Aug 15, 2018

Wednesday .. Halfway There ~

Too much time on my hands. It’s ticking away with
 my sanity.  I’ve got too much time on my hands it’s hard to
 believe such a calamity.  I’ve got too much time on my hands, 
and it’s ticking away, ticking away from me....

Believe it or not I have spent way too many hours this week 
watching shark movies.  And this is during the day.  What has 
happened to me?   I'm not sure how many more shark
movies I can handle, but for now pretty entertaining.

Yesterday I was at Almost Home.  Short visit but very nice.
  The day before I met Bailey, on of my previous tenants' kitty cat.
  Bailey is very tiny, but boy is he energetic.  I took him
 a few toys and he never stopped running, rolling 
and jumping.  Already I love Bailey.

Today  Bonnie and I go out for lunch.  Who knows maybe 
an adult drink or two is in the picture.  You never know.

The last few days we have had quite a lot of rain.  
Sniff is happy because we’re home, but he still thinks we 
will be leaving.  Anytime Arvid goes out Sniff just 
waits by the door.  He has been really jumpy.

The birds keep him entertained and now so do the 2 little turtles 
we have.  I feed them lettuce and bread and they gobble
 it right up.  Running out of things to do here.

 Now that we do not have the hotel I feel the need/desire to go
 back to Florida.  Strange, but I still don’t think of it as home right
 now.  But I am ready to go.  Here in Branson I am already restless.

On Sunday Arvid and I went to what's known as The birthplace of
Route 66 Festival in Springfield.  It's a car and motorcycle show.  Pretty
interesting with lots and lots of cars, and lots of memorabilia of Route 66.

As the new day begins Sniff and I are keeping each other company.
We love our mornings.  Very peaceful and very quiet.  In the mornings
 as I sit with Sniff I sometimes let my thoughts go elsewhere.  It
 always leads me to Brutus.  I really miss him.  The pain is not as
 agonizing, but boy I miss my Brutus.  I love our Sniff Sniff.
We have a good life.  We have what we need and for that I
am always grateful, but I miss my Brutus.  Now I have so
 many hours to think.  Not so sure this is always good.

Physically I am here.  Mentally I am far, far away.
Some days, she has no idea how she'll do it.
But every single day, it still gets done...


Aug 13, 2018

Some Of My Favorite Quotes...

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing
 is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle...

I love to use quotes when writing my blog and 
in the process of doing 
just that I have come across so many.  Today I decided to just share some of my favorites....there are way too many so had to make the list short.  Hope you enjoy.

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did, but people
    will never forget how you made them feel...

Make somebody happy today, and mind your own business...


I don't pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you 
what it is for me; love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to
 be with them more than any other person, love is trusting them enough to tell 
them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of, 
love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, but still getting weak knees 
when they walk into a room and smile at you.... my special quote for Arvid...

You have enemies? Good. That means 
you've stood up for something, sometime in your life...

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. 
Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is
 self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure-footedness
 that comes with having proved 
you can meet life....

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy...

There are two things a person should never be angry at, 
what they can help, and what they cannot..

My mom is a never-ending song in my heart
Of comfort, happiness, and being. 
I may sometimes forget the words
But I always remember the tune...

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it...A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty ...(daddy this is for you)

When we are grateful for the good we already have, we attract more good into our life. On the other hand, when we are ungrateful, we tend to shut ourselves off from the good we might otherwise experience...
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own...
The future depends on what we do in the present...
Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from what you can do...
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all...

These are some of my many more, 
but for now this will do..

As the new week begins, there is a lot going on right now.  No time to get bored.  Thankful for that.  This afternoon meeting up with one of my tenants, used to be tenants.  He's super excited because he just got 2 kitties.  In my car there is already a bag packed with goodies for his fur babies.  Can't wait.  For now good morning everyone.  Let's get this day started.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, 
but I think I have ended up where I needed to be...


Aug 12, 2018

Sunday Vibes ~

Doing something positive will help turn your mood around. 
When you smile, your body relaxes. When you experience human
 touch and interaction, it eases tension in your body...

Since coming from Norway I thought it would be slow days
 for us.  Truth is we have been pretty busy so I have not
 had time to dwell too much on not being at Almost Home.  
When I think of everyone I then miss it very much. 

 Arvid and have been enjoying a lot of leisure time together.
  Long lunches, after hours, and drives around town checking out 
places we have not had time to visit before.

Also we are gearing up for yet another move.  Yes, before the 
winter gets here we will be heading back to Florida.  Since 
I do not have much to do I Branson anymore I welcome 
the move.  Something to keep me busy.

Little does Sniff know what is in store for him.  Though he 
was born i Florida, his home has been Branson and a few months 
we had in Chicago.  In Florida he will not be able to see the birds, 
squirrels, the falling leaves, and and all the things one has 
in a yard.  Definitely he will be missing all of that.

Back in Florida he will see boats, the water from the top 
of his condo, and he will hear the doggies and occasionally catch 
a glimpse of one.  For Sniff it will be a new adventure to discover
 his Florida home all over again.  For the few months he was there, 
he would smell Brutus and Shadow.  I wish I could smell them.

When the day comes I do not look forward to the plane trip with Sniff.
So far he as been a good traveller, just like Brutus.  Even so I don't
 like it.  Clearing security, Sniff is not as calm as Brutus was.
  He has to be taken out of his carrier.  He puts up a huge fight.

Sunday again.  Quiet day so far.  Soccer has begun.  Needless to say 
Arvid is a happy man.  Right now Liverpool is playing.  Happy indeed.

To all a good day and may you always live in interesting times.

It's a good idea always to do something relaxing prior
 to making an important decision in your life...


Aug 10, 2018

Friday ~ Start Of Happy Hour

It's beginning to look a lot like cocktails.
Every hour is Happy Hour when you are with good friends...

It's that time of the week again.  Happy hour here we come.
Actually right now everyday is Happy Hour day for us.  If we 
wanted to make it so, but for now we are being "good"

Now that we are semi-retired, I guess I will 
have to cultivate a few other habits.
Arvid as everyone knows is ALWAYS busy.  He knows 
how to find things to do.  I have to give him that.  Always busy. 
 Doing what?  I sometimes don't know, and I don't always 
want to know.  Makes for good and harmonious times.

The days are flowing by smoothly.  We are doing good.  I talk to
 a few tenants at Almost Home and Branson being such a small place
 we have been running into them quite often at the famous Walmart.

  Yes, here in Branson everything is centered around Walmart.
  I think I will actually miss it.  Back in Fort Lauderdale I did not go 
much to Walmart.  The times we went it was a special treat.

To all a very good weekend ahead. 
 Seriously, why limit Happy to an hour?

The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda...


Aug 8, 2018

Relaxing Days Ahead ~

There comes a time when the world gets quiet, and the only 
thing left is your own heart.  So you'd better learn the sound of it.

  Otherwise you will never understand what it is saying...

As Maya Angelou said, "Each person deserves a day in 
which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  
Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares
 which will not withdraw from us."

Arvid and I are taking it easy.  As much as we can. 
 So far it feels good to be home with Sniff and not have

much to "worry" about.  I keep
telling myself this, 
otherwise I am not exactly sure what I will do.  

Sniff still does not understand why we are home with 
him all the time.  Sure he likes it, but it has hampered his 
style a bit.  He does not get as much sleep during the day
 because he follows us around most of the time.

Life is good.  Have to get use again to being at home.
Not the worst thing to do..but who knows?  Already planning 
a new venture.  Just have to see where it takes us.

 A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step...


Aug 6, 2018

And So Begins Another Week ~

I keep myself busy.  Time goes faster that way...

Now that we don't have tyo go to "work" Arvid is doing a few 
chores at home.  Today we start with the grass.  We do have a 
sprinkler system, but we never thought of turning them on.  

We never even went much on the outside.  We are after all 
"city people" as Arvid says.  He's not liking the outdoor work.

I am definitely NOT an outdoor kind of girl either.  Everytime 
I step out onto the grass something bites me.  Not sure 
what, but right now I have several bites on my arm.  
Arvid has not had a single bite.  Wonder why.

Sniff gets a kick watching Arvid work, but everytime the 
water comes his way Sniff takes off. Even though Arvid does not 
like doing these chores, he does it with zest and always with a smile.  
Of course there are a few "choice words" in Norwegian in between.

Arvid and I are constantly asking each other, "so what shall
 we do today?" The days are already looking very long.  It's way
too hot to be outdoors, so now the question is how do we fill our days?

 He's always busy no matter what.  Me on the other hand...well
 Almost Home was what kept me going.  Now to find another
 something to fill my days, my thoughts, and my time.

A new week begins.  We do have quite a few things to do and
so many plans to make.  So yes, it's going to be a good one.
Wishing you all the same.  Happy Monday everyone.

I've discovered that sitting still leaves little
 spaces for grief to get in, soo I stay busy...


Aug 5, 2018

Sunday At Home ~

So much of our happiness depends on 
how we choose to look at the world...

Quiet Sunday at home so far.  Love it.  Weather is great,
and having a few things to keep us busy is even better.  

Last week was very strange not going to Almost Home.  Well
I actually did go to meet with tenants, but it was not the same.  We 
had many things to do and to catch up with so we stayed busy.

10 days now since we left Norway.  I miss the 2 little girls.
We had a great time with them this summer together with everyone 
else.  Aleah our eldest granddaughter somehow knew I could
 not speak the language and she was good and kind enough to 
speak to me a few of the English words she knew.  Best was
 when I said something to her and also to Vanessa in English 
they repeated it.  I loved it and I miss them very much.

My favorite was when I said to her, "I love you more."
She repeated it to me.  I miss hearing those words.

Today we go out to dinner with Tiffany and the gang, this time 
their treat.  Both Arvid and I are looking forward to it very much. 
 We always have a good time with them.Today we go to a steakhouse.  
The best part is the company, and of course good food.

Happy Sunday everyone.  Will be "learning" all over again what
 it feels like to be semi-retired.  Not sure how long I can handle it.

I'm not semi-retired.  I'm just taking it easy...


Aug 3, 2018

Life Goes On ~

If you always make the right decision, the safe decision, the
 one most people make, you will be the same as everyone else...

It's been a very emotional week so far for me.  Not having to 
go to Almost Home everyday feels very strange.  My days begin 
very early and seem to stretch on, fortunately this week has
 been a little busy with many things to do and take care since
 coming back from Norway.  For that I am grateful.

I have also been going to Almost Home a little everyday to 
meet with a tenants I want to tell the news to personally.  
It has not been easy.  Miss Burton almost had me in tears.  When 
she opened the door for me the first thing she said was, 
I'm really going to miss you so very much."

Even though I have heard the same from all the tenants I have 
spoken to, I know they will all be fine.  They all like Tiffany and Chris, 
but Miss Burton is different.  Her room is right next to my office.  
Correction, what used to be my office at Almost Home.

I took her mail to her (did that for many as well), I saved a
 few things she liked and bought her things she liked.  I also
 buy Bridgette, her kitty food every month.  Though I will still 
continue to do so, I felt very sad when I left her room.

Today I go there again to meet with a few I was not 
able to see.  I am also taking Bonnie out to lunch 
and Margaritas.  I also have a soft spot for her.  

When I started at Almost Home, everyone wanted me to 
"kick" Bonnie out, but I didn't.  She is outspoken, brazen and
 very funny.  Wicked sense of humor.  Kinda reminds me of me.  
Afraid of nothing and no-one, well maybe a little worried 
when I occasionally called her into the office for a "chat"

Tomorrow Arvid and I are going out with another set
 of tenants for lunch.  It feels strange to go to Almost Home
 and not have keys to the office, not sit on my chair
 behind the counter.  It feels strange.

It has been a pretty emotional week so far.  One of my tenants
 told me that he was leaving.  Said there was no way he would stay
 if we were not there, after lots of talking I believe I have
 convinced him that Almost Home is his best option.

Change is difficult.  For my tenants and for me, but like 
everything else life goes on.  We all move on.  For some it is more
 difficult, but at the end of the day it is what has to be done. 
 It's life and the choice is to just keep going.

The worst battle you will ever fight is between 
what you feel and what you know...


Aug 1, 2018

Almost Home Lodge ~

Your life does not get better by chance.  It gets better by change.
Kindness is doing ordinary things with extraordinary love...

To everyone at Almost Home.  Thank you for the memories.
Thank you for opening my eyes to experiences beyond my
 imagination and for opening your hearts and home to us.

 Thank you for being my amazing tenants, but most
of all thank you for becoming family to me.

The last year and a  half has been a privilege and an honor 
to have been a part of your lives and to have gotten to
 know each of you.  For that I will forever be grateful.

Arvid and I decided to become hotel owners and move to 
Branson, Missouri.  At the time our knowledge of how to run a 
hotel was ZERO.  We made this move mainly because Brutus our 
kitty died, and I was not able to cope with the sadness and all 
the memories.  We both needed something that would occupy
 our time and our minds 100%   Little did we know.

We also thought that it was a good move financially.  
Come to Branson.  Run a couple of hotels.  Make money and
 leave.  Well not everything turned out to be exactly
 like that.  Yes, financially it was good for us.

But something happened in between all of this. Something
I did not expect.  Something I did not count on.  Something
 beautiful.  Almost Home is mine.  Rather was mine. I ran 
it from day one and I made it one big family.  Yes, I did.
I became very attached to everyone at Almost Home.

My "tenants" became more than that.  They became
 family.  I am the type of person who loves people.  I will 
talk to anyone and everyone.  From day one at Almost Home 
I chatted up the tenants.  Some opened up fairly soon.  Others 
took a bit longer, but eventually it happened.  A bond was 
established.  They became my family here in Branson.

From December 1st 2016 to December of 2017 I ran Almost Home
 by myself.  Arvid was running the other hotel we owned.  We were
 both busy, exhausted and bone tired by the end of the day. 

 On the other hand, it was wonderful to "go to work" everyday.
  To see everyone.  To talk to everyone.  Almost Home
 became my salvation.  It became my everyday purpose,  
and I loved every single moment.  It was family.

I took an interest in everyone's life and tried to best 
do what I thought was right for everyone.  I became "involved"
  Everyone says that when you run a business you must
 NOT get involved personally.  Well I am not everyone,
and I did get involved personally.  No regrets there. 

I would do it all over again.  I thought that I was the one
 doing something good and kind for everyone.  Little did I 
realize that it was my tenants who were changing my life.

Not to brag, but Arvid and I had a very different lifestyle 
before coming to Branson.  Compared to Branson our lifestyle 
would be considered "glamorous"  Did I miss it?  

After getting involved with Almost Home, I did not miss
 it for one second.  The few times we did go back to Florida for a 
visit I wanted to come back home.  Yes, home for me was Branson. 

My tenants who did not have much material wise had so 
much more.  They had compassion, kindness, generosity 
humility, and a heart so big that it was impossible
to not get caught up in this "new" life.  

I looked forward to each and everyday to go to Almost Home.  
I woke up in the mornings with a smile and a purpose.

I looked forward to talking to the tenants.  To taking the mail to 
them, making sure everything was running well and that 
everyone was happy.  If they were happy I was happy.

From December of 2016 to July of 2018 Almost Home 
was mine.  Today it now belongs to Tiffany and Chris. Both
Arvid  and I are happy with the decision we made. 

 For me it was not an easy decision, but because it is Tiffany
 and Chris that decision became much easier.  You see I love 
Almost Home.  I would never have sold to just anyone. 

 Offers to buy the hotel we have had many, but I did not 
want someone to just buy it and not have a clue as to what
it involves.  Especially if they were going to be absentee owners.
  I wanted someone who would be like me and put their
hearts and soul into it, and one thing was clear, they always
 had to make sure the tenants were happy. 

Arvid and I built up a reputation at AH, making it THE place
everyone wants to be.  I made Tiffany and Chris promise to never
 forget that.  We do not rent to just anyone.  We at AH have
 always been selective and it has to remain that way.

We saw first hand what happens when someone buys a place and
is never there. It is not going to happen to Almost Home.
I worked too hard to get it to where it is today to
just "give it up" to just about anyone.

Almost Home is the best long term stay in Branson.  It didn't
 just get there we worked to make it so.  I gave it my all
 100% and more.  I know Chris and Tiffany will be
 doing the same.  I have their word that they will take
 care of it and of the tenants the way we did. 

As we give over ownership of Almost Home to Tiffany 
and Chris, I am very sad.  We have many personal reasons 
why we are doing this and also both Arvid and I like
 to try new things. This is a chapter in my life I will
 always remember with fond memories.

 I NEVER expected this to be so difficult.  We have
run many businesses and when the time was right we left,
but this one is difficult.  Almost Home was not just
 a business.  I gave my heart and soul to it.

No matter where I go in life, this will forever be one of 
the best chapters.  It was not easy, but on the other hand what
 is.  I have made friends that I will find difficult to say goodbye
to. A piece of my heart will forever be in Branson.

To all at Almost Home, you have my phone number.  
We are connected via FBook and messenger.  Know that
 if ever you need to talk to me I will always be available.  
It is because of all of you that today I am a better person.  

You all have taught me some of the greatest lessons in life.  
You have shown me that there is so much more to life.  You
 have shown me how people can be so happy with so little.  

You have always been kind and you all loved me.  Just know 
that I love you all as well, and no matter where life takes 
me you will always have a special place in my heart.
  My life today is better because of all of you.

To some of my most memorable "tenants" aka friends:

Shaun and Laura.  I loved our little chats whenever I got the mail.  
I hope Tinker is doing great and know that you both are just great
 people.  Laura, thank you for all the goodies you gave me throughout
 the time I was there.  Your baking and cooking always made
 the office smell wonderful.  I wish you both the best always.

Miss Wynette.  You're now in Colorado, but thank you for 
entertaining me everyday with your crazy, wacky stories.
  I loved them all and I love you and miss you.  Can't wait to
 hear who you will be suing next.  Just glad it was not us :)

Miss Burton:   I have a soft spot for you.  Maybe because of 
the way I see you and Bridgette.  The only kitty I know that gets strolled. 
 It breaks my heart to leave you, but I know you will be in good hands 
with Tiffany and Chris.  Bridgette will continue getting a little package
 every month with her Fancy Feast.  You know I love Bridgette as well.

Brittany:  Just be good and stay out of trouble.  You are a good girl.

Andrea:  Though you no longer live at Almost Home, 
both Arvid and I have gotten to know you very well.  You have a 
kind heart.  We will continue to see you on our Sunday outings.

Ricky:  I usually saw you just once a month when you'd come in to pay.
Thank you for being such a good tenant and for being part of our family.

Joe and Cindy:  It was not love at first sight, but I'm glad to say that our
 relationship is a  good one today. I wish you both and Jethro all the best.  

Jack:  Not the easiest of people, but I love you.  You made 
me laugh with all your craziness.  Our very own Jackson Cash 
(Johnny Cash) at Almost Home.  And a darn good one. Please go
 easy on Tiffany and Chris.  Wishing you success always.

Ben and Jamie:  Never had an issue with either of you.  Ben 
when you first called me asking to move into Almost Home I 
was having dinner with Arvid, but I left the restaurant 
and came right over to meet you.  Never regretted it.

Ms. Faye.  When I took over I did not see you for months.  
Your payment was automatic and still is, but then we met and 
that was that.  I love when you would call me on the phone and 
say "honey can you bring me a roll of quarters?" Cracker 
Barrel has a gem in you and I know you let them know it.

Micheal W.  I remember the day you called from St. Louis saying
 you wanted to stay only at Almost Home.  I told you that I do not
 rent to anyone over the phone, but as we talked there was something 
about you that told me, "he is a good one."  I was not wrong.

Elisabeth, Phil and Jessie:  In the time I’ve been at
Almost Home you and Phil became good friends. I have
 seen you go through many a difficult times, yet you
 managed to pull yourself back together.

  I was there with you a the hospital with Phil.
Sadly he didn't make it, he died.  I saw you go through grief
and because I have been through the same I understood your pain.
  I just want you to know that I am grateful for your friendship.
 I love your Jessie and I hope to visit with him and you.
Please know that I only wish you the best in life.

Ken:  you have always been an exemplary tenant.
 Super happy for you in your new venture.

Mary and Jack:  Mary I will definitely miss you.
  I know you will be OK, but still.  Mary you are sometimes
 way too kind and because of that you get taken advantage
of at times.  I will always think of you.  I know you
love hot dogs and Jack likes chocolates.  Pineapple
 and jello.  Some of your favorite things.

Ron:  Ron the day you and Randy came to Almost Home
 was a Saturday. It was not yet 10am. I was at the outlets when
 Tony called to say someone was looking for a room.

 One of the best decisions I made was to drop the shoes
I was about to buy and go straight to the hotel.  You
 sure have made me laugh a lot.Hope that no one
 hacks into your accounts anytime soon :)

Leslie, Chaz & Angel:  Always prompt on their payments.
Leslie was always quiet, but there was/is something
 about her one can't help but liking.  Together she
 Chaz and Angel were a pleasure to have.

Angel was the youngest tenant at AH.  Just 4 years old.
  She loved coming to the office in search of goodies
 I had for her. She will always hold a special
place in my heart.  My little Angel.

Dennis:  you came all the way from Florida.
I remember you calling me a week before coming to Branson
asking me to make sure we had a room for you.  At the
time we didn’t, but as you got closer to Branson a
 room became available.  Arvid and I are very
happy to have you as part of our AH family.

Lane:  You’re no longer with us.  Unfortunately,
 I’m not sure where you are.  You always told me that
 “I was the best thing to have happened to AH.” You came
 down every am for coffee.  When you stopped coming
I started taking it to you.  I hope you are OK.
Thank you Lane for all your kindness.

Ramona:  I got to know you much better just before
 you left us.  Hard working always.

Wayne:  I hope things work out for you and the kids.
Loved our VERY long intense conversations.
Wish things would have worked out better

Brandon:  all I can say is never judge a person before
getting to know them.  One of the nicest persons.
Tattoos and all.  Excellent tenant.

Melvin:  So much to say about Melvin.  Special. Genuine.  Sincere.
One of a kind and one of the funniest and most honest persons
we have met.  Talking to Melvin is an experience all by it self.
 When Melvin talks it’s like storytelling.  He has a
way with words.  I have laughed and laughed.

 Melvin, it wasn’t not easy, but you know we had to do it.
 I hope you know that AH is the place for you.  Melvin Arvid
and I respect you and have grown very fond of you.  I will definitely
 miss you and your unique way of expressing yourself.

I will forever have a smile on my face when I think of your
stories.  So far my favorite is about the rats in St. Louis.
Based on your description they were the size of a big cat.

Jenny:  what can I say about her?  Depending on the day
Jenny either likes you or not, but underneath her “tough”
exterior she’s a good person.  You just have to look deeply.

Sharon:  from day one what stood out was Sharon’s loyalty
to Almost Home. She is just as protective today as she was when
 I first took over.  Sharon is a kind hearted and good person.

Donna:  Donna’s main goal in life is the care of her
 grandson.  Fiercely protective of him.  She was not
 one to come much to the office, but the times she
did we always enjoyed a lengthily conversation.

Brenden:  best known for his catchphrase, “I’m chasing
down some people who owe me money.”  Always late in
 payments, but Always came through. His personality
 made up for much.  Yes. I like him very much
 and have always enjoyed talking to him.

Kevin and Patty:  it took some time but we eventually
understood each other.  They keep to themselves and
 have never been anything but good tenants.

Murphy:  Murphy is now living in Texas, but we formed
 a very good relationship.  He was always worried that I was going
 to catch a cold.  He would ask if I had on thermal clothing.  Yes,
Murphy was special and I’m really happy he decided to make
the move to Texas. Thanks Murphy for always worrying
about me, and no I still have not been in the pool at
Almost Home.  I miss you and wish you the best!

Miss Barbara:  no longer at Almost Home.  She is back
 home in Florida, but for the year she was with me I grew
 very attached to her.  It never bothered me to clean her room,
nor taking care of her kitty.  She loved donuts and I made sure
 she had them all the time.  Yes I know it was not good, but...

Jennifer, Brandon, Liam, Audrey and their doggie Winston:
Thank you all for being a big part of our lives.  Jennifer,
 thank you for initiating dinner nights at Almost Home.
I made it a tradition.  We wish you all the best in Florida.

Robert:  our biker dude at Almost Home, and self proclaimed
 private eye.  Thank you for always keeping an eye on
things on your side of the building.  Thank you for being the
 friend you are to Miss Burton.  I feel better knowing she has
you to count on.  Thank you Robert for everything.  You have
been kind and very generous to always offer us any help
or assistance we need.  Greatly appreciated.

Bonnie:  don’t know where to start.  She a Georgia
red headed peach.  Has a firecracker sense of humor, and like
me always has an answer for everything.  During the last
 year and a half I have found a good friend.  She loves music and she
 thinks Arvid is a “joy”. Arvid thinks you are a cool one and he
 also enjoys your sense of humor and again he says thank you
for the record.  You get him.  I liked you from day one.

Michael and Dee:  when they arrived all everyone said
 was “ the New Yorkers”.  That’s how they are known as
 today.  A very pleasant couple and always interesting to
talk to.  Dee. You need to eat and gain some weight :)

Della and Robert:  one of the most hard working couples
 at Almost Home.  Never one to be idle.  One thing for sure Della
looks tiny and petite, but don’t mess with her she will knock
 you down if she had to.  Always good tenants and a
 wonderful couple.  I will miss you both very much.

Dave and Dianne:  they have set the record of people coming back.
 They have left 4 times and been back 4 times. Three of those
times was just a few days only.  Dave I will always remember
 you by theses words, “it don’t get any better”

Miss Brenda:  no longer at Almost Home, but
you and Doug know that of you ever wish to
 come back you have a place right here.

Craig:  I saw him every 3rd of the month when he came
to pay.  Kept to himself, but opened up to me every 3rd of
 the month.  We had long conversations and I learnt that
 he left his Hollywood lifestyle to come to Branson.
  He still has his Hollywood contacts on speed dial.

Tiffany and Mike:  Tiffany said to me, "I miss your smile."
  She's is one very hard working young woman.  Together
 with Mike they have never given us problems.  Even
through difficult times they have come through.

Nancy:  Hardworking as they come.  Always pays on time.
 Please put your health and yourself before others for a change.

Warren:  Never says much.  Comes in once a month to
 pay and get his mail.  Rides his bicycle to the store
 and keeps to himself.  Warren is a cool dude.

Slowly but surely Warren opened up and we have joked a
 lot since then.  Both Arvid and I like him very much.

Janice Miller:  A "new" comer to Almost Home,
but it was the perfect fit for her and us.

Audrey:  One of our youngest tenants.  After a few
talks she did straighten up.  I like her a lot.

Miss Ada:  Special.  What I remember best is the time she
told me, "honey did you know someone siphoned out gas from
 my car?"  The day after a friend of hers told me, "Miss Ada
always forgets to put gas in her car."  Gotta love her.

Pam and Bozo:  No longer at Almost Home, but Bozo was
 "THE" cat at AH.  He roamed freely all over the place.

John:  Maybe soon to be published and the one
who is in the best shape at AH.  John works
out almost everyday and you can see it.

Jeff:  The first time he came to AH we were full.
He then lived at our other hotel.  Took him several months to
 make it to AH.  He loves it there and we love him.

Melody, Bubba and Buddy:  Melody is kindhearted and will do
 anything to help you.  When she left us I missed seeing her
kitties Buddy and Bubba looking out the window.

Debbie:  For the longest time we hardly spoke.  She
came paid and left.  Then suddenly we became friends.
  She's special.  To the point.  Good luck Debbie.

Chris Leclaire:  Chris is not an AH tenant.  he lived in our
other hotel Arvid ran, but Chris is like a kid.  Chris and Tiffany
say he's Arvid's nephew.  Chris called me almost everyday
 at AH.  More than once.  He has the innocence of a child.

No matter where we go Chris always calls me and updates me
 on what is happening in Branson.  He is very special and one
thing for sure, Chris loves Arvid.  Looks up to him like a father.
  Not many have been able to put up with Chris, Arvid did.

One thing I am sure of, no matter where we go, Chris will always
 be a part of our lives.  He will text me, call me or facetime me.
Chris, Arvid and I very much hope you make it to Wisconsin.

My first year at Almost Home would not have been possible
 without the help of Tony Henderson.  Tony, I want you to know that
 I am forever grateful to you and Khristine for everything.
Without your  guidance I would have sunk.

Benny:  you know I love you.  The only “kid”at the time
at Almost home.  You were everyone’s sweetheart.
Especially the older ladies.  Stay cool.

As we close this chapter of our lives, I want to again say
Thank You! Thank You! to each and everyone of you for making
these last 18 months one of the most unforgettable times of my life.

Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to be grateful.

I am looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.
I am thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have 
stumbled across my strength.  What are you grateful for today?...