Jun 17, 2024

Good Times~ New Week

 Life is better when you're laughing and having a good time... 

As they say, "let the good times roll" and we're doing just that.  
It's a very different feeling when you come back for a visit 
rather than coming back to run the hotels.  I like this feeling.  
We do what we want when we want and have a good time.

As the new week begins, I am glad we came to Branson, 
but I am happy to soon be going home.  I miss my Sniff 
and I miss our routines.  Especially our morning routines.  I 
love waking up and having a few hours to myself without
 having to worry about disturbing Arvid and his sleep.

I woke up early hoping to catch the sunrise.  I did get some
 of it, and it was beautiful.  I feed the little birdies in the mornings
 and I keep looking for squirrels, but they are not coming out.  I saw 
one, but when I threw the peanuts he took off like a bat outta hell.

No matter where we go, home is where we want to 
return to.  For me home is where Sniff is.  Can't wait to
 see his little face.  Arvid and I are ready to go home.

 In good times and bad times, never comprise who you are. 


Jun 16, 2024

Sunday June 16th~

 If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun...

 Arvid has found soccer once again on TV.  Currently the
 Europa Championship is on.  He's a happy man.  In between 
of everything he had "down" time, and gets to watch soccer. 
I like signs, and I take pictures of as many as I canπŸ˜‚

So far we have been having a very good time.  Work and 
fun is a good combination.  There is no time to get bored, at
 the same time there is time to always do interesting things.

Arvid makes many trips to the hotels during the day. 
 I don't go with him all the time, just once in a while. 

We are doing many things we never had the time to
 do when we lived here.  Back then all we did was run the
 hotels and work! work!  Today Kurt runs the hotels.  We took
 a step back and we love it this way.  Helping out while 
here is OK because we know it's just for a few days.

A trip to Branson Landing is always a must.  Hope
 to go back one more time.  We do miss this spot.

Arvid and I always have a good time here.  We even met 
our server from last year.  He's actually from Miami, Florida,
 but chose to leave three years ago.  He said it was too crazy and 
that people were all dishonest.  He said he loves it much 
more here in Branson.  He's just 25 years old πŸ™ˆ

At the end of each day, I mark off my calendar the days
 until we are home.  Home where Sniff is waiting for us. 
 Arvid keeps saying how he see's Sniff everywhere, even said, 
"I felt him in bed last night, but then realized it was you."

On a not so happy note, the Panthers got their butts kicked
 really bad by the Edmonton Oilers.  The Canadians came to
 win, and win they did.  The Panthers never stood a chance. 
The Canadians wiped the floor with the Florida Panthers.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed 
by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did...


Jun 15, 2024

Saturday June 15th~

I always had that get-up-and-go to work for
 myself - I never wanted a nine-to-five job...

Arvid is "on the job"  Is he happy about it?  Yes and no. 
 We didn't really come here to be working all the time, checking
 up on stuff yes, but to actually be handed a job, that's something 
else, but as Kurt said, "you're still an owner so you work" πŸ˜‚

Yesterday morning I went out for a little walk looking for some 
wildlife friends.  I brought with me peanuts for the squirrels and
 the groundhogs.  I also have carrots and bread for the birds.
  I saw just one squirrel.  Still was happy, and many birds.

Yesterday was a lot of running back and fort to 
The View (hotel) mainly for Arvid.  As Kurt said,
 "we have to keep an eye on our investment."

Last night we were out listening to live music.  Same place
 we checked out the day before. Rock Island Tiki Bar,  
Table Rock Lake's most iconic Tiki Bar! Featuring popular drink
 specials, popular menu items from our Tiki Food Truck, 
Tiki Hawaiian BBQ food specials and home of Rock
 Lane LIVE Summer Concert Series. 

Yesterday we did many things.  We ran back and fort
 to the hotels a few times.  In between we went to the outlets. 
 We both ended up with something for ourselves.  

I had a cool encounter with the guy by the dressing room 
in one of the shops.  He asked "how do I spell your name?"  
I said anyway you like.  And he said, "you'll like this."

Of course we had to stop when there is a car involved, 
and Arvid has had his eye on the Excalibur since last year.

We also took a trip to Table Rock Dam.  This picture is from 
two years ago.  Yesterday the dam was not releasing water.

After a few more checks at the hotels Arvid and
 I had the evening off, and it was a good one.

On this trip everywhere we have been someone has 
shouted out, "is that you Miss Nadiya"  It's good seeing people
 we know some were our tenants back in 2017 as well.

Missouri is known for its beautiful lakes.  
We definitely are impressed with them.

After all is said and done, the place I would like to
be is home with Sniff.  I sure miss that little dude.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; 
but often we look so long at the closed door that we 
do not see the one which has been opened for us...


Jun 14, 2024

Rock Lane Resort and Some~

Take it all one day at a time and enjoy the journey..

Yesterday evening Arvid and I took some time
 and we went to check out Rock Lane Resort.  Arvid 
had researched it before we came, and the fact that there
 is live music most nights made it a must go.  Yesterday 
was just to check it out.  The music is tonight. 

We have been here before when we lived here and we
 really like the place.  Yesterday was only supposed to be a 
scouting of the place, but once we got there Arvid realized
 that they have Landshark on tap.  Well that was that.  I told 
him we needed to hang out a bit longer.  Of course  we did.

After we were done at Rock Lane we went to on of the
 hotels where we are going to be taking care of some business 
for the next three days.  Mainly Arvid.  He said he does not
 wish to be in the heat all day long so he will be more like
 the supervisor for the job.  This means so will I πŸ˜‚

After we were done we went to Andy's custard,  
I told Arvid that I wanted to go there very early in 
our stay.  This way we can go one more time.  Of 
course I had to get a few pictures of the wheel.

We've had another good day.  Looking forward 
to more of the same.  Even though we have to work, 
we always find time for some fun and relaxation.

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do...


Friday June 14th~

The pure joy of the unexpected
 can be a source of wonder to me...

Ever since Covid, Branson just like most places became
 inundated with food trucks.  Whether you're on vacation
 or taking a lunch break, eating outdoors is one of the most
 peaceful ways to do it.  Very relaxing, al fresco dining 🍨

  The food is really, delicious and there is quite a few
 to choose from.  There are so many food trucks currently 
in BransonπŸ”.  Branson is also a fairly religious town.

Yesterday morning I decided to take a little 
walk and check our surroundings.  It's beautifully
 well taken care of.  The lawn is so green.

Every thing is blooming and looks really pretty.  I did 
see many birds, but not my Fatboy nor my Daisy.  I did 
see one squirrel and a Gerald (groundhog).  Of course 
I always carry food with me for the wildlife.  I'm happy.

We did see a pretty cool "car" passing by.  Had everyone's attention.

Even though we have busy days, we always find time to do something fun.

I'm missing my Sniff a lot.  I don't know why, but I 
worry about him being lonely.  He's so attached to us.

So far we are having a good time.  Arvid will be VERY busy
 the next few days, and because I am running around with him
 so will I πŸ˜•  When we're not running around, we make sure we 
enjoy ourselves.  For me that means good food is a must 🍚

Wishing everyone a very good day.  Starting today we 
have a job, more like Arvid has a job for the next 3 days.

Happy news.  Florida Panther's win game 3 of the
 Stanley Cup Finals.  One more win and they become 
the Stanley Cup Champions.  Let's go Panther'sπŸ‘

The most important thing is to enjoy your 
life—to be happy—it's all that matters...


Jun 13, 2024

Thursday June 13th~

   Where we belong is often where we least expect to 
find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves
 to forget, but that the heart remembers forever...

 First thing we did after breakfast yesterday was to go visit 
Almost Home Lodge and The View.  Both hotels in which we 
are still part owners.  It's always bittersweet coming back.  
I think of how it was when we had it, compared to how 
it is today.  Many changes.  Some very good ones.

Arvid and I had a very long day travelling,
 but once we got to Missouri it felt so familiar.  We both 
said it at the same time, "it feels like we're coming home.
"  I sure missed it, but I won't change Florida for anything.
  I'm just happy we are here.  It's already been a busy day. 
 We're already helping Kurt and running around.  
Being busy, sure feels good for now.

On our way to Missouri, we made a stop-over in Atlanta.
  When we left the sunset was quite impressive.

Arvid and I finally found a little time for ourselves. 
 Why not go to Maria Bonita and enjoy ourselves?  
That's what we did.  Lucky for us it's right withing 
walking distance from where we're staying.

As always I miss Sniff.  Every time we hear a sound
 both Arvid and I look up thinking it was Sniff. 

While we are experiencing gorgeous weather here in Branson 
(so far), back home in Florida, things are not looking so great.
  Noah's Ark is really needed right now since most of the State is
 flooded.  Of course Arvid said to me, "where can we live now?"

Back home in Fort Myers, yesterday 
started out horribly, but ended like this.

 Life is dynamic and unpredictable, 
often throwing us into circumstances that lead 
us to explore new paths and opportunities...


Jun 12, 2024

Hello Branson ~Wednesday June 12th

 I hope you find, as I did, that happiness comes
 from noticing and enjoying the little things in life...

 I didn't think we were going to make it to Branson this year,
 but when Arvid asked me how I felt about going there for a
week I was happy.  Of course I said yes! Yes!  Finally after
 a whole month of waiting and planning we are here.

Not many will understand the pull Branson has on us.  
The hotels are one thing, but at the same time it's the people. 
 We have many good friends here, and we sure hope to see a few. 
 I most likely won't be seeing my wildlife, but I will be close to them.

We also look forward to going to a few of our favorite 
restaurants.  Yes, Branson has good food.  Looking forward to 
spending time also at The Landing.  I'm excited to be here again.

Wishing everyone a very good day.  It's always
 the little things in life that makes us the happiest.

 A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the
 pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness...


Jun 11, 2024

Tuesday June 11th~

Most travel is best of all in the anticipation 
or the remembering; the reality has more
 to do with losing your luggage...

On the road again, going places that I hold dear to me.  This 
road trip takes us to familiar places, and I could not be happier.

Not only is Sniff my happy place, 
but he's also what keeps me grounded.

Many a times it's not only the place that keeps
 calling you back.  It's the memories, the friends that warm
 feeling of accomplishment and of being among what's 
familiar.  If only for a short time.  It's a good feeling.

Last night the Florida Panthers won the second game in 
The Stanley Cup finals against the Edmonton (Canada) Oilers.  
Game three is in the Oilers territory.  Makes it a little more 
difficult for the Panthers, but the Florida Panthers are the
 favorites to win the Stanley Cup this year.  There is going to 
be a HUGE party in South Florida should this happen.

It's official  The rain is here to stay.  No break all week long for Florida.  

Happiness is a road trip with a good playlist.
Adventure awaits on the open road...