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/ So.....last night was weird! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475182 <em>2</em> More craziness from the gals in our former dine in/dine out the group. <BR> <BR> Whenever I mull things over that are going on in my world I tend to blog them out...putting things on paper..or as it is...computer screen... helps me digest the facts at hand...maybe it's the writer's way...or maybe it's a screenplay for the next wild t.v. show? <BR> <BR> There is also the time factor attached to making changes...even when you know those changes are for the best for you. Thirty ye... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:47:53 EST Uh~oh meal service snafu! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474550 <em>4</em> You've read about my new experience with HelloFresh a meal service. The first week was GREAT! I chose three meals from the ten offered. I have a new strategy right now for losing some of this flub. I eat ALL types of raw chopped veggies, a few chopped fruits, cilantro, fresh sage leaves, and my yummy homemade Apple Cider vinegar dressing. This salad holds me for breakfast and lunch. <BR> <BR> When we come to dinner hour and I've worked all day the LAST thing I want to do ... Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:06:37 EST I LOVE Karma when she works her magic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472885 <em>244</em> and yet another.... <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I'm working out of the home office (out on our lanai) breathing in this beautiful fresh air looking at our beloved wetlands behind our house and feeling pretty spunky! <BR> <BR> Check out my heron buddy in the tree only about 20 feet from where I'm working on paperwork at our picnic table. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7539d58d-7c34-4597-abe2-d6d37c9a0784.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Here he is zoomed in...pretty... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:08:34 EST I'm actually enjoying hanging out at work...what's up with THAT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472559 Since I've changed the front section of our consignment gallery I've found that I actually am more creative and I like the space. WHAT???....I always hated being over here on my assigned days. I think it was the clutter up in the front intake area. I was perpetually behind on my pricing and things just were kind of in no man's land. <BR> <BR> It really speaks to my friend Maringal (Fredie) when she tells us over and over again to clear out and declutter! Thanks, Fredie..there are those o... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:21:35 EST My new 'community' space at the consignment gallery looks SO cute! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472166 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparkies! <BR> <BR> I'm on a tear right now for reinvention! <BR> <BR> It's something every self-employed biz owner needs to do....constantly! <BR> <BR> As most of you who read my blogs know...being in the retail business right now is tough...doggone tough! I personally think ALL brick and mortar stores are under attack right now. <BR> <BR> It is SO easy to sit down in the privacy of your own home and with a few clicks of the keys on your computer you can order ... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:29:52 EST I signed up for a meal service...so far so good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471683 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0dc4eae0-a827-43c8-81c3-a52b68b8bcb3.JPG"> <BR> <BR> So by now, I'm sure you've heard of the numerous meal services out there. I've been mulling over trying one every since I read a review of 3 of them from my good sparky friend Brenda (Music2hisears) a few months back. <BR> <BR> I can't really remember which ones she reviewed or which one she liked best but the idea of a complete meal being delivered to your door with easy prep certainly ... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:55:31 EST Where have I been for the last 8 days...BUSY! Asian art just came into the gallery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469235 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b405a29-b5d1-49b4-9a52-be72d4b1df5b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Hello, sparklers! Oh, the joys of the self-employed! Yesterday on our ONE day off we mounted this banner at our little consignment gallery. What a job! First, the hubs and I had QUITE the heated discussion of the proper way to put it up. The banner has six grommets to mount washers and screws into. It has to go into the metal soffit so there was the need for a metal drill bit. <BR> <B... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 12:34:14 EST Mackelmore Blu the little cat that keeps on ticking..I love him SO much! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466479 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/846500d9-3149-436b-aeb0-d6348a20c148.JPG"> <BR> <BR> We ALL love our pets! I've had cats for many, many years. Really since I was a kid and would drag home street kitties. Were they lost, were they just out roaming their territory? I didn't care. As a 6-year-old if they looked disheveled in my mind they had been abandoned and they were mine! <BR> <BR> My mom always insisted that we put an ad in the shopper for two weeks with a picture of... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:38:34 EST Does Reiki really work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465057 Hello my dear sparkies: <BR> <BR> This has been a rough week for our little Mackey cat. He was just fine..his normal sassy, self when he went to bed on 2/13 and Valentine's morning he was limping very badly and wobbly on his back legs. We really thought he must have jumped off of something wrong and this was causing the problem. We took him to the Vet and he had no fever, the Vet was able to gently work on his legs and gave us a prescription for inflammation and pain. The pills were very... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:00:25 EST Worry about our little Mackelmore cat.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463399 <em>213</em> Hello my dear sparklers! I've been busy lately so I've neglected my blogs. I'm doing lots for our Teddy Bear Team this challenge. I LOVE to cheerlead our bears...they are such a wonderful bunch of people! We are doing pretty awesome as a team and I'm really proud of our weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals. <BR> <BR> On top of that, we are in full blown 'season' at our little consignment gallery. Lots of beautiful furniture coming in...and my FAVORITE part going out to... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:05:00 EST Sooo much beauty in the consignment gallery right now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460212 <em>213</em> Howdy dear sparkler buddies! <BR> <BR> I've been promising you that I'd share the newest eye candy that has arrived in our gallery. Some items have already sold...whoop da! <BR> <BR> We generally don't take in rugs because in order for them to sell you have to display them and then people have the annoying habit of walking on them..ha..ha! But when we take in a household and the rugs are really pretty I try to accommodate our customer and take the whole lot. <BR> <BR> Th... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 10:05:59 EST A scouting trip to Bradenton's Village of the Arts...hummmm what happened? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459591 <em>524</em> dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> As some of you know that pop by my page from time to time to read my blogs...I've been lamenting the general condition of our little mom & pop biz for some time now. <BR> <BR> We have a darling little consignment gallery in beautiful Bonita Springs, FL. We are going into our 8th year there this year. As all business owners know times are pretty challenging right now in the retail economy. <BR> <BR> The handwriting is on the wall that brick and m... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 19:13:49 EST Wowza...10 days between blogs..that's cra~zee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455173 <em>213</em> Howdy sparklers! <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> It's been a looong 10 days since I've had a minute to blog. I HATE it when I can't blog. It's like robbing a little ray of sunshine out of my life. I've had tons of things to keep me hoppin' in other directions lately. Thankfully we are very busy at our little consignment gallery and hallelujah we are ACTUALLY selling some things so I'm VERY thankful for that! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> DH has been absent from the gallery because h... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:20:06 EST It's the simple things....;-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451155 Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> I've been so busy lately I haven't had time to do my ALL time favorite thing in the world and that is to blog! <BR> <BR> Oh to have the leisure time to do what I LOVE instead of what I have to do. Wouldn't that be lovely? <BR> <BR> I know you all feel that way also...but life goes on. <BR> <BR> I went to a lovely stage play the other night called 'Neverland' it was loosely based on the writer of Peter Pan and was wonderful. I totally lucked out and fell in... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:16:31 EST Okay...now I'm MAD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448593 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3b2fc49-2876-4312-b888-e5fa138f1778.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> We all know that business is brutal. But when a rival business absolutely goes out of their way to undermine you it's a whole different story! <BR> <BR> Our little consignment business is in a shopping center that is very close to another consignment shop that has been there for years and years. When the landlord (who owns their strip mall also) signed us up as tenants they went as far a... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 17:01:01 EST A birthday today...I'm gratefull for my 66 YOUNG living years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446818 <em>213</em> Hello dearling sparklies! <BR> <BR> Yep, today is THE day... a big birthday! I used to think life was over once you hit 30...that was when I still had a 'teen' in my age. <BR> <BR> Then I hit 30 and thought...hey this isn't all bad. Now it must be REALLY old to turn 50! <BR> <BR> Guess what.. every birthday milestone I've hit I keep moving the 'old geezer' meter backward. <BR> <BR> As long as we have our health, and our mobility and our hope and aspirations we are g... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 16:57:49 EST New Year new outlook...let's GO! Living in the moment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445145 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b73eeae-82e8-4828-adfc-5ae99df2b25d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2017 has been a year of a lot of endings. We broke away from the large group of people we have socialized with for some 30 years. These were people we saw pretty much every week but I was feeling so stuck and not the least bit stimulated. Beyond that the ladies in the group were not the nicest women to be around. <BR> <BR> I had groused about the situation and blew off steam for literally... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 17:20:07 EST A stroll around the neighborhood..LOTS of Christmas lights! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444183 <em>213</em> Howdy dear sparklies! <BR> <BR> You've heard me say before how people go all out to decorate for Christmas in Florida...why not...it's so warm out that it's not much of a challenge. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We decided we'd better take a stroll around the neighborhood if we were going to see any Christmas lights this year. Other than one neighbor that leaves the lights up and mostly lit until around the first of FEBRUARY <em>2</em> the other lights come down after New Yea... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:09:05 EST A Christmas Keto Egg Casserole...yum...oh YUM..par..rum..pa..pa dum! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443187 Hello sparksters! <em>446</em> Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, happy Hanukkah, happy kwanzaa...no matter how you express it this holiday is beautiful and meaningful to all of us. <BR> <BR> Christmas in Florida all of these many years (we've been here since 1979) seems a little strange. Without snow Christmas feels pretty artificial...but I have adjusted and feel grateful to give up one day I really LOVE snow for the other months I hated it in Des Moines, Iowa. <BR> <BR> Last night we wer... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 12:21:50 EST Christmas Eve in sunny SW FL~Fa..la..la...la..LA~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442962 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71ad1c95-01d5-4cb0-9a22-466dd1abde71.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Christmas Eve to all my sparklie friends! <em>446</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> This Christmas is rolling along so nicely. I'm just relaxed, happy, and feeling very blessed. <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we took two friends out to Cirque Holidaze and then out to eat as a thank you for inviting us to stay with them during Hurricane Irma. They had storm shutters we did not.... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 13:30:24 EST A perfectly stressless holiday...the first in almost 30 years...ya~hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441607 <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> It's almost Christmas my friends. Guess what my response is? <BR> <BR> BRING IT!! <BR> <BR> No more crazy frenziness to get the house all decorated for entertaining. No more time-consuming Christmas Craft parties that took forever to prepare for. <BR> <BR> This picture looks all happy and festive but believe me I was NOT a happy camper that day. My Christmas burlap wreaths were so time consuming to put together and the red hea... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:37:23 EST I've seen plenty in my La~La Land of SW FL...but this one tops it all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440997 <em>213</em> Yes...you KNOW I've seen plenty in my line of work (owning a little consignment furniture and home accessories gallery) in sunny SW FL. <BR> <BR> I deal with all kinds of people from the very poor working class to the uber-wealthy. Guess who is more enjoyable? I am very inclined to work with people I know are deserving, or I have a real soft heart when I know parents are trying to help their kids furnish a place. It's SO expensive to live in FL they need all the help they c... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:00:56 EST Oh boy...our first house robot...will I like Myrtle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438569 Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> It's Friday and I'm so happy! I'm happy of course because I'm working out of the house. I'm ALWAYS happy at home lately. <BR> <BR> I LOVE my Martha Beck! Her monthly inspiration hit the nail right on the head for me! <BR> <BR> "No other person will ever walk the path that destiny has laid out for you, but along that path, you’ll come home to a thousand different places. You will meet your mother, your father, your twin, yourself, in a thousand different b... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:48:52 EST A new social life during the holidays...it's a good one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436995 <em>444</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Hello dear sparkies: <BR> <BR> You heard about the big split from our large group of friends several weeks ago. I must say it is a strange feeling after sooooo many years of socializing with this group almost every single weekend. <BR> <BR> I don't think about it too much but this a.m. I got a text from one of my favorite sisters (there are two who are a part of the larger group) saying she didn't go to the 'event' last night beca... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 10:29:30 EST Searching for savings? Start with your car insurance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436459 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> Again...I'm tardy with my blogging! I have taken up e-mailing a few of my closest sparkler friends back and forth and then poof...my spark time has disappeared! I love communicating with them...but then I start missing all of you so I'll have to work harder on my blogs. <BR> <BR> It CAN be done...I just need to manage my time a little better. I must say being a creative soul...time management is not my strong forte'. I love to fly around by... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 13:41:29 EST Black Friday awesomeness! A sparky meet up! Sunday Sanibel/Captiva adventure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434928 <em>198</em> Oh my GOSH...so much to tell you my sparklers! <BR> <BR> First of all, I met another sparky friend in person. Casey is from PA and we are in The Together we are Stronger team. She was down here in FL for Thanksgiving and was nice enough to take a swing by our consignment gallery. We had a great chat as I showed her around. <BR> <BR> Here we are sitting at that beautiful table that just came in. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/785aa8c7-0d2f-43d3... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 17:42:06 EST We are on holiday for Thanksgiving until next Saturday..woot..woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433844 <em>429</em> I LOVE Thanksgiving, don't you? It's probably one of my MOST favorite holidays although it's a tough choice between Christmas and Easter. I love those holidays also. <BR> <BR> Probably because they were our Josh~ers favorite times of the year. He LOVED the Easter Bunny and searching for Easter eggs. We colored them when he was a little guy and he was SO artistic with his eggs it would become a holiday challenge to see who could make the perfect symmetrical design on the eg... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:44 EST The weather that I live for is finally here in SW FL! Woot..woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431105 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparkly friends! <BR> <BR> It's FINALLY here...the balmy weather that is! We are sitting outside on our back lanai feeling the cool breeze (no humidity) listening to our wind chimes tinkling. <BR> <BR> Happy am I my dear sparklers! I feel guilty looking forward to winter when it is so cold for so many of you...come on down and see us! <BR> <BR> This is WHAT I'm TALKIN' about! Florida is truly paradise in the winter! Other than the crushing traffic and the fa... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:17:24 EST A beautiful day in sunny SW FL! I'm re~examining so many things in life...good stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430025 Another three or four days have zipped by since my last blog. It seems that our life's accelerator is stuck in the 'fast and furious'....mode. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I like it...but it does make the days fly by. No one could ever say that our life is boring...every day is something completely new and if it's not completely new I try to make it so. <BR> <BR> Speaking of...we have done a COMPLETE reshuffle of our social life. People that we have known for some 30 some years (and probab... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:52:43 EST New merchandise to the gallery part 2~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428683 <em>334</em> I always love it when we get new items into our little consignment gallery...but it's especially fun and interesting when we take in a whole house. <BR> <BR> We did just that last week and what interesting things came in! I shared a few yesterday and here are some more for you to enjoy today. <BR> <BR> Check out this interesting leopard sculptured to hang down over the wall in a decorative manner. <BR> <BR> The little homeowner shared an interesting story as to how she acqu... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 07:48:14 EST New merch to our consignment gallery...pretty stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428461 <em>213</em> Hello my dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> I wrote a whole long blog this morning and then the dreaded Mac wheel of death started spinning and I LOST the whole darn thing! <BR> <BR> I think I loaded too many pics so I'll be a little more selective this time. <BR> <BR> We had a delightful English couple consign their entire home with the exception of their Master bedroom to us and a few items I had to tactfully decline due to their age and style. <BR> <BR> This little couple (hubb... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 14:47:21 EST Drama~Rama with the dine/in/dine/out group...I think we are ready for a break! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427622 <em>198</em> As some of you know that follow my blogs we have a large group of friends that we have hung out with for some 25+ years. Most of them are former business owners that we met through our construction biz. We get together almost every week to have a dine-in or dine-out. Years and years back when we had just started our construction business this group was very inspirational and exciting to us. We shared common goals of being in business and many of us were newcomers to FL so t... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 21:00:51 EST The consignment life is finally BIZZY again...so grateful!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426761 <em>431</em> Happy Halloweenie my friends! We used to LOVE this holiday..still do but I avoid the candy at all costs. Not to rain on your full moon picnic but do you know it's been proven that sugar FEEDS cancer! <em>40</em> Just sayin' <em>24</em> and artificial sweeteners can cause horrible health problems as well. We have to stay on top of the propaganda machine that big foodies put out there...I'm just the messenger so please don't shoot me my sparkling friends. <em>213</em> ... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:19:40 EST Sunday work day...but I'm a happy camper anyhow! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426235 <em>298</em> Season in Florida...ahhhh thank heavens for our snow birdies! <BR> <BR> They really DO fuel the economy in sunny S.W. FL! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> We were a little later this year....maybe because of that awful Hurricane Irma that knocked the stuffing out of us. Maybe because it was warmer longer in our Northern states...but it does appear that season has begun! Thank the good Lord above and Halleluah! <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was actually a pretty good day for... Sun, 29 Oct 2017 17:46:56 EST Some more lovelies into our consignment gallery...and my painted chest so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425368 <em>213</em> Howdy my sparklers! <BR> <BR> Today was so beautiful at our consignment gallery. Both doors open with a lovely cross breeze. <BR> <BR> Everything was pretty near perfect except no sales! <em>40</em> I have NO idea what the heck is going on but people come into the gallery look around...say they love the stuff...but they don't buy anything. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I've never experienced such a dry spell. I can't figure out if people are still fixing up their places after... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:17:46 EST First cool day of the year in sunny SW FL...love it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424951 Florida is a beautiful, beautiful place to live....in the winter! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We are located so far south on the West coast you could aptly describe our area as sub-tropic. Most of the year it has soaringly high humidity and is uncomfortably steamy ...I'd say to the degree of being uncomfortable. Without A/C there is NO way I'd be living here year round. <BR> <BR> I think I've noticed it much more because of the global warming over the past several years...and probably also.... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:55:50 EST Another paint project...will it turn out like the vision in my mind? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422640 <em>524</em> dear sparklers! I can't believe it's been so long since my last blog!! <em>211</em> Where DO these days go? I had just told you that I was going to try and blog more frequently...then boom...5 days fly by!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Lots of things have fired up again in my world and I'm sorry to say they aren't necessarily good things. We all go through ups and downs in our life cycle and I'm sure it's to learn the lessons we were put on this earth to learn. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:09:48 EST When I get bored at the consignment gallery...I take pictures..heh..heh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420868 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparky buds! <BR> <BR> I have had a few days off from the gallery due to our normal hours and DH manning the shoppe while I do some pressing paperwork and things around the house. <BR> <BR> When he doesn't have a construction job on the schedule he's really good about babysitting the gallery during this MEGA SLOW time of year. <BR> <BR> We decided we will limp through the next several weeks without fixing the big A/C in the back. We still have the little air cond... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:40:04 EST A little help for the Hurricane Irma victims...it's the right thing to do. :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419155 <em>465</em> It's headed towards fall here in sunny SW FL. As far as I'm concerned it just can't get here SOON enough. It's been one hellacious summer..it really has. <BR> <BR> I was off from working at our consignment gallery today as the hubs and I trade off days when he doesn't have a construction job to work on. Honestly...it is a lifesaver that he helps me out in the gallery. I honestly feel pretty trapped there on the days it is my turn. I've never been a stay within 4 walls typ... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 19:39:26 EST A few new items came into the consignment gallery...pretty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418469 Well...yesterday I was at our consignment gallery and rather bored. This is still a very slow time of the year for our business. Actually, I'm thinking the whole retail brick and mortar concept of shopping is falling by the wayside. More and more established retail entities are closing. It's kind of sad really. <BR> <BR> Retail merchants like J.C. Penny, Sears, Macy's..oh my GOSH..Macy's..who will throw the Thanksgiving Day Parade??? <em>450</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> These long... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 19:15:35 EST A sparkpeople smack down...ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418138 <em>213</em> Hello to my dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> As you know (those of you who have followed me for awhile) I share my true feelings in my blogs. As I see it our blogs are a way of mapping our history. They can be all about one's diet and exercise program or it can be whatever is weighing on our minds at any given time. <BR> <BR> So many of us 'eat our feelings'...we do not feel that we have the right to express our true feelings for fear of affronting someone. I used to (in my you... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 19:14:45 EST My painted chest~Fiesta Gal~made her debut today at our consignment gallery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416711 <em>236</em> Little purple chest who I have dubbed 'Fiesta Gal' made her debut today in our consignment gallery. This little project has been a long time in the making. She had to sit and wait hoping her feet wouldn't get wet during Hurricane Irma when she reared her ugly head. <BR> <BR> She sat patiently while her maker (moi) wrung her hands and ignored her tending to other 'freaked out after hurricane' duties. <BR> <BR> Then FINALLY a few weeks later she got her chance to shine. The ... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:16:09 EST SBA & FEMA they do GOOD work here in Bonita Springs FL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416580 <em>198</em> Hello sparklers! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a hot sweaty day of learning the fine skill of patience! We had damage to our consignment gallery (lost an A/C due to water and wind according to the A/C tech), had damage to our residence to the roof, lost an a/c due to water and wind and surge damage, and have water seepage in the leisure room due to water under our foundation. This is a huge concern for mold which can potentially 'KILL' you! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> We have only l... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 10:42:07 EST Another decision...you just have to hold onto hope. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416306 <em>213</em> Hello my spark buddies! <BR> <BR> Yesterday after sweating out a day at the consignment gallery the hubs came home sighed a big sigh and said if we are going to stay with the consignment gallery even for 'season' we HAVE to have air conditioning! It really won't cool down to bearable temperature until the end of October and that is IF we get lucky. <BR> <BR> I can remember having big extravagant Christmas parties back in the day and PRAYING it would be cool enough in mid Dec... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:11:46 EST Never a dull moment in Bobbi world! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416096 Another HOT day at our consignment gallery. Thank heavens the hubs took his turn today. I just don't do HEAT! <em>198</em> I worked until about 3 p.m. yesterday and even though I was mostly in the front with the a/c pumping I often went into the back area that is powered only by fans blowing HOT air around! I just can't help myself from going back and moving things around and cleaning when I'm bored. <BR> <BR> Last night I didn't feel well and I'm blaming it on the stupid heat! <em>19... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:52:32 EST Back to the consignment gallery...the a/c is broken..big sad sigh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415580 Hello, my darling sparklers! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My gal Martha Beck ALWAYS says it best! <BR> <BR> "Every day, give yourself at least three really good treats: One for every risk you take, and two just because you're you. No exceptions, no excuses." <BR> <BR> We forget to honor ourselves with little treats...they don't have to be food...they just have to be small recognitions of how special we all are! Reading this little reminder this morning made me so happy! <BR> <BR> <img src=... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:51:01 EST I miss my blog time...I'm going to try to do it more often! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415025 With all of the commotion caused by Hurricane Irma tearing through SW FL I have had little time nor inclination to blog. This event has really rocked our world and not in a really great way. Now don't get me wrong...I'm VERY happy and grateful that the damage wasn't worse to our home and our little consignment gallery. <BR> <BR> We lost some shingles off our roof (won't know if it is more than that since we can't see up to the 2nd story rooftop) if could be months until we get a roofer out ... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:04:08 EST Still no power at our little consignment gallery...sigh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413267 Hello sparkie friends! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm sooo happy and thrilled that we finally got our cable, internet, and landland telephone back on around 5 p.m. last night! Woot...woot! I'm so thrilled for those little creature comforts. Our power had came on a few days earlier and that was a godsend...but I feel so connected to my sparky friends I was missing you all terribly! <BR> <BR> But...I'm BAAACKKK in biz~ness my friends and happy as a lark. <BR> <BR> The hubs and I decided th... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:33:46 EST Little by little we tiptoe towards our new normal after Hurricane Irma in FL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411881 Another hot sweaty day putting things back together at our beautiful home that was spared by the killer Hurricane Irma that made an unwelcome visit to FL last Sunday. <BR> <BR> Now that our power is back on I can see that our second-floor air conditioner bit the dust. A total bummer since that is where the magic occurs for my jewelry designs. It will be months before we can get an a/c person out to the house to take a look at it. Same with roofers, really ANY tradesmen! Most likely it wi... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:08:20 EST Survivor guilt...it's a thing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411398 Hello, my darling sparklers! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Today is day 5 after the horrific event of Hurricane Irma! I am sitting at our friend's condo in Ft. Myers at Heritage Country Club. All is well here. I'm so very comfortable in an air conditioned atmosphere. We have plenty of food and water and our little Mac Cat has settled in comfortably. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/627c50d8-4079-4d4a-88ed-2d90ff0b5689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:35:45 EST