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/ 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 Another bump in the road on rescue cat Lily Rose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363665 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> Thank you ALL so very, very much for your consolances and love over the last few days. <BR> <BR> May is a month I'd really rather just skip if I could. Mother's Day is SO, SO hard, Josh's death date is unbearable and then there is still May 31st...his birthday which just knocks me for a loop also. <BR> <BR> The only glimmer of a happy day in May is the 20th...our wedding anniversary. This year it will be 39 years with the man in my life.... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:05:55 EST The gift of a child~hug your sweeties close...no matter their age today!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362835 Today is such a sad day for the hubs and I. it's the day eleven years ago that we were called on a ship far out in tropical waters that our son had passed away. We were celebrating our 28th anniversary with about 10 of our closest friends and totally oblivious to the dire and horrific circumstances at our home in SW FL. <BR> <BR> Can you imagine getting a phone call from a homocide detective informing you that your son is gone...lost to a drug overdose? It was beyond comprehension, my hus... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:53:35 EST Monday a beautiful day off with the hubs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362349 Golly, it's getting SO hot already here in sunny SW Fl. We had to get out bright and early to install our little project outdoors this morning. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had the bright idea of putting up a bird feeder outside the window that the kitty condo faces. We've had birdfeeders out there before and as much as I love watching the little bluejays and cardinals enjoy their food they also attract those nasty little raccoon bandits. <BR> <BR> I used to think raccoons were cu... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:07:08 EST WHEW...yesterday I felt like I was living 'off the grid' it was scary BAD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361934 <em>213</em> I've made it to the ripe young age of 65...and within that time I've developed a few bad vices. I much prefer to sit in my comfy Laz~Z~Boy and write, write, write. OR...sit in my nice comfy Laz~Z~Boy and watch Netflix. These are obviously reasons I've packed on some 60 pounds of excess poundage and I'm ashamed of myself for being such a slug at home. <BR> <BR> I get plenty of movement at our consignment gallery but it probably doesn't count all that much because it isn't co... Sun, 14 May 2017 20:08:08 EST This month is surprising me with good steady sales...I'm so grateful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360296 <em>524</em> Dear sparky friends! <BR> <BR> I am very surprised that sales are still perking along at out little consignment gallery. Usually, after Easter, it is 'ghost town' for retailers. It could be that more and more people are choosing to make their home year round home in SW FL. <BR> <BR> I've heard from many customers that they have a real estate closing scheduled in May or even June..that is good news for us, a little consigner handling furniture and home accessories. Good new... Wed, 10 May 2017 19:29:19 EST Sunday...beautiful Sunday! :-)) Monday's usually off...but not tomorrow! :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359036 <em>220</em> Hello to my sparklers! I have been trying to write this blog for quite some time...I keep getting interrupted...by what else...WORK e-mails! Oh, the wonderful life of the self-employed. When someone sends in pictures of their furniture that they may want our little gallery to consign for them I'm ON it! <BR> <BR> There is SO much competition in our area for beautiful furniture that I have to JUMP on items immediately. Lately, I've even had to offer to split half the pickup... Sun, 7 May 2017 21:28:36 EST Fridays are so great...ummm...unless you have to work Saturday..DRAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358036 <em>213</em> Howdy sparklers! <BR> <BR> I am happy to report another good sale today. A sofa, a chair, and one of my chalk painted items. <BR> <BR> I'm really surprised it has taken this long to sell...I think it's cuter than cute! It's a popular gray color with some awesome silver metallic accenting as stencils and highlighting. Lots of glazing and depth of color. A real art piece...but BEAUTIFULLY crafted as well. You can't go wrong with vintage. There is a REASON that furniture w... Fri, 5 May 2017 12:19:47 EST It's the simple things....;-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356647 I used to LOVE <em>26</em> to get dressed to 'the nines' in my little 3 pc. business suits and slip into my 6" spiky heels and head out to work at one of the largest banks in the world located on Los Olas Blvd. in the La~La land of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. <BR> <BR> That is when the phrase 'power suit' seemed to have some weird hybrid meaning to me. I was all about the 'see me, hear me, ain't you sad you ain't me' phase of my life. <BR> <BR> Working in a superficial place like a bank brings... Tue, 2 May 2017 12:40:36 EST Teddy Bear love from our team is a THING!! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355306 <em>26</em> <em>174</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I'm SO blessed to have a number of great friends here in Spark World! And many of those friends I have met from some fantastic teams I am on. I love the teams because they require accountability during our challenges and the team members are always so supportive of each other. Sparkpeople offers so many wonderful support tools for our health...but it's really the friends that give me a huge part of my happiness! <em>334</em> <BR>... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:30:23 EST Another stellar day in consignment world...I'm totally LOVING it! AND..kitty pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354907 <em>213</em> So what's going on? We had another good day at the consignment gallery for sales. <BR> <BR> A lovely English couple purchased a gorgeous Hickory Chair sofa (very high-end mfr.) that would retail at $8,000. It was in exquisite condition and why wouldn't it be? It came from a 10,000 sf home valued at $3M. I doubt that it had 10 minutes of butzie time on it. <BR> <BR> When houses are as large as office buildings...there is little to no usage on the furniture that comes o... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:08:07 EST Woo~hoo one good day in retail can change your whole month's bottom line! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353736 <em>104</em> I'm SO happy my little lady from Englewood drove the hour and 1/2 back to our little consignment gallery to complete the transaction for a very good Saturday sale. <BR> <BR> I can't TELL you how happy I was when I saw her U-Haul minivan pull up. She followed through on her promise to return and it kind of restores my faith in humanity. I can't tell you HOW many times people have put down a deposit...promised to return and then show up only to ask for their deposits back. Th... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:11:41 EST a share.....40 fun facts about me :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352763 A fellow sparklers share was so fun and really surprised me about a few things about her...all good of course...so here is the share...I don't do these often...but this one is a pretty good one! <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? I LOVE all forms of cheese...but blue is way up there on the list! <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? No <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? After a scare a few weeks ago at our house...yes we now have bullets. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite sweet d... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:16:43 EST Yesterday was a bang up sales day...woo~hoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352514 <em>244</em> Yesterday was a GREAT day at the consignment gallery. Well...I hope it all works out. I had a quite interesting customer come in towards the later part of the afternoon. <BR> <BR> She honestly didn't strike me as the 'buying' type. So I guess I should readjust my attitude. It's been such a crappy sales season I have been a little discouraged...we have to remember that EVERY single day is a chance for a new miracle. We have to be open-minded to receive them. <BR> <BR> My... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:52:15 EST Hi ho...hi hoo..off to the consignment gallery I go. HATE working Saturdays...ha! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351892 <em>213</em> Happy Saturday dear sparklers! I wish we didn't work on Saturdays...but in retail it's a fact of life. At least we have visibility...the rest of the entire shopping center is closed...lucky duckies! <BR> <BR> Saturdays aren't particularly profitable so I may adjust our hours to open at noon. Here in SW FL which is basically 'senior city' people don't get out and start moving until noon~ish. <BR> <BR> I can't really complain about our hours....well...I guess I AM complainin... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:20:04 EST Reflecting on the future of our little consignment gallery...it's a tough call. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349910 <em>213</em> I have been thinking and thinking about what is going to happen with our little consignment gallery over the dog days of summer here in FL. <BR> <BR> This year has been seriously disappointing in the sales department. Part of it is because there is SO much competition now that other consignment stores have opened. I seriously think there are 20 within a 20 mile radius up and down U.S. 41..the highway we are located on. <BR> <BR> Beyond the competition which I never worry mu... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:37:07 EST Saturday a GREAT day off work and Easter sunday is looking pretty peachy also! Check out my Easter g http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349251 <em>213</em> Howdy to all my beautiful sparklies! <em>220</em> I hope your Easter Sunday is full of love and family and friends! It is a day of miracles...at least according to our Christian bible lore. I grew up a devout Southern Baptist...I mean holy roller type of Baptist. As a young child, I used to look up at people in the congregation as they spoke in tongues and held their arms up swaying in the windless space of our little church. <BR> <BR> This unsettled me...actually it just... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:10:11 EST Connecting with our Iowa friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348444 Last night was a wonderful night of fun and good conversation! We enjoy connecting with our good Iowa buddies when they are down here in FL for the season. <BR> <BR> DH has known this buddy forever, all through high school, college and then a stint at the Des Moines Fire Department. I met his wife about 12 years ago when they purchased a house together down here in FL. His wife is quite wealthy and made her money of all things off of garbage. I guess that would certainly be a never endin... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:15:11 EST Working out of the house suits me! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347697 As most of you know I'm not much of a bookkeeping person. I like the interaction of gabbing to a customer, the creativity of working on a new jewelry design. Gathering up old furniture for my chalk paint projects...pretty much anything other than parking my butzkie in a chair to do pay-outs. BUT...it is a necessary function for our little consignment gallery and I won't be hiring a full time bookkeeper anytime soon...so if it is to be...it's up to me. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> The thing I ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:08:26 EST Big dine in with friends last night...whew...I'm pooped today!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346169 <em>198</em> I like to entertain really I do. The moment where we are all sitting at the table enjoying a tasty meal is the BEST! It's just the housecleaning, cooking, and clean up after that is not so much fun. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I overdid it. I did housecleaning all on my own as DH was suffering from a cold and had to cover the consignment gallery while I did my hostess thing. Then I went grocery shopping and prepared a homemade rub and 7 racks of ribs. <BR> <BR> It was just too muc... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 19:44:45 EST Beautiful white sandy Fl beach at sunset...a gal's night out to celebrate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345319 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4dc44a35-7812-4389-aadf-627d7cf4fefa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As much as I grouse about this crazy group of women I've been friends with for 20+ years I do love them! <BR> <BR> We ALL have our flaws...yup me too...I KNOW that surprises you but I have plenty of them! <BR> <BR> I can be Strappy Cappy bossy~I tell you EXACTLY what I'm thinking and very seldom temper it by engaging tact before mouth. <em>20</em> But on the other hand I'm true blue, wil... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 22:03:25 EST When the pursuit for justice disappoints you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343361 <em>39</em> Another day in court. Frankly....a BIG waste of our time! Everytime we have a court date fighting our illegal foreclosure we must shut down our consignment gallery. This close to the end of 'season' those lost days from work hurt. <BR> <BR> The court system for justice is a joke here in FL. The Judges are so biased in the bank's favor I'd be a millionaire if I got $100 for everytime the Judge has given a pass to the bank to accelerate their case over the last 7 years we hav... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 21:10:45 EST