Sep 18, 2018

I'm Home But ~

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep 
your balance, you must keep moving...

Back in Branson, but now without Sniff it no longer feels
 like home.  Sniff is already settled in, well mostly settled in back 
at home  in Florida.  After all this time he sure got the
 hang of where everything was.  Real fast.


As we drove around, there are a few things here I will
 miss seeing.  Aside from Almost Home and my tenants/friends,
 I will miss a few sights.  These sights became part of my daily
 commute to work for almost two years.  One of my favorites 
is the Branson ferris wheel.  No matter how often I 
passed it, I almost always had to take a picture.


Today Arvid and I pack the truck in preparation for 
our move from Branson to Chicago.  Yes, first stop is Chicago 
where in the next couple of days I will see for the first time
 our apartment.  The one Arvid bought without
 my knowledge.  Should be interesting.

The last time we bought an apartment in Chicago, of course 
we both saw it.  We went a week ahead without Brutus to fix it
 up and make it kitty safe for him.  It would be the last time
 Brutus travelled.  This was in September of 2015.

After the apartment was ready, I then went back home to
 Florida for Brutus.  Was gone only a few days.  When I got back to 
Chicago, Arvid had already put the apartment we just bought up
 for sale, and bought another one.  He claimed the first one did
 not have the right view.  Said "this one is more our style."

Brutus had a few weeks in his new home in Chicago, we then 
went back home to Florida and he died November 5th.


Today is a busy day for us here in Branson.  I am already looking
 forward to going back home to Sniff.  I miss the little dude and
 without him we are not complete.  The house is way too quiet.

As I had my cafe in the morning it did not feel the same.
  Little Sniff was not around to keep me company.  As I left
him yesterday he was fast asleep. I got a text early
this morning.  His new pet sitter was already there.
She goes in twice a day.  Happy for that.


To all a very good day and may you always live in interesting times.
They say life changes, but memories as you know don't.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and 
doing new things, because we're curious and 
curiosity keeps leading us down new paths...

~Nadiya~

Sep 17, 2018

Feeling A Little Sad Today ~

Your emotions make you human. Even the unpleasant
 ones have a purpose. Don't lock them away. If you 
ignore them, they just get louder and angrier...

I am very conflicted right now.  I am happy to be going home.
 But I am home.  I hate leaving Sniff on his own, but we 
will be back soon.  Home is where the 3 of us are.


Sniff has gotten to be a little more familiar with his Florida home.
  He has already rediscovered his favorite spots.  Aside from 
under the bed, where he never used to go before,
 he loves it best on his condo.  From the top he 
sees everything, but mostly he sleeps.


I have had a very relaxing time with Sniff.  We had no 
agenda and we never had to rush from place to place. Peaceful. 
I ate whenever I wanted.  Did not follow a "schedule" for
 anything.  I visited many of the places I so much enjoyed 
and I even revisited our old stomping grounds.  

Downtown Fort Lauderdale sure has gone through some big
 changes, and it's still going through changes.  Will be interesting 
to see.  Everywhere new buildings are popping up.  Never knew 
there was still so much space left to be built on.  Not only in 
the downtown areas, but everywhere in general.


I enjoyed eating out at a few of my favorite places.  
Saw a few movies and did whatever it is I wanted without
 having to rush or feel pressured.  It was good.  Enjoyed the quiet 
times with Sniff.  Mornings were beautiful seeing the sunrise 
while having my cafe.  I thought of Brutus and Shadow a lot.

Now it's time to go home again.  Soon my Branson
days will be a thing of the past.  Like I told Arvid
 this morning, I will be missing some of Branson.
 A piece of my heart will always be in Branson.


As I go home to Branson for the last time, I am also 
sad because I leave Sniff.  For him it is still a "strange" place.  
He sure does not understand what happened to his window
 sills, the birds and his favorite places at home.

  Sniff is already home in Florida where soon Arvid and I will be.  
Here is to good times to come again.  The next few days will 
be very busy ones for us.  Loading a truck.  Closing on the
 sale of our house in Branson, moving to Chicago into our
 new apartment and then heading back to Florida.


As the new week begins I wish everyone happy times.
 Call me crazy, but right now I am sad at the thought
of leaving my Branson home.  Go figure.

The heart is a strange beast and not ruled by logic.
There is no market for your emotions, spo never 
advertise your feelings just display your attitude...

~Nadiya~

Sep 15, 2018

Life Is Good ~

To go out with the setting sun on an
 empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude...

It's hot.  It rains just about everyday, but I still enjoy my walks. 
 Have had a few and realized how much I have missed them.  
But the strangest thing is that when I think of home I still
 think of Branson, I want to go home, but I am home already.  
How strange is that.  Home with Sniff, and soon Arvid
will be here as well.  It will be home again.


At home in Branson for sure our views are quite different.
  All you see is bush really, how can one miss that when one
 has beautiful water views, palm trees and boats to look at?


Here in Fort Lauderdale the skies are blue.  No rain so far.  Not sure
what I will be doing today, but for sure I know something
exciting is in the forecast.  To all a good day.


As of right now Hurricane Florence has not caused any
 disturbance to my parents in North Carolina.  Some have not
 been so fortunate as them.  I'm grateful that they are safe.
Also sending positive vibes to everyone in it's path.

Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more,
 and don't get so worked up about things...

~Nadiya~

Sep 14, 2018

Friday ~

Courage is grace under pressure.  Be kind, 
be thoughtful, be genuine, but most of all be thankful...

Every morning as I wake up I check messenger.  Living in
  Branson my parents and 2 of my sisters are an hour ahead of us.  
There always send good morning wishes and we fool around
 a bit before each of us "takes off" to do what we have to do.


Rima lives in a completely different time zone so she sees
 the messages long after we have been chatting for a while.
 Then there is Norway.  Norway is now seven hours ahead
of us in Branson and six when we are in Florida.

Imagine my surprise when I checked messenger this morning
 and the first and only message was from Michelle.  My step
 daughter and mother of our two adorable grand daughters.
  The message was brief, but it warmed my heart.

She wanted to know if I was in any danger from Florence, as
 in Hurricane Florence I'm still feeling good and smiling thinking 
of her.  I love her, and right now I am feeling loved as well.


Hurricane Florence is making big news around the world.
Norway is keeping an eye on it, but what matters the most is
the text I received this morning from that special girl named
Michelle.  She cares enough and that has made me happy.
The best start of my otherwise gloomy day.  Yes, it's dark
and has been raining everyday here in Fort Lauderdale.

Sniff and I are doing good.  We are not in the path of Hurricane Florence.
For all of those who are just know everyone is praying for you to
be safe.  Today I go again to the movies.  I really missed going
to movies while in Branson.In the almost 2 years we have
 been there we went once.  Never had the time.


Wishing everyone a great start of the weekend.
Just remember, to say a little prayer for those less fortunate
 than us.  As you may know, the things we take
 for granted, someone else is praying for.

  Hurricanes are like women.  When they come they are wet
 and wild,  but when they leave they take your house and car...

~Nadiya~

Sep 13, 2018

Thursday ~

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. 
Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. 
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like...

Getting Sniff adjusted is taking some time.  He is
 terrified of all sounds and spends most of his time under
 the bed.  I really don't like it, but it is what it is.  


"Lucky" us.  This week the building is testing the fire system,
 and of course the fire alarm and all kinds of announcements are 
being made.  Extremely loud.  Have not seen much of Sniff. 
 He does reappear at nights and spends a little time 
with me while I read or watch TV.


For Sniff everything is new.  He is still looking for his
 favorite spots.  For the birds and trees.  Now he sees
 the boats, and the water.  At times it catches his
 interest, but most times he just ignores it.

As for me I am enjoying the water view, the palm trees,
 and the beautiful scenery that is the Sunshine State, but I can't help 
thinking of Branson as home as yet.  How strange is that.  I miss 
home, but home is here.  Where Sniff is.  I know once the 3 
of us are back together it will feel more like home again.

To all a good day.  There is a lot of promise 
in the day and I plan to make the most of it.

Every day is a new day, and you'll never be able 
to find happiness if you don't move on.  Live news teaches 
you some incredibly strong lessons: that every day is a
 new day, and it's never too late to fix something...

~Nadiya~

Sep 11, 2018

Remembering ~

Time is passing.  Yet, for the United States, there 
will be no forgetting September 11th.  We will remember every
 rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family
 that lives in grief.  We will remember the fire and ash, 
the last phone calls, the funeral of the children...

This year marks the seventeenth anniversary of the 
September 11th attacks, a day that will forever 
remain in our thoughts and hearts. 

A long time ago I lived in NYC.  This was my view from 
our apartment.  Back then the Twin Towers were still standing.


Never forget.  A time to remember those who died, 
those who served, and those who carry on.
  
It was the worst day Americans have seen, yet 
at the same time it brought out the best in all of us.

~Nadiya~

Sep 10, 2018

A New Week Begins ~

Let this Monday be kind to you, be happy with what you 
have and accept the things which you cannot change...

Sniff and I have been awake for a few hours already. 
 Sniff is getting a little better in his new surroundings, but even
 so he still stays under the bed quite a lot.  His most favorite 
spot when not under the bed is his condo. He loves to sit and 
look out, but mostly he enjoys sleeping in it.  He must feel 
secure there.  After all, he was the last to use it.


Sniff has this "surprised" look on his face.  It appears he is 
always spooked.  We miss Arvid, and we miss home.  

Sniff is still not eating like he normally would, and not using 
the litter pan on a regular basis.  I'm sure it will get better everyday.
  I hope that by the time I have to go back to Branson 
Sniff is more secure and better adjusted.

Aside from unpacking the many boxes that we brought 
back from Branson, I have also been able to do a few of the things 
I really enjoy.  Visit a few people, go to the beach, enjoy 
a few meals at my favorite places, and some more. 

 In the last two years Fort Lauderdale has changed quite a bit.
  There is construction going on everywhere.  Today I meet a friend
 downtown.  Looking forward to checking out the area because
 I also know it is going through quite a huge transformation.

Good morning everyone.  

Life offers you so many doors, it is up to 
you which to open and which one to close...
  • ~Nadiya~

Sep 9, 2018

Sunday Blues...

Occasionally, you have to make
 adjustments and try different things.  I think 
I'm constantly in a state of adjustment...

Sniff and I are having a difficult time at "home"  
Sniff is not yet comfortable with his surroundings.  He keeps 
hiding under the bed just about all the time.  He did not eat for 
2 days and he did not use the litter pan for over 36 hours.  

I had to force food into him and water with a syringe. 
 Did not like that at all.  Not him.  Not I. I miss home, and
 I know Sniff does as well.  For some reason, I can't seem to 
"feel at home" here.  I guess I am a little stressed about Sniff.
  I don't like it when he does not eat nor do his usual 
stuff.  I know it's a big change for him.

Yesterday when my nephew and his girlfriend visited us, 
Sniff who is usually super friendly did not come around 
much.  He just sat in his condo and looked at them from far.
 Eventually he did come around a bit, but everyone who
 knows him, knows that Sniff is a people "person"


I have to say I miss home, but on the other hand I am home.
 It's taking me some getting used to again, but Sniff is here so this
 is now our home.  All we need is Arvid to complete us.  Soon
 all 3 of us will be together.  Then I'm sure it will be better.


Happiness comes from... some curious adjustment to life...
~Nadiya~

Sep 7, 2018

We Made It ~

Sometimes our lives have to be completely shaken up, changed, 
and rearranged to relocate us to the place we are meant to be...

Hello all.  Sniff and I made it safe and 
sound back to Fort Lauderdale, home. 



All things considered, Sniff did pretty OK in the plane. 
 He did howl a few times, but mostly he was quiet. 
 Clearing security with him was also pretty easy we 
went into a room, and there Sniff was allowed to
 come out of his carrier while t was X-rayed.  

The worst part was when we left home in Branson,
 and in the car to the airport. Sniff made some loud strange 
sounds.  Just happy this “ordeal” is over for both of us.

He has been a very busy boy.  Not much sleep for either one of us, 
but on the other hand he is discovering all his favorite spots all over again.


Can't wait to see how the day goes by.  Sniff is already
 starting to wear himself out.  After all, he has been busy from
 the moment we arrived.  A Little strange in the start, but
 that's only to be expected.  Now it seems he has 
a hang of his "new" place.  Happy about that.

A busy day awaits us here.  Lots to do, so time
 to get busy.  Time to get Sniff acquainted 
with his new surroundings all over again.



One of the hardest things that has ever been 
required of us was the day that we had to let go as
the angels carried you up to heaven.

Every moment that changes your life changes
 who you are.  Sometimes what you're looking for
 comes when you're not looking at all...

~Nadiya~

Sep 6, 2018

Florida Bound ~ Sept 6th

The biggest adventure you can ever 
take is to live the life of your dreams..

A new adventure begins for Sniff.  Life in the Sunshine State.


Today Sniff and I go back to Florida.  Without Arvid.  
I am taking Sniff to his "new home.  Travelling with Sniff is not
 easy.  At least the initial part of the getting ready.  Sniff HATES 
the carrier.  He just gets totally traumatized when he sees it.

Not sure what happened when he was a baby, but Arvid 
and I have a few theories.  None are good, so we rather 
not go there.  Brutus was easier, on the other hand Brutus was a 
traveller as my mom likes to say.  Sniff will also get there,
 at least 2 times every year he will be travelling.

I don't look forward to doing this trip alone, but when Sniff
 came to Branson we also did it alone.  Arvid waited and had it
 all ready for him.  Same with Florida Arvid has already set up Sniff's 
"room"  I am actually looking forward to seeing if he remembers where

 everything is.  For sure I know he will love sitting on the top of his
 condo and checking things out.  Tonight will be interesting.  
Looking forward to see what the rest of the day holds, and hoping that
 the flight with Sniff is a smooth one and that Sniff is not too stressed.

A "new" beginning is here again for the 3 of us. As we know, 
every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.



But there's a beginning in an end, you know? It's true 
that you can't reclaim what you had, but you
 can lock it up behind you. Start fresh...

~Nadiya~