Feb 23, 2019

Saturday ~

Nothing makes a person happier than having a happy heart...

Both Arvid and I thought this was funny.  We were out
 with my parents and when we spotted this on the wall of one 
of the stores.  Made us all laugh and yes, stop and think
 for a second or two.  Absolutely true if you ask me.

Spending time with my parents is always very relaxing.
Today we plan on taking them out to the Pub.  We have
 been there with them before.  Good thing is that all 4 
of us like it.  Simple food and good drinks.

Even though our time with them is brief,  I enjoy
 the quality of our time.Staying with them is always a treat. 
 Arvid and my dad went out a little to do some "boy" stuff, and
 my mom and I had some time to do girl stuff.  I am happy
 and always thankful for being able to spend time with them.

Looking forward to another day with mom, dad and Arvid.
I am extremely happy right now.  I know I am blessed.

Good morning all.  Cold day here again.
I love it.  Arvid very cold.

Happiness depends not on things
 around me, but on my attitude...


Feb 22, 2019

Good Morning From NC ~

No amount of money or success can take
 the place of time spent with your family...

We made it to mom and dad's.  All's good with them.

Wishing everyone a happy day.  Don't ever take anything for granted.

No matter where I am, mornings are always special.
A little cooler here in NC than Florida, but I love it!

At the end of your life, you will never regret not 
having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, 
or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not
 spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent...


Feb 21, 2019

NC Bound ~

Parents act so strong for us, that we 
often forget just how fragile they are...

On or way to mom and dad in North Carolina.  
Another perk of living in Florida, we get to see my parents 
a little more often than when we lived in Branson.  Love it. 

 As my parents get older, I want to be able to spend
 as much time as I can with them.  As far as I am concerned, 
not enough as is, but I am happy and grateful for whatever
 time we can have with them. Happy days ahead. 

Mom and dad love living in North Carolina,
 but we their daughters would love if they would move,
 and be closer to one of us.  I would love if they would 
move back to Florida, but they really love NC.

The next few days I will be enjoying time with them. 
When in NC we always stay with my parents.  As they said, 
"you and Arvid have your room here.  Whenever you want." 
 I do not like staying with anyone and neither does 
Arvid, but we do enjoy staying with my parents.

Many of us tend to take our parents for granted.  
I always make a conscious reminder to myself to NEVER
 do that.  I may not always succeed, but I try, and I remember 
always that if it were not for their sacrifices I would not be
 the woman I am today.  I love the woman I am today, and I
 know that a lot of it has to do with he way I was raised.

Children learn to smile from their parents.
My parents taught me honesty, truth, compassion,
 kindness and how to care for people. Also, they encouraged 
me to take risks, to boldly go. They taught me that the 
greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure...


Feb 20, 2019

Too Early ~

Coffee because it's too early for wine...

It's 2:30 in the morning and I am already awake.  
Having my cafe on the balcony and enjoying the 
view.  The lights across from us are still on.  

Everything is quiet and peaceful.
  I try to sneak out of the bedroom without 
waking Sniff.  Impossible.  He's already
here with me demanding his foodies 
and brushing. Which  

 he will get.  Arvid..sound asleep like I should be as well.

Hopefully after a couple of hours I will be able to go
 back to sleep.  I feel tired, but I don't sleep like the way
 I did before.  Now Arvid sleeps like the baby, and I am awake. 

We do have quite a lot of things to do today, so it 
would have been nice if I were able to get some 
more sleep.  On the other hand, soon we will 
be in North Carolina seeing my parents.

To all a very good day.  Remember, 
opportunities are like sunrises. If
 you wait too long, you miss them.

When you wake up each morning, you can 
choose to be happy or choose to be sad. Unless some 
terrible catastrophe has occurred the night before, 
it is pretty much up to you. Tomorrow morning, 
when the sun shines through your window, 
choose to make it a happy day...


Feb 19, 2019

Stay True To Yourself ~

You really don't need to wear any make-up most of 
the time; keep your eyebrows the way they are,
 and find your own natural beauty signature...

Rima's birthday was yesterday. This is her.  Never looked
 any better, and definitely looks better than most women half 
her age.  Check out the makeup.  That's right.  NONE.  

She does not need it.  Her skin is flawless and she does not
 have to pile it on like so many of us.  She is what I call a NATURAL
 beauty.  Have to say the same goes for all my sisters.  We have 
been lucky.  Our mom is gorgeous and our dad handsome.

Being natural is incredibly empowering for women
 because it's just who you are.  You're embracing all the 
beautiful things about you from your head to your toes. 

Because when you mask so much of your natural beauty, 
people don't get to see that.  Less make-up is better, and it's always 
better to let your natural beauty shine.  It speaks volumes.

Already got my workout in for the morning.  I like to do it early.
  Once the day begins, I never know what will happen and 
how things will pan out.  Our schedule changes in seconds.  
We have to be very flexible and adapt, which thank goodness
 we both are.  We have to.  No other options there.

To all a great day.  One day closer to seeing my parents.

At the end of the day, life is about being happy being
 who you are.  Being happy never goes out of style...


Feb 18, 2019

Monday Again ~

Life moves so fast. You gotta document the good times, man...

One day closer to seeing my parents.  I'm super excited
 and happy.  My parents are getting older, and every
 chance I have to see them is a blessing I count.  

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to 
a child's success is the positive involvement of parents. 

To my parents, I will always be grateful and thankful for 
all you did and continue to do for us.  Anything I can do to 
repay that is never going to be enough.  Thank you for 
loving us in the good and sometimes not so good times.

We had a great day yesterday.  Arvid helped
 a friend with some cars, and then we had some
 quality time for ourselves.  Always good.

As the new week begins there is lots to do.  Staying busy 
is something we thrive on.  Another week is here.
  Time sure is going by fast.  Suddenly before
 you know it, February will soon be over.

Wishing everyone a productive week ahead. 
 As always whatever it is you do, do it with enthusiasm. 
 Put your heart and soul into it.  That's the only way.

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing
great was ever achieved.  If you have passion, there is no
 need for excuses because your enthusiasm will trump 
any negative reasoning you might come up with. 
Enthusiasm makes excuses a non issue...


Feb 17, 2019

Hello New Day ~

Life is all about having a good time. When you realize 
nothing is lacking, your whole world belongs to you...

In just a few days Arvid and I will embark on another 
of our much loved road trips.  We will be heading to 
North Carolina to see my parents.  As you can imagine, 
I can't wait.  For me visiting family is the best.  

After a visit with mom and dad we go to Georgia.  
Jekyll Island to be specific.  Every year in February there
 is a trade meeting and now that we are back in Florida we
 hope to go every year.  That of course is also based on what 
Arvid has left to trade.  Hopefully always something because
 it makes going to visit my parents more of a possibility.

We have had a very relaxing week and look forward
 to more of the same in the coming week.  There is always
 something to do, so we are always kept busy.  

Yesterday we went to the car auction for a few hours. 
 Interesting, but we did not buy any. On the other hand,
 one of our customers picked up 6 cars, and who knows how 
many more he will buy before the auction ends today.  

Good for us because we get his business.  We are in the 
shipping business as well.  Mainly shipping to Norway.

Sunda again.  Another beautiful day here at home.  The "boys"
 are relaxing and all is nice and calm.  A few errands to run
 today and then it's time for Arvid and I to enjoy our Sunday outing. 
Yes, life is good because we decided to make it that way.

I woke up.  I have clothes.  I have food to eat. 
 I have running water. Life is good and I am thankful.

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


Feb 16, 2019

Life Is Good ~

Enjoy your own life without comparing it to that of another...

No questions about it.  Sniff has the best seat in the 
house everyday all day long, and both Arvid and I love it.  
To know Sniff is to love him.  He has this calmness about him 
that you can feel and sense right away.  He soothes
 our hearts and fills our home with love.  

Every evening his first favorite spot is right between Arvid's legs.
Just like with Brutus, Arvid does not move.  He watches TV and 
stays still until Sniff decides to get up and move over to my side.  
This is every night.  A little routine the 3 of us have. We love it.

Coming back to Florida and to the life we had has been good.
We do things we used to do and some.  I still stay in touch
with my friends in Branson.  Yes, I do miss Almost Home
and the people, but I am sure loving our life here.

Like many, we enjoy the simple things in life.  Those bring
us the most happiness and for that I am always grateful.

People who delight in simple pleasures and manage to smile
 in spite of the difficulties they face have the clearest vision of life...


Feb 14, 2019

Valentines Day ~

 You know when you have found your prince because you 
not only have a smile on your face but in your heart as well.....

Everyone looks forward to Valentines Day even if you
 are or aren't in love, it gives us hope that something special
 can happen on this so called most romantic day of the year.

 With that in mind here a few tips I read about that will help 
to make it even more special for you....there will be people who say, 
love is not based on external looks but the truth is that if one comes
 specially dressed for you and wears your favorite color, it adds 
on to the mood of the day. Thus, fashion is the need 
of the hour, as cupid is just round the corner. 

1. A Cute Dress – This day is a the day you 
spend together and are in complete ease, away
 from the hustle and the tensions of life. Thus,
 flashy fashion is not for Valentines Day.

 Be yourself, wear something cute. A T and a skirt, 
a frock, a pair of jeans with a cute top etc. Look 
feminine with your cute dress and relive the 
admiration of the first day once again.  Long
 time ago I had my favorite red dress.

2.  Accessories – Simple and sleek jewellery will suit 
your cute dress the best. A bracelet which rests elegantly
 on your wrist and a chain which lays beautifully around 
your neck, adds on to your delicate beauty. Jewellery 
brands have loads to offer this season. Accessories both 
for hair and matching your dress is now available.

3.  Footwear – Footwear fashion tip for Valentine's Day
 is to follow the high heels trend. Heels make you look 

elegant and also matches your cute dress. Footwear's 
are also going retro this season. Polka dots, strips, bright
 colours include in the fashion tip for Valentine's Day. 

4.  Hit The Beach – The best place to be on this day
 is on a romantic beach. Wear hot pants, with a tuck in shirt,
 shades and red jewellery. Look stylish, sexy and cool on 
the beach with your guy holding your hand beside you.

 Definitely piling on the makeup to go to the beach 

looks tacky and cheap.  Unless of course all you
 plan to do is arade yourself around. GO EASY 

5.  Light Make-up – The last but not the least fashion
 tip is to be yourself. Flaunt your natural beauty and preserve
 it from all the heat and sun, with a light makeup. Keep 
your make up to the minimum. As for lip colour, stick 
on to a light colour lip gloss. The lip colours in trend 
are peach, pink etc. Nude Make-up is the fashion tip 
this Valentine's Day.  Go easy on that eye makeup.  

Follow these tips and and get ready for the 
most romantic day of the year...  For my 
Valentines for life ( Arvid) I say to you:

There are only two times that I want to be with you – 
Now and Forever.  Come live in my heart, and pay no rent...


Feb 13, 2019

Home Sweet Home ~

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
Home is not a place…it’s a feeling.  With you, I'm home...

The boys are relaxing as usual.  Watching TV and the boats go by.
Every so often a little nap in between.  Happy as can be.

In between the game, Arvid enjoys the view, as does Sniff.
Home is where love resides, memories are created,
 friends always belong, and laughter never ends.

 Coming from Branson, I thought Sniff would miss the birds
and the squirrels, but here he found other interesting things
 to keep him busy.  He still sees birds, and he now sees people
 walking their dogs.  He loves to look at the boats pass by and he
 likes to watch the leaves on the balcony.  Sniff is very happy.

What I love most about our home is who I share it with.

Where we love is home- home that our feet may
 leave, but not our hearts.  This is our third home 
in less than 3 years that Arvid bought sight unseen.  
He bought it online.  Same as he did with our home in
 Branson and our current apartment in Chicago.

Happy day all.  The secret to humor is surprise.

It's all the little moments that make life a big adventure.
Only someone special can make ordinary moments seem extraordinary...


Feb 11, 2019

A New Week Begins ~

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience
 to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without 
fear for newer and richer experience..

A new week begins and definitely looking good.  
Beautiful weather and looking very forward to family 
visiting us.  Yes, it's a beautiful start of the week.

Pretty relaxing week as well.  Hopefully not as hectic as most.
Always nice to have time to relax and enjoy with loved ones. 
 Like I said we have been gone for the last 2 winters from 
Florida, so it will be good to entertain at our place again.

Lots of little errands to take care of today.  Planning 
on making the rest of the days as open as possible.

Sniff is happy and will also enjoy having visitors. 
 He is a people "person"  Not afraid of anyone,
 unless of course they come with hostility.

Wishing everyone a great week ahead. Remember 
life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

Life is like a roller coaster.  Live it, be happy, enjoy life.
Be happy. Be yourself. If others don’t like it, then let them be.
Happiness is a choice. Life isn’t about pleasing everybody...


Feb 10, 2019

Hello Sunday ~

Believe in yourself.  Listen to your gut, and do what you love...

Open House again today.  Always positive 
that the right buyer for this house will show up.

Open House days are fun.  We meet lots of interesting 
people.  Even if not the right buyer for the house, 
they become potential buyers in the future.

February is a busy month, but good busy.  With friends 
and visiting mainly from Norway one stays busy.  It's
 been 2 years since we were last in Florida for "winter"  
It will be nice to see everyone again here at home.

Sunday is looking good.  Last night Arvid and I checked
 out a new place.  Not the Blues, but Jazz.  Reminded us a little
 of living in Chicago. Good ambiance, great food and drinks. 

To all a good day. happiness is enjoying the good things in life.
 Live for the moments you can't put into words.

Just play.  Have fun.  Enjoy the game...


Feb 9, 2019

Winter In Florida ~

I live in Florida and when people ask how close to the
 the beach I am, I say, "Twelve minutes or twelve hours. 
 Depends on which beach you want to go to."...

Florida winter a chilly 76 degrees F today.
Winter is "rough" in Florida.  Wish you were here.

Florida, the only thing frozen is our drinks...


Feb 7, 2019

Beautiful Days ~

Life isn't simple.  But the beauty of it is,
you can always start over.  It'll get easier...

My day started out with a trip to the laboratory for more 
blood work.  I told the girl that if this continues pretty soon 
I will be needing to have a blood transfusion.  Been having too
 much blood taken from me lately, but it's all part of the "routine"
 check ups, follow us I require. A drag, but it has to be done.

Mid this month I should be done with most of the 
tests/examinations I need regarding my thyroid cancer 
follow up.  Will be very happy when that day comes.  No
 more doctors, no more bloodwork, no more probing 
for a while.  that is until May. Happy day are back.

We have been experiencing gorgeous weather this week 
and it will continue to be so hopefully for the rest of the "winter"  
These are the months that tourists flock into Florida.  Who
 can blame them?  Everyone needs a little break from 
these harsh winters.  Happy times for everyone.

My only pet peeve about these tourist that visit
 (and many are people we know), is that from the minute they
 land in Florida, the posts begin.  Nothing anymore is private.  
Their entire lives are an open book for anyone to track. 

A classmate of mine died a few days ago.  I look into 
Facebook for updates, and to relive a few good memories 
shared with so many.  As soon as I open my page, I am 

bombarded with nonsense.  I mean, who cares where you eat? 
 What you drank last night or where you went? But I guess many 
still do and it gives the person posting something to brag about.  

Our day has been relaxing and quiet for a change.  
Not much running around today.  Few things we both
 had to do early this morning, but now we are home and
 relaxing.  Since coming back from Branson Arvid has 
made it his goal to use the balcony as much as possible.

I'm happy because I just spent over an hour chatting 
with one f my former tenants from Almost Home.  She now
 lives in Colorado and she just called me.  I'm still smiling.

Hope your day has been great so far. Remember,
simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is 
best for everyone, best for both the body and the mine...


Feb 6, 2019

Special Moments In Life ~

Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers...

About last night.  As always it's fun to go to the Hockey game. 
Always gives us an opportunity to also go to Sawgrass Mall,
 and to a favorite restaurant of ours. Simple, but we love it.

 Not sure it's because of the food or the fact that they
 carry Kirin draft beer.  A favorite of Arvid's.

Yesterday I was looking through some pictures.  Arvid and
I have done quite a lot of different things.  Above is when we
went to London for a Trade Expo.  We were promoting our
own real estate in Fort Lauderdale and in the Bahamas. 

Yesterday was good.  Was freezing cold at the hockey arena. 
Not something Arvid and I was too crazy about.  Doctors again
 today, so yeah all is well and life continues to do what it does best.

We live it and we make the best of it by always giving 
our most positive attitude to any and everything 
that gets thrown to us.  Happy Wednesday all.

Life brings simple pleasures to us everyday. 
 It's up to us to make them wonderful...


Feb 5, 2019

Morning Is Here ~

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

Once again I am awake really early.  Sniff has been
brushed and fed.  As always.  Truth is if you don't brush
 him he will cry, and he cries very loud.  Love the sound
of his "voice"  It makes us smile and do his bidding.

Every night Sniff and Arvid have this very special routine. 
Sniff knows exactly when Arvid is getting ready to sit
and watch TV.  He waits patiently until Arvid settles in,
and then right away he jumps between Arvids legs. 
And this is how they remain for at least 3 hours.

I have been asked to be the bridesmaid in a wedding and Arvid
the best man.  We are both super excited and happy.  Both the
groom, and the bride could have chosen their own families for
this honor, but instead they choose Arvid and I.  Now to
 find a pretty yellow dress.  Yay!  Something fun to do.

Looking forward to another very beautiful day here in
Fort Lauderdale.  A few things planned so all in all a really
good day awaits us.  Be it work or be it fun, we always
try to find the bright side in everything.

Wishing everyone a beautiful day ahead.  Remember we
 have to make our own sunshine and our own happiness.

When something goes wrong, take a moment to
 be thankful for the many things that are going right.  
Expect nothing and appreciate everything...