Apr 21, 2018

Feeling Good ~

The good life is a process, not a state of being.  It is a direction not 
a destination.  Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy...

What a week.  Have no idea how it went by so fast.  

Kinda scary
 in a way.  Time just flies.  Yesterday I took one of my tenants out to lunch.  

She is always talking about Indian food so of course I took her to my favorite Indian restaurant.  Arvid thinks she's cool.

Tomorrow we take our maintenance couple and their
 2 kids out for dinner.  They all like a good steak as do we so that's the plan.
  Steak for everyone tomorrow.

Usually on Saturdays I do not go in, but today I will for a little.
  We have an open room at Almost Home, and just thought I would go 
and help out and make sure it's all ready.  I called 3 people on our waiting 
list and they all are coming to see the room later today, so I need to make
 sure it's up and ready to go.  Arvid will be at the auction again.

It's warming up.  Finally.  I see summer in our horizon, but
I have to say Spring sure missed us.  Hopefully we will see some spring.

It's nice having just one hotel.  Now we have time to do some fun stuff again.
We have been looking forward to next weekend for a very long time now.
We plan to do something we have not done before.  Exciting.

Wishing everyone a happy day.  
Remember to always focus on the good.

Life goes by too quickly.  So laugh, love and try new things.
Forgive, forget, and don't hold grudges.  Choose to be happy....


Apr 20, 2018

Interesting Times ~

I'm a big believer that life changes as much as you want it to.  We all
have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance...

When we lived in Florida, we stayed to ourselves mostly.  We
 were and still are not the types to do a lot of social outings.  
We prefer weekend getaways, an evening out listening to 
music, a good meal, but always mainly Arvid and I.

Here in Branson that has changed.  Honestly we socialize more 
here than we did in Florida.  We go out more in groups here also than 
we did in Florida and I said to Arvid, "I believe you need to invest in
 a blazer and some dress clothes."  The craziest thing is Arvid agreed. 

 Of course, owning the hotels have been a big part in this, 
plus Arvid has met people who are interested in trading as 
much as he is.  Makes for some very interesting times.

Last night we attended an auction for charity.  The main items
 were 2 cars.  Arvid of course had to bid on them, but like all good
 bidders he also had a limit.  Needless to say the cars were sold for more 
than our agreed limit.  No problem, today and tomorrow the real 
auction begins and I know he will do his best to acquire a few cars. 

Just last week we also attended a silent auction.  The items were not 
as grand as cars, and only one item interested us.  I saw it and I said
 to  Arvid, "please bid on this one and make sure we get it." It's home 
with us.  Life has taken a different path here in Branson for us.

Whatever our future holds, I know that Branson has played (and continues to)
 a very important part in our lives.  We may or may not have liked it all,
 but we sure experienced and still continue to do life changes that 
will always be a part of us.  It has definitely it filled a void.

We are definitely living in interesting times.

Going by my past journey, I am not certain where life will 
take me, what turns and twists will happen; nobody knows where
 they will end up. As life changes direction, I'll flow with it...


Apr 19, 2018

Hello Thursday ~

Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters...

Another week has flown by..way fast.  Already Thursday and the 
warm up we were having has suddenly disappeared.  Cold days are
 back and I think I am getting the flu again.  Not sure if it is, 
but I have the symptoms.  Not happy about that.

Yesterday we had to throw a young girl out of our hotel.  Nothing against
young people, but many have an attitude and just don't seem to know
right from wrong.  Truth is I liked her, she paid on time, but she
was more work than we needed at Almost Home.

  Within an hour of us telling her she has to pack and leave,
 I get a phone call from one of the tenants on the waiting list.  Needless
to say, I have already rented the room.  The tenant has paid upfront for
2 weeks even though the first week he will not even be here. 

As he said to me on the phone, "I'm coming all the
 way from Arizona to work in Branson like I do every year
and I was told to stay at Almost Home."  I love the
 fact that our hotel has a great reputation.

Most of the long term stay hotels advertise a $99 move in special. 
This special runs all year long.  I am happy to say that at Almost Home
we have never had to do this and we still stay full.  I did try the $99
move in special, but before the day was over I took it away because
 the clientele it brought was not the one we want at Almost Home.

Thursday is looking good.  Chilly start of the morning but already
warmed up with my cafe and chasing Sniff around.  Arvid still sound
 asleep.  Quiet, peaceful.  Mornings are my favorite time of the day.

Hello Thursday.  You sure got here fast.

There comes a time when the world gets quiet 
and the only thing left is your own heart...


Apr 17, 2018

Feels Like Summer ~

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their
 affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. 
Difficult standards for people to live up to...

Rio came home yesterday.  It's hard to say who was happier, 
Rio or his papa. That being said everyone in our family slept 
better last night, and Mala is once again breathing. 

 Rio being taken in for emergency surgery had them on the brink of 
a nervous breakdown.  Rio is their baby now, and after what happened to 
Jax this was heartbreak all over again.  Thankfully, Rio is home healing.

It's so good being home again.  Going back to work.  Talking to the tenants.
  I love it and missed it so very much.  I'm not one to buy presents/trinkets/souvenirs,
 but this time in Mexico I came back home with a little handmade purse for my tenants.
  I was so happy to do it and I was even happier when i saw their faces lite up.

The last few days have been extremely cold.  Thankfully a warm up
 started late yesterday and will continue on for the rest of the week.  On Sunday 
we had snow flurries and today the temperature will be in the 80's (F) .

Predicting the weather in Missouri is not easy.  One day you freeze
 and the next day you are running around in shorts sweating.  Arvid as you 
can imagine is happy as is everyone here.  This has been a long and cold winter 
here in Missouri, and in almost places.  It's time for a warm up now.

As Tuesday begins I can see the week already taking off.  Strange thing
 was that when we were in Mexico time did not seem to move at all.  
It was one of the longest 2 weeks I have experienced.  

Arvid says he thinks Branson has spoilt us, in that here we 
got so used to being on the go 24/7 that when it came time 
to relax we just did not know how to do it anymore. 

Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer 
serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.  The real things haven't 
changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the 
most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures;
 and have courage when things go wrong...


Apr 16, 2018

Monday ~

Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food 
and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas 
owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and
 water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods...

It has been a very stressful weekend.  Nothing to do with work.
Life here in Branson is great, aside from being very cold. We could not
 be happier to be home, although we sure miss the warm weather.

For starters, my sister Mala told us that Rio their doggie of barely 
2 months was not feeling well.  So they took him to the vet.  After
 24 hours still no relief, so they took him in again on Saturday.  Next 
thing you know it was an emergency surgery scheduled for Rio. 

Our entire family was heartbroken and none of us slept a wink 
Saturday night.  You see Rio's surgery was scheduled for midnight. 
 We heard no news until about 3:30am Sunday morning.

None of us have met Rio, but we all loved him from the day he was 
brought into the family.  After my sister and family lost their Jax, 
it took them a while to bring Rio into their lives.  And then this.
  Needless to say there was not a single dried eye in the family.

Rio came out of surgery good, but because he had something lodged 
into his stomach, surgery was a little delicate and little Rio also 
spent Sunday night in the hospital.  His family was with him as
 much as was possible and can't wait tho have him back home.  
Hopefully today.  Please, please be OK little Rio.

As if that was not enough heartbreak, my friend Anna just found 
out that her little Bowe Bowe (kitty) of barely 4 years has the 
same kidney issues her Buddy (another kitty) had.  Anna's Buddy
 died due to those kidney issues.  Why is life so unfair?

Also this weekend my aunts daughter, just 38 years old died.  Totally
 caught everyone by surprise.  Making it worse, my aunt lives in New York
 and her daughter lived in Guyana.  Why?  Why? Whis is life so unfair?

As the new week begins, I hope everyone is OK.  Please 
make sure you tell the ones you love how much they mean to 
you and always remember that what you take for granted someone
 else is praying for.  Today what are you grateful for?

 If you have nothing to be grateful for, check your pulse.
Look for something positive in everyday, even  if 
some days you have to look a little harder... 


Apr 15, 2018


Beauty is self confidence applied directly to the face...

Here is to natural beauty.  They say that beauty is how you feel
on the inside, which then reflects in your eyes.
Beauty can sometimes use a little help, hence makeup!

I find that another thing that expresses beauty is a persons ability to laugh.

Our niece Danielle is one to whom laughter comes easily and
 spontaneously.  When in her company both Arvid and I find that we are
 laughing even more than usual.  The girl has a heck of a personality and
 she leaves you feeling good always.  I really miss her.

Wishing you all a day full of laughter and happiness.
It's a beautiful day so make the most of it and never forget
that life is what you make of it and your attitude will decide if
it's good or not. Don't forget, the best is yet to come!

You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
 If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.


Apr 12, 2018

Adios Mexico ~ Hello Sniff

Souls tend to go back to who feels like home....

My favorite time is here.  Time to head home to Sniff and everything
 that is familiar.  Time to head back to the USA.  Puerto Aventuras 
is beautiful.  No questions about that, but my heart is elsewhere,
 and a little kitty named Sniff is waiting at home for us.  

I cannot wait to be home with him, pick him up and shower him with love.
Vacation is over and I could not be happier.  I want to go home.  Finally the day is here.

Will definitely miss the dolphins, but looking forward to being back to work.
I have missed Almost Home very much and my tenants.  Home is always best.

Even when we lived in Florida, Arvid never went on the balcony to
enjoy his mornings.  Here in Mexico he wakes up.  Sits out on the balcony for
an hour or so, and after breakfast he takes his tea and enjoys it on the balcony.
He will definitely be missing his views and quiet times in the mornings. The truth
4 is once we get back home, life gets busy.  Homewards bound we are!

There is no place like home.  
We're gong home to Sniff...


Apr 11, 2018

Life In Mexico ~

Vacation is over.  Back to reality.  Time to officially
 remember what day of the week it is.  A vacation is
 over when you begin to yearn for you work...

Daily walks.  As much tropical fruit as you like, good weather,
relaxation and days of leisure.  That's exactly what we have been up 
to for the last week and a half.  Soon it will come to an end, but that's
 OK as well.  It will now be good to go back to our "regular" life.

Gone will be the days of soccer, fruity drinks and watching dolphins.
Going back home to colder temperatures, (YES!!!) and work (YES!!!).

No matter where you are, where you go, the memories you
make will last forever.  Arvid and I have made some very good
memories here.  We have also had some very good times.

Owning a hotel had definitely changed us.  We both realize
 how difficult it is to just relax, mainly me.  We need to be doing something
constantly, and thought Mexico is a beautiful destination, I would
much rather be home working and staying busy.

Truth is i have been working.  I have gotten more phone calls,
texts and inquiries from tenants than ever.  Seems as if everyone
needs something from me.  If you can imagine, this makes me
very tense, and at the same time makes the desire to go home
 even stronger.  I am also missing our Sniff Sniff.

I can't wait to go home to him.  Sniff fills a void Brutus left, and
yesterday I missed Brutus so very much.  Arvid and I were talking about
him, and next thing you know the tear were rolling down, I was wanting to
 hold him so badly.  This November will be 3 years my baby died.

As always when it comes to time to leave there is a little sadness,
but trust me we have so much to do back home that it does not
 last for long. We will be getting back to nice weather as well.

Definitely a big plus.  But for now, gone are the days of sitting
on the balcony, watching people pass by, boats take off and all that
 stuff that screams VACATION!  Yes we are going home
soon and we are very happy about that. Happy day.

Happy day to all.  Arvid and I are excited to be heading home.

I'm going home and hugging my Sniff.  
I'm probably going to get a meltdown..


Apr 10, 2018

Tuesday In Mexico ~

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on  my list...

The days here are all the same.  Warm, beautiful, sunny and clear blue skies.
We wake up to the boats being loaded with tourist.  Heading out to explore
 some vacation destination.  I look at them and all is see is people getting 
burnt to a crisp.  Not for us.  We have done a few of these, but on our own.  

Right now I much rather sit in the shade with a fruity drink and do 
some people watching.  As is, I am already pretty burnt.  I can 
feel heat emanating from my body.  Enough sun for me.  

Our trip to Playa del Carmen was a HOT one.  Both Arvid and I are
very burnt.  I have to say it again, I do not like the hot weather.
 This has been too hot for me.  I am ready to go back
to the cooler temperatures in Branson.

So far we have had some very good days.  Days of doing absolutely nothing
work related, as you can imagine I am ready to go bananas.  I need to get home.
I need to go to work and I want to see Sniff.  I have had enough vacation.

Just a few more day left.  Definitely will enjoy them,
and get even more tanned.  I just don't know how anyone can "vacation"
 this long.  Don't get me wrong, I love travelling, I love vacations,
 but both Arvid and I have agreed that we like 5 to 7 days max.
Gives us time to enjoy ourselves and not get restless.

Hello everyone.  I will remind you of what I tell myself
 everyday, "stop over analyzing.  Life is simple."

Life is really simple,
 but we insist on making it complicated...


Apr 9, 2018

Monday In Mexico ~

A simple life is a beautiful life.

Life here is simple.  Relaxing and runs at a slower pace.
For instance, the parking spaces are designated with a drawing of
 what should be there.  The pharmacy sells anything you want.

Both Arvid and I smile whenever we walk.  Life is stress free, at 
least if you are a tourist.  So much so that I am really ready to go
 back home.  Yes, home to Branson where we actually had 
snow on Saturday and temperatures are cold.

Today we head to Playa Del Carmen.  Being that there are even
more people than "normal" in Mexico right now, our guess is that Playa
 will be crammed.  Not something we like, but it is OK to go for the day.
Do a little shopping, have lunch and just check things out.

I am a simple person with a complicated mind...


Apr 8, 2018

Sunday In Puerto Aventuras ~

My mind seems to be overflowing with 
thought of all the memories you have given me...

Some days all you need is a little time alone with your thoughts.
Wherever it is that they take you..well enjoy them for a while, but
remember to not get stuck there.  Something I remind myself of often.
For now, my thoughts and my memories are awoken and are
 taking me to places I have tucked deeply in my heart.

Memories and thoughts age, just as people do.  But certain
 thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade.

Here in Mexico I have so much time to just think, reflect
 and some call it relax.  All good.  We have a laptop we keep here in Mexico,
and as you may have guessed the screen saver is Brutus, and many of
the pictures saved in it are of him.  When Arvid opened it all
 he said was "boysie."  That alone expressed so much.

Brutus holds a place in both of our hearts that no other can,
at the same time my heart also has room for Sniff, and I am
 missing him very much.  I look forward to getting home,
opening the door and seeing and hearing him.

I saw on Facebook one of these nametests.  Not that i believe
in them, but of course curiosity got the best of me.  This particular test
was to find out what is the meaning of your name.  Above are the
results.  Strange that Arvid's and Brutus' came out exactly the same.

Now my thoughts are about getting home to Sniff.
 I just feel the need to pick that little dude and shower him with
 hugs and kisses.  And yes, he's still not too keen on it, but I do it anyway.

To all a good day, I remind myself everyday that though I
may not have everything I want, what I do have is very
 precious and should never be taken for granted. 

The days are beautiful here.  The weather can't be beat.
Arvid of course does not want to go back home yet, that is if it were
warmer he said then yes, but not when it's still "freezing"  Me I am
ready for some cold weather already.  Enough of this heat.

Hello Sunday.  Please be nice to us all.

No matter what happens, some memories can never be replaced.
I may look like I'm doing nothing, but in my head I'm quite busy...


Apr 7, 2018

Days Of Leisure ~

When you ask me what I'm doing today and I say "nothing" it does not mean that I am free.  It means I am doing nothing...

And so begins another day.  The great thing about it is that no matter
 what the weather is gorgeous.  Skies are blue.  Birds are singing and it is
 always warm and bright.  Yes, everyday is a day to enjoy and to make 
the most of.  days like today you want to just spend forever here.

For Arvid this is heaven on earth, and as he said to me 
the other day, "I can stay here for a long time."

I am really enjoy our time here, loving everything we do, 
our walks, our outings.  Everything, but even so I know I 
won't like to stay here longer than we have to.  

For me it does not matter where we go.  After a few days I 
am ready to go home.  Some find that strange.  I sure don't.

My poor mom, every time I go away she knows I an just counting down the days until back home.  I don't like the idea of stressing her out, but she knows me well.

I am enjoying tropical fruit in abundance.  Papayas, mangoes, coconuts and more.

Arvid and I have
been visiting a few of our usual spots.  Few things have changed.  For one
 there is a lot more "security" to get from point A to point B.  There is a
lot more traffic and people to contend with.  Good always for the country's
economy, but if you're looking for some quiet time, then not so great.

All this relaxation is killing me.  Today is soccer, and to
The Pub we will be going.  It is probably our favorite restaurant here in
Puerto Aventuras.  The view is the best, and there is nothing
that escapes Arvid's "eagle" eye.  Happy times ahead.

Happy Saturday everyone, and may you always live in interesting times.

My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.
What we do during our working hours determines what we have; 
what we do in our leisure hours determines what we are...


Apr 6, 2018

Life in Mexico ~ Weekend Everyday

A banana is 105 calories.  A shot of whiskey
 is 80 calories.  Choose wisely...

Afternoon/evening walk on the beach while Arvid 
enjoyed soccer and a few cold ones at The Pub.

I also had a sampling of some adult drinks during the day.  Relaxing 
indeed and definitely loved the color of them.  May have been why
 I ordered them.  Saw someone with it and thought it was pretty.

I wonder if there is a Margarita somewhere out there thinking of me too.
We have many days and I am sure we will find "her" and a few others.

I have tried a few different Margaritas this time.  I still prefer the
original one with lots of salt.  Life here runs at a slower pace.  I am still
not that adapted as yet, but why fight something I can't control?

Here it's weekend everyday.  Everyone is burnt to a crisp.  I am not
crazy about the sun nor the heat, but it does not seem to bother anyone.
  Arvid included.  The truth is Branson and the weather there has grown
 on me, and yes I am missing the cold weather.  How crazy is that???

The temperature is consistent throughout the year.  Never really gets that
 cold.  So far everyday we have had temperatures in the mid 80's.  Beautiful to
sit out watch the boats pass by and take long walks in the mornings and evenings.
  In the middle of the day it's best to be indoors.  Away from the heat.

I love watching the dolphins, seals, manatees and all the that goes on
 around here.  Here in Puerto Aventuras, every turn you make there
 are Dolphins, and I never get tired of them.  Somehow the know
they are the center of everyone's attention.  And they love it.

When we are not out running around I relax with some of my magazines.
For Arvid it is enough to see the boats and observe people carrying on.

To all a very good day.  I am missing my little Sniff and am counting
the days until we are back home.  It's so crazy, but I don't think
 I know how to "vacation" anymore.  No matter where we go
 I am ready to go back home in a few days!

Taking shots of Tequila is just another way of saying.
"I like where I wake up to always be a surprise"  Hello Friday!

You can always make money.  You can't always make memories.
Take vacations go as many places as you can.  Live life everyday...