Jun 29, 2022

Wednesday June 29th ~

You learn more from failure than from success. 
Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character...

Our favorite spot in Branson.  One of the main reasons we came back.

 When we're here everything seems to be all right. 
 This spot has gotten us through many a stressful times. 
 It's where Arvid and I always come to relax.  Works.

Food is good.  Drinks are yummy and always something
 interesting to see.  It makes us happy just being by the water.

Whatever it is you do make sure you always give it your best shot. 
 You may not always like it, but as we all know, sometimes in 
life you have to put up with the good and not so good.
  Actually you just about always have to.

Wishing everyone a good day.  Some days I just sit and
 remember.  Life has/is  good to us, even if at times we may think
 differently.  There is always something good in each day.

Experience is a hard teacher because she 
gives the test first, the lesson afterwards....


Jun 28, 2022

Tuesday June 28th ~

People are like books: some deceive you with their 
cover and others surprise you with their content...

Our nephew J and his girlfriend went for a two week 
trip touring different countries in Europe.  J was giving her
 the tour of places he had already been to, but together they visited
 Belgium for the first time.  J being J knows that Arvid and
 I have a "thing" for chocolate.  So does my mom. 

 Being J he bought us Belgium chocolates.  When he got
 back to Miami he put these chocolates in a styrofoam 
container with dry ice.  Next thing you know UPS was
 knocking at our door.  Chocolate was very good.

From the day he was born, we all knew that J was special. 
 As he grew up he just became even more special.  There 
is a kindness, thoughtfulness, and humility in him 💙
 that is rarely seen in one from such a young age. 

Yes, I love all our nieces and nephews, but J goes beyond 
and above.  he is the most loving son, nephew, brother and
 grandson anyone could every wish to have.  I am just happy 
he is our nephew.  Both Arvid and I love him dearly.

A new day begins.  What does it hold in stock for us? 
 For you? Today is my dad's birthday.  J took after him. 

Probably the best human being in the entire world. 
 J watched and J learned, for you see J grew up  
close to them for the first years of his life. 

If you're someone special for a person, 
you will be in their heart for life...


Jun 27, 2022

Monday June 27th ~

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
 Nothing can be done without hope and confidence...

As the new week begins, my sister is heading to 
Miami to see her son J.  Sure wish we could be there and 
have some fun times with them.  J is one of those extremely 
special people and we just love him.  His kindness and 
thoughtfulness is not not seen in too many these days.

Mom and dad will be going to Texas for a wedding. 
They are very excited to be seeing everyone in the same
 place after such a long time.  My dad's family is very kind and
 my dad being the eldest brother, makes it even more special. 
 No "if there is an open spot invite" here.  Much classier.

Little rain yesterday morning, but nothing to really
 brag about.  Friday we did have torrential rain, but lasted
 for less than an hour.  Everyone's lawn needed it.

Having lunch at home is such a treat these days. 
 Going in to Almost Home a little today and tomorrow. 
 Yes, we are needed and I am so happy to be able to help.  
Almost Home has and I guess will always be my "baby" 
 I am emotionally attached to many.  Don't know if
 that is so good, but it's how I am. Can't change.

June has gone by very fast another week begins 
and before you know it will be done with.

Looking forward to doing a few things now that we 
have time on our hands.  Hard work sure pays off 😂
To all a good week ahead.  Make it count.

Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish
 them, use them, but don’t settle for them...


Jun 26, 2022

Hot Hot Days ~

Don't settle for average. Bring your best to
 the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, 
at least you know you gave all you had... 

Talk about hot.  We are living the extremes right now.

And just like that we will be having the so called "cold front"😁

I'm getting used to being semi-retired again. 
 That was fast. The last few days I have been getting
 out of bed closer to 7am rather than 5am.  

Loving the extra sleep time, and I have been sleeping
 pretty good as well.  Most nights, even when I wake
 up itching all over my right arm 😬  All is good.

Sniff does his own thing.  He's busy with the birds 
and when he gets a moment of "rest" from them he naps. 
 To be Sniff.  Nothing to worry about.  Must be good.

Wishing everyone a happy Sunday.

When you arise in the morning think of what a 
privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…


Jun 25, 2022

Saturday June 25th ~

As important as it is to have a plan for doing work, 
it is perhaps more important to have a plan for 
rest, relaxation, self-care, and sleep...

The entire weekend to ourselves.  No work,  This feels good,
 but at the same time so weird.  Getting used to being home is a
 strange feeling, but have to say we are handling it like champs.

We have time to do a few things again.  Just taking 
time during the day to go for a drive, sit and enjoy the view 
sure is a big accomplishment from how it was just days ago.

Branson has a few amazing places and we sure are enjoying it.

Suddenly we have relax time again.  It sure feels good, 
yet weird at the same time.  From February 28th 0f this year 
until mid June Arvid and I were on the go at AHL just 
about 7 days a week.  The previous owners sure did a "job"
 on the hotel.  Today it's back to running smoothly

Wishing everyone a relaxing and peaceful day.  

The mind should be allowed some relaxation, 
that it may return to its work all the better for the rest...


Jun 24, 2022

Friday June 24th ~

 Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm...

The easiest way to make the most of your Friday is
 putting your best foot forward the second you roll 
out of bed in the morning.  Sounds easy enough 😂

Another very relaxing day.  Almost Home was very
 quiet yesterday.  Pookie was happy as always to see me 
and Pookie's mama was happy we took her KFC for lunch.  
Overall a good day.  With so much extra time on our
 hands, I just don't know what to do anymore.

Every Friday, I like to high five myself for getting 
through another week on little more than caffeine, 
willpower, and inappropriate humor 😂😂

Friday is my second favorite F word. Food is my first...


Jun 23, 2022

Thursday June 23rd ~

Time is like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy... 

The week is soon over.  June just flew by.  Who would have
 thought so much would have happened in such a short time. 
 Just last week if you would have told us we would have
 time to just enjoy ourselves, in the middle of the week.

 I would not have believed you, but life is strange and 
once again we have leisure time.  making the most of it 
for you never know when this can suddenly change.

Another very quiet day for us.  Sniff is so very happy to
 be seeing a little more of us everyday.  We are as well.

The days are still very warm.  Yesterday we did not 
have any rain.  Right now a little rain would be OK.  My 
arm is not getting any better.  I still have bites every day.  
I now think it happens when I fill the bird feeders.

OH well, sooner or later I will have to learn to stay away 
from certain things.  Until then I will be covered with bites. 
 It could be worse.  To all a good day, and just remember
 there is always something good in each day 💚.

They always say time changes things, but 
you actually have to change them yourself.,,


Jun 22, 2022

Wednesday June 22nd ~

My goal is no longer to get more done, 
but rather to have less to do...

Nothing new happening.  More heat wave with a
 bit of rain today.  It's a good day to just be in
 and try to not have many outdoor chores.

Enjoying quiet and peaceful times.  Long overdue.

Happy Wednesday to all.  Stay dry and stay out of the heat.
  So far I see no rain, and the air is still a little on the 
cool side.  Enjoying this moment while it lasts.

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it
 seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow...


Jun 21, 2022

Tuesday June 21st ~

 I just want a quiet life.  I think that’s what 
everybody says when they get older…

Not much new happened yesterday. I cleaned 
the cat litter for one of the tenants.  I took her 
some food emptied the garbage in her room.
and after that mostly lots of quiet times.

I also made lunch for us at home. Pretty good 
if you ask me.  More or less the same going on today.

It is extremely hot and the heat wave continues.
  No relief in sight.  All that being said, it’s going to be
 a long week.  With not that much to do right now,
 both Arvid and I are starting to get bored 😂.   

This is crazy.  We wanted time to enjoy some
 more free time and now that it’s quiet we are 
BORED!  Beats the alternative I guess 

To all a very good day. Enjoy those quiet times 
while they last.  Just like Sniff does every day.

Please forgive if I don’t talk much at times.
  It’s loud enough in my head…


Jun 20, 2022

Monday June 20th ~

 To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift...

On Saturday Almost Home hosted lunch for the tenants.  
We had pizzas and sodas.  More pizzas than you can imagine. 
 At the end of lunch Arvid and I were giving away pies
 to the tenants.  Overall it was a good time for all.

A few of the tenants were not feeling god enough to 
show up, so I took the pizza and sodas to them.  Everyone
 was happy.  Even Pookie, the kitty I help out with.

As the new week begins, Arvid and I are smiling because
 it's looking good.  We have worked really hard to get to 
this point.  Hopefully we now have a more relaxed life.

We started by driving for almost two hours to
 Rogers, Arkansas just for lunch.  Lunch was good, and
 it was good to see new surroundings for the day.

As you can see, Sniff is already exhausted, and the week has 
just begun.  These birds are keeping him on his best behavior, 
and at the same time taking up a lot of his sleep time 😂.  

Wishing everyone a productive week ahead and 
may you always live in interesting times.

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible...


Jun 19, 2022

Sunday June 18th ~

 My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could
 give another person, he believed in me/us....

Daddy your five daughters, 5 sons-in-law and
 your 9 grand children wish you the happiest of days.
  Today and always.  You set the bar high from day one.

Why I have on no shoes is still a puzzle to me.

All dad's are special, but our dad has always made 
his presence felt in our lives.  No matter how busy he was, 
we together with our mom were always his firs priority.  

He always gave us his time.  Because of my dad
 and mom, our childhood was one of beautiful memories 
and times spent laughing and doing fun things. 

 We didn't have much, but what we had was shared
 with friends and family.  My dad took us to the beach every
 weekend.  Memories that will forever be a part of our lives.

As the saying goes, "anyone can be a father, but it
 takes someone special to be a dad."  That someone 
special is our dad and I'm sure your dad as well 💖

I think my mom put it best.  Little girls soften their daddy's hearts...


Jun 17, 2022

Almost Home Lodge ~ June 17th

 Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline 
of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other
 hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference...

After the previous tenant left, we worked really long
 hours to fix the room.  They were there before our time, 
and let's just say that the room needed LOTS of TLC.

Most of the credit goes to Arvid, he is the most hard workingppens.
 man-person I know.  I will never stop saying, "he does not know 
what quitting means."  Most times works himself to the bone.

When things seem to be flowing just fine, something
 unexpected happens.  It's a good thing Arvid is a master of 
all trades.  Better than any maintenance man we have ever 
had.  Only thing is, we have a maintenance guy already, 
yet Arvid is the one doing most of the work.

Almost Home has the most beautiful flowers blooming. 
 We have hundreds of red roses and quite a few pink ones.  
Makes coming to work every day a pleasant experience.

Many a day we are bone tired, but at the same time we
 feel very good because we got so much done-accomplished.
  You have to take the good with the sometime not always
 so good to get to that better place.  It's called life.

This time around it seems as if we are working harder
 than ever.  I guess after taking back the hotel we just have
to bring it back to the Almost Home we left behind.  Slowly 
but surely, we are doing that.  The tenants would tell us, "We 
have never seen anyone work as hard as you and Arvid."  

Arvid works non-stop.  I cannot cease to be amazed by
 this man.  Some days I worry that he will work himself to death,
 but he tells me he feels good.  He's almost 70 years old as he 
tells everyone, yet he can out work and outlast everyone here.

These last three months have been a learning
 experience all over again, but what is life if not a learning 
experience? Everyday has it's challenges, but together 
we face it and always give it our best shot.

In life there are no shortcuts. Only hard work. 
 Work hard and be patient.  It will pay off.

Good morning everyone.  It's Friday and for many it's time to party.

It’s not about money or connections – it’s the 
willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone...