Mar 7, 2021

Sunday March 7th ~

 Florida is a strange place: hot, beautiful, ugly. 
I love it here, and how nothing makes sense
 but still, somehow, there is a rhythm...

This is one of the busiest weekends for spring break,
 unfortunately for those in Fort Lauderdale yesterday was a washout. 
During the morning it was dark and cloudy, and then the rain came 
for most part of the so called "beach hours"  Friday was better, 
sunny and warmer.  Also there is a so called "cool" down.


We were happy for the downpour because it finally gave us a
 chance to clean the balcony.  It was pretty dirty and living 
in a condo you are not allowed to hose it down.  The rain
 camouflaged the extra water we used to scrub the dirt away.


Of course there was soccer before and after the rain. Both 
Sniff and Arvid were glued to the TV most of the day. Same will
 be today.  Arvid says there are many good games today.


As for me, time to catch up on some reading and have a day
 off from cooking.  Sundays are takeout days.  Happy for that.
  Already thinking of what to make for tomorrows meal.

The rain has eased off right now, but if the weather 
people are correct, there is a 70% chance of more rain
 today.  Bummer.  Plus it cold for Florida πŸ™ˆ.


Life is a mountain. Your goal is to 
find your path, not to reach the top...

~Nadiya~

Mar 6, 2021

Saturday March 6th ~

 The most beautiful people wear their hearts 
on their sleeves, and their souls in their smiles...

On Wednesday March 3rd Florida celebrated its 176th birthday.


It only took five years for the population to grow to 
87,445 people, according to the Florida Department of State. 
 Now, the United States census Bureau says that Florida's
population is more than 21 million and growing.


A gazillion of reasons.  Climate.  Year round beaches.
  Of the 48 contiguous states in the US., Florida has the 
most shoreline of any of them with 8,436 miles.  No matter
 where you're at in Florida you're no farther than 
60 miles away from the nearest beach.


Friday was quiet.  We had balcony time.   Enjoyed the
 view and adult drinks.  We have still not ventured out
 into restaurants.   Spring break is in full swing now in 
South Florida. Everyone is coming to Florida because
 the restrictions are less.  It's fun in the sun time.


Saturday.  The day holds possibilities.  
Every day does.  Wishing the same to everyone.


Slow down and enjoy everyday.
  Life goes by way too fast...

~Nadiya~

Mar 5, 2021

Friday ~March 5th

 Never give up on the things that make you smile...

I'll pretend we are back in Puerto Rico and this
 afternoon we will be out for our Friday outing.  


My thoughts are free to go anywhere, but
 it's surprising how often they take me back here.

On a "bad" day there is always lipstick...

~Nadiya~

Mar 4, 2021

Thursday March 4th ~

 The art of being happy is to be satisfied with what you have...

Walks, soccer, good food, and a little work makes for a well 
balanced day.  More or less most of our days are this way.
  happy we can have long afternoon walks and at the
 same time enjoy a scenic Fort Lauderdale.


Being a morning person, I miss my morning walks in 
Puerto Rico.  I was much more consistent there than we are
 here.  Back in PR I did not have to wait until Arvid was ready,
 until the game was over or any other "what if's" may occur.  
That being said, I enjoy my walks no matter where we are.


Wishing all a beautiful day.  There is always something
 to be grateful for, and for that I am thankful.


If being happy is important to you, try this: instead 
of regretting all you lack celebrate all you've got...

~Nadiya~

Mar 3, 2021

Wednesday March 3rd ~

 No road is long with good company...

When it's Arvid turn to drive guess what I occupy my
 time with?  Taking pictures.  Most of the times the music
 is on, but then we like it quiet for a little.  Arvid is usually 
concentrated and quiet.  leave me time for picture taking.


As we left Florida last Thursday, we encountered 
miles and miles of fog.  Looked like your typical 
winter day.  Always good to leave and go away, but
 so so nice to return home.  I love where we live.


It was a long drive back home even though it was 
the same amount of time going to North Carolina. 
 We didn't feel tired at all, but coming home was a
 different story.  Not sure why we were so tired.


Feeling back to "normal" today.  Ready for whatever 
the day holds.  Wednesday already.  Halfway through the week.

It's not the destination.  It's the journey...

~Nadiya~

Mar 2, 2021

March 2nd ~

 Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone
 else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is
living with the results of other people’s thinking...

Arvid and I have done the drive to NC so many times,
 but this time on the way back home we are tired. 
Yesterday it caught up on us.  By 9 PM I was 
ready to just lay down in bed and sleep.


That being said, we had a really good time with my
 parents.  I enjoy seeing the easiness between them.
 My parents know Arvids likes and dislikes.  They are
 tuned in to his moods and to all his indiosyncrasies.


As we got there one of the first things Arvid asked my
 dad was, "so have you made a lit of things you would like 
me to look at?  Or fix?" Sure enough, my dad had stuff for
 Arvid to do.  They both enjoy doing it together.


As always we had a relaxing time.  It was cold, more 
so for Arvid, the "Viking" than anyone else. One of the 
highlights of the trip was going out to an actual restaurant 
with my parents/  For Arvid and I the last time we 
ate in a restaurant in the USA was March 2020.  


Back in Florida and we will not eat out again. 
 Although I might add that Covid  cases are going down.
  One day it's low another day high, but on an average, 
the numbers are low.  This goes for the entire USA.

Sniff is so happy we are home.  He hardly leaves 
our sights.  I love this little dude so much, and so happy 
to be with him again.  Sniff completes our life.


Looking forward to not doing much today, not 
that I did that much yesterday.  Hello March 2nd.  
What's in store for us this month?  Make it good.

In order to write about life first you must live it...

~Nadiya~

Mar 1, 2021

New Month ~ Hello March

 Whatever the new month is bringing for
 you, be it good or bad; always keep that 
smile on your face no matter what...

March, the month of expectations.  With each new day, each new
 week, each new month we are all hoping for better times ahead.
  And it's coming.  Just patience and hopefully life will soon begin 
to see some of the normalcy we were used to.  We can hope.


Each and every month I get so excited because 
it’s such a good opportunity to start something new! 
Make your dreams come true! You have everything
 you need for it. Happy new month πŸ’— ...

~Nadiya~

Feb 28, 2021

Sunday February 28th

Enjoy the peaceful moments you have 
because these moments are very rare...

Being here in North Carolina with mom and dad is 
always peaceful and stress free.  For my sisters as 
well this is the place we all look forward to coming. 
 It is where for a few days we can forget the stresses in
 our daily lives and just be at peace with ourselves.


The quietness, the peacefulness, it  just calls to
 you.  I can't say I would like to live here, but for
 a few days it's exactly what the soul needs. 


Good morning everyone.  I hope you all have a 
place like this, where your mind is at ease 
and your heart is content and happy.


In each and every day may you take a moment for yourself.
  Close your eyes.  Enjoy the silence.  Slow down. 
 Breathe.  Be still.  Reflect.  Simply be...

~Nadiya~

Feb 27, 2021

Saturday February 27th North Carolina ~

 You shouldn't wait for other people to make special 
things happen. You have to create your own memories...

One thing I will say, no matter where Arvid goes he
 does find soccer to watch. He's cold.  You can just tell
 from the way he's bundled up, it does help that he made 
everyone his famous hot chocolate yesterday and today.


My dad keeps the place cold be it summer or winter. 
 he loves it cold, on the other hand he is always covered up
 head to toe.  Summer and winter.  he even has gloves on
 in the summer.  Their home at summertime used to be an 
"icebox", but lately they have toned it down a bit.


Dinner was good.  It felt so good to actually eat 
in a restaurant again.  I almost forgot how good it is.


Back home little Sniff is doing good. Missing his
 meow's, but knowing he's good and that we will soon be 
home with him makes me smile.  I love that little dude.


Family, today's little moments 
become tomorrow's precious memories...

~Nadiya~

Feb 26, 2021

Friday January 26th North Carolina ~

 It takes a moment to make memories
 and a lifetime to forget them...

For the next couple of days we will be making 
memories once again in North Carolina with my parents.  
It's cold, and I am expecting Arvid to complain quite
 a lot about that.  Can't be helped, at the same time
 it won't stop us from having a good time. 


 Of course a few cold ones with my dad is also 
going to help. When we arrived last night, Arvid and 
my dad already indulged in a few cold ones.  Helps to 
keep the cold away πŸ˜‚, at least that's what they say.


  They always do.  They tell stories of their childhood,
 and so begins always our stay in North Carolina.
 Always, always a happy time. So thankful πŸ’™


For the next few days, all I will do is enjoy the
 time I have with my parents.  For tomorrow is never 
promised to any of us. It's realizing that a great dream 
is not as good as a great memory. The dream can be 
had by anyone. The memory - must be made.


Our pictures are our footprints. It’s
 the best way to tell people we were here...

~Nadiya~

Feb 25, 2021

Granite Falls, NC ~ Home To Mom and Dad ~ Thursday February 25th

On the road again, goin’ places that I’ve never
 been. Seein’ things that I may never see again, 
and I can’t wait to get on the road again... 

Making our way to North Carolina today. Looking
 forward to seeing my parents so very much.


Also keeping track of the "winter" storm conditions
 in North Carolina.  Hopefully we will not see much 
of it, but definitely we will feel the chill of it.  Oh
 well, I want to see my parents, so as far as I am
concerned the weather won't hold me back.  


Just hope it does not snow too much
 because then we do not have snow tires. 
 That can and will be a problem.


Arvid and I have a long drive ahead of us.  The only thing
 I do not like about this trip is the length of time it takes to
 get there.  We take turns driving so that makes it a little
 better, but even so, almost 12 hours in the car is not so 
great. But to see my parents, it's sure worth it 😍

Sniff is home alone, well he does have Gladys coming
 in twice a day, so he's going to be just fine.  Well stocked 
with food and two clean litter pans.  He will be fine.


Our weekend has begun and I am happy and grateful.

No one can ever take your memories from you - 
each day is a new beginning, make good memories every day...

~Nadiya~

Feb 24, 2021

Halfway There ~ Wednesday February 24th

 Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can 
go, just remember how far you have come.  Remember
 everything you have faced, all the battles you have
 won, and all the fears you have overcome...

When my day starts with Sniff and his adorable self, 
I just know it is going to be an amazing day.  He always 
looks at me in the exact same way.  It's love for sure😻


No Cheetos tonight.  We went for mini Oreos instead,
 and I do know I should not be eating them, but
 I'm weak and I do indulge my weaknesses. 


I love chocolate, and the other day Arvid went to the
 Norwegian store for a few things he needs.  My only 
request was Norwegian chocolate.  The best there is. 


 Once you've had Norwegian chocolate nothing else
 compares to it.  Arvid go me a few, and all I have left
 is one😭  I can't seem to pace myself the way he does.  
Arvid can't eat the chocolate anymore 😭  It seems like
 he's allergic to some ingredient in it.  More for me 😜

Looking to be another beautiful day here in the Sunshine State. 
 Random rain showers, but as I am usually reminded, it is warm.  
Definitely no complains.  Hopefully Spring is in the air and 
soon the cold states and countries will have warm up.


 Spring adds new life and new joy to all that is.
Here comes the sun, and I say, it's all right...

~Nadiya~

Feb 23, 2021

Tuesday February 23rd ~

 An open road is the most exciting part of any road trip...

In just a few days February will be over.  Two
 months into 2021 sure went by fast. February has been 
good to me.  Last week we got to see family.  It was
 such a good time.  Can't wait for the next time. 


This week we will also be seeing more of my family. 
 We see my parents in NC.  It's much easier for me 
than it is for Arvid to see family. Norway is far.

As usual my parents go all the way out when we visit.  
My mom is already asking what we would like to eat. 
 She always makes scalloped potatoes for Arvid.  He says
 she makes the best scalloped potatoes.  She really does.  
My mom is an excellent cook, and she loves to cook.


Nothing different with us.  Walks and time on the balcony. 
 Unfortunately, for some reason we do not spend as much time
 sitting out on the balcony here as we did in Puerto Rico,
 but when we do, there is never a lack of things to see. 
 People watching is always a favorite of ours.  


We have witnessed quite a few weddings yesterday. 
 On our walk yesterday we saw another couple tying the knot.
 Two men were very happy yesterday and as we passed them you
 could feel their good vibes.  Was very nice to see happiness.


Once again Sniff and I are awake too early, but Sniff
 being smarter than meπŸ˜‰ is already back to dreamland.  
I wish I could do the same. Not so easy anymore,
 good thing I love mornings and its quietness.


Good morning all.  May today be better than yesterday.

Take a deep breath, it's just a bad day, not a bad life...

~Nadiya~

Feb 22, 2021

Monday February 22 ~

 If you feel like you are losing everything,
 remember trees lose their leaves every year, and they
 still stand tall waiting for better days to come...

These are all from Lauderdale by The Sea, just
 about 15 minutes from us, and where at one time
 Arvid and I lived.  Point being, Florida sure is
beautiful and we are sure enjoying "winter"


These pictures were not taken by me, I just
think they are beautiful, so had to share.

Counting down the days until we go to visit my
 parents in NC.  It's been a while and I am so happy
 Arvid was the one who suggested it.  Was not sure 
how he would react if I did because of Covid.  


May this week be the start of better things to come.  

What a wonderful thought it is that some of
 the best days of our lives haven't happened yet...

~Nadiya~

Feb 21, 2021

Sunday Again ~

Don't let your perceptions of your
 circumstances limit your possibilities...

I know at times (many times) some things are
 easier said than done, but we just have to just keep 
pulling ourselves back up, no matter how many
 times we fall.  If we don't we may as well just give
 up and die. The choice is ours. Ours alone.


Sniff is my happy place.  He has not gotten out of 
bed as yet, on the other hand he sure made quite a
 racket early in the morning hours.  Maybe he was mad
 we left him home alone yesterday for some hours. 
 He's gotten used to us being around all the time.


We had a good time visiting everyone yesterday.  Max, Kelsey
 and Rogue are a little family and just too cute together.


To all a very good day.  Next week we see my parents. 
 Could not be any happier.  Already planning on where
 we can take them.  We always take the to Longhorn 
Steak House, hoping to do the same again.


Gratitude has the power to transform everything: 
our perceptions, our experiences and our state of mind...

~Nadiya~