May 23, 2017

New Week Already ~

Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.
Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can...

Just when we start getting used to the so called "good" weather,
 we are hit with more tornado weather, rain, thunder, lightning and more flooding.
  Just hope this will not be the trend.  Once again Sniff is scared and has
 stopped eating.  Just when he gets over the last bad weather, the next 
one hits us.  It's getting to be very annoying now.  Wish it would just
 be summertime weather.  Warm and beautiful sunshine.

Here at our two hotels fortunately all is well.  No flooding or major 
disturbances.  I do have a very concerned citizen living at Almost Home.
  During the last tornado warning she got out her bull horn and at 
1 am started knocking on everyone's door.  

She was yelling that they should all basically evacuate their rooms 
and seek cover.  We do have a safe room for this. All was OK.  
The wind was howling.  Heavy rain, thunder and lightning, 
but noting serious.  Weirdest thing is that I am getting
 used to this crazy weather in Missouri.

Looking forward to the new week and to what it holds. 
 Already Tuesday.  Almost Home is still at 100%.  Hopefully we will 
be able to get all the approvals required for opening the pool.  
So far we are looking good.  Pool is sparkling clean, but a tad
 bit chilly since the sun has been in hiding.

The new week promises to bring sunshine and some more
 rain showers.  At least it will not be cold. Warmer/hot 
days are here to stay.  Happy about that.

  Wishing you all a great week ahead,  filled with smiles,
 happiness and all of the great things in life...


May 21, 2017

Day To Relax ~

Your calm mind is your ultimate weapon 
against your challenges.  So relax....

Sunday.  Plans for the day: spend it with Sniff and do absolutely nothing.
  No running around.  No stress.  No anxieties.  Just peaceful
 and quiet.  I'm happy and relaxed already.  

Sunday.  A day to refuel your soul and be grateful for you blessings.

It's all about quality of life and finding a
 happy balance between work, friends and family...


May 20, 2017

Weather Woes..

There are a lot of false reports about tornadoes,
when people are simply seeing dark clouds...

Sunny and warm.. what a joke.  It did not last yesterday.  Before you
 knew it the weather changed.  The tornado sirens were blaring
 and once again everyone was on alert for tornadoes.

The ice cream store across from Almost Home.  Black clouds rolling in.
The picture below was taken close to our home yesterday.

Not exactly sure anymore what today holds.  Just have to wait and see I guess.  
Right now it's time to start another work day.  Sniff is on the alert and not eating 
too much.  Constantly afraid that the thunder and lightning will strike again.  

Last night was stormy.  Currently raining.  Patiently waiting for summertime,
 hopefully will bring us better weather.  By then I'm sure we will miss the rain.
In the meantime, why not enjoy some summer drinks.  Sounds good to me.

Weather forecast for tonight: dark...


May 19, 2017

Beautiful Day Ahead...

Just because it's not always nice does not mean its not miraculous...

Friday already.  This has been a very warm and sun shiny week.  Yes we have
 had some heavy winds, but it feels good.  I am really enjoying the time 
I have here with my tenants/friends.  I know that there are days when I
 would prefer to be back home in Florida, but at the same time I also 
know I will miss the people here I Branson when that day comes.

  For now, it is a new and interesting time in our lives. 
 Very challenging at times, but NEVER boring.

Nothing but work planned as of right now, but who knows?  Our favorite
 restaurant serving our favorite adult drink is not far from us.  Like last Friday,
 it is only a matter of jumping in the car and heading out there.  Arvid has 
discovered a few things here in Branson that he likes very much and I can 
always tempt him with that if I wanted.  Flan!  Yes his new favorite.

Yesterday was pretty quiet at Almost Home.  Happy about that.  Arvid
 being on the Strip sees a little more activity.  He likes it like
 that, I like it the way I have it.  Both of us happy.

That time of the day already.  Time to get busy and start the day. 
 Happy Friday everyone and wishing you all the perfect weekend
 ahead.  Sunny and warm here.  Could not ask for better.

Challenges are what make life interesting and
 overcoming them is what makes life meaningful...


May 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Brutus and Shadow ~

Missing you comes in wave, and today I'm drowning...

Today our Brutus would have turned 11 years.  It's a year, six months
 and 12 days since he died.  Not a day goes by that I don't miss his little 
face.  Yes the pain is less agonizing, but missing him is something
 that does not go away.  I wish I could hold him again.

Our little Shadow would have been 2 years old today.  He died too soon and
 we never really got to know what he would have grown up to be.  Fearless 
and super curious is what we had with him for a short time.

Here in Branson there is a little kitty that looks exactly like Shadow. 
 We pass him everyday on our way home.  As I mentioned a while
 back, I asked his owner about him and his name.  The little
 kitty that looks exactly like Shadow is named Shadow.

Sniff has filled our lives.  He makes us laugh.  We love Sniff Sniff,
but a part of my heart belongs to just Brutus and as of today
 no one else can or will ever be able to go there.

It's a beautiful day here.  All is good.  Weather warn, Sniff is happy,
Arvid and I are having the experience, adventure of a lifetime 
here in Branson, yet something is missing.  Happy birthday 
to our Brutus and lil Shadow.  Mama misses you
 everyday Brutus.  It's not the same without you.

Happy birthday Brutus and Shadow.  I miss you very much.

I miss you a lot today...


May 16, 2017

Breakfast Time ~

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast...

Our day starts once we have had a good breakfast.
After that there is no telling what we will accomplish.

If you want breakfast in bed tomorrow, sleep in the kitchen tonight.

Living in the USA for over 20 plus years, Arvid still has a few things he 
likes/prefers from his country.  One of those is his Norwegian jam.  
Every morning he has it. He does not like change at all.

I am not like that.  I like my own made in the USA stuff, but have to say there
 are some Norwegian products that even I have to admit to liking. Especially 
some of t heir sauces and Norwegian shrimp.  Just delicious.

Arvid and I are like clockwork.  Breakfast at the same time everyday Monday 
through Saturday.  Sundays we live "dangerously" and have a later breakfast.  First
 he calls his family and when he's done we relax to a leisurely/larger breakfast.

Good morning everyone.  I'll eat some breakfast then change the world.

Eat breakfast like a king.  
Lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper...


May 15, 2017

Let's Do It...

A brand new week to laugh, love and shine your light...

The weekend was very good.  Made better by sitting out on a Friday 
evening enjoying good Mexican food and yes, a delicious PiƱa Colada.

We have had some gorgeous sunny days, and by the looks of it, it is just
 getting better and better.  Fingers crossed that we get no more rain.  Talking
 about rain, Arvid and I visited the Dam.  The water levels in the lakes were still 
very high so the dam was still open.  I was pretty impressed with it.

What used to be parking lots are now flooded.  Picnic benches covered 
with water.The trees are covered with water.  Hopefully the rain 
will stop and things will get back to what is considered "normal."

Looking forward to the new week.  To see what new challenges we 
are presented with.No matter what life is always interesting and definitely 
you never know what will happen once you get to your hotel.

Here is  to a good start of the new week for all of us.  
Happy Monday friends.  Let's do this!

One small positive thought in 
the morning can change your whole day...


May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day...

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the
 bottom of which you will always find forgiveness....

Just want to dedicate today's blog post to all the wonderful mothers out there.
  If your mom is anything like mine, then all I can say is that we are truly
 blessed.  We may sometimes forget to let them know how much they 
mean to us, but a mothers heart is always open and always
 willing to forgive....just remember though that all mothers 
love to hear those three little words "I love you."

A mother's love is patent and forgiving when all others are forsaking,
it never fails or falters, eveen though the heart is breaking. 
A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go...


May 12, 2017

So Ready For The Weekend ~

Busy is a choice, stress is a choice, joy is a choice.  Choose well.
Better days are coming they are called Saturday and Sunday....

So ready for the weekend to be here.  The work week goes by FAST.  The weekend
 even faster.  Our weekends now consist of just Sundays off.  Saturday we 
both go to "work"  My day is a bit shorter than Arvid's.  Then I come home
 and the work begins all over again.  Staying busy like we wanted to.

This has been a pretty exhausting week.  Especially for Arvid. I look
 at him and I can see how tired he is.  He just never knows when to stop.

By the end of yesterday the skies got dark and the bad weather 
once again took a turn for "not good."  Thunder, lightning, followed by 
hail and tornado winds made for more unpleasant times/evening.  

Sniff got nervous and of course now does now want to eat.  Takes him a 
few days to get over this.  Poor boy has had many frightening moments 
here in Missouri.  Brutus.. not sure how he would have handled it. 

 For sure, we would have petted him more and made sure he was 
not so scared.  Sniff is much braver and independent.  Shadow
 never had the opportunity of knowing what bad weather was all about.
 I'm sure Shadow would have faced everything with pure fierceness 
and determination.  He in his short time with us was FEARLESS!!!

Friday.  Has not started out so great, but if all goes according to the weather
 man then it should just get better and better.  To all a good day and
 a happy start of the weekend.  Umbrella drink is calling...

May your weekend be full of adventure and cheer,
 and may the start of the next week be long away from here..


May 10, 2017

Happy Wednesday ~

Refresh your mind, delete all your problems
undo all your mistakes, and save the happy moments...

Every so often we still find time for each other.  Just Arvid 
and I and some quiet times.  For me it is still the best of times.

Free time we have little of, but what we do have together we sure make the most of.

Yesterday was a fairly quiet day, phone wise, but otherwise it
we had lots going on.  Once we got home the phones never stopped ringing.
I'm getting like Arvid now.  I wish the phones would stop ringing for a little.

Arvid and I did have a little TV time together with Sniff in the evening.
We both relaxed and ready to face what today may hold.  Hello Wednesday.

Always believe something wonderful is about to happen...