Nov 15, 2019

Weekend Vibes Are Here ~

Life is a matter of choices, and
 every choice you make makes you..
You gotta train your mind to be stronger than 
your emotions or else you'll  lose yourself every time
I came across this the other day and it left me thinking.

I'm sure we all have days where we second guess
 many of the decisions and choices we have made.  I have 
those and many of them have to do with Brutus.  Sometimes I 
think I made the wrong decision, but then I don't 
know what I would have done differently.

We have been having some very wet dark days here. 
 I am not complaining.  I know many have it wet and 
freezing cold at the same time.  Here at least it is warm.

New places/restaurants are popping up as are buildings. 
 The Downtown area of fort Lauderdale is buzzing with activity. 
 We love it.   There is so much to do and to see.  Always happy times.

Busy day today so we may as well get it started.  Friday ~ 
the weekend is here and who knows what can happen.

Wishing everyone a peaceful happy weekend.
 Remember if you cannot find peace within
yourself you cannot find it anywhere else...

You need to understand that life isn't what 
you're given, it's what you create, what you
 conquer and what you aim to achieve...


Nov 14, 2019

What Cold Front ~

I wish all this sand was snow, said nobody ever...

Nothing throws Floridians into a "panic" 
mode than hearing the words "cold front coming."

Right away everyone pulls out winter gear.  
The boots, the scarves the heavy jackets.  It's interesting
 to watch so many out of touch with reality.

Here in Florida we are too pampered when it comes 
to the weather.  Take Arvid for example, yesterday
 morning we went out to the balcony as
 usual to finish up our tea/coffee. 

 As he stepped out, he said, "I can't do this it's
 too cold.  I need to put on my long pants."  The
 temperature was at perfect 76F (25C).  How is
 this considered cold I ask myself?

Arvid is special.  That's all there is to it.  The "cold front" 
is still here.  How does your day look like today?
It has been raining most of yesterday and still is.

 If you were in Florida right now, you may be
 worried about the cold front like many are. Many
 others like me are ecstatic for the change 
in temperature if only for a short time.

Happy day to all wherever you are,  Remember 
there is something beautiful in each day.

Florida winter today.  A chilly 76 degrees.
Winter is  really rough in Florida...


Nov 13, 2019

Life Teaches Us ~

Train your mind to be stronger than your feelings...

Yesterday one of my sisters sent us this little quote on
 Messenger.  What was going on I don't really know what
 I do know is that whatever it is/was we can handle it.

Life is not a bed of roses everyday.  No matter what
 everyone make it look like on Facebook.  Life is real. 
 With real issues and real problems.  How we approach these
 issues. "problems" is what makes all the difference.

We have had some beautiful moonlit nights here. 
 Makes for romantic walk or just perfect time
 to reflect and let your thoughts take you to 
places you don't venture to too often.

You choose to make your day the way you want it to be.
  It may not always work out that way, but staying positive,
 focused and always grateful goes a long way.  Nothing 
like the right attitude to get the new day started.

For a good start of of all your days please check
out my sisters YouTube Channel.  As she says,
 "subscribe, like and share"  Don't be an
ugly human.  She's amazing.
CaribbeanQueen Chef

Life is what you make of it. You can make it
 easy on yourself or you can make it hard. Life is 
beautiful and there is so much to smile about...


Nov 12, 2019

Beautiful Tuesday Awaits Us ~

Life is like weather.  Always changes...

Winter has officially touched many already. 
 The snow is already falling.  Not many are too happy 
for such an early snowstorm, but Rio is.  Rio lives 
in Vermont and he is Mala's and Gopaul's baby.

Rio can't wait for the snow to come.  He's a snow baby.

Here in Fort Lauderdale it is warm and sunny.  
Yes, we have sporadic rain very often, but it's still warm.  

We have enjoyed a few drives along the beach.
Always fun. The new day begins nice and warm here.

Yesterday Sniff received a box filled with treats
 and toys.  Like a lot.  The package came from Chewy.
 Sniff gets all his foodies, treats, litter toys,
whatever he needs from

The curious thing is that I didn't order this package,
 neither was it sent to Sniff by anyone we know.

Wishing everyone a beautiful day ahead.  Someone said,
"you only have to find yourself.  Everything else you can google"

Give everyday the chance to become
 the most beautiful day in your life...


Nov 11, 2019

A Good Start Of The Day ~

A bad day with coffee is better than a good day without it...

No matter the time of the day, a good cup of coffee 
always makes you feel better.  At least it does for me.

Just the other day Liliana and I checked out this "new" 
coffee place.  I have been meaning to do so for quite 
some time, and finally the time was right.  Coffee
 was great and the ambiance was very lively.

Good morning everyone.  May your 
coffee kick in before reality does.

Kindness is like coffee.  It awakens your spirit
and improves your day.  Fill your cup with both...


Nov 10, 2019

What Are You Grateful For Today? ~

Be grateful for your journey because it is yours alone...

 There is always, always something tom be grateful for.

Showing appreciation for all the good that you
 have in life is something that is always on trend. 

Perspective is everything in life, and if you are
 truly grateful for your family, friends, and 
all the good around you, the rest is easy.

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

Everyday ask yourself, 
"what are you grateful for today?"

At the end of the day,let there be no
 excuses, no explanations,no regrets...


Nov 8, 2019

It's Here ~ The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas...

Thanksgiving is not yet here, but every were you turn
 you see Christmas.  Christmas as I have always mentioned 
is my favorite time of the year.  It does not matter where we are,
 Christmas is Christmas and it's magic is felt everywhere.

If you live in Florida or some other tropical place, 
your Christmas is surrounded by decorated palm 
trees, ocean and sand.  A beautiful sight indeed.

If you live in a country where you are fortunate 
to have a white Christmas, then you are also very
 fortunate.  Arvid's from Norway, and a white 
Christmas in Norway looks something like this.

Christmas Day is also our mom's birthday.  As if it 
was not a special time of the year already, the fact 

that it's also her birthday makes it double special.

The other day just walking around the stores, hearing 
Christmas music, seeing the decorations, the trees, I
 am already feeling the wonderful magic of Christmas.

Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and 
reflect on the important things around us.  If you're 
like me, then you're also having a wonderful time, 
because this is the most wonderful time of the
 year, and we get to enjoy it for a long time.

Christmastime is here—or as we like 
to call it, the most wonderful
 time of the year. 

Let us keep Christmas beautiful
 without a thought of greed. Christmas now 
surrounds us, Happiness is everywhere...


Nov 7, 2019

Hello Thursday ~

It doesn't have to make sense.  
It just has to make you happy...

Face Book has all these little "tests" or call it
 "games" that one can play.  Some analyze your personality 
or answer a question.  Every once in a while I give in
 and check it out as well.  The latest being the ones
 below.  Do I believe them?  Of course not.

Here at home the boats keep on passing.  
Still remnants of the boat show.  We are of course
 having the best time watching them go by.

No matter what Arvid is doing, he always takes time
 out to play with Sniff and to watch the boats go by.

A little rain here and there, but nothing we can't live with.  
It's soon that time of the year ~ yes Christmastime.  I 
already feel it in the music and in the air.  Happy.

Wishing everyone a great day, and hopefully you are also 
getting into the spirit of this magical season that is Christmas.

If you want something you've never had 
you've got to do something you've never done...


Nov 6, 2019

Another Day To Be Grateful ~

The most important thing is to enjoy your life.
To be happy.  It's all that matters...

The boat show is over, and now we are left with 
a lot of boat traffic.  Pretty cool if you ask me, and how
 lucky we are that we are able to see it all from the comfort
 of our home.  The waterways is lined with boats going
 back home or to wherever it is they came from.  
We get to enjoy it all.  Yes we are happy.

Many things to do today.  Staying busy is a 
big key to happiness, and we are busy.  All is good 
and I am ready to face the new day.  How does your 
day look.  No matter what give it your best shot.

Remember that doing your best is more 
important than being the best.  Happy day to all.

If you try to do your best there is no failure.
My mother told me, 'Always do your best,' and my dad says,
 'It's important to be humble. That's the key. They're
 not there for you. You're there for them.'...


Nov 5, 2019

Four Years Without Our Brutus ~

He's gone" they said.  And in that moment
 my heart shattered into a million pieces 
and my whole world turned black...

It's a beautiful day here in Fort Lauderdale.
The sun is shining and the palm
trees are swaying.  Sniff and
Arvid are here and we have
 what we need. Life is good.

On the other hand, in my heart there stirs a quiet pain. 
 Today marks four years since Brutus died.  I can't 
believe it's been 4 years since I last held him.  

Four years since my baby is no longer here. 
 Yes, in my heart there stirs a quiet pain.

My mind is still having trouble wrapping
 itself around the fact that you're gone. 

There is nothing I can do, but let time do it's job,
 and yes time has made the grief less agonizing, 
but time will never be able to take away 
the loss and the heartache in me. 

 Most days are good days.  It's those
 days when it all comes back to me 
that I struggle to not fall apart.

I am grateful for having Sniff
in our lives.  I will forever be grateful for

 having Brutus with us for 9 years.  
We wanted more.  Much more, but we had 9 of the
 best years in our lives.  Brutus, the day you
 came into our lives you became my life.

We miss you Brutus.  Mama misses you so so much.

Brutus you never came back home.  I washed
all your towels.  Had them stacked waiting for you, but you
never came back home to us.  How I miss you.  I know
it's getting better, this thing called grief, but then
suddenly it knocks you down again.

When you little heart stopped beating, my 
heart just broke in two, knowing that here on
 earth, there will never be another like you...


Nov 4, 2019

Good Morning ~

The week is yours.  Own it.  Life offers so many
 great choices, all you have to do is see them...

While most of the country is already feeling the cold, 
here in South Florida we are experiencing warm breezy
 temperatures.  Summertime it's hot as hell, but 
come winter, it just does not get any better.

As the new week begins, I look forward to see what
 it holds.  It sure promises to be busy and with everything
 going on, you never know what can happen.  Our life is 
full of surprises.  Not always good, but always interesting.

We have had a great weekend.  relaxing, enjoying
 little walks, some music, good food and some very
 good drinks.  I am happy, Arvid is happy and
 Sniff is happy.  Life is good.  I may not have
 everything I want, but I have what I need.

Today November 4th will be almost 4 years since 
our Brutus died.  Four years ago on this day, I
 held our Brutus at home for the last time.  

How was I supposed to know he was never going 
to come back home?  Would I have done things differently?  
Like maybe not taking him to the vet to be amputated? 
 I do not know.  I thought we were doing what was
 best for our baby.  But he died anyway.

Wishing everyone a great start of the new week.  
May you all accomplish what you set out to do. As 
one door shuts, and another one opens, and you 
just kind of follow that path. My path has been 
a little curvy, but it is what it is. It's all good.

At the end of the day it is what it is.  Accept 
it and move on.  Sometimes you don't 
need explanations.  It is what it is...


Nov 3, 2019

My Friend Is Hurting ~

Grief is never something you get over. You don't 
wake up one morning and say, 'I've conquered that;
now I'm moving on.' It's something that walks beside 
you every day. And if you can learn how to manage it and 
honour the person that you miss, you can take something
 that is incredibly sad and have some form of positivity...

Another beautiful day here, but for my friend 
Anna today is difficult and heart wrenching.  
Today is one year since her Taino died.

 For those who have never experienced the loss 
of a pet it is hard to imagine.  Whatever it is you think 
that person is going through, is not even the half of it.  

Losing a pet is one of the most painful losses one will 
experience.  That pet/family member is usually so bonded
 to us that getting over that loss can sometimes take forever.

The pain of loss can often feel overwhelming and
 trigger all sorts of painful and difficult emotions. While 
some people may not understand the depth of feeling 
you had for your pet, you should never feel guilty
 or ashamed about grieving for an animal friend.

Don’t let anyone tell you how to feel, and don’t
 tell yourself how to feel either. Your grief is your own,
 and no one else can tell you when it’s time to “move on” 
or “get over it.” Let yourself feel whatever you feel
 without embarrassment or judgment. It’s okay to be angry, 
to cry or not to cry. It’s also okay to laugh, to find 
moments of joy, and to let go when you’re ready.

You know the saying, Don’t judge someone
 until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

Sometimes in life we forget where we came from. 
 We see a person, we see what we want to see.  Yet, we 
never know what that person is going through.  Never ever 
judge a person unless you have walked in there shoes.

Anna, I know what you are going through.  I know 
some days are good and others are hell.  The first
 year is hard because you still remember what you did
 with your baby.  I know.  My memories are vivid as well.  
I just want you to know that I am always here for you.

Grief changes shape, but it never ends.  
Sometimes all you can do is lie in bed and 
hope to fall asleep before you fall apart...