Nov 12, 2018

A New Week Begins ~

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do,
 something to love, and something to hope for...

I had some time and what's one of my favorite passtime? 
 Looking at pictures of course.  Yesterday I Mala sent a few 
pictures of Rio.  They have had him since February of this 
year, and boy has he grown. I can't wait to meet him.

Rio has been know to eat everything in site.  That includes wood.
  That being said Rio has had emergency surgery twice in his
 life already.  The good thing now is that Rio seems to have 
gotten over that stage.  We are all super happy for that.

He now can take walks and have play dates without having
 to use his muzzle.  As you can see, Rio makes everyone happy.

The next few days Arvid will be busy attending 
trade meetings.   He's a happy camper.  I have some 
time on my hands so will be inviting Liliana over for 
lunch and to get reacquainted with Sniff.

  Liliana and I share a strong friendship, no matter what
 has happened in the past.  I am a little nervous meeting 
with her again, and I am very sure she feels the same.  

One thing I do know I can trust Liliana.  
Looking forward to having a good time with her 
and to strengthening our friendship once again.

Monday is looking good already.  Lots to do, but feeling ready.
Being back in Florida is good.  I have had a wonderful time
in Branson.  I have made friends that will always be there, I felt 
more accomplished that ever before, but our life is here
 in Florida, surrounded by palm trees and sunshine.

Hello Monday.  Hello new week.  
Let's prepare to be amazing.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens;
 but often we look so long at the closed door that we
 do not see the one which has been opened for us...


Nov 11, 2018

Happy 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...

Every morning Sniff comes to the bedroom to wake 
me up and let me know it's time for his brushing.  Even before
 I have my cafe, I spend a good 5 minutes brushing him.  After that
 he wants his foodies.  It's a routine we have and I love love it.  Sniff 
is just so precious and he has made our lives so much better.

Yesterday Arvid and I celebrated 17 years of marriage.
 I decided to treat him to a day out on the beach.  We started
 out by having drinks from place to place.  I do not tolerate
alcohol too well so after the first place I was way
too tipsy, but it was our special day after all.

Nothing better than to start off the evening with
a Mojito on the beach. The beach is now full scooters.
 Maybe they were there before, but we have not been
 around for so long so I am just noticing them. 

California has them and Chicago has also had them for years now. 
You can rent it and just drop off wherever you like. The latest
craze.  No one has to walk anymore.  Yesterday,  Arvid
was also treated to his first Uber ride.  The driver was not
sure how to navigate through all the construction
going on so Arvid of course directed him.

Arvid's day so far is filled with soccer games.
 Three games. After the first two he said he was a
little tired watching TV.  I wonder why? 

Sniff follows him around like a little puppy.  Arvid loves it.
It's a beautiful and very warm day here in Fort Lauderdale.

 Soccer is about to be done and soon we will go and enjoy our
Sunday outing.  Life is always good when one stops looking
for all the things that can go wrong.  Just enjoy and make
 the most of it.  At least give it your best shot.

Wishing everyone a Happy Sunday and to
all the Veteran's a Happy Veteran's Day.

Happiness is not a station you arrive at,
 but a manner of traveling.  Even if happiness forgets
 you a little bit, never completely forget about it...


Nov 10, 2018

A Feel Good Day ~

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy.
 There's going to be stress in life, but it's your 
choice whether you let it affect you or not...

Fort Lauderdale's skyline.  This was not taken
 by me, but it's just so pretty that I had to share it.

The one below was taken by me yesterday at Sawgrass Mills Mall.
Arvid and I were there for some shopping and lunch.  Arvid was the
 one shopping. When Arvid buys, he buys one of each color. 

I enjoyed walking around.  It's been 2 years since I last 
went to Sawgrass.  Many more stores than when I was last there. 
 It was pretty because when it got dark all the palm 
trees were lit up with pretty lights. Loved it.

Yesterday we also went to one of Arvid's colleagues'
 home and though we have been there before, it still amazes me.
 His home is a haven for exotic animals.  We were once again treated
 to a tour of some of it. I fell in love with the baby Lemur.

We saw many more exotic animals.  I was fascinated
and would love to visit soon again.  Yesterday was another
 beautiful day.  In between work we also found time
 to do some fun stuff.  The best way to go.

Looking forward to another fun filled day today.

To all a very good day.  Let's not forget that the things
 we take for granted someone else is praying for.

Some people will only be as wise as their environment 
allows them to be. Hint: Change your environment!  You don't
have to tell me what your limits are when the decisions
 you make, your actions and body language says it all...


Nov 8, 2018

A New Day Begins ~

I've had a blessed life. I've pulled back from trying
 to control my destiny and gone back to accepting whatever 
fate has in store for me. I live for today because 
I don't know what'll happen tomorrow...

Everyday Arvid says to me,
"we now are going to really enjoy our lives."

He says, "we will be taking it easy, relaxing,
 and taking time to enjoy all the things we like."

If that includes having a Pina Colada at random times, then I am happy.
Sniff is doing great.  Though he does not like being picked up we still try.

I woke up to a beautiful day, and I plan to make the most of it.

Hello everyone, remember learn from yesterday,
live for today, and always hope for tomorrow.

There is no perfect condition so now is the perfect time
 and today is the perfect day to take action...


Nov 7, 2018

A Broken Heart ~

Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, 
which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime,
 and falling in at night. I miss you like hell...

When it comes to expressing oneself, no one does
 it like the Latin people.  They have a way with words.  
I was lucky to have been raised in a Spanish/Latin culture. 
 I took all of the good things I wanted from that culture
 and hopefully none of the not so great ones.

They show emotion like no one I know.  
When happy you definitely will know and when they are sad, 
boy you can feel their sadness deep into your soul.

My friend Anna is heartbroken over her Taino.  
I feel her sadness even though we are hundreds of miles apart. 
 I know what it's like to go home and feel the stillness.  The quietness.
  To not hear those little footsteps of her Taino.

When you lose a part of your heart it is almost impossible
that you will ever regain it, but one always tries.  I know, but to
 stop trying is like saying you have given up, and that is not
something I do, and I know it's not something Anna does either.
 If ever there was a person who struggled against adversity
and always came back stronger, that would be Anna.

This is a hard blow.  Her Taino was part of her life for
18 years.   He was there through her ups and downs, trust me there
were many downs.  How one does it?  I don't know.  All I know
is that you do it one day at a time.  You fight the terrible
sadness that invades your heart.  Some days it works great,
others...well it's back to square one.  Then you start all
over again.  That's how I do it. That's how we all do it.

My heart is broken for Anna.  My heart is broken all over again
for our Brutus and Shadow. This thing called grief comes in waves.

Unless you have experienced grief, you will never fully
 understand what it is all about.  Each person deals with it differently.
Just remember there is no time frame for grief.  Grief can make
you question your life, your purpose, and your goals.
And this isn't always a bad thing.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal
love leaves a memory no one can steal...


Nov 6, 2018

Always Something To Be Grateful For ~

I have a lot to be thankful for. 
I am healthy, happy and I am loved...

Life goes on.  The days are going by fast, and soon
 2018 will be over.  As I have my cafe on the balcony, 
everything is perfectly still.  The only sound I hear
 is the thumping of my heart and the pounding 
in my head.  Me and my thoughts again.

My heart gets sad just like that.  I can't help it.  I know
I have come a long way and that the grief is less, but in 
all honesty these last few days have not been so easy for me. 
 The fact that my friend Anna just lost her fur baby
 has made it even sadder.  I will be better.

We have a beautiful little boy with us.  Sniff.  Full of love 
and life.  We love him very much and one day I am sure I will 
be able to bring myself and call him "my baby" as well.

Everyday I remind myself of all the reasons to be grateful.
Like I always say, I may not have everything I want, but
I have everything I need.  May we never forget that.

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,
 for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your
 food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason 
to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself...


Nov 5, 2018

3 Years Today ~

The cat could very well be man's best friend 
but would never stoop to admitting it...

They say that man's best friend is his our 
case man's best friend is our Kitty.  That would have been Brutus.  
It's already 3 years our little Brutus died.  Life changed for us.  Most 
definitely did. Today Sniff is our little boy and we do love him so.

They also say if animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering
 outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a
 word too much, unlike so many people who just talk for talks sake and most of 
the time it's just a waste of your time or just out of politeness one has to 
listen and pretend to enjoy an otherwise senseless conversation.

I would give anything to "hear" Brutus again.  To see him.
 To hold him, but it is what it is and that will never be possible. 

 Brutus and Arvid had a special bond and it was just amazing to watch 
these two interact.  I know also that this bond exists with many pet owners 
and their's just beautiful to see man and animal together. 

 Brutus slept in the curve of Arvid's arm at nights 
and though he got tired Arvid  would just hold him for as
 long as he, Brutus was laying there...that's LOVE. 

 Sniff sleeps with us, but he won't let us hold him.  Many a times 
both Arvid and I miss that something extra we shared with Brutus.  
We love Sniff, but Brutus took our hearts with him.

Three years has gone by.  In three years our lives went
 through tremendous changes.  Would we have gone to Branson
 had Brutus not died?  I don't think so, on the other hand 
the time I experienced in Branson will always 
be one of the most special times of my life.

How strange that tragedy also brought something
 wonderful into my life.  My heart misses our Brutus,
 but in our daily lives it is also very happy with 
our little Sniff.  Life it is what it is.

A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, 
which is more than can be said for human beings...


Nov 4, 2018

Sunday ~

Start each day with a grateful heart...

And suddenly we are doing the things we used to do, 
and it sure feels good.  Some days everything just seem 
to fall into place and Thursday was one of those.  

We worked and then decided it was time to go out
 and have something to nibble on and enjoy the views.
  Of course whenever there are fruity drinks, I am always 
happy.  Otherwise I am also happy with just a Pepsi.

Not sure what Arvid was looking for in my purse, 
but whatever it was he found it.  Arvid is happiest just sitting 
watching the boats and enjoying quiet time.  I like to move 
around a little more. I get restless just sitting for too long.

The last two days I was at my sister's home in Tampa.
Mom and dad were also there and my nephew Max, (Dr. Dyal).
  Nina had company so we had a little "party"

This past week had been a tragic one for our families
 and for my friend Anna. Nina and David's brother-in-law died
of a sudden massive heart attack on Wednesday. 

On Friday I get a text from Arvid's sister-in-law in Norway.
Back in Norway, Arvid's aunt had also died.

Yesterday at 3:33pm in California Taino, Anna's baby of 18
years of age died.  It's been a tragic week and now there
are families all over mourning the loss of a loved one.
  Life as we know it is very unpredictable.

Taino died in his mama's arms.  He nuzzled the curve or her
neck and as the medication entered into his body he expelled
his last breath.  Like Brutus he died knowing he was loved.

For my friend Anna, my heart goes out to her.
This is the second fur baby she is losing.  Her Taino
was always by her side and refused to give up until
the very end when his little body could not take it anymore.
Taino is now playing with his brother Buddy and
 hopefully with our Brutus and Shadow.

If I could send a message over the Rainbow Bridge, I will
 ask Taino to tell my Brutus I love him and miss him so much.
To tell him mama will never stop loving him nor his dada.
Tell him we are OK, we miss him, we have Sniff now who is such
 a good boy, but forever he, Brutus will be my baby.  Tell Shadow
 how very sorry we are that his life was cut short so fast.

Here at home life is good.  We are having gorgeous weather,
beautiful days.  I have had a great time with my family
and for that I am grateful.  Because I have experienced
 the loss of a husband and of 2 fur babies, I feel
 very much right now for Anna and for Mario.

To both Anna and Sar, there is no easy way out of this.
 Time and time alone is your best friend.  The loss will not
 become any less, but the pain and that gut wrenching grief
 becomes more bearable.  I know.  For I have lived it.  I
 still continue to have flashbacks of intense grief, but it's
 life and it is what it is.  Yo carry on.  No other option.

We only see what a person wants us to see.
 The rest we carry tucked deeply in our heart and soul.

The shoe that fits one person pinches another.
There is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places 
that this heart of mine embraces all day through...


Nov 2, 2018

Happy Friday ~

I am loving our life here in Fort Lauderdale, at the same 
time I do miss Branson and the friends left behind.  Looking 
forward to summer of next year, and to seeing them all.

Here in Florida all is going good.  I thought we would be 
slowing down a bit, but life is a hectic as always.  Arvid is constantly 
on the run.  I have been trying to not get caught up in his "business"  
Not always possible.  At the same time he is something else.  
My parents and sisters love him and he makes them laugh.

Not sure what the day holds, but it is definitely a beautiful one.

It will soon be three years without our Brutus.  How did it 
get to be 3 years already?  I miss him so much, but little Sniff is
 all love and he has earned a special place is our hearts also.

Wishing everyone a beautiful start of the weekend. Always
 remember that a good life is a collection of happy moments.

One of the simplest ways to stay happy is 
letting go of the things that makes you sad...


Nov 1, 2018

Just A Typical Florida Day ~

I really live a simple life and don't need very much to feel 
good and happy. Don't get me wrong; I believe you should
 get what you earn. Sometimes you have to fight for it...

A typical day for us here in Florida.  Work a little and then
 some fun stuff.  Who else can say that they work in shorts?
  Here in Florida almost everyday is a shorts kinda day.  
At least for Arvid.  He lives in shorts all year long.

Lucky us right now, for work happens to be at this beautiful
 house we are selling.  So while we "work" I can also sit and
 enjoy the views and sunshine.  Sure can't beat that.

After we "worked" we went and did a few things at the mall.
 Arvid needed some stuff so I went with him.  When I go shopping 
I go alone.  That's how I like it.  I don't need help, that's for sure.

Halloween is over.  Thanksgiving is next and yes, 
it's soon time for Christmas again.  Boy this year has sure 
gone by very fast.  On November 5th it will be 3 years
 since our Brutus died. I miss him so very much.

Wishing everyone a good day.  Remember,
very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all
 within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Lead the life that will make you kindly and 
friendly to everyone about you, and you will be
 surprised what a happy life you will lead...