Nico, seven years old, a Heinz 57 mix. Rescued from a local shelter. He had been given to a little boy as a Christmas present. Mom wasn't keen on the idea. Nico ended up in the shelter at 4 months old. We were told he would probably grow to 40 pounds. He's now 80 pounds. His puppy-hood was rambunctious to say the least. He chewed anything that moved and everything that didn't. He got so excited one day he ran right through a pane of glass. When his favorite visitors came over he would pee on their shoes, he couldn't help himself.
At seven he has mellowed. He still loves visitors but he's a tad more relaxed about them. He loves squeaky toys and sometimes sings along with his squeaky ball. A few squeaks and then a howl, a few more squeaks and a howl.
Anywhere warm in general, but Portugal in particular. After 26 years of marriage my husband D. and I are pretty fed up with Canadian winters. But moving somewhere warm isn't just a matter of buying an airline ticket. The easy way is to retire somewhere warm and live on your pension. But first you've got to have a pension (like millions of others we don't).
D. worked in theater and film as a carpenter for many years. The art world isn't famous for it's long term planning or pensions. Then he went freelance and worked for himself. Even less chance for a pension there.
I worked for as a legal assistant, then as an IT professional for lawyers, then as a technical writer. My pension contributions wouldn't pay for our dog food for five years. So there we are.
How do we get to Portugal?
|Olhas de Agua, Southern Portugal|
The Plan So Far
I realized I would need some way to make a portable income, some way to make money that did not rely on living in any particular location. After much research I decided to write about what I know, what I like, and put that information into a website or two. Then I will place Google Adsense ads and do some affiliate marketing. With luck people will be interested in what I write about and maybe they will use the ads to investigate possibilities or buy something I've recommended. If they do I will make a few pennies here and and few pennies there. Over time, with diligence and good writing I hope to end up with an income that will support the blue skies dream.
If you are curious about how this might work, or just interested to see if I succeed or fail, please feel free to follow along. I'll be here two or three times a week with updates on what I'm writing about and what I'm learning about AdSense and affiliate programs.
|An open door in Silves, Portugal|