Mar 22, 2019

Hello Friday ~

They say a person needs just three things to
 be truly happy in this world: someone to love, 
something to do, and something to hope for...

It’s been a really good week, and as usual when one
 is busy time just flies. As always coming back home after 
being gone for a few day, lots to catch up with.

  Arvid is go, go, go.  Finally it’s Friday and we allow 
ourselves to take a little time to do something fun.  


Tonight we go and see Buddy Guy in concert.  Truth
 is we have seen him before, and I was not too impressed.  

Too much profanity coming out of his mouth. 
 On the other hand he is good.  When in Chicago,
 we usually go to his club.  There we also
 see him and yes, more profanity.

  That being said it is always nice to go to a concert,
 especially when you know a few of the songs,
 and you know the artist is sure to sing.  

Arvid said to me, “tonight I will get tipsy.” 
OK with me because the theater is right across the
 river from us.  We take the boat across to go 
and same to get back home. No driving.


We are both pretty tired and it will be good to 
just sit back. Enjoy the music and not do any work.

The weekend begins.  Looking forward to it very
 much.  Tomorrow we will be having company over.  
Excited about that.  J and Alexandra are coming
 as are Michael and Victoria. Fun times ahead.

I’m so happy J lives close to us.  Miami after all,
 is not that far from us.  His only free time happens to be 
Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately it does not 
always work out, but this weekend it does.

Sniff and I have been awake for some time.


Arvid is still in bed.  Good morning all and happy Friday,
 and enjoy the weekend ahead.  Beautiful morning here.
  A little "chilly' but I love it.  Have already been out on the
 balcony with my cage.  Life is good so let's live it up.

Today in Norway our eldest granddaughter turns 6.
I just do not know where the time has gone by.  One day 
she was this tiny little thing, today she's a 6 year old DIVA.


Happy birthday baby girl.  Bestemor og bestefar fra America
 love you very much.  Lots of hugs today going your way.

Happiness is letting go of what you think you life is supposed 
to look like. Happiness comes in waves.  It'll find you again...

~Nadiya~

Mar 21, 2019

Feeling Good ~

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...

Home again.  Busy again.  Happy as can be.  Best
 of all the 3 of us are together again.  Sniff was super 
happy when we got home as were we.  I really
 do not like leaving him for so long.  


It's just not right.  I just don't want to think of leaving 
him all alone for 3 weeks this summer.  Breaks
my heart.  Same as when we left Brutus.

Back in Florida life is busy.  In Chicago we took it easy, 
and just relaxed and for a change it was a vacation.  
Yes, we did do work in the apartment, but most
 of the time we walked around the city.


Good morning all.  A brand new day awaits us. 
Let's make the most of it.  Happy Thursday all.

You will never get everything in life but you
 will get enough.  Hard work makes you feel good 
because you have accomplished something...

~Nadiya-

Mar 19, 2019

Going Home ~t

When you love what you have,
 you have everything you need...

The day is here when we go back home to Sniff.
I have to say I have enjoyed being in the cold weather again.
  Did not bother me one bit, but it is sure good to be going
 back to the warmth of the Sunshine State.

Can't wait to see Sniff.  To pick him up and give
him lots of love.  He hates being picked up, but I do
it all the time.  One day he is going to love it.

For now it's goodbye Chicago until summer.  Then Sniff
 will be coming with us and everything will be better.
 He makes our life complete.  The way Brutus did.

 Yes, I miss Brutus a lot.   Wish he was here with
Arvid, Sniff and I.  He will always be my baby.



Live for the moments you can't put into words...

~Nadiya~

Tuesday ~

The secret of having it all is knowing you already do...

Soon going home. Always happy for that.  
No matter where we go, I always look forward
to being home.  Home where the 3 of us belong.

Chicago has been fun. Cold but as mentioned before,
 I love it.  I enjoy walking in the cold and yes feeling
 to very cold air on my face.  Luckily I kept my winter 
boots here. Kept my feet always nice and toasty.  


Arvid has his as well.  I am EXTREMELY surprised
 that Arvid did not complain too much about the cold. 
All he said was “it’s very cold.”  Usually he 
would complain about it all day long.

Yesterday was cleaning day.  Loads of laundry to do.  
I actually enjoy doing laundry I get to be on my 
own for at least an hour or two.  Arvid insists
 on helping, but it’s not his favorite chore.

This afternoon a little trip out for lunch and some
 more shopping.  Arvid did a little shopping yesterday. 
Today looking for some stuff for the apartment.  


I’m all set and ready to see Sniff.  He’s doing good,
 but I know he is also looking forward to us coming home 
soon.  Can’t wait.  I’ve missed him so much and this was 
only a week.  Imagine when we leave this
 summer for almost 3 weeks.  


Can’t think about that right now.  Hated to leave 
Brutus and now I hate to leave Sniff.  These little fur 
babies sure have a way of inserting themselves into our
 lives and our hearts.  So happy and grateful for that.


Wishing everyone a great day ahead.
Soon we will be seeing Sniff.  Happy.

Grateful today for all the things I usually take
 for granted. The most beautiful way to start 
and end the day is with a grateful heart...

~Nadiya~

Mar 18, 2019

Beautiful Views ~

The good life is a process, not a state of being.
 It is a direction not a destination...

Sunsets from our balcony.  Even though it's cold, I just can't
 seem to resist going out and taking a few pictures. 


Sunrise from the balcony.  I am really enjoying the views,
 but I would rather be home with Sniff.  I miss him very much.


Our walks are always interesting and fun. 
 Be it winter or summer always something to see.


30 degrees F (5C) this is on a warm day, and you still 
find outdoor dining in the city and as if that was not COLD,
 there are lines of hundreds of people waiting to go in.  


This is everyday winter and summer.  And yes, 
I have eaten there with a friend and we also waited
 close to an hour to be seated.  It was an experience.


Chicago has a lot going for it, but somehow I am not
 too into being away from home anymore.  I think I am just 
tired of always moving around.  Now I want to be in one place. 
  Arvid and I were thinking of going to Punta Cana,
 but suddenly I do not wish to go anymore.


I am happy with our life and grateful for all the 
things we do.  As Arvid says, "we have worked hard
 enough to be able to enjoy life and do as we please."  
Guess he's right, but all I want is to go home.  

Wishing everyone a beautiful day and 
hope your week is going well so far.

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

~Nadiya~

Chicago Life ~

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn
 or consumed.  Happiness is the spiritual experience of
 living every minute with love, grace and gratitude...

The last days we have been  having an adventure in
Chicago.  Yes it's cold, but we have all our winter clothes we 
brought from Branson so it will be a breeze.  Mostly for me.



Sniff will be coming with us in June.  He will be cared for by 
the same family that took care of him in 2016.  Anna, who was then 
a little girl loved him then and looks forward to seeing him again.
  Brutus has never lived in this apartment.  It's all Sniff's.

Hello everyone.  Remember, this is a wonderful day.
We have never seen it before.  Let's make the most of it.
Below is the beginning of the sunset from our balcony.


Yesterday we had snow flurries.  Someone said,
kindness is like snow.  It beautifies everything it covers.

Expect nothing and appreciate everything...

~Nadiya~

Mar 17, 2019

St. Patrick"s Day In Chicago ~

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness comes through your door...

Yesterday I went out early for a walk to be part of 
the St Patrick’s day celebrations that were and is still going on. 
 It was cold 31F,  so I bundled up pretty good.  Luckily it was
 very sunny and before you knew it I was getting warm. 
 Many were in shorts!  Yes shorts. Crazy!


The people. The parade. The life that is this city reminded 
me why we love Chicago so much.  Arvid stayed in to
 watch a soccer game. I just wanted to be out. See the 
river and experience everything taking place.


I loved walking in the cold and brisk air.  Reminded me
 of being in Branson. I had the best time.  Everyone was 
happy and just having the best of times.  The weather did
not seem to matter at all.  Was fun to see and experience.


Arvid and I had our share of being Irish as well.  Later 
on in the day we went to and Irish Pub.  The beer
 was green and everyone was very happy.  


It felt great to experience all of this in the city we love
 so much.  I secretly believe Arvid loves Chicago more than 
any other place.  Too bad it's so cold in the winter time.


So far we have been having a great time.  It is definitely cold.  
I am so enjoying it, but I know Arvid is cold even though 
he is not mentioning it too much.  Unusual for him.  
It just goes to show how much he loves it here.


Good morning everyone.  The celebration continues today.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend and making 
lasting memories.  To all Happy St. Patrick's Day.

I've always thought you have to believe in luck to get it.
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night...

~Nadiya~

Mar 16, 2019

Cold Chicago Days ~

It was one of those March days when the sun 
shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is 
summer in the light, and winter in the shade...

Arvid is as happy as can be.  Says he’s on vacation,
 even though we have been working continuously.
We did not realize there was still quite a lot to do to
make the apartment safe and ready for Sniff.


Before we leave it will all be ready for him.  
Still some things to do, but at least safe for him.

I love the city, but I don’t believe I am as excited 
about it anymore as Arvid is.  I prefer being 
in one location now.  Going away on
vacation every now and again is OK.

No denying it we have a beautiful apartment.


 The views are amazing be it day or night, but I rather
 be home with Sniff.  Home where I know where everything
 is.  Where I have my car and can take off whenever I
 want, and go wherever I like.  Chicago is beautiful,
and very cold right now; there is no denying that.


As a new day begins I have to say I am looking
forward to seeing what it holds.  Yes there is always
something going on and something to do.

I love being here and we are enjoying everything the
city has to offer.  I guess it’s not completely home
as yet because Sniff is missing.  Once he’s here with
 us it will be different.  I miss the little dude a lot.


Good morning all.  Wishing you all a great St. Patrick's
 day weekend.  One thing I know for sure, it is going to be a very
cold day here in Chicago. Yes, that's ice you see in the lake.



To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake 
it is necessary to stand out in the cold...

~Nadiya~

Mar 15, 2019

Greetings From Chicago ~

I'd rather live a life filled with challenges, 
rather than a life filled with routine...

Even in winter Chicago has its charm. 
 Definitely our favorite city of all times. The snow on
the lake is melting.  Though very windy, surprisingly the first
few days were not that cold.  Come today that changes.  


Landing in Chicago.  Picture not taken by me.


The Bean.  A must see be it summer or winter. 


It's a very cold day here, but we're in Chicago so that's all that matters. 
 Of course Arvid will soon start to groan about the cold, but Arvid is Arvid.


Greetings to all.  We are here and I can't wait to experience
 our first winter in Chicago.  Even if only for a week.  They say it's 
harsh, guess we will be finding out more  in the next few days.

What good is the warmth of summer,
 without the cold of winter to give it its sweetness..

~Nadiya~

Mar 13, 2019

Back To Chicago ~

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now.
 Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you 
happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you
 have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. 
Every minute should be enjoyed and savored...

I have always wanted to be in Chicago for St. Patrick's Day. 
 When I mentioned it to Arvid a few months ago he was
 all for it.  We knew it was going to be cold, but that was 
not going to stop us. Hopefully Arvid will be able to
 handle the frigid cold Chicago is experiencing.


With Arvid you never know.  The man is cold here in Florida, 
so you can imagine how he is going to be in Chicago.  His saving
 grace is he and I both love the city.  We have been looking 
forward to this for months now and finally the day is here.

I am most interested in seeing the River flowing in green. 
Definitely will be amazing to see it live rather than just
 from pictures on the Internet.  Either way its gorgeous.


Looking forward very much to this week in Chicago. Time to
 do some cleaning up to the apartment and make it ready
for Sniff.  In just a few months Chicago will be home again
 for the summer. This time around Arvid is happiest.

Wishing everyone a happy day, and may we always
 remember, it's all about quality of life and finding a
 happy balance between work and friends and family.

Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive...

~Nadiya~

Mar 12, 2019

Hello Tuesday ~

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

Our week began on a real positive vibe.  Between running 
around, we also took some time to have lunch with some friends. 
 A little business, and a lot of pleasure.  Always nice to hang
 out with friends whenever possible.  The fact that we are also 
listing their house made it  sort of a “business” lunch.

We were heading to our favorite place for chicken wings, 
but just our luck they are closed on Mondays.

No problem there.  Bokampers is right next door and that’s 
where we headed.  Food was good and between bites, we took
 care of business and got caught up with some other stuff.

Another busy day awaits us.  Why is it anytime we 
have to go on a trip the unexpected has to happen? 
 Is this the case with anyone else?  I's sure it is.



Tomorrow we leave for Chicago.  Finally the day
 we have been waiting for so long is here.  Seems like the
 perfect time for a getaway.  Unfortunately, when we got

 the tickets we did not anticipate it being as cold
 as it is right now.  Just have to dress for it!

Sniff will be cared for by Gladys.  She’s so good with him,
 and he loves her.  Sniff loves everyone.  He’s super friendly.
  Gladys comes in 2 times a day. Could not be any better. 
 As long as Sniff is well cared for, that's what matters.

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Hope for
 you it’s as good as it looks for us!

I may not have gone where I intended to go, 
but I think I have ended up where I needed to be...

~Nadiya~

Mar 11, 2019

New Week Here ~

It's Monday, set the tone for this week with a good workout,
 and a healthy meal.  Your goals are met with small daily choices... 

Monday again.  March is zooming by us, and still so much
 to do. As the new week begins, I hope everyone is doing well 
and you are all set and ready to face the new day/week.


As always we had a very good Sunday. It was peaceful, relaxing,
 good food, and great ambiance.  Makes up for our our hectic days.


Sniff is a happy little dude.  Last night he made so much 
commotion in the bedroom, he woke Arvid up several times.  
Add to that he, was just running like crazy all over the place
 and across the bedroom.  Arvid was very worried Sniff would
 injure him.  I just slept even though Sniff was racing around us.


Good morning everyone.  Remember, anything's 
 possible if you've got enough nerve.

Finding your passion isn't about careers and 
money. It's about your authentic self .  The one 
you've buried beneath others needs...

~Nadiya~

Mar 10, 2019

Relaxing Day ~

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax... 

Even though the week has gone by pretty fast it was pretty hectic.
  Arvid has been running from place to place just about everyday. 
 We have both had lots to do so we had to eat out quite often.  Something
 neither of us is that fond of, but you do what you have to do.


I love Sundays.  Relaxing and not much running around.
  We also spend the day quietly, just the two of us going someplace 
with a pretty view and good ambiance.  It's the most relaxing time
 of our entire week.  Makes up for all the craziness.

Today I plan to take Arvid out to one of our favorite place.
I have been looking forward to it for quite some time.  Finally here.


In just days we will be leaving for Chicago.  A nice little break, but 
we sure did not anticipate it being this cold when we bought the tickets.  
Arvid has been looking forward to this trip for months.  I'm pretty
 excited as well.  Will be interesting to enjoy St. Patrick's day
 in Chicago.  Looking forward to seeing the river all green.

Wishing everyone a good day.  Spring break is in full swing here.
The roads are congested, especially on the beach.  Luckily for
 us when we were there the other day we missed all
 the traffic.  Sometimes the pieces all fall into place.


There was no traffic and there was hardly anyone in the water.
Was good to just walk and enjoy the sea breeze and people watch.
Happy Sunday all.  May you live in interesting times.

It is nice finding that place where you can just go and relax.
If you do what you love, it is the best way to relax.

~Nadiya~

Mar 7, 2019

Classy Or Trashy? ~

A guy wants a classy girl who is smart and has goals - 
someone that he wouldn't be afraid to bring home to his parents.  
A girl should be two things.  Classy and fabulous...

I want to say I was shocked, but the truth is maybe I 
was not.  Even so, I could not stop staring at the sight standing 
right in front of me.  Yep.  This "lady" was at the restaurant 
dressed like this.  I have seen many people dress "weird",
 but the other day this  "lady" in red was the winner. 

Here in Florida it's pretty casual the dress code. 
Shirts and flip flops most of the times.  That is
 of course you are going to some fancy place
 or celebrating a special occasion.  

Most who live here know that, but then there are those few 
who maybe they live here or maybe they are just tourists. 


 I do not know, but their way of dressing is very "special"

 Nothing practical at all.  Not sure if it is to catch one's 
attention or what.  The way I see it, some of these would 
fare much better walking the streets.  Call me old 
fashion, but I call it the way I see it.


Wonderful.  All these trashy women wandering around 
done up to the nines.  I love it.  What a show.


Let's not forget that a woman should always dress
 to be remembered not simply to be noticed.


Good morning and a beautiful day to all.

Classy is when a woman has everything
 to flaunt but chooses not to show it...

~Nadiya~