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August, 2011:

Now that is How to Celebrate a Birthday!

This past Friday I was planning to have a quiet weekend with a good friend of mine, Ms. D, and quietly celebrate my birthday.  Watch a little TV, work on a few things on the computer, sleep late and have a good cup of coffee.  Nothing fancy,  just quiet and casual.  Friday was lunch with 2 friends and then on to the quiet weekend.  Well, that is not quite how it went down!

When I got to Ms. D’s home late morning, I unloaded my clothes for the weekend, my laptop and my overnight bag with my Shaklee supplements (yes, I take them with me everywhere!) and was ready to head to lunch with everyone.  I checked some email and did a few things on the computer while waiting for the departure time.  Little did I realize that while I was in the bathroom, my friend was loading my clothes, overnight bag and everything else in the back of her car!

When we got ready to go, she asked to take along my laptop but was vague with the reason why.  Oh well, we have been friends for decades and when she asks a favor I comply without much resistance.  So I got the laptop ready and then I realized that the rest of my stuff was in her trunk along with her stuff.

Being curious, I asked her what was up and she said it was just a little adventure for my birthday.  I asked more questions and go nothing! Nothing.  Just lunch without our other friend who had had a last minute meeting with her boss.  As Ms. D drove up the interstate, I was trying to guess where we were going.  Always finding good deals online, I thought she had come across a bargin in a nice hotel or resort and we would have a nice night, go to a movie or something and head home on Saturday.

I even called my daughter and son-in-law to let them know that I was being  “kidnapped” by Ms. D and would not be in town if they tried to get in touch with me at her home.  My son-in-law answered and said he would let my daughter know that I was not in town.  Little did I know at that time that they were in on the “kidnapping”!

We went north, and got to Chattanooga, but did not stop where I had guessed we might.  Heading east, I thought about Knoxville and the river there.  Nice place Knoxville.  However, we then headed South!  Now we were heading toward the North Georgia Mountains, where I had spent time as a child. Asking again and again where we were going, Ms D would only say that it was just a little further away and I would see when I got there.

On we drove, winding beside the Ocoee River and Lake Ocoee.  The Whitewater events from the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta GA were held in an Olympic park that was constructed along the river.  It is near Ducktown TN.  We past that area heading deeper into the Blue Ridge Mountains and North Georgia.  I felt oddly at home with no idea of our destination.

Finally we took a turn off the main highway and started to wind our way up little mountain roads.  We  past several cabins for sale or lease.  Up we climbed, heading closer and closer to the top ridge of one of the mountains.  Ms. D still would not tell me what was happening, only that is was going to like a golf resort where we had stayed many years earlier.  I could not imagine a golf course this high on the mountain side, but who knew what developers had done!

Finally we got turn on a very narrow and steep road, one lane really.  Up we climbed past pretty cabins nestled into the side of the mountain.  Great vistas were visible in brief glimpses between the houses and trees.  Beautiful!

Finally Ms D gave me a house number to look for, but that proved to be a challenge since the cabins did not really have mail boxes.  Some numbers were on small signs along the edge of the road while others had numbers on the front porch or eaves of the house.  We went past the house the first time, turning around in a multiple-point turn to head down the mountain a few homes.

When we got to the house, I remarked that there were already cars there.  Was the owner meeting us?  No, Ms D said, there were other people sharing the house with us.  I groaned to myself quietly since I was concerned who these “people” would be and how all that would work out.  As I parked the car, Ms D suggested we see what was available in the house and then out popped some very familiar people!

On the porch of this very nice mountain home was my family!  All singing Happy Birthday to me!  Laughing and pointing fingers at everyone I was totally surprised.  I had no idea that my sister and brother-in-law were coming in from 7 hours away, as well as my niece, daughter and son-in

Rocking Chair with Blue Flowers

-law and of course, my dearest friend Ms D!   I was so happy to see everyone, the cabin and the mountains of my youth.  What a fabulous birthday present.

Munching and laughing and talking we had a great evening, headed to bed and slept well.  I was sitting on the porch the next morning drinking some of my sister’s famous french press coffee and enjoying the cool breezes and scenery when the door opened to the living room and there were my God Parents!

Now the weekend was complete.  Everyone was there and we had a wonderful weekend.  It was definitely the way to Celebrate My Birthday!  Great family, great food and beautiful location, Lots of Love! Perfect.  Stay well!

Commander Mark Kelly & Vitalizer in Space!

On May 16, 2011, Commander Mark Kelly had an historic flight on the Space Shuttle Endeavor’s last flight.  He has had a long and diverse career.  In 1987 he became a naval aviator and made two deployments  to the Persian Gulf on the aircraft carrier Midway, flying 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm.   Captain Kelly attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School from June 1993 to June 1994. Logging more than 5,000 hours in more than 50 different aircraft, he has over 375 carrier landings.

Commander Kelly’s first mission to space was in December 2001 on the Space Shuttle Endeavor.  His final mission was again on Endeavor’s last mission.  It was a successful mission with the crew installing the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the ISS. AMS is a 15,000-lb cosmic particle detector that was installed on the outside of the space station. Its experiments will help researchers study the formation of the universe and search for evidence of dark matter and antimatter.  Sounds really cool to me!

Commander Mark Kelly at Shaklee Global Conference

On August 12, 2011, Commander Kelly took the stage at Shaklee’s Global Conference in Washington, D.C..  We were all captivated by his time with us, talking about his career and space travels as well as his marriage to U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  Inspired by his courage and determination, Mark reminded us that persistence and practice are the way to reach our goals.

Commander Mark Kelly & Vitalizer in Space

While out in space as well as on earth, Mark is a user of Shaklee Supplements!  He learned about the Shaklee products when he joined the Space Program.  Since 1993, Shaklee has been providing NASA with a customized re-hydration beverage for use by Shuttle astronauts in 1993 and its use continues today.   As you can see from the image, Mark takes his Shaklee Supplements seriously, by taking them into space with him on his missions!

Vitalizer from Shaklee

Vitalizer From Shaklee

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So join me and Commander Mark Kelly by using Shaklee Vitalizer each day!  Now you can take advantage of a special offer from Shaklee and save money now and each month.  Stay well and be persistent!

Preparing for a Long Drive

Well, conference is coming up soon and I have been thinking about that long drive.  While I love to travel, driving can be tiring at times, especially in this late summer heat.  This particular journey is going to be confined to Interstate travel, so the scenery will not be as “scenic” as my camera would like.  Friends and colleagues are coming with me on this journey, sharing the driving responsibilities as well as the gas money!  Map reading will be at a minimum.

This could be a car from Shaklee!

Making a car trip  takes planning for me.  I don’t like to eat fast food as I travel for several reasons.  One main reason is the price for fast food when close to an Interstate Hwy is usually higher than when the same food is in a neighborhood.  Plus, the fat content and carbohydrate levels are usually high also.  Driving does not use that much energy, compared to the number ingested with hamburgers, fries and cokes.  Oh how I love good french fries! Yummy.  But not healthy.

Now I have to plan my snacks and meals along the way so I can stay energized and ready for conference when I arrive.  I am making my list already, planning my shopping trip, and wishing the car was larger!  For this trip, which we will do in 2 days of 7 or so hours of driving, I am taking some of my favorite Shaklee Cinch Products, popcorn (watch the salt), apples, Get Clean Water pitcher for fresh water on the road, green tea bags and Cinch Tea Packets, and some cookies.

Be Healthy

The Cinch Lemon-Cranberry Snack Bars are my favorites!  Along with the Peanut Butter Snack Bars, I will have a good balance of protein and carbohydrates since the bars are low glycemic. They make a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack anytime, but are really good for travels.  On airplanes they really fill that hungry spot!

Since I travel with the Get Clean Water Pitcher, I have fresh filtered water when I am thirsty.  Adding Cinch Tea or a green tea bag to my water bottle adds some good anti-oxidants as well as flavor to my water.  Staying hydrated while traveling is important.  When you become dehydrated, your brain is effected.  The one thing you need to have working well while driving is your brain!  Make good decisions while on the road.

Get Clean Water

Get Clean Water

I keep a cooler in the front seat with sliced apples, peanut butter and extra ice for my tea.  Having the cool apple slices and the peanut butter gives me a good snack with fiber, flavor and crunch.   When I stop along the way I take a few minutes in the rest area to spread some of the peanut butter on the ends of a few of the apple slices for a quick snack.  Keeping the fuel and water coming in, keeps me awake and ready to drive safely.  When flying, I do something similar, but don’t have the cooler.

Some of the traveling I do is lengthy. Using the Cinch Shakes along those long journeys really keeps me fueled and focused.  Cinch Shakes are filled with good protein, vitamins, minerals and flavor.  I use the Cinch Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry Shakes.  When traveling in a car you can use the canisters.  But for airplanes, I find the packets work best.  One packet per meal and you are done!  Makes the luggage lighter as you continue on your journey.

So when you get ready for your next trip, whether it is across town or across country, take a few minutes to plan your meals, take some healthy snacks, water bottles with your filtered Get Clean Water and have fun in this beautiful country!  Fuel for you is as important as fuel for the car!  Stay well.


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