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/ Last night's Peace Accord HELD...YIP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241546 <em>380</em> We gave 'peace' a chance last night at our weekly dine-in dinner DH and I hosted. Thankfully reaching out to all the wounded parties at the big 'dust up' a few weeks back where the hostess got so upset she threw out my two favorite sisters...and was on such a tear..she then threw out the entire dinner group! <em>40</em> This was the result of arguing over politics. They are of one party affiliation with one other couple (that live in FL full time) and the rest of the grou... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:24:53 EST Holy BALLS of fire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240834 Tomorrow is the big night. I'm hosting our dine-in group so today was house cleaning day. UNTIL my trusty Oreck vacuum caught on FIRE! I mean literally...I could have burnt the whole darn house down! It was lucky I was just backing out of the room and only had my fingers on the handle where the plug caught fire. It's a pretty wonky design having the plug and cord right by the handle where you push the vacuum BUT...it gave me quite a scare and there was a serious FLAME...about 6 inches l... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:26:15 EST Working on a few goals for our fall 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239821 <em>465</em> Our 5% Fall challenge begins soon. I'm SO excited to be back on my beloved Teddy Bear team. I always love these challenges because they hold me accountable and I'm a loyal member of my team. Where I might not do everything right for me...you can bet I'll go the extra mile for those bears! <em>174</em> <BR> <BR> The goal of the challenge is to exercise EVERY day and post your time. That time equates to miles in the air on an airplane and you travel to exotic and cool pla... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:47:55 EST Sometimes being 'peacekeeper' actually works! Shocked face :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238501 <em>213</em> Howdy my dear sparkly friends! <BR> <BR> You remember the big ole' dust up with our long term group of friends dine in/dine group a few weeks back? <BR> <BR> Thankfully DH and I weren't at that particular dinner party as we were on vacation...but believe me, I heard all about it from every guest in attendance and the more I heard the more confused I was as to who actually was at the center of the blame. <BR> <BR> It appeared that the hostess was the culprit but her versi... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:31:37 EST Cat Sitting Duties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238123 <em>239</em> <em>240</em> <em>241</em> Today was day one of our cat sitting duties. <BR> <BR> We are taking care of our neighbor's three cats for a week while they are on vacation. They decided to board their dog as it needs to be walked 3 times a day and with our work schedule that is not possible. <BR> <BR> I was up early this morning and ready to go see the trio since DH was the one that met with our neighbor to get the scoop and meet the kitties a few days ago. I couldn't help... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:48:45 EST It's never too late to say never :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235686 <em>104</em> As some of you know we stay in close touch on Facebook with many of Josh's (our dearly departed son) friends. DH stays on top of Facebook happenings closer than I do...I have my hands full with my Sparkie duties. <BR> <BR> But when one of our young adults (who we love as our very own kids) are having struggles he say's to me...."It's time for a Bobbi reply" I then jump on Facebook and do my very best offering words of encouragement or sometimes some hard love, or even somet... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:59:33 EST Cat/dog watcher reporting for duty...woo~hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233875 Our neighbors were out for a walk the other day and DH was out working in our front yard. They explained that they are going on vacation and they are in a pinch the second week for a pet sitter. They have three cats and just recently acquired a puppy. Their adult son lives next door and can take one of the weeks but he will be out of town the second week so they need a pet sitter. <BR> <BR> How could we not help them out? When we had our two sweet cats Chin Chin and Keanu they graciously... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:11:11 EST Playing 'peacemaker' is exhausting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233104 <em>213</em> Today I had a LOT of paperwork planned. But first I had to call a friend that just had back surgery. Those well wishes turned into a blow by blow rundown of the big dust up last Friday night about our Friday night dinner group. <BR> <BR> Geez oh Pete...this is the fourth version I've recently heard of the evening's big blow up with the hostess expelling the whole dinner group from her house. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Need I tell you each version that I listened to was dif... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 21:57:27 EST For the love of home...our sanctuary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231334 We had a big day planned to work out in the yard today. I wanted to dig up the old rubber mulch between the slate stones and replace it. That stuff is really GREAT. We had the last bunch of it for literally years...but when we had the back yard graded and the retaining wall to our little wetland drainage area rebuilt it kind of deteriorated. The crew tore up the stones so they could improve the drainage under the pergola and our mulch kind of got mixed in with all the soil brought in. <BR... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 21:24:52 EST Sunday, Sunday...what a fantastic day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230182 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d614ca7-ec7f-4afb-8c3c-73829ac325bd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thankfully things are back pretty much to normal between the hubs and I. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> This is a welcome relief after the fireworks we got into on our vacation back to Iowa. I HATE it when we fight...but sometimes even after 38 years you have to sort out things that feel wrong in your relationship. Let's face it...I'm no angel <em>43</em> to live with...ha..ha...I DO know th... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 20:12:25 EST Friends make the world go round! So WHY this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229169 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> Whew...as you know I've had quite the ride during the month of August. Once we got back to FL I thought things would settle down and we'd be back to our normal...only semi-crazy... schedule. <BR> <BR> I guess some 'crazy' went on with our dinner group while we were gone. I can only say I'm happy we missed it. I was dealing with enough personal 'crazy' in my own right. <BR> <BR> It makes me sad that a group of friends that have been together... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 20:39:18 EST Lock down your freon in your A/C unit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226656 <em>40</em> Wow today has been a costly day...after a costly vacation. Geeze oh PETE! <BR> <BR> Our air conditioner was on the fritz. I thought it was just me not being able to figure out the extremely complicated automatic thermostat. <BR> <BR> This baby is wonderful when you get it programmed right. It monitors your air temperature upon wake up, then you can set it higher while you are away at work, set it for the comfortable temp. you want on your return home and another setting for... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:52:30 EST Vintage shopping...how FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226131 On our last day of vacation before our FL return, I had the BEST day with our oldest and dearest friends Darryl and Patty. <BR> <BR> This is a strange couple...Patty is the left brainer and Darryl is the creative right-brainer. So we go poking around in all the strange little vintage shops near the lake where they have their summer house while DH and Patty sit in the shade and chat. <BR> <BR> Go figure...a guy that loves shopping and a wife that likes to discuss map reading! <em>2</em> I... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:30:14 EST Last 5 days of vacation~now back home and loving it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225425 <em>213</em> This vacation has been good and bad. Much like life...which it is always full of light and dusk. But sometimes we need the dusky situations to show us more of the light. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I made some wonderful realizations during this trip. Realizations I have always known but swept under the rug because they were too touchy and painful for me to deal with. Or...perhaps I always thought one day they would change for the better. <BR> <BR> There is only so long we ca... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:50:39 EST Vacay day 13~ West End Architectural visit & DH's 50th High School reunion night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221358 Hello dear sparky friends! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks ever so much for sticking by me during this crazy escapade of a vacation. <BR> <BR> I know I have blogged ad nauseum about the MIL & SIL situation and I apologize. I write through 'stuff' that I have a hard time understanding...and as you can tell...I have a really hard time understanding how this relationship went so wrong and I did nothing for 38 LONG years to resolve it...lots of pent up feelings that have now been released.... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:15:32 EST Vacay~Day 12 Sweet release & freedom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220882 <em>104</em> Although the last two days have been stressful between the hubs and me over the blow up between his mom and I...I'm so happy and relieved that we love each other enough to overcome any obstacle. <BR> <BR> You know that's true, otherwise, we could not have possibly worked together in our numerous businesses for the past 27 years. <BR> <BR> Family issues are much more daunting than small business challenges and this is exactly why I have pussy footed around the situation wi... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:07:51 EST Vacation...well sorta...day 10 & 11 *POO hits the fan with MIL*~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219560 <em>213</em> Howdy my faithful sparklers...I know my life reads like a soap opera...but it might be pretty ho-hum after yesterday. I am cutting the' head off the snake' after 38 years of prolonged misery. You see, it's taken that long to realize that I am only hurting myself by allowing manipulation, guilt, and a sense of loyalty to my DH to endure a frankly....unendurable situation... with a frankly unworthy person... of my time and energy. <BR> <BR> Some battles cannot and will not be w... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:18:17 EST Vacay~Day 10 Come visit the Iowa State Fair~woot, woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219002 <em>244</em> I love our Iowa State Fair! It is SO BIG and so full of diversity! My friend who just moved to Oklahoma with the guy she met on Match.com decided to come to Iowa to keep me company during the extended time we are visiting for DH's 50th high school reunion and his ailing 89 year old mother. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd4e1847-440a-4ba6-8732-abae5631e607.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I have to be honest...Iowa is NOT my favorite place to vacation...expecial... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:34:38 EST Vacay~Day 9 breakfast casserole with friends...tomorrow the IA State FAIR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218003 <em>213</em> Another vacation day spent catching up on happy memories from long ago with another set of mutual friends. <BR> <BR> Our hostess made a wonderful breakfast casserole with sticky cinnamon buns and frozen fruit cups. <BR> <BR> You would LOVE the fruit cups and SO easy! <BR> <BR> Just take plastic dixie cups (small wine size) open cans of fruits. (Use small no sugar added for about 6 servings) You can use any fruit you like. Sharon used Peach, Pear, Apricot, crushed pineapple... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 20:56:27 EST With empathy comes wisdom...feels pretty swell! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217526 Hello my beloved sparklers! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Today was a fun filled day! We went to a gigantic Farmer's Market in downtown Des Moines. This is probably one of the biggest and most successful markets in Iowa. It opens at 7:00 a.m. and by the time we got there (our housemates are slow pokes about getting around in the morning) at 10:30 a.m. there was NO PLACE to park! Our house host drove around and around trying to spot a parking spot. Luckily he had dropped his wife and I off wh... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 23:18:12 EST Chaos JUNKIES...with pics! :-)) Vacation Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216681 Well...yesterday with MIL & SIL went much as it always goes. We went over to DH's mother's home about 4 p.m. We had to wait until late afternoon as she booked a hair appointment that day. She wasn't going to have her hair look bad when her beloved son came to visit. <BR> <BR> This is really no big thing other than the fact that she booked it the DAY he was expected. She had at least a month before to get it taken care of knowing when we would be arriving...but this is so typical of MIL. ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:14:32 EST Vacay~Day 5 & 6 in Des Moines Iowa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216066 <em>213</em> Howdy dear sparkie friends! <BR> <BR> We are still vacation~ing it and loving it! Well at least until today...ha..ha! We are scheduled to go see MIL & SIL later this afternoon. I hate to be a doom and gloomer...BUT from the past 38 years of DIRECT one on one experience, I pretty much can tell you this gruesome twosome can ruin the BEST parade. <BR> <BR> So I've resigned myself to listening to her whining and complaining and snarking. Instead of being happy and joyous to s... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:50:22 EST Vacay~Day 4 Goodbye St. Louis hello Des Moines Iowa...our hometown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215407 <em>198</em> Oh my goodness...yesterday I was in a tizzy. It's one thing to lose power on the batteries in my I-Phone and I-Pad but who would think the battery on our hotspot could clunk out due to battery drain? <BR> <BR> I was cut off from the world...yikes! <em>40</em> We couldn't ride off of our friend's wi-fi as they couldn't remember their password....derp! This is what happens when we get old! <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> We never did track down their password so I had to rech... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:45:00 EST St. Louis Day 2 and Day 3 of vacation...what an interesting city! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214471 <em>213</em> Happy vacation update dear friends...hope I'm not boring you death on the incident by incident vacation blogs! <em>211</em> I love to read all about my sparky friends travels so naturally assume you are all ears also...maybe not...and if so...don't feel in the least bit obligated to do this travel time with me. Seriously...you are totally excused! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> We arrived at our friends home about 5 p.m. last night. Totally 'car cabin fevered' out after 8 1/2 h... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 17:59:18 EST 8/6/16 Day 1 of Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213443 Hi everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> We are tucked in for the night after a L~O~N~G day of driving! Wow...FL must be the longest state in the nation...it took us over 6 hours to get out of FL into Georgia. Now this is because DH did most of the driving..ha..ha. Had I been at the wheel we would have arrived considerably sooner! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I told one of my sparky friends I should be a hologram traveler...just put me in a nice comfy little prism bubble and zap me to my des... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 21:52:32 EST Tomorrow we shall be OFF...like a herd of turtles...lol! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212929 I worked diligently throughout the day getting all of our biz stuff completed for tomorrow's vacation departure. Everything got completed and is ready to roll...except ME...of course! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I will have to get my pedicure once we arrive at our destination...and I'll need to get up at the crack of dawn to get my packing done...but it's okay...I will be ready in a snap and out the door we shall go like a herd of turtles! <em>134</em> <em>334</em> DH wants to be on... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 20:53:12 EST One more day before we leave on vacation...SO MUCH still to do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212403 I LOVE vacations...I HATE vacations! Once we finally get on the road and started...all is well...but the wind up to go is so.... doggone stressful it's almost not worth it! <BR> <BR> There always are a million nit picking things to tie up with the business. End of month customer payouts for the items that sold during the month. The sales tax report, e-mails to answer about customer inquiries to bring in new items, telephone messages to return, yada, yada, yada. <BR> <BR> Then the pack... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 21:30:06 EST Countdown to vacation...can't wait to get outta Dodge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211756 <em>198</em> Whew...I'm SO ready to get out of sticky hot HUMID SW FL! <em>141</em> Of course, we are headed to sticky, hot, HUMID Iowa...so it's a good thing we are already totally acclimated...ha..ha! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> This trip is already proving to be expensive before we even get started. DH HATES flying...HATES it with a capital H so of course we are driving. <BR> <BR> We took our 2004 Toyota Sequoia into our mechanic to have him check it out before the lengthy road tr... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 19:42:48 EST The dine in group had a peaceful gathering last night...it was GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209711 <em>213</em> We have made great strides in maintaining a peaceful environment of festivity for our large dine in/dine out group. It's called NO POLITICAL/NO RELIGION speak! We are peppered with Democrats and Republicans and varying views of religion so after 25 years of constant friendship we have decided these two subjects WILL NOT be discussed! <BR> <BR> It has to be this way...otherwise it will completely splinter the group and the long term friendships we have formed. Yes...during ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:49:17 EST Monday...Monday...why do you have to be SO SHORT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206641 Most of you know that my Monday's are my Sundays since I have to work on Saturday. <BR> <BR> I totally LOVE this guy! AND....the sentiment is SO TRUE! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f04fd847-a995-4c0c-acc6-43da482bc4f4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH had a construction job to start today. He pressure cleaned the pool deck and tomorrow will fix the cracks and then the next day roll on a zyleen sealer...probably 2 coats. The rainy afternoons won't help his time schedule so ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:59:05 EST Starting to feel back to my ornery self...thank heavens! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203952 Wow...so very grateful to be getting back to my normal self. That was some nasty flu bug that reared it's nasty head last week. <BR> <BR> Little bumps in the road like this remind us that our health is our biggest blessing. We almost always take it for granted until something goes haywire then we wonder what the heck happened. <BR> <BR> All the more reason to cherish your precious body and take care of it by eating correctly and exercising. My walking program went out the window when I g... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:36:42 EST Sunday and feeling a little better from this nasty cold~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201987 <em>213</em> Howdy my dear sparkies! Yes...I'm still here..kicking pretty slow... but getting a little better every day. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I've had LOTS of down time from this nasty flu that has held me captive in our home for the last seven days. Normally I would be biting at the bit to get out and about...but honestly I've felt so punk I've been more than happy to just chill in the air conditioning. <BR> <BR> I really have to say that my DH has been the 'angel guy' in picking ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:47:09 EST Uh OH...nasty cold with cough! :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199428 Drat...at our last dine out group last Saturday we had a sickie that spread his evil bug throughout the group! WHY do people who are sick insist on mingling with the healthy? This guy was hacking all night and finally he went into his bedroom where he should have been the entire time. <BR> <BR> I really never get sick but this must have been a very POTENT bug because...... <BR> <BR> It only took about 24 hours before I was hacking my head off. I had to stay home today from work. I just... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:51:22 EST Week 1 and still attacking healthy habits list! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197535 <em>9</em> I have really been pushing myself to get in my 60 minutes a day on my treadmill. There is NO reason for me not to do it. It sits in our leisure room and the house is nicely air conditioned. The treadmill has the capacity to do circuit training, incline settings and a burst button to do interval spurts and even a fan is built in! All in all a GREAT exercise motivator. <BR> <BR> I call my exercise buddy 'Slim'....she calls me 'Fluffy'! <em>15</em> <em>315</em> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 11:56:41 EST DH's 50th high school reunion coming up...I'd better 'step it up' on the weight loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195162 Hello to all of my sparkling friends! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I hope your 4th of July holiday was fun! We were very low key this year. Lately our lives have been so full of activity we just wanted to enjoy some down time at home. We watched the fireworks on television...WOW...what a spectacular display in New York! <BR> <BR> We also sent a few grumbles to the idiots next door for setting off firecracker after FIREcracker after FIRECRACKER next door. The guy that lives there with his... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:30:39 EST What happens when you can't save a good friend from herself?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193811 <em>213</em> Lets face it. You all know I have some wacky friends! <BR> <BR> For the most part I like wacks~they are always more interesting than practical people who actually think things through in a logical and mannerly order. I have lots of wacky friends and I love em all. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Like my good friend M...who I have known for almost 30 years. I'll miss her a bunch because she is moving half way across the country tomorrow with a guy pretty close to 20 years her s... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 21:38:19 EST Back to my healthy routine! It sure feels GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192641 <em>198</em> Whew~y it's been a hectic few weeks! I'm so happy they are in the real view mirror and we can once again push forward. <BR> <BR> I always turn to my crafts when I get stressed out and I find that concentrating on them puts me in a meditative state of mind. I love to do meditation whenever I can squeeze in a few minutes but it's really hard for me to calm my 'monkey mind' with just breathe...so putting focus on my jewelry design, or some other craft is just as effective. <B... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:21:50 EST Case Dismissed Without Prejudice...but is this a GOOD thing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191745 <em>213</em> Hello my luminous sparklers! What was scheduled to be a 6 hour trial in the 'save our home' fight ended in a fizzle. We are home an hour and a half latter. <BR> <BR> The bank knew that no way, no how, could they prove standing to win this case so they took the wimps way out they filed to dismiss. <BR> <BR> I mean REALLY...if you can't prove your case in SIX long years...you should NOT be offered another bite of the apple. <BR> <BR> They have screwed this case up every whic... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:02:31 EST Honestly....you CAN'T make this stuff up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190173 <em>213</em> Hello my dear sparklers! Thank you SO VERY, VERY much for your prayers and encouragement during this very stressful time in our world. As most of you know...we have our Summary Judgement hearing coming up next Wednesday 6/29 @ 9 a.m. <BR> <BR> This will be the culmination of a long HARD six year fight between us and GMAC/Ocwen/Us Bank fighting to 'save our beloved home' from an illegal foreclosure action. <BR> <BR> As you know FL has run rampant in foreclosures. We were hi... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:20:27 EST What would a stress free life look like? Would I lose weight more easily? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188909 Sooooooo~ I've been thinking....can you smell the smoke burning? <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> When stressful things are in front of me...I always feel better if I have a back up plan. It's not that I'm not hoping and praying that things go our way and justice prevails and the heroine gets her kiss from the hero...but let's face it...I've been walking this crazy ole' planet <em>432</em> long enough to be a realist. <BR> <BR> Or maybe it's because I've been married to a semi negative spouse wh... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:51:54 EST The Lee Cty. Courtroom 'Docket Experience' is not a pleasant one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187769 <em>29</em> Well....chalk one up to another experience on my 'do NOT like' list! <BR> <BR> Today was quite the experience going to Civil Court for the docket sounding on our 'save our house' fight. <BR> <BR> I could not sleep so got up at 5 a.m. I had intended to get up at 6:45 because we were told the court appointment was 8 a.m. It turned out to not be until 9 a.m. but that was okay because with our early start...we certainly didn't have to worry about being late...for sure! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:39:51 EST Docket Sounding on our 'Save our Home' Fight 6/22 @ 8 a.m. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187182 <em>213</em> Well the almost big day has arrived! Our attorney drives over from W. Palm Beach to meet us for the docket sounding tomorrow then our Summary Judgement 'Save our Home' fight next Wed. 6/29. <BR> <BR> It's been a LONG SIX YEARS of fighting this illegal and fraudulent foreclosure action against us. <BR> <BR> It hasn't been easy...but nothing worth really fighting for ever is....is it? <BR> <BR> Our attorney tells us he spoke to the plaintiff's attorney and he told him that h... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:42:17 EST 2nd day of compiling proof of our illegal foreclosure action for our upcoming Summary Judgement tria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184023 <em>198</em> Why is protecting your rights and your good faith against corporate behemoths so darn hard? Why do the upper elites circle their wagons to protect other elites without question think they can get away with covering fraud and crimes...no questions asked from the lowly middle class? I mean after all...what good are they other than paying for the lifestyles of the rich and famous? <BR> <BR> This is where our country is at today and I've had a belly full of this junk! No wonder... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:48:37 EST 'Stress' is not my friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181427 Hello dear sparklers! It's been a stressful week. I'm trying really hard not to let it consume me but it's hard to accept that we as tiny little humans don't have a whole lot of control over the forces of life. <BR> <BR> Say it 'Ain't so...can I hear an "I'm the master of my destiny!" <BR> <BR> Don't we wish? I took my dear friend to her birthday luncheon on Friday and it was fun and sad at the same time. She is one of my oldest and longest known friends here in FL. She is probably one... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:44:49 EST High end merch coming into our consignment gallery makes me a happy camper! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177739 The things I do to get cool stuff in our consignment gallery. It's really above and beyond the call of duty...but we do what we need to do to separate ourselves from the masses don't we? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8c9c674-e2dc-4b7f-872c-8a6bc02d27ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I get all giddy when really beautiful high end stuff comes in like this last million dollar + household received Saturday. <BR> <BR> It won't be without a whole lot of work still ahead of me...t... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 16:16:56 EST Wrap up on Charleston love...what a CITY! :-)) AND a 'Southern Charm' celebrity spotting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177003 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/543d56d0-51a8-4b19-9f3c-0955087fbe13.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm still dreaming of our Charleston experience! Wow...did I LOVE <em>26</em> that sweet little city! The cobblestone streets, the horse drawn carriages, the 'I DO care how I turn myself out' attire...all so charming! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11bc3248-9a3e-4c1e-bed9-120460e99290.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I know exactly why they created a reality show called 'Sou... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:50:17 EST Charleston LOVE with pics! So much to share! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174511 I've managed to put the month of May and all of it's sadness aside. Thank heavens for May 20th which is our anniversary so that was a bright glimmer in the darkness. Most of you know that we lost our beloved son Josh on May 16th and then his birthday is May 31st...just a sad sad time. Thank you all so much for your encouragement and your support and your comfort...I must say I receive so much more from you than the crowd we hang out with...not a word from them...nada...tells me who my REAL... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 14:49:06 EST Charleston...my new love affair with a city! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173719 <em>213</em> Hello to my sparklers. I'm trying to distract myself today since it's a very sad day for me. It would have been our Josher's 33rd birthday and I always wonder what he would be doing now, if he would have a film-making career underway as was his big dream, if he would be a husband and a father? Losing a child, especially an only child (Josh was the only child my current hubs and I had...I have a daughter by a very early marriage but we are not in the least bit close...sadly..... Tue, 31 May 2016 11:29:28 EST Such a joyful vacation! Epcot and Charleston...Epcot blog & pics today :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172554 <em>213</em> Howdy my sparklers! Such an amazing celebration of our 38th anniversary in Epcot and Charleston ...although we had to cut our vacation a day short because of that stinker Tropical Storm Bonnie who is now barreling towards Charleston and Savannah today. <BR> <BR> I'm CERTAINLY not going to have to worry about melting in the rain...BUT...it's just not that fun to wander around soaked to the core all day. <BR> <BR> Especially since S. Carolina and Savannah are considered t... Sun, 29 May 2016 16:25:25 EST One day delay...the joys of the self employed...vacation tomorrow! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168255 <em>213</em> The joys of the self employed...right? <BR> <BR> I've been working very hard to get isome really GORGEOUS furniture into our consignment gallery. A potential client called us about two weeks ago then came into our gallery last week to scope it out. She has just recently moved here from MA having sold a large and BEAUTIFUl Cape Cod farmhouse style home. She didn't have pictures of the items but referred me to the realtor's website of the newly sold home. The furniture made m... Sun, 22 May 2016 17:19:24 EST