Aug 25, 2016

Thursday...

With enough coffee, I feel as if all things are possible.
Many of them are highly unlikely, but they are possible...

Good morning everyone.  You know the saying: you can't buy happiness, but 
you can buy coffee.  For me right now, that's pretty much the happiness I need.


After being on the road for a few days it will be good to get back home to Sniffer.
He has been and is being well taken care for, but I want to think he misses us a bit. 
I know when Brutus was alive he missed us all the times we were gone, and I
missed him even more.  I miss that Brutus so much that sometimes I just get 
lost in him.  Shadow never really missed us he was always too busy being
 busy.  Shadow was a cutie and such a baby.  My Lil Shadow...


My Brutus and my Shadow.  I miss you a little too much, a little too often,
and a little more everyday.  I wish I could hold you again.  See you.  Touch you.

Yes we're going home.  As Arvid said we still have the whole weekend to do whatever it is 
we want, and trust me when I say there is always something to do in Chicago.


Yes, I know it's only Thursday, but for many the weekend starts today.  I know
for Arvid and I it does.  We've been on the road and now it's time to soon go home and 
celebrate.  The thing about Arvid and I is that we find reasons to celebrate.  It does 
not matter what it is is, we see the good side of things and for that we celebrate.  Life 
is only one and we celebrate it everyday.  Granted some days more than others.

To all a good day.  In a few hours we should be home with Sniffer.
Remember everyone.  It's the little moments that make life big.

Life should not only be lived.  It should be celebrated.
The more you celebrate your life the more there is in life to celebrate...

~Nadiya~

Aug 24, 2016

Indianapolis...

Doing what you love is freedom.  Loving what you do is happiness...

After spending a few days with my mom and dad, I am grateful for every minute I had 
with them.  Today we say goodbye, and now Arvid and I head out to another
 trip. Takes us to Indianapolis.  Indianapolis is the capital and largest city 
of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. It is located
 in the East North Central region of the Midwestern United States.


Believe it or not Arvid and I have 2 properties in Indianapolis, but the reason for 
going there is because of another trade meeting.  No matter where we go, 
Arvid always finds places and people doing trades.  Love it because we 
get to see parts of the United States we otherwise may not have seen.  



Of course it means we may go and take a look at our properties.  Arvid when 
he invests he does not necessarilly see the properties.  He just has a good 
business sense.  Granted not always 100% accurate, but more than 
not he has been doing quite well.  We have. So far so good.



We have the day to explore Indianapolis, enjoy a good dinner andwho knows what else.  
Life is good.  We are loving doing what we do because we have fun and at the 
same time we are "working."  All in all this is what life is all about. When
 you love what you do it not work.  It becomes fun and adventure. 

 That's how we view our life.  It may not always be good times, but it is 
always an adventure waiting to be discovered and conquered.



Happy Thursday all.  Remember to let the beauty 
of what you love be what you do.

If you love what you do, it isn't your job, it is your love affair.
You must learn to enjoy life and have fun doing what you love...

~Nadiya~

Aug 23, 2016

Grateful...

Without new experiences something inside of us sleeps.
One must awaken the sleeper.  A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles...

I am just grateful to be able to spend these last few days with my mom and dad.  I don't
 really care where we are.  As long as we are together my day is always going to be a
 good one.  My mom is one of those women who never complains no matter what life 
throws her way.  She handles everything with a dignity and strength that I can only 
hope to one day master, even a little like her.  When she hurts, she never lets us know. 


If she's sad she rarely lets on.  She is forever the one who encourages us.  Pushes us 
to be better and no matter what she is always positive.  She is the kind of woman 
I hope to one day be like.  If only a little.  When I was a little girl back in
 Guyana and the teacher asked who our role model was, there was never
 any doubt.  Always my mom and dad.  Still is and always will be.


For me just having coffee with her is a pleasure.  Sitting and listening to my dad tell 
stories to Arvid and I is special.  You see when my dad tells his stories, Arivd also 
tells stories from his childhood.  The evenings become a trip down memory 
lane for both of my parents, Arvid and I.  Some of the best times are spent  
 exchanging stories.  Would not change it for anything in the world.


Wish you all a very good day.  Sometimes the simple things in life are the best.
At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.


Good morning everyone.  It is a beautiful day here in the Smoky Mountains.

Acknowledging the good that you already have in
 your life is the foundation for all abundance...

~Nadiya~

Aug 22, 2016

Pigeon Forge....A New Experience

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost,
to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience...

Pigeon Forge, a mountain town and vacation area in eastern Tennessee, is the home
 of Dollywood, entertainer Dolly Parton’s Appalachian-themed park consisting
 of rides, an adjoining water park and a museum of her costumes and
 memorabilia.  The city’s other family-friendly attractions include country 
music revues, magic shows, dinner theaters and outlet malls.


The best-kept secret of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is how awesome 
Dollywood is! Whether you are old or young, into Dolly Parton or not, into roller coasters,
 bluegrass music, history, wildlife preservation, trains, water slides or old timey craftsmanship, 
this park has got something for you. Contrary to popular belief, you DON’T need to 
be a Dolly Parton fanatic in order to have a great time here! But if you have any bit 
of affection for the woman, it is likely to increase ten fold by the time you leave.


For the rest of the day we will be exploring and discovering more about Pigeon Forge.
Always interesting to see new places and to experience new things.  Time to go and do some 
more discovering.  Having a wonderful time with my parents.  Nothing else really matters.

To all a very good day.  Remember never be afraid to try something new, because
 life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back
 to its old dimensions.  Experience is the teacher of all things...

~Nadiya~

Aug 21, 2016

Road Trip...

On the road again goin' places that I've never been
Seein' things that I may never see again

Yes.  I said I never wanted to go anywhere again, but I did say that if it was in 
the USA and for just a few days, well we were game.  And so here we are. 
 On the road again.  Yes, we are all excited to be on the road again.


Sniff will be well cared for by Queta and Ana.  They love him and we just feel 
so happy knowing he is being played with, petted and loved almost all day long.  
You see they come over and stay with him many times per day.


This road trip is extra special because we will be spending it with my parents.
  Arvid is happy to be doing this and I am super excited.  It was Arvid's idea
 after all to invite my mom and dad to join us in this trip.  How can
 you not love this man????  He's a one in a million man.


Pigeon Forge, Tennessee here we come, and I can't wait to get on the road again.

On the road again
Just can't wait to get on the road again
The life I love is making music with my friends...

~Nadiya~

Aug 20, 2016

Weekend...

Happiness is a road trip with a good playlist...

Our weekend is sure looking to be a good one.  In just a few hours we will be seeing 
my parents and having a few days with them.  I love love spending time with my mom 
and day and I am so grateful and happy that Arvid also enjoys it very much.



To know my parents is to love them.  I don't say this just because they are my
 parents, but because it's the way they live their life and the way they have shown 
kindness, compassion, generosity and love to anyone that comes into their lives.

I have been fortunate to have them as my role models in life.  For my parents I 
will do whatever I can, and every opportunity I have to see them I will treasure.  Arvid 
 always makes it possible that these opportunities come along. Many a times
 he plans a "meeting" in North Carolina just so that we can be in the area
 and I can see them.  Arvid shows me what love is in many ways.



Yes, this will be a special weekend.  Many new things to see and do.  Best of all we
 will be seeing and doing them with my mom and dad.  How could it get any better?

To all a very good weekend.  Someone once said:  There are far better 
things ahead than any we leave behind.  I will think positive always.

Weekend is here.  Let's roll baby...

~Nadiya~

Aug 19, 2016

Simple Pleasures...

Life brings simple pleasures to us everyday. 
 It is up to us to make them wonderful memories...

Yesterday was market day.  We get a nice walk  getting there and once there I just go
 a little crazy enjoying all the fresh produce, bakery and more.  It's an absolute 
feast to the eyes and other senses.  Yes, it's another of our favorite outings 
here in the city.  It's the simple things that brings the greatest pleasures.


Playing with Sniffer is always a fun, relaxing part of our day.  Lately he likes chasing
 one of him many strings that before he just ignored.  Go figure.  Of course both
 Arvid and I play with him as much as we can.  When he's not playing he's
of course sleeping.  Last couple of days sniff has been sneezing.  Acting a little
 more quiet than usual.  Hopefully he will not get the flu or the cold.


Our walk yesterday took us to Navy Pier.  More specifically we made the walk just to
get to Ben and Jerry's.  I have always loved their Chunky Monkey ice-cream, and I have
now made it one of Arvid's favorite as well.  Yes, simple things makes one happy.


Wishing you all a very good day.  You know they say that
simple pleasures are life's treasures.  Definitely agree with that.

Already had an early walk and we were caught in heavy rain.  Hopefully
 tonight no rain.  We have a dinner date with friends to a Vietnamese Restaurant.
Looking forward to it since we have never had Vietnamese food.

Happy Friday everyone.  If you live in Chicago.  Stay dry.
Sniffer as you can see is not taking any chances with this wet weather.


The older I get the more I realize that I just need the simple things in life:
A comfy home, good food on the table and to be surrounded by people I love...

~Nadiya~

Aug 18, 2016

All In A Days Work...

Either you love Chicago or you are wrong.  I'd rather be a 
lamppost in Chicago than a millionaire in another city..

Yesterday was laundry day for this week.  As always I look at the schedule posted to see
 how much is planned for this day.  You see all move-ins; move-outs and deliveries use 
the same elevator I have to use.  The service elevator.  Last week I choose a day that
 not much was scheduled.  Unfortunately everyone in the building decided to do
 laundry on that day as well.  Good thing is that I made a few new "friends"


Arvid is into this fish thing so every week I try to make it for him.  He only eats salmon
and I always combine it with shrimp.  So garlic shrimp sauteed with mushrooms and apple
wood salmon with rice and a salad was his.  Of course I had something completely different.


We also had a little shopping outing.  Arvid buys more in Chicago than he does
when we are in Florida.  I don't mind because I get to check out some of my favorite
shops again!! and truth is Arvid always wants to buy me something, but if I don't need
it or like it, then why should I get it.  When I see it I will know. Not before.

Seems like Wednesdays is Sangria day for me.  After a little sprint through Macy's both
 Arvid and I were ready for a little social Wednesday celebration.  Why not?


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

Eventually I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world...

~Nadiya~

Aug 17, 2016

How You Look At Life....

Before Alice got to Wonderland she had to fall.
It's not what you do.  It's how you do it.  It's not what you see. 
 It's how you see it. It's not how your life is.  It's how you live it.

He is not Brutus.  No one ever will nor can be Brutus, but little Sniffer is sure one 
gorgeous little kitty and in his own special way he is stealing our hearts little 
by little.  This look.  Just melts ones heart.  How can you not love him?


He's in his most favorite spot of all. Between Arvid's legs.  Little Sniff does not 
want much.  He just wants t be played with and loved.  That we do all day long.  His little
 face melts my heart and makes me realize that hopefully (maybe) one day I will give come to 
accept that Brutus died and that he will no longer be here.  I miss my Brutus so much.


Everyday Sniff makes us laugh and he sure brightens up our life.  I am still grieving
 for my Brutus, and I ache for Shadow, but with Sniff in our lives I know and I hope one day 
it will be better.  It will never be the same as it was with Brutus, but maybe that is also OK.


One of our outings yesterday took us to the duckies.  Arvid feeds them and I try to 
take as many pictures as possible.  We fed quite a few.  Some were just tiny little babies,
 while others that were just grazing on the grass were huge and all they wanted to do
 was bite us.  As Arvid tried to not get bitten I was busy taking pictures.  Yes, one 
of them almost got me, but it was fun.  They are very aggressive ducks.


A big part of living in the city is that we are able to walk to everything.  There is 
always something happening.  Yesterday was a pretty good day.  Felt and looked like 
summer again.  We are loving it and for now we plan to enjoy it for the remainder
 of the time we have left.  Who knows maybe this year we will come to Chicago and
 experience a winter.  At least that is what we say, but will see how cold it gets.


Wishing you all a very good day.  Enjoy summer for it will soon be over.  Remember, 
don't wait for the perfect moment.  Take the moment and make it perfect.


It's better to look back on life and say, "I can't believe I did that."
than to look back and say, "I wish I did that."...

~Nadiya~

Aug 16, 2016

Summertime In Chicago...

Hair get lighter, skin gets darker, water gets warmer, drinks get colder.
Music get louder, nights get longer.  Life gets better.  Summertime...

Yesterday was one of those days that makes you want to return to sunny Florida. 
 It was windy, drizzles and for a while there our view was just the fog.  Could it be that fall
 is already coming?  With the weather in Chicago one never knows.  Unpredictable.
  One day it can be beautiful and the next well it can be like yesterday.  Temperatures 
were cooler, but once it started to clear up the evening looked better.
It is still summertime here in Chicago.  Hoping for a summer day.


Soccer is back on again, so combined with the Rio games and now soccer you 
guessed it.  Arvid pretty much has his days and nights filled up.  I don't care to see 
everything at the Olympics, a few things yes, but because it's summertime there 
is also none of our regular shows on TV.  I lime to watch a movie, but Arvid not always
 so keen on it.  Good thing we know how to compromise.  Well most of the time.

Sniff loves TV time because he gets to sleep on Arvid's lap.  As soon as Arvid sits
 he jumps right up and just makes himself real comfy and just like that Sniff 
is asleep and so happy. I move too much so he does not sit with me.


The weekend was good.  We went to one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. 
 Yes it has a killer view.  Never have we seen so many boats pass by in the
 span of a few hours.  Not even in Fort Lauderdale.  It was boat after 
boat and they were all packed.  Music and dancing in many. Was just 
the best way enjoy a good meal and to make it a perfect Sunday.


Yesterday we finally skyped with Michelle and our 2 granddaughters.  Had 
not seen them since we left Norway.  Made for the best start of our day.  Can't stop
saying that they are just adorable. Just too cute.  Seeing them made me want to
 be there with them again.  Hold them and kiss them.  I love those little ones.  
Could they be the reason we may one day live in Norway?   Hmmmmmm......


Back to our life here in Chicago. There is always something to do and right now 
Arvid is focused on the walls.  As I mentioned a while back we tried getting someone 
to come and do something with the wallpaper it has, but everyone was booked for 
the summer or their time frames did not match ours.  Now we have to
 do the job ourselves.  More like Arvid does.  Oh boy.

Together with his helper Sniffer, Arvid is now removing wallpaper, removing the 
glue under he wallpaper, sanding, patching, and yes finally painting.  All 
this means is that I have t be on my toes and ready to do all his
 "errands" that go with the job.  Not interesting at all.


Tuesday morning, as always I am awake early but still lay in bed.  The apartment is not
 that big so I don't want to disturb Arvid and Sniffer.   Sniff sleep through the night but 
has a period of an hour 5-6 that he's is awake and makes as much noise as possible.

  I get up give him some foodies, pet him a little and he's back to sleepy land.  Sniff 
lives to sleep in in the mornings.  Just like Arvid.  Almost 8am here in Chicago 
and they were both still in bed.  Hopefully they will both be awake soon.


Good morning everyone.  Today Gabby comes home from Los Angeles.  His sister 
Lilly Vade has missed him so such that she made her mom take a video of her crying 
and send to him.  As Lilly Vade would say, "that's my brother."  No one messes
 with her brothers when she is around..  Lilly Vade is a force all by herself.  


School starts soon for them and she told her mom that she needed a new backpack
 since she is now in a higher grade.  Her mom, my sister Rima said, "but the
 old one is still good so I think you can use it."  Lilly Vade looks at her 
mom and says, "don't I have a say in this matter?"  Kids today. 
You just gotta love them.  To all a very good day.

Life isn't perfect, but it has perfect moments...

~Nadiya~