Oct 22, 2018

New Week ~

The more you are positive and say,
 'I want to have a good life,' the more you build that reality
 for yourself by creating the life that you want...

Lots happening this coming week.  Work and some 
fun times combined makes for great expectations.  
The weather everyday is sunny and beautiful.

 A little rain every so often, but always warm. Humidity 
right now is not that bad either.  In all honesty, I do miss 
the cooler temperatures of Branson, but I have decided to
 go with the flow.  We live in Florida, this is home after all.  
You love the good and the not always good about things.
 I do like it very much here. What's not to like?

We are working on spiffing up the house we will soon be listing.
  It does not need lots of work because it is beautiful.  
Directly on the Intracoastal.  That says it all.

Exciting getting back into Real Estate, Shipping and
 the things we did when living in Florida.  I did not 
think I missed it much, but now that we are back 
I realize that I may have missed a few things.

Live life to the fullest.  Just because we do not
 have everything exactly the way we want, does not mean
we do not have exactly what we need to be happy.

I have a very, very good life. I'm grateful for all of my friends,
 my family and the life that I have, and the possibilities in my future.  
Forget about the traffic, stressful work and business meetings
 today, be happy that the sun is shining and stay positive...


Oct 21, 2018

Hello Sunday ~

Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made
 up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too
 infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny
 successes, the big ones don't really mean anything...

What's not to like?  I woke up.  Had my cafe.  Watched
 the boats pass by and managed to see some of the sunrise.
  If this is not Paradise then I am not sure where is.

Sundays are special in that it's our 
so called relax day of the week. 

 Our week no matter where we are
 is always a hustle and bustle.

  Sundays it's time to just chill.  
At least one hopes for that.  But with
Arvid it's never a guarantee. Never.

Sniff enjoys people watching.  He sees them at the pool.
  Most times he ignores them, but every so often a bird will 
fly by and then he's really involved.  He's not crazy about the boats.
  Brutus was.  Brutus was born with a home with a view of boats. 
 Sniff is a country boy, but soon enough he will be 
a city boy as well.  He's getting there.

To all I say, simply enjoy life and the
 great pleasures that come with it.

Sometimes, the simple things are more fun and
 meaningful than all the banquets in the world ...


Oct 20, 2018

We Are Home ~

It's starting to sink in now.  It's good to be home...

We really do live in Paradise, or at least it feels like it. 
 Surrounded by palm trees everywhere, water, boats passing 
by and the sun always shining.  Sure is beautiful.  Even when 
we are "at work" it feels like a vacation.  Below, me "at work."

Arvid can't stop smiling and even though I miss Branson
 and Almost Home, I have to admit that this is where 
we belong.  We are back home doing what we love.

So far we have done some work, but it sure felt more like fun. 
Enjoyed some cruising around.  Still lots to see since we were last here.
  Hopefully tomorrow we will be heading downtown to check out
 the Art fair and have dinner.  Very warm to be walking outdoors,
at the same time beautiful.  Happy and grateful always.

Arvid and the "boys" yesterday at Table 14.  Yes, we are home again.
To all a wonderful day.  What are you grateful for today?

The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave,
and it feels even better to come back.  We're where we belong...


Oct 19, 2018

It's Friday ~

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give 
your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate
 problems and find you are ready for greater challenges..

A little blurry, but then sometimes not everything in life is
 crystal clear.  There are days when everything seems sorta cloudy 
and unclear to me, but again, it is what it is.  It's called life. I do
 enjoy doing the things I used to do and going places we did.

Some of my best moments are spent walking along the beach. 
 Listening to the waves and the sound of the birds.  It relaxes me
 and prepares me for Arvid.  Well nothing really prepares 
one for Arvid.  He is a force all by himself.

Everyday Sniff is getting more and more comfortable with 
his surroundings.  Just the other day we took him out for a walk.  
That is we put his leash on and took him to the balcony.

We almost had to drag him there.  He hated every moment.  
Sniff cried and screamed to get back in.  Guess we 
will not be trying that anytime soon again.

In many ways Sniff is so like Brutus.  He loves to help
 his dada in chores and he is constantly following 
Arvid around.  Just like Brutus did.  I miss Brutus 
so very much, and I love Sniff so very much.

The game has its ups and downs, but you can never 
lose focus of your individual goals and you can't 
let yourself be beat because of lack of effort...


Oct 18, 2018

Thursday ~

I have so much chaos in my life, it's become normal. 
You become used to it. You have to just relax, calm down,
take a deep breath and try to see how you can make things
 work rather than complain about how they're wrong...

Back to our routines one can say.  I miss Rima and family.
 Looking back at pictures, I was so happy to have had some alone 
time with her.  For those short few days we sure did many things.

A must see when visiting California.  Santa Monica. 
 Brought back memories of the places I went
 to when I first lived in California.  

My first time in Beverly Hills was pretty interesting. 
 As I walked into one of the shops the saleswoman looked at
 me and immediately made up her mind that I  could not 
afford to buy anything in their so very exclusive store.

Guess she was very surprised when my husband at the time, 
Paul Michael Riley decided that I could have anything I wanted 
from the store.  I'm simple.  I really did not want much,
 but the look on the sales woman's face made my day. 
 Of course I did end up with a "little" something.

Soon Friday already.  Lots of do here in Fort Lauderdale. 
 This weekend I told Arvid I would like to go to the Cheesecake Factory
 for dinner.  I just love their Thai Lettuce Wraps and have 
been craving it for the longest of times.

Wishing everyone happy days and to always remember 
that there is always something to be grateful for.  It's very
 warm here.  I did get use to cooler temperatures in
  Branson, and yes, I miss Branson and everyone.

Happy Thursday.

I enjoy jokes, smiling, and making people smile. I may be a 
little different, but that's OK, who wants to be normal anyway?...


Oct 17, 2018

Rise And Shine All ~

Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. 
It's the best part of the day. Early to bed and early to
 rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise...

A little too early for me to be awake, 
but like it. Have already been awake for 
almost 3 hours, but was still laying in bed
 hoping to fall asleep again.  No such luck.

Of course Sniff somehow knew I was awake, 
and he made his presence felt.  He started 
meowing for foodies.  Of course I got up.  
Fed him.  Brushed him, and made had
 my cafe. Still very dark outside.

 Now the day is looking pretty long. 
 Sniff being the smart one here already 
is back in bed snuggled up close to Arvid.  

Those two never miss out on sleep. 
Won't mind some more sleep either.

Another day with more learning of the
MLS system for me.  Staying busy is what 
keeps me sane, and of course I love it.

  Arvid as everyone knows is ALWAYS busy.  What he does 
all the time continues to be a partial mystery, but busy he is.

Good morning all.  A reminder that limitations live 
only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations,
 our possibilities become limitless.

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is 
that little extra. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, 
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else...


Oct 16, 2018

Feeling Good ~

When was the last time you spent
 a quiet moment just doing nothing,
 just sitting and looking at the sea, 
or watching the wind blowing
 the tree limbs, or waves rippling
 on a pond, a flickering candle
 or children playing in the park?...

Mornings.  My favorite time of the day.  Peaceful.  
Quiet.  The sound of the palm trees swaying, 
a boat passing by, my cafe and Sniff. How 
does it get any better than that? 

 I really don't care where I am, as long 
as my mornings are quiet and calming
 I am loving it.  I loved my mornings 
in Branson also.  I miss them, 
but I also love it here.

Another busy day here.  Arvid still 
has the "flu"  Still can't seem to 
restrain himself from doing too 
much running around.  

Since coming back to Florida he 
has been looking like crazy for 
concerts for us to go to. 

 He did find one (I told him I would not go), fortunately for
me it was all sold out!  Has not stopped him from looking.

Time to start my day.  Arvid will soon be awake and
 from that time on we will be busy busy busy.  Coffee and
 quiet time is over.  Morning is starting to buzz again.

There comes a time for everybody when words
 and reasons can become such a great weariness.


Oct 15, 2018

Busy Week Ahead ~

One of the nice things about being busy is it makes you focus
 on what's important to you and how you use your time...

Somehow our life in Florida seems even more hectic than when
 we lived in Branson and ran the hotels.  How is that possible?  Answer
 is simple.  Arvid.  Somehow Arvid makes life seem more hectic 
that it should. Says he likes staying busy, so do I, but
 somehow with him it is really a lot of work.

Yesterday we met with a customer.  Over drinks and a good meal 
we discussed his selling his house.  A house we sold them a 
few years ago.  Since we have been gone from Florida for
 a good 2 years, I have to relearn everything about the 
Multiple Listing System, or MLS as it's called.

As Arvid said to me, "tomorrow we take the listing, so make 
sure you figure out how the system works.  Thank goodness that
 I learn fast.  I have already mastered most of it, at least
 enough for us to take the listing tomorrow.

Now all Arvid has to do is print out the forms.  Go to the 
customer and take the listing.  In the meantime I will continue to 
see how best we can use the system to maximize the listing.  

It's been a long time since I did this so hopefully I will
 manage to do what's best for the customer.  I have to.

The week will be a busy one, but that's only good.  I think
 of other things.  Sniff is enjoying his new home.  At least he is
 much more comfortable in his surroundings.  He does not
 seem to care about the views the way Brutus did.  Sniff is 
not into Palm Trees and boats.  He loves bird watching.

In my experience, being busy and 
working hard is the key to sanity/happiness...


Oct 14, 2018

Back In Florida ~ Home Again

Life doesn't require that we be the best, only
that we try our best.  Sometimes we forget...

I had a great time in California visiting my sister and family. 
 Arvid and I had a few days together then he went back to Las Vegas 
for his meeting.  Worked out great.  He and I enjoyed San Diego together
 in a place called Gaslamp District.  It's the spot in San Diego.

We also checked out a very cool place called Little Italy in san Diego.
The music seems to follow us, for there was live music, and the
 place was rocking.  Arvid and I of course enjoyed the music,
 the crowd and a few adult beverages.  The weather in
 San Diego as ALWAYS perfect.  We had a great time.

Rima and George gave us the tour.  We drove almost 2 hours 
to Huntington Beach for dinner and to see the sunset at The Pier. 
 Well worth it.  Food was delicious and the sunset out of this world. 
 I love sunrises and sunsets and could have spent forever just 
looking at it.  Needless to say we had a great time.

Rima took me to a few places I have never been to.  
California has definitely changed since I last lived there.  
There is development just about everywhere.  

So much so it looks like a whole new place to me.  I enjoyed
 every moment I had with Rima and family.  I was also fortunate 
to see my friend Anna.  Rima made some amazing desserts for us. 

 Her cheesecake is the best I have every had.  Cheesecake Factory
 does not even compare to Rima's.  We also had Tres Leches, better
 than any Cuban Restaurant you will go to and some of her cakes.
 Needless to say extra pounds were packed on.   But so delicious.

I kook forward to seeing them every year.  Now that we 
are back to living in Florida it should be easier to go places. 
 The weirdest thing though is that I have suddenly 
discovered that I do not like flying that much.  

When we went to Norway this year the plane trip was scary.
  The plane bounced around a lot and it dropped suddenly.  
I'm not sure I would like to do that long trip again, 
but as Arvid said, "give it time."  I will.

To all a good day.  Sunny and beautiful right now.  The 
boats are just giving us an amazing show right now.

Our life is good and it will keep getting better...


Oct 13, 2018

About Shoes ~

If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe 
in the story; if too large it trips him up, 
if too small it pinches him...

What do women want?  Shoes of course.  If you are like me,
 then you must own tons of them.  If you are anything
 like my sister then you own even more.

I must confess that even though I love shoes, I always wonder how it is that all these women I see with these very high, high heels can make it through the day and not have a single blister on their feet.  At least that is how it appears to me.  I see them all walking around in these gorgeous shoes with 3+ inches (and not platform like most of mine), and I am always awed at their stamina for tolerating pain.

From young my mom loved shoes and her closet was filled with them as we were growing up.  Little by little she had quite a collection and to this day she is a collector of shoes.  I also have quite a collection, but my problem is that after wearing them once, my feet are blistered, and then I am afraid to use them again.

I have 2 kinds of collections...the practical, comfy everyday ones
 which include my sneakers and my Easy SpiritsEccos, Nurture,
Timberland etc.  You get the idea.  They are comfy, but they are not
 the prettiest of shoes, but I can actually walk forever in them.

With the hotel it does not make sense to wear anything buy comfy
 shoes. Missouri is very hilly and the grounds at the hotel is also.  I am 
constantly going up and down stairs, and just walking around
the property makes it almost impossible for me to have 
anything on but comfort shoes (aka not always pretty)

Aside from the "not pretty shoes" I have the collection with the heels.  Some platform, some stilettos.  Now these look awesome on your feet and if you are going to a place 
where you don't have
 to walk perfect. 

 Seems though that with me it does not matter after about an hour in these shoes my feet are blistered.  Band-Aid or no Band-Aid I just don't seem to be able to use them for more than a 2 hour tops.  

I have discovered in Calvin Klein, Guess, INC, Gianni Bini and BCBG and Marc Jacobs among others some styles that are a bit more comfy for me and yes pretty.  I can actually use them for an evening if there is not much walking involved.  Another brand that I like is called Born.  These can be anywhere from ugly looking to some very pretty ones.  Best of all they are so good to walk in.

Having "problem" feet I am not able to wear all brands.  My shoes have to be well made and of good quality.  Unfortunately, this means that I have to pay quite a bit for a pair of shoes that is unless I can find them on sale. Which then makes me very happy.   My problem is that when I find that perfect shoe that embodies all I want, style, beauty, sophistication and grace it is always way too expensive.  This does not make me happy.

No matter what, the first stop for me when I go to the mall is the shoe department.  Do I learn?  Not really otherwise, I would not have bought another pair yesterday knowing that my feet will be blistered within the hour, but for now I love them and that's what matters.

If the shoe fits, it's too expensive....


Oct 11, 2018

Vegas Days And Nights ~

Las Vegas looks the way you’d imagine heaven must look at night....

What a beautiful sight at night.   The Las Vegas nightlife truly is unrivaled.
And when the stars come out, so does everybody else.

Hungry? Well Denny's has a full bar and yes a wedding chapel. 

 Just in case you decide to do something "crazy"  You know they
 say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.  So why not?

Meet the High Roller Ferris Wheel, the world's tallest observation wheel.
The High Roller is 9 ft (2.7 m) taller than the 541-foot (165 m) Singapore Flyer,
 which held the record for the world's tallest observation wheel from its opening 
in 2008 until High Roller opened to the public on March 31, 2014.

Everyday on my tour of the city I pass the High Roller. 
 Pretty during the day, but spectacular at night.

A must is Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville.  Just good vibes.  

Good music and entertainment. Good food and good drinks.

To all a good day.  Here in Vegas it is always weekend, and
 as someone said: A weekend in Vegas without gambling 
and drinking is just like being a born-again Christian.

Vegas is a celebration.  Las Vegas is the only place
 I know where money really talks.  It says goodbye...


Oct 10, 2018

Life Is Good ~

You shouldn't wait for other people to make special
 things happen. You have to create your own memories...

Rima, George and the family are completely settled in 
to the California lifestyle.  As Lilly Vade says, "we are
 living the American dream here in California."

I am happy.  Whenever I have the opportunity to spend
 time with loved ones my heart is all happiness.  I know our

time will soon come to an end, but the few days we have had
 together and what we still have will forever be happy memories.
 I am on a quest of collecting happy memories always.

Lilly Vade, Riley and our hippie Gabsy are all California
 kids now.  They fit into the lifestyle so easily.  I love seeing
 them happy and always smiling.  Makes me happy.

  I was happy to be able to go to Lilly Vade's school with Rima,
 and pick her up.  I have done that with all of my nieces
 and nephews at some point in their lives.  Hopefully one
day we will do it with Vanessa and Aleah as well.

Time to go and make some more memories.  To all a very
good day.  I'm having a great time with Rima and family.

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the
memory banks of our loved ones.  I have a very conveniently
 photographic memory of emotions - it's overwhelming,
 because things don't fade for me...


Oct 9, 2018

Family Time ~

Our pictures are our footprints. It’s the 
best way to tell people we were here...

I don't think it gets any better than this.  Spending time
 with everyone and just having the most relaxing and fun of times.
  On the 12th it's Lilly Vade's birthday.  Baby doll turns 11.  I 
have no clue how time has gone by so fast.  It seems 
just like yesterday she was just a tiny little girlie.

Hopefully today my friend Anna will be visiting.  Have 
also been looking forward to this day for a long time. Friends 
for a lifetime and more. Super excited to see her.

Tomorrow I plan to take Rima and the gang out to dinner. 
 Celebrating Lilly Vade's and Riley's birthday.  Riley turned
 16 on the 7th.For riley's birthday we all went to lunch
 at the Pier at Huntington Beach.  It's surf time all day 
long there, and at sunset even more impressive.

Times like now I would love to be living in California.
  So much that is familiar, yet at the same time so different.  
I love life with Arvid, but for now I am just reminiscing a little 
and enjoying every moment I have with the ones I love.

You shouldn't wait for other people to make special 
things happen. You have to create your own memories...