Feb 28, 2019

Just Another Day ~

Beauty isn't only in moments of triumph, glamour
 or scenery so divine it takes your breath away.  It is also
 in those short stretches of silence, at that moment when 
there is no distance between you and the person you love...

Another beautiful day here at home.  A little rain at times, 
but always warm and sunny.  I am really enjoying being
 back home.  At the same time I look forward very much
 to going back to Branson and visiting everyone.  

The days here are going by fast.  Especially when 
one is staying busy.  After coming back from a
 trade meeting there is always a lot Arvid has 
to take care of.  Lots of following up to do. 

 Keeps him busy and somehow he manages
 to find something for me to do.  Happy!  
He likes to call it "teamwork"

Sniff is happy we are back home.  He just keeps 
falling all over our feet.  Happy also be be home. 

I just have to gripe a little today about something I
 find completely annoying.  What is it with people who
 constantly brag about any and everything.  Why is it
 that they always have to mention how much so and 
so cost and how much they spent doing this or that.

Yes, a little of that I encountered when at the meeting. 
 I really don't care.  I am not impressed with what you have
nor what you do, where you go and how much you paid for
 so and so.  I am impressed on the other hand on how
 you treat people.  Kindness has no boundaries.

Let's not forget that he who is humble is confident and wise.
He who brags is insecure and lacking.  Which one are you?

Don't tell me what you have before you tell me who you are.
I'm not easily impressed.  As a matter of fact, I'm easily turned off...


Feb 27, 2019

Back Home ~

The magic thing about home is that it feels good
 to leave, and it feels even better to come back...

I love going on short road trips, but there is nothing
 I love better than coming back home.  Home where 
Sniff is, and where he was patiently waiting for us.  

I loved spending time with my mom and dad.  
Always wish it was longer, but the time we
 spend with them is always quality time.  

We have never had a bad time with them.
I love that Arvid and my parents get along so well.
 Makes my heart full seeing them together.

Always leaving mom and dad breaks my heart.
I wish we lived closer.  My parents are my roll models
in life, and the person I am today is because of them.

I am always grateful to them, and I love
them more than words can ever express.

Already halfway into the week.  As always anytime
 we come back from a trip there is quite a few things that
 need to be taken care of.  No exception this time.
Weather is nice and warm.  A typical "winter"
 day awaits us back home in Fort Lauderdale.

In this home… We do second chances. We do real.
 We do mistakes. We do I’m sorrys. We do loud really well.
 We do hugs. We do together best of all...


Feb 25, 2019

Jekyll Island ~

Some winter wonderlands are covered in sand...

Jekyll Island is located off the coast of the U.S. state
 of Georgia. It is one of the Sea Islands and one of the Golden Isles
 of Georgia barrier islands. The last time Arvid and I were here
 was in 2016.  Arvid has a trade meeting, and this is one 
of my favorite destinations. Happy to be going back.

I will have the days to wander around, and the evenings to be 
with Arvid and the trade gang.  Could not be any better than this.
  One of my favorite places to go is Driftwood Beach.

It's quiet.  It's peaceful.  I listen to the wave and the birds.
I love taking pictures, so any and everything makes for the perfect shot.

I have time with me and with my thoughts.  My thoughts 
always seek out my Brutus.  I miss him so very much,
 at the same time I love Sniff with all my heart, and I know
 we are very, very  fortunate to have him.  As everyone 
keeps telling us, "Sniff is Special."  That he sure is.

Looking forward to our time here.  Never know what
 can happen.  That is always the best part.  I love 
these little road trips.  We have a blast and there 
is always something new to see and discover.

Making memories one road trip at a time.  Some 
beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost...


Feb 24, 2019

Sunday In North Carolina ~

Taking time out each day to relax 
and renew is essential to living well..

It's has been a very relaxing time with my parents 
in North Carolina.  My mom knows all the things Arvid likes, 
and she always has them for him. Breakfast time is relaxed 
with lots of laughs and many stories told by my dad and Arvid.
  How I love this time with them.  With the 4 of us.  

I wonder why it is that to relax we have to leave home?
Back home it's run, run all day long.  Away from home 
one has no other options but to slow down and enjoy life
 on a little "slower" pace.  Sometimes the most productive 
thing we can do is relax.  Today is a lazy day.  Just relax.

My parents are watching cricket and Arvid soccer.
Life is good. Everyone is doing what they love.

Hello all.  Time is precious.  Waste it wisely.

One of the best feelings in the world is when you hug 
someone you love, and they hug you back even tighter...


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...