Apr 19, 2019

Always Be Kind To Each Other ~

Be kind, don't judge, and have respect for others.
 If we can all do this, the world would be a better place.
 The point is to teach this to the next generation...

Don't wait for things to get easier, simpler, or better.
  Life will always be complicated.  Learn to be happy 
right now.  Otherwise you'll run out of time. 

Friday is here and that means that the weekend has
 begun for many already.  Good Friday.  Suddenly
 everyone wants to "do the right thing" 

We focus on Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday,
 but we forget to pause in the stillness of the days between.
 Find time today to be present in that place of waiting. 
There is treasure to be found in the sacred peace that
 comes as you breathe in that place of quiet surrender.
 Don’t rush through the space called “Between."

I don't do anything different today compared
 to any other day.  I try to live life always being
kind to the other, and to always treat others 
the way I would like to be treated everyday.

But the most beautiful things in life are not just things.
They are people and places, memories and pictures. They're
 the feelings and moments and smiles and laughter...


Apr 18, 2019

Thursday Vibes ~

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be...

Thursday, and our day is looking pretty good. 
 If all goes well we will be doing a little business and 
having a little fun time all in one.  Best of all we will
 go to Sawgrass Mills Outlets to do so.  

It's not as if I want to go shopping and all,
 but I just love the idea of walking around and
 browsing.   Of course there are a few of my
 favorite shops I would like to take a peek into.  

 Who knows something may catch my fancy.
  Hopefully plans do not change.  In our life
 plans change in seconds.  Used to bother me
 before, but now, it's just a way of life.

What remains constant is Arvid and Sniff, and to
 see that the bond between them gets stronger with every 
passing day makes for happy days and happy times.

Sniff is soon going to be 4 years old.  We have now 
 had him for 3 years.  I'm so grateful he came into our lives.

Good morning all.  As my sisters would say,
"what are you going to do with your life today?"

The world is beautiful outside 
when there is stability inside...


Apr 16, 2019

Life ~

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 honor 
the person that you miss, you can take something that
 is incredibly sad and have some form of positivity...
Everyday is a good day no matter what happens.
  We always find a reason to see the positive and the 
good around us.  So what happened last night?

  As we were going to bed, Arvid turned off the 
lights,  and said "it's 11:11"  I said "that's our bedtime 
with Brutus"  It was like clockwork.

After that I'm not sure what happened because it 
seemed as if all of a sudden Brutus just died all over
 again.  I could not stop crying and the grief 
was too much.  All over again.

It took me a very long time to fall asleep, and to stop
 my mind from going back to the day Brutus died.  I
 have a memory that sometimes is my worst enemy. 

As I was immersed in grief I was also thinking of Sniff.
  Of how much I love him, and at the same time how much
 I wished our Brutus was still here.  Today will be better. 
 It's a beautiful day here. I'm done with my workout
 and Sniff is all over the place chasing a leaf. 

Today will be better.  I'm calmer, but my heart is sad.

Your grief path is yours alone, and no one else can
 walk it, and no one else can understand it...


Apr 15, 2019

New Week ~

Never underestimate the importance of having fun...

Even sitting out on the balcony has it's moments.  
Always something going on.  I am always ready 
with the camera.  You never know when
 something interesting will happen. 

 For us just about everything is interesting.  Keeps us
 entertained and happy.  Arvid thinks he's back in 
Mexico every time he sits out on the balcony. 

 To this day, his favorite vacations have been those 
days we spent in our condo in Mexico.  As he says, 
"now we have Mexico in our own backyard." 

Monday begins with rain and more rain.  I like the rain.
  I love taking pictures of the raindrops as they fall
 on the windshield of the car.  Of course not while
driving, but parked.  Safety is always first.

Rain or no rain it's a beautiful day here.  Got my workout in,
 and most likely a walk later this afternoon with Arvid.

Yesterday we had a nice outing on Las Olas.  We took
the boat to and back home.  Pretty relaxing and enjoyable.
 We keep saying we will discover our own backyard,
who knows maybe we will. Happy Monday all.

You don't stop having fun when you get old,
 you get old when you stop having fun...


Apr 14, 2019

Sunday ~

As long as you're having fun and still doing stuff,
it doesn't matter what other people think.  
Do anything, but let it produce joy...

Everyday begins with Sniff and the two of us sharing 
moments before Arvid is awake.  I love our time together. 
 Though Sniff still does not let us pick him up, he sure
 loves to snuggle up to us when we are sitting.

Our week has been good.  For April it has been extremely
 warm already.  Not complaining because many would like
to have the warmth we are having in Florida.  My preference
 would be cooler temperatures.  We are loving being
back home in Fort Lauderdale.

Yesterday we were supposed to have lunch with
our nephew J and Alexandra, unfortunately they
were busy.  Of course we were disappointed.

 We were both looking forward to seeing their new
 place, and Arvid especially.  He has a special present
 for their apartment and was looking forward
 to giving it to them.  Next time it will be.

We will soon be going to Chicago and I want
 to spend as much time with the family I have here
 in Florida as possible.  Making time for family,
for me that's whats most important.

Happy Sunday all.  Never forget
what's most important in life.

The above picture was taken many years ago.
Today Michelle is married, and a mother of 2 little girls.
 Our grand-daughters.  The baby is my nephew Sachin.  Soon to
 be heading out to college.  Life.  There is no stopping its course.

Choosing to have a good time with your friends instead 
of a good time with other people is one of the best 
decisions you can make. Friends are awesome, and
they will always be there for you no matter what...


Apr 12, 2019

What A Week ~

Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful...

It all started with our neighbor leaving a note and a menu
 on our door during the night.  I woke up and when I
 saw the menu, of course that was all I could think of. 

 I love Indian food. Goes without saying.  I am Indian 
after all, and it's the flavor I was raised with.  Our Indian 
food has a West Indian kick.  The best food in the world
 as far as I am concerned is Indian and Latin.  The
 two foods we were fortunate to be raised with. 

After a lot of coercing, I convinced Arvid to go 
with me. I told him, "you either come or I go on my own." 
 He decided to accompany me.  I will not say it's his 
favorite food, but he did not complain too much.  Even
 so, next time I think I will go with our neighbor.

The food was delicious, but to be honest just 
about all of the Indian restaurants I have been
to the food has always been super delicious. 

This week went by very fast.  I competed my jury duty,
 and really hope not have to do it again any time too soon.
It was boring to sit there and wait for them to call you.  

I am not patient at all.  Before going my mom and Arvid
both "warned" me to not get too aggressive with anyone.

My mom thinks I have a short fuse when it 
comes to tolerating nonsense and she's right.  Arvid 
thinks I always have to speak my mind and he's right.

  I guess they figure with those two qualities I am
 bound to get into some sort of altercation with someone. 
Even though I did express my opinions, all was good.

Serving in a jury is just part of being an American
 citizen, that together with the right to vote.  I know 
if I am called again I will do the right thing.  No I 
did not mean ignoring the summons or did I? 

This week I tried something very delicious.  
It's called a Strawberry Moscow Mule. I have to 
say it was pretty delicious.  Looking forward 
to today and to trying something new as well.

To all a great start of the weekend.  Remember 
you can't control where you come from, but you
 can always control where you are going.

One day you will look back and realize that you
 worried too much about things that don't really matter...


Apr 11, 2019

The Rainbow Bridge ~

The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief.
 But the pain of grief is only a shadow when 
compared with the pain of never risking love...

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called 
Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies
that has been especially close to someone here,
 that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills 
for all of our special friends so they
can run and play together. There is 
plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our 
friends are warm and comfortable. 

All the animals who had been ill and 

old are restored to health and vigor; those 
who were hurt or maimed are made whole 
and strong again,just as we remember them in 
our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for
 one small thing; they each miss someone very
 special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the 
day comes when one suddenly stops and
looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; 
His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run 
from the group, flying over the green grass, 

his legs carrying him faster and faster. 

You have been spotted, and when you and your
special friend finally meet, you cling together
 in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands
 again caress the beloved head, and you look once
more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone
 from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

As I was brushing Sniff I sang to him.  Like I
 did with Brutus.  Memories of Brutus and Shadow came 
rushing back to me.  They are never far from me.  

To this day I can picture Brutus and all the things we did.  
I miss that boy so much, but as I was brushing Sniff
 he looked and me and curled up by my side.  I realize
 how fortunate I am to have Sniff in our lives.

The best and most beautiful things on 
this earth cannot be seen or even touched 
 they must be felt with the heart... 


Apr 9, 2019

Just A Regular Day ~

Today is just another normal day,
full of miracles, gifts and opportunities...

I love my coconuts.  Growing up in Puerto Rico you 
know it was something we always had plenty of.  Living 
in Florida makes it easy to have a fresh coconut anytime 
you like.  I find mind mostly at the Swap Shop.

The days are nice and calm.  Peaceful and most
 afternoons we go for little walks.  I love our walks because
 you never know who you will see or what you will see.

Yesterday we met our park friend again.  This time he 
had a squirrel on his shoulder.  The squirrel was eating peanuts.

The week is looking good.  I have to report to jury duty.
  Kinda looking forward to that.  I won't mind sitting on a
trial as a juror.  If I do I hope it is something very exciting.

 A long time ago in NYC, when I worked at the courthouse
 I was "involved" with the defendants of a trial called
The Pizza Connection.PIZZA CONNECTION

It was a very exciting time in my life.  I was naive. 
The defendants were "allowed" to have lunch in the cafeteria
 with everyone else.  I was new in the city.  I am friendly
 and I made friends with just about all of them.

Looking back now, I believe I am fortunate to be alive.
A few of the defendants were murdered during the trial 
And I knew them.  Let's say I did go out with a few of them
 for pizza.  Boy life sure was exciting, little did
 I realize it was also not too smart of me.

I'm older and smarter today.  I would like to think so.

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy.
There's going to be stress in life, but it's your
 choice whether you let it affect you or not...


Apr 8, 2019

Killer Station 57 Cat

 Sometimes a very special cat enters our lives…
their presence changes our hearts forever. And we can 
call ourselves blessed for having known them.
 Grief is the price we pay for love...

Pet owners say their animal pal makes them 
smile more than once a day.  If you are fortunate
 enough to have a pet or to have had one in 
your life, know that you are truly blessed. 

 Our pets become part of our family.  For some 
their fur baby is loved more than other family
 members.  They ask for nothing except to be loved 
and in return they love us unconditionally.

  They make our lives better and happier.  They
 relieve stress and in many cases they can make
 an aloof person more human and more lovable. 
 Brutus did that, and I am sure your fur babies 
do the same for you and your loved ones.

This being said, I have been following a little
 kitty on Instagram.  Killer as the kitty is known
 has been on Instagram longer than I have.

  She (Killer) is the creation of my friend Nancy 
from NYC.  When I worked with EMS years ago, Nancy
 was also there.  Today she is a Lieutenant/Paramedic for
 the station.  Nancy is the the driving force behind the 
success of Killer.  Nancy made killer known to the world.

Nancy introduced Killer to the world in 2015.  From
 there on, Killer with her unique charm and personality 
became famous and well known throughout the world. Killer 
has a following of 47.5K  Everyone loves her, and everyday 
we were all patiently awaiting what Killer was up to next.

This morning was a sad day.  Killer died.  She was
 battling cancer and regardless of all the treatments,
 all the prayers from her friends around the world
 and the care of her guardian Nancy, Killer died.

I was devastated. Like everyone else, I was rooting for Killer.  
Following her progress reports from Nancy.  Some days 
were good, others so-so, but today she died. 

 Like me, many people around the world is grieving for
 a kitty they did not know personally, but one they loved 
with all their hearts.  Nancy and everyone at Station 57
 are devastated.  Killer made the station feel more 
like home and she made everyone happy.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. 
 Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

It’s so hard to say goodbye to a beloved fur baby
, and that goodbye, no matter how old the furry 
friend is, always feels far too soon...


Apr 7, 2019

Jazz In The Park ~

Life is like a book.  Sometimes the chapters are sad, 
some are happy and some exciting, but if you
 never turn the page, you will never know 
what the next chapter has in store for you...

This has been a good week for us.  We worked
and we also took time out for ourselves.  Little
 fun, little work, could not be any better.

I had the pleasure of having lunch with my friend Liliana.
  We went to one of our favorite Cuban restaurant.  No
matter all that has happened between us, when we are
 together all you can hear is laughter and two friends
 chatting just like old times.  I enjoyed it very much.

I was also able to spend the day with my sister and her
husband.   Arvid was there for an hour  then he had to go
 and do his stuff.  When he came back we spent
 another hour before leaving.  Was relaxing
and fun.  I love quality time with family.

Today we are just relaxing on the balcony listening to
the music going on in the park across the River from us.
 Relaxing and calming.  Best of times always.

Jazz in the park.  The boats are out and people are
 having a good time.  Reminds of of Chicago.  From our
 balcony we see the park, hear the music and we relax.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and harmonious day.

Listen to your own voice.  Your own soul. 
 If something does not feel right, it probably isn't...


Apr 6, 2019

Saturday ~

Missing someone is not about how long it has been 
since you have seen them or the amount of time since you
 talked.  It is about that very moment when you're doing
 something and wishing they were there with you...

Nothing better than starting my day with my kitties 
and my cafe.  Brutus and Shadow are no longer 
with us, but in my heart they live on forever.  

Sniff is here and he makes us happy.  I miss 
Brutus so much, but it is what it is.  Life.

It's been a busy week on the waterways.  Boats passing 
by all day long.  Makes for interesting times on the 
balcony.  Arvid sure finds relaxation when there.

February and March were busy months. They always are.
 Suddenly April is less hectic.  Gives us time to do a
 few fun things again.  I enjoy small day trips or a
 weekend getaway rather than be gone for weeks. 

Always fun and relaxing.  Plus this way we don't have
 to leave Sniff for too long.  I hate the thought of having to
 leave him for so long in the summer.  I really don't want to.

Wishing everyone a happy Saturday.  May your 
weekend be filled with wonder and all things amazing.
  Remember, it does not matter where you are or what you do.  
What matters is to live life like someone left the door open.  
Whatever it is you do.  Enjoy it.  Have fun and make memories.

No matter where we go, the sunsets are always beautiful.

You don't stop having fun when you get old.
  You get old when you stop having fun...


Apr 5, 2019

Reshma ~

Never give up, and be confident in what you do. 
There may be tough times, but the difficulties which
 you face will make you more determined to achieve 
your objectives and to win against all the odds...

She has fought hard and long for everything she has.
  She was not born with a silver spoon.  Every achievement
 that came her way was due to hard work, lots of struggles 
and pure dedication.  This is Reshma.  She takes 
after her mother my sister Mala.

Life has not always been easy for her.  The fact that
 she is stubborn has not helped too much, but at the same 
time the fact that she never gives up sure is paying off.  

Reshma is strong.  Her mother my sister, is a strong woman.
 If Reshma is like Mala, and I definitely see that,  nothing 
will stop her. I love all my nieces and nephews.  They 
have all done well in life, but Reshma has had to fight
 a little harder for everything.  I admire her for this.  

Whatever you do Reshma, I will always be here for you,
 as I will always be here for all my nieces and nephews. 
 I now have 2 granddaughters.  For them also anything.

The picture above was taken by Reshma in Maine.
This picture was selected together with that of others, 
to be in the Spring Art show at her college.

Reshma is talented and she has a special skill when
 taking photographs.  She has already had her first
 paid job as a photographer and she also freelances.  

Her pictures are vivid and untouched.  Unlike many
 of us who retouch a picture to the point that it seems 
totally fake, hers are completely natural.  They're 
just beautiful and REAL!  Just like Reshma.

Yes, I am a proud aunt.  Nothing will ever change that.
Wishing everyone a great day.  May you always 
live in interesting times.  Do not fear
 failure but rather fear not trying.

Congratulations go out to our nephew Gabsy as well.
 He was named employee of the month. So far April has
 been a pretty amazing month. Let's hope it continues.

Never stop trying.  Never stop believing. Never give up. 
 Your day will come.  Be patient.  Sometimes you 
have to go through the worst to get the best...