Nov 18, 2018

Rio ~

Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can
 make him wag his tail. A dog will teach you unconditional love. 
If you can have that in your life, things won't be too bad...

Mala's dogge Rio is just amazingly cute.  Everyone who knows
 me know I can't resist taking pictures. Well Rio loves pictures.  

He gets a walk everyday.  Rain or shine.  Rio loves it and
 he makes the Vermont scenery even more beautiful.

I have waited a very long time to meet Rio.  The wait was well worth it.
Happy to be spending time with my sister and family.  Life is good.

After lots of walks, lots of playing Rio sure is tired.  
His papa always has his back and Rio has all the best spots 
in the house.  He can sleep anywhere he wants.

dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more
 than you love yourself, of course there is also the cat....


Life Is Good ~

Your ability to see beauty and possibility is
 proportionate to the level at which you embrace gratitude. 
 It's up to you to see the beauty in everyday things... 

Welcome to fall in Vermont; when the light softens,
 the night brings the comfort of a cool breeze at times
 very cold,but love it, the morning air is crisp and refreshing, 
and Vermont's hillsides begin to explode with vivid oranges, 
yellows, and reds.  There is beauty everywhere, we just 
have to open our eyes to see it.  Today once again
 I see all the beauty surrounding me.

Beyond the foliage, arguably the best part of fall
 (soon to be winter) in Vermont is the endless
 events and activities to choose from.  

t's a great time of the year to plan one last camping trip,
 for those of course who like camping.  Not for me.

Or one can attend a live concert, go mountain hiking, 
biking, or cast in one of Vermont's 809 lakes and ponds.  
On a rainy day, head indoors and visit an art gallery or museum. 
 Or like my sister and I go malling around.  Go to one of 
their many cafes for a scrumptious cup of coffee and a nibble.  
Try King Arthur's.  Never fails to please and satisfy.

Life is beautiful.  You have to be thankful that we are living.
Wherever you look there is beauty.  I know about the bad 
things,but I look for the good things.  No beauty
 shines brighter than that of a good heart...


Nov 17, 2018

Amazing Beauty In Vermont ~

Learn to appreciate the things you have
 in the life you're living. It is your present...

Probably one of the coldest places in the winter time, 
but definitely it has an extraordinary beauty.  I love coming
 to Vermont because I get to see Mala and family.  

As far as it being on the colder side I could care less.  
Since living in Branson, I got to really enjoy and 
like the cold weather.  This is a treat for me
 in more ways than one would know.

My sister Nina who moved to Florida last year is missing
the change of seasons very much.  So much so that she
 and David decided to take a week in New York just so that 
she can enjoy the scenery.  Granted they will be staying in
 Manhattan, but she also want to experience the cold.

Rio loves taking walks and eating wood.  Fortunately
 he seems to be outgrowing the wood eating days.  It's been 
twice that he was rushed into emergency surgery for swallowing
 wood.  He sure put his family and all of us through a
 lot of stress.  But look at cute is he?

In Vermont there is beauty all around you.  Mala lives 
in this amazing area.  The colors you see are just stunning. 
 For the next few days I will be enjoying my family,
 and some amazingly beautiful sceneries.

Whenever you are creating beauty around you,
 you restore your own soul.  The best way
 to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it...


Nov 16, 2018

Hello's From Vermont ~

It’s lovely to know that the world can’t
 interfere with the inside of your head...

Greetings from scenic Vermont.  With just a few days here,
 my sister and I have to make the most of it.  While the rest of 
the fang is busy with school and wok, Mala and I will get to 
spend a few hours on our own everyday.  How cool is that?

They say breakfast is the best part of the day.  So true.  Loving this
 cool weather, but unfortunately I gave away most of my winter 
clothes to tenants at Almost Home and the few I did keep are now
 in our apartment in Chicago.  Not the smartest of moves.

Sachin has the room with the view!  Truth is all the 
bedrooms in Mala's home have this awesome view.  You 
see all the colors as they change.  How great is that?

Rio is the newest addition to the family and this is my first
 time meeting him.  Like all pets he is totally spoiled and loved. 
 Rio is King and what Rio wants ..let's say Rio gets.
  I know it's the same at our home.  Sniff rules.

Everyone loves Rio and Rio loves everyone, but the 
relationship between Rio and is papa is extra special.  
Those two just adore each other.  Who saved who I
 am not sure, but it sure is wonderful to see.

Just a little reminder to us all who have pets. When we adopt
 a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having
 to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good
 reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness.
 They attack every moment of every day with that attitude.

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads...


Nov 15, 2018

Favorite Time Of The Year ~

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air...

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Every turn is Christmas.   My favorite time of the year, 
unfortunately Arvid does not like it.  It has to do with his childhood.

Christmas brings out the happy in me even more.  I am not one 
who stresses about what to buy, nor do I shop months in advance.

I enjoy window shopping and yes, I do get a kick out of seeing 
people "agonize" the many, many things on their Christmas list.

All it takes is one Pina Colada and I am happy.

Happy shopping all.  Me I am going to take it easy.

Christmas now surrounds us, happiness is
 everywhere.  Our hands are busy with 
many tasks as carols fill the air...


Nov 14, 2018

Hello Beautiful Wednesday ~

Grateful today for all the things I often take for granted. 
 When I started counting my blessings, 
my whole life turned around...

As usual Sniff and woke up very early. He had his 
brushing, but did not want any foodies as yet.  He 
prefers to eat when his dada has breakfast, most times.  
Sniff also like to help his dada with his work.

Some mornings he does let me know he’s hungry,
 and of course he gets foodies, but no matter what, when 
Arvid has breakfast Sniff wants more foodies.  Same goes
with lunch.  When Arvid eats Sniff has to eat.  Cute when you
 see it happening.   Sniff let’s us know he wants his foodies.

Very quiet morning.  The Intracoastal is quiet.  Still. 
 No wind.  Pretty to look at while I had my cafe.  

I usually go to the Swap Shop once a week and buy 
my fruit.  Most weeks on a Wednesday.  Hope to do the 
same today.  Missed my coconuts very much when we 
were in Branson so now I make sure I have it every week, 
and I always get extras to last me a few additional days.

It’s good to be back home.  Back in Branson it is super cold.
  The tenants text me and tell me.  They also send me 
pictures.   That always makes me smile and for a little
 while I’m back in Branson and at Almost Home.  

Yes, a very special time of my life. 
 Even though it was hard work.  I loved it, 
and I love hearing from them.

Mom and dad are on their way to New York once again.
  Nina and David are already there.  It was to be a 
getaway for them, but in between there was a death 
in the family, so it’s not the happiest of times.  

Nina and David do get to enjoy a few days in the

 city before the funeral on Saturday.  Nina really 
misses Pennsylvania and the colder weather.

Rima in California is just a few hours away from 
all those fires.  Very distressing for us.  Also my friend 
Anna is not far from it.  Anna is having a very rough time 
right now.  It’s been a little over a week her Taino died.

My sister Nirvana and Kimsy are soon off to Paris and Madrid
 for a few weeks.  J and Alexandra are soon back to Cancun
 for another wedding.  He just got back from Puerto Rico. 
 I’m going dizzy trying to track my own family.

Arvid and I are doing good we are happy to not be in 
the freezing cold.  It’s beautiful here.  The sun shines
 everyday.  We see boats, palm trees and the water. 

 Arvid is always in shorts which is what he loves. 
 Life is good.  Wishing everyone a beautiful day and 
just remember no matter where we are what we do there 
is always something to be thankful and grateful for.

The good life is a process, not a state of being.  
It is a direction not a destination.  The more you are 
positive and say, “I want to have a good life,” 
the more you build that reality for yourself
 by creating the life that you want....


Nov 12, 2018

A New Week Begins ~

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do,
 something to love, and something to hope for...

I had some time and what's one of my favorite passtime? 
 Looking at pictures of course.  Yesterday I Mala sent a few 
pictures of Rio.  They have had him since February of this 
year, and boy has he grown. I can't wait to meet him.

Rio has been know to eat everything in site.  That includes wood.
  That being said Rio has had emergency surgery twice in his
 life already.  The good thing now is that Rio seems to have 
gotten over that stage.  We are all super happy for that.

He now can take walks and have play dates without having
 to use his muzzle.  As you can see, Rio makes everyone happy.

The next few days Arvid will be busy attending 
trade meetings.   He's a happy camper.  I have some 
time on my hands so will be inviting Liliana over for 
lunch and to get reacquainted with Sniff.

  Liliana and I share a strong friendship, no matter what
 has happened in the past.  I am a little nervous meeting 
with her again, and I am very sure she feels the same.  

One thing I do know I can trust Liliana.  
Looking forward to having a good time with her 
and to strengthening our friendship once again.

Monday is looking good already.  Lots to do, but feeling ready.
Being back in Florida is good.  I have had a wonderful time
in Branson.  I have made friends that will always be there, I felt 
more accomplished that ever before, but our life is here
 in Florida, surrounded by palm trees and sunshine.

Hello Monday.  Hello new week.  
Let's prepare to be amazing.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens;
 but often we look so long at the closed door that we
 do not see the one which has been opened for us...


Nov 11, 2018

Happy Sunday ~

Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is 
made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come 
too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all these tiny 
successes, the big ones don’t really mean anything...

Every morning Sniff comes to the bedroom to wake 
me up and let me know it's time for his brushing.  Even before
 I have my cafe, I spend a good 5 minutes brushing him.  After that
 he wants his foodies.  It's a routine we have and I love love it.  Sniff 
is just so precious and he has made our lives so much better.

Yesterday Arvid and I celebrated 17 years of marriage.
 I decided to treat him to a day out on the beach.  We started
 out by having drinks from place to place.  I do not tolerate
alcohol too well so after the first place I was way
too tipsy, but it was our special day after all.

Nothing better than to start off the evening with
a Mojito on the beach. The beach is now full scooters.
 Maybe they were there before, but we have not been
 around for so long so I am just noticing them. 

California has them and Chicago has also had them for years now. 
You can rent it and just drop off wherever you like. The latest
craze.  No one has to walk anymore.  Yesterday,  Arvid
was also treated to his first Uber ride.  The driver was not
sure how to navigate through all the construction
going on so Arvid of course directed him.

Arvid's day so far is filled with soccer games.
 Three games. After the first two he said he was a
little tired watching TV.  I wonder why? 

Sniff follows him around like a little puppy.  Arvid loves it.
It's a beautiful and very warm day here in Fort Lauderdale.

 Soccer is about to be done and soon we will go and enjoy our
Sunday outing.  Life is always good when one stops looking
for all the things that can go wrong.  Just enjoy and make
 the most of it.  At least give it your best shot.

Wishing everyone a Happy Sunday and to
all the Veteran's a Happy Veteran's Day.

Happiness is not a station you arrive at,
 but a manner of traveling.  Even if happiness forgets
 you a little bit, never completely forget about it...


Nov 10, 2018

A Feel Good Day ~

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy.
 There's going to be stress in life, but it's your 
choice whether you let it affect you or not...

Fort Lauderdale's skyline.  This was not taken
 by me, but it's just so pretty that I had to share it.

The one below was taken by me yesterday at Sawgrass Mills Mall.
Arvid and I were there for some shopping and lunch.  Arvid was the
 one shopping. When Arvid buys, he buys one of each color. 

I enjoyed walking around.  It's been 2 years since I last 
went to Sawgrass.  Many more stores than when I was last there. 
 It was pretty because when it got dark all the palm 
trees were lit up with pretty lights. Loved it.

Yesterday we also went to one of Arvid's colleagues'
 home and though we have been there before, it still amazes me.
 His home is a haven for exotic animals.  We were once again treated
 to a tour of some of it. I fell in love with the baby Lemur.

We saw many more exotic animals.  I was fascinated
and would love to visit soon again.  Yesterday was another
 beautiful day.  In between work we also found time
 to do some fun stuff.  The best way to go.

Looking forward to another fun filled day today.

To all a very good day.  Let's not forget that the things
 we take for granted someone else is praying for.

Some people will only be as wise as their environment 
allows them to be. Hint: Change your environment!  You don't
have to tell me what your limits are when the decisions
 you make, your actions and body language says it all...


Nov 8, 2018

A New Day Begins ~

I've had a blessed life. I've pulled back from trying
 to control my destiny and gone back to accepting whatever 
fate has in store for me. I live for today because 
I don't know what'll happen tomorrow...

Everyday Arvid says to me,
"we now are going to really enjoy our lives."

He says, "we will be taking it easy, relaxing,
 and taking time to enjoy all the things we like."

If that includes having a Pina Colada at random times, then I am happy.
Sniff is doing great.  Though he does not like being picked up we still try.

I woke up to a beautiful day, and I plan to make the most of it.

Hello everyone, remember learn from yesterday,
live for today, and always hope for tomorrow.

There is no perfect condition so now is the perfect time
 and today is the perfect day to take action...