Out of Blog Practice! Time to Review another favorite.. McGee’s 72 in Acme, MI

Most Friday’s I don’t feel like cooking… so what’s a girl to do, but cruise on down M-72 to her favorite Friday night happy hour spot.  Namely, McGee’s 72 in Acme, MI!

What’s so great about this place?

  1.  The bartenders…  once they see you, they do remember what your favorite is…  even after just one visit!  Oh, and did I tell you about the “sister bartenders” Hannah and Rebecca?  Pure jolly happy entertainment… always guaranteed to make you laugh.  Make sure you ask them about “Pancakes”.  🙂  Yes, ladies, tonight I will be having my favorite cocktail, Tito’s, Soda, with an Orange Slice, TALL…  🙂  Usually, they are mixing my drink as I walk in the door.  img_6368
  2. The steakburgers are THE BEST!  When you want one, you want one! What’s this blue cheese crusted option???   Medium Rare, please!  Oh… and add those great duck fried truffle fries to cure my carb craving!
  3. Location…  They are located right next to the Grand Traverse Resort.  Dinner on the patio means a great view of one beautiful Jack Nicklaus course!  … and of course, a few novice golfers searching the ponds for that ball that took a wrong turn.
  4. The Chef’s…  These guys come up with some amazing dishes, especially for Sunday Brunches.  It’s a great place to take the family for a wonderful afternoon gathering.  Try a steak (blue cheese crusted of course), or Pulled Pork BBQ/Mac N Cheese combo!
  5. The Locals… sit on the bar side, instead of getting a table for a true local feel of the area.  It’s a favorite local hangout, especially if there’s a good game on!  Large screen TV’s are located throughout “Matty’s Place” so you can get the best view of your favorite team.  So whether you are “Go Green, Go White”, or “Maize and Blue”, chances are, your fellow sports fans are right there with you.  Get to know the locals for lifelong friendships.

Want to check out more about this place?  Check them out at www.mcgees72.com.

… or just get in your car and  check them out in person!

Happy Friday… I think Spring is finally here to stay!

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!