Jan 17, 2018

Hello Wednesday ~

Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing...

Today we are suppose to have a cold but sunny day.  Meaning the snow 
should melt and we will finally be able to get out of the house. 
 As of right now that is still not happening.  Still below 
freezing and to top it all off, it has begun to snow again. 
 Lightly, but still not what was expected.

I gave Sniff his sweater this morning.  He was not too happy about that.
The only thing he was interested in was sniffing it.  It belonged to first
 Brutus, and then Shadow.  Guess Sniff was still able to smell them.

The above pictures are from our home front and back.  As of this minute
 all is still white, and the flurries keep coming.  My fingers are crossed that 
today we will be able to get out.  I am completely restless and feel the need to be
 at the work.  Arvid of course more relaxed about the entire set up.

On a totally different note, my niece Danielle was published in Amazon.
  The girl is just unbelievable.  Wicked talent is what she has.

And so begins another snow covered day here in Branson.

Sometimes our life has to be completely shaken up, changed,
 and rearranged to relocate us to the place we're meant to be...


Jan 16, 2018

Another Beautiful Day ~

And since we have no place to go let it snow, let it snow...

Can you tell I am really liking this snowy weather?

No matter how we look at it, it is COLD!

I'm really loving my winter jacket with the furry hoodie. 
Last winter I think I wore it maybe 2 times.  This winter I have already
done so several times.  Yup!  This winter is breaking records here
 in Missouri.  Branson has not experienced these cold
temperatures in years.  Lucky us that's for sure.

Where can you enjoy sunnies skies, warm temperatures, and frosty flurries
 all in one week? Missouri, of course! Ask any Missourian and they 
will tell you how temperamental our weather can be. 

One day it’s tee-shirt-and-shorts weather and the next, we’re bundling 
up in wool coats. So if you’re wondering what winter weather in 
Branson MO is like, I’m afraid you're in for a big surprise.

You can go from the 70's to the 30's  all within hours.  That being said,
by the end of  the week we will be having close to 60F  (16C).  

Amazing if you ask me.  For now I am still enjoying the view
 from my work space at home.  The skies are blue and the
 grounds are covered in white.  Stunning sight.

Good morning everyone.  Stay warm and
 always remember to make your own sunshine.

When it snows, you have two choices:
 shovel or make snow angels...


Jan 15, 2018

It's Another Snowy Day ~

Winter it the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk
 beside the fire, it is the time for home...

The snow continues to fall.  This is the most snow I have seen since living in 
NYC and California.  Yes, California.  Big Bear Mountain in California
 had lots of snow and it was the view we used to have from our
 bedroom. Today my view from my office at home is Sniff
 sound asleep and the snow gently falling. The backyard is 
covered in white.  It's a beautiful sight.

I can't seem to get enough of this snowy weather.  Even Arvid agrees that it's 
not that cold.  That being said it would be OK for the snow to stop now. 
 It affects us being able to go to work and having a business one
 needs to be able to be on the move and to be present. 

 With these conditions it's not possible.  Fortunately we have a 4 wheel drive.
We gave it to our couple at Almost Home since they did not have a car.  
They came to pick Arvid up this morning so he can do his stuff.

The snow keeps coming down.  Sniff sound asleep.  Arvid and I tucked
in for the day.  Tonight the temperatures will be dropping to the teens and 
we will wake up to temperatures of 4F (-16C), now we are talking really cold. 

 To top it all off our heat has been acting up.  It comes on and off. 
 Arvid called the heat company, they said they were busy. 
 Then they said, "but it sounds like that's  normal."  I think 
it's warm, but Arvid says it's not heating good enough.  

Hello winter.  Although I am really liking you and the white blanket you 
are leaving in your path, please go away.  You are not good for business and you
 have created unnecessary work for us and everyone who needs to get around.

Kindness is like snow, it beautifies everything it covers...


Jan 14, 2018

It's Snowing~

A man travels the world over in search of
 what he needs, and returns home to find it...

This was taken by Tiffany from Almost Home Lodge.  Yes,
our hotel looks like a winter wonderland.  Unfortunately, we are 
"stuck" here at home.  No snow tires means we can't get out of the driveway, 
nor can we get up the hills that would take us to the hotel.

The front of our house looks all white and pretty.  I have been 
out for a long time trying to get pictures and build a snowman.
  Arvid of course is tucked indoors watching TV with Sniff.

It is still snowing right now.  Arvid and Sniff are cozied up watching TV. 
 Well Arvid is and Sniff is just snoozing away.  He is so happy to see
 us back home, and we are happy to see him and be together again. 
 Sniff is all over us and I love it.  Missed him so much!

It's just the perfect day to stay in under warm covers and relax.
Happy Sunday to all.  There is no place like home, and we are home.

Home is wherever you leave everything that you love and never question 
that it will be there when you return.  Home is not a place, it's a feeling...


Jan 13, 2018

Beautiful Day Ahead ~

Live for moments you can't put into words...

Waking up to watch the sunrise is always special.  
No matter where we are, always a beautiful sight.

In the last year since we have been gone a lot has happened in our
 stomping grounds.  Every turn you make there is new construction.
  Many are already built and people are already calling it home.  Building
after building popping up all over the Fort Lauderdale area.

These last few days alone we have driven around  and seen more that we
 usually do when we live here.  How strange is that?  Now we are both
looking forward to eating at home soon again.  We have been
"bad" and I have not cooked much during this stay.

Wishing everyone a great day.  This trip has been very emotional for me.
No matter what, some memories can never be replaced.

The only reason people hold on to memories so tight is because memories
 are the only things that don't change when everything else does...


Jan 11, 2018

Beautiful Times ~

Don't let the silly little things steal your happiness...

The best part of my days are the mornings.  No matter where we are,
I love the quietness of mornings.  Back home Sniff would 
have been following me around.  Here in Florida mornings were 
with Brutus and for a few short months it was with Shadow.

There is a quietness in the apartment.  I think this is why it does not feel
 like home right now.  I am missing the pitter patter of tiny paws.  I know once 
Sniff, Arvid and I come back together it will feel like home again. 
 No questions that we both love it, but as long as we still have 
Almost Home, and Sniff is not with us, Branson will be home, 
yes one day I want to come back home to Florida.

Almost Home is my "baby."  It is me they call when something needs 
checking into.  It is me the tenants text and call as well.  Not Arvid. So for
 him all is relaxed.  I on the other hand "jump" every time my phone rings or I 
get a text.  A lot of the times tenants just are texting asking when I am 
coming back other times they of course need something, 
but thankfully Tiffany and Chris are really good.

I cannot shut off the way Arvid does.  Sometimes I wish it were possible, 
but so far no luck.  Lucky him?  Maybe I will learn to let go as time goes by.
Life is good.  We are enjoying ourselves and I look forward to
 calling this home one day again.  For now I'm a visitor at home

There is sunshine in my soul today...


Jan 10, 2018

Wednesday ~

The secret of being happy is accepting where you
 are in life and making the most of everyday...

The best part so far of our visit has been seeing my sister and family on Sunday.
We met them halfway, had a light lunch and spent a few hours just chatting.  
Extremely good time it was.  Even Texie their doggie came for the drive.

Here in Fort Lauderdale we love seeing the palm trees.  No matter
 where you go you are surrounded by them.  Absolutely a beautiful sight.
The last few days have been gloomy and rainy, but still warmer than MO.

It's already Wednesday.  In just a few days we will be back home.
I'm happy and I know Arvid is too, but at the same time he does not 
want to be in the cold, he would rather stay in the warm weather. 
 Oh well it is what it is, and I am counting down the days
 until we get back home.  Little Sniff is waiting for us.

To all a good day.  Let's not forget that life is 
beautiful and there is so much to smile about.

Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing...


Jan 9, 2018

Never Would Have Thought ~

Country roads take me home to the place I belong...

Last night I said to Arvid, “I’m ready to go home now.”  He said, 
but you are home.”  I said, “no I’m not I want to go back home.”  
Then he said, “you know it’s strange because you’re right it does not 
feel like home right now.”  So true. Right now for some strange reason
 this does not feel like home.  And I want to go home.  Arvid wants 
to stay in the warmth, even though he says it does not feel like home

Today's forecast is rain and dark clouds.  Forecast and home in Branson 
is COLD and sunny skies.  Yes, I want to go home.  In the year that we have 
been gone, I LOVE the cold weather and am missing it right now.

On a happier note, my nephew Gabriel has started selling his
 Tie Dye creations online on Eysy .  Please take a moment to like 
his page and to check out his online shop.   Tie Dye Manatee

Here it is! My son's Tie Dye FB page and ETSY shop! 
Would you please take a second to "like" his page?

Each hand made tie dye shirt is created with love and dedication
 from a young but true hippie soul.  Earth grounding is part of the ceremonial
 act of creation. Shirts are 100% cotton, pre-shrunk and of excellent quality. 

Photos taken before first wash - shirts are washed once before 
shipping to ensure colors are true and well blended. 

Orders are made to order and shipped out within 3 days 
of order via USPS.  All orders final.

And that is from the very proud mom
 of Gabby, Rima my sister.

Happy Tuesday to all.  Gabb we believe in you.  Always have always will.

Imagine with all your mind.  Believe with all your heart.
Achieve with all your might.  Don't stress do your best, forget the rest...


Jan 8, 2018

One Of Those Days ~

A photograph can be an instant of life captured
for eternity that will never cease looking back at you...

Yesterday was just one of those days I felt the need to go back in time.  Nothing bad or wrong
 about it as long as I don't "stay" there.  To do so I pulled out old pictures.  And of course 
as I looked at them I was once again transported to another place, another time and 
the memories came back vividly.  Nothing one can do about that.

So I enjoyed them.  I reminisced and some of the memories had me crying. Crying for 
what was and what no longer is.  For people who came into my life and who
 are  now gone.  Again nothing one can do about that.  The above picture 
was in Palm Springs California, one of the most beautiful times
 in my life and one of the saddest at the same time.

I cried for Brutus and all that happened.  I cried for Shadow and
boy how it aches to hear that dryer thumping away right next to me.  I had me
a good cry and after that I felt a little better.  Nothing we can do about
what has happened.  I don't dwell on it, but coming home opened
 up wounds.  I will not lie.  EVERYTHING reminds me of Brutus!

Looking back also I found pictures of me and my sisters when we were so young. When
we had no care in the world and had no clue where our lives would take us.  Looking
 back it is hard to imagine that we would all go through so many rough moments
 and get stronger through all of this.  Life is a lesson like no other.

Sometimes it is good to look back and see how it used to be.  It brings so much
into perspective.  When we were younger all we wanted to do was grow up, leave home
and be independent.  That we have done, but what we never realized was how difficult
it was also going to be.  What we took for granted, is something we have learned now
 as adults.  Life is not easy, but you do the best you can with what you have.

I try to not take much for granted.  You never know what tomorrow holds.
If you love someone let them know it now because tomorrow may be too late.

To all of you, a good day.  Remember to always collect beautiful moments.

Every now and then my heart wanders back in time 
and all those old feelings awaken the memories in my mind..


Jan 7, 2018

Early In The Morning ~

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly 
in dreams than the imagination when awake...

Four thirty in the morning.  I have been awake since two am.
  Why?  I'm not sure, or maybe I am and I just am blocking it out.  
I've been dreaming and I I thought I heard Brutus.

There is no denying that Florida is beautiful, especially our hometown
 of Fort Lauderdale, but I am now ready to go back home to Branson.  
For me that is home right now.  The apartment in Fort Lauderdale is just 
too quiet.  Something is missing, and at home Sniff is waiting for us.  
Yes, I am counting down the days until we go home.

That being said, we are enjoying some of the things we have missed. 
 I have missed some of my tropical fruits.  On Saturday we went to the Swap Shop
 where I stocked up with just about every fruit I was missing.  I Have already had 
coconuts, guavas, mangoes, papayas and so much more.  That makes me happy.

Seeing all the palm trees is a beautiful sight, and yes I have missed them, 
but when I am in Branson I hardly ever think about it.  The difference
 between Branson and Fort Lauderdale is like night and day.

I did not think that coming back here would affect me this much.
One day I know we will come back for good.  I want that day to come,
but that day is not now.  It will be home again when Sniff is here with us.

Looking forward to enjoying the rest of our time here. 
Happy Sunday to all and to all a good day.

Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.
Sometimes it's not the song that makes you emotional, it's the
 people and things that come to your mind when you hear it...