Mar 17, 2018

Beautiful Times Ahead ~

The quieter you become the more you can hear...

Relaxing Saturday here at home.  As always for Arvid the day
 starts with a soccer game, and today he is in for a treat 
because he gets to watch Barcelona vs. Chelsea.  

For a change he will be getting out of bed early.  Well early
 for him.  Sniff and I have been awake for a few hours 
already enjoying the quietness of the morning.

Today Almost Home is hosting a Pizza and dessert event.  
I also made a few little extras just in case.  Looking forward to 
that, and to seeing that everyone has a good time.  

Hoping to make this a once a month event.  As I have always 
 mentioned, some of the nicest people live at Almost Home, 
and I have grown very attached to them.  A fun day waits us.

Happy St. Patrick's day to all, and to all a good day.

Life moves so fast.  You gotta document the good times, man.
Good friends, good food, good times.  Let the good times roll...


Mar 16, 2018

Weekend Time ~

Hands up if you're ready to do something you'll regret this weekend.
It's Friday, time to go make stories for Monday.  Hello weekend...

Of all days to not have been feeling so great, it had to
 be yesterday.  Bummer.  It was a gorgeous warm and sunny day,
 but unfortunately I was indoors the entire time.  Woke up with all 
the symptoms of the flu.  Did not go into  work nor did I get
 to enjoy the warmth of a beautiful outdoor kind of day.

At some point of the day we were even warmer than Fort Lauderdale.
Arvid came back home yesterday all smiles and ready to go out.  
As he said "anywhere you want we can go."  I was still not
 feeling great so we ended up just staying in.

Sniff enjoys time in the sunshine.  He loves to stretch out and just 
snooze in the light.  Arvid keeps telling him (Sniff), "one day you will be
 moving to Florida and you will have a lot of sunshine as well.  Truth is, 
in our home in Branson there is sunlight coming in from all windows.

I woke up early.  Fed Sniff and brushed him.  He fell asleep again.
Arvid as usual is still asleep.  He is not a morning person.  I love mornings.
 Quiet and peaceful.  My thoughts carry me everywhere.  

Today as I was brushing Sniff, memories of me brushing Brutus came to me. 
 Brutus loved brushing.  All I had to say was brushing and he would
 run to the spot where brushing took place.  Sniff loves it as well, 
but so far does not respond to the word, "brushing."  He will one day.
  Shadow was just too little to even sit still for brushing.

Happy weekend to all, and for those celebrating St. Patrick's Day,
 remember luck is believing you are lucky.  Enjoy the weekend.

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, 
and nothing but happiness comes through your door...


Mar 15, 2018

Spring In The Air ~

Life is a game, play it.  Life is a challenge, meet it. 
 Life is an opportunity, capture it.  No matter how
you feel, get up, dress up and show up...

It does not feel like Spring, but it is sure starting to look like it. The last
 few days have been very cold, but then by mid afternoon it warms up nicely.

Today we will be having a spring like day.  Temperatures will soar 
to the mid 70'sF.  Missouri has some of the most drastic changes of 
temperatures.  As I have mentioned before, on the same day the temperature
 can drop 30 degrees or can also go up 30 degrees.  Today will be 
one of those days.  Happy that it will be rising and not dropping.

As hotel owners we have quite a few perks.  We nave never taken 
advantage of any, but now that we have some time we plan to.  Last
 night Arvid and I went to see on the the "top" rated shows in Branson. 
  Let's just say we left before the show before it was over.  It had its
 good moments, but was not what we would call our kind of show.

The day is already looking and feeling beautiful.  Sniff is running
from window to window chasing the birds, squirrels, and falling leaves.
Sniff is a happy boy.  Wonder how he would do when the day
comes and we move back to Fort Lauderdale.

To all a very good day.  Despite the forecast live like it was spring.

Live life to the fullest and focus on the positive...


Mar 14, 2018

And The Day Holds ~

A comfort zone is the most dangerous area anyone can stay in.
It is a place of no growth and no challenges...

Sniff makes life better everyday.  Looking at him play, 
sleep and get into trouble relieves all the stresses of the day.  
Always a happy sight when I open the front door 
and little Sniff is waiting there for us.

Sniff got a little present yesterday.  If you ask me it's his clone.
  Branson is packed with tourist.  As mentioned before, Spring break 
has begun for many.  There are families with kids all over the place. 
 Seems to me that Spring break was not that long ago.

Flowers are starting to bloom again.  You can tell spring 
is in the air.  Yesterday was sunny and beautiful.  This week
 we will have temperatures in the mid 70'sF.  Perfect if 
you ask me.  All is calm and quiet at Almost Home.

Another day begins.  Not sure what it holds, but definitely we 
are ready for it.  Let's do it! You never know what to expect. 
 There lies the beauty of it.  The unexpected challenge.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in 
moments of comfort and convenience, but where he
 stands at times of challenge and controversy...


Mar 12, 2018

A New Week Begins ~

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen...

Yesterday was extremely cold.  The temperature was not that low,
 but with the wind and the clouds if felt extra cold.  Even I did not
 like it that much.  All Arvid could say was, "this will be our last winter 
here."  The man is not made for the cold.  Viking or no Viking.

Yesterday I was in the mood for "all you can eat crab."  
We did go. The crab is nothing like the ones we get in Florida. 
 Understandably, but even so I was a little disappointed. 

 We had been there before, and at that time the carb was delicious.  
I'm guessing this will be our last time at that restaurant.
On our way home we saw a family of 8 deers.

I don't feel that bad because earlier in the week I also had 
crab at Red Lobster.  There it was delicious and just as 
good as the ones I usually get in Florida.

On Friday after working hard all week we decided to go out for 
a few drinks and dessert.  For Arvid nothing better than beer on tap, 
and the fact that they had Modelo Especial made it even
 better for him.  I stick to my Pina Coladas.

Sniff has not been eating like the way he used to.  Now he just
 sniffs the food and walks away.  Not sure what is going on 
with him, but I don't like it.  Not happy when he does not 
eat his foodies.  I'm thinking it's soon time for the vet.

Life in Branson continues its usual pace.  Hotel work is running smoothly. 
 Almost Home is full as usual and everything is going pretty good.

Back to work today.  The weekend was relaxing and very productive. 
Today begins a new week.  New experiences and so much to learn.  

Happy Monday all.  Let's strive for total AWESOMENESS!!!

Productivity is never an accident.  It is always the result of a commitment,
to excellence, intelligent planning,  and focused effort...


Mar 10, 2018

Daylight Savings Time ~

I don't mind going back to daylight saving time. 
With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I've saved all year...

It's here once again.  It’s almost time to spring forward! 
Daylight saving time begins this Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 a.m
. And yes, this is the one where you lose an hour of sleep. 

But don’t fret! That means you gain one more precious hour of
 sunlight at the end of the day to beat those end-of-winter doldrums.

So don’t forget to set any clocks that aren’t on a smart device ahead
 one hour before heading to bed Saturday night.  And get ready to 
have your microwave display the wrong time for the next 8 months 
because you don’t want to break out the instruction manual.

Lawmakers in Florida are tired of the whole "fall back" 
and "spring forward" rigamarole. So they've approved a bill to keep 
Daylight Saving Time going throughout the year in their state.

The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott -- but it's
 far from a done deal after that.  Even if the governor approves, 
a change like this will literally take an act of Congress.

But if all is approved, Floridians -- who'll set their clocks
 ahead one hour this Sunday when Daylight Saving Time
 begins, won't have to mess with it ever again.  

Florida will then join Hawaii and most of Arizona, the two places 
that are exempt from the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The Act established 
the system of uniform Daylight Saving Time throughout the  US.

My heart grieves for our Brutus and Shadow.  Everyday.
  Some days the grief attacks me stronger than others. Today is 
one of those days.  Little Shadow.  Full of life.  Brutus, the day
 came into our lives you changed it forever.  Both dada and I
 will never be the same.  You had us from  ~meow~

So after all is said and done, do not forget to change those clocks tonight.
We are closer to spring everyday.  Warmer days are coming.  For many
 this means that the clock in the car will finally be correct.

Don't forget it's daylight savings time. You spring forward, 
then you fall back. It's like Robert Downey Jr. getting out of bed...


Mar 9, 2018

Happy Day ~

Friendship refreshes the soul.  Our furry friends do speak, 
but only to those who know how to listen...

Even though yesterday we started off our day very cold, 
by noon the sun was out and the day sure warmed up nicely. 
 I love this weather.  The air is always crisp and refreshing.

  When I got home, it was still so beautiful I decided to explore 
the neighborhood.  Something we did when we first got to Branson,
 but after that life got so busy we never had time for much more.

  It was always work, work, work.  Today we have gotten to the 
point where we can now have some extra time.  We both love it. 
 Owning just one hotel has given us "freedom" to do so much.
  Seems like the way were were.  Almost.

I was able to enjoy the sunset,  and I also
 encountered a few furry friends.  I met up with a family of four doggies. 
 Dad and his 3 pups. Of course I approached them, petted 
them and had a good time seeing them chasing after each other,
 but when I was on my way back home they all decided to follow me. 
 At first I thought it cute, but then i was worried about them not
 being able to find their way back to their home.

Thankfully I met another couple.  Of course we started talking and they
 reassured me that the doggies always find their way back home.  Even so,
 one of the little ones followed me for the longest time.  He was a cutie and i 
look forward to walking that way again.  Maybe this time with some treats.

I also met Thunder.  She is one of several kitties that live close by.
Both Arvid and I always drive by that way just so that we can see her and her
 siblings.  Yesterday all I saw was her.  Maybe today I will also see the others.

Sniff has been "talking" all morning.  He wants me to play 
all the time with him.  I do play with him, but he never gets tired.  
Well time to give him some more play.  Sniff has the cutest 
"voice."  hard to ignore.  Almost impossible.

Happy Friday all.  Hopefully the weekend 
is already filled with fun things to do.

Best friends come in al breeds.  Happy Friday everyone.  Forget all the 
things you've encountered this week and have a great weekend...


Mar 8, 2018

Busy Days ~

I had an extremely busy day.  Converting oxygen into carbon dioxide. 
 I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once...

The last the last few days have been extremely windy,  and even
 though the temperature was not that low, with the he wind
 it was extremely cold.  In Branson many areas were without
 power.  Power lines were knocked down.  Luckily for us,
Almost Home was good as was our neighborhood.

As always I am surprised at how fast the week goes by.  Today is
 already Thursday.  This weekend is the start of spring break in Branson.
Everything is up and running and by Friday the town with be filled
with families with kids.  I’m always happy that we do long
 term extended stays and not nightly’s.

Almost Home is full and we have quite a few people waiting to get
 into one of our rooms.  Always happy about this.  We get to
 pick and choose who best fits our hotel.  Makes for better
tenants and more harmonious environment.

At Almost Home Arvid of course has set up his own office.
 His little space where he meets and greets customers for trades
and anything else that suits his fancy.  Everyone happy.

Not sure but the last few days I have been very tired.
 Don’t know why.  Same work. Same everything.  Nothing that I
can think of has changed in my routine, yet I’m tired.  Starting to
wonder if I need to check up on my thyroid medicines.  Hopefully
 it will soon sort itself and I will feel “normal”again.

When we were in Florida Arvid refused to eat many of the foods
he eats here in Branson, but as soon as we got back he’s back
 to eating everything. Very strange man.  He eats all kinds of fish
 here at the restaurants.  Back in Florida he won’t even try any.
 Unless I made it.  Here he also eats ice cream just about
everyday and when we go out he also had dessert.
Ice cream.  Don’t understand the man.

Everyday Arvid gives me a countdown of how many days we have
left until we go to Mexico.  As I have said before, it’s his favorite
 place to go,on a vacation. Says it’s the only place he relaxes.

I asked him what about Norway?   He said “that’s not really a vacation.
 That's just visiting family.”  I know what he means.  It’s not really
 relaxing.  We run from one house to another just about everyday.
It’s very exhausting, but it’s the same when I visit my family.

The truth is, no matter where we go, I/We always want to come
 back home within a few days.  Same like when we were in Florida
in February.  After a few days I was ready to come home to Branson,

  Family is fun to see but very exhausting.  After the first week we already
look forward to coming home, but at the same time we always have
 good times with everyone.  Always good to see everyone and
to spend time with everyone.  Relax we will always
 do when we get back home with Sniff.

When we don't see our families we miss them.  When we see them
we are happy, but at the same time thinking of being home again.
 I believe both Arvid and I still have a lot to learn about relaxing.
 When in Mexico, he is 110%  totally relaxed (if not more).

This year in Norway it will be extra special.  Arvid's youngest
 daughter Michelle, the mother of our 2 granddaughters will be
getting married.  Definitely looking forward to that!

Another day begins.  Not much to do right now at Almost Home
 so I go in a little later than usual and leave a little earlier than
usual.  Love it and am enjoying every omen twitch everyone.

Happy day everyone.  Remember life’s greatest lessons are
usually learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes.

Falling down is a part of life.  Getting back up is living.~


Mar 6, 2018

And So Begins A New day ~

I'm ready for flip-flop, warmer weather, sunshine, 
blooming flowers, birds singing and green grass...

Another beautiful winter day for us here in Branson Missouri.
  Granted not as warm as we use to have it back in Florida,
 but definitely something I can live with.  As I always
 mention, Arvid not a fan of the cold weather.  

I woke up with a stuffy nose, a bad headache and aches
 all over the body.  Hopefully not the flu again.  After all I did
 have the flu shot earlier this year.  My first time ever.  

Business all over in Branson are gearing up for Spring Break 
which begins for some on Friday.  Families will be pouring into 
town with their kids.  Believe it or not Branson has 
a lot of activities geared for families. 

 Right now all the indoor water parks are ready and 
some of the outdoor water slides also.  Still cold, but
 kids somehow don't feel it when having fun.

Here at home and at the Almost Home all is good.  Season is 
back up and running.  Tenants are back to working their 
full shifts.  Everyone happy all around town.

Wishing everyone a great day and may you always live in 
interesting times. Remember, sometimes in life we have to
 choose between turning the page or closing the book.

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself.
The challenge is to silence the mind...


Mar 5, 2018

March 5th ~

View life as a continuous learning experience.  Experience is a 
sometimes cruel teacher, it gives a test before presenting the lesson...

On Saturday we all worked at Almost home spiffing up 
some rooms for new tenants.  It was a lot of fun the 4 of us 
working together and then of course seeing the results.  

Always good when we work as a team.  Tiffany, Chris, Arvid and I. 
 We also have a good lunch of chicken wings (a favorite),so it 
made for even better times.  Saturday was very good.

Tiffany and Chris have two boys.  I think I finally found someone
 who enjoys chicken wings more than I do.  The youngest 
is only 14 and he can out eat us all in wings.

March 5th.  Two years since our little Shadow died. The few 
months we had Shadow with us he kept us busy.  He was 
very, very active little boy.  He was a baby after all.  

Arvid and I find it very difficult to talk or even think of how he died.
  We both agree that he was fearless and had he lived he would have 
been unstoppable.  Maybe the bravest and fiercest of our 3 kitties.

How strange it is.  Both shadow and Brutus died on the 5th.  
Different months, but every 5th of every month a little piece of 
my heart is ripped appar all over again.  My Brutus took my heart.

Little Sniff is filling our lives and leaving his paw prints all over us. 
He make life everyday better.  Sniff makes that ace in my heart
 more bearable.  He is now my little boy and because of him
 I am sure one day everything is going to be better and better.

Life goes on.  Nothing has stopped us from moving forward,
but it's in those moments when I have quiet time.  My mind wanders. 
 It goes to places it shouldn't.  I don't stay there, but there are days I wish 
I could go back in time.  Go back to when Brutus was alive.  And, no I 
don't live in a fantasy world.  If I did our Brutus would be here.

To everyone out there.  Never judge someone without knowing 
the whole story.  You may think you understand, but you don't. Before you
 start to judge, step into their shoes and walk the live they are living, and if you 
get as far as they did, just maybe you will see how strong they are.

The strongest people aren't always the people who win,
but the people who don't give up when they lose...