Aug 28, 2015

Something Good Always...

Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. 
If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that's beautiful...



The thing about humor is that no matter how your day is going, it always makes you
stop and smile.  Sometimes it makes you just laugh.  Now how bad can that be for a person?

I have so many things to think about, least of all is the fact that Brutus is not well.
Well the paw is still not good.  Not according to the pictures I got from Liliana and Wendy,
but then I read something like this and for a brief moment I just have to sit back and smile.  Funny.


Hope everyone has a good day.  Always remember that taking a few minutes everyday for 
yourself, does not matter what you do: is always good.  I like to relax with a cup of 
tea or coffee, read a little of the "nonsense" magazine and some of the funny
 stuff sent by friends.  Makes for a nice break in between life's daily stresses
 and craziness.  Sure helps to get one through the rest of the day.


Hello all.  Let's start the day right.  Whatever works for you is always best.

My legacy would be that you don't have to give up anything. You can be chic but have 
a sense of humor, you can be sexy but comfortable, you can be timeless but fresh...

~Nadiya~

Aug 26, 2015

Funny Quotes...

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations...


As you all know I love using quotes for my blog.  Makes it fun and interesting.  Have been
 seeing quotes of the minions all over the place and every time it leaves me smiling.
  Hope it does the same for you.  Have not seen the movie, but heard all
 about it from my nieces and nephews.  Maybe will see it soon.


Another of my favorite is Grumpy Cat.  All I will say is that you have to have a sense
of humor to appreciate him.  Luckily I do and he is hilarious.  Still laughing.

In my breaks I take a few moments to catch up on the local celebrity gossip. 
Easy relaxation and does not require any work from the brain.  Yep, easy easy.


It is already Wednesday.  Halfway through the week.  Time sure is flying.
To all a good day.  Don't forget to dream as if you will live forever; live as if you will die today.

The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead,
 prepare for it. The present is here, live it...

~Nadiya~

Aug 25, 2015

Tuesday ...

Life is good and it gets better every day...

Good morning all.  Another beautiful day begins and also many things to do.  Here 
in Chicago the temperature is cooler than Florida right now.  Both Arvid and I are
 really loving it.  At nights we do not need to turn on the AC.  It is cold enough 
and for once I am not hot.  I am very comfortable in these cooler temperatures.  


We are really making the most of the pool and the hot tub.  Yesterday I had a good
 time swimming and then warming up in the hot tub.  Perfect so far.  Life is good.

The city holds its charm over us.  As you can see from the pictures below we have beautiful
scenery as we walk home.  No matter where you go in the city, the skyline is always an
amazing backdrop.  I just can't seem to get enough of it.  Both Arvid and I look at
 each other and say "this is a beautiful city."  So happy we are back. 


The sidewalks are lines with huge flower pots and all are blooming in bright colors.


There is a lot to do.  Today we take a trip to Home Depot.  We do a lot of walking and that's
 good, but on the way back it is taxi.  Not much fun walking 45 minutes with heavy stuff to 
carry.  Nope not a good idea.  The temperature is cooler today makes for good walking.

And so begins our Tuesday.  Let's get started for there is lots we need to do.

A good life is when you smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and 
realize how blessed you are for what you have...

~Nadiya~

Aug 24, 2015

Monday..

It's Monday.  Time to take over the world...

Brutus already has his spot waiting for him.  Yep!  his sunbed is in place and
he will be enjoying beautiful city views here in Chicago with us.


My morning coffee view is a little different from home in Florida.


Happy to be able to enjoy both views.  Love Chicago, but missing Brutus.
It will not be complete without him.  It is not home until all 3 of us are together.

Many thing to do today.  Still lots of unpacking and organizing need to be done.
Not having a car in Chicago is OK with us, but when you have to buy stuff from Home 
Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond and other stores makes for a little more work.  Taxi's work fine.

Chicago is a walking city.  We have already switched to our back backs and walking
 shoes.   The building we live in has an amazing gym, sauna and overlooks the pool
 area.  Hope to be using it once we settle in.  Maybe can lose a few pounds.


Happy Monday all.  Life is short smile while you still have teeth.

To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.
I believe awesome things will happen,  because it's Monday...

~Nadiya~

Aug 23, 2015

Good Times In Chicago...

I feel like I’ve been split open and stuffed with sunshine...

So far we have been doing pretty OK.  Of course like with everything we have had a few
set backs. Have not had Internet connection now for 4 days.  Seems like there is
a problem with something. Just our luck. Something that should
 be so easy has somehow turned into a huge issue.


As Arvid would say, "nothing we can do so why not get drunk?"  
And so began our music filled weekend. 


To our delight, our friend Albert from Florida was playing at one of our frequented spots.  
Of course we had to go and see him.  Truth is Arvid has been keeping tabs on Albert 
in Chicago for a few months now.  As he said, "we are going to see him."


And we did   Was a good time and the music as always was great.  According to Arvid, 
Albert plays even better in Chicago than he does in Florida.  Guess you can say we 
are biased.  We love the city and everything about it.

Sunday.  Short calls to family in Norway.  Hopefully by this week we will have everything 
in order and get back to "normal" Not liking this no wifi in the apartment, but in a way 
it was our fault.  We bought the wrong modem.  The one we need will soon be here.


Happy Sunday all.  It is another good day for the hot tub and pool. 

Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.
  Happy Sunday all...

~Nadiya~

Aug 22, 2015

Picture Of The Day...

Happy people have two things in common. They know exactly what they want 
and they feel they're moving toward getting it. That's what makes life feel good: 
when it has direction, when you are heading straight for what you love...

It just feels right to be here.  We belong here in the summertime.


This is our kind of city.  So much going on.  Big difference between Arvid's
hometown in Horten, Norway and also from Fort Lauderdale.
Love them both, Chicago and Fort Lauderdale.



Two cities we have the pleasure of calling home.



Arvid and I are home.  Soon Brutus will be with us as well.
To all a very good day, and may you also live in interesting times.

The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes 
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!...


~Nadiya~

Aug 21, 2015

Back In The Windy City...

I adore Chicago.  It is the pulse of America...

It's like coming home.  I have lived in NYC and I have lived in California, and love both.
We now live in Florida, but the city that has stolen my heart is and always will be Chicago.



Somehow it brings out the "craziness" in us.  It's as if everyday was a vacation. 
 Even when we lived there during the summer.  Magical if you ask me.


Being on vacation and never knowing what day of the week it is.
Here in Chicago it's all about music, good food, outings in the park and long walks.


Yes there is a beach in Chicago.  In the middle of all the tall buildings.
It's where city meets sand and palm trees.  Looks like a tropical paradise.


Yes, if I could live here all year long I definitely would.
For now we have a glorious month to do what we do best, having a good time!!!



Hello everyone, greetings from The Windy City...CHICAGO

I have two homes, like someone who leaves their hometown
and or parents and then establishes a life somewhere else.
They might say that they are going home when they return to see old friends
or parents, but then they go home as well when they go to where they live now.

Florida is home.  Chicago is also home....

~Nadiya~

Aug 20, 2015

Our Destination..

You can take the girl out of Chicago, 
but you can't take the Chicago out of the girl...

Today is the last day on the road.  YAY!  Can almost feel the excitement among us.


We are going back to the city we both love.  Sweet Home Chicago.

Believe it or not one of the things both Arvid and I look forward to the most is the


hot tub and the swimming pool.  This afternoon we will be in in it.  Can't wait.
On the road again so time to say until next time.  Good day to all and make it count.

Home is wherever I am with you and Brutus...

~Nadiya~

Aug 19, 2015

Wednesday...Scenic Road Trip

Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn't mean to take...

Our road trip takes us through Georgia.  Beautiful State as seen by the picture below.


 Since so many Native American’s settled in Georgia’s mountains, a surplus of historical 
sites are scattered across the rolling hills and rippling waterways of the Historic
 High Country. Immerse yourself in the history and enjoy the legacies.

There is something in every state of the United States to see.  This is a beautiful country 
and I will never tire of saying how lucky I am to be an American, and to be living 
in the best country in the entire world.  Won't trade it for a thing.  No sirree.


Above is downtown Atlanta at night.  Every city looks awesome at night. Daytime 
can be another story, but for now the sights are magnificent.  I love road trips
 because we get to see so much more.  We can also stop and check out if 
something catches our eye.  Of course depends on how Arvid feels.

We have many more states to pass by before we get to our destination, but for now 
these are the ones we drove through.  By the end of the first day we were exhausted.
10 hours driving a fairly big truck can sometimes get stressful.  Al least for me.



Well rested and so begins another day day on the road.
As someone said, "I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way."
In our case we definitely know where we are going.

To all a very good day and until next time.

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller...
~Nadiya~

Aug 18, 2015

On The Road Again...

Woah, all I want is on the road again.  Just can't wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin' music with my friends, 
And I can't wait to get on the road again..



Quoting Willie Nelson.  Seems like our life is constantly on the road again.
I like it.  Arvid likes it, but sometimes it can be a little too much.



Truck is loaded up and we are ready to go.  I feel just like a gypsy.  Always moving, 
never in one spot.  I keep telling myself that one day we will "settle" down.


Let's do it.  AGAIN!!!!
Good morning world.  Wishing you a fabulous day.

We can’t know what’s going to happen. 
We can just try to figure it out as we go along...

~Nadiya~