Nov 21, 2014

Christmas In The Air...

It's the MOST wonderful time of the year...

Everywhere we turn I see Christmas.  My most favorite time of the year.  Too bad Arvid
does not like Christmas.  I love it and have had the best Christmases when I was a child.  
At home with my parents and sisters.  Christmas was always special with family.

Yesterday we took a trip to the mall.  Actually I did while Arvid had a little business meeting.  
I always enjoy these moments on my own and going to the mall is always more fun 
when I do it alone.  Then  can do whatever I like and take as much time doing it.


At Christmas I always long to be back with all my family in that cozy bond we share.  
One of these days hopefully it will work out where we can all be together again.
 With 5 of us it is not easy to all meet up at the same place and same time.  
And with kids even more difficult for my sisters.  Not easy.

Yesterday I just walked around admiring all the Christmas decoration and lights. I can spend 
hours just looking and during this season there is so much to see.  Also I could not help browsing 
for Christmas presents.  Now that we have a grand-daughter and another on the way
 one of my favorite departments is the baby department.  Did the same when my 
sisters had little ones. Lilly is still a "baby" so I also love to buy her girlie things.  
Saw the most adorable clothes for Aleah.  Next summer she will be
 two years old.  Can't wait to buy her stuff.  Makes me happy.


Though Arvid does not like Christmas, nor Christmas music, nothing can stop me 
from getting into the Christmas Spirit.  Just feels right and just so beautiful.
What made me even happier was that I have begun to buy presents for the
 special people in my life. Little things but I'm happy.


Wishing you all a jolly happy day.  Remember that Christmas is 
not about receiving but it is about family, friendship and all things good.
Happy Friday everyone!  Let's all have a good weekend.

If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time.  Not tomorrow.
Not next year.  Today should always be our most wonderful day...

~Nadiya~

Nov 20, 2014

I See Sunshine...

Alone time is when I distance myself from the voices
 of the world so that I can hear my own...

Yesterday was a very dark, gloomy and cold day.  Made for me not going out much. Just a
 few errands and was back in the warmth of our apartment as soon as possible.  Arvid 
was in meetings since Monday and was gone for most of the last 3 days.  Weird but I 
actually felt the quietness in the apartment, but even so it was nice to have a 
few days by myself to just do as I wish.  I don't mind being by myself.


 I actually enjoy time alone.  I am currently trying to convince Arvid to, go out with friends
 alone for a change.  Without me.  Just to talk and bond with them some.  He says
 he won't do it, I know for sure he won't do it.  I know Arvid well.

The evening was made cozier by Arvid making his famous hot chocolate for us.  He made
 enough for breakfast also.  He does make a great hot chocolate.  He used to use a 
Norwegian cacao, but now he uses one made right here in the good old USA.


Even Brutus was cold.  He stayed most of the day and night under covers. 
 He briefly came out for foodies and of course I had to grab him for medication.

It is still on the cooler side right now.  Kinda gloomy, but hopefully will get better as the
day progresses.  Maybe a little trip out this afternoon with Arvid just to get out and hopefully 
soak in some sunshine.  Doctor told me it is a very good stress reliever and that it sure
 improves mood swings.  He better not be lying because even though we live in  Florida,



I don't like going out in the sun.  Too hot for me, but in this case will make
an exception for the better good.  Sunshine does a body good always, and the sun is coming.

To all a goo day, remember to be humble and polite.

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; 
they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind...

~Nadiya~

Nov 19, 2014

Hello COLD Wednesday...

Happy Wednesday.
Keep your best wishes to your heart and see what happens...

For us here in South Florida it is cold.  Yes when you are used to the warmth
all year long a tiny little cold front makes us all big wimps.  That is the case right now.
A cold front is here and if you see everyone here, they are bundled up more than the people
who are really freezing.  That's what it is to live in a warm place and suddenly experience cold.
 Sad but true.  South Floridians are not made for the cold, but sure have the clothes for it.  Go figure.


Today I leave you with some of my favorites.


Like the rest of the country, we are also experiencing a cool front, but even so
South Florida is still warmer than every where else in the nation. Yes, we are
 fortunate right now.  Best place to be even if it's raining right now.


To all a good day.  Stay warm and cuddle up with hot chocolate.  
We will be doing the same.  Arvid's specialty on cold days is hot chocolate.
Remember, Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while,
 nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation.

When all is said and done, the weather and love are the 
two elements about which one can never be sure...

~Nadiya~

Nov 18, 2014

Ahhh Brutus.....

When I am feeling low, all I have to do is watch Brutus and my courage returns....

I wake up every morning around 4am just to take Brutus to the bathroom where he has his 
food, water, and litter.  If I am not awake, he just keeps walking over and over us until I move.
I don't mind because I know at this hour for sure he will eat, drink and most likely use the litter pan.


This is good because for the pills to not upset him too much he needs to eat a little foodies first.
Even though Brutus knows what's coming and even though he hides from me, I eventually
 catch him and force the pills down.  The routine is not something either of us enjoys, but 
I will do it as long as necessary.  I catch him lock him in the bathroom, fold his pills 
in the pill pockets, prepare about 10 syringes with water and the go to the
 bathroom.  Through all of this he is crying as loudly as he can.

You would think that after this Brutus will just hide from me, but somehow he has figured
out that he is now safe for a while.   That is until the evening dose.  He then comes to
 me and  "begs" to be brushed.  I gladly do so.  I try to give him a few treats.  
Sometimes he eats then other times like today he didn't.  


The thing about pets, at least Brutus is that even though he knows I will give him the pill, 
he never stops loving me.  Granted he runs all the time away, but sooner or later 
he comes back purring and even more affectionate than ever. I need no
reason to love him, but if I did this was more than enough.


Wishing you all a very good day and I say,
"I hope to be the kind of person my Brutus thinks I am."

Animals do speak, but only to those who know how to listen...

~Nadiya~

Nov 17, 2014

Busy Monday...

In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy,
 to plow your anger and your energy into something positive....

It's only Monday yet somehow it seems like the work week has been here for a long time. 
 It sure does not help that I had almost no sleep last night.  Now of course I can 
hardly keep my eyes open, but with so many things to do I better otherwise 
I sure will be in a lot of trouble today.


When I finally fell asleep this morning it was with Brutus by my side keeping
 me warm.   Be both slept soundly until Arvid woke up.  Had not 
realized how fast two hours can go by when sound asleep.  

 Today Arvid is in a meeting and to make things a little more complicated, he refuses to drive
 his car because he is worried that if he parks it at the hotel someone might scratch it.  
Therefore, I took him to his meeting and will be picking him up.  He wants me 
to do this for the remainder of the two days the meeting is going on.  
I told him no deal. Today yes, next two days he has to drive.  
The whole point of having a car is to drive it.


Had a very pleasant weekend.  We spent three days in the company of good friends. 
Yesterday Sunday we had our alone time and made the most of it by going to one of
 our favorite restaurants.  Yesterday it was Houston's.  Very relaxing always to 
sit by the water and enjoy our meal as the boats pass by.  


Now to do some work while Brutus is still asleep. 
 Today he gave me a very hard time to take his pills.  It's not a 
happy time for neither of us, but it will always be done because he needs it.

We woke up to a wet day, but it seems to be clearing up a bit.  
Still cloudy, but always warm.  That's why it's called The Sunshine State.


To all a good day and may this be the start of a good productive week 
ahead.  Remember, think and your mind will stay fresh.

Half an hour's meditation each day is essential,
 except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed....
~Nadiya~

Nov 16, 2014

Sunday...

Sunday, for me, is all about being home with the family with no plans...


So far a very relaxing day.  No traumas happening here today.  Brutus is fast asleep and did well
 with medicines this morning.  Today he decided to be good and eat a little foodies
 and drink some water even after he had is pills.  Makes for a good day for me.


Everywhere from Fort Lauderdale to Norway Christmas is in the air.  I "talk" with my 
step-daughter Victoria all the time via Whats App and we keep each other "informed" 
of what's happening in our side of the world.  I really enjoy these conversations
 with her.  I have also started to do messenger with Michelle, so happy happy 
to be a part of their world even when we are so far apart. Makes me feel 
closer to them.  Both are very good girls.

I love the fact that Victoria makes even the mundane seem glamorous.


For instance this is her setting the table.  Her heading is Autum Setting.
Try as I may, I could never replicate this.  It is always fun to see what she comes up with next.

We Skyped with our grand-daughter and it has made the day even better just 
"seeing" them.  Sundays are good days.  Now to go and do some house cleaning.  Not
Sunday unless there is a little cleaning to do.  For a change I have to iron a couple of shirts.
Arvid says he does not like them when they come from the dry cleaners because they are too stiff.


He is SPECIAL.  Take that any which way and you will still be right.
To all a good day and hope the Christmas spirit is already in you.  I have it and I'm happy.

Happy Sunday everyone,
It's the last day of the weekend so let's make sure it's a good one...

~Nadiya~

Nov 14, 2014

Time With Friends...

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it....

As Arvid always says, "some of the best times are the times we have with friends."
This is always true.  Can't recall a time we have been out with friends and 
did NOT have a good time.  There is no pettiness, no need to show 
off or brag, all we do is enjoy each others company.


That was the case yesterday and it is always such a fun time that we repeat it
today and tomorrow as well.  There is always something interesting going on and
 somehow I am always laughing.  Fee;s god to just relax, enjoy and have a good time with
 no worries.  It also helped that I had not one but two very Exotic Mojitos. I'm very happy right now.


To all a very Happy Friday and Cheers to the weekend!

Friendship... is not something you learn in school.
 But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, 
you really haven't learned anything....
~Nadiya~

Nov 13, 2014

Slowly....

Find a way to remind yourself daily of the value of the things you 
want and getting there will seem effortless...

Everyday is another day to get it right.  I have heard this so many times.  I have even used it
 in my blog quite a few times.  They are simple words, but if you took the time and tried 
to live by them you will realize that all of a sudden they are not just words, but more 
of a way of life.  It takes courage to actually get it right day after day.


Recently, everyday I struggle with myself to get it right.  Every morning I wake up 
and all I wish for is for me have a good day.  Without mood swings and without 
periods of feeling blue.  When you really concentrate on it all of a sudden
 it is not as easy as once thought, but it is possible.

The last few days have been pretty good for me, unfortunately not the best for Brutus. 
Granted his paw is looking OK, but he has been reacting bad again to taking 
medication.  For me this is always a stressful time
 and we go through it twice a day.


Brutus once again has diarrhea.  To counteract that, I have been giving him 
plain white rice from a syringe.  You see the one syringe that has white stuff in it?
That's the white rice minced and prepared especially for my Brutus.  Of course he hates it.

Yesterday was a very good day.  Arvid and I had a nice outing with the top down,
and it was very nice to see that Christmas is already in the air.  My favorite time of the year.


It's the jolliest season of all... and I am definitely getting into it!

The happiest of people don't have the best of everything.
They just make the best of everything....

~Nadiya~

Nov 12, 2014

Karma...


If Karma is real…
In ten years I’m going to call some people up
and ask how many cars have hit them since graduation
I expect the total number to be somewhere in the ten’s...


I saw this the other day and it reminded me so much of some people I have come
across in life.  I am positive that many of you also know quite a few like these.
I actually came across a few of them today in my brief outing.  Sad indeed!

Those are the people who love to talk things over, to constantly want to explain things,
 who feel that they should call a special gathering and discuss the problem.
Those are people who have nothing better to do with their
lives than to interfere in the lives of others.


I have seen this happen and all I feel is pity.  Pity for the person who has to spend
countless hours discussing nonsense.  Pity because it is during those moments that their
 lack of self esteem, lack of self confidence, and lack of respect both for
 themselves and for others come through.

I find that when one is confident in themselves, there is no need to explain.  There is no
need for prolonged discussions.  There is no need to convince anyone of anything.
At least this is what I believe.  I believe that if you feel you need to explain yourself
 and to constantly nag about the same thing all the time, then your life is quite sad.  
Remember, how people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

Keep on criticizing, insulting, and judging other people. 
Someday somehow, someone will do the same to you...
Karma does exist dear...

~Nadiya~

Nov 11, 2014

Not So Good Days....

No matter how you feel, get up!  Dress up!
Show up! And never give up!....

For many everyday is not a good day.  Lately because of the many changes I have gone
 through,  I also have some of those not so good days.  There are times I don't really 
recognize the person I am and that is scary.  I have to keep reminding myself 
that time is my best friend.  So difficult right now to keep that in mind.
My sister posted this the other day and I am going to try it out.


Visiting my parents even for just a few days was good.  It cheered me up and for
those few days I just relaxed and did not worry about things.  Tried not to.

I never realized the changes that would take place once my thyroids were removed.  No one 
told me I would get mood changes.  Right now I can deal with the weight gain or try,
 but these mood changes are sure getting me down.  I am usually a happy 
person, now I am on the moodier side.  Not liking it at all.


Everyone tells me that it takes time to adjust and to get to that "balance"
I'm waiting and I'm not the most patient of people.

If anyone has a suggestion, please share it with me. 
 You can contact me at: nadiyas@gmail.com.

You know it was a good day if you didn't hit or bite anyone...

~Nadiya~