Jun 14, 2024

Rock Lane Resort and Some~

Take it all one day at a time and enjoy the journey..

Yesterday evening Arvid and I took some time
 and we went to check out Rock Lane Resort.  Arvid 
had researched it before we came, and the fact that there
 is live music most nights made it a must go.  Yesterday 
was just to check it out.  The music is tonight. 


We have been here before when we lived here and we
 really like the place.  Yesterday was only supposed to be a 
scouting of the place, but once we got there Arvid realized
 that they have Landshark on tap.  Well that was that.  I told 
him we needed to hang out a bit longer.  Of course  we did.


After we were done at Rock Lane we went to on of the
 hotels where we are going to be taking care of some business 
for the next three days.  Mainly Arvid.  He said he does not
 wish to be in the heat all day long so he will be more like
 the supervisor for the job.  This means so will I πŸ˜‚

After we were done we went to Andy's custard,  
I told Arvid that I wanted to go there very early in 
our stay.  This way we can go one more time.  Of 
course I had to get a few pictures of the wheel.


We've had another good day.  Looking forward 
to more of the same.  Even though we have to work, 
we always find time for some fun and relaxation.


Let the beauty of what you love be what you do...

~Nadiya~~

Friday June 14th~

The pure joy of the unexpected
 can be a source of wonder to me...

Ever since Covid, Branson just like most places became
 inundated with food trucks.  Whether you're on vacation
 or taking a lunch break, eating outdoors is one of the most
 peaceful ways to do it.  Very relaxing, al fresco dining 🍨


  The food is really, delicious and there is quite a few
 to choose from.  There are so many food trucks currently 
in BransonπŸ”.  Branson is also a fairly religious town.


Yesterday morning I decided to take a little 
walk and check our surroundings.  It's beautifully
 well taken care of.  The lawn is so green.


Every thing is blooming and looks really pretty.  I did 
see many birds, but not my Fatboy nor my Daisy.  I did 
see one squirrel and a Gerald (groundhog).  Of course 
I always carry food with me for the wildlife.  I'm happy.


We did see a pretty cool "car" passing by.  Had everyone's attention.


Even though we have busy days, we always find time to do something fun.


I'm missing my Sniff a lot.  I don't know why, but I 
worry about him being lonely.  He's so attached to us.


So far we are having a good time.  Arvid will be VERY busy
 the next few days, and because I am running around with him
 so will I πŸ˜•  When we're not running around, we make sure we 
enjoy ourselves.  For me that means good food is a must 🍚


Wishing everyone a very good day.  Starting today we 
have a job, more like Arvid has a job for the next 3 days.


Happy news.  Florida Panther's win game 3 of the
 Stanley Cup Finals.  One more win and they become 
the Stanley Cup Champions.  Let's go Panther'sπŸ‘


The most important thing is to enjoy your 
life—to be happy—it's all that matters...

~Nadiya~

Jun 13, 2024

Thursday June 13th~

   Where we belong is often where we least expect to 
find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves
 to forget, but that the heart remembers forever...

 First thing we did after breakfast yesterday was to go visit 
Almost Home Lodge and The View.  Both hotels in which we 
are still part owners.  It's always bittersweet coming back.  
I think of how it was when we had it, compared to how 
it is today.  Many changes.  Some very good ones.


Arvid and I had a very long day travelling,
 but once we got to Missouri it felt so familiar.  We both 
said it at the same time, "it feels like we're coming home.
"  I sure missed it, but I won't change Florida for anything.
  I'm just happy we are here.  It's already been a busy day. 
 We're already helping Kurt and running around.  
Being busy, sure feels good for now.


On our way to Missouri, we made a stop-over in Atlanta.
  When we left the sunset was quite impressive.


Arvid and I finally found a little time for ourselves. 
 Why not go to Maria Bonita and enjoy ourselves?  
That's what we did.  Lucky for us it's right withing 
walking distance from where we're staying.


As always I miss Sniff.  Every time we hear a sound
 both Arvid and I look up thinking it was Sniff. 


While we are experiencing gorgeous weather here in Branson 
(so far), back home in Florida, things are not looking so great.
  Noah's Ark is really needed right now since most of the State is
 flooded.  Of course Arvid said to me, "where can we live now?"


Back home in Fort Myers, yesterday 
started out horribly, but ended like this.


 Life is dynamic and unpredictable, 
often throwing us into circumstances that lead 
us to explore new paths and opportunities...

~Nadiya~

Jun 12, 2024

Hello Branson ~Wednesday June 12th

 I hope you find, as I did, that happiness comes
 from noticing and enjoying the little things in life...

 I didn't think we were going to make it to Branson this year,
 but when Arvid asked me how I felt about going there for a
week I was happy.  Of course I said yes! Yes!  Finally after
 a whole month of waiting and planning we are here.


Not many will understand the pull Branson has on us.  
The hotels are one thing, but at the same time it's the people. 
 We have many good friends here, and we sure hope to see a few. 
 I most likely won't be seeing my wildlife, but I will be close to them.


We also look forward to going to a few of our favorite 
restaurants.  Yes, Branson has good food.  Looking forward to 
spending time also at The Landing.  I'm excited to be here again.


Wishing everyone a very good day.  It's always
 the little things in life that makes us the happiest.


 A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the
 pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness...

~Nadiya~

Jun 11, 2024

Tuesday June 11th~

Most travel is best of all in the anticipation 
or the remembering; the reality has more
 to do with losing your luggage...

On the road again, going places that I hold dear to me.  This 
road trip takes us to familiar places, and I could not be happier.


Not only is Sniff my happy place, 
but he's also what keeps me grounded.


Many a times it's not only the place that keeps
 calling you back.  It's the memories, the friends that warm
 feeling of accomplishment and of being among what's 
familiar.  If only for a short time.  It's a good feeling.


Last night the Florida Panthers won the second game in 
The Stanley Cup finals against the Edmonton (Canada) Oilers.  
Game three is in the Oilers territory.  Makes it a little more 
difficult for the Panthers, but the Florida Panthers are the
 favorites to win the Stanley Cup this year.  There is going to 
be a HUGE party in South Florida should this happen.


It's official  The rain is here to stay.  No break all week long for Florida.  


Happiness is a road trip with a good playlist.
Adventure awaits on the open road...

~Nadiya~

Jun 10, 2024

Monday ~ New Week

Hey, I know it’s Monday. But it’s also a new day 
and a new week. And in that lies a new opportunity
 for something special to happen...


Arvid and I have a very exciting week ahead.  Been 
waiting for a month now and finally it's here.  Whenever we
 are restless I can count on Arvid to surprise me.  I rarely have
 to say anything.  Maybe just a hint and he take it from there.


I'm not exactly sure what's happening, but I can 
hardly move my right knee.  It hurts like hell and I have
 no idea why.  It's fine until I stand up.  I now have a slight
limp when I walk.  Getting older is hitting me hard πŸ˜‚


Sniff is not sure he's ready for the new week, but 
being a trouper that he is, I know he will do great.  To all
 a good week.  Looking forward to what it holds.


Your Monday morning thoughts
 set the tone for your whole week...

~Nadiya

Jun 9, 2024

Sunday June 9th~

Until one has loved an animal, 
a part of one's soul remains unawakened...
 
 Our family has just added a new member to its family.  Our
 niece Danielle and her husband Andrew will soon be mom and dad 
to this adorable Golden Doodle.  They got him a few days ago, 
but will not be bringing him home until he's a little bigger. 


When they went to see him is name is Popeye, Danielle
 has always wanted a doggie named Wally.  Compromise.  His 
name is Wally Popeye Dyal-Ngo.  Yup.  Long name, can't wait
 to meet him.  Even Arvid said he was so cute.  As they say,
 our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet


On Friday Arvid and I went to one of our local farmers market. 
 It was pretty interesting in that it had food trucks, live music and of 
course the "usual" stuff.  Arvid went more for the fresh baked
 bread, but hung out listening to music while I browsed around.


  I bought fresh picked mangoes directly from Edison and Ford Winter
 Estates mango trees.  Well made my day.  This way I don't have to go
 pick the fallen ones.  I can just go and buy them anytime I want.  


The Florida Panthers play their home games at 
Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Florida. Sunrise
 is a town just west of Ft. Lauderdale and just north 
of Miami, and they are off to a super great start.


Sunday another relaxing day for all
 three of us.  Wishing everyone the same.


Another beautiful day here.  Hot but beautiful.


Sometimes, the simple things are more fun and
 meaningful than all the banquets in the world...

~Nadiya~

Jun 8, 2024

Saturday June 8th~

 Every sunrise gives you a new beginning and new ending...

I don't think I will ever get enough of these beautiful
 mornings.  It's the same no matter where we are, so it's not
 the location that's really important.  It's the beauty of each 
sunrise in its uniqueness that really matters to me.


When we lived in Branson I also witnessed amazing sunrises
 from our deck.  I loved the live we had there as well.


When we lived in Puerto Rico we also saw beautiful sunrises
 from our balcony.  Makes me yearn to be there right now.


When we lived in the Bahamas.  Breathtaking views of 
sunrises and sunsets from our deck.  This is of the sunrise.


One of my Norwegian sunrises from summer of 2019.  
I look forward to capturing many more this year.


Yesterday Arvid and I were brave and walked 
downtown.  It was so hot no one was sitting out in any 
of the restaurants.  Everyone, including us choose to be in
 the air conditioned room.  No need to die of heat stroke.


I was craving pizza and Arvid would never say no to pizza.


Not much happening today.  Unless of course we 
get restless in a few hours.  Happens quite often.  
Happy Saturday and a very good day to all.


Embracing the colors of the morning sky.
  Starting the day with a golden sunrise...

~Nadiya~

Jun 7, 2024

Friday June 7th~

I like Florida.  Everything is in the 80's.
The temperatures, the ages and the IQ's...


 Living in Florida never gets boring.  There is always
 something to do, and there is always someone coming up 
with crazy stuff.  Just makes for one hell of a time.  Love it!  
Love it.  I know everywhere has its peculiarities, but boy
 here in Florida they are made the most of πŸ˜‚.  Thank you
 internet for your constant humor.  Always makes my day.


Summer in Florida.  Any and everything goes.  Never a 
dull moment, at times one wouldn't mind a few "less exciting" 
time, but it's all part of the Florida lifestyle everyone loves.


But then you have mornings/sunrises like these.  Makes 
everything seem so much better.  Like I always say, I am a morning 
person and seeing the sky change colors everyday makes me happy.


Friday already.  Another week done with.  Time sure does 
not wait for anyone.  Not sure what we will be doing today, 
but hopefully something will present itself and we will be
 brave enough to head out in the heat.  It's worth it, because 
downtown Fort Myers sure is a favorite spot for us. 



A good day to all and may you have a great weekend as well. 
 Here at home, work on the marina continues.  The workers
 are hauling out the pilings from the water.  Not so easy as you
 would think, but we have something to look at every day.


 I have learned over the years that when one’s
 mind is made up, this diminishes fear...

~Nadiya~