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Live the DREAM, Share the DREAM!

Wow!  Where has the time gone. The last time I blogged, I was about to leave for the Shaklee Global convention in Anaheim, CA, with all good intentions of sharing what I learned just as soon as I got back.  Well you how it is with good intentions, don’t you? Well somehow 2 1/2 weeks have fled by, but here I am! Today, however,  I won’t really be sharing any health tips, as I just want to share some of the pictures to give you a glimpse of the fabulous time we had.  Those invaluable (I hope) tips will come in just a few days. They said that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth.  And we say that  the HEALTHIEST place on earth is with SHAKLEE people!  On a trip to Disneyland the first night seemed quite appropriate, so off we went  In search of Goofy’s Kitchen. Along the way………………….

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We finally arrived at Goofy’s where the word was “Let the good times roll!” Everyone greeted us except for Mickey. Don’t know where he was off to! Our first encounter was with Pluto, but Minnie and Goofy soon welcomed us at our table. My husband was smitten with Minnie!

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And before we knew it Jasmine came and stole his heart and Chip was right behind her. But for the most fun of all, check out Goofy and kids doing the twist!

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Just have a glimpse of the awesome buffet at which we stuffed ourselves!

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But on to the Anaheim convention center the next morning. It was spectacular as was the walk along the way.

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We made time to have dinner with some of our Shaklee family from Michigan & here’s the dinner crew, my husband & I on the right. The handsome couple on the right are a couple of our “adopted kids” from Texas who always join us.

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I thought you’d also like to see some of the Disney character “wanta be’s” who donned costumes for our farewell dinner and talent night. The last picture is of us just sitting without costume and watching the sights go by!

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Best of all, here I am with my arm around the Owner, Chairman and CEO of Shaklee! He’s an amazing, awesome young visionary who has literally ignited Shaklee! Enthusiastic about “Living the Dream, Sharing the Dream” we bade fond farewell to our global Shaklee family and to an incredible Shaklee Global Convention until next year in Washington, DC.

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Check out the video on Live the Dream, Share the Dream:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4p-vDDicuk

PEACHES, PEACHES & PEACHES, OH MY!

A few years ago, while driving in East Texas, we stumbled upon what I lovingly call “Peach Heaven” just East of Terrell!  That would be Ham’s Peach Orchards.

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That doesn’t look so heavenly, I guess, but believe me, the peaches are divine.  It looks like they have hundreds of peach trees of all varieties! There is a sign that tells you what peaches ripen when, not that it really matters, for they are all delicious. But last week I think I got the best of the best………..yummy Freestone peaches that come right off the seeds. Just thinking of them makes my mouth water so I think I’ll just go get one as we talk. They are only open from May 15 til August 15, and in that 3 month period, they must make enough to live on the rest of the year as there are usually HUGE crowds that pour into that tiny place every day, especially on the week-ends.

One of the things that really draws people to Ham’s is they make out-of-this-world soft peach ice cream! Well, they make strawberry ice cream, too, but I’m addicted to the peach. Sometimes the line to get the ice cream is a 15 minute wait, but well worth it.  We were over last week and I meant to have someone take a picture of Bo and me eating our cones, but we were such pigs, we devoured them before I remembered.  But here is a picture of a man from Louisiana enjoying his, plus a view of both flavors!

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One good thing about Ham’s is that they have LOTS of pints of the ice cream frozen, so since we took our cooler, we loaded up on ice cream to bring home and enjoy for the next few months.  And, no, I don’t share it with visitors very much! Ham’s has so much that I can’t begin to  describe it to you.  It is one of those things you have to really see to enjoy. They have fresh peach & blackberry cobblers as well as frozen ones & fried peach pies. There all other kinds of pies, like buttermilk, pecan, etc., and pound cakes, and peach cakes!

The shelves are lined with everything you can image that one can “put up” or “can” or whatever you call it where you live.  And there is a cooler with shelled cream peas and crowder peas and snapped green beans and black eyed peas.  But the fresh fruit and veggies….Oh my!

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So we bought some of all you can see, plus more, and headed to the car where are doggie kids waited. They like to go with us because their daddy always takes them a little bit of peach ice cream to eat, too.

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Well, we have felt so pure all this week as we have eaten so many healthy things like okra and tomatoes ( those of you who aren’t from the south may not have ever had that delicacy), green beans and new potatoes, corn on the cob, cream peas with a little okra on cooked with them, fresh cantaloupe slices, peach salsa, peach spread for bread, and yes, peach ice cream.  I failed to mention that they also have a refrigerated  section that has home made salsa, pimento cheese, chicken & tuna salad ,several different casseroles they have made, and of course we got one….sour cream chicken enchiladas.  That’s for dinner tonight along with guacamole, of course.

So the health tip today is eat a lot of fresh veggies and fresh fruit, and eat ORGANIC ones when ever possible, as they much healthier! And eating them raw when you can is even better. You get all kinds of God given antioxidants from His wonderful veggies and fruit.  The dark colored veggies are simply loaded with them.  And the sweetness of good fruit just might satisfy your sweet tooth! I would caution you to try to wash them in something that will get rid of the pesticides.  I know you can buy something at the health food store, but I use Shaklee’s amazing Basic H to wash mine, because it definitely removes the bad stuff. And I would also  like you to know that you really loose some of the nutritional value of food when you freeze it.  It you buy it in cans, you not only get less nutritional value, but you also get alot of other stuff that is hidden that you might not want! It was suggested to me that it is wise to just shop around the periphery of the grocery store!  Until next time, have a healthy, happy day!

THE AMAZING CAMEL

I received this “science lesson” on an e-mail and was so enthralled that I wanted to share it with you.  It has nothing to do with our health, but maybe the health of camels will count this time!

EVERYDAY WE NEED A SCIENCE LESSON AND A REMINDER THAT THERE IS A GOD! HERE’S TODAY’S LESSON:

Dromedary Camel And a Creator/Designer………….INTERESTING…and amazing creatures…
(From Moody Press)

If you ever doubted that God exists, Meet the Very Technical, Highly Engineered Dromedary Camel:

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When I’m hungry, I’ll eat almost anything–A leather bridle, a piece of rope, my master’s tent, or a pair of shoes.
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My mouth is so tough a thorny cactus doesn’t bother it. I love to chow down grass and other plants that grow here on the Arabian desert
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I’m a dromedary camel, the one-hump kind that lives on hot deserts in the  Middle East.

My hump, all eighty pounds of it, Is filled with fat-my body fuel-not water as some people believe. My Mighty Maker gave it to me because He knew I wouldn’t always be able to find food as I travel across the hot sands. When I don’t find any chow, my body automatically takes fat from the hump, feeds my system, and keeps me going strong. This is my emergency food supply.
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If I can’t find any plants to munch, my body uses up my hump. Then the  hump gets smaller, it starts to tip to one side.
But when I get to a nice oasis and begin to eat again, my hump soon builds back to normal.

I’ve been known to drink twenty-seven gallons of water in ten minutes.My Master Designer made me in such a fantastic way that
In a matter of minutes all the water I’ve swallowed travels to the billions of microscopic cells that make up my flesh.
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Naturally, the water I swallow first goes into my stomach. There thirsty blood vessels absorb and carry it to every part of my body.
Scientists have tested my stomach and found it empty ten minutes after I’ve drunk twenty gallons.

In an eight hour day I can carry a four hundred pound load a hundred miles across a hot, dry desert and not stop once for a drink or something to eat. In fact, I’ve been known to go eight days without a drink, but then I look a wreck. I lose 227 pounds, my ribs show through my skin, and I look terribly skinny. But I feel great! I look thin because the billions of cells lose their water. They’re no longer fat. They’re flat.
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Normally my blood contains 94 percent water, just like yours. But when I can’t find any water to drink, the heat of the sun gradually robs a little water out of my blood. Scientists have found that my blood can lose up to 40 percent of its water, and I’m still healthy.

Doctor’s say human blood has to stay very close to 94 percent water.  If you lose 5 percent of it, you can’t see anymore; 10 percent, you can’t hear and you go insane; 12 percent, your blood is as thick as molasses and your heart can’t pump the thick stuff. It stops, and you’re dead.
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But that’s not true with me. Why? Scientists say my blood is different.My red cells are elongated. Yours are round. Maybe that’s what makes the difference
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This proves I’m designed for the desert, or the desert is designed for me. Did you ever hear of a design without a Designer?

After I find a water hole, I’ll drink for about ten minutes and my skinny body starts to change almost immediately. In that short time my body fills out nicely, I don’t look skinny anymore, and I gain back the 227 pounds I lost.
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Even though I lose a lot of water on the desert, my body conserves it too. Way in the beginning when my intelligent Engineer made me, he gave me a specially designed nose that saves water. When I exhale, I don’t lose much. My nose traps that warm, moist air from my lungs and absorbs it in my nasal membranes.
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Tiny blood vessels in those membranes take that back into my blood. How’s that for a recycling system? Pretty cool, isn’t it.
It works because my nose is cool. My cool nose changes that warm moisture in the air from my lungs into water.

But how does my nose get cool? I breath in hot dry desert air, and it goes through my wet nasal passages. This produces a cooling effect, and my nose stays as much as 18 degrees cooler than the rest of my body.

I love to travel the beautiful sand dunes. It’s really quite easy, because my Creator gave me specially engineered sand shoes for feet. My hooves are wide, and they get even wider when I step on them. Each foot has two long, bony toes with tough, leathery skin between my soles, are a little like webbed feet.
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They won’t let me sink into the soft, drifting sand. This is good, because often my master wants me to carry him one hundred miles across the desert in just one day. (I troop about ten miles per hour.)
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Sometimes a big windstorm comes out of nowhere, bringing flying sand with it. My Master Designer put special muscles in my nostrils that close the openings, keeping sand out of my nose but still allowing me enough air to breathe. My eyelashes arch down over my eyes like screens, keeping the sand and sun out but still letting me see clearly. If a grain of sand slips through and gets in my eye, the Creator took care of that too. He gave me an inner eyelid that automatically wipes the sand off my eyeball just like a windshield wiper.

Some people think I’m conceited because I always walk around with my head held high and my nose in the air.
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But that’s just because of the way I’m made. My eyebrows are so thick and bushy I have to hold my head high to peek out from underneath them. I’m glad I have them though. hey shade my eyes from the bright sun.
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Desert people depend on me for many things. Not only am I their best form of transportation, but I’m also their grocery store.
Mrs. Camel gives very rich milk that people make into butter and cheese. I shed my thick fur coat once a year, and that can be woven into cloth. A few young camels are used for beef, but I don’t like to talk about that.

For a long time we camels have been called the “ships of the desert” because of the way we sway from side to side when we trot.
Some of our riders get seasick. I sway from side to side because of the way my legs work.Both legs on one side move forward at the same time, elevating that side. My “left, right left, right” motion makes my rider feel like he is in a rocking chair going sideways.
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When I was six months old, special knee pads started to grow on my front legs. The intelligent Creator knew I had to have them.
They help me lower my 1000 pounds to the ground.
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If I didn’t have them, my knees would soon become sore and infected,and I could never lie down. I’d die of exhaustion.
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By the way, I don’t get thick knee pads because I fall on my knees. I fall on my knees because I already have these tough pads.
Someone very great thought of me and knew I needed them. He designed them into my genes.

It’s real difficult for me to understand how some people say I evolved into what I now am. I’m very technical, highly engineered dromedary camel. Things like me don’t just happen.
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They’re planned on a drawing board by Someone very brilliant, someone very logical.

John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
The Word means “logical, intelligent One.”

When we were in the Holy Land some years ago, I stood beside a camel and quite frankly, he was a really weird, ugly animal and I was  bit afraid of riding him as some of the others did. After reading about how amazingly (is that a word?) a camel is designed, I wish I had another chance to just look at him up close & apologize for the unkind words I said about him…………….still don’t want to ride him, though!

That just reminds me that sometimes we unjustly judge other people the way I judged that camel. But God loves them the same as He loves us.  We just shouldn’t make a judgment about someone by the way they look or what they wear. Look for the beauty and worth inside!

‘Til next time, have a blessed day.

MY COMPUTER IS JUST NUTS, THAT’S ALL

If you follow my blog, you will note that there is a big space between some paragraphs.  And almost every time I look at it, the space has changed places.  I have no earthly idea why or how that space got there and I can’t seem to get rid of it.  So I will just live with it and so must you, I guess.  Since I am new at this, I also can’t figure out why I have little backgrounds behind some of the pictures that have one big quotation mark. So I guess we’ll have to live with that. too, until my grandson in law, Joseph, comes back to help me!  I also don’t know why it changes fonts on me…..just another mystery of my computer.  Oh, well…………………………

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