May 27, 2024

Monday May 27th~

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and
 five minutes to ruin it.  If you think about
 that, you'll do things differently...

 Your reputation is everything as of course is the reputation
 for instance the place where you live.  No one wants to
 be living in a place that has a bad reputation, sometimes
 there is no other choice.  This city in Broward County, 
Florida right now is having  bad day to put it mildly. 


I think humor is the best way to get through so many things.  
I see the funny side always.  Some may think I am "weird" 
but that is also funny, because the truth is I am a little weird. 
 Just ask Arvid.  He will definitely confirm it, and gladly😂


The week is looking good we have a few things going on 
so that always makes for good times and of course staying
 busy is a plus.  Both Arvid and I get restless way too fast.


Sniff is good.  Doing what he does best, taking it easy, 
getting brushed and having a lot of naps.  He like us, loves
 his life. A good day to all and a happy week ahead.  Today
 is a holiday in the USA.  Have a good one and be safe.


 A good day to all and a great week ahead.  HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!


 Have a great week. You shouldn't lose three things this week; 
your faith, courage, and smile. Happy new week...

~Nadiya~

May 26, 2024

Sunday May 26th~

 Keep Pounding.   LETS GO CATS! We have the Talent.
We have the Heart…we have paid our dues…TIME FOR Sir 
STANLEYS CUP TO RISE ABOVE THE HEADS OF 
PANTHER.  This is the year of the Panther...

 The Florida Panthers (NHL) are in the playoffs for the 
Stanley Cup.  When we were in Fort Lauderdale there were 
banners everywhere already celebrating the Panthers.  Hopefully
 this will be their year 🙏 to win the Stanley Cup.  It's been a 
long time now since Arvid and I went to a hockey game.


Arvid and I sampled quite a few drinks.  The best were in
 this restaurant called Cuba Libre on Las Olas.  The Latin people 
just know how to do the drinks right.  Especially the ones I like.
  The best drinks I have ever had was in Puerto Rico. So good.


Of course we could not go all the way to Fort Lauderdale 
and not go to Houston's.  So many places to choose from, but this
 one always wins out.  The only place we both eat the same thing.


The beach was preparing for the long weekend with many 
hotels setting up a a little booth directly on the sand.  Memorial Day
 weekend, definitely a party brewing just about everywhere right now.


It was really good to check out our old stomping grounds.
  Sit and watch the boats go by, but at the end of the day it felt so 
good to be going back home to where life is a bit less hectic.


The Carrie B, still in the same spot.  One of our 
condos was right across from it.  Brutus' first home.


Another favorite and where we also lived.  Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.


I ate way too many things that are "bad" for you, but I loved it all.


A trip to Fort Lauderdale is never complete without 
a visit to the Swap Shop.  Got my coconuts and a lot of
 mangoes, guavas, lychees, papayas and more.  I'm happy.


Looking forward to a quiet and relaxing day at home.  
A little outing later in the day, but for now we take it easy 
and relax.  Arvid found a couple of soccer games to watch so 
he's happy.  Sniff about to take a nap.  All is good at home.


This is a long weekend (3 day) for most Americans.  It's Memorial Day 
Weekend.  Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is a federal
 holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the U.S. military 
personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.


Another beautiful start of the day.  Cool breezes and clear skies. 
 This is the full moon of yesterday.  Taken by Damon Powers Photography
  rising over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.  Just stunning/impressive.


Wishing everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend


America without her soldiers would
 be like God without His angels...

~Nadiya~

May 25, 2024

Saturday May 25th~

 Life is about making good times and good memories...

Another beautiful morning for a little walk by the
 pool deck.  Today it was a bit "cooler" start of the day
 compared to what it is going to be.  Once again this
 morning the moon graced us with its presence.


To see the sky change colors in the morning never ceases to
 amaze me.  I think I spend more time looking at it and taking 
pictures than actually walking, but I sure enjoy myself.


Mornings are always close to perfection during my walks.
  I love the quietness of being all by myself, with just my 
thoughts and the catching the first glows of sunlight.



Today we plan to just take it easy.  Do nothing but watch 
TV and relax.  My heels hurt from so much walking.  I 
seem to have the bad habit of walking on my heels.


A good day to all.  As always it's good to be home.

At the end of the day, if I can say I had fun, it was a good day...

~Nadiya~

May 24, 2024

Friday May 24th~

At the end of the day, if I can say I had fun, it was a god day...

Oh what a night.  What a very special time for me.  
As I remember, what a night.  Beautiful times 🧡This 
was a while back when we lived in Fort Lauderdale


 I didn't think I would ever be saying this but, I was sure 
happy to see the iguanas again.  I know, I know they cause 
damage to the infrastructure by digging burrows that erode 
and collapse sidewalks, foundations, seawalls, berms
 and canal banks.  Still made me smile to see him.


We had a very good day yesterday.  A little business
 and a lot of none business.  For a day it was well worth
 the drive, we sure got a lot done.  It was a happy day.


Just checking out old stomping grounds where 
Arvid and I, and our kitties had a lot of good times.  
Remembering places we enjoyed.  Memories 💛


Sitting by the river and just having quiet relaxing times.


Looking forward to being home again.  There is no place 
like home, and I can't wait to see Sniff.  It was fun to get
 away for a bit, but more fun to be heading back to home.
  Of course can't forget to stop at the Swap Shop for 
my coconuts and and a few other tropical fruit.


No matter who you are or where you are, 
instinct tells you to go home...

~Nadiya~

May 23, 2024

Thursday May 23rd ~

True happiness is found inside the heart...


 Our evenings are special in that we both
 have quality with Sniff, and all three of us sure 
love every minute of it, and look forward to it.


A typical evening.  Sniff first sits with me, but come 
 9 o'clock he leaves me and hops up with Arvid.  Always the 
same without fail.  9 o'clock Arvid uses the restroom, Sniff goes
 and nibbles a little then waits for his dada to sit and up he goes.


I love this time of the day because Arvid is relaxed, the 
day's work is accomplished and we have time together to just
 sit and watch TV without the phones ringing or too many 
interruptions.  We love these evenings.  Quiet, peaceful.


When Brutus was alive and we had to leave him home
 alone for days/weeks I was always worried that because he was 
too attached to us it would not be easy.  Now the same is happening
 with Sniff; if anything he is even more attached.  Of course, I am 
already worried that soon we will be leaving him for weeks.


This morning was just spectacular.  I went out early 
and this is what I saw.  The moon over Paradise.


Of course it was too beautiful a moon to not take many pictures.


Good morning and a good day to all.  The weekend is almost here. 


Life is better when you cry a little, laugh a lot, 
and are thankful for everything you’ve got...

~Nadiya~

May 22, 2024

Wednesday May 22nd~

You never know the worth of water till the well is dry...

 Today the building is doing some testing and replacing 
some sort of valve.  Because of that the water will be shut 
off for several hours.  Not happy about it, but we have filled 
up a few buckets.  Just in case.  Usually if the water is
 shut off it gets turned on much earlier than expected.  


Not much going on today.  I really need to get 
a haircut.  I want to grow my hair. but then it gets so hot
 all I want to do is chop it off.  Right now that's exactly what I 
feel like doing chop it all off.  I have done it before.  Won't 
surprise me if I did it again.  Of course then I regret it. 
 Especially the me chopping it off by myself.


My problem lies in that I get restless very fast.  When that 
happens I tend to take it out on my hair, and of course I then
 regret it.  As Arvid said, "You will be the downfall of you 😂."


On Sunday Arvid and I had Cuban food.  As always
 it was delicious.  Best of all, they have a ton of beautiful 
and delicious looking drinks,.  Too bad I can't try them 
all at the same time, but there is always another day.


Wishing everyone a good day.  If you are Floridian
 just be a little extra careful when stepping in or
 out of your homes.  It's wild out there😂


If you don't do wild things when you're young,
 you'll have nothing to smile about when you're old...

~Nadiya~

May 21, 2024

Tuesday May 21st~

As we go through life, we will always
 create more and more memories that we will 
one day find ourselves reminiscing about...

 Facebook has this thing about showing you your memories.  
Last night it was my wildlife friends from Branson.  I really miss
 them.  I keep telling it to Arvid quite often lately.  Miss my Daisy, 
Fatboy, the deers, my Geralds (groundhog) and all the others.


I can't say I really miss running Almost Home.  There 
was a time for that, and now Kurt is the one running it.  I don't 
feel that connected anymore, but it will always have a special 
place with me.  It brought me a lot of satisfaction and I met some 
amazing people.  That has not changed.  The people are still 
amazing, and we have made many friends in Branson.


Believe it or not, I miss our home.  There all the wildlife 
showed up and they were all fed and cared for.  They
 made me happy during the time we lived there.


It's okay to reminisce sometimes.  Life has been good to us. 
 Taken us in many directions and our Branson time will forever
 be special to me.  Sniff loved his homes in Branson as well. 


No matter what, Branson will forever hold a special place 
in my heart.  Tuesday already, the week is moving along fast.  
Aside from the heat all is the same.  Arvid does a little "work" 
at the warehouse to stay busy.  Meanwhile, I just have a lot of 
ideas floating around of things I would like to do this summer.


Mornings first glow.  I love it.  Hopefully the marina 
will one day soon be re-built.  Demolition is done, so now
 construction should begin.  At least that's how I see it.


Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has 
many bends, ups and down, but that's its beauty...

~Nadiya~

May 20, 2024

Monday May 20th~

 Every morning you have two choices: continue to
 sleep with your dreams or wake up & chase them...


Looking forward to what the new week holds, and to 
hopefully be doing a few fun things even with this heat spell.  
Life is treating us well and we do appreciate it, even when 
at times it seems as if we take a few things for granted.


Back in March with Victoria and Michael.  The relaxing view
 from Houston's Restaurant in Pompano Beach, Florida.


Whatever your week holds make it a great one. 
 Remember attitude is one of the keys to success.


Your talent determines what you can do. Your
 motivation determines how much you are willing
 to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it...

~Nadiya~