Sep 29, 2016

Summer 2016 Chicago And Some...

People change for two reasons.  Their minds have been open or their
 hearts have been broken.  If there is no struggle, there is no progress...

One of the things we look froward to every week is to Skype with Michelle and our 
two granddaughters. Unfortunately, we have not been able to do so in close to 3 weeks.
 Different schedules and of course being in a different time zone does not help. 
We did Skype today unfortunately I was not able to participate much in the
 conversation.  It was all Norwegian today. Always next time.

 Michelle in Norway is 7 hours ahead of us here in Chicago. At least when we
 go back to Florida it will still be a different time zone but somehow 6
 hours is much better than 7.  That one hour makes a big difference.

Going through some of my pictures taken this summer I smile. I smile because
 we did quite a few interesting things. Arvid and I are just spur of the moment 
kind of people and we made decisions faster Than anyone I know.   

I remember when we decided to buy a condo in Chicago for the second time.  We had 
sold our first one in 2013 due to medical issues Arvid, Brutus and I developed. 
 At that time I was extremely sad about selling, but for me because of Brutus
 mostly; I thought it was the best decision.  Of course Arvid and I
 also needed to be close to doctors a lot from that point on.

We missed Chicago for that one year 2014 we had no place here.  One night in Florida we
 had just come back from listening to the Blues.  It was late but neither Arvid, Brutus nor 
I were tired.  We chatted and I went to brush Brutus.  Arvid said he had to check
 something on his laptop.  Strange because he would never open up his laptop
 at this hour, but I was happy with Brutus so did not think much of it. 
 In about a half hour Arvid came and said, "I found our condo."

Long story short, that is how we ended up with condo number 2 in Chicago. 
Same building and same phone number.  Decision made we visited Chicago that
 weekend and bought the condo.  Now I want to go home.  I love this city, 
but something changed in me.  This was not a good year and I don't 
think I will miss it when we leave this time.  Strange. But true. 

Does not mean it's always the right decision, but it has never stopped us from doing
 anything we want.  I am still "working" at a change in my life.  I still don't have
 any definite ideas as to what that may be, but the fact that I'm trying tells me that 
it will be OK one day. Sniff, Arvid and I are going home to Brutus and Shadow
 in just a few days.  Sunny Florida here we come.  Nowhere like home.

Fall is definitely here already.  I see it.  I feel it and I am really liking the cooler
 temperatures and the change in colors of the leaves.  What a beautiful time of the year.

To all a very good day.  You know they say you can't change the direction of the wind, 
but you can adjust the sails to reach your destination.  Happy Thursday to all.

Somehow we just have to hold it together.  Somehow when you have adversity
it brings along special moments in life.  Hopefully this can be one of them...