Jul 3, 2015

With Liliana...

It's fun!  It's fun! To be with good friends and have a good time...

Had to have another day out with Liliana before leaving for Norway. 

She and I make it a habit to go for walks on the beach and then have breakfast.

The morning was hot as hell, but so very OK to be with her and to just talk about any and 
everything.  Every time we meet she has some kind of a task for me.  With her it 
can be just about anything.  Always happy to help her out because she is 
not only my good friend, but she is also like a "mom" to Brutus.

I love out beach walks and will be missing doing it with her for a while.


Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life..



A great relationship is about two main things. First, find out the
similarities.  Second, respect the difference...

Arvid claims I have too many teacups.  He is absolutely right, but like I say to him, 
"you need the right cup to enjoy your tea or cafe."  For me I need a different cup 
every morning and evening.  Boredom with the same is not an option.

For July 4th I need my July 4th teacup.  Arvid of course does not know I have it as yet.
Everyday he drinks n the same teacup.  Lucky for him I have 4 of the same.
He claims he only needs one, but truthfully how unreal is that?

When all I need is a little teacup for my second cup of coffee in the mornings.

Yeah, I have a weakness for teacups.  No matter where we go, Arvid always warns me to 
NOT buy any more.  Says we don't have the room and he's right.  I don't like just about 
any teacup.  Has to be thin and pretty, otherwise not using it.

Sometimes when we go on road trips I take his teacup with us.  He has 4 of the same and 
if it weren't for me rotating them he would wash and use the same one everyday.  Arvid for you.

Well Friday already.  Nothing much planned.  Just more catching up on work.  Taking
 care of loose ends and making sure all customers pay their bills before we leave. 
 Time to get those invoices out I guess.  Can be a good day as well.

By the way we did go to the movies. I love going to the movies and more so when we
 go to The Dine-In Theater.  The best experience.  We just reclined and relaxed.
 Unfortunately,  the movie was not exactly my favorite Terminator movie.
 Arvid did not like it much.  Said it was too far fetched, but that was
the premise of the whole movie.  Amazing 3D effects.

Love is appreciating your differences as well as your similarities.
It's Friday.  Remember that BAD decisions = the BEST stories...


Jul 2, 2015

She's What Love Is All About...

A child can teach an adult three things:
to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something,
and to know how to demand with all his-her might that which he-she desires...

When I picture my niece Lilly Vade a huge smile comes to me.  She is the personification 
of what love is all about.  She's all girl.  She's everything that makes a little girl
 the apple of your eye.  She's not yet 8 and her newest favorite thing to do is 
to send out emails like crazy.  Lucky me I am in her email list.

My mom is also recipient of daily emails from Lilly Vade and like me her day is not 
complete if she does not hear from Lilly, and if my mom does not answer back 
in a timely fashion Lilly sends her another email wondering what is going on
 and if everything is OK with her grandma.  How sweet is that?

Yesterday my sister Rima, Lilly's mom sent us all a little text with something 
Lilly wrote for her, and it goes like this.  Just too too cute.

Of course I am now missing them like crazy and my mind is spinning trying
to figure out when I ca go to Virginia for a little visit.  Missing them right now.

Quite a few things to do again today.  The days are winding down and suddenly
there is not enough time for all the things that of course pop up right before we have
 to go on a vacation.  So typical.  Murphy's Law happening right now with us.

Hoping to go to the movies tonight to see the new Terminator that out.  Yes, we like all 
the Terminator movies and just about all the Arnold Schwarzenegger action films.

Movie land.  Always relaxing and always a place where we cab actually sit and not 
have to answer any phone calls or text, or check emails.  For a few hours it 
is blissful.  Hopefully we will be doing that later on today.

To all a very good day.  Thursday already and the day is looking promising.

Lilly Vade.   She is clothed in strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future...


Jun 30, 2015


Taking care of business everyday.  Taking care of business every way.
We've been taking care of business and working over time

Just like the song says, that's exactly what we are doing right now.  Today we have our
last shipment to Norway before the summer begins.  Whatever is left at the warehouse 
will be done when we get back home. Going to miss theses weekly trips to Miami.

Have a lot of foodies for the kitty at the warehouse, so just hope she's there.  I've bought
 her a food bowl, water bowl, treats, canned food and a big bag of dry food. This way there 
is no reason for her to go hungry while we are in Norway.  Makes me feel better already.

 Today I was awake very early with Brutus.  He just keeps running away from me because he knows
that I will grab him and give him his medicine.  He really hates it, but knows its coming.
Good morning everyone.  It's already Tuesday and I need to get busy.

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard...


Jun 29, 2015

Decisions... Decisions..

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy...

Sounds like nothing to even talk about, but the truth is it is stressing me out quite a bit.
With Vanessa's baptism approaching and the days winding down until we leave for Norway,
 I am still in a little bind as to having the right dress for the occasion.

So far I have rummaged through my closet and have found these and the best 
thing is that they all fit.  Just not 100% sure as yet of which I like best, in worse case I
 still have a few days left before we go to Norway to go to the mall.  Who knows?

Seems as if this summer will be a cold and wet one in Norway.  Better than the 100 plus 
degrees of last summer and no AC.  Sounds good to me, except for the rain.

Whatever the day may hold it has already started out beautifully.  You see I woke up with
 an email from my almost 8 year old niece and as I opened my laptop the first face that was
 there was our granddaughter Vanessa.  Life is good and I know I am truly blessed.

Good morning all.  New week and another chance to make it better than the last.

Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm.
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully...


Jun 28, 2015

Sunday.. Funday

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content...

This picture above is from Chicago.  On Sundays in Chicago we had this favorite spot.
It's a Chinese Restaurant.  It actually called the Chinese Friendship Restaurant.  Arvid 
and I call it Glens, because the first time we were there our waiters name was Glen.

When you ask Arvid what he misses in Chicago one of the places is "Glens"

Relaxing day.  Family day and my day to NOT do any cooking.
I like cooking, but I also like to have a day off.

Today is my dad's birthday.  I love this man with all my heart.  All the goodness
in me in us we inherited from our dad and mom.  He taught us compassion and kindness
 to each other.  Traits that are the way I live my live.  He showed us how to be good.

When life throws tomatoes at you make Bloody Marys.
It's Sunday Funday....


Jun 27, 2015

Changes Coming...

It only takes one person to change your life...you...

Like it or not change is here. Yes, same sex marriage is now legal in the United States. 
A very big and much awaited event for many.  Me I have no objections with it. As far
 as I am concerned we are all the same and we deserve the same rights, 
privileges and benefits. That being said I am happy.

  Many do not agree with this ruling, but hey life is like that, you don't have to agree 
or like everything but showing tolerance and kindness towards your 
fellow human being is for sure not such a big deal is it?

Today in Fort Lauderdale we had quite a downpour as usual when it rains it rains
 hard and fast and also just like that it goes away.  Hurricane season after all has 
already begun and summer in Florida is usually hot and rainy

Lots of cleaning up to do today.  The good thing is that we get to move everything and 
do a proper "spring"'cleaning even if it's a little late.  Better late than never

I'm very disappointed because Brutus' paw is acting up again. Has not even been 10 days 
without the pill and he's already starting to open up in several places.  Am I stressed?  You bet I am.

Hopefully today Arvid and I get to do something fun. Last night we had plans, but the
 window installer took so long that by the time we cleaned up and made the place
 dust free for Brutus to come back outside we were just too tired to go anywhere.

Even so we had a relaxing time at home watching movies and of course soccer.
Somehow there is always a soccer game so we try to work around it. Arvid
Works hard and TV relaxes him very much.

Well time to continue doing my chores and hopefully get quite a lot done.  
Was hoping to go to the mall today, but not so.  Maybe a little next weekend.  

Enjoy your Saturday everyone and as my niece Reshma said, "a new era has begun."

Be the change that you wish to see in the world...


Jun 26, 2015

Learning Experiences...

I look for these qualities and characteristics in people. 
Honesty is number one, respect, and absolutely the third would have to be loyalty...

They say that experience is the teacher of all things and what better way to learn than
living and experiencing life in the good times and in the not so good times.
 Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. 

I have come to learn that many are not really who/what they claim or appear to be.
 I have learnt that not because someone says they are your friend means they have
 good intentions towards you.  I have learnt that many people are just fake and
 that they only pretend to like each other just because it is simpler.

This I have never understood.  Why someone would pretend to like another person when
 in reality they actually hate/dislike that person.  I guess we are all at some time or another
 guilty of this.  I sometimes wish we could stop pretending we like each other and
 just accept that this is not always possible.  I wish we could be honest with each
 other and just say, "I really don't like you."  Does this make a person bad? 

Even I at times have encountered people I don't really like that much.  We all have
 that person/persons in our lives we would rather not, but again life is not
 perfect and we have to deal with what we are given in the best possible
 way we can.  I mean we just can't make them disappear:)

If  life were that simple.  My dad always said that honesty is the best policy.  Sometimes
 I think we all lack some degree of honesty.  Seems that for some it is much
better to hide behind the truth that to come straight out and say it....

As they say, "Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. 
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."

Have a good day all and remember, "For every good reason there is to lie,
 there is a better reason to tell the truth."

Another thing I have learnt in life is that there are more good people than not.
I always want to believe in the goodness of a person.  Not many times have I been wrong.
Have a great weekend everyone.  It is Friday after all and soon it's time for a cold one as my dad says.

Another VERY warm day begins here in the Sunshine State.  Break the
 mold and make it count, and make today another ridiculously amazing day.

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. 
Actions express priorities.  What are yours?...


Jun 25, 2015

Another Good Day...

It's fun, it's fun to be with friends and have a good time....

Yesterday I had a blast once again with Liliana.  This time she came over for lunch at our place.
Brutus knows her and loves her so as soon a he heard her voice, he was all over her.
No matter how many times I tell Liliana to not bring him anything, she never listens.
Most of his toys come from her.  Yesterday he ended up with 3 more.

When Liliana comes to visit she likes her wine.  She knows her way around so well that 
she says to me, "don't worry Nadiya, I know where everything is," and she does.  This time 
I joined her with a little drink of my own.  My very own homemade Cosmo.  Not sure if I like 
the drink or the glass better.  Either way makes it so much more enjoyable in a pretty glass.
A little trip to the pool to check out what was going on and watch the boats made for a nicer time.

I enjoy cooking for those who enjoy food and Liliana loves my cooking.  Loves food period.
As always I made several dishes and whatever was leftover was hers to take home.
There was tons of leftover because I always cook more than what I know is needed.

No matter what I make, there is always chicken.  That is what I eat just about everyday.
Liliana who eats everything had a selection of pork chops, meatballs and liver.
I don't eat liver, but she seems to love it, so I made it for her to take home.

It's already Thursday.  12 more sleeps at home and then it's off to vacation land.
Destination Norway.  Looking forward to it very much.  We have not seen our second 
granddaughter as yet, so it is with great anticipation we await our arrival to Norway.

Not sure what the day holds as yet.  Lots of confusion going on right now because we are 
installing new windows in the front.  Hopefully within the next few days. Moving everything
 out of the way makes me feel as if we are moving once again.  Already the living room is
 filled with boxes.  You see our desks are right next to the window so everything on 
it and it has to be moved.  But that's the price you pay to get what you want.

Thursday begins beautifully.  It's the last day for Brutus' rest period for medicine. Tomorrow
he begins an 11 day stretch with the pill and that is officially the countdown to Norway.

A little trivia for you courtesy of my aunt:  Did you know that more than
half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska?

Good morning everyone.  One more day and Friday is officially here.  You know
 what that means ...weekend.  Time to make some noise as they say at the hockey games.

It's Thursday.  Let's do this.
Let the good times roll...


Jun 24, 2015

Today's Thought...

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in
 are different from the things we do..

And with this thought in mind, don't forget that you also need some time for yourself.
The world is busy, we are busy, but there is always room for a little quiet and down time.
We all should try to take even if it's just 5 minutes a day and just sit down and do nothing.

Yesterday I needed a little of that.  Five minutes and a cu of tea and I was all
ready to go again.  Nothing like some tea in the afternoon to soothe a person. 

Mango flavored tea was what it was.  Well not much time to spare right now.
Lots to do and not enough time, so until next time wishing you all a great day.

The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice whether they are or not...