Jun 21, 2017

Happy Wednesday Amigos~

May you find moments that make you smile today...

My perfect start in the mornings.  Waking up next to Arvid and Sniff tucked
 very close between us.  Since I went to Vermont, Sniff is now huddled
 up next to Arvid.  Sniff like Arvid, loves to sleep.  

Both can stay in bed for another hour or so after I wake up.  Sniff 
usually wants his foodies so against his will he will sneak out 
of bed.  Eat then go straight back to bed next to Arvid.

A good breakfast is Arvid's way of facing what the day holds and for me 
a good start is always my cafe.  Everyone is happy.  Makes for good times.

Not sure what the day holds as yet, but we are prepared and ready to face it.

Happy Wednesday to all.  Arvid is a believer that all sorrows 
are less with bread.  Yeah.  He is a funny man.

Part of me is thinking, "Wow.  It's Wednesday already, 
and the other part is thinking"What do you mean it's only Wednesday"?


Jun 20, 2017

And So Begins Another Day ~

Positive mind.  Positive vibes.  Positive life...

Branson without doubt has some of the strangest of weathers.  All week last
 week we were close to the mid 90's, yet on Sunday the one day Arvid 
and I have "off" it was an amazingly mild June day.  Temperatures 
were in the 70's.  Made for a great outing with friends.

Even in 90 degrees Arvid wears his long sleeves T-Shirts.  On Sunday he was
 "brave" and was in typical summer clothes.  For a little there it reminded us
 of the life we left behind.  One day we will go back, but for now
  Branson is home and yes, it does have some gorgeous days.

Yesterday after work we decided to do some weed whacking.  
Well I wanted to call the guy who does the yard work, but Arvid 
was positive he could do it.  He bought a weed whacker.  Butchered the
 front yard.  Tomorrow I'm calling the lawn man if he does not.

While Arvid was busy destroying the front yard, Sniff was happy to receive
 is foodies via UPS.  I order his food online now twice a month.  I also buy
 food for Bridgette, one of the kitties at Almost Home.  Everyone Happy!

Yesterday was a good day.  Not much drama in either hotel. It's going
to be a good week.  Weather wise  it is just perfect.  Yay!

To all a good day.  Hope you week has also begun on a positive note.

When life puts you in tough situations, don't say "why me."  Say "try me."


Jun 19, 2017

New Week Begins ~

I am woman.  I am invincible.  I am tired.
I already want to take a nap tomorrow...

Though the day are going by fast, we seen to be getting a
 little too tired lately.  Yes, we have been putting in many hours
 at the hotel.  At all times of the day and night.

Father's Day, Arvid and Sniff took a little time to doze off in between the
 soccer game.  Sniff is not one to miss an opportunity to snooze off.
  Arvid likes late nights "patrol" at the hotels.  Then he says, "it is so quiet."
  The we go back home to bed.  Makes us both feel good about that. 
 Even so, there is always some excitement going on.

Hope your Sunday was good and that Father's day was a day where
 more beautiful memories were made.  New week already.  
We are both rested and ready for what may come.

Hello Monday.  Let's bring it on.

If your eyes hurt after you drink coffee, 
you have to take the spoon out of it...


Jun 18, 2017

Father's Day ~

I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's
 equal, and I never loved any other man as much...

I'm all grown up.  Have had many ups and downs in my life.  Through it 
all my mom and dad were and have always been there.  Distance
was never a factor.  They were there and are there for us.

Daddy thank you for all you do for us.  Thank you for always
being there. Because of you, I know am a good, kind, compassionate,
determined, strong, sometimes way too stubborn and capable person.

I can never begin to say enough about my dad.  From a child to the
woman I am today I have NEVER met another like him.  His generosity,
kindness and compassion is one I have not seen inn many.  Growing
 up my dad was poor.  That never stopped him from sharing what
 he had with others. He still does it to this day.

My dad is one of those people that when you meet him, you love him.
He thinks of others before he thinks of himself.  I do not always
agree with this, but it sure has made him into the man he is,
 and for that I love him with all my heart.

As a child my fondest memories of him was my dad always holding
my hand.  Always taking me around with him.  I may have not wanted
to go everywhere, but I knew that being g with him I was safe and
loved.  Nothing else mattered.  We all have our heroes.  Mine is my dad.
  From the day I saw his face I have not stopped loving him.

Today he is my inspiration to be all I can be and to never give up.
My dad is no quitter and he made sure his five daughters aren't either.

Dad you taught me the love of a father. In your arms I was always safe. 
You taught me selflessness. To you I am forever grateful. I love you dad.
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance...


Jun 16, 2017

Here Come The Weekend Again ~

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast...

No matter how busy our life gets, there are some things that will never change. 
 Breakfast is on of those.  A good breakfast as Arvid says is the best way to 
start your day.  No matter what part of the world we may be in,
 breakfast is always at "home"  It's a relaxing time.

Neither Arvid nor I like to go out for breakfast, and we do not
 like to eat it with anyone else.  Breakfast is sort of a quiet
 time for us.  No matter where we go.

Arvid loves to enjoy his tea, and boy if I only wash the cup when there
 is still some tea left in it..let's just say he will not be too happy.

Fridays at work have gotten to be much better.  Not as hectic as 
it was in the start.  At Arvid's place it used to be his very busy day, 
but not the worst anymore.  He still likes to run around to different stores.
  "Shopping" for the hotel as he puts it.  In that sense, yes the day is busy.

After almost 8 months I finally had a haircut yesterday.  I loved 
everything about it.  The girl who cut my hair was just adorable.  We 
chatted non-stop.  Now looking forward to being a "regular" there.
I love the fact that you can't tell I had a haircut, but I can "see" I did.

Friday again.  Can't believe last Friday Ii was in beautiful Vermont.
I really had such a good time with everyone.  Vermont is so beautiful.  All my 
tenants said to me, "why don't you take me there with you?  I love Vermont."

The above picture was taken by my niece Reshma.  She sent it o me via Messenger.
She's in Maine.  I have asked her and Danielle why it is they never post anything.  Their
 answer: I don't want the world to know everything I do.  As Arvid says, "smart girls."

My nephew Max was in Bangladesh, and if it were not for the girls that went with him 
I would have never seen anything either.  Another one who never posts where he goes.
JC was in Puna Cana.  I never saw a single picture.  I wish they posted at least one.

Maybe there are some smart/wise kids still left.  My cousins visit Cuba
 just about every year.  I have never seen a single picture on Face Book. 
 They are also smart and guard their privacy very much. 

Friday came and Friday will soon be gone.  Enjoy it everyone.  Make
 the most of everyday and just have a great start of the weekend.  Arvid says
he's just happy i am home.  Now he wants to take me somewhere special.
Maybe I should go away a little more often.  Nice being missed.

It's Friday.  Start the day with a smile
 and end it with Champagne...


Jun 15, 2017

Summer Days Are Here~

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is 
blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken...

Hot summer days are here, but even so Arvid still wears long sleeves 
and jeans o work.  Says that his office is too cold.  I say he keeps his
 office too warm.  Feels like Florida days as far as the weather goes.  

The pool sparkles and no matter how short a time one is outdoors, one 
definitely will get a tan.  I am not sun crazy so I do my running around and try 
to keep out of the sun as much as possible. Not happening, but one can try.

Lunch time is a treat for both Arvid and I.  We meet together and for 
about 45 minutes to an hour we sit, enjoy each others company and a good 
meal.  Yes the phone rings often, but it is what it is.  For now.  

Tony at my place has not been feeling so good for a few days now. 
 I am a little worried for him.  He has been taking it easy and 
slow the last few days, but even so I am concerned.

Almost Home is full and has been so for most of the year. 76 INN is also full,
 but because they do nightly's  there is always a person coming and going.
  We both like it and knw it best at our own hotels.  Like I said before,
 I would not want to run Arvid's and he would not want to run mine. 
 When he did have to come to mine while I was gone, I think he 
enjoyed the slower pace, and he did have "interesting"
 conversations with my tenants.  Hmmm...

Sniff is now cuddling up to Arvid in the mornings.  Hmmm... was missing
 him next to me these last few nights, but I know it makes Arvid happy
 also that Sniff is sleeping so close to him.  All is good here.
  Running two hotels has it ups and downs. Just like everything in life.  
We choose this path so we have to do what we have to do.

The week is soon over.  Time like I keep saying goes by so very fast.
Happy Thursday everyone.  May your days be filled with sunshine.

Today is Kimsy's birthday.  Happy birthday in France Kimsy.
Uncle Arvid and I send you a big hug on your special day.  Miss you. 
 Your bday card is waiting for you back in Puerto Rico.  Hopefully you 
will make it there before the summer is over.  Love you always!!!!
These shoes have served you well.  May they continue to do so always ~

Because it's summer and the memories are just waiting to happen...


Jun 14, 2017

Back To Reality ~

Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams.
Vacation is over.  Back to reality...

Back home.  Back to Arvid and Sniff.  I can see the strain already lifting 
away from Arvid.  Definitely not easy running two hotels all by yourself.  
I had a good time with my family, but unfortunately mom and dad 
could not make it.  They were halfway to Vermont when they 
received a call that my dad's brother-in-law just died.  

My dad is the eldest brother.  No question at all.  They just had to
 turn around and go back to North Carolina then drive to Florida. 
 They have had some very rough days.  We missed them very much.  Was 
very disappointed they could not make it to Vermont, but 
at the end it was the right thing to do.

Back at work everyone was very happy to see me, and me them 
of course.  Between Arvid and Tony everything was under control
at my hotel.  Few things to take care of, but I am handling it. 

 It was really difficult though for Arvid to run between his hotel and mine.  
I was stressed a lot while in Vermont.  Even so, I had a great time. Managed
 to "forget" for a little about all the responsibilities back in Branson.  Not easy 
going away when you have a business to run.  Always something happening.

Sniff and Arvid sure missed me.  Every time Arvid is away fro me or I am not 
there with him he gets all these bright ideas.  I think I manage better alone
 than he does.  Does not mean I like it, but I think I handle it better. 

Arvid said to me, "I have no clothes to wear."  "There are no more bananas"
 and some other stuff.  One of the tomato trees died because it was not
 watered.  I asked him why didn't he give it some water and he said,
 "I run hotels.  I'm not the tomato tree caretaker."  

At least Sniff was well cared for, and of course Arvid changed some 
of Sniff's eating habits.  All good.  I managed to get him all the things he
 needed, my fruit for the week and yes all his laundry is now clean.

Temperatures soaring in Branson.  Like Vermont we were in the mid 90's.
  Flying to Branson I had a stop in Chicago.  We miss the city very much. 
 It was extra special seeing my nieces and nephews.  They are all grown up. 

 Danielle got back home late Monday and on Tuesday she left on a road
 trip to California with her girlfriend.  She knows how to live and she
 plans to see the world.  Reshma will also be doing a road trip, 
unfortunately for her, her parents did not approve of her road trip
 to California.  I'm glad for that.  Maybe next year.

Good to be home.  Been a busy Tuesday.  Lots of little things to
 do and of course I had to find where all my stuff was.  Arvid 
"organized" my space.  I have already "re-organized" it.

My heart is very saddened by the death of one of my dear friends father.
We may be far away, but you are in my thoughts and in my prayers PK.

Happy Wednesday to all.  Enjoy, and remember what you
 take for granted some one else is praying for.

You only get one life. 
 It is your duty to live it as fully as possible...


Jun 12, 2017

Family Time ~

It's not how big the house is, it's how happy the home is...

A little time away.  Exactly what I needed to recharge and relax.  
What better way than to spend it with the ones I love?

All families are special.  Mine is no exception.
We love.  We share. We play.  We laugh. We fight.  Family we live.

Family where life begins and love never ends...


Jun 11, 2017

Sunday June 11th ~

The best feeling in the world is to know 
your parents are smiling because of you...

I have missed my parents, sisters nieces and nephews a lot.  Moving to Missouri 
kept us from seeing them for the last 7 months.  Fortunately I have been able
 to take a little time off from the hotel and come visit.  I'm happy.

I am lucky that 4 out of 5 sisters are together, a few nieces and nephews.
   I am grateful for this and I know that once I leave and head back
 to Branson I will be refreshed and ready to face whatever
comes next. Being with family is the best there is.

This is an almost perfect Sunday.  Would have loved to have Arvid here 
with us.  They all missed him.  For as long as we own the hotels,  Arvid and I 
cannot travel together.  Someone has to be in Branson to take care of them.

So far it has been a very relaxing time.  Of course when you're with family
 there is so much to catch up with.  Not sure any of us has had much sleep, 
but it's not often we get together.  Sleep we can always do later.

Happy Sunday all.  Remember, 
time spent with family is worth every second!

Family, where life begins and love never ends...


Jun 10, 2017

My Sisters..My Friends..

Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family,
 but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship...

There was never a day in my life that I did not think how lucky I am.  
This has not changed today either.  I grew up in a place where it
 was safe to run around, where your neighbors kept an eye out for
 you and life was just plain easy going.  We did not have much 
material stuff, but we sure made up for it in love and affection.

I think many today have a much harder time because of all the all the
different influences and things out there.  Today it seems as if the
 more you have the better a life it is supposed to be.

Not sure this is correct, but to each their own. I see too many people today
with no kindness towards each other, no respect for their elders nor themselves.
 When I was young my parents made us call all our elders aunt or uncle.
 Did not matter if we knew them or not.  Was a sign of respect.

Today I have many aunts and uncles due to this practice,
and each holds a special place in my memories.

How much luckier can a person be?  I have five wonderful sisters who are
 also my very best friends.  Nirvana is the third of five girls.  I am the eldest.
 She lives in Puerto Rico and though we don't see each other than
often we call each other quite often.  Even with my busy
schedule I make sure I talk to all of them often.

I am always happy to be able to see my sisters.  We don't normally
all seem to be able to get together at the same time, due to conflicting schedules,
so anytime it does happen it is a good time.  This weekend I will be spending
 with my parents, 3 sisters and some nieces and nephews in Vermont.  Nirvana
is the only sister who will not be here.  Unfortunately she had other
 commitments, and she was just in Boston for J, her son's graduation

Today as we all have our own lives and have gone through so many changes,
 I look back and sometimes wonder where the years have gone by.

There was a time I took care of my little sisters when my parents were not
 around.  We were so tiny.  Ages 1-4.  Rima was not yet born.  Long
 time ago in Guyana where we lived with my grandma.  Our parents
were abroad in the USA seeking a better life for all of us

My sisters and I have a bond that surpasses everything and everyone.
Sometimes when one of us is sad or just having a not so
good day, we just know it.   Either I or one of the others picks up
the phone and the gap that was there no longer is.

Having a sister is a true gift.  Having four sisters is just four times the joy.

Looking forward to having a good time with all of them and the mopes. 
Many places we will go to.  Shopping, restaurants..everywhere.  So much
 to do in such a short time so have to make every moment count.

What's the good of news if you haven't a sister to share it..
When sisters stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us?...


Jun 9, 2017

Reshma... A New Chapter Begins ~

And suddenly you just know, it's time to start 
something new and trust the magic of beginnings...

Gone are the days of childhood and innocence.  A new chapter begins in yet
 another of my niece's life.  High school days are over and college days soon begin.
  Time sure is flying by too fast.  I still can picture Reshma as a baby. 

 Crawling around her home in New York telling me all about Tiger Woods
 and Emeril.  Long time ago, but the images will forever be a part of me and my 
memories I store of her.  My nieces and nephews are growing up too fast.

One of the things I promised myself was that I would attend every high school
 graduation of each niece and nephew.  Arvid has always gone with me on
 these occasions, unfortunately because we can not travel together anymore,
 due to someone having to be in Branson, he could not come with me.

Reshma is special and super smart.  Same as my other nieces and nephews.  Her
 future is an open book right now, and I know she will definitely fill up 
the pages as fast as possible.  She has a curiosity that does not quit.  
Like all the others whatever she chooses to do, she will do well.

Little Reshma is all grown up.  Soon to venture out into the world of 
adulthood.  Reshma, just know that I am always here for any and everything.

 Same goes out to all my nieces and nephews.  Whatever you need, I'm here.
  I love yo all more than you know.  Life is not an easy road, but having the support of 
a loving family makes everything better.  That you all have.  From all of us.  ALWAYS!!!

Here is to new beginnings...


Jun 8, 2017

And So Begins Thursday ~

Create a life that feels good on the inside,
not one that just looks good on the outside...

The drawing below with the 3 kitties was made for me by one of my tenants.  
Stewart knows all about them and asked if I would like for him to draw them.  
Well Yeah!!!  The one at the top represents our Brutus, then of course
 Shadow and Sniff at the bottom.  Some how Arvid thinks the 
one that represents Sniff looks more like Brutus.  

The drawing is beautiful, but I honestly can't see any resemblance
 to Brutus in it.  Even so both Arvid and I like it very much.  
Yesterday stared off on a cooler note same today.  Feels good.

Life in Branson continues to bring us busy days and at times busy nights.
Fortunately all is good.  Sometimes we are more tired than we would like to be, 
but at the same time we know that one day we will be back home in the Sunshine State. 
 Because of that, we look at this phase of our lives as another adventure.

May your day be a bright and happy one.  Filled with love and all
 things good, and may you never forget that there is always, always
something to be grateful for.  Hello Thursday.. let's do it!

In a world where you could be anything, be kind...


Jun 7, 2017


True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable....

Having a special friend is one of the nicest things in the world and if one is lucky to
 have many good friends then I can say one is truly blessed.  It has been said that 
you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family.. Unlike family, 
friend is the person who knows all about you, and still likes you. 
have a special friend like that.  Her name is Anna.  She knows me.

Like many, I consider myself very fortunate to have a few good friends.  Someone I 
know I can count on in good and bad times. Someone I can tell things I would
 rather not tell to anyone else.  Someone who would listen and not judge me 
and at the end of the day still be my friend and still think I am a good person.
 A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. 

To all a very good day.  Remember, the great thing about friendship is 
that they bring new energy to your soul.  Happy day to all.

Even though we've changed and we're all finding our own place in the world,
 we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we'll 
come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing 
will ever change so much to the point where we're not all still friends...


Jun 5, 2017

Another Week Begins ~

A mind that is stretched by a new experiences 
cannot go back to it's old dimensions...

Not exactly sure why but lately I have been tired. More so than usual. 
Starting to wonder if my thyroid medicine is working properly or not. 
 For sure I have gained an enormous amount of weight. I have learnt 
to accept that, but this tiredness is not something I can accept.

Having to go on to "work" just about 7'days a week does not allow for 
one to be tired.  Yesterday we went to both hotels for a little. Arvid 
 was getting acquainted with some of the things at my place,
 and me always going with him to his after wards. 

 If I go away for a little then Arvid will have to run over to my place
at least once every day.   He will be busy. When he was in Norway I never 
called to ask him anything. Not so sure how it will be with him when I have 
to take off for a few days.  I have already warned him to NOT call me.

Our life has changed so very much. Even though the experience is an amazing
 one I long sometimes for the life we left behind.  I know one day when
 we leave we will miss Branson and all the people here.  

We have changed many lives. I will be the first to admit it.  We have made
 a difference, and on the same token the people here at our hotels have
 changed us as well.  I have met the most kind hearted, generous and caring
 people here in Branson.  One day when we leave it will break my heart.

  One of my tenants told me the other day, " Nadiya, I hope you never leave us."
  Arvid has become a father figure to many.  They love him at his 
hotel and I know Arvid has a soft spot for many as well.

As the new week begins, I look forward to seeing what new 
"adventures" it hold for us.  Everyday is a learning experience.

Today is one year and 7 months our Brutus has been dead.
 Not a day goes by that I don't think of him.  My Brutus stole my heart and
 I miss him so very much.  Today is also one year and 3 month without little Shadow.
  My heart knows all about grief.  I wish I did not know so much sometimes.

May your coffee be strong and you Monday be short.
It's a new week.  It's a new day.  Means new possibilities...


Jun 4, 2017

Sunday Vibe ~

Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods..

Looking forward to a beautiful day filled with possibilities.

Thank you Anna for reminding me that there are so many reasons to be grateful.
Not that I forget, but it never hurts with a little reminder.  Thank you.

Happy Sunday all.

When you love what you have, you have everything you need...


Jun 3, 2017

Hello Saturday ~

 Good morning beautiful souls.
It's Saturday.  Be kind to yourselves...

Saturday.  Busy day at work for both of us.  

Today we take Tony and his family to dinner.  We also take Brenda and hers.
They have worked hard these last few weeks and it's always
 good to show appreciation.  Happy Saturday to all.

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


Jun 2, 2017

Hello Friday ~

I've seen better days, but I have also seen worse.  I don't have everything I
 want, but I do have all I need.  I woke up with some aches and pains, 
but I woke up.  My life may not be perfect, but I'm sure loving it....

Suddenly two of my sisters are moving from the place they have called
 home for like forever.  Nina has lived in the New Jersey, currently Pennsylvania 
area from the time her kids were born.  Max the eldest is now 24.  

Yes almost half of her and David's life has been spent in those two States.  
Nina and David are moving to Florida.  Have to say Nina is not totally 
ecstatic about moving.  I'm sure she will like it.  Unfortunately, we
 will not be there, but we are working to make it back there soon.

Arvid has already talked about how we will make weekend trips to where they are.
  We can always find something to do.  The truth is sometimes when you live
 so close to each other, that's when you sorta see less of each other.  

Both sides are always busy with work and stuff.  A lot of the time when
 Victoria and Michael visit we don't see them as much as you would think. 
 Strange how things work.  One always says "will do so and so," but when 
the time comes it usually never happens.  We have to "work" on making time.

Rima and family have also decided to make a big move.  They will be 
moving to The Golden State.  Yes, the place I once called home for a 
few years.  They are headed to California in less than 3 months.  

We are happy for them, but sad at the same time.  As Arvid said last
 night, "it will be a little more difficult to visit them, but it
 gives us a reason to go to California."  Sure does.

All good at the hotels.  Arvid happy to be busy again, and he was sure 
missed at his place and of course by Sniff and I.  Life again is back to "normal"
  Crazy.  Hectic and yes constant move and not a minute of boredom.  
Sorta missing my relaxing days already, but won't change what
 we have for anything else.  Our life is an adventure.

Looking forward to the day we will one day go back to Florida, but at the same 
time enjoying the experience that Branson is giving us.  Yes, life is good. 
may not have everything I want, but for sure we have everything we need.

I love this crazy, tragic almost magic awful beautiful life....