Apr 17, 2015


If everyday at work feels like a Friday, then you are doing what you were meant to do...

Everyday is a good day, but Fridays are even better days.  Friday implies weekend, music and
all sorts of fun things we can do without feeling guilty that we are skipping out on work.
Though Arvid and I have a flexible schedule, we still work the usual hours and some.

Our work takes us to Miami again.  Love these trips to Miami.  It can get a little messy,
but what comes afterwards is just total relaxation and contentment, and if we are lucky 
we get to go to our favorite restaurant in Miami.  Monty's here we come.

To all of you have a good day and enjoy the weekend. As Arvid loves to say,
"come 5 0'clock on a Friday everything gets turned off."

I don't know about you, but I am ready for the weekend..


Apr 16, 2015

Moments In Life...

In life, seize the precious moments with loved ones at every possible opportunity
and cherish the wonderful memories of time spent together...

Yesterday we woke up to the sight of Dolphins swimming happily for us.  Brutus, Arvid, and
 I just stopped everything we were doing to enjoy them.  As always and amazing sight
 and best of all we saw them right from our balcony.  Best view in town.

Arvid and I have developed a good eye to spot all the comings and goings in the Intracoastal.  
We find all the creatures living in the waters and we have even been spotting boats belonging 
to friends when they pass by.  The Norwegian flag on them is a good giveaway.

Never a dull moment here.  Yesterday we also had company over.  Not the usual day for
 Arvid to go out and listen to the Blues, but seeing that our friends were heading back to 
Norway the following day, seemed like a good time to make an exception to the rule.

I choose to not go with the boys, so instead I went to the movies.  Love the movies,
especially this Dine-In-Theater.  The best.  I had a little nibble and something to drink.
 Somehow at the movies it just seems like the thing to do, it is a dine-in-theater after all.

Next time we go to the movies we go to see Furious 7.  Here is a sneak peek of it.


Already Thursday.  Time is just flying by.  Going to fast.  My nephew Max is soon graduating
from college.  Where did these last 4 years go?  Scares me a little because they are all growing
 up way too fast, and I am not seeing enough of them.  Makes me sad sometimes.

To all a very good day.  Remember to always make time for the ones you love.
Life isn't perfect, but it has perfect moments.

The clock is running.  Make the most of today.  Time waits for no man.
Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.  Today is a gift.  That's why it's called the present...


Apr 15, 2015

What Does Your Name Mean?....

It ain't what they call you.  It's what you answer to...

I see a lot of people posting the meanings of their names.  Got me curious so I also did
a google search to find out the meanings of both my name and Arvid's as you will see below.

I was also doing a search on Brutus' name when Arvid said "don't bother doing that.  I can 
tell you that Brutus' name means warrior."  Did not do a search for Brutus because 
warrior was just fine by me.  Arvid said that this was his opinion.  This time 
I will accept it without questioning.

Meaning of the name Nadiya:

You have a vivid imagination who can bring inspired messages to the world. You like to enjoy
 the pleasures of life, and when self is overcome, you can rise to the heights. You have an 
ability to avoid trouble - that is why you often fails to learn from experiences. 

You are restless, sociable people-oriented, a lover of change, and a seeker of adventure
 and new thrills. You are bold, independent, inquisitive and interested in research. 
You know what you want and why you want it.

You desire to inspire and lead, to control other's affairs. You are giving, courageous and

 bold, action oriented,energetic and strong willed. You want to make a difference in

 the world, and this attitude often attracts you to cultural interests, politics,

 social issues, and the cultivation of your creative talents.

I am not a believer in much of these things, 
but quite a few of these descriptions fit my  character.

Meaning of the name Arvid:

Powerful and complete. You are good intellectually and require several outlets for your
 energies. You are not a builder but a planner, and you want others to carry out your 
plans. You are bold, independent, inquisitive and interested in research. 
You know what you want and why you want it.
You desire to inspire and lead, to control other's affairs. You are giving, courageous and 
bold, action oriented,energetic and strong willed. You want to make a difference in 
the world, and this attitude often attracts you to cultural interests, politics,
 social issues,  and the cultivation of your creative talents.

Arvid was happy with this description.  If you are curious as to the meaning 
of your name, follow the link and find out.
Meaning Of Your Name.

As I said I don't believe in all of this, but it sure was fun to read.

To all of you have a good day.  Looks good here.  Sun is shining and all is good.

I wrote your name in the sky, and the wind blew it away. 
I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves washed it away.
I wrote your name in my heart, and forever it will stay...


Apr 14, 2015

My Neighborhood....

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it....

This past weekend Fort Lauderdale Beach was again host to the Tortuga Music Festival.
This picture was taken by a friend who was there together with her family.  Amazing sunset.

Held on the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in a beautiful ocean side setting, 
Tortuga Music Festival is a multi-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of
 the biggest names in country, rock and roots music.

Tortuga Music Festival brings like-minded fans together for an unforgettable beach
 weekend experience that pairs music with meaning to raise awareness for marine conservation.
Tortuga Music Festival works hand in hand with the Rock The Ocean Foundation to increase
 public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans and to support scientific
 research, education and ocean conservation initiatives.
Last year, over $100,000 was given back to our Conservation Village partners as a direct
result of ticket sales and donations from Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival.

It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood.  Something always going on.
Yep!  Life is never boring.  Too much to see, too much to do.  Loving it.

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude
 you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the 
way your mind looks at what happens....


Apr 13, 2015

Puerto Rican...

After four centuries of Spanish rule, Puerto Rico was ceded to the United States in 1898. 
Residents were granted U.S. citizenship in 1917, and the federal government has 
allowed Puerto Rico to exercise authority over its local affairs in 
a manner similar to the 50 states...

Not everyone will get the humor in this, but for those who do, let me tell you
it is pretty funny.  Being raised in a Spanish culture, I can definitely see the humor.  
Raised in Puerto Rico, I have to tell you these are some of the nicest people 
on the planet and their sense of humor is one of a kind.  
You either appreciate like I do, or you don't.

1. *Cheese*
The teacher told Pepito to use the word cheese in a sentence.
Pepito replies: Rosa likes me, but cheese ugly.

2. *Mushroom*
When all my family get in the car there's not mushroom.

3. *Shoulder*
My fren wants 2 become a citizen, but che didn't know how to read, so I shoulder.

4. *Texas*
When I'm not home, my fren always Texas me, che wonders where I am!

5. *Herpes*
Me and my fren ordered pizza. I got mine piece then che got herpes.

6. *July*
Ju told me ju were going to tha store but ju went to see sum guy, July to me! Julyer!

7. *Rectum*
I had 2 cars but my wife rectum!

8. *Chicken*
I was going to go to the store with my wife but che said chicken go herself.

9. *Wheelchair*
We only have one enchilada left but don't worry wheelchair.

10. *Chicken wing*
My wife plays the lottery so chicken wing.

11. *Harassment*
My wife caught me in bed with another women. I told her, "Honey, harassment nothen to me.

12. *Bishop*
My wife fell down the stair so I had to pick the bishop.

13. *Body wash*
I want to go to the club but got no body wash my kids.

14. *Budweiser*
That women has a nice body, budweiser face so ugly?

Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is a United States territory 
located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic, and west 
of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Good morning everyone.  Another week begins.  Let's all have a good one.

Puerto Rican culture is very lively; very lively people; very warm people; and the food is
 really great. We're all about cooking a lot of food and having family around, 
we're kind of loud. It's that sort of vibe and it's great...


Apr 12, 2015


Without music, life would be a mistake...

If ever there was a person transported into another time when listening to music that would
be Arvid.  Most of us like music, we enjoy the soothing tones and the way it relaxes us.
Arvid lives it. When he hears the Blues, his mind is somewhere else.  Everything
is forgotten and he is at peace with himself.

I look at him and his face is relaxed and there is a calmness over him that is brought on
 by the music.  He feels it, he lives it and at that moment he is just floating away.
I love to see him like this.  Peaceful and happy.

This weekend was one of those times.  For two days we experienced music
that transported him into another world.  As usual we have had a very good time.

This year we only did 2 of the 3 days.  The sun is very hot and it is a killer, but the music was
worth it and just being in the open, seeing dolphins and walking around the park
makes this a very good time.  Together with the Chicago Blues Festival,
 this is another favorite of ours.

Have a good day all...and let the music guide you.

Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, 
then it can only happen through music...


Apr 11, 2015

Tampa Bay Blues Festival...

Music is the universal language of mankind...
It washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life...

April is a favorite month for both Arvid and I.  Not only do we both have birthdays in the 
same month, but one of our favorite Blues Festivals happens to be this month every year.

Aside from The Chicago Blues Festival happening every June, our next favorite is the Tampa
 Bay Blues Festival, taking place at Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, three days in a row.  The location
 is just beautiful for a musical festival.  It's right on the water with the cool breezes always
coming your way.  As mentioned in the previous post, it's going to be a good time:)

Every year we have been lucky to spot Dolphins swimming in the Bay.  It is a beautiful sight 
and very relaxing.  After just coming from Mexico and seeing dolphins swimming every
 day I look forward again to hopefully seeing some more.  It is a beautiful and 
relaxing sight.  Makes me happy.

During this time we forget all about our laptops, Arvid always turns off his cell phone. 
Correction, seems like his cell is always turned off these days. He says this is just a 
weekend to enjoy, relax and not worry about anything nor anyone....I on the other hand
 never turn off my phone because I always want to be reached in case Brutus needs us or family.

It is with great expectation we look forward to this years Festival.  Arvid says the 
line-up is spectacular....check it out.
Tampa Bay Bluesfest

What I like most about it is the openness, being able to just walk around and hear the music, 
also I take a book.  I love to read and have the music in the back ground.  Best of all 
we get to enjoy another weekend doing what we like best..  

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, 
flight to the imagination and life to everything.

Good morning everyone.  Was a beautiful morning as we left home.
Looking forward to more of the same in St. Pete.

Music speaks what cannot be expressed, 
soothes the mind and gives it rest, 
heals the heart and makes it whole, 
flows from heaven to the soul....


Apr 9, 2015

Back Home...

What I love most about home is who lives here...

Strange as it may seem, I miss the cold weather.  Vermont was cold, but not an uncomfortable
cold.  I enjoyed the fresh clean air for a few days and sadly I must admit to missing it.
Came back home and it was nice and warm.  Then it was hot.  I slept so good
at my sisters.  For those few days no AC.  Just cool clean air.

Yesterday was a long day.  I woke up started cleaning, doing laundry and
before you knew it, it was already 5pm.  I was tired, but there was still lots to do.

That's just the first 3 of 5 loads of laundry I did yesterday.  Today still have 
more to do.  Brutus has many beds and it makes for many loads. He likes it clean as well.

Arvid is very happy he does not have to eat out anymore.  When I'm not home he
says he does not like to eat at home.  He needs to go out  little.  Fine with me.

Just more cleaning today and catching up on some work.  Quickbooks needs a little 
updating and paperwork for customers.  Not too bad a day actually.  Lots of Brutus time.

Hope your week has been a good one so far.  I have had a great time with
family, but now it's time to get back to the "real" world.   
To all a good Thursday.  Good to be home.

Home is not a place.  It is a feeling...


Apr 7, 2015

Time To Say Goodbye...

There is never a right time to say goodbye...

As always saying goodbye is not easy.  I have had a very good time with family.  I have been 
very fortunate to see Mala and family, my parents and my nephew J, but now it's time 
to leave and to return back to my home.  Back to Arvid and Brutus.

The days here in Vermont were filled with lots of fun, laughter and bonding with everyone. 
In it we managed to go see Sachin play soccer.  My mom, Mala and I went out for breakfast,
 and had a very good time just talking and catching up with each others lives.

We had time to all go to the kids' favorite burger place.  Five Guys.  Darn good burgers. 
I enjoyed playing with Jaxen and chasing him around in the snow.  He is a good 
doggie.  I enjoyed every moment spent with each and everyone.  As
 always good memories that will be with me forever.

The days went by too fast.  Vermont is much colder than Florida, but I really enjoyed the
 cold weather and welcomed the change very much.  Not looking forward to the Florida heat, but it
 is home and home is always where I want to be.  Home is where Arvid and Brutus are.

Sad to be leaving my sister and family, but at the same time looking
 forward to going home to Arvid and Brutus.

Mala and my mom.  Missing them already.

Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it...


Apr 6, 2015

Monday In Vermont...

Time spent with family is worth every second...

Yesterday I woke up to snow in Vermont.  What a pretty sight it was.  Jaxen and I had
the best time ever.  Jaxen loves snow and loves playing catch with the ice.


Was a very fun time with everyone. I made snow balls and threw them to Jaxen
who caught them and ate them all.  Jaxen loves snow, and Jaxen reminds me of my Brutus.

So far I am really enjoying the colder temperatures.  Makes for perfect sleeping and no AC.
The air is clean and the people are super nice and friendly.  Spending time with family is the best.

Soon it will be time to go home, but for now every moment I have with them is special.

Good morning everyone.  Monday morning again.  For me it's another
day to enjoy spending time with the ones I love =  to family.

In a family love is spelled TIME.
Family time is not a matter of convenience.  It's a matter of priority...