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/ I SO love our Sundays! We did something different yesterday ;-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339662 Happy Monday sparklers! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the BEST! A nice healthy breakfast...except maybe the raisin toast. <em>20</em> But I'm not sweating it. Some things are just part of a pleasurable life and raisin toast with my eggs and sausage at our fav little diner Mels are just part of it. <BR> <BR> We were thinking about a movie but nothing really seemed that interesting to us and I wanted to get lots of steps in. So down to Naples and a beautiful consignment shop we went. <BR> <BR... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:40:12 EST As Saturdays go...today was pretty awesome! I likey~ ;-)) New items for the gallery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338941 <em>524</em> Every great once in a while the planets align and all goes well in Bobbi~world! <BR> <BR> Today was that day. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Especially for a work day! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> As most of you know that follow my blogs working 6 days a week at our consignment gallery is not always my idea of great fun. BUT...when I have a good day of sales...AND enjoyable customers AND a home cooked meal to come home to by the hubs...well, all is right in Bobbi~world! <BR> <BR> Y... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:58:15 EST A very BIZARRE & Scary Occurrence in the wee hours today at our house! :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338347 <em>213</em> Hello my dear sparkies! <BR> <BR> You know how I'm always blogging about how much we love our beautiful house. I really do love it and have always felt very safe in our sleepy little community of about 220 homes. <BR> <BR> We are not in a gated community but we do have a camera that captures all cars coming in and going out of the community. I hope that camera catches images in the dark. <BR> <BR> Last night's occurrence scared the BE~JABBERS out of the hubs and me. <em>4... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:12:14 EST The Rescue kitties are Harry Houdini cats! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337241 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b4a0047-2f44-43cc-bd70-35a8026971ad.jpeg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79bfea12-05c7-4551-8246-5e76ce755798.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These two little Houdini cats are rascals! They have many talents...they have managed to turn a 6' man into a cat talking mush magnet. Mackey Blu can chirp, chortle and mew his way to treats any time of the day or evening. Lily Rose is becoming a little more tolerant about being held but she sti... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:56:40 EST And...the beat goes on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334717 <em>213</em> Hey there to all of my sparklers out there in spark kingdom! <BR> <BR> I have to hold down the consignment gallery while the hubs takes the day off today. It's only fair as he took retail duty yesterday. Well...let's say it's mostly fair as when he gets a day off it's really OFF. <BR> <BR> When I am working out of the house...that's just it...I'm working. Plus I get telephone calls every 5 minutes because Mr. Retail has never taken the time to educate himself on retail pri... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:05:55 EST The perpetual quest for the perfect hair color...LOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333037 Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> It's Tuesday evening and we had an 'okay' day at our little consignment gallery with sales today. Not great...but I'll take it. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> It's amazing how your expectations learn to go up and down on a sliding scale during this crazy economic era. A year ago I would have thought today's sales numbers stunk...but this year I'm counting my blessings wherever they fall. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The fur kitties are doing better. Some days the... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:47:19 EST Lily Rose is a 'bad girl' cat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330786 Hello, dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> For those of you who visit my blog, you know that we have recently adopted two little rescue kitty cats. We have Macklemore Blu (Mackey Blu) who is approximately 6 months old and a laid back cuddle cat. In fact, one of my sparkies calls him a puppycat as he follows us around the house like a little puppy dog. His favorite place to hang out is on his fur dad's lap or if that isn't available he'll take mine. He is a talkative little guy. He chirps and twit... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:55:55 EST The rescue kitties back to the vet and wow...is time flying! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329918 It's almost St. Paddy's Day...do you even believe it? <em>137</em> Time flys when you are having fun! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> The little fur balls went back to the vet for their 3 week check up after their first visit to the vet. We took them in after adopting them from an animal shelter the week before. <BR> <BR> I like the vet but I really wasn't prepared for how sick these kittens were. <BR> <BR> Mackey Blu who the volunteer told me was about 4 months old was actually closer to 6 mo... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 18:33:02 EST Sunday...beautiful Sunday! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328391 Hello, dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> Today was simply beautiful! In the 70's very sunny and breezy. The little rescue fur kitties seem to be doing a little better and are playing up and down the stairs so I'm thrilled they seem to be recovering. <BR> <BR> Little Mackey Blu has turned into an eating machine. Lily Rose used to be the one that woofed her meal down and then headed for his plate. Now the tables have flipped! I can just see him putting on weight...it makes me fur momma proud! ... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 21:25:04 EST A day in the life...and happy March to my sparksters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323866 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77b3d470-e6cd-4fc1-a42a-70ec0d7e6a0e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's March dear sparkies...and you KNOW what that means..the BESTEST holiday of the whole year! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c56dd6a4-4e7d-40dd-8660-6a728dd2c966.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And...how timely is this tee shirt? Gas IS creeping up again...which of course means beer will go up in price also as it costs more to get it to it's destinations. I LOVE my Stella b... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:01:44 EST OMG with twenty exclamation marks on the rescue kitties! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320724 Warning if you haven't had your breakfast yet save this blog for later in the day! I usually get up around 6 a.m. daily so it's still pretty early. <BR> <BR> My morning routine is to get up (it's still dark) turn on the little table lamp in the entryway then open the door to the den where our little rescue kitties spend their nights. They have their comfy little beds in there, their litter box which I keep spotlessly clean and we have their dry food in there. <BR> <BR> I think containing ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:42:13 EST Some more lovelies into our consignment gallery...yippee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320344 <em>104</em> One of my all time favorite things about our consignment gallery is accepting new items! I get such a kick out of competing against other consignment shops (and there are a TON of them nearby) to get the cream da la creme of items. <BR> <BR> It's a tough job keeping the gallery fully stocked with new items so that when people stop in frequently they can always be assured of seeing new merch. <BR> <BR> Here are some interesting items that came in this week. <BR> <BR> Did I s... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:12:43 EST Yesterday was movie day with the girls to support our dear "J" 'Lion' is SOME movie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319746 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> You know me and my blogs...when something vexes me I blog through my feelings. I've found that blogging and getting junk out of my head keeps me from eating my feelings. All in all I think it's much healthier. <BR> <BR> I make attempts to understand what is going on in my world. If this is not of interest to you I certainly don't blame you a bit for not reading. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a friend bonding day. I LOVE days like that. Our mo... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:19:16 EST All of a sudden I'm REALLY into de~cluttering projects...spring must be coming! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318952 <em>213</em> Howdy dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> I bet you so many of you are REALLY looking forward to Spring. It's been SOME winter hasn't it and hopefully within another 6 weeks or so you will be kicking your heels up getting ready to plant some beautiful posies in your garden. <em>126</em> <em>376</em> <em>378</em> <BR> <BR> As you know here in FL our weather is pretty much beautiful...same ole' same ole' but most of the time I just love living here. I can only tell Spring is a... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:37:24 EST Joe Bonnamassa concert...the BEST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318507 I don't know about you but I LOVE Joe Bonnamassa! What a gifted guitarist...he should be better known throughout the world. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29a48fd0-23a3-48c0-bbf7-9b89e9a470a0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a6614c1-8424-49df-b43b-2cc467fda872.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The guy played for 2 1/2 hours with NO BREAK! I was squirming in my seat and hoping I wouldn't need to plow through a million people since we were sitting... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:26:23 EST Valentine's Day...so here's the coincidence! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316383 <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> I just LOVE Valentine's Day...don't you? <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if you have a significant other or not...Valentine's Day signifies LOVE. It reminds you that self-love is also worthy of recognition! <BR> <BR> In fact, too many of us deny ourselves self-love and that makes me sad. We are all flying around taking care of other's needs and wants and shutting the door on our own toes. <BR> <BR> I remind you to STOP that nonsense! <em>227</... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:42:59 EST It's FRRRR~I~DAY and I'm off work...whoop da! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313884 <em>213</em> I LOVE Fridays...especially when I'm off work! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> This week DH and I have been rotating whole days at our consignment gallery. We used to do 1/2 days between us and although the whole days seem REALLY long with the state of the economy and the reluctance of people to spend money...at least when we are off..we get the WHOLE day off. <BR> <BR> Not that I'm ever completely off...I always get a ton of calls from DH on price checks and I... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:02:15 EST Day 4 with the new little rescue kitties...WHOA...they are ACTIVE! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313325 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2227655-70c3-47c5-8c0d-41ec796ecf4e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The two little love bugs are doing well. Actually, they are as different as night and day. Mackey J who DH keeps calling Mackey Blu is perfectly content to curl up in your lap and stay there...permanently! <em>2</em> His little buddy Lily Rose that he befriended in the animal shelter (or more likely...SHE befriended and chose him) he's JUST that laid back.... that little tornado...is the... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:15:45 EST Woo~hoo how many times can you run up and down a staircase after ornery kitties!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311996 <em>198</em> Whew...got my workout today for sure! These two new additions to our household had me in a dither. I stayed home today to do bookwork and every 10 minutes I was up our long flight of steps to check on the two ornery little furballs poking around my art studio. <BR> <BR> They finally pooped themselves out also and took an extra long snooze after they knocked the stuffins out of me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/043eee5d-98b7-4f0a-a406-877160cd92b... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 21:25:06 EST BIG NEWS...meet our new fur~babies! I'm soooo happy to welcome them to our home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311430 <em>213</em> For my amazing spark buddies that stop by my blog you know that we had two beautiful kitties that we loved SO much! They were actually our son's cats...Chin Chin the momma cat was so dainty and beautiful. She looked like a little chinchilla. Actually, an Alaskan Snow Cat which is a cross between a Somali cat and a persian...she looked just like a little dainty angel! Her big boy Keanu cat resembled the father cat a Somali much more. He was such a laid back big boy and so b... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 21:37:05 EST Chilly weather (which I love by the way) is heating up again in SW FL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309076 <em>67</em> I just LOVE our Florida sunshine year around. If I could bottle it and send it to all of my lovely sparkie friends it would be in the mail tomorrow! <BR> <BR> I have another project started over at our little consignment gallery. The upstairs loft has become so very messy with lots of mark down items. We put pillows, rugs, lamps, pictures, chairs, our hanging chandeliers and light weight end tables up there. I run up and down the stairs with customer questions but I've neve... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 12:33:30 EST Same ole' same ole' with the dinner group...blah..blah...blah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307150 <em>524</em> My dear sparkies! <BR> <BR> Last night we went to our dine-in group. I was feeling pretty rough and not particularly social after hearing the bad news about the passing of one of the members of our group. He and his wife "J" (short for Joyce) have been a part of our group for about the last 6...maybe even longer years....and J and Ron were always a breath of fresh air. Ron, in particular, was a quiet soft spoken man who truly wanted to hear about your life and his friendshi... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:59:35 EST Lost the first friend in our dine in/dine out group today to ALS...sooo sad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306836 <em>39</em> I'm so sad right now, we received a call from our dear friend in MO that her husband has passed away of ALS. He was a good man. I have blogged about them before..they owned catering halls in MO and were waiting for the last banquet hall to sell so they could move to FL year round. They have been coming down here for about the past 5 or 6 years but Ron wanted the last catering hall to sell before he moved here permanently. <BR> <BR> They had bought one house and fixed it up a... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:13:29 EST Are American (small & large) retail stores dying on the vine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306184 <em>213</em> Hello dear spark buds! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> It's been another several days since I've had the time to chat with you. I always think about blogging and then something else takes my time away. I'm always time deprived. Just too many things to do in any one day. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Right now I'm treading water with our little consignment business. This month's sales are in the crapper and January has always been one of our best months in the 7 years we have been... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:10:48 EST Dine In at our house...why oh WHY can't people develop a little civility? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303063 First I have to say HOW excited and proud I am of our beautiful women of the world for their march ...we are STRONG, POWERFUL, and AMAZING!! YES...we are! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> I tell you my dear sparkies...I have NO patience with ninnies! No patience at all! <BR> <BR> Last night I hosted a lovely dine-in at our house for 18 of our closest friends. It was a super busy day preparing by sprucing up the house...setting up all of the tables, and lighting candles for mood. <... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:47:02 EST Some beautiful new arrivals at the consignment gallery..woot..woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301998 <em>213</em> I promised to share the newest items that we have received into our consignment gallery within the last few weeks. I LOVE <em>26</em> receiving new things because arranging the little vignettes around the large area of warehouse space is one of my favorite things! In fact, if we decide to close down the consignment gallery THIS little task will be the one I miss the most! <BR> <BR> I'm in the process of scrutinizing our numbers and analyzing the future market conditions a... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:14:45 EST Wow...6 days without a blog...veeerrry unusual my friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301214 <em>213</em> I guess you can tell how busy I am this time of year. I haven't even had time to do my most favorite thing in the entire world and that is blog what's on my mind at any certain point in my life. <BR> <BR> I just don't even have the time to sit down and gather my thoughts during our busy 'season' which runs from October through April each year. <BR> <BR> This is the timeframe when our Florida snowbirdies fly back down to Florida and they keep the hubs and I very busy. <BR> ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:46:07 EST A Day of information from my doctor...it's what I needed to hear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297249 <em>213</em> Well...yesterday I did one of my most UNFAVORITE things to do on planet earth. I went back to my doctor to go over the full panel of bloodwork I had taken before Christmas. <BR> <BR> I abhor doctors and the traditional medical profession in general. Let me tell you in a car accident I'm so grateful they are there..in an emergency or a serious problem we need them.I But for the meds they peddle for things I think we should be controlling with our own good common sense instead... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:30:13 EST My wonderful 5% winter weight loss challenge with the fab Teddy Bears! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294838 <em>347</em> One really wonderful perk from Spark is the awesome challenge teams they have! I have loved the 5% Challenge forever! My favorite team is the amazing Teddy Bear team that gives these challenges their ALL! I have the BEST teammates...truly I do and the challenges give me accountability and keep me striving to accomplish my health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Here is our latest check list..I'm putting it on my blog for easy reference...and maybe...just maybe it will spark som... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 20:01:06 EST COLD in sunny SW FL! I LOVE it! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293748 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparkies! I've been busy these last few days. The consignment gallery is getting more and more visitors which makes me VERY happy and grateful! I am still not seeing the sales activity we have enjoyed in past years and that is troubling but it spurs me on to look into other opportunities realizing that retail, in general, is losing its popularity. <BR> <BR> On-line sales and delivery of those sales is where it's at my sparklers! I just saw a new company called '... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 10:01:24 EST Gearing up for a successful 2017! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292165 <em>213</em> Hello 2017! I'm glad to see you on the horizon. I'm hopeful that you will be a successful year for all of us. <BR> <BR> I've determined I have some work to do this year on rebuilding my health goals. First I'm VERY happy to say at the 'young' age of 65 I'm on no meds whatsoever! Somehow I and the hubs have dodged the bullet of doctors prescribing what I feel are totally unnecessary drugs. <BR> <BR> Of course, I DO know that sometimes medication is necessary and I can cert... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:50:44 EST At last...The Biltmore Mansion Christmas wind up :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289492 <em>213</em> Happy New Year to all of my amazing sparklers! <em>107</em> <em>407</em> <em>409</em> <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> I promised you a complete tour of the Biltmore House in Ashville, N.C. and by golly you are going to get it! <BR> <BR> This is the second-floor hallway. Pretty spacious for a hallway right? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/70d06883-5467-4838-8d01-84602b019b50.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19841... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:01:50 EST Loving this CHILLY weather in normally HOT SW FL. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287583 Okay...can you BELIEVE it...I'm actually sipping a HOT chocolate! <em>106</em> This NEVER happens in hot sticky FL. Today was in the perfect day for my early morning walk...I had to wear LONG pants, a LONG shirt, AND a fluffy vest that I purchased in N. Carolina for a DEEP discount because they were clearing out the short sleeved stuff for REAL winter gear! <BR> <BR> I'm like my good friend Fredie's (Maringal) doggie Lucy Lou...I come ALIVE when the weather is cool...not COLD just skippi... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:11:39 EST The Biltmore in Christmas splendor part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287146 <em>104</em> As many of you...my darling sparklers...know... we had the BEST little getaway to N. C. for a Christmas holiday this year. <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> We decided it was best for us to get out of hot, humid FL and get a breath of fresh air in the mountains. Besides that...seeing the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, N.C.all dressed up in it's Christmas best... has long been on my bucket list...check! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> The weather was quite mild for Decemb... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:18:46 EST The Biltmore mansion in Asheville in ALL it's Christmas finery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285701 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fef6aa79-a6aa-4c6b-a5b6-8495eceea659.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Oh...my goodness...where do I start with the tour of the Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C.? <BR> <BR> This had to be the BEST treat eva! Except...of course for the CRUSH of people that were there for the same reason we were. To gawk and snap pictures. They were IN MY WAY...seriously...every which way I turned there was SOMEONE in my way! Boooo~people are so doggone rude. I tried to be... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 20:55:45 EST Christmas Eve in beautiful Waynesville & Ashville N.C. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285021 Merry Christmas eve to all of my dear and wonderful sparkling friends! <em>460</em> <em>442</em> I'm wishing you a beautiful Christmas Day and a very happy Hanukkah! I'm also sending you positive vibes for a healthy, wealthy 2017. <BR> <BR> Please join me in the new year of 'Doing more of What Makes you HAPPY!" <BR> <BR> We started that theme early by coming to the mountains for our Christmas getaway this year and it's just been the BEST decision we've ever made. <BR> <BR> The temps ... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 22:59:18 EST The Christmas windows of Waynesville, N.C. every bit as beautiful as NYC!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284634 Happy Friday evening my sparklers! <BR> <BR> I'm having a yummy herbal tea while sharing my blog with you. We are listening to old Christmas songs and instrumental Christmas music, the fireplace is going, no television, just the hubs, our computers and our books to read later. So totally relaxed and blissful...now THIS is the way we should all live. In the moment and in total happiness. <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> What FUN we have been having here in the mountains for our little... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:14:45 EST Day 2 N.C. Christmas getaway...I forgot how much I LOVE the mountains! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284324 We made it! After a looooonnnng 12 hour drive which we broke in half because I'm such a terrible passenger on the road. I always offer to drive and DH sez..."no thanks MS. leadfoot" oh geeze he knows me SO well. I could do that 12 hour drive in 10 FLAT when we had our little cabin here. I AM bad about speeding...I just have the need to GET there already! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> We saw the strangest markings in the sky on the way into N.C. right over Georgia. At first I thought they mu... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:50:05 EST Day one Christmas get~a~way to N. Carolina mountains...yip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283931 <em>460</em> The Christmas countdown has launched! We are chilling in our comfy hotel room in Valdosta Ga...half way to our destination to N. Carolina. This Drury Hotel is pretty okay in my book. Nice clean rooms, updated decor, comfy beds and a happy hour that includes not one, not 2...but 3 drinks free of charge. Of course, they are teeny tiny...but who's complaining...the price is right...FREE! <em>104</em> I had 3 tiny little red wines which probably equals all of 6 oz. but that w... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 20:20:27 EST The 'Josh Project' done and it looks good! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283093 <em>590</em> A difficult job has been completed and I'm so proud of myself for getting it done. DH helped me and it was probably more difficult for him than it was me. We cleared out our precious son's electronic room of all of his treasures. This room had become a catch all for any unclaimed furniture or projects I had in the works. It had to be cleaned out and restored to a useable space that our dear Josh would be happy that his mom and dad were happy being in. <BR> <BR> So here i... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:06:30 EST At home with my thoughts and business bookwork...just HAPPY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282063 I've never been such a homebody. Lately, I just CRAVE being in our beautiful home. Maybe it's because I'm always on edge that we may have to leave our house if the evil bank succeeds in their fraudulent foreclosure action. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping and praying they won't be able to pull this off. We have fought them for 6 1/2 years...YES, you read that RIGHT...SIX and 1/2 YEARS! <BR> <BR> In any NORMAL world if someone can't prove their case for a lawsuit in that crazy LONG period of time the... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:58:05 EST The beauty of a day working from home! YIP! A few new things for the gallery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281685 Merry Christmas to all of my sparkling buddies! <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> The hubs and I are counting the days until we take our little get~a~way to our favorite B&B in N. Carolina. I've always had visiting the gorgeous Biltmore mansion all decked out in it's Christmas finery on my bucket list! So this year we are making it happen! YIP! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> We have been to the Biltmore owned back in the day by the extraordinarily wealthy Vanderbilt fa... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:30:47 EST Give me your opinion...I'm stuck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280849 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f62e60d-295b-4f85-88f6-d7332a713abc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I SO love Christmas! It's always been my MOST favorite holiday. Honestly...I like the giving aspect of it even more than the receiving end. Especially at this age..I have everything I could ever want or need so it's more fun for me to give. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> The poinsettia above was my Christmas Craft Party hostess gift from one of my favorite sisters in our group. I just think i... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:44:13 EST Monday...pretty close to perfect in my book! The annual Christmas Craft party and The Josh Project p http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280063 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51162790-b903-47b7-b432-4d23f9d75343.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is the time of day I MOST cherish! Sitting out on our back lanai enjoying the sound of....silence while gazing at God's grand creation..our Florida wetlands behind our home. <BR> <BR> Sometimes DH brings a speaker out and we groove to some lite jazz. Those Sonos speakers are The BOMB! Completely wireless...read portable and the sound quality is heaven itself! <BR> <BR> DH has alway... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:06:46 EST Merry Christmas..and SO much to share with my sparklers! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279569 Oh my...I have SO much to share with you my dear sparkies! I have been putting the pedal to the metal and getting stuff DONE! <BR> <BR> First of all, we went to a GREAT Christmas Party last night! It was hosted by one of our former employees and his wife and they do Christmas BIG! I mean CRAZY BIG! <BR> <BR> It takes them months to lay out the spread that they put on for their Christmas lights. It's for a good cause also. They pick a local charity every year and allow the general publi... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 18:58:14 EST 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