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Good morning Slimey!

Good morning Slimey!

Yes this is what I just found, creeping across the arm of my Grandfather’s chair. The chair that I have placed in my office, for sitting in and relaxing, as I look over pages, read up on new stuff, and plan out my day, week, month.

Obviously I have been “Doing” too much and not “Being” enough. Hence this slimey, creepy-crawler, who is very very slow at moving off of my chair – and doesn’t seem to have any plans for picking up the pace, any time soon – slithered into my path this morning.

He is not the first person to notice this, and bring it up to me. I am getting brow-beaten by my Sweetie into going to bed earlier. It turns out that I am not 19 years old any more, and cannot function in a beauteous way, when I stay up past midnight. Again and again and again and again – for nearly 2 weeks now. (*Please note: Last night I did make it to bed by 10pm – and slept until 7! I clearly needed the rest.*)

I also look back on my Sister’s Healing Weekend Retreat and the ways that Spirit was talking to me, through my Sister’s stories. I see a sweet sister working herself to death. She is suffering physical bodily problems that are directly related to burning the candle at both ends. I watched as another sister, who is Western medically trained, listen to her chest, for signs of heart-attack. I don’t want to work myself into a state where I feel a vise-grip around my chest. I know that she doesn’t either. She is looking into ways to find more balance in her life, between her work, that she loves to do and is very good at – and her home life which is suffering, along side of her body. I can take a lesson from her experiences.

But first: I am going to gently thank Mr. Slimey for the reminder, and carefully put him back outside in the yard – where he belongs. Message received. In gratitude.

Its following me everywhere I go!!!!

Family politics.  Family drama.  Families members who simply can’t seem to get along with each other.  They even argue about whether the sun is coming up in the east or the south.  Pfft!!

I give up.  I quit.  I am just done with families.  And especially their dramas.  Their old hurts and even older grudges that they can’t seem to let go of.  If it was stuff that was happening now, or some sort of current rudeness, I could totally understand and support a hurt.  But this is decades old stuff.  Decades!!  As in last century!  Get over it already.  Move on.  Grow up – and let go.  Stop making your choices based upon the past – and start looking at what is right in front of you.  Your siblings are no longer 12 or 22 – they are in their 30’s and making better choices.  Honor and respect where they have come from, and where they are going; as the people that they are now.  Not who they used to be.

And if you can’t – leave me the hell out of it.  I just want to count your money, clean up your books, and help out your accountant to give you a better understanding of how your business is doing.

So there.

Ever get that feeling that you just know something’s up?

I will actually bet hard cash that Vic will ask me to do something stupid today. He’ll come off that it’s an emergency… dire need… absolutely must be done… right now! But it won’t be any of those things at all. He gets like this from time-to-time, where he just has to flex his “boss muscles”; he has to micro-manage me. He wants everyone to know that he is The Boss.

I can almost smell it in the air today. I realize that its like reading the leaves at the bottom of a tea cup. I’ve been doing this job for a long time. It will be today. Trust me.

Watch this!

Oh my goddess!!!! Really?

This is one of the emails I got to answer this week. You just gotta love people’s sense of entitlement. Its not like if he had bothered to call / or read a newspaper / or watch the TV / or checkout FaceBook – he would have found out that we had a freaking FIRE!!!!

So sorry you felt your day was wasted – butthead!!!

Subject : Closed??? Made 50 minute drive for nothing
Comments :
My wife and I went to Vic’s Embers for brunch a couple months back and loved it. We are celebrating our anniversary and planned to come up for brunch today, driving 50 minutes from Winter Garden and paying tolls and all, to enjoy a great brunch to find the place is closed. We looked on the website for times for brunch and never found a notice it was closed before arriving to find an empty parking lock and locked door. Needless to say, we are very disappointed having wasted the gas and toll money and arranging our anniversary weekend accordingly to allow for the trip up for brunch. We are now stuck looking for another option up here having limited to no knowledge of the area. I felt it was necessary to voice our disappointment and encourage you to better publicize the closing so others are not in the same situation. I am currently sending this to you from my phone in your parking lot while my wife looks for another place to eat so we don’t feel like we completely wasted our day.

I have gotten permission to post some of the photos I took of our restaurant last month. This is what I walked into when I was allowed to go into the building. Its a mess, to say the least.

The door was literally broken into, by the LCFD... thankfully.

The door was literally broken into, by the LCFD… thankfully.

The "Ghost" dining room... as if nothing happened.  Unless you try picking something up, because then you'll see the layer of smoke that covers everything.

The “Ghost” dining room… as if nothing happened. Unless you try picking something up, because then you’ll see the layer of smoke that covers everything.

Oh look!  The fire extinguisher, right outside my office door.  Not that it did much good.  :(

Oh look! The fire extinguisher, right outside my office door. Not that it did much good. 😦

My Office.  The door didn't used to have that coloration on it. That is as far as it would open, due to the amount of the debris on the floor.

My Office. The door didn’t used to have that coloration on it. That is as far as it would open, due to the amount of the debris on the floor.

The glass window of my office.  The heat simply shattered the top of it.

The glass window of my office. The heat simply shattered the top of it.

Okay, that should NOT be hanging from the ceiling.  That is my light fixture.

Okay, that should NOT be hanging from the ceiling. That is my light fixture.

The ceiling of my office... things literally melted and metal got twisted in the heat of things, that rolled across my office.

The ceiling of my office… things literally melted and metal got twisted in the heat of things, that rolled across my office.

This is NOT how I left my desk... and just Where did my In-Box go?

This is NOT how I left my desk… and just Where did my In-Box go?

The smoke was being washed out the soffets.  The backdoor has been boarded up.

The smoke was being washed out the soffets. The backdoor has been boarded up.

The heat of it melted the cash register.  :(

The heat of it melted the cash register. 😦

The walls of the kitchen.

The walls of the kitchen.

Look... my hot chocolate mix.  Right where I left it.

Look… my hot chocolate mix. Right where I left it.

Today we spent time going through my office.
Previously, I had only found 3 of the photo frames, that used to sit on my office desk. Bronwyn’s was missing. Today she was found.

There was plenty that we couldn’t salvage…
Cup given to me for Christmas / my FSU tshirt / My favorite grey sweater / the electrical photo album / drawings from the kids / things that made my office ‘mine’…
It was after all – my 2nd home.
Still – 4 simple photos, in 4 simple frames…. that’s a start to rebuilding.

I like it when people want to talk about our restaurant. But not for this reason at all. 😦

This is NOT how we should have made the news. Not at all.

These are just some of the links that are out there on the internet, regarding the fire. I am sure that there are more… but for me, I don’t know what else to do.

The 1st News – WESH 2

Wesh 2 News

Orlando Sentinel

Channel 6

Daily Commerical – Support for Our Employees

BrightHouse 13

WFTV Channel 9

WFTV 9 Video

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