Feb 18, 2018

Relaxation Time ~

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace...

The other day out of curiosity I took one of these nametest survey.  
Not that I believe in them, but this one was so close to the
 truth that I had to save it. I like it and that's what matters.

Our days are relaxing and warm.  Walks along the beach.  
Stops for ice-cream makes this a vacation.  I miss little Sniff and 
I really wish he was here with us to complete this little stay.  For now
 he is home in Branson.  Well cared for and happy as can be.

A little vacation combined with some work make for very good days. 
 I miss Almost Home and everyone there, but knowing that Chris and 
Tiffany are handling everything makes me relaxed.  So grateful for them.

Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles.  Notice them.


Feb 16, 2018

Family Time ~

Family is like music.  Some high notes, some low notes, 
but always a beautiful song.  family a gift that lasts forever...

Looking forward to spending the next few days with family.  
I have been waiting for this for so long.  Finally it's here and
 I'm definitely going to enjoy every single moment.

We are already enjoying the company of Michael and Victoria, 
now we take a little time to go and see my family.  Either way you look at 
it we are having a great time.  Nothing like spending time with family.

A person's own family is, without doubt, the greatest wealth that
 we will ever possess. Treasure every moment and take 
the time to ensure that the story you create is one that you will
 be proud of and look back on with a huge smile...


Feb 15, 2018

Thursday In Miami Beach ~

In my life I've lived, I've loved, I've lost, I've missed, I've hurt,
 I've trusted, I've made mistakes, but most of all I've learned...

A late Valentine's Day outing, but it's the thought that counts.  
Today I took Arvid to Monty's in Miami.  We both like it very much there.
  For him dinner is not so much about the food, rather it's about the ambiance.  
Good thing is we both enjoy the food there very much as well.

We have not been to Monty's in almost 2 years.  For s both
 this will be a special treat.  One we have waited for with great
 anticipation ever since we knew we were coming to Florida.

The restaurant itself is casual.  Nothing fancy here, but the ambiance 
and the views are one of a kind.  As we sit we watch the boats go by
 including cruise ships and the huge container  ships heading to Europe
and to other parts of the world.  Arvid is caught up in the view 
more than he is in the food, but I have to say he does
 enjoy the raw bar as much as I do.  Well not as
 much but he is getting better. Much better.

Located poolside and waterfront on the docks of the picturesque
 Miami Beach Marina, Monty’s Sunset is South Beach’s premiere spot 
for casual dining, fresh-caught local seafood, a succulent raw bar,
 live music and the most stunning sunsets in South Florida. 

It’s the perfect place for lunch, dinner, happy hour, 
special occasions, live music or any major sporting event, 
Monty’s Sunset has something for everyone.

All is good in Florida.  I have moments of sadness, but I know
 that it's just part of life and part of dealing with grieves
 and loss.   Yes, my heart still gives for Brutus.  I don't
 think it will ever stop missing him.  We are having 
a good time, but I would like to go home.

 Last night for some reason I missed him even more than usual, 
at the same time i also want to go back home to Sniff.  I miss the 
little dude very much.  I have grown accustomed to his little face.

We have had a great day in Miami. The food as always was delicious,
 now looking forward to spending a little time with my parents,
 Nina and David.  Yes, life is good.  Very good.

Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human
 because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it


Feb 14, 2018

A Pet's Ten Commandments And so Much More ~

Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, those quiet friends,
is that they carry away with them so many years of our lives...

When Brutus died a friend sent this poem to me. 
 It's beautiful, but to this day whenever I read it it 
makes me cry.  One day it may be better.

You'll Meet Me In The Light

I know that you can't see me, but trust me I'm right here. 
Although I'm up in Heaven, my love for you stays near.
So often I see you crying, many times you call my name. 
I want so much to lick your face and ease some of your pain.
I wish that I could make you see that Heaven indeed is real. 
If you could see me run and play, how much better you would feel.
But our loving God has promised me that when the time is right,
 you'll step out of the darkness and meet me in the light.

Every so often I repost this article. Today I would like to do the same again. 
 It is the exact post, and things have changed.  Our Brutus has died. Then 
came Shadow.  Our little Shadow lived for just 4 months.  Those 4 
months he sure left little paw prints in our lives as well.

Our family has been through the death of 3 fur babies in less than 3 years.  
The scars remain, but Arvid and I have brought into our lives a new 
fur baby who soon would have been with us for 2 years now.  Little 
Sniff is definitely a happy boy and is already "training" us. 

My sister Mala and family also lost their baby boy Jaxen.  Sachin is still 
heartbroken and even with the addition of another four legged friend, 
Sachin is still not fully accepting as yet.  Rio, the new puppy
 in their lives has brought smiles and laughter to Mala, Gopaul,
 Reshma and Sachin when no one is looking.  Yes, there 
is always a lot of love left to be given.

For all of us that are lucky to have a pet you will relate to these
 Ten Commandments.  For those that don't, I believe you will also be
 able to understand the bond a pet owner and their pets share.

Everyone knows that a house is not the same without a pet. 
 The emptiness that they leave in our lives is unimaginable.  I
know because I lived it, and every so often it hits me
all over again.  Thankfully Sniff now fills that void.

I don't believe in this "Rainbow Bridge"...  But if there is any such thing
 then I hope Brutus, Shadow, Buddy, my other kitties and Jax are
together.  Keeping each other company and playing together.
 It's a happy thought.  Really wished it brought me comfort.
 For some it does for others it's empty words.

Below are some "rules" you should be aware of before you decide to 
bring a fur baby into your lives.  They are not a cute little something to 
have for a moment and then get rid of because they did something
 you did not like or approve of.  It's like having a child.  Would
 you give your child away just because he/she misbehaved?

To everyone with a pet...your pet needs you most when they are not 
at their best.   Just like a child needs its parent, pets need their mamas 
and dadas also.  Remember, A house is not a home without a pet; until
 one has loved an animal,  a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

My four legged friend of fur and paws from whom I had to part. My loyal kind,
 and loving friend left PAW PRINTS on my heart.  The bond with a 
pet is as lasting as the ties of this earth can be...


Feb 13, 2018

Music ~

Where words fail music speaks...

One thing we have really missed since leaving Florida is music.
  Arvid and I used to go to different venues to listen to the Blues
 just about every chance we had.  We travelled towards the music. 

 It was a good life and I know one day it will be ours again.  
For now it was just great to go to a Blues Festival.  A few days 
ago we went to The Seafood Music Festival at Mizner Park in 
Boca Raton.  It was good to put on shorts and flip flops.

  Together with a very good friend we spent an entire day out. 
 Good music, good food and good company.  That is life.  

After the festival we visited one of our favorite restaurants on the 
Intracoastal.  Was a first for our friend.  A good dinner and 
a nice cruise along the beach made for a perfect day.
 Somehow 8 hours did not seem that long.

We are having a good time.  Sniff is well cared for and all is good 
at the hotels.  Tiffany and Chris have it all under control.  Never before
 have we experienced so much "free" time since we have owned the hotels. 
 The best thing to have happened to us was Chris and Tiffany.  Because 
of them we can now have time to do a few more "fun" stuff.

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


Feb 12, 2018

Summer Like Days ~

Salt in the air sand in my hair.  I heard it's snowing this weekend, 
but that's none of my business.  I'm in Florida.  Life is better in flip flops...

For the next few days no more winter for us.  Feels good and am loving 
the warm weather and the feel of the sand between my toes.

I'm sure I can easily get used to this lifestyle again.  Definitely.

The choice is not really that difficult, but on the other hand for now home 
is where Sniff, Arvid and I are together.  For now home is Branson
 and this is a nice little vacation, one I am really enjoying so far.

Wherever you go, no matter the weather, 
always bring your own sunshine...


Feb 11, 2018

Warmer Days For Now ~

Dear winter, I am breaking up with you,
I think it's time I start seeing other seasons...

We left very frigid Missouri weather, which to be honest was pretty miserable. 
 The trip to the airport in Springfield was dangerous.  The roads were icy 
and of course visibility driving was really bad.  With the drizzle that 
was falling, our windshield wiper was covered with frost.  

Needless to say there was a lot of cussing coming from Arvid, 
surprisingly even though it was in Norwegian I knew most of the cuss
 words.  Ain't it strange how one learns the bad words first?

A little stopover in Atlanta.  We refueled with some good food and 
drinks and next stop would be The Sunshine State.

It's warm here.  I guess I am not used to this "heat" anymore. 
 Where I am hot, Arvid is loving it.  I'm not complaining, but I
 think I am much more comfortable in cooler temperatures, on the 
other hand, we are going to a Blues Festival today, and tomorrow 
I will be taking a walk on the beach.  Definitely can't be beat.

To all a great day.  One day I know i will think of Fort Lauderdale as
 home again. That day will be when Sniff, Arvid and I are here for 
good.  For now it will be a nice little visit in the Sunshine State.

 I'm ready for flip flops, warmer weather, sunshine, 
booming flowers, birds singing and green grass...


Feb 10, 2018

Road Trip ~

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love...

Back to the Sunshine State we go.  Looking forward to a few days 
with family and friends combined with a little work as always.

Soon will be checking out the boats again from our balcony.  Nice little change.

Sniff is home, but well cared for by Tiffany.  I am going to miss
 that little face and his very loud meows always making sure we know what
 he needs and when.  One very voiceful kitty.  I love our Sniff Sniff.

To all a good day and may you always live in interesting times.

A good vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.


Feb 9, 2018

Relax Mode ~

Freedom is being yourself without permission.
Take time to do what makes your soul happy...

There is something about cats that no matter what kind of day one's having,
 they sure know how to calm you and make you relax.  Just look at Sniff.
  No matter what the day brings, as soon as I sit next to him he curls
 up by my side and before you know it he is fast asleep.  

Looking at him and feeling his warmth makes everything better.  
Kitties have a soothing personality.  Arvid will be the first to say so,
 our Brutus taught him more about patience, relaxation and 
love than anyone I know.  Now Sniff is following suit.

All is good here in Branson.  Having sold 76 Inn has given us
 "freedom" again.  Suddenly we are able to do things we have not 
done in a year.  We are back to planning little trips here and there, and this 
year I will be able to go with Arvid to Norway again.  Last year, we hardly
 did much travelling, and if we did it was on our own.  One of us
 had to stay back to take care of the hotels.  Now with Chris and 
Tiffany at Almost Home, we can do so much again.

With some extra time on our hands, the possibilities are endless again.
 Now it's not all about work, work and work.  We have time to enjoy
some of the things we have been missing in the last year and.
I would not have changed the last year no matter what.
 It was exactly what we needed at the right time.

It gave us time to keep our minds busy.  having lost Brutus and
Shadow was too much.  In Florida everything brought Brutus and Shadow
 vividly back.  In Branson, neither has been.  It's all about Sniff and us.
 Yes, in my quiet moments my mind wanders.  No place nor no one will
EVER change that.  It is what it is, but today life is good again.

At Almost Home Valentine's day candy is already out for everyone.
A few of the tenants got a little something extra, just because.

Yesterday was a beautiful day.  Chilly, but with the sun shining it just felt perfect.
Yes, I like the cold, and yes I know one day I will miss this weather.
 For now I am enjoying it everyday, but that does not mean that I
will not welcome a few warmer days in the Sunshine State.

Already Friday.  Looking forward to seeing what the day hold.
To all a happy start of the weekend.  Happy Friday all.

Beautiful mindset, beautiful day.  Give every day the 
chance to become the most beautiful day f your life. Never let
 the things you want make you forget the things you have...


Feb 7, 2018

It's Cold Out There ~

Today's forecast, Holy Smokes! I can't feel my face degrees... 

For Arvid and I there does not have to be a reason to celebrate. 
 We find a reason in just about anything, but when there 
is a reason it sure makes the celebration exciting.

A few adult beverages and we were happy as can be.  What day it was
 did not matter because after all this was a celebration well worth it.
Soon we will be having a few days in the Sunshine State.  

What better reason to celebrate?  This cold is getting tiresome. 
 Worst part is that I think I am getting the cold again.  How crazy is that? 
 After all I did get the flu shot about a month ago.

Wednesday morning.  Yesterday evening we had some rain.  
Turned into sleet and ice.  Now it sure will be interesting to see 
how the roads are.  Almost Home is covered in salt.

Arvid made us his famous hot chocolate last night, and enough 
is left for breakfast.  After making the hot chocolate Arvid said 
to me, "maybe I should take up some more cooking?"

Not sure what cooking he meant, but will leave it there for now.
Happy wednesday all.  Soon the weekend is here again.

I wasn't made for winter, I want my flip flops...


Feb 6, 2018

Colder Days Again ~

There is just something beautiful about walking on snow that 
nobody else has walked on.  It makes you believe you're special...

Sundays as mentioned is just our day.  came Sunday we went out as
 usual for our outing.  We left home and it was cold, but aside from that 
no rain no snow.  We come out of the garage and as soon as we got 
to the main road the snow just started coming down.  It was not 
sticking to the ground, but it was coming fast and a lot.

That night temperatures dropped way way low so that the snow that 
was already on the ground turned to ice.  Monday morning the news
 reported that many had died in Springfield from accidents due to icy
 roads.  Of course Arvid said, "there is no way we are going out."

I did go outside to check the driveway and the road.  There was
 no snow on the driveway, but the road had icy patches everywhere.  
Decision made.  I did not go in to work.  Arvid did go in for a 
little because he had a few "other" errands he had to take 
care of.  I spent the day at home with Sniff guilt free.

Still cold today, but no more icy roads.  Off to work it is.

Winter, either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.
We're all like snowflakes unique and one of a kind...


Feb 5, 2018

February 5th 2018 ~

Not a day goes by and I don't think of you. 
 How different life is without you.  If you want to know where your 
heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders...

I'm not keeping count, but the 5th of every month is very

difficult for me.  On the 5th of every month it's another month Brutus
 and Shadow died, but who is keeping count of that?  
The agonizing pain of Brutus' death is less.  

That is true, but there are days it hits me as if it was just yesterday
 we held him as he looked at us and closed his eyes forever.  

That image will never leave me.  I'm sure he was asking us why?  
Why couldn't we save him and bring him back home.  It's not 
as if I don't ask myself the same question time after time.
  As for Shadow, I try to block that from my memory. 

Many may say that enough is enough, but not everyone is in my shoes.  
Brutus was my baby.  Together with Arvid our life was complete.
  So the fact that it is taking me so long to "move on" as many
 will say just tells how deeply Brutus' death has affected me.

I do not live in the past.  I do not sit around all day looking at pictures and 
getting depressed.  I do not cry all day.  It's just a part of me is missing
 and every time I have a moment to myself my mind wanders.  
Thankfully with the running of a hotel there is not often that
 much time to let my mind go places it shouldn't.

Though a piece of my heart is missing, we have another furry 
boy at home and he is definitely leaving paw prints all
 over us.  Yes our little Sniff is just a happy boy.  

Watching him grow into his own little mischievous self is fun
 and always makes us laugh.  Now home is where Sniff is and we are home.

Life is what it is.  We may not have everything we want,
but we have everything we need, and for that I will always be grateful.

To our Brutus and Shadow. Mama misses you both so very much.
 Brutus you took my heart and I know Sniff will fill our lives, but for
 me you will forever be my baby.  How I miss you Brutus.

The journey of life is so much sweeter when travelled with furry friend.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened...


Feb 4, 2018

Sunday ~

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.  What are you grateful for today...

Super Bowl Sunday. My favorite part is the opening where the National
 Anthem is sung and the halftime entertainment.  Today Pink sings
 the National Anthem and halftime is Justin Timberlake.  

Could be entertaining. As far as the game goes, I could care less, 
but I’m sure we will be watching some of it.  Arvid usually
 bets with one of my nephews or Danielle.  As of now no bets
 have been placed, but that can change soon.

Still very cold here, but as mentioned before it does not bother 
me as much as it does Arvid.  He is one Viking who is NOT 
a Viking.   Sniff is more a Viking than Arvid is. Any day.  

As always weekends are packed with soccer. Depending on the games
 and when the breaks are, Arvid calls his family.  Today is main game is 
Liverpool vs Tottenham.Some days I am really at a loss for words 
with Arvid. He seems to schedule his days around soccer.

Sniff is getting closer and closer to us everyday and we to him.
  He is such a good boy. He reminds me everyday that life
goes on, and that there is always room to give love. 

My Brutus will always be my baby. I think of him everyday, 
but it is Sniff who we have with us. It is his warm furry
 body that cozies up to us everyday.  It feels good

Yes life goes on and my heart has room for it.  Missing Brutus is 
something I don’t think I will ever stop doing.  He took my heart with him.
Last night I asked Arvid if he ever thinks of Brutus, his answer "more than
 you know."  There was something about Brutus.  He saw into our souls.

Life is good.  We have everything we need and we are fortunate 
and always grateful.  I may not have everything I want, but I have what I need.

Sunday and it's the big day ~ Super Bowl LII
Have a fun day all and remember ~what are you grateful for~

Be thankful for what you have.  
Be fearless for what you want...


Feb 3, 2018

Saturday ~

Always remember that your present situation is not 
your final destination.  The best is yet to come...

It's been a very busy week in more ways than one.  Some very tense 
moments, but at least for now everything is back to being OK.

Here at home all is good.  Sniff is a happy camper and he is just getting 
cuter by the day.  Sniffs my boy and I love him to pieces.

My sister Mala and family just added a new member to their family. 
Everyone meet Rio.  Rio is a Golden retriever and he is 8 weeks old. 
 Needless to say they all all in in love with the little dude.  Just look
 at that face, and tell me if you can resist so much cuteness.

Back in Florida i rarely ate red meat.  Here in Branson I have eaten more 
red meat that I have in my entire life, weirdest thing is that I enjoy it a lot.
  Just this week we have been out to 2 different steak restaurants,
 and yes both times I have had the steak.  My favorite is
 the NY Strip.  Arvid's favorite for a while now as well.

This week has worn us us.  Mostly mentally and emotionally, but seems like 
we are back on track towards "normalcy"  Hopefully this will be the case.  Work is 
fine. Almost home is running smoothly, Tiffany, Chris and the boys are a pleasure 
to have around and everyone at Almost Home is like family, so all good there.

To all a happy day.  I'm sure everyone is super ready for Super Bowl tomorrow.

As you start and end your day,be thankful for every little thing in your life.
One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day...


Feb 1, 2018

Wednesday Evening At Almost Home ~

Life is like a camera... focus on what's important capture the good times,
develop from the negatives, and if things don't work out take another shot...

Yesterday Almost Home hosted a spaghetti dinner night.  
Let me say it was a total success, and definitely there
 will be more dinner nights in the future.

Dinner was a joint effort between yours truly and one of our tenants. 
 The idea originally originated from 'Chef" Jen and we ran with it.  It
 brought together just about most of the tenants and I even invited some 
that used to live there and had a close relationship with everyone.

Dinner was simple, but so very good.  Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, 
a salad and of course a variety of desserts provided by a few of the tenants.
Arvid who is not much into "social" gatherings was the one who helped 
set up the game room.  He organized the tables and chairs and
 even put tablecloths on the tables.  Very helpful.

While I chopped and cooked, Sniff just relaxed but always keeping 
an eye open just in case.  Bonnie from Almost Home is all smiles 
in her tie dye T-shirt I got for her.  Made by my nephew.  If you
 haven't checked his page please do so.  He's really good.

On our way home the moon was in its glory.  I could not help pulling
 over at times and getting a few pictures.  From our driveway it was 
just an amazing sight, and yes, I took these pictures last night.

To all a great day.  Looking forward to another day full of promises and 
all things good.  Either that or will do my best to make it a great day. 

Life is about laughing and living, in good and bad times.
getting through whatever comes your way, looking back and smiling at it...