The Eagle soars best with great balance…

There’s so much going on in this world!  Everyone seems to have made a label for their individual groups.  There’s ISIS, Muslims, Al Quada, the KKK, Liberal Left, Conservative Right, Moderates, White supremicists, black people, white people, people of latin origin, baptists, catholics…  etc…  the list goes on and on.

I understand it is human nature to be a little aloof with people I’m not totally familiar with.  But something dawned on me this weekend while I was deep in thought while floating around the lake on a beautiful sunny day…  The Bald Eagle, which is the majestic symbol of this great country of the USA, soars through the air with great balance.  Its direction is guided by a tip to the left, or a tip to the right.  If the Eagle tips too far one way or the other, it runs the risk of spiraling to the ground.

Do ya’ll understand what I’m saying???  Human beings are similar.   We all bleed the same color…  We direct our fate with moderate tips in either direction.  We need to follow our beliefs with humanity in mind.  Extremism in any direction, will send us spiraling to the ground.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Charlottesville.

 

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Chicago… my kinda town!

18813395_10155965132027069_1377367352625071081_nIt’s been a few days since my return from the big city of Chicago.  As a small town girl, I have to say, it’s truly a place where you don’t lack for fun events to occupy your time.  Friday evening we made our way down to the Huntington Pavillion at the Museum Campus for a Jack Johnson Concert.  (Something I highly recommend… there’s nothing like a lake breeze while listening to great music!)  Jack Johnson is a down to earth performer who puts on a fantastic show!  I’d give him 5 stars.  🙂

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Saturday, of course, we trekked on down to Michigan Avenue for a little shopping and fun.  After one too many cab rides, we decided to take the carriage ride option to the Navy Pier.  The beautiful horse (I believe she is a Percheron) in the picture is “Talula”. She is a real sweety!

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The Navy Pier is one big playground for people of all ages.  We did, of course, partake of a ferris wheel ride.  The brand new ferris wheel has gondola’s that are enclosed, heated, air-conditioned, and ride like a dream!  The best views of the Chicago Skyline are here.  The Navy Pier is a MUST DO for anyone traveling to Chicago.

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Our Saturday evening ended with spectacular fireworks (which are set off every Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer months at the Navy Pier.)

The neighborhood…  Oh yes, I can’t end this post without commenting on the neighborhood of Pilsen, on the Southwest side of Chicago, where we stayed in an “elegant apartment” booked through Airbnb…  While the apartment was clean, it was not so elegant… but very functional for our trip.  Pilsen seemed to be an older neighborhood, in what seemed to be a pretty safe part of town.  We checked out Simone’s for dinner and drinks on Friday night before the concert.  It had a friendly neighborhood atmosphere, and decent bar food.  Transportation from Pilsen to downtown was convenient via Bus and Uber.

Bottom line on Chicago…  Great place for a fun long weekend with friends!  Downtown can be expensive, but totally worth every penny…  I’ve been there about 4 or 5 times now, and it’s proven to be a great time over and over again!

This Kalkaska debate… what is it really all about???

Today there’s a protest going down in this small town that I work in.  What’s it really all about?  The Sieting Hotel, in downtown Kalkaska, MI, currently has a sign up that says “Pray for Trump”.  This I understand.  I see no problem with the sign asking to pray for the President of the United States.  However, the owner of the building, and Kalkaska’s Own Village President, Jeff Sieting, has a number of posts on his Facebook page regarding the killing of Muslims, thinning the herd of Black Live’s Matter, etcetera.    His Facebook page is purposely public, NOT PRIVATE.  We all know that these pages can be set to allow only certain audience members to view posts.

So… with that in mind…  We all have that freedom of speech, no matter what our position is.  However, as a public official, Jeff Sieting has purposely endangered his community by publicizing his opinions on his Facebook page.  As a result, several thousand people are coming into this small community, which has a limited police force, to protest his opinions, and to express that he is not a good representative of Kalkaska.  In return, another group is planning an opposition protest to support Mr. Sieting, as a US citizen with 1st Amendment Rights.  This public debate has split the town, and created a “Snowflake’s vs Redneck’s” attitude.  There’s lots of name calling and disrespect, which is creating the worry of violence coming from all of this.

So what is my opinion?  I do know some of the Sieting family… the members that I know are good hardworking people.  Kalkaska is lucky to have them as members of the community.  Kalkaska is a small town, and the majority of its citizens are amazing people.  They deserve a positive representation in public service for their town.  However, Jeff Sieting has not served the best interest of the community by creating this ridiculous spectacle for his own personal interests.  It’s a great disservice to the Kalkaska Community.

No matter which side anyone stands on in this debate, Kalkaska loses.   Can’t we all just go back to worshiping the Trout and enjoying this beautiful part of Michigan?  So go ahead… let the name calling begin.  I don’t live in Kalkaska.  I do work here… and I have many friends who live and work there. So bottom line in all of this, I guess I’m a Registered Republican, Moderate, snowflake, redneck, with a low tolerance for B.S.  Yep…  I’ll spell it out…  This whole situation that has been created is nothing but B U L L S H I T.

Are there any other names anyone would like to throw in?

Life in Limbo… waiting to close!

So… this selling my house thing is a bit frustrating right now.  Closing was supposed to be last Friday.  But, Wednesday I was told that a domino effect was taking effect.  The people buying my home are in limbo as well.  Their buyers are causing the delay in closing with their finance underwriting.  All of this means…  everyone is packed and ready to move…

Three families, six frustrated real estate agents, and me… especially frustrated, because I had to cancel my movers, and delay all of my utility changeovers.  So I had to pull a rabbit out of my magic hat.  My driveway now has two enclosed trailers parked in it, that I have nearly single handedly packed (last night I broke down and borrowed muscle from a couple of great guys I know…).  All that is left in my house is my dog, and my mattress that I sleep on.   AND we all wait for the clear to close… again.

The home I am buying… the sellers have already moved out.  I’m sure they are frustrated as well.  But, I’m told things like this do happen.  It’s a little difficult to keep my eyes on the prize at this point… but I’m still holding firm.  Today just may be the day I go home after work to pick up and dog, and run away to my camper until it all goes down.

In the meantime, Daisy Mae needs a home…  lets get this show on the road!  🙂

Eye on the prize… selling a home, through the eyes of a homeowner.

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Real Estate is a roller coaster ride…

Recently I decided to list my house for sale, because, lets face it… right now Northern Michigan Real Estate Inventory is low, sales prices are high, and it may just be the time to sell, and move onto bigger and better things.  Mainly, having that perfect dream home built on that beautiful piece of property somewhere yet to be found.  So, I contacted my old college buddy Pat to list.  Pat’s been around the real estate racket for years!

Boom-shakalaka, we have a listing!  My adorable house in the woods is on the market.  As each prospective owner walks through my home, I find myself facing the emotional bonds that I’ve built with this house in the past seven years, everything from the dog monument out front that holds the memories of two of my beloved late pooches, along with a pooch from the previous owner, to the back patio area that I had poured as soon as I moved into the house.  Each closet that I clean out to make a move more simplified brings about thoughts of “why am I selling the place I call home?”

The bottom line is that its just time.  Even with each showing pointing out things that other people find to be faults with the home, I know in my heart, this house has great bones… I know this, because that quote comes directly from the previous owner.  The cathedral ceilings, the beautiful brick fireplace, along with the country kitchen and hickory hardwood floors are all things that make this place a home.  So its hard not to feel a bit insulted when a low bid comes in.

“Don’t panic!”, says that little voice in my head…  just counter offer.  Keep your eye on the prize.  Every homeowner has a threshold price in their head, the lowest they will go.  When a prospective buyer walks from that price, its tempting to go lower.  But what will I end up living in?  Bottom line is that I have a budget for my next place, and anything less is simply unacceptable.  I think that’s true of any home seller.

… and the next showing is lined up.  The house is spiffy cleaned, and ready to show its best features off.  Seller’s market?  Lets hope so…  buckle up for a ride!

Hints of Summertime!

Like I said before… Winter’s in Northern Michigan can be gloomy, long, and gray.  But When spring hits, it’s like a ray of hope shoots across the sky!  What is that beautiful blue sky and bright shiny sun?  Ahhhhh… it’s simply wonderful.  This weekend was the perfect occasion to tour around the Torch Lake area to catch a little positive energy!

First Stop… Torch River Marine at the South End of Torch Lake.  Yes, this place is simply buggin’ to come alive!  Boats are already coming out of storage, and the place is hopping!

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That’s my pontoon right there in the middle waiting to be uncovered for the season.  It will be ready for me in May!

After meandering around the lake through Alden and up to Bellaire, we found a perfect opportunity to stop at Short’s Brew Pub for some delicious brews and a quick snack.  Oh so good… there’s a beer or cider flavor for every pallette here!

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A highly recommended stop…  my personal favorites here:  Bellaire Brown, Soft Parade, and Local’s Light.

Overall, a good day around Torch Lake, ending up at home for a good movie and some rest… and of course, some couch time with the Daisy!

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No one can resist the perfect sunbeam!

Of course you should blog!

 

Have you ever kept a daily journal of thoughts that followed you through the day?  Well, I guess keeping a blog is very similar to that.  Although, I have to admit, I will probably hold back my inner most demons since this blog is open to the public!

Some of my best ideas have come from writing down my thoughts and developing them further.  Whether its telling a story, or making a business plan, it’s always a good idea to jot them down on paper (or in a blog, in this case).  I’ve always found this type of brainstorming very therapeutic and organizational, even when it just starts with writing individual words.

At times those words may start in anger.  That’s where the edit button comes in handy!  An idea that might start with anger, can be developed and edited into a positive.  Deleting the occasional F-Bomb certainly doesn’t hurt the cause.  Of course, reading whats written out loud is a great way to make sure what the writer is trying to say makes sense.  It’s also a great way to catch grammatical errors.   In this way, I find that blogging not only helps strengthen my writing skills, but it is also very therapeutic to my daily thought process.  Take those negatives, and drown them out with positive.  The more positive you get in life, the better life you live… am I wrong?  🙂

So…  should I blog?  Of course I should!  Even if its about silly subjects, like, blogging.

Welcome to this thing I call my life… :)

I grew up in idealistic small town America, aka Elk Rapids, Michigan.  This place is known for its beautiful Caribbean blue water lakes, friendly neighborhoods, and educational excellence (maybe I’m just a little biased on those opinions… ).  My best friends still live there, just as I live close to the area.  The cold gloomy winters drive me crazy, but the rest of the seasons are simply amazing!  The friends from here who have moved away, all come back in the best of seasons for visits.  We all gather in town for fun and laughter…  these are the kind of friendships that last a lifetime.

Of course, there are other parts of my life that are great too…  and I assure you throughout this blog process, I will definitely write about them… and post pictures!  I love taking pictures, so be on the lookout for some fun photo’s!  I’ve become addicted to travel and learning as much about the places I go as I can.  This years adventures include Chicago, IL, Nashville, TN, Greenville, NC, and of course, the Southern Tier of New York, where my family business has a remote office.  Of course, in the winter season, I may have to slip in a week or two of the glorious sunshine in the Southwest Florida region as well!

Is my life perfect?  Absolutely not… and on occasion, I may be inclined to write about those imperfections.  Just a heads up…  I occasionally suffer from situational depression and general anxiety.  I have my coping mechanisms, which usually consist of the “grab life head on and shake it as hard as you can” method.  Sometimes I piss people off… sometimes people piss me off… It’s life!  All you can do is be the best person you can be the next day when you wake up.