May 17, 2022

Tuesday May 17th ~

 Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be...

The talk is all about the prices of gas going up,
 and honestly it has skyrocketed.  Then I get this from 
a friend.  Yup!  Sure, went way up those prices.

Just a regular evening at home.  Sniff 
trying to get as close to Arvid as possible.

Sniff always take the long route to get
 to his comfy spot.  We just look and smile.

And yes, he sniffs everything and everyone in his way.

Work hard, play hard.  The best of both worlds.

Today had our Brutus been alive he would have been 
16 years old.  Also had Shadow been alive he would have
 been 6 years old.  Mama misses you both very much and
 we will always have a special place in our hearts for you.  
Brutus, you took a piece of our hearts the day you died.

Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.


May 16, 2022

Monday ~ New Week Here Again

You'll find that implementing small changes 
can have a significant impact on your life.
 Remember - little hinges swing on big doors... 

Happy Monday! Start your work week on a positive note.  
Look forward to Mondays with enthusiasm and motivation! 
The start of a week should be a good motivator to live 
each day to the fullest. Start Mondays with the thought 
that something great is going to happen today!

Happy Monday/start of the brand new week everyone. 
 Remember, where most people jump ship, only the truly 
motivated and the truly committed push forward towards
 one clear destination through even the hardest of times.

Waking up once again to a foggy start of the day, and to a
 little cooler temperatures.  Like it.  Hope the coolness lasts for a 
few days.  Not winter cold, just a coolness in the air.  Perfect.

Never wait for tomorrow, 
what if tomorrow never comes?...


May 15, 2022

Sunday May 15th

 You need to just do nothing sometimes...

Just these two having the best time snuggling
 up to each other.  Not sure which of the two likes 
it best, but for sure they both enjoy being close.

After a long day at work, this is my favorite sight.

Today all three of us will take it easy and just have a quiet, relaxing day

Wishing everyone a relaxing day.  Take time to smell the roses.

Waking up to a foggy morning, but cooler.  
Yes happy that it's cooler rather than sweltering hot.

Sometimes we just need to take a little time for ourselves...


May 14, 2022

Saturday May 14th ~

 No matter what yesterday was like, birds
 always start the new day with a song...

Last night.  Both very tired.  Having a much
 needed relax time together.  They have earned it.

Since I switched the position of the bird feeders,
 Sniff has been having the time of his life.  He spends 
hours just watching them.  Now he does not 
get enough sleep time.  Imagine that.

Today is a short day at work.  We really do not have
 to go in, but I feel like I should.  The tenants expect me 
there and I just can't find it in me to disappoint them. 
 Plus my roses need lots of watering everyday.

Looking forward to a relaxing day.  Hope everyone has the same.

Today is a new day.  Even if you were wrong 
yesterday you can get it right today...


May 13, 2022

Friday May 13 th ~

 A great attitude is like a perfect cup of coffee,
don’t start your day without it... 

I have tried everything to keep the squirrels away from
 the bird feeders.  I finally bought 2 hanging hooks that
 hang from the deck.  Hopefully the squirrels are not that 
smart to get to it, and hopefully the birds are smart enough 
to know that it's here.  Now to wait and see what happens.

My allergies are as bad as can be.  Very tiresome.
  In the day we need the AC at home. At nights we use 
the heat.  The weather is driving me crazy.  Not full winter, 
not spring either.  Right now, Puerto Rico sounds heavenly. 
Fridays in Puerto Rico, boy do I miss those outings, 
and those fruity drinks. The best there is 🍹

Happy Friday all.  May the weekend be all you 
want it to be.  Enjoy and have a great time.  

Friday the 13th doesn’t happen too often, so when
 it does, you don’t want to skip out on celebrating the eerie 
vibes of the day.  Have a spooky fun day everyone.

A little spark of kindness can put a colossal 
burst of sunshine into someone’s day...


May 12, 2022

Thursday May 12th~

Friends, sun, sand, and sea, that sounds like a summer to me... 

So, when it's cold we all complain about how cold it is.
  Well now we complain about how hot it is.  The temperature 
went from cold to extreme heat.  This is Missouri/Branson 
after all.  Changes by the minute.  The weather that is.

Arvid is loving his days of being in shorts again. 
 Feels like he's back in Puerto Rico or Florida.

Here at Almost Home the roses are in full bloom.  
We have five rose bushes and every one of them 
have hundreds of blooms.  It looks pretty and 
close up it smells good.  A pretty sight 🌹

I have switched the bird feeders, but somehow every
 day when I get home, they are still empty. I fill them up 
every morning and by the next morning all the food is gone. 
 Those squirrels are climbing up to the deck now. 
 I can't seem to get away from them ever.

The days, weeks, months go by so fast, 
but my heart remembers.  I think of my PR
 kitties very often.  Especially in the wee hours 
of the morning when I lie awake in bed.  Life.

My Brutus is always in my heart, as is little Shadow.
  Sniff is my home and my happy place.  My day is 
complete when he comes to us and just snuggles up.

Wishing everyone a happy day.  At Almost home I can 
smell the roses all day long.  A beautiful sight all day long.

My niece and her boyfriend are on their way to Aruba.  
Five whole days of tropical drinks and relaxation 🍹. 
 Ahhh.. those days seem so far away right now for us.

Sometimes you just have to go with the waves...


May 11, 2022

Wednedsay May 11th~

Not in doing what you like, but in liking 
what you do is the secret of happiness... 

Halfway through the week.  So ready for the weekend
 even though we will most likely work some of it 😐
Weekends for some reason just sounds relaxing.

It's not as if we have any big plans 😂, but just 
knowing the weekend is close by make it feel good.

We have had so much rain, thunder and lightning the
 past week  It's May and it seems as if as soon as we 
get a glimpse of summer, winter shows its face again. 
 Right now it's finally summer weather.  Arvid's 
wearing his shorts.  Then you know it's warm

Sniff is good.  Some days he gets really spooked
 other days he just handles it like a pro.  As long as we
 are close to him he's doing ok.  To all a good day.  
It seems like summer is around the corner.

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom....


May 10, 2022

Almost Home Days ~ Tuesday May 10th

 Today isn’t just another day.
Today I’ll create something beautiful...

I spend my days among people who I really care about. 
 Coming back to Almost Home was not what we expected, 
on the other hand, it is sure nice to be around and to be able to
help out again. Yesterday I did grocery shopping for one of 
the tenants.  Transporation for many is not easily available.

Occasionally I end up buying something I really 
don't need, but it caught my eye.  Now I have a pretty
 yellow container to drink my water with.  I'm happy

Almost Home has a few machines, unfortunately 
I have no time to use them.  At least the tenants enjoy 
the benefits of them. I have no time to even go for
 walks anymore.  Yes, I can make the time if I want to, 
but I use that time to catch up on some other things.

At home Sniff spends most of his time alone.  
I feel guilty about it, but I do make time for him 
always.  He gets his morning brushing and an afternoon
 brushing, plus lots of love from both Arvid and I.

Life is so random and unpredictable that you have 
no idea whether you will get to see the next morning’s 
sunrise or not. If you get to open your eyes another day, 
be grateful for this opportunity to be alive, love, laugh,
 do good, and make the most out of your time...


May 9, 2022

Monday May 9th ~

Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything,
 it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing... 

New week new focus.  New goals.  Different mindset.

We had a good weekend.  All Sunday off to relax 
and just have the day for ourselves.  Allergies were and are
 really bad right now.  My guess is that's one of the reasons 
I have been so much more tired lately.  Allergies
 and medication.  Wearing me out like crazy.

Hope all the mother's had a good day and relaxed with
 your loved ones.  We spent time with Sniff and we also had a
 good outing.  Ready for the new week, like it or not 😂

It is good to have an end to journey toward; 
but it is the journey that matters, in the end...


May 8, 2022

Sunday May 8th ~

 Happiness is not something you chase 
and catch, it's something you choose...

Every day is a Sniff Day for me.  He is my happy
 place and I cannot picture him not being in our lives.  
There are so many reasons to love him.  For me it is 
sufficient that he chooses us to be his "parents"

If you have a pet.  Cherish him or her.  For at the end 
of the day no one will love you the way they do.

Happy Sunday to all.  Finally, a warm sunny day.

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued,
 is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will 
sit down quietly, may alight upon you...


May 7, 2022

Lazy Saturday ~

 Saturdays are for adventure. Sundays are for cuddling...

Sniff is doing exactly what I would like 
to be doing this minute.  Getting a few more extra 
sleeping time.  Sleep is now a luxury.  For some 
reason I am always awake way too early.

Here at Almost Home, we keep ourselves busy. 
 We are full but there is always something to do.  If there
 isn't, Arvid always finds something to do.  He's busy
 no matter where we are.  Keeps him happy😃.  

We will finally be catching a break from the rain. 
 The next few days should be very sunny and warm, 
but this being Missouri one never knows 😂.

To all a good weekend and hopefully a dry one.

Even if every single day is a gift,
 some days are just packaged better...


May 6, 2022

Friday May 6th ~

 For every dark night there is a brighter day...

Just one of those days in Branson.  Sorta grey and dreary
 looking today.  Waiting for sunshiny days and summertime.

I pass this on my way to work and of course on
 my way back home.  Some of our tenants work 
at Casey's, a little gas station/convenient store.

Today there is a little of this and that to do.
 Everyone is busy with their own chores.  Works
 great, and we keep the day flowing well.

Here at Almost Home the roses have begun to bloom.

A good sign, I am sure.  For now we might soon
 have a little of spring.  It's just been dreary days and
 they are not yet over, but the roses symbolizes hope that 
spring is not far away.  Even though spring started
 in March.  Here it has not showed up as yet.

Sniff is good.  Arvid is good, just working hard
 and losing the weight I wish I would lose😂

Sniff is keeping an eye always on the birds. Happy 
Friday all.  Hope your weekend is drier than ours.

Live in constant gratitude. No matter what the 
condition today, no matter how dark, how dreary, 
how painful and difficult….to day is merely the passing 
outcome of yesterday’s nonsense. How you feel today, and 
what you give your attention to, builds tomorrow...