Hello, my dear sparkies!
These days seem to be flying by but then also I feel suspended in time.
I came home last night to find my A/C out...UGH! Now I know many of you are saying...what the heck...A/C...are you nuts!
In Florida, you really need A/C almost all year. Even when the weather cools off it doesn't stay that way long at all. Then the pesky thermometer inches back up and the humidity hits the roof.
If there is anything you really can't survive in FL without...it's the air conditioner. At least this far south that is the case. We are considered sub-tropical down this way.
The A/C people came today and put in more freon, then they have to come back Monday and check the line because they think it has a leak. CRAP...this A/C has been nothing but a pain in my patootie...every time I turn around something else is wrong with it. Beyond being crazy expensive its got me paranoid about how long before something ELSE goes wrong. At $10,000 to replace it for a new one is out of the question...soooo...I keep putting band aides on it.
I'm busy planning a little get together Monday evening for some of the members of my grief group. The occasion is to use the fire pit that Don and I purchased last year but never got to use. I know I'd never fire it up all by myself and I didn't want yet another year to roll by without using it so I decided to invite some friends so we can all enjoy it.
I think I'll end up with about 14-16 people coming. I'm going to make up a big Charcuterie Board of cured meats, cheeses, and fresh and dried fruits. We will have wine and beer of course and sparkling drinks. One friend is bringing a salad and another dessert. Someone has volunteered to bring ice and a cooler.
I think it will be a fitting occasion to fire up our fire pit and Don will be looking down with happiness that his wife is going to enjoy it with newfound friends.
It was a very sad happenstance that led me to meet these wonderful open-hearted people but I'm just so grateful that they are in my world.
One of them is helping guide me in dealing with the customers from h*ll and I'm so thankful for the input and expertise. Business problems are something I would NEVER bring up with our old group of friends because they just couldn't possibly relate so why even go into it?
When we were at our grief group a few weeks back the leader asked how we were dealing with our lives at the moment and I just blurted out how stressed I was...and still am.... about a particular set of customers that were making my life awful with their insane and completely unreasonable demands. It's a long story and not a good one so I'll spare you the details but it has kept me up at night wondering how some people seem to delight in making other people's life hell...even the whole time knowing that I am in deep grief over the loss of my sweet husband. It makes NO difference to them whatsoever...but then people without souls don't have much to offer in the compassion category.
So one of the gentlemen in the group offered 3 or 4 times to help me deal with them. He has had a long and varied history in the corporate world and had a retail store for many years so he knows exactly what I'm facing.
I'm extremely grateful for his support and hope it helps keep me strong to stand up to these awful people.
I always say God puts angels in your path when you most need them. This group of friends are so supportive. We all lean on each other and have become very close in the process.
I'll try to remember to take a few pics of the gathering to share with you.
Now I have to put my energy into cleaning this big ole' house and getting my shopping list together for all of the goodies we will share together. I love to entertain and I know this gathering will be so appreciated as I know that all of these friends face many lonely nights without their loved one.
If I've learned one thing about losing my dear husband and beautiful son I've learned that not one single person on this planet can stand alone without the support and love of our fellow man. It's been quite a humbling experience I have to tell you.
I've been kickin' it on our Teddy Bear Winter challenge...lots of exercise and really keeping my carbs low has been very productive!
At least I'm doing something right...what a relief!
I have gotten some lovely new merch into the gallery. I hope it sells quickly. I'm up to about 80-100 people per day but sales are pretty dismal even with that amount of foot traffic.
These little accent chairs are brand new! The owner ordered them then discovered they are too large for her space...so off to consignment and back to the store...must be nice eh?
4 high-end counter height barstools...these are SOLID...wood and metal and so good looking!
This great Broyhill entertainment console came in...this will not last long!
This high-end Pearson loveseat just arrived. It is soooo comfy and is in excellent condition.
Cute little 2 shelf console
There are more my friends but I'm pooped...so this is it for now. Have a wonderful evening!