FLORIDASUN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLORIDASUN FLORIDASUN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Still 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 Rescue kitty Lily Rose's kick back life...oh my! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341429 As rescue kitties go these two hit the 'jackpot'! <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5db08d8-9c28-4bd6-9792-2b6d14397e12.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b571397-df20-4981-895e-69dbb31676ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh...the life of Lily Rose and Macklemore Blu! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3bc9777-cd5c-43ea-a78f-39816fc7b771.jpeg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c584e512-9fe1-41c0-82b1-... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:56:43 EST I SO love our Sundays! We did something different yesterday ;-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339662 Happy Monday sparklers! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the BEST! A nice healthy breakfast...except maybe the raisin toast. <em>20</em> But I'm not sweating it. Some things are just part of a pleasurable life and raisin toast with my eggs and sausage at our fav little diner Mels are just part of it. <BR> <BR> We were thinking about a movie but nothing really seemed that interesting to us and I wanted to get lots of steps in. So down to Naples and a beautiful consignment shop we went. <BR> <BR... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:40:12 EST As Saturdays go...today was pretty awesome! I likey~ ;-)) New items for the gallery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338941 <em>524</em> Every great once in a while the planets align and all goes well in Bobbi~world! <BR> <BR> Today was that day. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Especially for a work day! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> As most of you know that follow my blogs working 6 days a week at our consignment gallery is not always my idea of great fun. BUT...when I have a good day of sales...AND enjoyable customers AND a home cooked meal to come home to by the hubs...well, all is right in Bobbi~world! <BR> <BR> Y... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:58:15 EST A very BIZARRE & Scary Occurrence in the wee hours today at our house! :-(( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338347 <em>213</em> Hello my dear sparkies! <BR> <BR> You know how I'm always blogging about how much we love our beautiful house. I really do love it and have always felt very safe in our sleepy little community of about 220 homes. <BR> <BR> We are not in a gated community but we do have a camera that captures all cars coming in and going out of the community. I hope that camera catches images in the dark. <BR> <BR> Last night's occurrence scared the BE~JABBERS out of the hubs and me. <em>4... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:12:14 EST The Rescue kitties are Harry Houdini cats! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337241 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b4a0047-2f44-43cc-bd70-35a8026971ad.jpeg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79bfea12-05c7-4551-8246-5e76ce755798.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These two little Houdini cats are rascals! They have many talents...they have managed to turn a 6' man into a cat talking mush magnet. Mackey Blu can chirp, chortle and mew his way to treats any time of the day or evening. Lily Rose is becoming a little more tolerant about being held but she sti... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:56:40 EST And...the beat goes on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334717 <em>213</em> Hey there to all of my sparklers out there in spark kingdom! <BR> <BR> I have to hold down the consignment gallery while the hubs takes the day off today. It's only fair as he took retail duty yesterday. Well...let's say it's mostly fair as when he gets a day off it's really OFF. <BR> <BR> When I am working out of the house...that's just it...I'm working. Plus I get telephone calls every 5 minutes because Mr. Retail has never taken the time to educate himself on retail pri... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:05:55 EST The perpetual quest for the perfect hair color...LOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333037 Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> It's Tuesday evening and we had an 'okay' day at our little consignment gallery with sales today. Not great...but I'll take it. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> It's amazing how your expectations learn to go up and down on a sliding scale during this crazy economic era. A year ago I would have thought today's sales numbers stunk...but this year I'm counting my blessings wherever they fall. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The fur kitties are doing better. Some days the... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:47:19 EST Lily Rose is a 'bad girl' cat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330786 Hello, dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> For those of you who visit my blog, you know that we have recently adopted two little rescue kitty cats. We have Macklemore Blu (Mackey Blu) who is approximately 6 months old and a laid back cuddle cat. In fact, one of my sparkies calls him a puppycat as he follows us around the house like a little puppy dog. His favorite place to hang out is on his fur dad's lap or if that isn't available he'll take mine. He is a talkative little guy. He chirps and twit... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:55:55 EST The rescue kitties back to the vet and wow...is time flying! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329918 It's almost St. Paddy's Day...do you even believe it? <em>137</em> Time flys when you are having fun! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> The little fur balls went back to the vet for their 3 week check up after their first visit to the vet. We took them in after adopting them from an animal shelter the week before. <BR> <BR> I like the vet but I really wasn't prepared for how sick these kittens were. <BR> <BR> Mackey Blu who the volunteer told me was about 4 months old was actually closer to 6 mo... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 18:33:02 EST Sunday...beautiful Sunday! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328391 Hello, dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> Today was simply beautiful! In the 70's very sunny and breezy. The little rescue fur kitties seem to be doing a little better and are playing up and down the stairs so I'm thrilled they seem to be recovering. <BR> <BR> Little Mackey Blu has turned into an eating machine. Lily Rose used to be the one that woofed her meal down and then headed for his plate. Now the tables have flipped! I can just see him putting on weight...it makes me fur momma proud! ... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 21:25:04 EST A day in the life...and happy March to my sparksters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323866 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77b3d470-e6cd-4fc1-a42a-70ec0d7e6a0e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's March dear sparkies...and you KNOW what that means..the BESTEST holiday of the whole year! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c56dd6a4-4e7d-40dd-8660-6a728dd2c966.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And...how timely is this tee shirt? Gas IS creeping up again...which of course means beer will go up in price also as it costs more to get it to it's destinations. I LOVE my Stella b... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:01:44 EST OMG with twenty exclamation marks on the rescue kitties! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320724 Warning if you haven't had your breakfast yet save this blog for later in the day! I usually get up around 6 a.m. daily so it's still pretty early. <BR> <BR> My morning routine is to get up (it's still dark) turn on the little table lamp in the entryway then open the door to the den where our little rescue kitties spend their nights. They have their comfy little beds in there, their litter box which I keep spotlessly clean and we have their dry food in there. <BR> <BR> I think containing ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:42:13 EST Some more lovelies into our consignment gallery...yippee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320344 <em>104</em> One of my all time favorite things about our consignment gallery is accepting new items! I get such a kick out of competing against other consignment shops (and there are a TON of them nearby) to get the cream da la creme of items. <BR> <BR> It's a tough job keeping the gallery fully stocked with new items so that when people stop in frequently they can always be assured of seeing new merch. <BR> <BR> Here are some interesting items that came in this week. <BR> <BR> Did I s... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:12:43 EST Yesterday was movie day with the girls to support our dear "J" 'Lion' is SOME movie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319746 <em>213</em> Hello dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> You know me and my blogs...when something vexes me I blog through my feelings. I've found that blogging and getting junk out of my head keeps me from eating my feelings. All in all I think it's much healthier. <BR> <BR> I make attempts to understand what is going on in my world. If this is not of interest to you I certainly don't blame you a bit for not reading. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a friend bonding day. I LOVE days like that. Our mo... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:19:16 EST All of a sudden I'm REALLY into de~cluttering projects...spring must be coming! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318952 <em>213</em> Howdy dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> I bet you so many of you are REALLY looking forward to Spring. It's been SOME winter hasn't it and hopefully within another 6 weeks or so you will be kicking your heels up getting ready to plant some beautiful posies in your garden. <em>126</em> <em>376</em> <em>378</em> <BR> <BR> As you know here in FL our weather is pretty much beautiful...same ole' same ole' but most of the time I just love living here. I can only tell Spring is a... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:37:24 EST Joe Bonnamassa concert...the BEST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318507 I don't know about you but I LOVE Joe Bonnamassa! What a gifted guitarist...he should be better known throughout the world. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29a48fd0-23a3-48c0-bbf7-9b89e9a470a0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a6614c1-8424-49df-b43b-2cc467fda872.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The guy played for 2 1/2 hours with NO BREAK! I was squirming in my seat and hoping I wouldn't need to plow through a million people since we were sitting... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:26:23 EST Valentine's Day...so here's the coincidence! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316383 <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> I just LOVE Valentine's Day...don't you? <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if you have a significant other or not...Valentine's Day signifies LOVE. It reminds you that self-love is also worthy of recognition! <BR> <BR> In fact, too many of us deny ourselves self-love and that makes me sad. We are all flying around taking care of other's needs and wants and shutting the door on our own toes. <BR> <BR> I remind you to STOP that nonsense! <em>227</... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:42:59 EST It's FRRRR~I~DAY and I'm off work...whoop da! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313884 <em>213</em> I LOVE Fridays...especially when I'm off work! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> This week DH and I have been rotating whole days at our consignment gallery. We used to do 1/2 days between us and although the whole days seem REALLY long with the state of the economy and the reluctance of people to spend money...at least when we are off..we get the WHOLE day off. <BR> <BR> Not that I'm ever completely off...I always get a ton of calls from DH on price checks and I... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:02:15 EST Day 4 with the new little rescue kitties...WHOA...they are ACTIVE! :-)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313325 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2227655-70c3-47c5-8c0d-41ec796ecf4e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The two little love bugs are doing well. Actually, they are as different as night and day. Mackey J who DH keeps calling Mackey Blu is perfectly content to curl up in your lap and stay there...permanently! <em>2</em> His little buddy Lily Rose that he befriended in the animal shelter (or more likely...SHE befriended and chose him) he's JUST that laid back.... that little tornado...is the... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:15:45 EST Woo~hoo how many times can you run up and down a staircase after ornery kitties!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311996 <em>198</em> Whew...got my workout today for sure! These two new additions to our household had me in a dither. I stayed home today to do bookwork and every 10 minutes I was up our long flight of steps to check on the two ornery little furballs poking around my art studio. <BR> <BR> They finally pooped themselves out also and took an extra long snooze after they knocked the stuffins out of me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/043eee5d-98b7-4f0a-a406-877160cd92b... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 21:25:06 EST BIG NEWS...meet our new fur~babies! I'm soooo happy to welcome them to our home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311430 <em>213</em> For my amazing spark buddies that stop by my blog you know that we had two beautiful kitties that we loved SO much! They were actually our son's cats...Chin Chin the momma cat was so dainty and beautiful. She looked like a little chinchilla. Actually, an Alaskan Snow Cat which is a cross between a Somali cat and a persian...she looked just like a little dainty angel! Her big boy Keanu cat resembled the father cat a Somali much more. He was such a laid back big boy and so b... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 21:37:05 EST Chilly weather (which I love by the way) is heating up again in SW FL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309076 <em>67</em> I just LOVE our Florida sunshine year around. If I could bottle it and send it to all of my lovely sparkie friends it would be in the mail tomorrow! <BR> <BR> I have another project started over at our little consignment gallery. The upstairs loft has become so very messy with lots of mark down items. We put pillows, rugs, lamps, pictures, chairs, our hanging chandeliers and light weight end tables up there. I run up and down the stairs with customer questions but I've neve... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 12:33:30 EST Same ole' same ole' with the dinner group...blah..blah...blah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307150 <em>524</em> My dear sparkies! <BR> <BR> Last night we went to our dine-in group. I was feeling pretty rough and not particularly social after hearing the bad news about the passing of one of the members of our group. He and his wife "J" (short for Joyce) have been a part of our group for about the last 6...maybe even longer years....and J and Ron were always a breath of fresh air. Ron, in particular, was a quiet soft spoken man who truly wanted to hear about your life and his friendshi... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:59:35 EST Lost the first friend in our dine in/dine out group today to ALS...sooo sad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306836 <em>39</em> I'm so sad right now, we received a call from our dear friend in MO that her husband has passed away of ALS. He was a good man. I have blogged about them before..they owned catering halls in MO and were waiting for the last banquet hall to sell so they could move to FL year round. They have been coming down here for about the past 5 or 6 years but Ron wanted the last catering hall to sell before he moved here permanently. <BR> <BR> They had bought one house and fixed it up a... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:13:29 EST Are American (small & large) retail stores dying on the vine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306184 <em>213</em> Hello dear spark buds! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> It's been another several days since I've had the time to chat with you. I always think about blogging and then something else takes my time away. I'm always time deprived. Just too many things to do in any one day. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Right now I'm treading water with our little consignment business. This month's sales are in the crapper and January has always been one of our best months in the 7 years we have been... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:10:48 EST Dine In at our house...why oh WHY can't people develop a little civility? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303063 First I have to say HOW excited and proud I am of our beautiful women of the world for their march ...we are STRONG, POWERFUL, and AMAZING!! YES...we are! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> I tell you my dear sparkies...I have NO patience with ninnies! No patience at all! <BR> <BR> Last night I hosted a lovely dine-in at our house for 18 of our closest friends. It was a super busy day preparing by sprucing up the house...setting up all of the tables, and lighting candles for mood. <... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:47:02 EST