Apr 30, 2022

Saturday April 30th ~

Some days are like this. And the only way to 
get through them is to remember that they 
are only one day, and that everyday ends...

Record breaking rain for the month of April. 
 Wish it would soon stop. May is almost here, hopefully
 the saying is true "April showers bring May flowers."

It's a little messy with all the rain and wet 
shoe prints everywhere.  I like to keep the place
 clean, but sometimes nature is not in my favor.  
Oh well, just have to keep mopping the floor.

One of our tenants has been kind to give us a lot of goodies
 for the box in the office.  Filled with lots of snacks, which is 
what many seem to prefer instead of nutritious food πŸ˜‚

I usually bring plastic bags and let them go "shopping"
It's comforting to know that we are able to help when 
needed.  I also stock up the box with canned groceries
 and microwavable foods.  Every little bit sure helps.

One thing for sure, the pets at Almost Home are well fed.  
Most of them are borderline overweight as far as I can see, 
but so cute.  Take Toast for instance, he's six months old 
and a fattie.  Reminds me a little of our Brutus

Here at home all is good.  Sniff continues to be a slacker.  
He's really the most beautiful slacker I know.

A good day to all.  It's been 6 months now since
 I last saw my PR kitties.  I do miss them very much.

One of these days is none of these days...


Apr 29, 2022

Friday April 29th ~

 Things go wrong so that you can 
appreciate them when they're right...

Too early for this, but let's do it.
  New day, and it waits for no one.

Sniff already had his first brushing for the day, and now
 he's going back to catch a little more shut eye time.  

Fridays used to be a day Arvid and I would go out, listen 
to music or have a little weekend getaway trip. Now Friday
 is just another workday.  Not a terrible thing, but from being 
retired to working 6-7 days a week, big change in our lives.

Can't really complain.  Almost Home runs smoothly. 
We are strong and healthy.  Could have been worse, but 
we are managing well.  To all a happy start of the weekend. 
 I look forward to one day having weekends again.

I trust that everything happens for a reason, 
even if we are not wise enough to see it...


Apr 28, 2022

Thursday April 28th ~

 Never stop believing in hope 
because miracles happen everyday...

Busy busy days at work.  Hardly enough time in the day.

A far cry from retirement πŸ˜‚ but can't complain
 about being bored anymore.  No time for that

Sniff continues to be the slacker he is, and we love
 him for it.  He brings calm and tranquility to our lives.

This week has just flow by.  Way too fast.

Do what is right, not what is easy...


Apr 27, 2022

Wednesday April 27th ~

 Mindset is what separates the best from the rest...

Arvid enjoys getting rid of stuff no matter 
where he is.  He loves it.  Calls it spring cleaning, 
and has gotten everyone doing the same πŸ˜‚.

When not dumping stuff away, he enjoys quiet time
 with  Sniff and I and of course with the TV.

Then it's back to work.  Always looking to see what 
we can get rid of.  He never tops.  Constantly on the
 move and on the prowl.  You see Arvid, and you 
know he will be doing some sort of cleaning up.

I worry when he starts to wander into my closet at home.  
He always says I have too much "stuff" and it's time to give some
 away πŸ™Š  I really don't have anything to give away right now.

Wishing everyone a good day.  Keeping busy is what
 we do best.  Sometimes I wish we knew how to slow down.

What would it be like to only have activities in your
 life that ‘sparked joy?’ … it’s a goal to keep 
in mind as you evaluate your schedule...


Apr 25, 2022

Monday April 25th ~

 Stay focused.  Stay consistent. Stay positive,
 and always keep moving forward...

The weekend sure wore us all out, which is strange
 because we sure didn't do that much.  We are getting 
older, but for sure does not mean any slower πŸ˜‚. 

 It didn't help that we worked most of Saturday,
 especially Arvid.  It was a long day for him.  When 
he works he forgets everything else.  Arvid is the most 
hard-working man I know.  He has more stamina 
and energy than a 20 year old.  He does not know 
what tired is.  Not so good all the time for him.

Recharged and ready to face the new week.  
Whatever challenges it may present, we will give
 it our best shot and keep on moving forward.

Monday again.  The new week begins.  Refreshed from
 having most of Sunday off.  Ready to face whatever awaits us.
  Happy new week all and may it be a good one for all of us.

Monday is just a reminder that the weekend 
has past and there are only a few more days
 before another weekend gets here πŸ˜‚...


Apr 24, 2022

Sunday April 24th ~

 A little progress each day adds up to big results...

It is a wet day here, at least for now.  Quiet morning
 and for a change a leisurely breakfast awaits us.  For
 Arvid Sunday means bacon and eggs.  It's usually the 
simplest of things that makes us the happiest.  Always.

My Chicago teacup reminds me that it's been
 so long since we last were there.  We do have a condo
 in Chicago, but just when we thought we could
 enjoy it, life happened to show us otherwise.

For now we do what we have to.  Enjoy what we have
 to do, and make the most of it.  Every day is a learning
 lesson.  Not necessarily bad days, just long days.

Sniff relaxed for his birthday, while Arvid worked most 
of the day.  Happy Sunday all.  It's warm but a little wet.  

Happiness isn't about getting what you
 want all the time.  It's about loving what 
you have and being grateful for it...


Apr 23, 2022

Birthday Boys ~ April 23 πŸ’™

And in the middle of my chaos; there was you...

My favorite time of each day is when I get to spend 
it with these two.  Life is busy, hectic and at times
 a little out of our control, but when we are together
 there is no noise, just us and a feeling of calmness.

There is no one in this entire world I would rather
 have by my side than Arvid.  Together we can make it
 happen, without him it would be a whole different story.  
Arvid is unstoppable.  When something needs to be done,
 he does then thinks afterwards.  We are two peas in a pod.

Meeting someone with the same mindset as you is
 a rare thing.  How fortunate I am to have met Arvid, 
and to have the life we have.  How fortunate I am
 to be able to share it with Arvid and Sniff πŸ’™.

It's their birthday.  Hopefully after work we 
will have a little time to do something.  Today just 
staying home doing absolutely nothing is a treat.

I love you because I know no matter what 
happens you'll always love me back...


Apr 22, 2022

Friday April 22nd ~

 It’s on. Time to make the magic happen.  After 
such a long week, Friday never felt so fine...

Last Friday I was in North Carolina, relaxing enjoying 
Indian food with my family at a favorite restaurant in 
town.  Seems so long ago.  The days just seem to 
fly by without pausing for anyone or anything.

It's been busy days since coming back from North Carolina.  
Already seems as if I need another getaway.  Unfortunately,
 a luxury neither Arvid nor I can take right now.  Staying 
busy at Almost Home is about all we can do right now.

The weekend is on us, and definitely will do our 
best to make time and have a relaxing one.  The only
 "problem" is that I do not know how to right now πŸ˜‚

Sniff has already gotten a few birthday cards.
 He plans on taking it easy, just like he's know to do.  
Relaxing times are what he loves best; together
 with his dada and I.  Happy Friday everyone. 

Cats choose us.  We don't own them. Women and 
cats will do as they please, and men and dogs 
should relax and get used to the idea...


Apr 21, 2022

April 21st

 Thank you for sharing your life with me...

There is no one more hardworking nor driven
 than Arvid (maybe meπŸ˜‚) He has been working
 himself to exhaustion lately, just because he
 can and he likes everything done ASAP.

Don't let his skinny self-fool you.  There
 is no messing with him.  The best man there is, 
especially when having to be firm with
 tenants.  Arvid gets the job done.

The best way to predict 
the future is to create it...


Apr 20, 2022

April 20th ~

 Here's to getting back into the groove...

Feels like I never left, in a way it's also a
 good feeling.  Reassured all is good and everything
 is calm.  Arvid did good πŸ˜‚ in my absence.  Not 
like there was a slight doubt.  Arvid is Arvid πŸ’œ

All set. Ready for the new day, whatever it brings.
Sniff on the other hand does not feel that way.

I am ready to face any challenges that 
might be foolish enough to face me...


Apr 19, 2022

April 19th~ done maybe add one more picture

 Happiness is like Jam.  You can't spread even
 a little without getting some on yourself...

Those few days spent in North Carolina sure did 
me a lot of good.  Now it's time to get back to the 
daily routines of running a hotel.  Always good
 to be home, no matter where you go.

Sniff and Arvid are happy I'm back, and of course,
 I am happy to be back home.  I love every opportunity 
I have to go and see my parents.  This trip was planned before
 we had to take back the hotel.  Arvid and I were supposed
 to go together, but things happened, and we adjust.

Arvid was missed by everyone, but hopefully 
next time we will be able to go together.  I still
 don't feel ok to leave Almost Home without 
one of us there.  At least not for right now.

I'm grateful for every opportunity I have to be able to
 spend time with my parents and family.  I know I 
am fortunate, for many are not able to do this.

May each new day find us learning from 
the past, working towards the future, facing 
the sun.  Start each day with a grateful heart...


Apr 18, 2022

April 18th ~ Homewards Bound

 In three words I can sum up everything
 I’ve learned about life: it goes on...

Being in NC with my family was a much needed break. 
 I had the time of my life.  Relaxing and just catching up 
with everyone.  I'm soon back to the hustle and bustle of work
 again, but this little brake has given me "new" life again.  I'm
 happy and I am grateful to have had this time with everyone.

My gears are already shifted back to Branson and to work. 
 Looking forward to being home with Sniff and Arvid. 
 After all they are my sanity in this crazy world we
 live in.  I have missed my little Sniff Sniff a lot.

I already am missing my mom and dad.  My sisters, 
nieces and nephews, but how lucky I am that I was able to 
see them.  many are not so fortunate.  For that I am grateful.

Yesterday is not ours to recover,
 but tomorrow is ours to win or lose...


Apr 17, 2022

Another Day.. April 17th DONE EASTER

I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always
 pushing myself to be aware of that and be original...

Was not sure I was going to post anything today, but then
 I get these emails from a friend, and it sure put a smile on my face.  
I don't normally read this stuff, but some of these "junk" emails
 are too darned funny and true. I just had to read and now share.

Well for those who ever doubted that the church has a 
sense of humor, then like me you must have been mistaken. 
 Here is proof of humor in these Church Signs. 

Nothing like being an original in my book. I have a special
 friend from my days in NYC. This reminded me so much of her.
  The girl is a one of a kind.  We all strive to be our own persons. 

Every so often someone wants to be like you.  Truth is, nothing 
wrong with that as long as one does not forget to be themselves. 
 I was raised with an original .  My dad.   No one like him in this
 entire world.  Now I have another original in my life πŸ™ˆ.  Arvid. 
They are both a one of a kind.  How fortunate can one be?

Good morning everyone.  May your days be filled with 
originality and laughter.  On a side note.  For those posting
 about religion and politics on social media, that's your business,
 but please don't ask me why it is that I never comment on
 these posts.  You have the right to do what you like as do I.

Puerto Rico.  I miss you so much, and all the good 
times we had there.  Last night was a little rough night.  
Yes, I am spending time with family, but for some 
reason it also brought back memories.  I really
miss my PR kitties, Nirvana and Kimsy.

Always be original. Never duplicate what you've
 seen another actor do. Be true to the character that
 you've been given, and the rest will come easy...


Apr 16, 2022

April 16th From NC ~ DONE

I don't think quantity time is as special
 as quality time with your family...

It feels so good to be pampered for a few days.
  Mom is making all of our favorite foodies.  Definitely
 going to be even more overweight when going 
back home, but for now it just feels so good. 

Looking forward also to taking them out a couple 
of times for a good meal.  With limited time, 
we just have to wait and see how it goes.

Will get to see Mala, Rima and kids.  That makes 
this trip even more special.  Nina hopes to be
 able to make it also, but so far not sure.

Mon and dad's home is always a sanctuary for their children,
 no matter how old we get.  Knowing that we will spend a few 
days with them relieves all the stresses and anxieties we have. 
 While there.  Always a beautiful and welcoming sight 
awaits us.  It's the most beautiful home on the block.

Time spent with family is the best of times.
  I love every moment and I cherish every memory 
we make and will make.  Today and always.

Think how really precious is the time you have to 
spend, whether it's at work or with your family. 
 Every minute should be enjoyed and savored...


Apr 15, 2022

April 15th ~ Greetings from North Carolina

 Live for moments you can't put into words...

The next few days I plan to just relax and spend 
quality time with my parents, my sisters, Lilly and Riley.
  No calls hopefully from anyone at the hotel.  Arvid is there
 and he can manage to handle them all without me. 
 I am so looking forward to these days.

I haven't seen my parents since September of last year.  
Way too long if you ask me, but now I will definitely
make up for lost time.  Please do not call me.  I will
 not answer unless it is absolutely necessary πŸ˜‚

A good day to all and see you soon.  Back home
 Arvid and Sniff are enjoying some quiet time.

The best things in life are the people
 we love, the places we've been, and the
 memories we've made along the way...


Apr 14, 2022

Thursday April 14th ~

 You can't control the past, but you
 can control where you go next...

I'm leaving on a jet plane. Don't know when I'll 
be back again.  I do know when, but this sounds better. 

In just a few hours I leave, Branson MO making
 my way to see my family.  It's bene a long 
time and I am super excited right now.

My final destination is North Carolina, and I can't 
wait to see my parents.  They are probably already on 
their way to the airport to pick me up.  Knowing my mom,
 she is bringing me food to eat in the car.  Says in case 
I did not eat breakfast.  I just love them so much.

The most beautiful thing is to see your
 parents smiling and knowing that you
are the reason behind that smile...