Truth!

“Be someone you would like to remember.” What advice would you give to your myself in your senior years? At Life After 50, Lynn compiles 18 pieces of wisdom for her older self.

via Note to Self – A Guide to Self Preservation in My Senior Years — Discover

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Have Dog… Will Travel!

In 15 days, I’m off on a trip to Florida, with my bestie, Daisy Mae, the Hilarious Havanese!  She loves Florida, chasing lizards and lounging by the pool in the sunshine.  But in the past I’ve driven the 22 hours, just so I didn’t have to put her on a plane.

Well, these days, everyone seems to travel with their pets on airplanes, so I think I’m going to give this a try!  I bought this great travel bag (with wheels) for her to ride in.  It should fit nicely under the seat in front of me on the plane.  My next worry…  she could be a neurotic mess in that bag under the seat… so of course my Veterinarian recommended light sedation, which he advised me to test in advance.  So, two weeks ago, I picked up the goods from him, and gave her 1/4 of a pill on a Sunday afternoon while she was loafing around the house.

No effect…  She stayed pretty much how she always is.  Chasing toys, flipping her blankey’s around, and just all around, being her adorable rowdy self.  So this week, I slipped 1/2 of one of the pills into a cheese treat.  Within an hour, she was in complete loaf mode.  Whew!  I think this will work…  Now the tough part will be to hope that the flight leaves on time.  It’s a straight through flight from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Punta Gorda, FL on Allegient Airlines.

I think, the two of us are ready for travel!  Perhaps by the next trip, I can get her to cooperate in a service dog program, so she can be on my lap instead of under a seat…  Wish me luck!

Resolutions…

Happy New Year everyone!

So far this year I have no insights on resolutions.  Not too sure what’s up with that!  But I feel like it’s just fine.

Northern Michigan is frozen…  We have a heat wave today at 20 degrees fahrenheit!  Wintertime…  it’s here.  So, I’ve booked a plane ticket for my dog and myself to head south at the end of this month for a few days of fun and sun (and work too, of course). The big challenge will be to get my 12 lb. ball of energy, named Daisy, to be able to settle down on the plane.  18136955_10155827168812069_1224365527_n

It’s just not easy being this cute sometimes!

One thought did run through my head at midnight.  I have a pretty good life…  If you look around at midnight and think “there’s no place I’d rather be”… you know your friends are the best!

In the meantime, I’m just going to continue being me.

“Side Hustle”… I love this phrase!

This year I turned 52…  I’ve been working at my current job for almost 27 years now.  When I got my SEP statement at the beginning of the month, it dawned on me, that I might actually be able to retire someday!  But do I really want to retire?  Maybe I will just look into doing something else with a little less stress involved someday.

Then I saw the term “Side Hustle” on the internet one day… Let’s take a look at this!  A “Side Hustle” can be an extra way to make money on the side, in addition to your job.  It can be a monetized blog, a direct marketing consultantship (not sure if that’s a real word, but I’m using it anyways…), weekend bartending… even selling crafts at a craft sale.

So then my brain started ticking!  Hey… if I start a side hustle now, maybe someday it can be my main hustle?  I do love my blogging, so yes, I’m hoping that someday it will pay off with Ad clicks and views.  For now it’s only about $.25 per month… but it seems to be growing each month.  It’s worth a shot, and I love writing, so why not?  Blogging is one of my favorite side hustles, even though the payoff is minimal for now. Feel free to share my blog if you like it!

Of course there is always direct marketing.  I’ve been involved with one company for a couple of years, just for the benefit of a discount that I can share with friends.  But, their products are constantly changing, and my best sellers are now discontinued.  This month I decided to jump ship. So that’s where my Mary Kay business came in… (Yes… check it out at www.marykay.com/tpeal).

Mary Kay has been around since 1963.  The company is older than I am, and, lets face it… I love the products and the pricing doesn’t send people over the edge.  Good products sell themselves, and if people really love them, they want to use them on a regular basis.  So why not jump in?  For $99.00 I bought my starter kit with a giant bag full of goodies to share with friends.  I can choose to keep an inventory on hand, or order them as my customers need them.  Personally, I’m loving the products I’m using.  So… of course, this side hustle may actually be a good option for me!  If anyone ever wants to sign up for a Mary Kay business, I recommend it, and I can even show you how!

My third side hustle (why just have one?) came to me last winter when the snow was coming down in buckets here in Northern Michigan.  I didn’t have any desire to leave the house, but I was bored silly!  So to keep my mind off the bitter cold outside, I took an online class for my Real Estate Salespersons license.  So I’m now a licensed Realtor with my license in escrow.  I’ve always been fascinated with the real estate industry, and since my full-time job doesn’t allow me the time to practice this profession, I keep my license in escrow with a local company, and refer clients to some of the best realtors in the industry.  In return I can make a little commission off it.  It really paid off last spring when I sold my house (referring the sale to another realtor), and bought my new house.

None of these are “easy money”… they do take work… and I honestly enjoy taking time to work on them.  Someday I’m hoping to end a blog with “The Pay Off is real!”  In the meantime, why not hustle.

That’s all for my lunchtime blog for today…  back to bean counting!  Happy Holidays to everyone!

 

 

 

Lunchtime blog… Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Now someone get me out of here… ;)

Yes, I live in Northern Michigan… It starts snowing here about November 15th (sometimes October 1st, depending on the year…) and it never stops until about March 31st.

When I was younger, I loved that first sign of a good snow storm.  I kept my downhill ski equipment loaded in my trunk so I could head on over to the hills (Michigan has hills, not mountains.) and ski to my heart’s content.

Somewhere along the timeline, my preference changed…   Most of my ski buddies quit skiing, or moved away.  Now I prefer a nice sunset with palm trees in the silhouette!  It just happens with age, I guess.  My love for Mogul hopping has turned into a love for sunshine, boating… and crafting by a fireplace if I can’t travel.  Occasionally I spy my ski equipment stashed in the corner of my garage and think “maybe… just maybe it’s like riding a bike”.  Well… it is, until you wake up in the morning and every muscle in your body is locked up in pain.  It’s worth it now and then just to get out there and feel that rush, and know that “I’ve still got it!”…even though jumps and bumps are more or less off limits, because I just don’t want to break any bones.

The view from my office window in the wintertime, does not include sunshine.  Just white fluffy flakes falling from a cloudy sky.  Sometimes they aren’t so fluffy… those are the ones that pile up fast and heavy on the ground.  Then you have to shovel… A LOT!  It’s so cold out there sometimes that my eyelashes freeze up and my face hurts!

Friend: “Want to meet for drinks after work?”

Me:  “No… I wish I could, but I have to get home and shovel two tons of snow off of my sidewalks.”  (At least I got smart and hired someone to plow my driveway!)

This is my common conversation this time of year.  My adorable 12 lb. dog loves that she gets to race around outside while I shovel.  She goes back into the house with a face full of snow balls that melt all over the floor in a big puddle.   I guess the bright side is that I can count that as quality entertainment.

My brain needs sunshine… warmth… sea shells…  Yes, I need to plan a trip to somewhere warm with palm trees and sunsets!  Meanwhile, I hope you all enjoy the beautiful view from my office window.  “Sledding anyone???” I say, as I pour myself that hot cocoa with some favorite creamy liquor infused liquid!

Today’s lunch time blog! One of my favorite local hangouts… A review of Peegeo’s in Traverse City, MI.

Thirsty Thursday… yes, it’s a weekly holiday where the ladies all meet for dinner and drinks.   This week we ended up at one of our favorites, Peegeo’s on High Lake Road in Traverse City.   I realized I have never reviewed this place before!  So here it goes.

This place holds a little piece of my heart.  The minute you walk in the door, it’s like walking into “Cheers”.  Everybody knows your name (No I don’t run a tab like George or Cliffy…).  After one visit, you are considered a local by the owners, George and Susan VanKersen.  Of course, I’ve been a local to this place since 1992.  So my opinion may be a little biased.  But I do believe its general just a fun place to go!  The bar is lined with locals telling stories and spreading cheer, no matter what time of year it is.

My menu picks:

  • Hangar Steak (George does it right!)  It melts in your mouth!
  • Mexican Chicken wings…  One of my favorites!
  • Cherry Chicken Salad… for those times I feel like a need some veggies.  But it’s soooooooo delish!
  • BBQ Ribs… Mmmmmmmmmmm…
  • Mexican Combo Plate…  So much goodness on one plate.
  • Mike’s Sicilian Pizza…  Seriously the best pizza I have ever eaten in my life!
  • The London Broil… Comfort food at its best!

Of course there’s so many options on the menu other than this.  But these are my favorites!  Did I mention the Mike’s Sicilian Pizza is the best ever???  Check out their menu at www.peegeos.com.

Cheer’s to the local’s at Peegeo’s!  Nice job!

P.S.  to my people at McGee’s in Acme, MI… you are next!  You know I love ya’ll!