Thursday, June 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Domenick!

Today is my husband's 52 birthday (Happy Birthday Bayba), tomorrow mine, my niece Tatiana's is the 27th, my father in-law's July 6 and yesterday was our Kelly's (first employee). So we're getting together for a Birthday BBQ Bash July 5th!

My in-laws flew in yesterday from Jersey to celebrate, which means 3 weeks of fabulous meals, lots of laughs, great stories and late night card games.
Happy Birthday to all June/July Cancer Babies

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

In a land far, far, far, far away

Thinking Bonanno's worldwide! Check out this e-mail I got ...

"I am currently in Iraq and am looking to get a new pair of Bonannos. Do you have an image of what the Zoe look like on? I can't be there to try them on and want to order a pair for when i get home in a few weeks."
Thanks~ Sandra

Where in the World are Your Bonanno's?

Crossing the famed Abbey Road at Abbey Road Studios in St. John's Wood, London, England...
xo, Assunta

Monday, June 22, 2009

Where in the World are Your Bonanno's?

Just yesterday afternoon, Mark and I dropped my daughter off at Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL!


Where in the World are Your Bonanno's?

Hi Vivian!
How are you? I don't know about my Mother and Sister but I haven't been in the shop in awhile. Hope all's well. ...I've attached a few pictures of my friend's cat who was loving to cozy up next to a pair of my sandals. I thought that they were too cute to not forward onto you all over there.


Where in the World are Your Bonanno's?

Hey Vivian,
Love your blog, not to mention your sandals…thought I would share with you a couple of pictures (one somewhat fuzzy) from our very casual wedding last summer. I had ordered a pair with my new monogram but they didn’t arrive in time, so I went into the closet and pulled these out – they were just perfect!
Thanks for making such a fun shoe!
Best, Susan
The Muddy Dog

Being One with Nature ... is for the Birds

When Domenick and I lived in Hawthorne Heights New Jersey, we had a farmhouse on 1.5 acres of wooded land. We had deer passing thru daily and the most beautiful birds of all shapes and colors come to feed. It was amazing.

Five years ago we moved to sunny South Florida (where I grew up) and built a small home on what they call a zero lot line in a gated community surrounded by a golf course and preserves. We still wanted a little privacy so we picked a lot with the preserves backing our back yard.

Aaaah, undisturbed nature at it's best. ... Slap me now!

Since then, I have had 2 black snakes flaunting themselves in a small tree 8 feet from my front door, a possum trapped in my fenced in back yard, green frogs slapped against our glass doors nightly, a baby black snake swimming in our pool, a gator down the street in a pond and while I was trimming our palms a small banded snake hidden among the leaves making it's escape, just inches from my face. You think that would be enough to send us packing ...

just this past Saturday, Domenick and I were lounging poolside when I looked to my right, and freaked out! I jumped out of my chair and yelled for Rippy our Scottish Terrier to get inside ... As we approached to get a closer look, there, in our back yard, on our paver's, close to the pool, (where I stand every day watering my plants), was an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake! It was approx 4 to 5 feet long, very thick and making his way from my neighbors yard thru ours, back into the preserves.

I'm getting too old for this much excitement.

Priced to sell. An adorable little house, w/pool and a preserve in their backyard. It's Nature at it's best.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Saving the Brick and Mortars our Nation is built on

With Mom & Pop shops closing all around us, one of our downtown shop owners, concerned, handed me a 4" x 8" piece of paper with the message below and said he was leaving it on his counter as a friendly reminder to his customers ... It hit home. I found it interesting and wanted to share it with you.

Think about which three independently owned businesses you'd miss most if they were gone. Stop in and say hello. Pick up a little something that will make someone smile. Your dollars are what keeps those businesses around.

If just half the employed US population spent $50.00 each month in independently owned business their purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue, which goes back into the economy.

The number of people it takes to start the trend ... you!

So, I started thinking of my three favs, which I must admit, I find myself too busy to visit on a regular basis ... I'm making a promise to myself today to change that. Even if it's a little something that I purchase each time, I want to send the message that I'd miss them if they were gone.

1) E & J Cigars
6582 S Kanner Hwy Stuart, FL 34997

2) Puppuccino Pet Boutique (My favorite just recently closed her doors and went on-line.)

3) Peggys Natural Foods
5839 SE Federal Hwy Stuart, FL 34997

I'm also going to seek out other independently owned shops that I've noticed along the way, but have never taken the time to check out.