Apr 30, 2020

April 30th.. Better Days Are Coming ~

All right, every day ain't going to be the best 
day of your life, don't worry about that. If you 
stick to it you hold the possibility open
 that you will have better days...

Here at home we are all excited for Thursday.  
Because Thursdays are take-out days.  Something 
good has come out of this pandemic after all.


Sniff takes his time to get out of bed.  Does his stretches, 
checks out the view and only then he gets out of his 
cozy spot before jumping off.  Happy boy.

We ended our evening with a little happy hour
 at home.  I have more happy hour than Arvid, but 
yesterday it was actually he who suggested we have
 a little drink.  I'm good with that for right now.


The day is windy and we are supposed to be having some
 "bad" weather.  Just a matter of waiting it out.  Happy if it
rains anyway.  We need the rain.  Florida is looking to
slowly re-opening.  Best news right now.


Happy day all. Better times are soon here again.

Tomorrow is no place to place your better days.
Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse,
 but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine... 

~Nadiya~

Apr 29, 2020

Wednesday April 29th ~

As you wait for better days, don't forget to 
enjoy today, in case they've already started...

Yesterday I took Sniff to the vet.  A very different.
experience from what it used to be. We got to the parking lot.
Called the office.  Waited for someone to call and take a
 little history.  In a few minutes, a technician came
to the car and whisked Sniff away.


The vet said Sniff looks great, but she needed to talk
 to me about his weight.  She said the last time he was there,
this was December 2019, his weight was 14.02 pounds.
 Yesterday he was 14.08, and that was not good.

All I said was "this is not an exaggerated weight
gain from December."  Seems like the vet thinks it is.
 Said we have to start counting Sniffs calories.

All of this over the phone because now no one
 is allowed to go into the building.  They came
for Sniff and they brought him back to me.

They took some blood from Sniff to check his
kidneys and liver.  When the vet called me as I was
waiting in the car, all I said was, "please be gentle
with him."  I couldn't be there with him 😢.

All in all Sniff was given a clear bill of health.
 Blood work pending.  He was also given an
 appetite stimulant, because he has not
been eating as he normally did 😢

The stimulant is a gel and I rub a drop on his ear.
  Within an hour, Sniff was begging for food.
 He has a schedule, but he wants more.  Breaks my
 ðŸ’”, but I need to be strong and not give in.


After his "ordeal" at the vet, Sniff got a lot of
 extra love and attention.  As you can see in the above
picture, he is resting in his favorite spot.  Between
Arvid's legs is where Sniff is most happy.


One more day closer to the end of this lockdown
we are living in.  One more day closer to better days
 ahead.  Good morning everyone.  Let's make
today and everyday a memorable one.


Wednesday already.  Here's to better days.  When you
 feel out of sorts, remaining positive is easier said than 
done. Although everyone is not up to making lemonade 
when life delivers lemons, it’s important to remember that
 the setback is temporary. Realize sunny skies are ahead.


If you were a quitter you would have given up on 
life a long time ago. The fact that you're still here 
proves that you're a fighter with hopes of better days...  
~Nadiya~

Apr 28, 2020

Tuesday April 28th ~

Every situation in life is temporary so, when 
life is good, make sure you enjoy and receive it fully.
 And when life isn't so good, remember that I will 
not last forever and better days are on the way... 

Long walks are a must.  We look forward so much to it.
  Simple things, yet they bring so much enjoyment.


Yesterdays walk, the "long" route as we call it
took us along the entire Riverwalk.  The only way to
get a picture of Arvid is if I stay behind.  He's getting
 more and more "difficult" to get a picture of.


In the meantime I stay busy taking pictures of anything
 and everything.  Ar Arvid says, it keeps me happy. Problem
 is, I have to keep deleting and deleting all the time 😃
 As "problems" go, this one is not the worst 😌.


The above was shared by my sister, Narima.
No matter what happens, she always is positive,
optimistic and cheerful.  Full of life.  Happy.


It does not mean all is perfect.  It means she always
 chooses to see the bright side and the best in everyone
and everything.  She took after our mom in that.


Like she said, what if today we were just grateful for
 everything.  Let's try.  Nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
In the meantime we keep enjoying Florida life🌴. A big
 part of it is by the water.  It just don't get any better.


As this pandemic continues, more and more
are taking to the waterways.  Big boats, small boats.
 Everyone loving it.  From my understanding, it does
not matter where in the world you are.  Having a good
time and enjoying it is all that matters.


Looking forward to more "normal" days.  I also know
 that life as we know it will be changed.  Hopefully for the
 better. Happy day to all.  Better days will be here soon.


Pause and remember.Nothing lasts forever. 
 Better days are coming.  Take a deep breath.
  It's just a bad day not a bad life...

~Nadiya~

Apr 27, 2020

Monday April 27th ~

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. 
One must never, for whatever reason,
 turn his back on life...

A new week.  A new day.  Anything new going on?
More of the same here 😮 at least the balcony and 
the view keeps us busy.  Looking forward to 
"normal" times again.  Hopefully soon.


Sniff is a little down these days.  Once again 
not eating.  This isolation is also getting to him. 
 Maybe he's wondering why we are home all the time. 
He also seems to need some more space. Maybe?


Sundays have become takeout days.  Never realized
 how happy one can be at the thought of takeout.  We are. 
 Not the same as going out, but not bad either.  Always
 something good to come out of each situation.


I made Cosmos and now I have a little every time i
 feel like it.  Which is quite often.  Arvid's thing is "we don't
drink during the week."  My thing is, "you may not drink
during the week, but I don't have a problem with that."


And yes Monday begins with a bang.  Just wondering
if it's too early to have another Cosmo?  Will wait
 until noon just to pace myself.  Hello Monday.
 What's in store for us today 😏?


Wake up every morning with the thought 
that something wonderful is about to happen...

~Nadiya~

Apr 26, 2020

Sunday Vibes ~ April 26th

Beauty is no quality in things themselves:
 It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; 
and each mind perceives a different beauty...

I really like this picture and yes, Miami is doing it right.


Somehow it seems like the days are actually going by fast.
 Life at home is not that bad, but it is getting tiring to be "locked"
 up all day long.  Better days will definitely soon be here.


Wishing you all a very happy day.  Sunday already. 
 Soon the new week begins and it will be one
 week closer to getting back to "normal."

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully...

~Nadiya~

Apr 25, 2020

Saturday April 25th ~

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it...

Beautiful scenes of Florida right here.  Down 
in the southern part of the state, there sits a very
tropical paradise known as the Florida Keys.


A drone flying high above an uninhabited
bridge in Florida and captured this footage.  


This beautiful area can only be accessed by one road in and out.


Back here at home in Fort Lauderdale, life is also very good.
  Beautiful sights just everywhere.  The truth is, everywhere 
in the world has it's beauty.  One just has to look for it.


Sniff has not been eating since Tuesday April 21st.
 As you can imagine I am worried.  Everything
 about him is otherwise normal. 

He plays, chases leaves and prances around
with us.  Has not used the litter pan much
because he has not eaten much. 

I have been force feeding him in hopes he
 will then eat on his own. I have also given
him appetite stimulant the last 3 days.

 Next step is the vet.  That's next week.  Hoping
 he improves over the weekend. Sniff does
 not like going to the vet.  Who does? He is
 our baby after all. And I am stressing.

It's just a bad day.  Not a bad life...

~Nadiya~

Apr 24, 2020

Friday April 24th ~

The greatest win is walking away and choosing
not to engage in drama and toxic energy at all...

On any given day, the Downtowner Saloon is usually packed. 
 Now, during the Coronavirus times, it still sees it share of 
 loyal customers.  All/many practicing social distancing.


Walks are enjoyable.  Gets us out and no matter what 
there is always something to see.  It has been very
 breezy lately.  Arvid keeps saying, "this is how
 it will be like in Puerto Rico.  Love it."


  I guess now with so much time on our hands, one
 can fantasize about what we would like to do.  Right
 now it's Puerto Rico, Chicago and a good steak.


Arvid told me to not look at these pictures because 
now he wants one.  He says he does not want me 
to make steaks at home, but tomorrow I will.


Looking back to when we frequented restaurants.  Kaluz 😄


Happy Friday everyone. 
Looking forward to better days.

If you feel happy, Smile with all your hear.
Vibe high and the magic around you will unfold...

~Nadiya~

Apr 23, 2020

April 23rd, 2020

In life it's not where you go,
it's who you travel with...

April 23rd 2017.  We lived in Branson, and believe it or
 not we had many special moments.  On of our favorite places
 was Chateau on the lake in Branson, Missouri.  I have the 
best memories of Branson.  Life was hectic, but was good.


Some memories can never be erased. Branson, Missouri,
 one of the most cherished times and experiences
 in my life.  I miss it and I miss everyone.


Today Sniff and Arvid celebrate another year.
 No matter where we are as long as we are
together everything is going to be all right.


Happy birthday to the loves of my life.  I love
 you both.  You both are the reason I smile everyday.
 Brutus and Shadow send their love to their baby brother
Sniff and to their dada.  Dada was Brutus' best friend.
I love you dada and I miss you and mama.



Happy birthday to my Sniff and Arvid.  I love you both.



The best feeling in the world is knowing that 
no matter what I have been through,
 I have you to come back to...

~Nadiya~

Apr 22, 2020

Wednesday April 22nd ~

You can only say WTF so many times a
 day until you just decide to start drinking...

Some days I just don't feel it.  Today is one of 
those days.  I an fed up right now with this situation, 
like I know many are.  Like everyone I repeat to myself,
 "Stay home.  Stay safe"  Not working today.
Drinking is looking better and better.


Yesterday we were a little busy.  Happy for that.
  We did a little transport.  Required hiring a guy to 
help us move an engine.  I didn't have to do much, 
but being out was good.  And I took pictures. 


As part of our walking in the afternoons, we incorporate 
the steps at the Broward Performing Arts Center into our daily
 "workout"  Feels like we are doing a little "extra" and we like it.


Hello Wednesday.  What's in store for us today?

What a year this week has been...

~Nadiya~

Apr 21, 2020

Tuesday April 21st ~

I've learned over and over again that life 
happens on it's own terms, not mine...

Nothing new going on.  We are home.  We sit on the balcony.
We watch TV and we go for walks.  How is your day going?


A little change today.  We will actually be doing some work.
 We will be moving an engine from one location to another.  Then
we will have a little trip to Walgreens.  Life is looking up.


Happy Tuesday all.  The days seem to be blended into each
 other right now.  Better days should soon be here.

Everything in life happens for a reason,
 no matter how hard or unfair it may be for sure
something better will always come out of it...

~Nadiya~

Apr 20, 2020

Monday April 20th ~

I'll look back on this and smile because
 it was life and I decided to live it...

Today I have been thinking about the different
places we have been to.  Norway comes to mind,
and the wonderful times we have had there. 


Family and the scenery.  Makes for one of the
most beautiful countries I have been to. 


One of our favorite hangouts is right across the street 
from Arvid's mom's apartment.  It's called Fishland and it is 
there we spend some of the best times when in Norway.


It's where Arvid and i usually go in the evenings 
to just relax, enjoy the view and enjoy something to 
drink and nibble on.  The perfect location in Horten. 


With so much time that we have, I go through my pictures. 
 Lots of beautiful memories there.  Arvid looks at places in
 Puerto Rico.  Why?  Guess he's also bored and wishing we
 could be there right now.  We each do what we enjoy. He
enjoys day dreaming about PR, and I enjoy my memories.


Norway?  Puerto Rico?  Either way you look at it 
both are beautiful and in each place there is family, that 
makes it even more special.  Life has been good to us 
and for that we will always be thankful and grateful.


The above takes us back to Puerto Rico.  We were
 just there in March.   Seems like such a long time ago. 
 Now I wish we were there as much as Arvid does.


Monday and life is good.  Nothing wrong with 
some wishful thinking.  We have what we need and for 
that I am grateful.  What are you grateful for today?


Take pride in how far you have come,
and have faith in how far you can go...

~Nadiya~