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RE027: Breeding Dogs in Retirement

Judith French is breeding dogs in her retirementJudith French is breeding dogs in her retirement.

In this episode, Henry speaks with Judith French.  Judy was in nursing before she retired.  She has also been married for 54 years!  She was looking forward to her retirement so she would have more time to do things such as gardening and reading.

Judith truly loves breeding dogs.  She spends a lot of her free time doing this and she loves her dogs.  Judith began breeding animals even before she retired. In fact. she grew up in a family which bred and showed animals, so she is no stranger to the show arena.

Judith initially started with cats, but then switched to breeding dogs.  She and Henry discuss the many breeds she has raised and loved throughout the years.

Mentioned in the show:   https://www.dogzonline.com.au/breeds/member.asp?name=WATERMILL

*Please note: We realize that dog breeding is a sensitive subject for some of our listeners and readers.  The Rock Your Retirement show does not endorse… nor does it condemn breeding dogs.   Kathe currently enjoys two rescue dogs and a bird.  She believes that pets can keep you healthy and help you live longer.   Each person must decide on his or her own whether to get a pedigreed dog, show dog, or a rescue dog.

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RE026: Passion for Steam Trains

David Mickle talks about his Passion for Steam TrainsDavid Mickle has had a passion for steam trains for 50 years.

Before David he retired at the young age of 70, he worked as an electrician. He looked forward to retiring so he would have more time to pursue his passion for steam trains.

When David was a young child he was fascinated with steam trains. His passion for steam trains only grew as he got older.

Henry and David discuss his volunteer work on the on the Puffing Billy which is a voluntary Railway group that operates a steam train in Australia. David was a volunteer laborer and helped to restore the cars and railways after a landslide.

They also discuss David’s involvement with the Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club.

David was one of the very first members of this club and was also involved in the club for over 50 years.

Dave also restored a steam engine with the help of his friend. It was manufactured by the Yorkshire Steam Wagon Company and has a horizontal boiler on the front with Ackermann steering. There is nothing automatic about this steam wagon either. You have to stop to change gears. Henry and Dave talk about the restoration process and it really is amazing.

In listening to Henry’s interview David, you can really tell how important this hobby is to David. He is a man with some fascinating stories who is more than happy to share them. There is some amazing history and heritage behind steam trains.

Do you have a passion for steam trains?

You don’t have to actually own a steam train if you are interested in them. There are steam engine organizations where you can volunteer doing things such as working on the trains or driving the trains.

What is David advice for retirees? Find a hobby and keep your body active and your mind active. Sounds like great advice!

Websites Mentioned in this interview:

Have you ever ridden on a steam train?  Leave a comment below to tell us about your experience.

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

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Bad Words with Mary Fran Bontempo: Episode 080

Mary Fran Bontempo and Bad Words

Mary Fran Bontempo and Bad Words

In this episode, I spoke with Mary Fran Bontempo about bad words.

Mary Fran has a great sense of humor and you can tell by the name of her blog, “Not Ready for Granny Panties.” She is also the author of 3 books. Today we talked about her latest book, “The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words”.

These bad words aren’t what you might think they are.

Before we talked about Mary Fran’s book, I just had to go over an article on her website about “Shhssing your brain” Do you ever feel like you just can’t shut your brain off? This is called ‘brain chatter’, Mary Fran explains where she discovered this and what you can do to help yourself.

We also touched on Mary Fran’s son and how she and her husband dealt with his heroin addiction. Her advice is to not think you’re going to fix it. Get professional help!

Onto the dirty! The ‘bad words’ that Mary Fran goes over with us in this podcast:

  • Fine
  • Adventure
  • Nice
  • No (We even did a little role-playing on how to say no)
  • Balance

The constraints that we put on ourselves to become spectacular…we treat ‘fine’ like it’s a dirty word like there’s something wrong with being okay and good enough

Mary Fran and I even did a little role-playing on the bad word “NO” and how to say it. Not sure if we will win any Grammy’s for our performance but needless to say, it was a lot of fun!

I also asked Mary Fran to give us one of the eleven commandments to staying out of granny panties.

Thou Shalt Stop ‘Shoulding’ Thyself

Mary Fran says we are always filling our days up with things we should and shouldn’t do. The word “should” very often equals obligation and the word “shouldn’t” often equals denial. We need to change that language to change these to must and want. Sounds like good advice to me!

If you would like to check out Mary Fran’s blog go to http://www.notreadyforgrannypanties.com/ and Mary Fran’s website is http://maryfranbontempo.com/.

Also, as I promised in the interview, here is a link to Mary’s Blog post on Brain Chatter

Books

The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words,

Not Ready for Granny Panties—The 11 Commandments for Avoiding Granny Panties

Everyday Adventures: Or, As My Husband Says, “Lies, Lies and More Lies”

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

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RE022: Making the most out of life

Margaret Cook Making the most out of life

In this episode, Henry interviews Margaret Cook, a serial entrepreneur, about making the most out of life.

Margaret started her married life in an RV! And she’s not afraid of learning either.  Her zest for it gave her the opportunity to learn what she needed to know in order to build a coffee shop in her home town. This is a fascinating story of someone not afraid to follow her own path, and not afraid to put in the time to learn.

Henry learned how Margaret is making the most out of her current life.

Margaret did a lot of things.  She worked as a nurse when she was young.  This woman even taught herself how to upholster furniture.  She purchased and ran a shop to showcase her furniture.  And she’s been a hairdresser. Not only that, but she’s also been a massage therapist. This woman has done it all!

In her current life of setting up and running the coffee shop, she’s had to learn a host of new things. This includes the legal aspects in her area. It includes deciding on what to add to the menu.  Additionally, she needed to figure out her niche, or what type of clients she wanted.  And…what about the competition?

The cool thing is that she created this “room within a room”.  The shop is called “Antiques and Coffee” and is located in Lismore, Australia.  Margaret has a list of ongoing projects including her “Stage Two” which will be taking an extra lot that is next to her family’s farm into another eating place.   You can learn all about it by listening to the episode. Just click the play button and you can listen now.

Margaret received inspiration the book ’The Life You Are Born To Live’ by Dan Millman.  She really liked the advice in the book to “make good of bad” and that’s what she did.

Margaret’s motto: Make the most out of it. We only live once. You should go out and seize the day.

Let us know what you think!  Leave a comment in the box below. As Henry says, stay well and be happy (it’s a choice)

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

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Traveling Solo: Episode 078

John Brocato traveling solo

In this episode, I talk with John Brocato about traveling solo.

John had the fortune (or misfortune) of growing up a Kansas City Royals fan living in St. Louis Cardinals territory. John’s two primary hobbies are baseball and travel. He decided to write a book about his adventures which is called Road Trips, Routes, and Royals.

John is the first to admit that he is difficult to travel with. He likes to go “off the beaten path”. This is one of the reasons he began traveling solo. John has some fascinating stories to tell about his travels and he gives a TON of great information in this episode.

John mostly travels to see baseball games, and works other travel around those games.  He also likes to visit Presidential Libraries.   There are still three he needs to visit.

Here are some of the tips John talks about in his interview for traveling solo and “on the cheap!”

  1. Start close to home to build your confidence
  2. Be loyal to certain hotel chains which will allow you to get points or rewards for discounted prices or even free nights
  3. Strike up conversations and talk with other travelers to get their recommendations for attractions or places to eat
  4. Know what you absolutely have to include on your trip first BUT also allow for spontaneous excursions
  5. Limit your driving to no more than 300 to 400 miles per day

John also talks about being a member of Rewards Network who is partnered with a number of different reward programs. You can earn hotels points, frequent flyer miles or other various incentive programs. He also uses the program to find obscure restaurants in various cities he visits.

If you would like to contact John check out his Facebook page where he posts his travel pictures!

John’s Book: Road Trips, Routes, and Royals

Do you like to travel solo or have some tips for our listeners and readers?  Let us know in the comments below!

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

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