Jun 24, 2024

Monday June 24th~

It's no use going back to yesterday,
 because I was a different person then...

Another week and another day closer to seeing
 the girls and family in Norway.  Arvid and I have 
started to sort what we will be taking with us. 



 I think differently than Arvid and would do things a bit 
differently, but for the sake of smooth sailing he gets his 
way.  If it were up to me I would get everything we need 
in Norway, but like I said he thinks differently than I do.

The suitcases are already packed and weighed, and I 
have not yet packed any clothes, shoes, anything for me.
  According to Arvid I have enough already in Norway.
I of course disagree.  There is no room to take anything
 for anyone, but I will make sure I make some room. 


Sniff is still “worried” every time we walk out the door. 
He meows and meows like as if we are leaving him again. 
Of course knowing that we soon will stresses me out and
 dampens my excitement.  But excited I am.  We are.

Over the weekend we have watched so much soccer.  
I feel as if I live in soccer land 🀦🏻‍♀️Tonight the Stanley Cup
 champions will be crowned  of course I’m rooting for the
 Florida Panther’s.  LET’S GO PANTHER’S!🐈‍⬛  I know 
I will be a wreck throughout the entire game 🐈‍⬛


This week I’m getting all of Sniffs Chewy order sorted. 
 He already has a few deliveries coming today, and a few later 
in the week.  Like all pet owners, I have overstocked.  He 
has for more than twice the amount of time I will be gone for.
Sniff gets what he wants, otherwise he gets very demanding.


To all a very good week.  If you want to 
see progress, you have to work for it.

Remember, every day of the week is a fresh start...

~Nadiya~

Jun 23, 2024

Sunday June 23rd~

If you want something said, ask a man;
 if you want something done, ask a woman...


I looking forward to going to Norway as I mentioned 
before, at the same time I am starting to stress about Sniff 
being alone for so long.  Life, I know it's best to keep things 
simple, right now I know I am over thinking it too much.
  Sniff is well cared for when we are away.  But...


Still one more game in the Stanley Cup.  Still
 hoping for the Florida Panther's to win.  Game seven 
has to be their lucky game.  One can only hope πŸ˜‚


Soccer is back on for a little.  European Championship. 
 Means our schedule is adjusted to the schedule of the games πŸ˜‚ 
 A good day to all and whatever you do may it bring you joy.

I was once again up very early.  I really wish I
 could sleep in, but at the same time I get to see
 the beautiful start of the day.  Worth it.


 Don't let someone else's opinion of you become your reality...

~Nadiya~

Jun 22, 2024

Saturday June 22nd~

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

 Yesterday we went downtown Fort Myers for Music Walk. 
 Though it was hot, it was a very good time.  As always lots 
of music, interesting crowd and of course Jesus preaching
 to anyone who would listen.  I just find it amusing 
and definitely always make sure I get a picture.


We walked around a bit, checked out the different 
musicians, of course Arvid had a brief interaction with Jesus. 
 Trying to convert Arvid is not to anyone's advantage.  


Last night was game 6 of seven of the Stanley Cup. 
 Once again the Florida Panthers took a beating.  I never
 would have thought that after they won the first three games 
of the Stanley Cup, they would then lose the next three.  The Oilers 
(Canadians) are in to win this cup and it's looking like they will. 
 Of course I want the Florida Panthers to win, but it's 
not looking so good.  One more game to go.


All is good here.  Sniff does not leave our side and whenever
 we move he cries.  He just wants to hideaway in my backpack.


A good day to all and a good weekend.  Here we
 are starting to get into the Norway mode already.


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are...

~Nadiya~

Jun 21, 2024

Friday June 21st~

 The secret to life is finding joy in ordinary things...

In two weeks Arvid and I will be in a plane again. 
 Norway here we come.  I have to say I am super excited
  Grand-daughters do brighten your life and having a good
 relationship with your step-daughters is definitely a plus.


I know the next couple of weeks will go by fast. 
 Excited as I mentioned, but also sad because Sniff will 
be home alone.  I know he will be well taken care of.  I just
 miss him so much, but at the same time I can't wait to
 see the little one, and give them big hugs and kisses.


Friday, not sure we will do much today nor do I think 
we want to.  We did quite a lot in Branson and I am still a 
bit tired.  I feel as if I do not get enough rest.  Getting up at 
4am sure does not help, but some days I just can't help it.


Sniff is clingy, we love it and he never leaves our side.  
Boy he sure misses us as much as we miss him.  In bed
 I said, "I missed you so much Sniff-Sniff."  Then
 I heard Arvid say, "I missed you also."


To all a very good day and enjoy the longest
 day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.


“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; 
to me those have always been the two most 
beautiful words in the English language...

~Nadiya~

Jun 20, 2024

Thursday June 20th~

The world is governed by chance.
 Randomness stalks us every day of our lives...

 Here are a few random facts that no one really cares 
about.  Truth is if you have to fly, you have to fly.


One might wonder why I "pick" on Florida.  Well I don't, 
but we happen to live here and this is the news/humor I see.


Living in Florida has its own entertainment and I just can't get enough of it.


Since living in Fort Myers, we have never 
seen an iguana.  A few days ago this was spotted.


Heat or no heat for Sniff it's all the same. 
 He's home, safe, protected and always loved.


No matter how sophisticated our choices,
 how good we are at dominating the odds, 
randomness will have the last word...

~Nadiya~

Jun 19, 2024

Back Home~ June 19th

The mark of a wild heart is living out the paradox of love in
 our lives. It's the ability to be tough and tender, excited and scared,
 brave and afraid -- all in the same moment. It's showing up in our 
vulnerability and our courage, being both fierce and kind...

 I just got back from an early morning walk.  
Just me my Spotify playlist and glowing colors of 
the morning.  I have made Arvid his own playlist,
 but the truth is we almost never listen to it.


 He only listens to Sirius Radio.  Truth be told 
when we're in Norway he gets enough of his playlist
just about everywhere we goπŸ™‰.  Everyone is always
 trying to please Arvid, I may be one of the few that
 does not agree with everything he says and wants πŸ˜‚  
My guess is that's why life is always interesting.


Hurricane season began June 1st, and here in Florida we sure are ready.


The Florida Panthers lost game 5 (NHL) to the 
Edmonton Oilers.  In Florida's own backyard.  Next 
game is back in Canada.  Now I am starting to get 
nervous.  The Oilers are kicking the Panthers butt.


Sniff is so happy to see us as we are to be back home 
with him.  The idea of getting away is always so very
 tempting, but getting home, nothing will ever beat
 that.  I've missed this little dude so very much.


We have enjoyed out little trip to Branson,
 but home is where the Wifi connects automatically 
oh yeah, and it's where your heart is, too.  Not so
 happy when it comes to the unpacking πŸ˜’.  Yup, 
vacation is over.  Back to reality and I love it.


Life takes you unexpected places, love brings you home...

~Nadiya~

Jun 18, 2024

Tuesday June 18th~

I don't take for granted, for one minute, what I do...

 Going back to familiar places.   Seeing familiar sights.  Life 
has been and is good to us.  I hope I never take it for granted.


Branson is a very spiritual community, and a very familiar
 sight is this cross. The cross is made of 1-inch thick plate steel
 and was assembled in eight sections. It is 218 feet tall, 
making it the tallest cross in North America.  


This cross is also the world's largest walk-through cross
 and currently one of two crosses in America requiring
 (FAA) Federal Aviation Administration obstruction
 lighting at the top to ensure aircraft visibility.


In the short time we have been here we did quite
 a few things.  Granted Arvid was busy everyday,
 but in between we made the most of our time.


We have enjoyed delicious foodies and yummy drinks at
 our "usual" spots.  Best of all, we did not have to rush
 to go back to the hotels or get a call about the hotel. 
 A really pleasant experience.  One we enjoyed.


On our outing to Big Cedar Lodge we were lucky.  
We saw 2 Geralds (groundhogs).  Once I got out one
 ran away.  They were just babies. Made my day.



Big Cedar Lodge is a huge property.  Beautiful and
 well maintained.  Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops,
 created Big Cedar Lodge as a unique destination for families 
and friends to connect in the great outdoors.  I love that 
they have bird feeders all over the property.


One last sunrise, another trip to our favorite spot,
 and just like that our time here is soon over.  We are good
 with that.  We did what we came to do and all's well.


As a last minute thought, we decided to go back to 
Maria Bonita.  More like I wanted to go back.  Arvid  
tends to agree.  Not a fan of margaritas, but theirs was 
just delicious.  Yesterday I had the Mango Margarita.


This morning I had my last morning walk.  I saw a rabbit,
 I fed some squirrels and caught some of the sunrise. 
 I'm happy and now so very ready to go home🐾


Now all our thoughts are on being home.  I can't wait to 
see our Sniff-Sniff.  He is my happy place.  Always.


Simple things ought not to be taken for granted...

~Nadiya~

Jun 17, 2024

Good Times~ New Week

 Life is better when you're laughing and having a good time... 

As they say, "let the good times roll" and we're doing just that.  
It's a very different feeling when you come back for a visit 
rather than coming back to run the hotels.  I like this feeling.  
We do what we want when we want and have a good time.


As the new week begins, I am glad we came to Branson, 
but I am happy to soon be going home.  I miss my Sniff 
and I miss our routines.  Especially our morning routines.  I 
love waking up and having a few hours to myself without
 having to worry about disturbing Arvid and his sleep.

I woke up early hoping to catch the sunrise.  I did get some
 of it, and it was beautiful.  I feed the little birdies in the mornings
 and I keep looking for squirrels, but they are not coming out.  I saw 
one, but when I threw the peanuts he took off like a bat outta hell.


No matter where we go, home is where we want to 
return to.  For me home is where Sniff is.  Can't wait to
 see his little face.  Arvid and I are ready to go home.


 In good times and bad times, never comprise who you are. 

~Nadiya~

Jun 16, 2024

Sunday June 16th~

 If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun...

 Arvid has found soccer once again on TV.  Currently the
 Europa Championship is on.  He's a happy man.  In between 
of everything he had "down" time, and gets to watch soccer. 
I like signs, and I take pictures of as many as I canπŸ˜‚


So far we have been having a very good time.  Work and 
fun is a good combination.  There is no time to get bored, at
 the same time there is time to always do interesting things.


Arvid makes many trips to the hotels during the day. 
 I don't go with him all the time, just once in a while. 


We are doing many things we never had the time to
 do when we lived here.  Back then all we did was run the
 hotels and work! work!  Today Kurt runs the hotels.  We took
 a step back and we love it this way.  Helping out while 
here is OK because we know it's just for a few days.


A trip to Branson Landing is always a must.  Hope
 to go back one more time.  We do miss this spot.


Arvid and I always have a good time here.  We even met 
our server from last year.  He's actually from Miami, Florida,
 but chose to leave three years ago.  He said it was too crazy and 
that people were all dishonest.  He said he loves it much 
more here in Branson.  He's just 25 years old πŸ™ˆ


At the end of each day, I mark off my calendar the days
 until we are home.  Home where Sniff is waiting for us. 
 Arvid keeps saying how he see's Sniff everywhere, even said, 
"I felt him in bed last night, but then realized it was you."


On a not so happy note, the Panthers got their butts kicked
 really bad by the Edmonton Oilers.  The Canadians came to
 win, and win they did.  The Panthers never stood a chance. 
The Canadians wiped the floor with the Florida Panthers.


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed 
by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did...

~Nadiya~