Jun 30, 2014

New Week...

You have to learn the rules of the game. 
And then you have to play better than anyone else...

Arvid and I are betting on the FIFA games.  We made our picks early on, but since
we seemed to have chosen the same teams most of the times; I decided to do a fast switch.
On Saturday's game between Brazil and Columbia, we both had Brazil.  Midway I chose
Columbia not because they were winning, but because they showed more determination in
 winning.  Those who follow the games know Brazil eventually won.  Lost in that game. 
Was not any different between the game of Greece and Costa Rica.  Just before the game,
 I switched to Greece to even out the scores.  Well you know how that went. 
 I lost again and am even deeper in dept.

Something good came out of the day though.  Something always does.
I tried something new and I was delicious.  Yesterday at lunch I had my first ever 
Cosmopolitan.  Yep!  Never had one before, but I always liked the looks of it.  Just a 
beautiful color in a pretty Martini Glass.  That was always my fascination into trying the drink.

The bartender was pretty kind in that he told me all the ingredients he uses.
It is pretty simple to make and I am sure I will be experimenting with it in the
very near future.  Thing is I can only have one and then I am completely wasted.  I'm actually

wasted with just half of it, but it tasted so good I just know that I will be trying it soon again.

Hope everyone had a good weekend.  I have tried something new and I'm 
happy.  Like I said to Arvid, "all of a sudden I'm no longer a cheap date,"
He looked at me and smiled.  Yep...we're happy.

Monday morning already.  Another work week begins and to all I say, 
"let it be a productive one."  We are quite busy today so for now will say 
until later and remember, focus on being productive instead of busy.

I'm still experimenting.

Life, like all other games, becomes fun 

when one realizes that it's just a game...


Jun 29, 2014


I had never tasted anything so cool and clean. They made me feel civilized.
Martinis are the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet...

In my entire life I have had about 6 Appletini's ever.  This began in Chicago when 
we were there recently and since coming back to Florida, 
I have also had a few; totalling like I said about 6..

As Arvid says, liquor and I do not agree.  After about 3 sips of the Appletini,
I am already dizzy and my eyes are spinning, but I happen to really like the taste of it
so I sip the rest of it for the duration of our outing.  One Appletini can last me for hours.

I really like to know how to make everything on my own so of course I looked
up the recipe of an Apple Martini.  Most simple recipe I have ever seen.  We had the 
vodka but I was missing the apple schnapps.  The grocery store had a variety of Martini mixes,
but being me I read the ingredients and did not like the one little one that said "artificial flavors"

Next thing I did was google how to make apple schnapps.  Simple as can be.  I told Arvid
that now we don't have to go and buy any schnapps because I can make my own.
I also told him the only bad thing is that it would have to sit for 3-4 months.
Before I knew what was going on, Arvid said he was going to go and buy me an 
apple schnapps.  I was happy but I also told him to just get the smallest one

 because knowing me it will probably only be used once.

Good thing is that now I don't have to wait 4 months.  Now my mix can
 ferment for as long as it likes. Because now I am making my own Appletini's.
Life is so good.  Just a drink, a Martini, shaken not stirred.
Yes, it was a Saturday for Martini's.

You don't want to get me started about apple martinis 
and the affect they have on my lovemaking. 
I might just throw you down and make some love to you right here and now....


Jun 28, 2014

So Far So Good...

Life is sometimes made of the small moments of 
contentment,  you find in the quiet corners of your day...

As weekends go this has been quite relaxing so far.  Started early for us.  Yes, on Thursday.
That little extra celebration at home just Arvid, Brutus and I made it extra special
We dd try to sleep in a little more on Saturday morning, but Brutus was not
having any of that.  He did his usual and we of course got up to take care
of him.  Brutus is exactly like a baby.  He demands attention, and 
will not deny it, we love giving it to him.

He enjoys being carried around, and Arvid love to do so.  I just love
seeing them together.  Special moments that lasts forever.

Saturday was a beautiful day.  Hot and humid, but nevertheless beautiful.
At some point the skies were dark and then out of nowhere the most beautiful
rainbow was just waiting for me to take it's picture.  I was more than ready to do so.

Arvid and I go and listen to music either Friday or Saturday evenings.  It's a must
for us.  Arvid loves music and I love seeing him all blissed out and happy.
I also enjoy the music very much, but for sure Arvid is the music lover
in this family.  He has even trained Brutus to like the Blues.

A Friday night must is to blast the jukebox.  As Arvid says, it's a good way
to put us in the mood for the evening.  The man is right again.  He always ends
with  three of our favorite songs and sometimes we even dance away to it.
Arvid is a romantic and just lovable.  Hard to stay mad with him for long.

Last night we went to listen to Albert Castiglia.  Only way to describe his is
he's GOOD!  The man knows how to play the guitar.  It was the first time
going to this location and I'm sure it will not be the last.

It's only Saturday.  Seems as if we have already been in weekend mode for quite some time.
 Ahhh feels so good.  Soccer begins again today. Our bets are already made.  First round I lost
to Arvid, but this time  I am sure I will be the winner.  Arvid loves to bet and so do I.

Don't know what the day hold as yet, but I'm sure it will be interesting.
My friend Doreen from New York is visiting so maybe we will do lunch together.
Unfortunately, I was not able to give Brutus his pills.  He fought and it all came back out.

To all hope the weekend so far has been good.
Remember, where words leave off, music begins.
Always look for something positive about this moment.  
Even if you have to look a little harder than usual, it still exists.

When you smile about the life you live,
you end up living a life worth smiling about...


Jun 27, 2014

Feeling Good...

You can never quit.  Winners never quit, and quitters never win...

Our weekend began yesterday.  As a rule, Arvid and I do not need a reason to celebrate.
Yesterday we actually had a few good reasons to do just that.  Started with the soccer game
Yes, USA against Germany.  What a game!  USA may have lost the game, but nevertheless 
the have advanced to the next level.  It was an exciting match made more so because we were 
watching the game at the Pub together with hundreds of other people.  This by the way is a 
German Pub, called Bierhaus.  As you can imagine the Pub was packed both with Germans
and Americans.  People were dressed in the red, white and blue and the only voice heard
was that of the Americans.  yes the German team won, but the crowd was 
GO USA!  GO USA!  I was right there with them!  Very exciting.

I don't know that much about Soccer, but Arvid is a fan and because of him
I get caught up in the game.  Also seeing it together with a very enthusiastic crowd does 
bring it to life so much more than just watching it at home.  I get caught up in the momentum.

I enjoyed it very much, unfortunately I did not get to see the last 20 minutes
of the game.  Had to go to see the doctor and here is where additional celebrating came in.
I went in for the results of my body scan and the results of the last blood work.  Got good
news.  Body is free of additional cancer and the radiation destroyed the leftover thyroid.

Reason to celebrate right there.  Apple Martini was what was called for.  As for Arvid,
there was just relief written all over him.  He held me for the longest time and refused to 
let go.  I was surprised that this was still bothering.  We came home and we continued
 our celebration.  Life is good.  Hopefully no more doctors for another year. 
 Will be nice to not have the calendar filled with doctors appointments

Yesterday was a very good day.  Our team has moved on and I have been
given a clean bill of health.  Am also managing to give Brutus his pill a little better.
For now that is good enough.  Today is a new day and whatever it holds I know 
we can handle it and if we can't we will always strive to do the best we can.

Good morning everyone.  It's Friday after all.
The weekend is here and I think a little trip to the mall is called for:)
and remember, wherever you are be all there.  Give it your best shot.

Life is what we celebrate. All of it everyday.
So stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey....


Jun 26, 2014

Riley..An Original

Hardships often prepare ordinary people
for an extraordinary destiny.  Go Riley...

My sister Rima is a unique person.  Unique in the best of ways and it goes to say that
her kids, all three of them are also a one of a kind.  Arvid and I love them all, as we
do with the other nieces and nephews, but today it's all about Riley their
2nd child.  From the time Riley was born we all knew that he was 
just going to be one helluva boy.  Riley wants to save the
world, one tiny creature at a time and he does.

This was my sister's, FB status yesterday: 
I was talking to Riley last night, who is headed to middle school. 

Out of all my kids, he is the most sensitive. He said, "mom, what do I do? 

I said babe, truth is, not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone will want 
to be your friend.  And that is perfectly  fine. You don't need everyone to like you.
 Being different is privilege  that not many honor. 

If you try to be liked by everyone,
 it means you are not being true to yourself.  It means you are not confident enough to be
 the person you are. Always be kind, treat people with respect, never be mean, but don't change 
for anyone. Stand up for your beliefs even if you are  the only one who thinks that way.
 You don't want people to love you because you melt into the crowd. 
You want people to love and respect you because you never
  compromised your way of being to please anyone. 

And in response, I got the biggest hug .
 And then he whispered....mom, can we have Five Guys? 
Seriously. When did I mention Five Guys??? All my talent is wasted. HAHAHAA

That's my sister in a nutshell.  You can see where Riley get's
his talent from.  Going back in time looking at their pictures makes me
miss them all so very much.  Arvid has nicknamed Riley the Professor.  Be it
for his over sized glasses or just his seriousness.  Whatever it is it fits him to a T.

As I always tell everyone, be yourself  and quit trying 
to be everyone else.  And to quote one of Rima's friend, 
"the world needs more like Riley."  Could not agree more!!!!

Have a good day all and remember just because someone does not 
adhere to the so called "rules" does not mean that it's open season to be mean.
I know, I was a child once.  Same as Riley I was also different.  I know kids can be mean.

I was tough and it never bothered me.  Riley is sensitive so if anyone messes with him
be careful because he has a lot of back up and with a daddy coming from the military,
beware world for Riley is a force you DO NOT want to mess with.
  He is after all my nephew and we love him so.

By the way he had his 5 Guys hot dog and was happy as can be.
He texted me and said auntie Nad, thank you so much for the 5 Guys coupon.

Overcome the notion that you must be regular.
It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary...


Jun 25, 2014

It Is What It Is...

I can't tell if it's killing me or making me stronger...

Nothing can stress me out as much as not being able to make
Brutus feel better and to know that he is hurting.

Once again we are having some rough days with him.  To say he is difficult,
is putting it mildly.  Brutus breaks every mold there is about what a cat should
like or how a cat should do certain things.  this makes giving him medicine even
more difficult.  he hates soft food; therefore cant hide it in there.  We had a good thing going
with putting the food in some cheese.  Well he sure figures it out.  Now he refuses to eat it.

Tried giving him treats; nope he smells the pill.  Everyday is a battle here.
Soon we will be going to Norway, but if Brutus continues this way I have already told 
Arvid I may not g for this long a time.  That's sad because there is quite a lot to look forward
to this summer.  I am hoping that Brutus will take his pill.  We even went to the vet
 and asked if he would consider giving the pill to Brutus.  He said "not a problem."

Now I guess it's up to me to see how it goes and to do what is best for Brutus.
When it comes to Brutus I believe that I an not too rational.
I get all emotional and that's maybe where I lose sight of 
things.  He is after all the baby.

Have a good day all.
Remember, life is what it is.
Accept it and move on.  No other choice.

Life is not the way it is supposed to be, it's the way it is.
The way we cope with it is what makes the difference...


Jun 24, 2014

One Day At A Time...

I have a new philosophy, 
I'm only going to dread one day at a time...

Yesterday before Arvid was even awake, I was already at the lab waiting for yet another
blood test.  Now I am so used to it i just stick my arm out and before you know it it's all over.
Going there that often has it's "privileges,"  I already know most of the girls.  Also learnt that
the trick of not having to wait forever is to show up as soon as they are open, which is 7am. 
Thing is many have also learnt the same trick.  Got there early thinking I would be if not 
first, then one of the first.  Not the case the place was already crawling with people.
Either way, there are lots of technicians working so it moves fairly fast.

That taken care of, it was time to struggle and battle with Brutus to take his pill.
All of a sudden a technique I had thought to have mastered, that is giving 
him the pill has become one big struggle every day.  Takes me close to
 5 tries before I manage to do it.  By then we are both stressed.

Since coming back from Chicago there has been rain, thunder, lightning and more rain 
combined with humidity.  The good thing is that Brutus is no longer afraid of the thunder. 
 Arvid has been there with him throughout it all.  From the time Brutus was 
a baby,  Arvid would lay on the bed with him and gently talk him out of it.  
He still does and it has worked.  Strange how you can teach them.

As everyone knows, FIFA Games are on.  As you may imagine, Arvid schedules
 everything around them.  Even phone calls.  Busy days for him because quite a few
games on.  Now he switches from one to another.  Believe it or not this has not slowed
us down any.  We just plan our time differently.  Works great.  Yesterday we were in Miami.
This took quite a LONG time, but it was work and the truth is when it's work games take 2nd place.
So he missed it, but those who know Arvid know that this was no big deal either.  
As he said, always another game coming up soon.  He is always happy.

While Arvid was occupied watching yet another game, I took the time and went for 
a manicure and pedicure.  For a change I did not have to rush and was able to enjoy
the foot and hand massage.  I usually skip it because of always something to do.

Sitting next to me was a 90 year old couple.  What was so cute was that even though they 
both appeared to be asleep during their pedicures, the wife never let go of his
hand. I had a smile and when the man woke up of course I chatted with him.
Sharp as a tack he was.  He was given 2 hard candies after they were done.
He gave me one of them.  I told him it was for him and his wife.
He looked at me.  Winked and said, "I want to give it to you."
Well make may day and I'm still smiling.

 Good morning everyone.
Let the good times roll.

When you marry, ask yourself this question:
Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with
this person into your old age?  Everything else in marriage is transitory...


Jun 22, 2014

Hello Sunday...

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy...

Hello all.  Brand new day and it is looking pretty good.  A little hot, humid and wet,
 but nevertheless a gorgeous day to be alive and to enjoy all that the day has to offer.

On Sundays we Skype with Michelle and our grand-daughter Aleah.  
Always such a beautiful way to start the day.  That Aleah is always smiling. 
 Makes me just want to grab her and kiss and hug her.

As Sundays go, Arvid also catches up with his family.  Always good.
Now that the FIFA games are going on, we also schedule everything around it.
Arvid is a die hard soccer fan.  He loves to see the goals.  We both have bets going on,
 so this makes the game even more interesting.  Today we see USA, and hopefully they will win.

To all a very good day.
Remember, if you have good thoughts they will shine
 out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

Something amazing happens when you're in love
 and don't give a damn about what day it is anymore...


Jun 21, 2014

And It All Came Back...

The laughter, the memories, the pain the happiness.
Memories warm you up from the inside. 
But they also tear you apart...

Maybe it's something to do with the gloomy weather.  Rain, dark skies and more rain.
Whatever it is is has gotten me feeling a little on the "sad" side and thinking of things
ad of people from times gone by.  Times I have kept bottled up inside a secret 
place in my heart; afraid to let loose the emotions I feel because of the hurt 
that comes with it.  Sometimes I guess it's not so bad to "open" up.
And so began another trip down memory lane.  Does
happen too often, but when it happens well....

Memories are what we all want to make until one day that memory causes
more sadness than joy, but even so it's a memory that I would always 
choose to have and hope to never lose any of it.

Memories I have many. Like everyone good and not so good.
Yesterday I opened Facebook and I was practically stunned when 
I saw a certain face staring right back at me.  For me time ceased to exist at 
that moment.  Right then I was transported to a time and a place far from here and
I remembered every single detail of the day.  I am cursed with a too good of a memory.

I don't dwell on the past, but sometimes just a little something can really take you
back to a certain time, a certain place and a certain someone.  That my friends
is what happened to me yesterday.  Today I'm good. 

Like they say we may forget the person (I haven't),

but the memories stay there forever and ever.

There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock
 and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, 
the joy would be gone as well..


Jun 20, 2014

Hello Friday...

I try to live my life one day at a time.
and if I look too far in advance, I get too stressed...

It's Friday and already I am exhausted.  Not because I am overworked, but
because of stress.  Stress comes in the form of Brutus and his paw.  Yes again it 
it all about the paw.  We took him to the vet yesterday to have the swelling looked at.
Well now the doctor says that maybe there is another bacteria involved; meaning an additional 
pill he has to take two times a day.  Thing is the pill is huge.  He takes half a pill twice a day.

There was no way he was taking the pill even after we cut the half into two pieces.
Last night I tried 5 times and he only took one piece of the two he had to take.  Yes, now I 
have something else to deal with.  He needs this pill.  This morning I cut the one pill into 8 pieces. 

 Meaning that every 12 hours he has to take 4 pieces.  means have to prepare 4 pills in 
4 pill pockets.  If it was difficult to give one piece now we have to deal with 4 pieces every
12 hours.  This continues for 10 days.  Additional to this he also takes his regular pill
which may be a permanent thing.  Plus the doctor recommended he take
a booster supplement to yeah, boost his immune system.

Well we have our work cut out for us.  Problem is that I'm not sure his pet sitters will be able to
manage all of this.  Problem right here. We travel quite often.  The vet without knowing all
the details put it best.  He said, "this little one is extremely attached to the two of you."

Yes, Brutus is extremely bonded to us as we are to him.  Question is, 
"did we do him a disfavor by becoming so attached?"

Not sure we would have it any other way. Stay dry all.
 Here in Florida rainy season has begun!
Wet! Wet! Wet!

 Life is a challenge everyday.
I get irritated, nervous, very tense or stressed, but never bored.

The more prepared I am, the more I'll be in control,
less nervous, less stressed and more focused...


Jun 19, 2014

Always Brutus...

Long lasting lessons are 
usually learned at a steep price...

I am sure starting to believe that life does not want a person to get too comfortable 
in one position, meaning that as soon as we start to think that everything is going 
good or more like as good as it will get; something happens to remind us that we
 should never ever  take anything for granted.  Thus the case with Brutus and 
his ongoing paw issues.  For maybe 2 months now everything was stable.  
Not 100%, but as far as Arvid and I go, it was the most 
progress we have seen in over a year. 

Guess we were starting to get "comfortable" with the situation.  Why not?
after all Brutus was happy, running, playing and doing everything a little fur baby
 should be doing.  Our happiness seems to be coming to an end.  During my isolation period,
Brutus started nibbling at the paw.  More like at a specific part of the paw.  Now it is once 
again very swollen and already there are bite marks (bloody) visible.  It is so swollen I feel 
that if I squeeze too much the entire area will pop.  Why it hasn't is baffling.

When it comes to Brutus and his paw I live in a continuous stage of anxiety.
I watch him all the time and we try to make sure everything is always safe for him.  
Yes we baby proofed the apartment for him and yet his paw continues on a downward
spiral.  Why?  That's the question I always ask and the question I have no answers to.

Today once again we take him to the vet.  I know he will not be happy as you see,
but soon we will be going to Norway for quite a long time.  I want to be stress free,
but I know it will not be possible.  We want to make sure Brutus is as "OK" as 
he can be while we are gone.  Who know maybe the doctor needs to do a little invasive
something to draining the paw.  All I know is that when I am not with him, I am stressed.

Sounds crazy, but you see Brutus need a pill everyday and while we were in 
Chicago Liliana was unable to give it to him.  Not only were we stressed, but so was
 Liliana. She called almost crying because she was unable to give it to him and 
knowing how  important it is that he gets it on his scheduled days.

As of now I am just worried.  Worried that we will be gone for such 
a long time and not knowing how Brutus will do.  You see anytime
we travel he acts up and makes it worse.

For now as always we look on the bright side.  He has the best 
medical care.  He has no outstanding medical bills as does Arvid and I.  Let 
me tell you this is something.  My hospital bills have reached to a point where it
it almost impossible to catch up with it.  Don't know why we have insurance because
the bills just keep coming and coming, but I guess we all have our own stories to that.

For now wishing you all a good day 
and may all your troubles be small ones.
Always remember to rise above little things.

Nothing succeeds like persistence...


Jun 18, 2014

Triple Strawberry Smoothie...

I have more healthy cravings than my normal eating habits,
 like I crave fruit and cold things like smoothies....

smoothie, is a blended and sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit and
 in special cases can contain chocolate and or peanut butter. In addition to fruit,
 many smoothies include crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or contain syrup and ice ingredients. 
They have a milkshake-like consistency that is thicker than slush drinks. 

They can also contain milk, yogurt or ice cream. Smoothies are often marketed to 
health-conscious people, and some restaurants offer add-ins such as soy milk, 
whey powder, green tea, herbal supplements, or nutritional supplement mixes.

Smoothies became widely available in the United States in the late 1960s when ice cream
 vendors and health food stores began selling them. By the 1990s and 2000s, 
smoothies became available at mainstream caf├ęs and coffee shops and in
 pre-bottled versions at supermarkets all over the world.

Living in the warm climate just about every corner there is a smoothie vendor.
When it's hot nothing tastes a good as a smoothie.  On of my favorites is the 

Triple Strawberry Smoothie.

Very easy to make:

1 up fresh or frozen strawberries.
1 cup fat free (skim) milk
3-4 tablespoons strawberry jam
1 cup vanilla or strawberry light frozen yogurt
2 ice cubes
You can always top it off with fresh berries.

Combine strawberries, milk and jam in a blender.  Process until smooth.
Add frozen yogurt and ice.  Process until smooth.  Garnish with berries and serve immediately.
You can also use strawberry milk for an added strawberry flavor.

For now enjoy a few and indulge yourselves.  I certainly plan to do so very soon.
Remember, the problem with people who have no vices is that generally
 you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.

Love is a fruit in season at all times, 
and within the reach of every hand...


Jun 17, 2014

Home With Brutus..

Wake up, it's morning time with cheerful moments.
Wishing you a very good morning and a very good day.
See Miracles In Life Everyday... S-M-I-L-E

I love going on vacation.  Who doesn't?  But what I love even more is
coming home to Brutus.  Both Arvid and I enjoy our outings, but since we have
Brutus in our life, it seems as if after a few days we are both ready to go back home to him.

it is a beautiful morning here at home and the best thing is that I can touch Brutus,
and give him lots of hugs and kisses.  Not saying he is always happy about it,
but for sure we are.  Yes, there is no place like home.

Life will not go back to what we call "normal" again.  Done are the days
of eating out everyday (happy about that), touring different blues venues.  Good to
do, but nice to get back inn our routines.  Now to concentrate again on more doctors
appointments and to see what's going on with Brutus' paw.   The thing is still swollen.

Yes, it's back to being down to earth again and I am liking it already.
I think the best times are those when we are busy and when the three of us are together.
Would not change that for anything in the world.  We are lucky to have each other and happy.

Well everyone it is already Tuesday.  Before you know it the week will soon
be over, so time for us to get busy and be productive.
Wishing you all a good week and good days ahead.

It is not how much we have, 
but how much we enjoy, that makes us happy...


Jun 16, 2014

Time To Say Goodbye...

It's time to say goodbye.
Until the next time...

Arvid and I have had a very good time in Chicago, it is after all our favorite city.
That being said I can't wait to get home to Brutus, to see his little face and to pick him up.
If you remember the lat time I was with Brutus, I was in isolation and was not able to touch
him or play with him.  He did mot understand any of this.  When we get home,
 I plan to make up for all of it.  He loves being brushed so he will be getting
 extra long sessions of brushing.

Being in Chicago is always a good experience, but for sure having your
own place does make a big difference.   We were in a perfect location.
Macy's and all my favorite stores were right across the street from us.
The park and all our musical venues were also minutes from us.

Everyday after breakfast I would take a a brief trip to one of my favorite stores
while Arvid relaxed in the room and watched the news or some other show on TV.
We would meet by noon and then do our tour of our favorite parts of Chicago.
Eat at our favorite spots and then do some pubbing or go and listen to music.
When in Chicago music is a must.  Everywhere you go there is music.
We also went to the Farmers Market, one of my favorite things to do
 and yes did stock up on a few of my favorites.

The Blues weekend was a little cold in the beginning but since it was also
World Cup Games going on, we did a combination of both so when we did not
care for an artist we went and watched the game.  Was truly a very good time.
 We both were happy with this arrangement.

Now it's time to go home and we are also very happy.  Not a day would go by
without me missing Brutus.  I asked Arvid if he missed Brutus and he said he
did not want to think of him because then he would miss him too much and would
 want to go home.  We will be in Norway for a long time and I know that
everyday I will miss Brutus like crazy and want to be home with him.
Life sometimes gets  complicated.
The Park and City at night
We love Chicago, but it's not home anymore.  I know we will always come back,
but for now we are ready to go home.  Home is where Brutus is no matter
where we go.. Home is always best.  Home is Brutus, Arvid and I.
 Home is where we will be today.

Home is where the heart is.
Home is where Brutus is waiting for us...