Sep 19, 2019

Next Stop Memphis, Tennessee ~

Time for another road trip.  Stop worrying 
about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.
  Nothing behind me, everything ahead 
of me, as is ever so on the road...

Once again we are on a road trip.  Our journey
 takes us first to Memphis, Tennessee.  Arvid and I have
 been there before, but not in the last few years.  


We have always had a good time there.  I love road trips. 
 Especially when it's just for a few days.  Short and sweet,
 and the best part of it is that Danielle our niece will
 be staying with Sniff.  He won't be home alone.


These are pictures from a previous time in Memphis.
Our favorite spot is Beale Street.  There you just walk 
from one spot to another, and they're playing the Blues. 


 Arvid is definitely looking forward to it.  I am too,
 but for additional reasons.  I love to watch people. 
 I like the music as well, but here you also
see a little of everything happening. 


I am looking froward very much to being on the
 road again. Love the feel of the wind in my hair.
Happy day all.  What's on your agenda today?

I just can't wait to get on the road again Goin' places 
that I've never been Seein' things that I may never see 
again And I can't wait to get on the road again...

~Nadiya~

A Little From Yesterday ~

When you start each day with a grateful
 heart light illuminates from within...

Yesterday was a perfect day for a walk along 
The Magnificent Mile, a little shopping, some alone girl 
time, and then meeting up with Arvid for some lunch.


Our day began on the balcony with our cafes 
of course.  It was a beautiful clear morning and of 
course something was happening on the lake. 


Scuba divers, emergency services, cops and a lot of
 people were there.  Unfortunately, someone did not fare too 
well in the waters.  We were watching a rescue effort.

While Arvid was watching a soccer game Danielle and I 
went out on our own to tour the shops.  Always a good time. 
 We met Arvid at the Cheesecake Factory later for lunch.


After lunch we walked some more, showed
 Danielle a few other places.  Arvid especially wanted 
to show her the Writers Museum.  After that it was 
time for some gelato and back home to Sniff.


Thursday has begun beautifully.  Danielle is 
already out jogging along the Lake.  Sniff is up and about, 
Arvid still asleep.  Good morning all.  A beautiful and 
exciting day awaits us.  Wishing you the same.

Wake up every morning with the thought that
 something wonderful is about to happen...

~Nadiya~

Sep 18, 2019

Danielle Is Here ~

It doesn't matter how many people you meet in your life; 
you just need the real ones who accept you for who
 you are and help you become who you should be...

Danielle made it and we could not be happier.
  Of course we have lots to do.  So after lunch we showed
 her around the building, she has been here many
times before in our other apartments so
 she was still familiar with lots of it.


Arvid has of course re introduced her to Soccer.
 Danielle goes with the flow.  She has already
grasped the game.  As she said "lucky for
Uncle Arvid I am not betting with him."


Sniff has already claimed his spot on her bed.
  He loves the pullout for some reason and whoever
 comes, Sniff is a constant on their bed.


The day would not have been complete without
 a trip to Kilwin's.  After that we walked around
 for a bit before coming home to Sniff.

Today we go to Cheesecake Factory.  It has
 been a hit with everyone who has visited us
this summer so why break tradition?


Arvid and I were there on Sunday.
There is so much to choose from when at 
The Cheesecake Factory, and so many 
things on the menu I really like.  


On Sunday I decided on a favorite.  The chicken
 sandwich with the Caesar salad.  It was delicious 
and how lucky we are that back home in Florida, 
The Cheesecake Factory is just a boat ride
 across the River for us. Lucky  us.


Today who knows what will catch our fancy.
  Even Arvid has a few items on the menu to choose
 from.  Usually when he goes to a restaurant he
 always eats the exact same thing, but here he has
a few selections.  Win Win for everyone.

Happy Wednesday all.  Wishing you all an
amazing day. Life is to be lived to the fullest.

A lifetime isn't forever, so take the first chance,
 don't wait for the second one! Because sometimes, there
 aren't second chances! And if it turns out to be a mistake? 
So what! This is life! A whole bunch of mistakes! 
But if you never get a second chance at something you
 didn't take a first chance at? That's true failure...

~Nadiya~

Sep 17, 2019

Tuesday Waiting For Danielle ~

A thankful heart is a happy heart.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life...

September is not yet over and already Halloween 
is in the air.  Our grocery store has put out everything
 Halloween a little over a week ago.  It is definitely looking
 pretty and with the colors of the leaves, pumpkins and
  gobblers you can definitely feel Fall in the air.


About last night.  All was quiet, until it wasn't.  
Huge accident on the road and we saw it all unfold from our
 balcony.  Of course I was there to take a few pictures.


Very excited today.  We're patiently waiting for
Danielle to arrive.  Of course we have made plans
 to do so much with her, unfortunately most of it may not
 happen, but we will try.  Danielle will be home with Sniff
 while Arvid and I go on our road trip.  Could not
 be happier to have her keep Sniff company.

Last night as we were in bed Arvid said to me,
"tomorrow is going to be a great day.  Melvin
(he calls Danielle that.  Long story) will be
 here, and she is a breath of fresh air."


A beautiful day awaits us and I am grateful and thankful.


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...

~Nadiya~

Sep 16, 2019

New Week ~ Let's Do It

Monday is just a reminder that the weekend 
has past and there are only a few more days
 before another weekend gets here...

The new week begins.  Hopefully everyone has
 had a relaxing and restful weekend and is now
ready to face whatever this week holds.


My sister Rima is always drumming up business 
even when she's resting.  If anyone uses Facebook to 
their advantage it sure is her.  She promotes, promotes
 and promotes.  For her it works wonders.  

Rima is creative, artistic and driven. Pictures of
 her foods and her desserts are always mouth-watering.  
I am sure her clients will be loving having her as 

their personal chef  3 days a week.  Rima
 is super excited.  She loves cooking.

Always happy to see people using FB for positive 
stuff rather allowing the world to track their every step.

Currently my FB is filled with a few "friends"
 on vacation.  Needless to say every hour there are 
over 5+ pictures of what they have done since waking up. 
 I think one or even two is OK, but bombarding FB 
is another thing. Everyone to their own I guess.

Arvid and I have an interesting and fun week 
coming up.  We will also be having company in the form 
of Danielle.  She's coming all the way from Florida to 
pet-sit Sniff for a few days.  As Danielle said, 
"now Sniff will love me the mostest."


Hope everyone has a great work week ahead.
  Always remember, it is our attitude that dictates the
 way our day/life will go.  A positive attitude will not 
necessarily give you everything you want, but
 it will sure make your outlook on life better.

It's not what happens to you, but how you 
react to it that matters.  Attitude is a little
 things that makes all the difference...

~Nadiya~

Sep 15, 2019

Hello Sunday ~ FunDay ~

When life gives you someone very special,
 you don't have to dream anymore...

Soccer is back in full swing.  This means Arvid has to 
plan his  agenda in between the games.  Everything is well 
planned out and thought out.  That's Arvid, always organized, 
definitely making sure nothing messes with his games.


His Sunday calls are scheduled so that they coincide
 when there is a break.  Breakfast is scheduled in the
 other break, and then it's a rush to make sure all 
is ready just minutes before the break starts.


Sniff and I just watch him and stay amazed.  The man
 is one of a kind and not always in the best of ways.  
His actions are at times pretty erratic and we just
 step aside to make sure we don't get trampled.


Yesterday was a pretty sunny and warm day. 
 We made the most of it by going out and having a 
few of our favorites.  lt is was the best of times.  Little
 things.  It's what makes this life so interesting.


Arvid's soccer break is over.  During his next break
 we have breakfast.  Sundays so "special"

It's all the little moments that make life a big adventure...

~Nadiya~

Sep 14, 2019

Life ~

The more you are thankful, the more 
you attract things to be thankful for...

Arvid is most happy when he listens to music.
 Here in Chicago that happens so very often. 
 No matter where you go, there is always someone
 playing on the sidewalk.  The other day at 
the Fresh market was no exception.


  After we got what we needed, mainly Arvid's 
bread and some goodies for me, we had to take some
 time out and listen to the music.  Yes, there was a guy 
playing, and we have seen him around at different 
corners of the city playing.  Arvid recognized
 the music and of course was drawn to it.


Here at home Arvid and Sniff have a very
 good time together.  Sniff talks and Arvid does.
 When Sniff "talks" Arvid starts to play with him.
I think that the one being played is Arvid,
 but he does not mind.  He likes it.

Saturday started out beautifully, and then just
like that something changed.  I saw a video a Brutus
 and Shadow and suddenly I'm not feeling so good.


I won't use the word depressed, but not sure what
 else to call this feeling that is swallowing me up right now.
 Of course there is also the guilt because Sniff was
 right next to me when the tears came.


 Life sometimes is not always exactly as we wish
 it to be, but on the on other hand, as they say the things
 we take for granted someone else is praying for.


I know it's going to be a good day, just have to
wait out the sadness that has come over me.  It passes.
 I know because it happens every once in a while.
  Time to think of other things and to get busy.

Wishing everyone a day of happiness and contentment.
  Remember even though we sometimes we let our
thoughts wander and take us back to the past,
it's also important that we do not stay there.


I just close my eyes because I might seer your face.
  I just close my mouth because I might hear your voice. 
 I just close my ears because I might hear of you, but
 I could not close my heart because I love you...

~Nadiya~

Sep 13, 2019

Friday ~

No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.
You can only make a difference by being different...

What a difference a few hours made.  Yesterday we
 woke up to a city covered in fog.  A few hours later as 
we were heading out to lunch, it was all cleared away.


One thing about the city, you can never really predict the weather.


After lunch, we checked out a new little cafe that just opened up.  
Of course I had to try their latte.  Very delicious I might add.


We ended our evening with a little trip to the hot tub.


It is six in the morning.  Sniff and I are awake.  
There is rain, thunder and lightning.  Sniff is a little 
scared, so he is staying very close to me.  He's already 
been brushed and fed.  In that order.  Arvid is sound asleep 
so we are just going to relax and enjoy the morning. 


Today my sister Nirvana and nephew Sachin
 both have birthdays.  A special day for our family.  Happy
 birthday to Nirvana who is in Puerto Rico and to Sachin 
who lives in Vermont.  Know that you both are loved.


Not sure what our plans are for today, but it's
 Friday so you never know.  The fog is still around, 
but a little better this morning than it was yesterday


Friday the 13th is still better than Monday the whatever.
You don't stay happy forever. You don't stay sad forever. 
Life is short, and if we enjoy every moment of every day, then 
we will be happy no matter what happens or what changes
 along the way. Success and happiness lies in us...

~Nadiya~

Sep 12, 2019

Hello Thursday ~

If the only prayer you ever say in your 
entire life is thank you, it will be enough...

We woke up to this.  For a little not bad, but hope it clears up soon.


These two have a special  time together.  Sniff is a
 "talker" but mostly with Arvid.  With me he's quiet and 
"reserved"  Always fun to see what happens.  Occasionally
 when Sniff is in a playful mood he will try to bite, Arvid
does get a little worried.  Sniff just plays that way.


Some days Sniff just seems to stare up in the ceiling for
 hours.  Even though I have looked and looked there is 
nothing visible to me that would keep him so captivated.


Our daily walks almost always lead us to the duckies.
  I buy food for them and as Arvid feeds then I take pictures. 
 There are so many, it's  impossible to get them all, but I usually
have lots of food so we do manage to feed many of them.


The days are warmer right now. A so called
 heat wave the city is having.  Arvid happy again and I 
am longing for the days of cooler temperatures.  I won't
 have too long a wait.  This way we are both happy.


Thursday already.  Thursdays are our Fresh Market 
days.  Early walk and that's good because it 
is not yet that sweltering hot and humid.


A little side trip yesterday found us at Park Grill.
 Have to say my very berry Mojito was delicious.


Wishing everyone a day of contentment.
 At the end of the day, I am sure thankful my
blessing are bigger than my problems.

My heart is covered with scars.  Don't get me 
wrong,  I wont trade one scar for anything.  It is 
the scars that have made me the person I am
 today and for that I am thankful...

~Nadiya~

Sep 11, 2019

America And The World Remembers ~

I will never forget seeing what hate can destroy,
 I will never forget seeing what love can heal...

Today I get my information from the people 
of these United States of America.  A Nation that 
when faced with adversity never backs down.


On Sept. 11, 2001, America was forever changed. 
It has been 18 years since two planes struck the World 
Trade Center in New York City, but that tragic day,
 which served as a true test of the American
 spirit, will be remembered always.

Almost 3,000 people lost their lives during the
 attacks on September 11, 2001, and 18 years later,
 people still pause to remember that day.


Today, our nation saw evil -- the very worst of human
 nature -- and we responded with the best of America. With
 the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for
 strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in
 any way they could." –Then-President George W. Bush


"Today the images that people around the world
 equate with power and democracy are gone but 'America'
 is not an image it is a concept. That concept is only 
strengthened by our pulling together as a team.

 If you want to kill us, leave us alone because we will 
do it by ourselves. If you want to make us stronger, attack and
 we unite." –Adam Maybluum, World Trade Center survivor.


The September 11th attacks were intended break 
our spirit.  Instead we have emerged stronger and more
 unified.  We feel renewed devotion to the principles of 
political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law
 and respect for human life.  We are more determined
 than ever to live our lives in freedom...

~Nadiya~

Sep 10, 2019

Just Because ~

Being yourself is all it takes. If you want to impress 
someone don't be someone else just be yourself.  Life has
 two rules #1 never quit. #2 always remember rule #1...

Saw this on the news the other day and thought
 it could be OK to share.  Honestly, as Arvid said, 
"why does Starbucks need and entire building?"


If you're a Starbucks fan, then you know that it was 
founded in Seattle, Washington in 1971.  As of early 2019, 
the company operates over 30,000 locations worldwide.


Someone asked, "why is Starbucks famous?"
 Answer was simple. It was mainly because Starbucks
 has taken something that most people rely on (caffeine)
and packaged it in a way that appeals to most
 people (sugar) even if they don't like coffee.
And that is my Starbucks info for today.


Here in Chicago we are experiencing some very 
changing weather.  One day it's cold, raining, cloudy
 and then suddenly it's warm and sunny.  


You never know what to expect, but everyday 
is a good day for a walk.  You just have to 
choose your timing.  Timing is everything.


Arvid and I are enjoying the hot tub very much, and we 
are using it as often as possible.  Yesterday was perfect. 
 We had it all to ourselves.  We like it like that.


So far our week is going well.  How about yours.  
Not too much longer before we go back home to Florida. 
 Yesterday Arvid spoke to a friend in Fort Lauderdale 
and the friend said, "lucky you not being in this 
horrible heat and humidity."  


I hope when we get back home it's a little
 less hot and a little less humid.  Either way,
looking forward to going home soon.

Given enough coffee I could rule the world. Just because
 it's a bad idea doesn't mean it won't be a good time...

~Nadiya~