Oct 6, 2022

October 6th ~

 Life is like a book Some chapters are sad some happy 
and some exciting.  But if you never turn the page, you
 will never know what the next chapter holds...


It's been very good to be in a place where we have power.
  AC works, internet works and best of all Arvid has his TV 
shows to watch.  Yes, we are very fortunate right now.  


Watching the news, it's devastating to see what so many 
people face right now.  Some have lost everything, and 
even so they remain optimistic that all will be OK.


Arvid and I have been checking our Fort Lauderdale. 
 It's so beautiful and the question we ask ourselves, 
"Did we do the right thing?"  Time will tell.  I really
 can't think of moving again.  Not right now.


Waiting is not our strong point, but then I think of all the 
people who just lost everything and I remind myself of all the
 things to be grateful for.  My heart s definitely hurting.  I don't 
know who they are personally, but their despair is something
 I can relate to.  I just see their pain, and I feel it.  The 
images keep replaying over and over in my head.


Having Sniff in a hotel room has not been the worse. 
 He is such a good boy.  I love him to pieces and leaving him
 even if it's only for a few hours is definitely not to my liking.
  Being in a strange place he needs to see us constantly to
 be reassured that all s good.  That we always do.


Wishing everyone a very good day.  Be thankful always
 for the little things in life for what we take for
 granted someone else is praying for.


My life is not perfect but I am thankful 
for everything I have.  Being thankful reminds
 us that if it's broken it's an opportunity...

~Nadiya~

Oct 5, 2022

October 5th ~

 A bend in the road is not the end of the
 road unless you fail to make the turn...


Arvid checking out the power lines to see if he can figure 
out the reason we have no power in Ft. Myers.  He sure was way
 off base this time.  What he saw, which was really nothing 
is not the site of where the damage has occurred.

Cleanup is going on everywhere.  Some are fortunate to be able to cleanup.


Furniture is scattered all over the street.  


These blocks you see are part of the boat dock.  
They made their way everywhere, but in the water.


The water taxi found himself stranded in the parking lot of
 this restaurant.  Arvid and I were at Pinchers on the Sunday before
 the hurricane hit.  They also sustained way too much damage.


Walking can be very hazardous for your health.  
The street is covered with raw sewage.  It smells.


Life suddenly changed again for so many, and not in a good way. 
 Arvid, Sniff and I are considered lucky in this big picture.


Yesterday we enjoyed a very good outing in Fort Lauderdale. 


With each new day comes new perspectives.  Happy Wednesday all.


At any given moment, you have the power to say,
this is not how the story is going to end...

~Nadiya~

Oct 4, 2022

October 4th ~

 With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts...

Four days into October.  Back home in Ft. Myers we still 
have no power.  The elevators are still being drained.  The 
water levels rose three feet in the first floor parking garage.  
Unfortunately many cars now need to be towed away.


Sniff 's first night was amazingly good.  He slept on the bed with us
 and never for one minute cried out as if he were lost or disoriented. 
 Our little Sniff adjust to this crazy life we sometimes have 😏


Arvid, Sniff and I are just waiting to go back home to Ft. Myers.
  It's strange how in just a few days we now think of it being
 home and not Fort Lauderdale.  Weird.  I do miss my wildlife 
friends in Branson very much, but right now with all going
 here, there is more than enough to keep us occupied. 


 Good morning and a good day to all.  Another 
day with the possibility of going home.


I’m glad tomorrow’s a new day ’cause I really messed this one up...

~Nadiya~

Oct 3, 2022

Monday October 3rd ~

 You cannot forever escape from the storm;
you must learn to stand up to it...

I am online for the next few days in Fort Lauderdale.
  Arvid, Sniff and I took off from Ft. Myers because we were
 told that the power may not return to our area for days.  We hope
 this is a mistake, but in the meantime we came to a hotel to get
 away from the boredom and not being able to do anything.


This is what devastation looks like, and this is what millions
 are living with everyday for the last few days.  No end in sight.  
Many have no power nor water.  At least we have water.


It is always heart warming to see how people always come 
together in time of need to help each other.  With what little 
everyone has right now, there is no end to human kindness.


As the waters raged this man saw a little kitty being 
taken away with the surge.  Many will say it's dumb/stupid,
 but the man choose to take the risk and save the little kitty
 from drowning.  I'm happy he choose to do so.


Sniff's first time ever evacuating to a hotel and he has 
already adjusted really well.  He has checked out the room
 and know where all his favorite things are.  His very  most
 favorite being Arvid.  Let's see how his first night goes.


To all a good day.  With each new day we hope power returns.


Certainty is the calm before the storm...

~Nadiya~

Oct 2, 2022

October 2nd ~

 Life goes on, and one should look ahead and not backward…

All day yesterday we waited for power to be  turned on. Unfortunately it didn’t happen. Even so Arvid and I explored a bit and we found places  slowly opening up  Always something good no matter how far times we live 👏

We walked around the downtown and surrounding are a bit. Looking forward to seeing it when it’s back in full swing. Sure looks pretty 😍


So far the days are OK, we go out for breakfast and for lunch.  Yesterday we even found a place that served cold drinks.  Yes, it could have been worse.  But we make the best it 👏


Aa far as Sniff is concerned life goes on as “normal”  He’s adjusting really well and has found many good spots to sleep and hide out  he’s a happy boy and we’re always with him making sure he has what he needs and to love him.

Today we hope we will be getting power. We can see the trucks working 24/7, but we are still in the dark.  With each new day we hope for the best.  At least the diesel fuel was able to get to the building so the generators are working which means we still have running water.  The elevator in our tower is out of order so we continue to do the steps  a LOT of steps.  Boy am I out of shape 😳


Life goes on.. Live it well…

~Nadiya~
















Oct 1, 2022

New Month ~

Every storm runs out of rain, just like every dark night turns into day…

As October begins all I can say is thank you. It could have been so much worse for us.  Compared to so many in the area, we are doing good.


We managed to find an open restaurant this morning.  We had a delicious breakfast. That being said, October could have been worse.

We live in Fort Myers.  The devastation around us is unimaginable.  So many lost everything.



Though we have no power we had running water until 20 minutes ago.  The generators out of diesel fuel. We’re on our own now.


I have no way of “organizing” this post.  Without internet it’s difficult but, I just want everyone to know we are doing well.  We hope power is restored soon.  In the meantime we wait.


With each new sunset comes an opportunity to reset.


If we never had any storms, we couldn’t appreciate the sunshine.


~Nadiya~




Sep 30, 2022

Ian Came. Ian Destroyed ~

And once the storm is over you won't remember how 
you made it through how you managed to survive.  You wouldn't 
even be sure in fact whether the storm is really over.  But one 
thing is for certain when you come out of the storm
 you won be the same person who walked in...

When I saw the quote above i thought of my sister and all 
the people in Puerto Rico huddled in a corner listening to the 
howling wind for days without any sign of it even ending.  


What we experienced is NOTHING!  The wind was howling, 
but for them that howling lives on with each new hurricane. 
 Same goes for all those who went through such 
an experience.  It definitely changes you.



I realized what a boring time it s to just wait and not know
 what will happen.  When I say boring I am not diminishing the 
severity of what's going on. at the same time it was just some of
 the most boring moments.  Waiting is not something I do well.

I was very touched by the outpouring of concerned friends 
and family.  Texting and talking back to all of you and
 keeping you posted made for not boring times.  

Gabsy phone called made us both laugh.  Arvid and 
Gabsy exchanged a good conversation and they even shared 
Spotify playlists.  As Gabsy said, "I'm so stoked."

My heart was really touched by my nieces and nephews
 that took the time to reach out to us.  J all the way in Colombia 
reached out several times.  I love them al so very much. 

We have no power no internet. I started to write this blog and power went down on Wednesday.   Right now my phone is doing the job, but reception is sketchy.  It may post it may not.  Fort Myers and surrounding areas are in bad shape. We are still fortunate. We have running water and some food. Sniff has everything he needs. Others not so fortunate.



Good morning everyone. The sun is out, a good sign.


~Nadiya~



Sep 28, 2022

The Wait The Storm ~ Wednesday September 28th

What's going on in our world today is not something we can run 
away from. Therefore the calmest place is the eye of the storm...

We are watching the news all day long.  At times 
the power went off briefly but then came back. As I write 
this 10:14 Eastern time Wednesday, September 28th we still 
have power.  There is always the calm before the storm 


The wind is howling, but the worse has not gotten here as yet.
 We always hope the “worse” will not get there. Will
 know later today, Wednesday September 28th.


Sniff has been pretty calm, but with the wind howling he has
 “disappeared” into one of his safe spots.   As I sit and listen to 
the wind howl my thoughts are with what my sister Nirvana lived 
through Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Fiona plus all the others.  


With her the wind howled for days, weeks.  Now that is scary.
We still have power.  We have water and we had a hot meal.  Yesterday
 my sister told me that she had her very first hot meal in 10 days.  No
 matter what we are having right now, it’s nothing like what she had.
That being said.  This is dangerous and we are taking it serious.


It's almost 1:00 PM eastern time.  Conditions have gotten worse.
 The wind howls without skipping a beat.  Max our nephew and Kelsey
 also live close to us, unfortunately neither of us can get to the other.
  Being on the road right now is like taking your life in your hands.  Debris
 if flying everywhere already. And that's what is going to kill you 😭


With the wind howling like crazy, Sniff is now 
very scared 😲😹😰, and there is no stopping the 
horrible sound of the wind howling like crazy.

Tomorrow or as early as this afternoon we may
 have no power.  But right now we are OK.


The preparations are what they are.  We're here
 the storm is here. We are as best prepared as we 
can be as the eye of the storm approaches...

~Nadiya~

Wednesday September 28th ~

 Every single thing about you is beautiful...


Sniff is photographed all day long, just about.  
No, he's not always happy about it, but I sure am.  
He's just too beautiful to not take pictures of.


I do not think I will every get tired to taking his pictures
even when he does, and he is not a fan of my camera.


Today we are going to be hit by hurricane Ian.  How severe 
is to be seen.  We have done all we can for now. It is recommended 
we evacuate, but for now we are still in our apartment playing it 
by ear, moment to moment.  Sniff's litter is already in the car.


For now we wait and see what Ian decides to do.  Then we 
have to do what we feel is right.  Wishing all a good day and
 if you're in the path of Ian, be safe and be very careful.


As of this minute, all is calm.  The storm is expected 
to "hit" us in the later part of the day.  The news continues to
 report rain and wind in the Fort Myers area.  After what my sister 
Nirvan has been through, is going through in Puerto Rico,
 we have nothing so far to whine about.  Let's hope for
 the best and always prepare for the worst.


Nature has a myriad of weapons to combat human arrogance...

~Nadiya~