva adventure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434928 <em>198</em> Oh my GOSH...so much to tell you my sparklers! <BR> <BR> First of all, I met another sparky friend in person. Casey is from PA and we are in The Together we are Stronger team. She was down here in FL for Thanksgiving and was nice enough to take a swing by our consignment gallery. We had a great chat as I showed her around. <BR> <BR> Here we are sitting at that beautiful table that just came in. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/785aa8c7-0d2f-43d3... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 17:42:06 EST We are on holiday for Thanksgiving until next Saturday..woot..woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433844 <em>429</em> I LOVE Thanksgiving, don't you? It's probably one of my MOST favorite holidays although it's a tough choice between Christmas and Easter. I love those holidays also. <BR> <BR> Probably because they were our Josh~ers favorite times of the year. He LOVED the Easter Bunny and searching for Easter eggs. We colored them when he was a little guy and he was SO artistic with his eggs it would become a holiday challenge to see who could make the perfect symmetrical design on the eg... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:44 EST The weather that I live for is finally here in SW FL! Woot..woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431105 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparkly friends! <BR> <BR> It's FINALLY here...the balmy weather that is! We are sitting outside on our back lanai feeling the cool breeze (no humidity) listening to our wind chimes tinkling. <BR> <BR> Happy am I my dear sparklers! I feel guilty looking forward to winter when it is so cold for so many of you...come on down and see us! <BR> <BR> This is WHAT I'm TALKIN' about! Florida is truly paradise in the winter! Other than the crushing traffic and the fa... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:17:24 EST A beautiful day in sunny SW FL! I'm re~examining so many things in life...good stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430025 Another three or four days have zipped by since my last blog. It seems that our life's accelerator is stuck in the 'fast and furious'....mode. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I like it...but it does make the days fly by. No one could ever say that our life is boring...every day is something completely new and if it's not completely new I try to make it so. <BR> <BR> Speaking of...we have done a COMPLETE reshuffle of our social life. People that we have known for some 30 some years (and probab... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:52:43 EST New merchandise to the gallery part 2~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428683 <em>334</em> I always love it when we get new items into our little consignment gallery...but it's especially fun and interesting when we take in a whole house. <BR> <BR> We did just that last week and what interesting things came in! I shared a few yesterday and here are some more for you to enjoy today. <BR> <BR> Check out this interesting leopard sculptured to hang down over the wall in a decorative manner. <BR> <BR> The little homeowner shared an interesting story as to how she acqu... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 07:48:14 EST New merch to our consignment gallery...pretty stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428461 <em>213</em> Hello my dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> I wrote a whole long blog this morning and then the dreaded Mac wheel of death started spinning and I LOST the whole darn thing! <BR> <BR> I think I loaded too many pics so I'll be a little more selective this time. <BR> <BR> We had a delightful English couple consign their entire home with the exception of their Master bedroom to us and a few items I had to tactfully decline due to their age and style. <BR> <BR> This little couple (hubb... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 14:47:21 EST Drama~Rama with the dine/in/dine/out group...I think we are ready for a break! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427622 <em>198</em> As some of you know that follow my blogs we have a large group of friends that we have hung out with for some 25+ years. Most of them are former business owners that we met through our construction biz. We get together almost every week to have a dine-in or dine-out. Years and years back when we had just started our construction business this group was very inspirational and exciting to us. We shared common goals of being in business and many of us were newcomers to FL so t... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 21:00:51 EST The consignment life is finally BIZZY again...so grateful!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426761 <em>431</em> Happy Halloweenie my friends! We used to LOVE this holiday..still do but I avoid the candy at all costs. Not to rain on your full moon picnic but do you know it's been proven that sugar FEEDS cancer! <em>40</em> Just sayin' <em>24</em> and artificial sweeteners can cause horrible health problems as well. We have to stay on top of the propaganda machine that big foodies put out there...I'm just the messenger so please don't shoot me my sparkling friends. <em>213</em> ... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:19:40 EST Sunday work day...but I'm a happy camper anyhow! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426235 <em>298</em> Season in Florida...ahhhh thank heavens for our snow birdies! <BR> <BR> They really DO fuel the economy in sunny S.W. FL! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> We were a little later this year....maybe because of that awful Hurricane Irma that knocked the stuffing out of us. Maybe because it was warmer longer in our Northern states...but it does appear that season has begun! Thank the good Lord above and Halleluah! <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was actually a pretty good day for... Sun, 29 Oct 2017 17:46:56 EST Some more lovelies into our consignment gallery...and my painted chest so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425368 <em>213</em> Howdy my sparklers! <BR> <BR> Today was so beautiful at our consignment gallery. Both doors open with a lovely cross breeze. <BR> <BR> Everything was pretty near perfect except no sales! <em>40</em> I have NO idea what the heck is going on but people come into the gallery look around...say they love the stuff...but they don't buy anything. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I've never experienced such a dry spell. I can't figure out if people are still fixing up their places after... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:17:46 EST First cool day of the year in sunny SW FL...love it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424951 Florida is a beautiful, beautiful place to live....in the winter! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We are located so far south on the West coast you could aptly describe our area as sub-tropic. Most of the year it has soaringly high humidity and is uncomfortably steamy ...I'd say to the degree of being uncomfortable. Without A/C there is NO way I'd be living here year round. <BR> <BR> I think I've noticed it much more because of the global warming over the past several years...and probably also.... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:55:50 EST Another paint project...will it turn out like the vision in my mind? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422640 <em>524</em> dear sparklers! I can't believe it's been so long since my last blog!! <em>211</em> Where DO these days go? I had just told you that I was going to try and blog more frequently...then boom...5 days fly by!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Lots of things have fired up again in my world and I'm sorry to say they aren't necessarily good things. We all go through ups and downs in our life cycle and I'm sure it's to learn the lessons we were put on this earth to learn. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:09:48 EST When I get bored at the consignment gallery...I take pictures..heh..heh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420868 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparky buds! <BR> <BR> I have had a few days off from the gallery due to our normal hours and DH manning the shoppe while I do some pressing paperwork and things around the house. <BR> <BR> When he doesn't have a construction job on the schedule he's really good about babysitting the gallery during this MEGA SLOW time of year. <BR> <BR> We decided we will limp through the next several weeks without fixing the big A/C in the back. We still have the little air cond... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:40:04 EST A little help for the Hurricane Irma victims...it's the right thing to do. :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419155 <em>465</em> It's headed towards fall here in sunny SW FL. As far as I'm concerned it just can't get here SOON enough. It's been one hellacious summer..it really has. <BR> <BR> I was off from working at our consignment gallery today as the hubs and I trade off days when he doesn't have a construction job to work on. Honestly...it is a lifesaver that he helps me out in the gallery. I honestly feel pretty trapped there on the days it is my turn. I've never been a stay within 4 walls typ... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 19:39:26 EST A few new items came into the consignment gallery...pretty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418469 Well...yesterday I was at our consignment gallery and rather bored. This is still a very slow time of the year for our business. Actually, I'm thinking the whole retail brick and mortar concept of shopping is falling by the wayside. More and more established retail entities are closing. It's kind of sad really. <BR> <BR> Retail merchants like J.C. Penny, Sears, Macy's..oh my GOSH..Macy's..who will throw the Thanksgiving Day Parade??? <em>450</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> These long... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 19:15:35 EST A sparkpeople smack down...ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418138 <em>213</em> Hello to my dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> As you know (those of you who have followed me for awhile) I share my true feelings in my blogs. As I see it our blogs are a way of mapping our history. They can be all about one's diet and exercise program or it can be whatever is weighing on our minds at any given time. <BR> <BR> So many of us 'eat our feelings'...we do not feel that we have the right to express our true feelings for fear of affronting someone. I used to (in my you... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 19:14:45 EST My painted chest~Fiesta Gal~made her debut today at our consignment gallery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416711 <em>236</em> Little purple chest who I have dubbed 'Fiesta Gal' made her debut today in our consignment gallery. This little project has been a long time in the making. She had to sit and wait hoping her feet wouldn't get wet during Hurricane Irma when she reared her ugly head. <BR> <BR> She sat patiently while her maker (moi) wrung her hands and ignored her tending to other 'freaked out after hurricane' duties. <BR> <BR> Then FINALLY a few weeks later she got her chance to shine. The ... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:16:09 EST SBA & FEMA they do GOOD work here in Bonita Springs FL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416580 <em>198</em> Hello sparklers! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a hot sweaty day of learning the fine skill of patience! We had damage to our consignment gallery (lost an A/C due to water and wind according to the A/C tech), had damage to our residence to the roof, lost an a/c due to water and wind and surge damage, and have water seepage in the leisure room due to water under our foundation. This is a huge concern for mold which can potentially 'KILL' you! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> We have only l... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 10:42:07 EST Another decision...you just have to hold onto hope. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416306 <em>213</em> Hello my spark buddies! <BR> <BR> Yesterday after sweating out a day at the consignment gallery the hubs came home sighed a big sigh and said if we are going to stay with the consignment gallery even for 'season' we HAVE to have air conditioning! It really won't cool down to bearable temperature until the end of October and that is IF we get lucky. <BR> <BR> I can remember having big extravagant Christmas parties back in the day and PRAYING it would be cool enough in mid Dec... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:11:46 EST Never a dull moment in Bobbi world! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416096 Another HOT day at our consignment gallery. Thank heavens the hubs took his turn today. I just don't do HEAT! <em>198</em> I worked until about 3 p.m. yesterday and even though I was mostly in the front with the a/c pumping I often went into the back area that is powered only by fans blowing HOT air around! I just can't help myself from going back and moving things around and cleaning when I'm bored. <BR> <BR> Last night I didn't feel well and I'm blaming it on the stupid heat! <em>19... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:52:32 EST Back to the consignment gallery...the a/c is broken..big sad sigh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415580 Hello, my darling sparklers! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My gal Martha Beck ALWAYS says it best! <BR> <BR> "Every day, give yourself at least three really good treats: One for every risk you take, and two just because you're you. No exceptions, no excuses." <BR> <BR> We forget to honor ourselves with little treats...they don't have to be food...they just have to be small recognitions of how special we all are! Reading this little reminder this morning made me so happy! <BR> <BR> <img src=... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:51:01 EST I miss my blog time...I'm going to try to do it more often! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415025 With all of the commotion caused by Hurricane Irma tearing through SW FL I have had little time nor inclination to blog. This event has really rocked our world and not in a really great way. Now don't get me wrong...I'm VERY happy and grateful that the damage wasn't worse to our home and our little consignment gallery. <BR> <BR> We lost some shingles off our roof (won't know if it is more than that since we can't see up to the 2nd story rooftop) if could be months until we get a roofer out ... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:04:08 EST Still no power at our little consignment gallery...sigh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413267 Hello sparkie friends! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm sooo happy and thrilled that we finally got our cable, internet, and landland telephone back on around 5 p.m. last night! Woot...woot! I'm so thrilled for those little creature comforts. Our power had came on a few days earlier and that was a godsend...but I feel so connected to my sparky friends I was missing you all terribly! <BR> <BR> But...I'm BAAACKKK in biz~ness my friends and happy as a lark. <BR> <BR> The hubs and I decided th... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:33:46 EST Little by little we tiptoe towards our new normal after Hurricane Irma in FL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411881 Another hot sweaty day putting things back together at our beautiful home that was spared by the killer Hurricane Irma that made an unwelcome visit to FL last Sunday. <BR> <BR> Now that our power is back on I can see that our second-floor air conditioner bit the dust. A total bummer since that is where the magic occurs for my jewelry designs. It will be months before we can get an a/c person out to the house to take a look at it. Same with roofers, really ANY tradesmen! Most likely it wi... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:08:20 EST Survivor guilt...it's a thing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411398 Hello, my darling sparklers! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Today is day 5 after the horrific event of Hurricane Irma! I am sitting at our friend's condo in Ft. Myers at Heritage Country Club. All is well here. I'm so very comfortable in an air conditioned atmosphere. We have plenty of food and water and our little Mac Cat has settled in comfortably. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/627c50d8-4079-4d4a-88ed-2d90ff0b5689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:35:45 EST Hurricane Irma can't break the Floridan spirit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410866 Quick...what is more beautiful...my glorious Florida...or my sparky friends? I truly can't decide? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41488573-2dd0-4d40-a82c-a09c91132fe3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> We are on the third day of recovery since that nasty powerful Hurricane Irma came to FL for an unwelcome visit. <BR> <BR> What an evil messenger she was! I am broken hearted for the islands and The Florida Keys that she absolutely decimated. I watch the news reports and am ... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:55:26 EST When horrific things like a hurricane make you humble and thankful.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410606 <em>26</em> First of all...here is a gigantic heart of thanks for all of your prayers and good wishes sent our way when Hurricane Irma took Florida on for her project. <BR> <BR> What was that project? <BR> <BR> When it's man against Mother Nature...Mother Nature WINS...every darn time! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f56b31fc-c328-426e-8878-25854eca492d.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/552a2735-a425-4c48-be9f-c7391ac95c7d.jpg">... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:43:37 EST Not looking forward to our coming UNWELCOME visitor....dirty hurricane Irma! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409465 Well...my friends we are still here! We decided that we weren't going to play Russian roulette with Hurricane Irma approaching. There are just TOO many windows we have in our house. <BR> <BR> Plus the whole second story is just fiberboard with a little stucco plastered on. How safe can that be with a monster hurricane knocking on our door? <BR> <BR> I think it has hurricane straps that were installed when we built the house in 2002...but I'm not betting my life on it. <BR> <BR> Sooooo ... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 21:23:03 EST One last beautiful day before the 'unknown' swoops down on SW FL. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409064 Oh my gosh! I SO HATE hurricanes! It is the biggest downside of living in SW FL. We have been lucky, lucky, LUCKY for so many years. <em>137</em> But when you have been through a major hurricane...even if it was back in 2004...you remember it like it was yesterday. The fright is just that engrained in your brain! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> So this morning we went over to our consignment gallery and got our 9X12 trailer, came back to the house, hauled all of the patio furniture to the fr... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 14:17:58 EST The good with the bad...meh~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408251 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8cea7729-3d76-472a-abc8-a441ac16ebd2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Living in SW FL is truly a paradise...most of the time. But when monster hurricanes come...NOT so much! <BR> <BR> We are anxiously keeping our eyes on Hurricane Irma now a MONSTER CAT 5 with winds up to 185 mph barrelling towards us from the Carribean Sea which is part of the N. Atlantic Ocean. <BR> <BR> I HATE these biatches! We have been in several hurricanes since we moved to Florida ... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 10:05:09 EST Happy Labor Day my friends! Last day of va~cay...sad face! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407560 What a GREAT time we have had these last two weeks of vacation. The first week was really too rainy to do outdoorsy things but we had plenty of things to do inside. I've been painting and painting and am going to wind up my projects today. <BR> <BR> I've put layer after layer of chalk paint on this little antique chest. Now I'm painting the last two layers of paint on the top. You can see the other phases on my earlier blogs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:44:52 EST A TON of HOT yard work today and a reward tonight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406617 <em>198</em> Good Lord it's HOT in FL this time of year. We decided today was the day to tackle cleaning the lanai and the back windows. I really hate this task but it's long overdue so we just rolled our sleeves up and jumped in! <BR> <BR> DH went over to his shop and got the pressure cleaner and brought it back to pressure clean all of the indoor/outdoor fabric on the pillows on our outdoor loveseats. He also cleaned 4 lounging chairs that I'm rather fond of...but they need to go to ... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 19:54:56 EST Day 8 & 9 of our stay~cation..rain has stopped...yip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406064 <em>244</em> The rain has stopped for a few days here in sunny SW FL. I'm so happy. I do enjoy the rain but when we are on vacation it certainly puts a dent in our outdoor plans. <BR> <BR> In a way, I guess that is a good thing as I've gotten lots of indoor duties done. Tonight if it is clear we are hoping to hop down to the beach and enjoy a beautiful sunset. We are only about 10 minutes from beautiful Bonita Beach and there is a favorite restaurant on the beach I love called Docs Be... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:26:29 EST Day 6 & 7 So many things to do on stay~cation and they are FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405385 <em>213</em> Howdy my dear sparkies! <BR> <BR> Well...we are still here amidst all this CRAZY rain in usually sunny SW FL. Counting our blessings that we aren't be drowned like those poor people in TX and LA. Just heartbreaking what we see on the news. Our weather patterns have gotten so violent these last few years. I feel like Mother Nature is sending us a signal that she has HAD it with mankinds plundering and destructive ways! <BR> <BR> The hubs did a Costco run yesterday to gas u... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:46:29 EST Day 4 & 5 Stay~cation...still raining in FL...yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404720 <em>27</em> I do like the rain but probably not 5 days in a row with heavy all day soakers! Especially during vacation when I want to be outside playing FL tourist! <BR> <BR> Of course, this is ridiculous to be moaning about the rain when Texas has SERIOUS problems caused by Hurricane Harvey and the continual rain blast they are receiving. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry sparklers...I take back all of my whinings! <em>24</em> I saw a picture of a little old man sitting on his front porch of his ... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 21:44:26 EST Stay~cation Day 3 A bathroom project and an epic FAIL recipe :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403833 <em>244</em> I could really get used to this leisurely lifestyle that is unrolling during our vacation. It is a bummer because the weather is pretty dismal. It rained almost all day yesterday, rained really hard during the night, and is windy and rainy today. <BR> <BR> But...that doesn't mean we can be busy with indoor projects. I never get time to devote to our home when we work 6 days a week. Keeping it clean is challenge enough for me while working. <BR> <BR> I have several items o... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:32:58 EST Stay~cation Day 2 Love this time off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403236 <em>213</em> Hi there spark buddies! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I slept in till 8 a.m. wowza..that felt great! I'm usually up and at em by 6 or 6:30 a.m. <BR> <BR> Then it's boom, boom, boom doing what needs to be done around the house, making out my to do list...and OUT the door! <BR> <BR> So just to able to take my time and laz around actually mulling things over in my mind without constant movement was kind of wonderful. <BR> <BR> The Mackster cat was confused also. He had to wonder why ... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:12:04 EST Vacay officially begins tomorrow...whoopee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402444 I'm SO excited to be free of the consignment gallery for a week and a few days. We have decided since we have Mackelmore (our rescue kitty) we aren't going to travel. He is still to new to our household (we got him in 5 months ago) and he is kind of crazy at times. I know he could never stay at home with a cat sitter checking on him. He's just too skitzy. I don't like the idea of boarding him either. So we will just do a stay~cation with some field trips during the day and back home at ... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:25:21 EST Sunday~fun day! Something new on the agenda! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399717 <em>334</em> Hello Sparklers! <BR> <BR> You KNOW how I treasure my days off from the consignment gallery and how I HATE the bookkeeping duties tied to it. I've never been a bookkeeper! I'll chat up a stranger for hours, I'll volunteer my services with glee, I'll teach a painting class with zest! <em>104</em> But bookkeeping...I avoid it like the plague! <em>29</em> Of course when you have a business it is a very important part of it. <BR> <BR> I guess you'd call me a socializer. So... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:10:34 EST Sat. night on the dance floor...hoofing it up to 'Proud Mary' an epiphany! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397513 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6f767df-6b1c-474b-b60e-301b8b945fda.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Tis I, my darling sparklers! I just got my hair wacked off a bit on Friday. I go from lengths up and down as often as my scale does. I try to remain stylish and relevant...but honestly with this extra blub I have been carrying around for WAYYYY too long it's getting harder and harder. <BR> <BR> So when I carried my cute newly painted 'BLUE' tootsies and matching 'PERWINKLE' blue nails o... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 13:26:17 EST Off my game this week...pep talk to me~self~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395853 <em>524</em> How have you been my darling sparklers? <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> This week has been challenging for me. Challenging in a way different than my Summer Teddy Bear Challenge...which by the way IS challenging. I aim for 2 hours of exercise per day. Some days I hit it and some days I don't. I'm MUCH more successful if I get right to it first thing. Then I'm all proud of myself and I feel like I'm a winner for the rest of the day! <em>104</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> I've... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 08:26:17 EST Wow...a very LOUD morning wake up call! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394136 <em>40</em> Okay...yes, I DO watch too many true crime movies and read too many Ann Rule True Crime books! But you know me... the inquiring mind needs to know...it's really my thing! What makes people go crazy and commit heinous crimes. Is it a tortured childhood, is it impulse control, is it the split second of anger that causes an act that cannot be undone? <BR> <BR> As a writer, it's important for me to know what makes people tick. I am fascinated by personalities on the fringe and ... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:17:58 EST A BEAUTIFUL table came into our consignment gallery today and 'little blue' is done!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392023 Hello dear sparklers! <em>213</em> As you know I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it when really awesome unique items come into our consignment gallery. Today was a SPECIAL find! <BR> <BR> I've been e-mailing for about a week back and forth negotiating the receipt of this beautiful European Olive Burl Wood table. It is SOMETHIN!! It was made in Italy and has solid hand carved legs. 48" of pure beauty! What a fabulous parlor table, or entry console. I can just see a beautiful display of fresh tall ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:51:16 EST Little Blue..as in table... is coming along! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389547 Today was my day at the consignment gallery....so that means painting! I've been working on this little table for a bit now. It is coming along..if slowly. Blending 4 colors is a slow process but I think I like it. I still need to do a little light distressing and then I'll wax with a clear wax and then another light wax with a little white chalk paint added. Finally, after all, of this is done I'll add some little shells to each of the upper flat epalons. <BR> <BR> The idea here is beac... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:22:01 EST Tomorrow is never promised...live fully and completely today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387703 Hello, dear sparklers! <em>213</em> This week has been eye-opening. <BR> <BR> I was shocked day before yesterday when the paralegal who assists our attorney on our illegal foreclosure action called and said: "I'm sorry, but I have some bad news I have to tell you!" <BR> <BR> Of course, my mind immediately went to our voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff court case. <BR> <BR> Had the crooked servicer Ocwen come up with a new lie ...were we going to be thrown out of our beloved home? ... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:46:33 EST Delightful Thursday working out of the home office..yip! Blue table paint progress pics. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386917 <em>104</em> Woo~hoo! It's my turn to work out of the house today while DH mans the consignment gallery. <BR> <BR> It's just me and the Mack~ster cat! He is doing great but...he must be the all time finicky eater of ALL time! I wish some of that trait would rub off on his momma! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> He seems healthy. He plays HARD, sleeps HARD, meows HARD and loves his puppy cat retrieval of his little fake grass sprigs that DH and I throw for him to fetch and return. I have a vi... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:24:19 EST Wow...6 days no blog..what is going on in Bobbi world? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385748 <em>2</em> How unusual...your usually chatty little sparky friend has gone silent these last few days. Honestly...I've been busy, busy, busy, and by the time it comes to blog time I'm so tuckered out...the best I can do is chat with a few sparkies and then its lights out. <BR> <BR> I've started another paint project at the consignment gallery. This time I'm into blue. I haven't done any blue painted pieces for some time and in FL blue is a very beachy look therefore fairly popular. So ... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:43:25 EST