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/ My friends call me 'Dr. Bobbi' because I have such a bedside manner...LOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157552 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f86b42be-7ccd-4178-a6b1-92d60e272768.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here I am with my two most favorite sisters in our group of friends! Why do I love these women...because they are unpretentious both still working in stressful high powered jobs but enjoying that work and are fully engaged with the world. <BR> <BR> I'm not saying if you aren't working full time you aren't engaged with the world...but with our group of friends I do have to say since most of... Fri, 6 May 2016 10:50:22 EST Sunday...wonderful Sunday! An interesting morning visitor for coffee! :-)) Healthy Dressing YUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153971 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/acf7f095-592b-4f60-85f5-76cc645d427d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Look who joined us this morning out on our patio for coffee! Isn't he a pretty guy? I'm not even sure exactly what type of bird he is...I've never really seen an all blue bird. I'd guess a blue heron...ha..ha...easy guess right? <BR> <BR> One of my FAVORITE things on the planet is sitting out on the lanai when it's cool enough.... to enjoy the sound of the wind blowing through the Cypres... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:13:07 EST As days go...today was a real pisser..that's all I could come up with! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151015 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> We all have em....what I call 'pisser' days. Pardon the bluntness but it's really all I could come up with! <BR> <BR> We checked our consignment gallery messages and DH said there was one of the grossest and strangest messages he's ever gotten in our almost 42 years of being self employed. <BR> <BR> At first I didn't even want to listen to it...but then...as often happens with me my curiosity got the best of me and I had to play it back. <BR>... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:07:48 EST A working weekend...sorta...from my laptop at home. :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149423 <em>213</em> Howdy sparklers! No rest for the wicked and the righteous don't need it! <BR> <BR> Is that how the saying goes. I just finished responding to three potential customers that sent pictures of items they would like to consign with our consignment gallery. This is a lot of back and forthing~via e-mail. I've learned I have to be explicitly specific about asking about the quality of items people want consigned since pictures hide a million flaws. I now have to say "does the ite... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:35:03 EST Yesterday eve was an EVENT! Went to get my permanent makeup refreshed...still hurt like..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147503 There are very few things that I'm vain about. <BR> <BR> And probably fewer things that I justify spending some fairly big bucks on. <BR> <BR> I would say that great hair color and the best haircut I can get (yep beauticians that are truly skilled in FL is a gamble) <em>20</em> are at the top of my list. <BR> <BR> Good REAL food is a priority and I will also seek out reputable vitamins also. I'm into liquid vitamins whenever I can find them now. <BR> <BR> When we had our kitty ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:50:25 EST Yesterday I managed to stay on track even at a friends cook~out...I'm getting better! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145242 <em>9</em> Little by little I'm getting better at this nutrition tracking thing! I love the mobile app for my I-Phone. It makes it all the more easy...you really have no reason NOT to track! <BR> <BR> We went over to one of my oldest friend's (she's not old...ha..ha...our friendship is <em>334</em> ) home last night and met some new people that are her neighbors. We met with one of the sisters we had been with the night before who was there also. <BR> <BR> We ALL laughed and joked w... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:06:12 EST Sunday movie matinee and then dinner at a friends house tonight...no cook day..woot..woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144348 <em>4</em> Hello sparklers...happy Sunday! It is SO beautiful in sunny SW FL today. In the 60's and almost no humidity in the morning so the PERFECT time to head out for a walk! <BR> <BR> Last night was a total fail on my calorie count! Went 400 calories over my highest range of 1550...so NO weight loss today! I wonder why...ha..ha! But I'm back to it today and just have to realize there will be times when I'm going to go over my ideal calorie range but it's no excuse to throw in the to... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:05:34 EST Woo~hoo nothing perks me up like hair color and a hair cut! Still rockin' my tracker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143471 <BR> <BR> Gulp...I'm SO bad at selfies...SO BAD...I make that fake daffy smile every single time! BUT...I do like my new hair color job and my little gal made me a bit shorter for the summer. NOTHING perks me up like a color/cut job. HA...HA! Had you thinking right? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fcea8075-8500-42f9-aa8e-aa9983d6e017.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is a pic that the hubs took while we were out eating...weird how the color shows so differently than it d... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:43:55 EST New arrivals to our consignment gallery..woo~hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142089 Hello dear sparkies! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> You remember from my last blog how excited I was to receive some 'penthouse model home NEW' furniture into the gallery. The little lady and her husband bragged it up like it was worth a million dollars. The pictures she showed me seemed to confirm her boast. <BR> <BR> WELL....pictures...as I've learned before....mask a million defects! The furniture was to come from a very high end gated golf development just down the road from where we live... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:03:06 EST Still tracking! Surprised....??? me too! :-)) Thanks sparky friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139429 <em>347</em> Ahhh...sparkpeople! Where would we ever be without you? Can you even imagine a more supportive framework to help us achieve our health goals AND...with FRIENDS supporting us every step of the way! <BR> <BR> I feel like my goals and thoughts and emotions are so important to my sparkling friends...just the same as theirs are to me! <BR> <BR> This is as it should be! As I relate my day to day experiences with my fleshy friends and line those engagements up for a reflection o... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 21:29:48 EST Received some more beauties in the consignment gallery...more to come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137378 We have been hopping busy at work lately. Just when I thought things were slowing down because season is waning. Usually by Easter in SW FL the streets are wide open from congested traffic, the restaurants don't have hour long waits because they won't accept reservations and we are back to our five day work week. <BR> <BR> This year things are still perking along. I don't know if there are just more people that live down here year round now or the snowbirds are staying longer because it's... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 20:27:06 EST Our Spark Nutrition Tracker..who knew I'd love it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135899 <em>20</em> Okay...occasionally you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. I've been a loyal sparker since 2009. Yes...a seven year sparker...still plump...up and down... on the scale..but still kickin' and doing my best to GET with the program. <BR> <BR> I've tried many many methods to drop this dad blasted weight and I've been successful...for small spurts in time. <BR> <BR> But the thing I always try to do is re~invent the wheel. Why? Do I think I'm smarter, wiser, luckier than the sou... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 22:20:47 EST A restful day off today with consignment bookwork, still doing great on my healthy for ME plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135023 <em>213</em> Howdy sparklers! <BR> <BR> Okay today is only day 4 of my 'healthy for me' new plan...but 4 dedicated days of eating mostly RAW and staying anywhere from 1000-1500 calories is GREAT for me. <BR> <BR> I usually lose interest by day 2..ha..ha! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I keep telling myself this is NOT a diet..I totally rebel on diets...so I'm telling myself that this is the key to HEALTH and it's totally for my benefit! <BR> <BR> So far...so good! <BR> <BR> I ate my RAW sa... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 20:23:54 EST Yesterday was a VERY weird day..but I lost another 2 lbs as of weigh in this a.m. woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133842 <em>9</em> It's amazing how resilient the human body is! Just by giving it the LEAST bit of a chance for health it immediately responds! I'm so grateful and amazed! <BR> <BR> I made up my mind that as of April 1st..I was going to stop <em>227</em> being the victim of my own laziness and excuses and GET with the program of HEALTH! <BR> <BR> Of course I've had LOTS of encouragement from my wonderful sparkling friends that serve as WONDERFUL role models. As I read their blogs I'm thinki... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:42:35 EST Yesterday was a winner...winner.....chicken dinner! Lost 2 lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133123 <em>104</em> Yesterday I was SO on track with my eating and it paid off with a -2 lb loss on the scale this morning! <BR> <BR> I also love all of the suggestions from my dear sparkling friends about taking my goals a little slower than trying to cram them all into one massive plan. <BR> <BR> I am SUCH and 'all or nothing' type of gal. I get SO fired up when I start a new project or a new adventure that I sometimes forget to realize that Rome wasn't built in a day. <BR> <BR> Following my... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 09:31:20 EST Today is the DAY! Starting my 'healthy for ME' journey and thats NO April Fool's joke! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132433 <em>213</em> Howdy Sparklers! <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about this day for a good long time! <BR> <BR> What am I going to do to take better care of me, myself, and I? <BR> <BR> When am I going to realize that I am important enough to pamper? <BR> <BR> What old unhealthy traits do I have to kick to the curb, and which healthier traits can I replace those self defeating characteristics with? <BR> <BR> I'm STILL a work in progress...yes I am. There are SO many things that I've neglect... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:03:29 EST A REAL wake up call on how obesity really affects our health and happiness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130260 I'm not at ALL a judgmental person. We as humans come in all shapes, colors, and sizes and I love us ALL! But I do get concerned for people's health and happiness when I witness what happened yesterday in the movie theatre. <BR> <BR> We went to see the epic Batman versus Superman movie. DH wanted to go a WHOLE lot more than I did. I'm not really influenced by movie reviews that all dissed the movie it's more of a Ben Affleck thing. He's not and never has been my favorite movie actor. H... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:54:38 EST My white orchid from dear Josh always manages to bloom on Easter & Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128643 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be7747a5-4f98-490c-a44d-4a4a251f25f5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Easter to all of my lovely sparkling friends today! I love Easter...and since I've learned to love it without all of the sugary sweets that I always used to associate the holiday with I'm much happier! I love that it marks the day that our savior arose from the dead. I grew up Southern Baptist and went to church 4-5 times a week whether I wanted to our not...it was expected and not ... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:38:08 EST So much fun scoping out the consignment competition...AND a few new (old) pieces coming in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125976 <em>244</em> We are FINALLY getting our act together and have cleaned out our fairly large storage space where we put the overflow pieces of our consignment furniture. This has been QUITE the costly endeavor and was a bad idea from the get go. We got the storage space about 4 years ago to put overflow items from outright furniture buy outs that don't have to go on the consignment floor right away. This space was conditioned air and was about 10x20 sf. It also became a storage spot for a... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:11:04 EST Users and manipulators...oh my! :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123572 Good Sunday morning my dear sparklers! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I often blog through my feelings on circumstances in my life that puzzle and concern me. For some reason putting the thoughts that cause me angst that keep rattling around in my head to paper help me puzzle through the crazy antics I see. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> As most of you know our dinner group is full of colorful personalities! And I say colorful as in TECHNI~Color! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Most of our group (20 when ... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:35:54 EST WAIT till you see what came in our consignment gallery today! Yep...it's all here in the La~La lan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122371 <em>213</em> Howdy dear sparkling friends! I hope you had a safe and happy St. Patricks Day. We used to use ANY holiday as a time to pub crawl with friends...but not these past few years. I have a distinct uneasiness about big drunken crowds now. I guess I AM growing up at the ripe ole' age I've arrived at. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong I still enjoy a fun time out every once in awhile but the big glitzy New Year's Eve celebrations where you get all dolled up and then go out and spend a... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 17:03:08 EST The Friday night group and the PERFECT buddha clock to add zen to our leisure room! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117758 <em>213</em> Happy Saturday evening dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> We went to the Friday night groups dine in last night. I had just gotten my hair done and was feeling a little feisty! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/faf5c965-5370-41b6-9fae-33706f9989af.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My roots are a little rudy but they calm down after the first shampoo. As I've told some of you before my hairdresser is the cutest little thing. A millennial by every measure of the term. <BR> <... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 20:52:25 EST A terrific day at home being my best creative self! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115307 <em>244</em> There is NOTHING better than being able to take a day at home working on my creative outlets! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> Since we have started rotating days at the gallery today was my day at home. I felt a little guilty about this because it is after all....DH's birthday and WHO wants to work on their birthday?!? <BR> <BR> But he was fine with it...I even offered that I go in but I have an appointment Friday and that would interfere...so he said let's just keep the schedule ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 16:10:36 EST Holy smokes..we can now have 1,000 pics in our picture gallery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111342 <em>104</em> Call me a little slow on the uptake! I went into my photo gallery and found we can now have 1,000 pictures. Wow...that is almost overwhelming...even for a photo snapping every single thing, scene, moment, mood ME! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks Sparkpeople...you are SO VERY good to us. Just one tiny little request on the photo page upload and status picture post...can you PLEEEZE add a rotate button? <BR> <BR> We always want MORE don't we? Ha..ha...I'm happy with the 1,... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 18:07:05 EST Finding your joy...it's there...sometimes you just have to excavate it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106748 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c929de8-3b15-4a02-a602-75f924c5690e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> It was when this happy picture of joyful elephants came into our consignment gallery that i got to thinking. Where is my joy? It's been on a long sabbatical for almost 10 years. It has been ducking and dodging my world ever since we lost the light of my life...our beautiful uber talented, complicated, brilliant, sarcastic, funny, empathic to everyone son. <BR> <BR> Our Josh...our dearl... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:11:51 EST Sitting out on the lanai listening to the rain makes me contemplative! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103999 Yippee...my FAVORITE part of the entire day! Sitting out in our rocking chairs on our covered lanai soaking up the sounds of the wind blowing through the trees and listening to the birdies getting ready to settle in for the night. <BR> <BR> What bliss to look around our newly restored backyard gazing out on the new flowers we planted last Sunday, my beautiful orchids and a BONUS...listening to the rain drops fall gently bouncing off of a galvanized pot I have sitting nearby. <em>334</em>... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:36:36 EST Fresh flowers raise your vibration levels! Go get some today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102718 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparkling friends of mine! <BR> <BR> I love it when things that I've learned in the past come back into my field of attention once again! <BR> <BR> This newsflash occurred to me this Sunday as I planted some beautiful new flowers out back in our newly appointed back yard. <BR> <BR> Looking at beauty just raises your vibration levels. You can't admire beauty without basking in it's reflection! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> Check out how these beautiful flowers transf... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:12:15 EST Our backyard is so beautiful now that the erosion problem is fixed! SoOOO grateful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101142 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/804142b2-8998-4111-9885-f5616c4745f6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I LOVE our house...but it's the backyard that really brought us to this little development called Meadowbrook. I remember before we finalized the deal with the builder we had the choice of a lot on the community lake or back on 27 acres of wetlands. <BR> <BR> Being a tree hugger from WAY back it was a no brainer to select the wooded area. Especially after turning a construction bucket ups... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 09:56:28 EST Valentine's Day...so lovely! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096629 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/354778c9-fc09-43dc-8308-941cc384da80.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Woo~hoo for LOVE! <em>26</em> Woo~hoo for someone that is your one and only even when he can get on your LAST nerve and vice versa...I'm SURE! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> May 20th the hubs and I will be celebrating our 38th year of marriage. We still are each others BESTIE friends and he is my rock. We do EVERYTHING together and really enjoy each other MOST of the time... <em>246</em> <... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 16:25:00 EST The back yard along our wetlands is progressing nicely! Yippee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095167 <em>213</em> Howdy sparkies! <BR> <BR> Good things come to those who wait....and what a wait we have had! We have been asking since 2002 why our lot was eroding so badly. I dug through all of our developments water drainage site plans when I discovered our back yard was slowly slipping down the hill and into the drainage water swale that drains the community lake. <BR> <BR> I couldn't convince the HOA board to do anything about it. They didn't want to spend the money to correct the imp... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 17:19:03 EST It was an early day to accept these beauties in our consignment gallery today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093041 <em>198</em> Whoa boy! This 6 day cycle of 10-12 hour days at our consignment gallery is starting to catch up to me BIG TIME! <BR> <BR> BUT...I just can't say no to beautiful merchandise. I just can't! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Look at a few pieces that came in this morning. I had to open up an hour and a half before normal hours...but if that's what it takes...then that's what it takes! <BR> <BR> This awesome dresser came in. It has 9 drawers and the top 3 are so cool because they f... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:07:11 EST Rolling along and enjoying our Super Bowl Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090130 <em>530</em> <em>531</em> Woo~hoo Super Bowl Sunday! The big event on the calendar. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking back on all of the massive Super Bowl parties we used to host and looking forward to an evening tonight with just the hubs and myself rooting for our team in the comfort of our good ole' La~Z~Boy chairs! <BR> <BR> We were invited to a big party by a friend in our circle but we opted to politely decline the event this year. Those parties are so loud and so rowdy and there are alwa... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:48:49 EST News from yesterday's phone call has me scratching my head on the 'save our house' situation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086763 <em>24</em> It's ALWAYS somethin' on the 'save our house' situation. I just wonder what the end result is going to be. <BR> <BR> As some of you know we have waged a fierce and brave battle for almost the past SIX years in an effort to save our beloved home from an illegal and totally fraudulent foreclosure attempt by the evil empire GMAC/US Bank/ now Ocwen. When I say fraudulent all you have to do is look at all of the bogus documents that make up our file. I swear those files stack up ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:48:27 EST Some amazing accessories in our consignment gallery...I love these cutie pa~tooties~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085023 Before I even write my blog I have to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to our spark programmers for correcting our picture posting glitch. AND...if I do say so myself...this rotating option was exactly what I suggested when I first contacted them. Not to say they might not have had thousands of different options I love that they listen to their membership and it makes me all the more grateful to be a part of this amazing community. <BR> <BR> SPARK ON! <em>335</em> <em>104</em> <e... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:01:52 EST Oops...what a klutz! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080638 Last night after a long day DH and I decided to get a light dinner at our favorite little hometown diner. You have to be EARLY to get there before the masses ascend. So early we were. <BR> <BR> We don't drive both vehicles to the restaurant because our consignment gallery is right on the highway on our way home so we stop and pick up the other vehicle. Usually we take the car and DH comes back for the Sequoia but this time we reversed the procedure. <BR> <BR> As I was getting out of the ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:01:13 EST Bullies will always be bullies until they meet their krypton! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079116 <em>213</em> Howdy dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> My first statement is... most people are wonderful...but there ARE people who are funny...as in weird, entitled, holier than thou, or just as in bizarre funny. And then of course there are also people who I love the most and they are humorous funny. <em>334</em> I see em all...and most of them in the course of a 6 hour work day. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> It's mildly entertaining until it gets annoying and lately it's been a LOT annoying. P... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:25:18 EST Sunday~chill day~I love it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078025 <em>213</em> Howdy to all my sparklers! Those of you that are snowed in I'm sending you lots of warmth and big hugs! I hope you have lots of supplies stored up and are able to enjoy the football games today. <BR> <BR> I'm a lucky gal because the hubs is not a die hard sports fan. He loves our Iowa Hawkeyes and I do too...but he isn't the type of guy that has to go to sports bars or bet the house on football games. We do love the super bowl and who wouldn't? But we used to host monster... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:18:56 EST Enjoying a day of paperwork at home~and~pics of new items in the gallery..whoop da! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076436 Today was a rainy day ALL day! Sometimes I love those days IF I am indoors and not having to gallivant around in it. DH manned the consignment gallery today so I can catch up on paperwork and customer e-mails. He has a construction job that will keep him out of the gallery almost all of next week so I will be the honcho in charge. <BR> <BR> I'll start off first thing Monday morning with a problem customer that obviously can't read contracts. OR...more likely pretends to think that contra... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:45:10 EST Thinking about my blessings and gathering second steam for the week ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073167 <em>213</em> Howdy to all my sparkies! <BR> <BR> I got an unexpected NICE surprise today! DH told me to take the day off while he manned our consignment gallery. I was SO appreciative! I mean almost as appreciate as when he grinds the coffee beans and makes the coffee...that is the BEST! <BR> <BR> With only one day off during season it just drives me nuts. I have no time to do the laundry, the household cleaning, nor plan a healthy menu for the week ahead. Usually Sundays' are a 'cat... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:57:49 EST A good life lesson~the fine art of patience~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070157 <em>213</em> Hello my beautiful sparklers! <BR> <BR> I'm grateful that our 10 minute allocated timeframe for our Summary Judgement arguing for the protection of our beautiful home in an unlawful and fraudulent foreclosure action has been cancelled for today. <BR> <BR> Even the court with their low mentality of 'grind out justice' in 5 and 10 minute increments had to back down when our lawyers argued that 10" was not enough time to defend a case that has fought on for almost the past 6...y... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:48:38 EST Exceedingly stressful day sooo~it's blog time instead of eat the house down time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068571 Hello my beautiful sparklers! <BR> <BR> Such a DAY today is.... We are supposed to be going before the Judge Friday for our Summary Judgement hearing on the 'save our house' fight. It is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Problem is...our attorney told us a few weeks back that they have only been allowed 10 minutes on the docket. <BR> <BR> He is outraged...as he says they have known since LAST September that we require 6-8 hours to argue and present all of the evidence of fraud that has occurred o... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:30:38 EST SO busy today at our consignment gallery...I was chasing my tail around! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063528 Today at the consignment gallery was total craziness! I like to stay busy but today was insane. We got TWO households of furniture in. I have squeezed in every last end table I can possibly fit in our floor space! <em>40</em> It's cramped on the border of 'stack em and pack em'...a look I absolutely HATE in consignment shoppes! But what are you gonna do...when good stuff comes your way you just can't say no. <BR> <BR> I'm bummed because one of the households I took in had contacted m... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 21:27:32 EST Happy I'm celebrating my birf~day all month..today my actual day...kind of sucked. :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059084 I'm loving this time out on our patio...sitting in my rocking chair with my feet propped up watching the rain fall on our pavers and listening to it's soothing sprinkles. <BR> <BR> Enjoying the simpler things in life is SO appreciated before we go back to the hustle and bustle of tomorrows work week. I'm enjoying the cool~ish weather that lets me wear my sweats and I've been doing some vision boarding which I love. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> It's actually been challenging to find pictures I ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 16:47:33 EST If not 2016 to make your dreams come true...then when? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056875 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c807b6b-9427-4d87-8c4d-8573f080c1e4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> One goal I have this year is to get better at selfies! Ha..ha...if I get my head in I cut out half of DH's face...although in all fairness this beautiful man has a BIG face! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I've considered a selfie stick but honestly I think those gizmos are just weird. Talk about drawing attention to yourself...and how do you transport this long rod type pole? I think they ban... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:35:06 EST What I've learned in 2015~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055565 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a1c3326d-b64c-4766-a37a-88b73eb01422.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Hello beautiful sparklers! It's almost a brand new year! <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> 2015 has been QUITE the year for the hubs and I! This crazy 'save our house' fight has engulfed my world! this year and actually for the 5 years proceeding it. I'm exhausted and stressed out to the max. Big long, bloody bruising fights against 'the machine' have a way of doi... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:09:43 EST I LOVE my sparkling friends...SERIOUSLY LOVE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051602 <em>26</em> ha..ha..I wanted that little red heart emoticon up in the title...but here it is in the narrative...good enough! You get the point I love my sparkies! <BR> <BR> I love keeping up with my wonderful friends via the internet through the cosmos and you are just as important to me as my 3-D friends..sometimes even more so because we all seem to be on the same wave length. <BR> <BR> Our mission is health, happiness, and a better quality of life. We share so much with each other a... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:32:13 EST 2016 IS the year of transformation! Watch me GO! A whole new game plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050631 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/98c8881b-7a78-4cd1-8123-696672b68189.JPG"> <BR> <BR> OH DRAT...again with the photo flip..and it HAD to be the better picture! <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> Happy holidays to all my sparklers! I took one of my closest girlfriends for a nice holiday luncheon in beautiful Naples to a restaurant that was right on the water! Sooooo relaxing and beautiful! Too bad it was a drizzly day but we didn't let that dampen our spirits. <BR> <BR> During the ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:55:51 EST Our annual girls 'Christmas Craft Party...a brunch this year and awesome crafty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047360 The holidays are SO hectic here in SW FL. It's the time that we are busiest with our little consignment gallery. DH is working hard on the construction end of our former business getting people's pool decks and driveways spruced up for the holidays. <em>446</em> <em>298</em> <em>460</em> People STILL call him because they say they trust ONLY him for their maintenance work...that's SUCH a beautiful compliment and he is so proud of his craftsmanship...me too! <em>205</em> <BR> <BR... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:53:29 EST Yesterday's doctor's visit with a new kind of doctor....MY kind of doctor! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045840 <em>334</em> Howdy Sparklers! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the anxiously awaited big day to meet my new partner in health. An integrative practitioner here in the little city of Bonita Springs, FL! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> What's the difference between integrative care and conventional medical care? <BR> <BR> Conventional medicine is a full on attack in identifying the disease that is creating symptoms in the patient. Their goal is to halt the disease and erase the symptoms holding han... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:41:42 EST Why I prefer holistic over conventional health care. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045060 <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Tomorrow will be a big day for me! I've been searching for a LONG time to find a health care practitioner here in FL that I feel I can trust my body with. <BR> <BR> As a child who experienced a very bad car accident at age 6 (my mom thought she had the right away over SEMI <em>40</em> in a traffic intersection...guess who won?) I went flying through the windshield. This was LONG before seat belts were even installed in vehicles. But my severe injuries kep... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 20:37:04 EST