Aug 3, 2020

Monday August 3rd

Live for moments you can't put into words...

Today I took a look back at one of our favorite 
times in North Carolina.  Arvid and I rented a boat 
and we took everyone out on a trip.  We all had a great 
time and to this day we always talk about it.  To this day
 Arvid says to me, "maybe we should do it again." 

You never know what life has in store, so maybe
 it might be the case.  The good thing is that most 
of us were there at that time in North Carolina πŸ¦‹.  
The "kids" were all so little.  Time sure fliesπŸ•₯

A new week begins.  What does it hold for us? 
 Maybe more staying at home?  A definite yes to that. 
 This pandemic has gone too far.  I am tired and I 
want to go back to the way we were.  I know that 
will not be the case for a long time to come,
 but being positive never hurt anyone 😁.

The week is yours.  Own it.  The secret of getting 
ahead is getting started.  Dream big.  Work hard, stay 
focused and surround yourself with good people...


Aug 2, 2020

Memories ~ Sunday August 2nd

Sometimes a short walk down memory lane is
 all it takes to Appreciate where you are Today...

Today's memory lane takes me back to on of our trips
 to Memphis, Tennessee.  We have been there a few times
🎸and each time we always find something that keeps us 
wanting to come back another time.  Hopefully soon we can 
take another trip to this very magical and musical place.

Arvid is most happy when surrounded by music.

Sniff has weathered the "storm" well 😻.  A little
scared at times, but always close to us.  The little
dude is okay and that makes everything else good.

First Sunday in August.  Let's hope August
 brings us better days.  Who knows, maybe the storm
wiped out the virus.  Just wishful thinking πŸ˜‚.

Sunday is looking good.  Arvid just finished his
calls and said to me, "that was a total of one hour"
 Always a good way to start his Sunday πŸ“žπŸ˜ƒ.

When it rains it pours, but soon the sun shines again. 
 Stay positive.  Better days are on their way...


Aug 1, 2020

Fort Lauderdale Now ~

Wake up and smell the rain...

Tropical storm Isaias is here and absolutely
 NOTHING is happening, but that does not stop the
 newscasters from "tracking" the storm 24/7.

Maybe a little flooding is in store for us, 
but that's nothing new.  Whenever it rains here
 there is a flood.  Old news if you ask me.

A few waves, yes.  Some have even gone 
swimming out on the beach today.  Yes it has rained. 
 On and off, and also after the rain comes the sunshine
 and the rainbows.  It is after all South Florida.

And yes the palm trees are swaying back and forth. 
 It is after all a tropical storm.  Floridians have bought
 everything from the grocery stores.  Home depot is
 empty.  You would think we are preparing for a war. 

 It is the same every year at the mention of the word
 hurricane.  On the other hand think Hurricane Maria
 that came to Puerto Rico and Dorian to the Bahamas.

Hurricane, Tropical Storm whatever, it was still a 
beautiful day at the beach.  People didn't miss an opportunity 
 posing for pictures.  Life under all circumstances is good.  
It always up to us to make the most of it.  To live it.

Florida, where you make a big deal out of
 nothing.  It's happening again.  Let's just hope
 i do not have to regret saying this.

We live to fight another day...


Hurricane Season ~

Florida... the rules are different here...

As another day begins, we prepare ourselves for 
now hurricane Isaias.  Like I told my mom, "should 
it hit us, we will take off to another place."

Everything is in place for Sniff.  No matter what
 happens he has enough food, litter and love 
to see him through it all.  Always will πŸ’—πŸ’š

This is Sniff's first hurricane experience in
Florida.  The last few years we were either in Branson
 or Chicago.  Right now he's calm.   A good sign that
 there is no imminent hurricane coming our way.

Living in Florida 🌴you know hurricane season 
is part of your life.  Most times it's a miss.  Unfortunately
 sometimes, like with Maria in Puerto Rico it is also deadly,
 and devastating.  Hoping for the best as always πŸ™, but
 mentally always preparing for the worst.  It's called life.

Hurricane season brings a humbling reminder that despite
 all our technologies, most of nature remains unpredictable...


August 1st ~ A Brand New Month

August rain: the best of the summer gone, and 
the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time...

A little under 5 months until Christmas.  
Hello August.  Please be kind to us all.
So far 2020 has not been a great year.

Good things are going to happen  Welcome August.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, 
but their echoes are truly endless.  As a new month 
begins, why not aim to show a little more kindness
 to one and other?  Kindness costs nothing.

Life is good.  Make it beautiful.  Work for a
 cause, not applause.  Live life to express, not to 
impress.  Do not strive to make your presence
 noticed, but make your absence felt.  Hello πŸ’‹
August.  Let's make this an amazing month.

Sometime the heart has it's own rules.

It is not joy that makes us grateful.  
It is gratitude that makes us joyful...


Jul 31, 2020

Friday ~ July 31st

Wishful thinking is one thing and reality is another...

A trip to the Swap Shop is always a treat.  I get
 all the fruit I want and enough to last me a few extra days. 
 Happy as can be. It's the simple things that make me the
 happiest in life.  Always has and always will.

Another quiet day awaits us.  Nothing wrong with that, 
but I am sure looking forward to the day we can live life 
the way we used to.  Seems like a long long time, and
 from the way it looks, seems like it will take a long time
 before life gets back to a semblance of what it was.

Life sure has changed.  I don't know if it will ever
 be the same again, but I hope it gets better soon.  I miss 
doing the little things we used to do.  Small things we may 
have taken for granted, now seem like different life.

When you take things for granted the things
 you are granted get taken.  The things you take
 for granted someone else is praying for...


Jul 30, 2020

And Life Goes On ~ July 30th

Slow down, relax, take it easy, enjoy life...

San Juan, Puerto Rico — Tropical Storm Isaias 
battered Puerto Rico on Thursday morning as it continued
 on a track toward the U.S. mainland, unleashing small
😒 landslides and causing widespread flooding and 
power outages on an island still recovering from 
previous hurricanes and ongoing earthquakes.

My sister Nirvan is in Puerto Rico.  Again all alone.
 Just about a week ago Kimsy left for Connecticut.  
Due to COVID, Kimsy was home in Puerto Rico since 
March.  Yes, a weekend getaway for her turned 
into an almost 5 month stay in Puerto Rico. 
 Not that she was complaining. 

Kimsy was home with her mom and her dad in
 Puerto Rico and she got a job researching cures 
and vaccines for COVID.  Not bad at all.

Soon we will be getting soaked by tropical storm 
Isaias.  Just another summer day in paradise🌴
If you are a Floridian, you go with the flow.

Other than this not much more happening.  COVID
 continues to dominate the news, but now with tropical 
storm Isaias, who knows?  Something new in the horizon. 
 For all you know it might wipe out COVID 😁🀷

Good morning everyone.  We patiently wait to
 see what the day holds.  The highlight is takeout today, 
Sniff and to see how the new exaggerates everything. 
 Life is good and it sure is time for it to get back to a 
semblance of "normal"  We just have to wait and see. 

Hope is seeing light in spite of
 being surrounded by darkness...


Jul 29, 2020

Pandemic Times~😬

You are braver than you believe, and stronger
 than you seem, and smarter than you think...

Many businesses are still booming even with the 
pandemic.  Construction is still going on in the 
🏠 downtown area of Fort Lauderdale  If the
clientele is there or not, that's another story. 

 Not so long ago I read that more and more people
 wanted to move out of the downtown area and into
 the suburbs.  Why?  Because with this  pandemic most 
people have had to work from home.  A new norm now.

Many say they prefer not to be in the city because 
of the traffic, noise and other stuff.  They would rather
 buy something in the suburbs, work from home and
 enjoy peace and tranquility.  Of course not everyone 
feels that way, but many do.  To each their own.

Good morning everyone.  The helicopters are already
 hovering over our area.  Looking for another criminal
probably.  Since COVID has surged here in Fort
Lauderdale/Florida, the crime rate has escalated.

Every night on the news you hear of someone 😲
murdered in Fort Lauderdale.  Crime is not unusual
here in South Florida, but to see so much violence,
 murders close to home is something else.  Hopefully
 one day things will be better again.  Has to right?🀷

The things you can see only when you slow down...


Jul 28, 2020

Tuesday July 28th ~

When a new day begins dare to smile gratefully...

Arvid says every so often he has very blurry vision.
  I say he watches too much TV and stares at the TV 
screen and his laptop too much.  Whatever the reason, 
he feels that wearing sunglasses at night while 
watching TV will help with his "problem"

There are strange people, and then there is Arvid 😁
And by the way, nothing is wrong with his eye, but being 
an adult male, well that says it all.  Extremes are called for.

Sniff is taking it easy and so happy that we are 
back home.  He continues to follow Arvid around more 
than ever and hardly leaves him alone.  At nights 
Sniff is all cuddled up next to us.  Love πŸ’“πŸ’œ

Nothing spectacular planned for today, but even so, it is 
a beautiful day and I am sure we will have a good one.  

Wishing everyone a happy and safe day.  There are
 so many beautiful reasons to be happy today.

If you cannot do great things, do small things 
in a great way. Give everyday the chance to
 become the most beautiful day of you life...


Jul 27, 2020

Monday July 27th ~

You have to fight through some bad 
days to earn the best days of your life...

I thought it was bad enough being in Chicago and
 having to use our masks all the time.  In North Carolina
 at least you can come out of the house go to your car, go for
 a walk and not have to be using the mask.  Yes, you have
 to use it in all public establishments, and that was OK.

We come back home to Fort Lauderdale, and 
it seems as if in the span of 2 weeks it got even worse.  
So we do have to wear the mask as we leave our
 apartment, but we can take it off in the garage. 
 Could not do so in Chicago.  Crazy world.

The signs are all over the city now.  More than ever.

Now as we drove around a little yesterday in 
the city I have noticed more and more people are 
wearing their masks.  Seems like not everyone feels 
safer using them.  Do they help?  I don't know,
 I do know we also use them all the time.

Ordering take out, not the same now.  Everyone is
 masked up and I think many like it.  I hate it.

The "crap" we brought from Chicago is slowly 
"disappearing"  Not even sure where everything is, but
 at least it's packed away somewhere, and no we have not 
opened many of the boxes nor suitcases as yet.  Then we
 would really have a problem finding a spot for everything.

If you look πŸ‘€ really good you can see all the 
stuff scattered all around the living room and the
 bedroom.  That I will deal with today, and hopefully 
find where to put it all.  One can always hope πŸ˜‰

Monday here again.  July is soon over.  
This pandemic is just getting started.  Life has 
sure changed and I am not liking it at all.  
Check out Arvid with his gloves.

It broke my heart seeing my parents and not 
being able to give them a hug.  We did it for their 
protection.  I hated, hated leaving and not hugging
 my mom and dad.  Horrible feeling😒, but we 
did it because it was the right thing to do.

Always hoping for better days to come.

There are more glorious days ahead, this 
should be your joy for today. Bad days always
 promise a better day tomorrow...