Jan 18, 2019

Friday ~

It is up to you to see the beauty in everyday things...

I have been awake for quite a few hours already.  
Sniff has been brushed and fed.  Now he's once again in 
bed with his dada.  Life is good and both boys are fast 
asleep as it should be.  It's not even 6am as yet.

As I woke up I automatically check to see if the sun 
was up, but it being before 4am the sun sure was not. 
 On the other hand  saw this and of course I had to 
step out.  Zoom in and capture the shot.

Though I try to go back to sleep, once I'm awake it's pretty difficult
 to fall asleep again.  So I already had my cafe.  Watched a little 
on Netflix and finished up my online Real Estate continuing
 education class.  Overall a pretty productive morning so far.

Our day seems pretty open so far, but that can change
 as soon as Arvid wakes up.  He is busy, busy all day and sometimes
 pretty late into the evenings.  This is supposed to be a slow
 down time for us, but I don't think we can do slow down.

It's wintertime, but judging from the above picture 
taken a few days ago who would believe it?  On the
 other hand, "winter" in Florida is exactly this. 

 Yes, we are very fortunate to be living in a place where 
no matter what the season is, you can always go to the
 beach, and your dress code is flip flops and shorts.

Pina Coladas go hand in hand when living in Florida.
  At least for me they do.  Our weekend has already begun 
and who know maybe today we have a few more of these 
tropical drinks with the little umbrella in them.  I am ready.

Wishing everyone a great day and a magnificent start of the weekend.  I woke up.  I have clothes to wear.  I have running water.  I have food to eat.  Life is good.  I am thankful.

Everyday may not be good, but 
there is something good in everyday...


Jan 17, 2019

Ready For The Day ~

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking. 
 In order to carry a positive action we must develop a positive vision...

Early morning workout out of the way.  Feels good. So far,
 I have been pretty consistent at it.  Definitely a start in a 
good direction.  Let's hope I stay with it for the long haul.

Both Arvid and I have been busy this week.  Each of us 
with our own agendas taking care of different things.  
At least we got to do things by ourselves.  Always good.

Snis is being adorable as always.  He just loves
 Arvid and when Arvid goes out, Sniff paces 
around until he returns.  Very cute to see.  

We have had some very nice cool temperatures
 these last few days.  Love it.  Reminds me of cooler 
days in Branson. Some days i really miss Branson and all the
 good people there.  Arvid and I have made lots of friends there.

Come summer I know we will be going back for a visit. 
 Already counting down the time for that visit.  Just the 
other day Arvid said to me, "you know I have been 
thinking about Branson and all the good times we had."

The next few weeks will be busy ones for me.  At least as
 far as doctors appointments go.  Come february I will finally get
 to find out what's going on my my body and my hormones.

 Having no Thyroids is not really fun, on the other hand
 I did beat the cancer.  All in all not a bad outcome.

How does your day look so far?

I know that life is difficult. People have challenges.
 Family members get sick, people get older, you don't
 always get the job or the promotion that you want. 
You have conflicts in your life. And really, life is about your 
resilience and your ability to go through your life and 
all of the ups and downs with a positive attitude....


Jan 16, 2019


We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals....

I always like to start the New Year with a little reminder as 
to how fortunate we are to have these fur babies in our lives.

Today I dedicate my blog to pets, for all of us that 
are lucky to have a pet you will relate to this, for those
 that don't I believe you will also be able to understand
 the bond a pet owner and their pets share.....

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. 
Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up
 as punishment. You have your work, your I friends, 
your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words,
 I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember
that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative,
ask yourself if something might be bothering me.  Perhaps 
I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun 
too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old.
 You too,  will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with 
me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't 
make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me
 if you are there, because I love you so. ALWAYS!

I love you with all my heart and we will always take care of you.
You came to us on October 18 2006.  You died November 5th,2015.
My world changed, and because of you your dada is a better person.
Brutus, no matter what other kitty we have, you will always be my baby.

SHADOW. you came to us November 10th.  You were fearless.
Your life was cut short too fast.  We never had the chance to 
see you grow up.  You died tragically on March 5th, 2016.

Enter Sniff.  March 7th 2016.  Today he is our little bundle of fur.
He makes us happy and is the right fit for us.  How lucky 
we are to have had theses little fur babies in our
 lives.  How lucky we are to have Sniff.

If you are fortunate to have a fur baby in your life. 
 Take care of them for they give unconditional love 
and all the ask in return is to be loved,

An animal's eyes have the
 power to speak a great language...


Jan 14, 2019

Monday Is Here ~

New Monday.  New week.  New goals...

Monday already.  Happy for the new week to kick off. 
 Pretty soon I will be having tons of tests for my Thyroid. 
 It has been close to 3 years since I had any check ups so 
 looking forward very much to seeing and finding out
 what has been going on with my hormonal system.

The weather here in Fort Lauderdale has been pretty amazing. 
 We are experiencing warmer than expected temperatures
 for this time of the year.  Best part no humidity.

Mom and dad have been in California close to month already.
  Miss talking to her very much.  Because of the time 
difference, it gets difficult to call her everyday.  

By the time she is waking up we are already busy with our day.
  Can't wait for them to be back in North Carolina.  Same time 
zone as all of us.  That is of course except Rima and family.

Yesterday we had another open house.  Quite a showing of
 people came.  All I can say is that it's not in the quantity,
 but quality of people.  Just have to wait and see.

I love open house days.  Takes downtown Fort Lauderdale
 to get the signs and then take them back to our brokers
office.  Gives us time for a nice outing in the area. 

We have had a good week.  I was able to talk to one of
our friends in Branson.  He always cheers me up with his chats.
Happy Monday all.  Let's get this week rolling.

No one is you.  And that is your superpower...


Jan 13, 2019

Hello Beautiful Day ~

The way you treat yourself sets the standards 
for others on how you demand to be treated.  
Don't settle for anything other than respect...

One thing that will never change for me is my
 love of mornings.  While Arvid sleeps, Sniff and I are
 wide awake.  Well sometimes Sniff is partially awake and has
 to spy around the corner and decide if it's time for him to come 
out, but as soon as he sees his brush, he's all ready to go.

This morning was quiet with just a few boats passing by.

When my nieces were here they did not want many pictures 
taken of them nor did they want me to post anything.  For
 two young girls they sure wanted their privacy protected.

  I asked them, "don't you want to be like everyone
 who as soon as they go someplace new, posts so 
much that anyone can track their whereabouts?"

Their answer surprised me because it sounded just like
 what Arvid would say.  Both Reshma and Danielle said, 
"we don't have to impress anyone.  We know who we are and where
 we are.  The world does not need to know our every move."

I had nothing to say because I was also very impressed. 
For young girls you would think they would be posting all day 
long in Facebook and all other social networks.  They did not. 
When I mentioned this to Arvid he said, "smart girls.  I like that."

I of course had to get a few pictures of them.  Lots of protests, 
but I managed. They said, "because you're our aunt."  I had to
 promise not to post them.  I sorta did not tell them everything.

I wish more people would start taking their lives and
 their privacy more seriously.  I have seen and heard of
way too many things just because someone had
to broadcast to the world where they are.

Our home is quiet again.  The girls did quite a bit while
 they were here.  They even managed to get Arvid and 
I down to the pool. 2019 is already in full swing.  
Hope so far it is treating everyone good.

Today we have another open house.  Always fun
 because as mentioned before, we get to meet interesting people,
hopefully one will buy the house and at the same time
we get to go downtown to our brokers office.  

There are two ways to live your life.  One as though nothing 
is a miracle, the other as though everything is a miracle....


Jan 11, 2019

Friday Vibes ~

It's not that we spend five days looking forward to just two.
 It's that most people do what they enjoy most on those two days. 
Imagine living a life where everyday are your Saturdays and Sundays. 
Make everyday your weekend. Make everyday a play-day...

Waking up to really nice and cooler temperatures.  Loving it. 
  Arvid of course can't stop saying how cold it is.  Perfect 
time to open some windows and the balcony doors.
  Get some of that fresh air circulating.

As you all may know, I love t-cups.  Not just any kind. 
 Has to be just right and only I can buy my own t-cup.  
My mom also knows what I like and has bought me a few.

Sniff is already tucked in next to Arvid.  As Arvid
 put's it, Sniff is helping him to do our income taxes.

Started working out a little since we got back to Florida.
  Can really do with a few less pounds.  Long journey ahead,
 but it's been a few months already and I keep pushing on.

Friday is looking good.  Not sure what we have in
 store for it as yet, but that's the beauty of our lifestyle.  
We make decisions in seconds and run with it.

To all a good start of the weekend.

Friday fills your day with excitement as it waits
 for the weekend to pay a visit.So, don't let it down....


Jan 10, 2019

Mornings ~

Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in 
quiet room in order to hear your own voice 
and not let it drown in the noise of others...

My most favorite thing to do in the morning is to have
 quiet time with my thoughts and of course with Sniff.  No one 
to talk to, just listen to the quietness of the day before it all 
comes alive.  A great place to do it is always a little
 walk along the beach. Perfect start of any day.

really love my quiet time.  It makes me re-evaluate 
life and all that is really important.  In my quiet
 moments, Brutus is even closer to me.  

Shadow also plays a role in my thoughts and my 
heart breaks for him.  I enjoy my quiet time with Sniff 
very much.  I sit and he curls up next to me.  If I stayed sitting 
for an hour, Sniff would not move.  It is always I who
 moves first.  In all of this, Arvid still sleeps.

Others inspire us, information feeds us, practice 
improves our performance, but we need quiet 
time to figure things out, to emerge with new 
discoveries, to unearth original answers


Jan 9, 2019

No Words Needed ~

Photographs open doors into the past.
But they also allow you to look into the future...

A wise person knows there is something
 to be learned from everyone.

Spend your time loving your life.

You were born to be real.  Not perfect.

You don't take a photograph.  You make it.

I am having a wonderful day.  Out of the blues, 
my nephew calls and says, "auntie Nad.  I want to invite 
you and uncle Arvid out to dinner.  They opened up 
this really cool restaurant next to where I live and 
I thought of the two of you."  My heart is full.  

I told Arvid and he said, you know I really like J" so that's
 a big yes.  I love all my nieces and nephews and having them
 close by is such a special  treat.  J lives in Miami and because
 of that we have been more often to Miami than before.

Hello everyone.  Already halfway into the week.
Have a good one and never stop smiling.

Everyone has a story.  Everyone has gone
 through something that has changed them...


Jan 8, 2019

Believing ~

Always believe that something 
wonderful is about to happen...

Whenever I feel like I am getting into a slump I think 
of my sister.  Rima is one of the most cheerful persons I know.  
She is always optimistic about everything in life.  If you knew
 her you would would see it right away. The girl is energetic, creative 
and she definitely knows how to make the most of everything.

There are days when I feel a little down, then I think 
of her and I realize it's not so bad after all.  Rima has three
 kids, a catering business and still manages to always send cheer 
to others.  She motivates her friends and also inspires me to be
 more positive even when things sometimes seem dismal.

When I think of strength 2 people come to mind.  My mom
 and my sister Nirmala.  Mala took after our mom in her 
quiet disposition, but an unbeatable amount of strength.  

Like many, life has not been the easiest for Mala, but you 
would never know because she has never displayed any other 
attitude than one of "I can and I will"  Mala is like our mom.

We all have our strengths and weaknesses, but when 
it comes to my parents and siblings then I am biased.  
For we have encountered everything life can 
throw at us and we always bounce back.

This is the survival instinct in everyone.  I'm sure we 
all have it, but I am also positive some demonstrate it better
 than others.  Life will forever throw challenges at us.  

Sometimes we are not sure what to do, but take it 
from me somehow we manage to come back stronger
 than ever.  My friend Anna is an example of this.  When life 
kicks her down she is up and ready to overcome any and 
all obstacles with more determination than ever.

Something we should all remember when we feel we are sliding
"she turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans"

Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude
 is going to determine how you're going to live your life...


Jan 6, 2019

1st Sunday Of 2019 ~

Allow yourself to rest.  Your soul speaks to you
 in the quiet moments in between your thoughts...

Needless to say Arvid is happy for the peace and quiet.  He is not 
one for two young girls chatting all day long.  Can't blame him. 
 He's set in his ways, but I was happy that he was agreeable to have
 then both with us at the same time.  Truth is it was his idea.

We woke up a little "late" this morning.  Arvid jumped
 out of bed saying, "holy smokes! I have to get
 to my Sunday responsibilities."

Sunday is looking good. Sniff is happy and eating like 
"normal" again.  Lots of cleaning to do, but not a problem.
  Both of the girls are back home with their families.  Reshma is
 on a skiing trip and Danielle is busy working on her book.

 First Sunday of 2019.  Starting it out by going
 to dinner to our favorite restaurant today.

2019 has been great so far.  can't wait to see what 
the rest of the year holds for us.  Wishing everyone 
a great Sunday and happiness always.

Be wise and don't let good things
 crowd out those that are essential...


Jan 5, 2019

1st Saturday In 2019 ~

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...

Arvid, Sniff and I are back to being alone.  
Company is nice, but even nicer when they are gone.
 Home is back to being nice and quiet.  

We have no kids with us so we are used to just us. 
 It does not matter if it’s his family or mine.  Company 
is nice but it’s better when we are alone.

  I handle it better than Arvid does.  Arvid is very 
set in his ways.  Even in Norway, he enjoys company, 
but looks forward to having alone time.  I'm the same.

Sniff is like his dada also. Likes being alone with us. He was
 a little cautious with where he went and what he did.

That all being said we had a good time. 
I took the girls out to many places, restaurants,
 beach and shopping. They were satisfied 
with their stay and that’s what matters.

First Saturday in 2019.  It’s been great so far,
how about yours? So far so good?  To all, take a few minutes 
to sit quietly and just be thankful for all that you have.

Those who  are happiest, never did have everything. 
 But rather they are thankful for everything they do have... 


Jan 4, 2019

Then And Now ~

And we will look back at one
 another with a smile on our face...

A long time ago in Florida.  Michelle, Danielle, 
Reshma, Kimsy, Max, Gabby and I.  Visiting my parents in Weston.

Today the same girls but all grown up.  Add Lilly Vade to the mix.

Life takes us places, but it always leads us back to family.

The only time you should ever look back 
is to see how far you have come...