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/ 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 A lovely 4th of July! I love our holiday time together...;-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383350 <em>652</em> Happy freedom day my dear sparklers! <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> We got up bright and early and did a few chores around the house. We filled the bird feeder and pulled some weeds under the pergola, did some laundry, remade the bed with nice fresh sheets. Cleaned Mr. Mackey's cat box, tidied up his room and cleaned the bathrooms, dusted, vacuumed and decluttered. <BR> <BR> We went to a GREAT movie called 'Baby Driver' I really liked it! Different than the average run of the... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 18:55:55 EST A lovely luncheon with some great friends we haven't seen for a long time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382588 I love it when things are serendipitous...like a phone call out of the clear blue sky from some sweet friends that we haven't seen in years to come to their house for lunch today because they miss us. How sweet is THAT? <BR> <BR> I know this little lady from years and years ago when I started the Newcomers Group here in our little town. It was shortly after we moved to Bonita and started up our construction business that I decided I wanted to meet people...lots of people. So The Newcomers... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 21:51:26 EST Happy Thursday eve sparklers...what a week! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381399 First of all...the sweet and happy little Macklemore Blu....he makes me SO happy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f4fb259-16ae-4c4b-b935-71bb6cd2567a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31c5acfd-3a8f-4404-bec0-16cf7ee35540.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Such a week! I'm so happy tomorrow is the hubs day to man our consignment gallery. AND...I get my hair done! <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> I'm ALWAYS happy on my hairdo days! First, I do love my n... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:02:54 EST Mediation~sch~mediation~ all in all a big waste of time...pftfff :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380559 Okay, so today was the BIG day. Mediation to determine our attorney fees that were due for the seven-year loooonnnng fight we have been waging to save our home from an illegal foreclosure action that took place clear back in 2010! <em>326</em> <BR> <BR> Why in heavens name are we still fighting this stinking bank so hard for so long? <BR> <BR> Because...when you are RIGHT...you are RIGHT! And you can't cower in the corner while someone stomps all over your life and attempts to steal ... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:07:52 EST Saturday night with the motley group FUN with expensive distractions.ha..ha! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379618 You all seem to love my stories about the vividly colored characters in our motley crew of friends that we have known for over 25-30 years. <BR> <BR> It is QUITE an eclectic group. We started with just our couple of friends we met through business from Iowa. When we found out we were both practical, solid, midwestern stock living in the La~La land of Florida flakes (and I say that lovingly) we became FAST friends. <BR> <BR> We told them every thing we knew about having a successful busine... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:21:11 EST An early morning shocker~roo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379052 Hello, dear sparklers! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning and went about my normal schedule. <BR> <BR> Put the coffee on (YES PLEASE) <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Let Mackey out of his bedroom...yes this cat needs his private space to sleep in every night. We started putting he and Lily Rose in our den with their litter box and food because it has a wood floor and my laundry room is full of my chalk paint inventory. We did that because as rescue kitties they came out of a ti... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:19:14 EST A new avenue for sales at the consignment gallery..always testing! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378467 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4cc0913-ad69-413b-bee9-a9758d8e42bd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The little Mackster kitty is wishing everyone a happy Thursday! He is just the cutest little bandit and I'm so thankful he seems to be doing well. Some of you will remember we lost his little sidekick Lily Rose to a nasty virus that came from the cat shelter both of these kitties were rescued from. <BR> <BR> He doesn't often use his cat condo so I was happy to see him up there this mornin... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:38:35 EST My 'Color Queen' little chair...almost all done except the waxing final coat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378020 Hello dear buddies! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> It is the dog days of summer in SW FL...my LEAST favorite time of the year! First because it is SO stinking bloody HOT that you can't hardly even breathe! Second because when DH is doing a construction job in this weather I'm a big bundle of nerves worrying about his safety. <BR> <BR> He's no spring chicken anymore and neither am I...we both think we are capable of a whole lot more than we probably are physcially. I often tweak my back luggi... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:21:19 EST A new toy...and it's a healthy one...woot..woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375489 I'm probably one of the last ones to catch a trend but eventually, I get on board. I just started getting my tootsies painted in blues and purples. When that look first came out I primly held onto my french pedicure. <BR> <BR> Then I thought...hey life is short...let's step over to the wild side and my next pedi was blue..a very LIGHT blue..but blue nonetheless...I like it. <BR> <BR> I just purchased some purple nail polish for my next pedi...yes once again a very LIGHT shade of purple.... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:21:40 EST Do you call on your angels when things get rough? You should! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374986 <em>213</em> Howdy my sparklers! <BR> <BR> As you know from following my blogs our little consignment shoppe has been bumbling along. Life in retail is a pretty scary place right now. As our field trip to our competing consignment stores verified a few days ago...it's not just us. Every store we visited was 'ghost town USA'. <BR> <BR> DH had a couple in a few days ago that were very interested in a number of things and said they were closing on a home down here and would be back. <BR... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:22:37 EST A 'super sleuth' type of day...I love those days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374617 <em>36</em> I love my 'super sleuth' kind of days! They are hard to come by now that my girlfriend that was always game to competition shop with me moved to Oklahoma. <BR> <BR> That left me, myself, and I for the task...not all that much fun since I've lost interest in most shopping in brick and mortar stores. <BR> <BR> I.. like 95% of America prefer to tip toe down the aisles of commerce with my fingers selecting my wares in my jammies. You can ALWAYS find a place to park..heh..heh! <... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:11:38 EST Lazy Sundays are the BEST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373920 Hello dear sparkies! My dear friends! <BR> <BR> Last night we met with the dinner group at a local restaurant in Naples that has been there for years and years. It's kind of a landmark in this area. It is known for it's gigantic fresh salad bar and prime rib. We haven't been there for years but I heard from a friend recently that it has recently reopened with new owners and is pretty good. <BR> <BR> Restaurants have a hard go of it here in Naples during the dog days of summer so there... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:44:22 EST My little chalk painted vintage chair project..it's coming along albeit slowly :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373256 I'm working on my little chalk painted vintage chair at our consignment gallery. It's moving along slowly because the hubs and I trade off days so I work on it only on the days I'm there. I have to chalk paint in the summers otherwise I'd go bonkers being there when our customer count of walk-ins falls to all-time lows. Yesterday we only had 7 customers ALL day long. Beyond being boring it's stressful because we aren't bringing in funds and the rent which is extremely high just keeps marc... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:51:42 EST Our little Macklemore rescue kitty is SOOO funny! :-)) He makes my heart sing~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372701 This little guy is literally 'the cat's meow'! <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0578bbdd-b80f-47cf-b4e8-402c2545480f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just love this little fur~ball SOOOO much! He makes me laugh every single day! <BR> <BR> We adopted him when he was about 6 months old...although the shelter people told us he was only about 4 months old because he was so so underweight from being sick. <BR> <BR> He made many, many trips to our vet but knock on wo... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 21:37:40 EST My Misfit tracker seems to finally be behaving...whoop da! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371331 <em>347</em> We all love our trackers don't we? I was a bonafide Fitbit lover forever..still am as a matter of fact. I still clip it on my bra while adapting to my Misfit on my arm. I've never been much of a wrist tracker wearer. But I love this rose gold face (I'm a total sucker for rose gold) and I love the fact that it has no data on it (everything is controlled by my I-Phone) except a series of cute little colorful lights. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 19:44:56 EST This and that in Bobbi world..it's busy as usual..except where the heck are our customers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369871 <em>524</em> My dear sparklers! I am still crawling out of the hole of my dismal May funk. <BR> <BR> This is the eleventh year that we have gone through missing our beloved son. This year, for some reason, seemed SO much harder than what I remember in years gone by. <BR> <BR> Maybe it was because we lost our little rescue kitty Lily Rose on May 20th (the one happy day I was looking forward to as our 39th wedding anniversary) after having her for only 3 1/2 months. <BR> <BR> Like ... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 10:29:52 EST Indulging Josh~his writings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369145 I keep looking for my MOST favorite Josh Poem...It is called 'My Time to Shine' <BR> <BR> I haven't come across it yet but I have found so many other things that he wrote. Some are actually eerie with his clear vision to see the future...I believe Josh was a very old soul sent to this world to teach his friends and parents the meaning of the word love...he persevered through so much, he endured so much pain throughout his young life and he did have a sarcastic and even sometimes dark outloo... Wed, 31 May 2017 18:54:40 EST My beautiful Josh the wunder guys 34th birthday recognition and some of his writings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369051 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee451ba2-b009-4148-8fb1-3d9111ee3b4d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Josh had a way with words. He was a brilliant Gemini and his mind worked overtime. Actually..he amazed me. <BR> <BR> Now all mothers are amazed by their children..but Josh..well..he had a gift. On his 34th birthday I'm sharing a little piece of our treasured word meister...I think you will see the same talent that I did. Josh was always a little tortured. Maybe it's because he had s... Wed, 31 May 2017 12:20:20 EST A great day off with the hubs...tomorrow back to chippin' rock..ha..ha! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368735 <em>104</em> I LOVE it when you have a really GREAT day interspersed amongst the humdrum ones don't you? <BR> <BR> Today was THAT day and it's just in time because tomorrow will be a bummer day as it would have been our beautiful Josh's 34th birthday. Would he have become a famous movie director by now? Would he be a proud daddy? What would he look like now if I could gaze into his beautiful face? Too many sad questions, I'll deal with them tomorrow if they come up. <BR> <BR> And I'm ... Tue, 30 May 2017 19:25:39 EST The Saturday night group, a new tracker, and our wonderful leisure time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368015 <em>213</em> Howdy dear sparklers!! <BR> <BR> Let's start with our Saturday night get together. There were 8 of us in attendance. Much more manageable for the hostess. <BR> <BR> I was taking potato salad and knew I didn't want to fuss with that big cooking project. I remembered an absolutely delicious deviled egg potato salad from a chi~chi shopping market here in Bonita Springs called Fresh Market. This little specialty grocery store is the cat's meow for we locals. It always has ... Mon, 29 May 2017 09:20:48 EST The ongoing QUEST for the perfect haircolor...BINGO! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367284 Happy Saturday dear sparklers...and HAPPY it is! We are off from the consignment gallery for a blessed 4 day respite. <BR> <BR> It really is no loss...we have sat there the past week to a big daily customer count of 15 walk in's with a gigantic sale of $30.00! <BR> <BR> Yes...sadly this is summer in FL for retail. Every year we go from about 100-150 customers a day to a dismal 10 or 15. You know that sales is a numbers game...so if you don't have the numbers...sigh. <BR> <BR> I keep try... Sat, 27 May 2017 11:52:57 EST A lovely day in rainy SW FL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366610 <em>257</em> I love a good rainy day. Especially when it keeps DH off of his construction job which allows him to nicely volunteer to cover our consignment gallery. This was a special favor so I can have some time with one of my friends who is back in FL for a few weeks. <BR> <BR> We have arrived at the time of year that we basically are babysitting an empty retail space. Today we had a grand total of 7 customers with zero sales...the last 3 days have been zero sales. During 'season' w... Thu, 25 May 2017 19:25:48 EST Still navigating this crazy thing called life...you'd think I'd have at least SOME of it figured o http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365306 Well...the last few days have been eventful. We took Saturday off from the consignment gallery because we had planned to take the big boat down to Key West to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. I mean after all ~ the big 39 is a pretty big milestone eh? I have never got all caught up in the traditional thinking...oh..they made 10 years together YES! Or..25 years of wedding bliss..clapping. But then it's on the fives it seems from that point forward. The big 30...the 35th and then y... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:08:30 EST Next year I intend to skip the ENTIRE month of May...I'm crossing it OFF my calendar..arghhh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364420 <em>28</em> What the heck does the month of May have out for the hubs and me? I must ask this question after today. You dear friends that follow my blogs know that the month of May is pretty dreary for us. <BR> <BR> Soooo many sad events are marked with this month. And then there is today...the ONE glimmer of happiness in the entire month...when we celebrate our anniversary that helps fortify me to face the next sad event...May 31st what would have been our dearly departed son's 34th ... Sat, 20 May 2017 16:31:41 EST Sad face...Lily Rose is staying all night at the vet's office :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364083 Well, the sad saga of Ms. Lily Rose our sweet little rescue kitty continues. Today she wouldn't eat even her most FAVORED food, canned tuna fish in water. She had to be begged to drink a little water. I just couldn't bear to see her sad little face curled up in her kitty condo the second level. She didn't have the zip to go to the top level which is the one she truly loves. <BR> <BR> I knew that if she languished another day or so at home it might be too late. I just can't bear to see an... Fri, 19 May 2017 20:04:33 EST