Monday, May 25, 2009



Sunday, May 24, 2009


Close your eyes and think of chocolate and you can almost taste the brown bliss melting in your mouth. But did you know, that apart from being a heavenly delight for the taste buds chocolate is sublime for your skin as well? It's not hard to imagine when after a hard week's work your feet are killing you and they are looking ugly! The solution is at hand. All you have to do is pamper your pretty footsies with a chocolate pedicure and let the red carpet be rolled out for your highness please.
The royal treatment begins with a therapeutic chocolate foot bath where your feet are soaked in warm scented water while you sink back into a soft cozy couch. Tea tree oil is added, so you can smell its refreshing aroma and relax in the knowledge that tea tree oil-one of nature's best anti-septic and anti-infective, is cleansing your feet of all the microscopic creepy-crawlies. Your beautician buffs and clips your nails and shapes them. The very essential and often missed nail cuticle cream is applied and in go your feet into the warm therapeutic bath for the cuticles to soften. This is to allow for the next stage to be worked on: the cuticles being pushed, shaped. This finishes off the classic pedicure routine. More is yet to come in the chocolate fondue pedicure. A chocolate scrub is applied on the feet which is then massaged with soft steady and masterful strokes to remove the dead skin cells. A scrubber is brought on to scrape off the particularly hard spots where you shoes have wreaked havoc on your patient feet. The final flourish is the chocolate mud mask that is applied on your feet and legs. This mask is a superb glow enhancer and ridding the skin of dullness, it adds shine and luster. The pedicure is wrapped up with a massage using a cream containing cocoa butter! Check out nearest salons if they have it on their beauty list.
Unlike before when chocolate used to be berated as junk food, dark chocolate is now considered a health food as it contains powerful antioxidant properties. Cosmetics manufacturers are now jumping onto the bandwagon to cash in on this. Increasingly, they are adding chocolate as an ingredient in their skin care products. Chocolate skin treatments have become the latest craze causing beauty salons to introduce a variety of such treatments. If you are wondering how well these chocolate masks and wraps work, you should know that chocolate considerably softens the skin thanks to the cocoa butter it contains. Secondly, the antioxidant properties in cocoa prevent free radicals from damaging the skin's elastin, collagen and other protein. So that means a goodbye to wrinkles! It's not just the feet or the skin, indulging in a chocolate treatment leaves you toned, glowing and feeling happier. There's no scientific proof for the happiness. Let's assume it's one of those good things that yummy chocolate does to us. Sigh!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Spyke; Victim of Bird Nappers

I forgot to mention running a convenience store never has a dull moment. This story happened it my parking Lot!!!

Tampa Bay's best-known and, possibly, most accomplished bird is missing.
Its owner, Mike Mularz, says someone stole the macaw named Spyke from outside a St. Petersburg auto shop where he works as a mechanic.
He's desperate for her return.
"That's my child,'' he said. "I've never had kids and I've never been married. She's my lifetime companion.''
Mularz, 45, was getting ready to leave work about 6:40 p.m. Monday when he set Spyke on a car parked in front of Dan's Auto Service and went into an adjoining minimart to change clothes. In the four minutes he was inside, Spyke, who can't fly, disappeared.
A bird hunt is on. Mularz is seeking information about a man seen on surveillance tape buying a pack of Marlboro Ultra Lights at the Citgo Quikmart around the time Spyke went missing.
Mularz has distributed fliers with a still shot from the tape, as well as a photo of Spyke, asking anyone with information to call him. Mularz is convinced the man in the photo knows something. As of Wednesday, St. Petersburg police had no suspects.
The thief "thinks he just stole a parrot. He doesn't realize he's stolen a bird known from here to Canada,'' said Tim Frazier, a bird lover helping in the search.
In a place where pirates are king, the 16-year-old blue and gold macaw stands out like royalty. She's a fixture at the annual Gasparilla party and Renaissance Festivals, posing for photos and kissing passersby.
"Spyke has more friends than I do,'' he said.
Those in motorcycle circles call her the "biker bird.'' Poker runs. Biker fests. She shows up at them all, usually perched on the handlebars of Mularz's Harley.
Spyke has full run of Mularz's Largo house and enclosed pool area. Though her wings aren't clipped, she never learned to fly, Mularz said, because she has spent her life in captivity. A bird cage collects dust out back.
They ride his motorcycle almost every day. She loves the breeze in her feathers, he says. In the car, she hangs her head out the window like a dog.
Four years ago, Spyke started writing a column for Born to Ride, a magazine out of Brandon distributed to 25,000 motorcycle fans statewide. Spyke the Riding & Writing Parrot describes Spyke and Mike's adventures. Here's a take from the current issue:
After a few days of beating the streets and working the bird thing, Mike decides to take an evening off and hit the bars in Ybor. … A few of our friends show up and soon I'm popping the tops of many Bud cans.
Her beak comes in handy.
Debbie Galletti, who owns the magazine with her husband, Ron, said Spyke has a strong following. As strange as may it sound, she considers the bird part of the staff.
"The bird has a personality,'' she said. "You can tell when it's not having a good day or if it's happy.''
Mularz figures Spkye must be confused and afraid away from home. They've been almost inseparable since she was 2 weeks out of the egg.
Mularz looked forward to growing old together. Parrots like Spyke can live to be 80. Now he isn't sure.
Spyke is microchipped and has a blue breeder's band on her leg with the initials MD PF507. Mularz has called local veterinarians and pet stores on the chance someone might hear or see something.
Friends remain hopeful.
"She's too famous of a bird not to get found,'' Frazier said.
Times staff writer Dalia Colon and researcher John Martin contributed.

The Good News!!!
Spyke has been returned to Mike, and I can tell you "You will never see a happier Man".
Way to go Mike and Spyke we are happy you have been reunited!!!

Mike and Spyke are together again.
Spyke, a well-known blue and gold macaw, went missing earlier this week from an auto shop in St. Petersburg.
On Thursday, Spyke was back home on her perch.
"I'm very relieved,'' said owner Mike Mularz, a mechanic at Dan's Auto Service.
A strange series of events led to Spyke's return.
Seth York, one of Mularz's customers, works at a nearby Pet Supermarket. On Tuesday, the day after Spyke disappeared, a guy came in and said he needed food for a parrot his friend had found. He left his phone number in case York heard something about a lost bird.
The next day, York, 19, and his mother, Kathy York, saw a report on Bay News 9 about Spyke's snatching. They recognized Spyke as the bird at the auto shop and thought of the man who came in the pet store.
Kathy York called Mularz, who phoned the man, who lives about 2 miles from the shop at 2801 22nd Ave. N.
Within an hour, Spyke was home.
"She came right to me and wanted to give me kisses,'' Mularz said. "She fluffed her feathers like she was really excited.''
Mularz, 45, isn't asking questions. All that matters is his friend is safe.
The parrot is well-known in the community, appearing at motorcycle events, Gasparilla and Renaissance festivals.
Mularz said he plans to split the $1,000 reward he offered among all the people who helped with Spyke's return. Seth York said he didn't need a reward but offered this compromise: "Maybe he can fix my car.''

Almost A Month

OH MY!!! Its been almost a month and I have been putting in 14 to 16 hours a day in the new store. I'm SOOOOOOOOO tired!!!!

Well there is way more to running your own business than I thought. Its a huge difference from working in the corporate world, where there is always someone to tell you what to do.

I like it a lot, but I'm ready to sleep for a week. I will try to remember my camera and gets some pics to share. I'll add it to my list of a million things to do. But I will plug it in somewhere in the middle so hopefully it won't take so long to get back here and post.

I'm off for a little nap, I hope everyone enjoys their holiday weekend, and if your out and about in Saint Petersburg, Fl. Stop by and enjoy my huge selection of hot and cold deli. We even serve chicken gizzards and livers............