Holiday Spirit, Nice Weather, Kid Links.

Hello Explorers! (Yes, I’ve been watching Nemo.)

It’s been awhile since my last post. We went to Portland so V could do an in-store demo this past weekend. We also visited friends and I attended the VLSC Lightning christmas party. Actually, we’ve been a bit too busy. I’ve also been busting my rear trying to get our 2007 calendar finished. But, the calendar is now finished so I should be able to post a bit more regularly. Here’s a pdf of the monthly pics. (it’s huge, 65Meg)

We had a nice stretch of weather the past 10 days or so, but now the rain has returned. The rain keeps snow in the mountains, the ponds full and the trees green. We like it that way and wouldn’t want it any other way. Actually, I’d like to see some wicked cold weather that would freeze up the ponds so we can go ice skating.

For those of you who venture to the links I provide, you’ll notice at the top of the pond page there are links to video clips of Ms piano recital from a week ago. What a champ. I’m so proud of her! She’s been taking lessons for 12 weeks now. She gets a bit of a winter break and then will start up again in January.

The Yule tree went up today. The girls had a great time picking it out, helping haul it into the house and then decorating it. Why is it that kid decorated trees are always the nicest trees? Their decorating scheme fits the holiday season so well. We need a taller stool for them, though. Outside lights go up tomorrow.

We are looking for people to do in-store demos. V can do the demos that are a half day drive for us, but if we have to stay overnight in a distant town, it’s more convenient for us to hire someone to help us out. If you know of anyone looking for a bit of work, (west of the Rocky mountains), applying mineral makeup and talking-up Herbs of Grace Natural Look Mineral Makeup, please turn them on to our web site and have them contact us. We have sales reps in all of the states west of the Rocky mountains. New Frontier Marketing handles WA, OR, ID, MT and AK. Sunshine Specialties handles N Cal. Naturally TCL! handles NM, AZ, UT, NV, CO and WY. At this point, we don’t have product placement in every town across the west, but we are working on it.


Brad Klein
Herbs of Grace website

Kids, A House that Breathes, Snow.

I, our two year old, spent the day in her pajamas. V tried to get her dressed this morning, gave up, and turned it over to me. I got two of each item of clothes, so she could have her choice of what to wear, but as soon as I headed toward her, she went screaming in the opposite direction, yelling that she wanted to wear here pajamas today. I started the knock down drag out, and then caught myself and let her be. Her pajamas are the full body type, with footies. They are pile and have a high neck, so I realized that she was dressed warmly. I did manage to get a parka and boots on her. So off we went, to the coffee shop and grocery store, with I in her pajamas. Did I mention that she’s two? This all makes sense now, right?

The kids are getting excited for christmas. M, age 7, keeps asking “how many more days”. S, age 5, tells us what she wants from Santa, and I, wants a nutcracker.

It has snowed here over the past few days/nights and the kids are really enjoying it. We didn’t get much snow last year so this is extra “cool” this year. Bought the kids a sled and even though the snow is very sparse, they were out there on the hill pushing each other around.

Our 110 year old house is not what you would call, air tight. Living here reminds me of the year we spent in Japan. The Japanese build houses that “breathe”. They are cold in the winter and hot in the summer. During my bicycle commute in Japan, I watched the daily progress of a house being torn down. After the siding was removed, there was building paper, but there was no insulation, and only a thin wall covering on the inside. When I talk to folks about our old house, I tell them that it “breathes”. Anyway, I woke up this morning and the temperature outside was 26F and, remembering that the house breathed all night, was 46F inside. It took the old wood stove an hour to warm the house up to 54F and another hour to get to 60F. Needless to say, we wear sweaters all the time. V has a heater in the office which keeps it toasty all the time.

V is very busy with Herbs of Grace. We have demos to line up and present, product and samples to ship, marketing and sales firms to keep organized and motivated, product to manufacture and package, office supplies to order, displays to design and manufacture, press releases to write and publish, a website to maintain and a zillion other things to do. I’m sure it’s going to get busier and busier. I don’t know if V realized this when she signed on, but she’s hanging in there. She has always had her own business, but this is the first time that she has marketed to the mass market. It’s quite different than puttering along doing Saturday markets and an occasional gift show.

White Pass has a ton of snow, hope it stays cold this winter.

Later, Brad Klein

Herbs of Grace website