Apr 26, 2017

Gloomy Day Here...

Bad weather always looks worse through a window...

Today's forecast, thunderstorms, lightning strike and just 
overall gloominess.  Here comes the rain again.

Rain or shine we still have to show up for "work"  Allergies are 
still BAD.  Arvid is probably getting the cold.  Sniff not so happy
 with all the thunder and lightning, but we have to do what needs to be done.

Let's hope the rain washes away all the pollen... and some.

To all a good day.  Stay dry.  Be happy.

All of us could take a lesson from the weather.
It pays no attention to criticism.  Here comes the rain again..


Apr 25, 2017

Here's To A Good Day...

Ten years from now, make sure you can say
you chose your life, you didn't settle for it...

Arvid's birthday was on Sunday. We woke up to cool temperatures, 
but as the day progressed it just got warmer and warmer.  After a breakfast 
of bacon and eggs, it's our usual Sunday breakfast, Arvid watched a few 
soccer games on then we went to my hotel to check on a few things.

 After that it was the usual trip to Home Depot and Lowes.  Arvid bought tiles 
for his and I bought a few plants and planters for the outside of my hotel.  Everything
 was nice and quiet.  Such a good feeling especially after knowing that we
 have really worked hard these last 5 months to accomplish this.  Especially
 Arvid. His hotel has gone through a total transformation from 
what it was the day we took over  to what it is today.
 Arvid has worked hard towards that!

For Arvid's birthday I took him to a place called Chateau on the Lake. 
Very nice place and the view reminded us of being in the Eleuthera, Bahamas
.  The sun was shining and both he and I actually got a tan.  Was a beautiful day.

 Food was good and Arvid even enjoyed dessert.  He had the creme brûlée. 
 As Arvid keeps saying, "since coming here I eat more and I eat a lot of different 
foods."  True. His appetite is larger but at the same time he has lost 
quite a lot of weight. Same can't be said for me.

Weather is Missouri is strange we wake up to the 40's and in about 4
hours it goes to the high 70's.  Not complaining but still strange.

Sniff had a good day. He slept a lot had some extra treats and lots of love.

The work week is going by fast as usual.  Work keeps us very busy and
 having had a Sunday to just relax, enjoy a goof meal with a great
 view was a very special treat for us.  What we used to do as the 
norm back home in Florida is now a very rare thing for us.

Yesterday I had another go at gardening.  I bought 7 different kinds of seeds and
planted 6 of them in the same pot.  I planted the beans by themselves because 
I figure they need to climb on something.  Hopefully something will grow,
 and Arvid will go pick them.  They say that to plant a garden 
is to believe in tomorrow.  Guess that's me.

Hope everyone is having a great week so far.  Time to keep
 trucking away and making every moment count.

Be your own kind of beautiful.  Sometimes you win
sometimes you learn.  It's called life...

~ Nadiya~

Apr 24, 2017

Start Of A New Week...

We are so busy watching out for what is ahead of us 
that we don't take time to enjoy where we are...

Temperatures here in Missouri can drop anywhere from 30 to 40 degrees in a day.
Just 2 days ago we had a high in the mid 80's now we are seeing the 40's and
 to top it all off rain.  Looked like wet snow at some point yesterday.

Going up the driveway is treacherous in this weather.  Very slippery.  I still have 
not gotten the courage to drive my car all the way into the garage.  I am
 afraid of the steepness.  When the weather is really bad, like hail and tornadoes,
 Arvid drives it into the garage.  Has been often these last few weeks.

I can't believe the weekend is already over.  Monday already and 
time to start it all over again.  I am refreshed and ready for 
the new week.  Lots to do today and that is always good.

To all a good start of the week ahead. 
 Don't forget to make each moment count.

If you could get the courage to begin, 
you have the courage to succeed...


Apr 23, 2017

Birthday Boys...

Grow old along with me.   The best is yet to be...

Today Arvid and Sniff celebrate birthdays.  Sniff Sniff is two years old today. 
Arvid just a tad bit older.  It's a good day, but at the same time sad.  When 
Brutus was alive I always bought a card from him to his dada.  Not
 the same anymore.  I love our Sniff Sniff, but I miss my Brutus 
so very much, so much more these last few days.  

Looking back at pictures of Brutus and Shadow all I want to do is cry 
right now.  I know it will get better again, but sometimes all 
of a sudden this so called grief hits you out of nowhere.

Sniff is a happy 2 year old.  He is just a pleasure to have around.  I do love him,
 and sometimes I feel so very guilty trying to see in him all the things that Brutus
 was.  Sniff is Sniff and Brutus was Brutus.  Shadow died so soon he never had
 a chance to develop into that unique little kitty I'm sure he would have been.

To the man I love.  The one I know is there in the good and not so good 
times. Life has changed dramatically for us.  We have survived  and
 been through quite a lot in the last year and a half.  Together we have kept
 each other afloat.  I would not share my life with anyone other than you.

Happy Birthday to Arvid and Sniff.  I love you both.  
Know that Brutus and Shadow love you also and wherever they
 are they send big hugs to their dada.  Brutus in particular.

Life may be tough, but with you by my side it's one
 awful ride.  Happy Birthday to the ones I love...


Apr 22, 2017

Wet Cold Saturday...

Rainy days are perfect days to cuddle and watch movies.
When life throws you a rainy day just play in the puddles...

Wet!  Wet! Wet!  makes for a fairly "quiet" time at work.  Guess quiet is 
good sometimes.  Our hotels are still full and as of now both Arvid and
 I have a waiting list of people wanting t rent a place to live in. 
 Sign that things are really picking up here in Branson. 

Fortunately our hotels have been full for quite some time, but you never 
know when something will happen and a room suddenly becomes vacant.
  For instance, one of my tenants was in a pretty serious accident.  His 
room is vacant, but not ready to be rented as yet.  It's the one needing a total
 makeover, but I do have a waiting list.  Question is who do I want?

The weather sure does not make one feel like getting out of the house.  
Both Arvid and I were hesitant yesterday morning.  If we had a choice we 
would have chosen to stay home nice and dry with Sniff.  Even Sniff was 
not looking too cheery.  Guess the weather affects his mood as well.

Happy Saturday everyone.  Wishing you a day full of 
sunny smiles and happy thoughts.

Don't confuse your path with your destination.  Just because it's 
stormy now doesn't mean that you aren't headed for sunshine...


Apr 21, 2017

Friday ~ Weekend Is Here ~

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. You should never
 regret anything inn life.  If it's good it's wonderful, if its bad it's experience...

Both of our hotels at full.  Of course very happy about that.  The last two 
weeks there has been a flurry of people looking for a place to live. 
 We are still getting used to Branson and it's tourist season. 

 I feel bad for some of the people because they come to our hotels in 
desperate need of housing.  Now is the time for anyone to find a job  No excuses.
  Of course there will always be those that claim how it is "so difficult to find a job." 
 Truth being told there are hundreds of job openings right now.  Right 
here in Branson.  Every single hotel is hiring and there are hundreds
 of those.   160 hotels  according to booking.com.

Yesterday it rained and rained.  Today and the next few days same predicted.  
Just have to wait and see if it is so.  Saturday is expected to be cold
 again.  Life continues here I Branson.  Some days are busier than 
others, but everyday there is something unusual happening.

Yesterday I found a stray turtle climbing up our driveway.  Poor thing 
looked exhausted.  I picked him up and carried him safely to the other 
side of the road in a grassy spot.  Hope it was the right thing I did. 

After work, I come home to more work.  Sometimes I think it's easier being 
at work than being at home.  At home it seems that work is never done. 
 There are loads and loads of laundry all the time.  It's only the 3 
of us, yet I do laundry everyday.  Worse part is the folding.  

It's already Friday.  Today another of my tenants want to do lunch with me.
Looking forward to it because she is from Florida.  She's young and we 
will have lots to chat about.She comes to my office and when I'm not
 busy we have interesting conversations.  Looking forward to it.

Hopefully there will not be too much excitement at the hotels.  It will
be  ice to come home and just relax when the work day is over and not have
 to run over to either Arvid's or my hotel.  Yes..those days of 
sipping umbrella drinks are long gone for now.

Happy Friday all and may your weekend be one of relaxation 
and good times shared with the ones you love.

Sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and carry on..


Apr 19, 2017

One Of Those Days Again ~

Sometimes you have to go a long way around the houses to come home...

It's was a very long day at work yesterday.  For some reason I just was not
in the mood to be working.  I saw pictures of my sister and family in Playa del Carmen, 
Mexico and it made both Arvid and I wish we were there right now.  It will pass,
 but for a little there we both missed the life we left behind in Florida.  Guess 
yesterday was just one of those days.  We will have more, but we will also 
get more and more into the life we have now here in Missouri.

Tony and I are working on a room that needs total overhaul at Almost Home.  Yesterday
 we ripped out the carpet from the room did lots of scraping and vacuuming.  By 
the end of today the room will be all prepped and ready for a makeover.

Not being the type to do gardening, I have decided to try and grow tomatoes in 
my new planter.  Yes one of the tree stumps.  I bought the tomato trees
 and all I have to do is plant them.  Sounds much easier when I say it. 
I also bought strawberry seeds or shrubs to grow. 

As you see I planted them in the stump yesterday.  Had my machete ready in case
 any bugs should dare to show up.  Fortunately it went peacefully.  The only "bug" 
were the neighbors and they were nice.  The girl even came t me and said, 
"gosh you are so beautiful.  What is your nationality?"  That being cleared 
up she picked a flower, the white one in the planter and handed it to me. 

Arvid like me is busy.  His place requires more of his presence than 
mine does, and he has someone there taking care of the office when he's
 not around.  Unlike my place.  I'm the only one running the office.

Allergies have been better yesterday.  Weather wise it is very warm already. 
 Not complaining, but I am sure the summer will be very HOT!!

Already Wednesday.  Have to find someone to cut my hair.  Thought I did,
 but when I said I was not happy to have her run between me and someone else 
she said, "Oh you don't like being double booked?"  That was it.  I got up said 
goodbye and now I have to find someone else to cut my hair.  Not so easy.

I love those random memories that make me smile no
 matter what is going on in my life right now.  

When something bad happens you have three choices.  You can either let
 it define you.  Let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you...


Apr 18, 2017

Another Day ~

Humble enough to know I am not better than anybody,
and wise enough to know that I am different from the rest...

Anyone who knows Arvid knows that his passion in life is real estate.  The where does
 not matter if there is something for sale be assured Arvid will check it out.  That of
course means me following right next to him.  Be it in the bushes, on the beach,
 in the city, anywhere; if the property is worth looking at we are there.

Arvid saw a for sale sign on a vacant lot next to our home.  Of course he called
 up on it and told me all about the location, the view and the possibilities. 
 Me being always curious was game to checking it out as well.  

We went for a walk, but when I found out that I had to walk through tall 
grass and trees (what I call bushes), I decided I was not  that brave.
  I don't like grass and I don't like what crawls around in grass.  
Told him to go alone that I would wait for him.  I did.

Of course he comes back all excited.  Tells me "it's a killer view."  
I told him, "good,we don't need it and we don't want it."  Hopefully that 
will be that and we will not be buying a vacant lot to make our house with a view.

We have that back home in Florida.  Yesterday a friend posted a Florida sunset.
Made me nostalgic for home.  The sunset was from Tamarac.  We also lived there 
for a while. Though I did not like it much in Tamarac, our house itself was very nice.

Yesterday early in the morning t rained for hours.  Thunder and lightning.  
Sniff is a fairly brave boy.  Though he was scared he did not run in a panic.  He
 was always by our side.  In the early hours of the morning he was laying very close 
to me and every time there was thunder I felt him pushing into me even more. 
 Brutus would have been terrified, but Arvid had thought him to be less scared.  I miss 
my Brutus so very much.  I think of him often and my heart hurts for him and Shadow.

I am into papaya right now so I have it with just about all my meals.
I'm pretty sure I'll soon be tired of it, but for now loving it.  My mom and sisters
 love papaya, me not that crazy about it.  Guess will enjoy it while its there.

Sniff is good.  Life is good.  Some days are better than others, but in the end it
 is what we make of each day, each moment that counts.  I may not always
 have good days, but there is definitely something good in everyday. 
 I have Arvid, Sniff, a wonderful family, amazing friends and yes,
 I have memories.  Those no one can ever take from me.

Hello to another beautiful day.  Branson has seen the last of winter (I hope).
The days are predicted to be sunny, breezy and warm.  Like it!

Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself to others.
It's our differences that make us unique and beautiful...


Apr 17, 2017

Bye Bye Trees~

Take a quiet walk with Mother Nature.
It will nurture your mind, body and soul...

On Saturday we did what most people would probably not do.  We chopped down
 all the trees in your back, front and side of the house.  Total of 7 huge trees and 
5 smaller ones plus some "bushes" that we had no clue what they were.  

The men did tell us that the so called bushes were flowers that would bloom soon.
  What the heck they went too.  Yup!  We like it treeless.  My mom and sisters were
 horrified that we took down all the trees.  My mom said, "they are Floridians."

The good thing about this is that I got a few planters out of the trees.  Who
know maybe I might decide to grow something.  Problem is I don't like 
grass and outdoors.  But I  like the idea of growing tomatoes and 
some other vegetable.  Hopefully Arvid will pick them.

As you can imagine, Arvid worked as hard as the 5 guys who were there.
Arvid worked side by side with them for 11 hours.  Yes it took them 11 hours
 to do the job, and even so they forgot 2 smaller trees.  I will chop them down with
the machete soon.  I worked on Saturday, at the hotel and when I came home I
also helped with the yard stuff.  Lucky for me I only had 5 hours of yard work.
Those who know me know that I DO NOT like grass! and outdoor stuff!

Hope everyone had a good and peaceful Easter Sunday!

Advice from a tree.  Stand tall and proud.  Go out on a limb.  Remember your roots. 
 Drink plenty of water.  Be content with your natural beauty.  Enjoy the view...


Apr 16, 2017

~Happy Easter~

Easter.  The only time it's OK to put all of your eggs in 1 basket....

Happy Easter to all of you!  From our home to yours!

Enjoy the day with loved ones and make beautiful memories.
I am dealing with terrible allergies.  Not happy right now as you can imagine.

Dear Easter Bunny.  This year could you please fill my egg with 
health and happiness and deliver them to everyone I love.  Thank you...