Aug 31, 2013

Men vs Women Hmmmm....

A quiet man is a thinking man.
A quiet woman is usually mad...

Interesting tidbits.  

This is the word women use to end an argument when they feel they are right and you need
 to shut up. Never use "fine" to describe how a woman looks - this will cause you to 
have one of those arguments.

This is half an hour. It is equivalent to the five minutes that your football game is going 
to last before you take out the trash, so it's an even trade.

This means "something," and you should be on your toes. "Nothing" is usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, and backwards. "Nothing" usually signifies an argument that will last "Five Minutes" and end with "Fine"

GO AHEAD (With Raised Eyebrows)
This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over "Nothing" and will end with the word "Fine"

GO AHEAD (Normal Eyebrows)
This means "I give up" or "do what you want because I don't care" You will get a "Raised Eyebrow Go Ahead" in just a few minutes, followed by "Nothing" and "Fine" and she will talk to you in about "Five Minutes" when she cools off.

This is not actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are an idiot at that moment, and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing"

Again, not a word, but a non-verbal statement. "Soft Sighs" mean that she is content. Your best bet is to not move or breathe, and she will stay content.

This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can make to a man. "That's Okay" means that she wants to think long and hard before paying you back for whatever it is that you have done. "That's Okay" is often used with the word "Fine" and in conjunction with a "Raised Eyebrow."

At some point in the near future, you are going to be in some mighty big trouble.

This is not a statement, it is an offer. A woman is giving you the chance to come up with whatever excuse or reason you have for doing whatever it is that you have done. You have a fair chance with the truth, so be careful and you shouldn't get a "That's Okay"

A woman is thanking you. Do not faint. Just say you're welcome.

This is much different from "Thanks." A woman will say, "Thanks A Lot" when she is really
 ticked off at you. It signifies that you have offended her in some callous way, and will 
be followed by the "Loud Sigh." Be careful not to ask what is wrong after the "Loud Sigh,"
 as she will only tell you "Nothing"

I have not yet met a man who says they understand women and vice versa.
Makes for a very interesting world though sometimes more complicated
than necessary.  As someone said, women speak because they wish to speak, 
whereas a man speaks only when driven to speech by something outside himself-like, 
for instance, he can't find any clean socks.  Just described Arvid!

Remember women are meant to be loved, not understood.
Men don't care what's on TV, they only care what ELSE is on TV.
Seems like Arvid all over again :)
Enjoy your day all and don't feel shy to "test" this
knowledge out.  Hahaha....

Men say women should come with instructions.. what's the point of that?
Have you ever seen a man actually read the instructions...?


Aug 30, 2013

Moments Like These...

All it takes is one song to bring back 1000 memories...

Left me with nostalgia today.

I don't usually believe all this "nonsense", but today it has left me wondering.

Sometimes all it take to bring back memories is a smell, a song or just plain tiredness.

Like everyone, I have memories to last a lifetime.  Many are now safely
tucked away somewhere far away, but always available and with 
each day new memories are made.

Remember you can't create new moments if you are busy with your past 
memories, so have a great day and make great memories...

Make each moment count and have a great weekend ahead!

Don't allow yourself to wake up with yesterday's issues
troubling your mind.  Refuse to live backwards, see
everyday as a new chapter. Make today 
ridiculously amazing....


Aug 29, 2013

Food Benefits...

To insure good health eat lightly, breathe deeply,
live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness and
maintain an interest in life....

Having one of those day where you don't really feel up to anything much?
Well how about if you try some some of these?

I have always loved avocado.  From very little my mom always gave
us avocado.   She loved and still loves it. We just liked the taste of it and
 at that time never realized all the benefits it contains.  For us it tasted good and our 
always bought it.  We ate it.

Today so many benefits are coming out relating to theses foods.  For 
instance avocados are said to be one of the top brain-healthy foods that can help 
prevent Alzheimer's Disease.  Contributes to a  healthy heart,  beneficial toward
 reducing blood pressure protects the eyes from oxidative stress damage leading to 
poor vision, cataracts, and macular degeneration.  As you can see even Brutus agrees.

Living in Florida means there is never a short of avocados.  No matter what store you go 
there is quite a selection to choose from and I always make sure that I have a few at  home.  

I add it to everything.  Even make avocado sandwiches and when I need 
a snack I just have a few pieces until time to eat.  Now just to get Arvid to try it!

Wishing you all good times and health always. Remember, 
To keep the body in good health is a duty... 
otherwise we shall not be able to keep our minds strong and clear.

The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat,
 can influence your life by 30 to 50 years...


Aug 28, 2013


The sun is up, the sky is blue, all the makings for a perfectly beautiful day...

Some of the reasons to wake up early:

I get to capture the perfect sunrise.  

I enjoy playing hide and seek with Brutus.  In the mornings he is full
of energy and anything that has to do with hiding under a sheet or towels
is right up his alley.  Brutus can play for hours, but because of his paw, I restrict 
him to limited playtime.  Somehow he seems to understand why we do this.

After taking care of Brutus' needs it is always very relaxing to sit with my cafe
and watch the rest of the sunrise.  Sometimes I read a little, 
but most times it is just some quiet time with myself and Brutus.  By now
Brutus is usually a little pooped so he is just sitting relaxing next to his scratch pad
or observing the world perched high on his condo.

Either way we are both happy waiting patiently (mainly Brutus) for Arvid to wake up.
This is the perfect time for me to catch up on some work and to follow up with 
customers and friends.  It's quiet, it's peaceful and I just love it.

Wishing you all a good day and don't forget,
every new day is another chance we are given to do things right.

Lose an hour in the morning,
 and you will be all day hunting for it...


Aug 27, 2013

One Of Those Days....

I am having one of those approach with caution days..
consider yourself warned...

Living in Florida dark skies, thunder and lightning are nothing unusual especially in
 the summer months.  Over the weekend we were out and most of the time there
was lightning flashing in the sky.  I thought it was a pretty interesting sight.

I did manage to snag a few pictures as we were leaving, but with Arvid that
is not the easiest of chores.  He does not see why I need to get a picture
of lightning flashing.  Rather than explain the why to him, I decided it was 
best we left. After all, "you don't want want to be struck by lightning" said Arvid.

Guess he has a point there.  Yesterday was spent catching up on bookkeeping.
Something that was a bit neglected while we were in Chicago.  Making the numbers add
up was a little of a challenge and though I still have some more matching up
to do, I am slowly getting organized again.  

As for Brutus, well it's really hard to tell what's going on.  When we came
back home to Florida it seemed as if things were heading in the right direction.
His swelling had gone down, though he was still not healed.
Now the last few days, it has started to look bad again.  The bottom of his paw
is again bloody.  He takes his medicines daily and while in Chicago it
was helping.  Now I am starting to think that there may be something
in our home that is causing him to get worse.  He is so good.  He just 
lays as I wrap a warm cloth around his paw.  Seems he knows it's for his own good.

After finding a Pharmacy that can make his medicine, I was a little more optimistic.
Always hoping for the best for him.  Both Arvid and I are constantly making 
sure he does nothing to hurt himself more than necessary.  Some days we get a little
 discouraged when we see his paw, but most days we are optimistic that it is helping him.

Yesterday was one of those days I was a bit down because of this.  Brutus was 
also a bit moped out as well.  Arvid always wanting to cheer me up suggested
we take a little trip this weekend to a place we really like called Isla Morada.

As of right now, I don't feel like going anywhere.  Not with Brutus like this.
Really do not wish for him to miss a single day of his medicines.

Another new day is here and another chance for things to go right.
Wishing you all a good day and remember to remind yourself,
"I will be grateful for this day"

After all, tomorrow is another day...


Aug 26, 2013

Good Laugh...

A sense of humor makes a man handsome..

Good morning world.  Always nice to start the day with some quiet and alone time.
Brutus and I have been awake for quite a few hours, he has had his medicines and
I am still enjoying my morning cafe before the craziness begins :)
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy craziness as much as Arvid.

If you feel the way I do today then a good laugh may just cheer you up. 
 As I was going through my emails this morning, I saw this.  
Was about to delete, but as I read it a huge smile formed.

I have to tell you nothing can brighten up the day as a good
laugh.  I shared it with Arvid and he who hardly ever wants to know 
about anything also thought it very funny.  I just re-read it again
and hope that it may lighten up your day as well.

I believe that a good sense of humor sure makes life better.  As the saying goes,
If  had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.

People with good sense of humor have a better sense of life...


Aug 25, 2013

Thought For Today...

Two things define you.  Your patience when you have nothing,
and you attitude when you have everything...

Good morning friends.  Greetings from beautiful. 

 Brutus and I were awake, bright and early as usual, looking forward to the new day.

In life you get what you give.  At least that has been my experience.  
So if you want to be the receiver of kindness start with yourself.

If you don't start the day with a smile, it's not
too late to start practicing for tomorrow.
Have a great day...


Aug 24, 2013

It's Saturday!!!!!

Welcome this morning with a smile.  Happy Saturday!
If you don't have a smile, I'll give you one of mine...

I don't recall ever seeing 3 digit temperature readings in Fort Lauderdale, that is until yesterday.

As usual Arvid and I were running around most of the day.  Staying busy
as he so likes to say.  Not having lived in Florida for the last 4 summers,
I find everyday to be too HOT and humid for me.   

As soon as you step out of the door of your apartment, you are already 
soaking wet.  For some reason, yesterday we were in and out of places more 
than other days.  Very nice when conditioners work so well.  Makes the heat bearable. 

You would think that in this heat we might cool down at the pool, but for 
some reason we rarely ever go to the pool when living in Florida.  In 
Chicago we went to the pool and hot tub at least three times a week.

Very strange indeed.  As for the beach, Arvid and I have not been there in over 10
years.  When we had a home in the Bahamas we went often to the beach and
we had a great time.  Why not in Florida?  No clue!

Heat or no heat, does not stop us from having a good time.  In fact, 
it makes for more fun to enjoy that cool tropical drink that comes with an umbrella!

Today promises to be another very warm day.  More running around,
and if not too worn out a little music in the evening.  Arvid has been trying
to get me to go and listen to music now for days, but I have not been 
in the mood.  Maybe today is the day.  Wishing you all a good day.

Stay cool in these very hot temperatures.  Stay hydrated and do try not to
turn into a prune as so many seem to enjoy doing when visiting hot Florida.
Very ugly sight and sure makes one look 20 years older.

Arvid still has a difficult time realizing that the sun does burn!

Wishing you all a very good day and remember,
leave nothing for tomorrow that you can do today.

Your life is a canvas, make sure you paint
yourself a whole lot of colorful days...


Aug 23, 2013

Changing Times...

You have to keep adapting to the times.
If you kind of go with it, it can kind of be fun....

Times sure have changed, and that my friends is putting it mildly.  I remember when
 I was in school, we were never allowed to use a calculator for instance.
All math was done the long way, no shortcuts accepted.
WOW!  Starting to sound old here.

Today all you do is punch in numbers and out comes the answer. Ahhh.. so easy
today.  The picture above is just about 100% accurate.  Many kids today just 
have to show up in class to pass to the next grade.  Not sure what they are learning.

We all have to adapt to changing times and, this is not necessarily a bad thing.
 Just depends on how we make out in every situation and hopefully we learn
from changes and use it to our advantage.  Like they say,
stick to your vision, but adapt to your plan.

For many change is difficult.  Take Arvid for instance. He is one
who really does not like change.  He does not even like when I
switch things around in the refrigerator, especially his jam and the butter.
Boy talk about a man ready to go to war!  Arvid is just Arvid!

Both Arvid and I are so looking forward to having some time soon with Aleah,
 Michelle and Emil.  Can't wait to smother her with hugs and kisses.
Just thinking of that day makes me smile forever.
Not a bad way to start the weekend!
A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. 
You can't stop the waves, but you sure can learn to surf...


Aug 22, 2013

Hello Thursday...

No one knows your business like other people.
My life, my choices, my mistakes, my lessons.
Not your business...

I believe that a very important factor to maintaining a good relationship is to 
keep it private and not share everything with everyone.

At least this is what Arvid has always been telling me, and from experience I also 
learnt that it is true.  The less you tell the better off you are.

No matter what or who, there is always a little bit of envy and jealousies.
Maybe it is natural I guess.  All I know is that if something goes well for someone,
especially someone who is dear to me, I am happy for them.
The thing is I always thought everyone felt this way.  Nope!

Good morning everyone.  Don't forget to count your blessing and
to take it easy on yourselves. Have a fun day!

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy...


Aug 21, 2013

Let's Do It....

With the new day comes new strengths and new thoughts...

It's already Wednesday.  Boy is time flying when you're having fun!
As some one once said, one of the best ways to start off your day on the right 
foot is to begin your day by thinking about the things you're grateful for.
Sounds like pretty good advise to me.  Brutus also seems to think so :)

Today Brutus is a little tired.  He has been running around
like crazy all morning and suddenly he realized he needed to catch up on 
a little more sleep if he wants to have more playtime in the next hour.  Good for 
me because now I can enjoy my coffee without feeling guilty that I am not
brushing him or playing with him.  Just watching him rest is so peaceful.

I came across the above 7 rules of life a while ago and though many may have
already seen it circulating, I thought it was still worth sharing.

It just goes to show that no matter what, life is good.
You are the one who has the ability to say yea or no,
and you are the one in charge of your happiness.

This I will say is much easier said than done, but
if we don't give it a try we will never know what we 
are capable of.  Live your life, enjoy your life and don't spend time
wasting thinking of what the other person thinks or does not think of you.
I have never spent a minute worrying about what others think.  Not today, not ever.
Not worth it!

 Have a fun day everyone and discover what you can do!

When it comes to life, there are no second chances, 
we only get one chance at life, and one life to live, 
so love those who love you and forget those that don't, 
life is to short to be anything but happy...


Aug 20, 2013


Everything is valuable only at two times;
 before getting it, and after losing it...

Sometimes a little reminder of what is really important can really make 
a big difference in our lives.

A lot of us (and I include myself) sometimes tend to forget the little things in life 
that are important.  We tend to think that everything else is so much more 
important without realizing we are missing out on some of life's best moments.

Every so often I try to stop what I am doing and to think of what really
is important, of the loved ones in my life and the precious time we
have together.  I also TRY to get Arvid to slow down from his hectic
agenda and do the same.  I keep reminding him that somethings are more
important than others, and while somethings can wait other things can't.
This I also tell to myself.

We all get caught up with our busy lives and schedules.
So much so that sometimes we forget the ones who really matter. 

To all of you have a great day and remember, everyone has
time if they care to make it.

There is a time in your life when you realize that the most important thing 
in your life is not money or good lifestyle but,  Respect, Love and my favorite, 
time spent with loved ones...


Aug 19, 2013


There is nothing braver than a person who would rather walk alone
 than with someone who is unworthy of you...

Sometimes life gets so busy we all forget to remind the one we love how much they 
mean to us.  In my case I try to make sure Arvid always remembers how lucky we are
to have each other

More like how lucky he is that I put up with all his #####it!!!
He always looks at me and smiles.  Arvid has mastered the art of knowing
when to say the right thing and when to shut up, but like he says, 
"this does not work with women, you can never know how
they are going to react"  

Most times even when I agree with him
I don't always let him know.  I just make sure he knows I am the BEST
 thing to have ever happened to him.  This he does not disagree with.

Arvid knowing that the best way to my heart is through food (and he is no fool),
was out with some friend yesterday for lunch and came back home with 
chicken wings for me.  He know I just LOVE chicken wings.
How can you not LOVE this man?
I'm HAPPY!!!

Wishing you all happiness today and everyday.

Take chances... a lot of them. Because honestly, no matter where you end 
up- and with who, it always ends up just the way it should be. Your mistakes make
 you who you are... you learn and grow with each choice you make. Everything is worth it. 
Say how you feel- always . Be you, and be okay with it.
 It doesn't matter what any other person thinks...