Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Tennessee Adventure- Thoughts on Moving Cross Country; Business Changes You Need to Know

It is a little over a month ago, we rolled up to our new house in Tennessee with the Penski and our animal family.  I was so happy we got there safe and sound. It was a beast of a trip with the frigid weather. 
Home in Tennessee. I have always wanted a front porch like this one.  It has a basement as well
Even in winter, Kentucky and Tennessee, are beautiful even with the bare trees. 
One view of the property surrounded by trees.

On the last day of our trip, we were late finding the house. It was starting to rain and the temperature was dropping. My sister and brother-in-law were waiting with home made chili, coffee, some essential dishes, and a warm house.

That is an example of the southern hospitality we have found here. My bother-in-law managed to back that 26 foot Penski right up to  the wood porch, going up a steep hill. It looked like he was going to turn it over, but it didn't. Years of bush hog experience were a huge help with that semi. We managed to unload enough to set up the bed which was great. Prying cats from under the motel bed every morning got old quickly.  We were there....and that was such a relief. The house was wonderful. It has all we need and a lot more.  They had built that house from the ground up with rustic living room walls and a huge country kitchen. 

If you couldn't telephone us, there was good reason!

We left on the 30th to beat a snow storm headed to Denver, then were on the road until the 8th of Jan. Several days were spent with my daughter's family in Littleton.

Living remotely has its communication challenges.  We found our Verizon phones were useless in our area. Verizon's map of service was not accurate.  There were no bars.  We ended up having to change our phones and service to ATT.  That was expensive.  

The Hughes internet service was easy to set up but we did not have many other options. They did not explain their plans honestly. 

The land line phone service Hughes installed first was like a walkie-talkie. It was awful. We then changed to ATT for the land line, the only option available.  It took more than two weeks to get it straightened out.  So when you move that far, realize your cell phones might not work in the area.  Ask the locals in your neighborhood, was cell and internet services work best. Our nearest neighbor is a mile away so that did not help.

We got ATT cell phones  because one of the service people had one and it worked in our new house. We assumed no problem. Our newly purchased ATT cell phones worked great on all the back roads until we got to our driveway, then went to 0 bars. We were upset to say the least. They say to get rid of things you don't use. That is not always a good idea.  Our rescue was in one of the boxes we unloaded.

It happened that several years ago, we had lived in another house that defied cell phone service. We purchased a Wilson Cell Phone Booster then but hadn't used in several years. I had almost sold it before the move. Thank goodness we didn't. A snow shovel and warm coats were also not needed in San Diego but needed here in Tennessee.  It took we two more days to locate the cell booster in the boxes and another two days to set it up.  Cell phone service at last.  We also found out that if this booster goes out, ATT will give us one because of the problem area. Verizon wanted over $300 for theirs.  So be prepared for phone challenges and changes.

It is now a 6 weeks out with the problems solved and life somewhat normal.  Its beautiful here and worth all the initial communication problems. It is peaceful. It is inspirational and healing to the soul. Every morning I feed a group of beautiful red cardinals. Deer abound with every trip out.  The people here have been welcoming and helpful.  They don't seem to resent we moved here from California, as some states do.  It is a great place to retire. It was absolutely the best decision to make.

New Changes for the Business .....New Ordering Procedures

My New Herb Store featuring the best in organic Moringa products, herbs, vitamins, and health products has been created.  Moringa seedlings are available in the store. We are NOW OPEN! Please visit the new store Here

Note: Moringa seedlings are not seedlings I am growing. There are very few sources to buy moringa seedlings online. I get calls on this all the time.

Over the past several months, I have brain stormed on how to make my business work better. Moringa is an important product in my business and health regimen. I take Moringa every day.

Moringa is not the only supplement I take. As an herbalist and health coach, I also know certain other supplements are beneficial to keeping your health on the highest level. 

The problem is there are hundreds of supplements which vary in quality. Why is that so? It is because of the standards and ethics that the companies adhere to in production. You will not know without investigation which ones are high standard and which ones are a poor choice. 

Factors involved that produce High Quality Herbs and Supplements: 

  • What you don't know about your supplement could hurt you!
  • Some companies just perform the minimum testing they are required to by the FDA. 

 What goes into producing a quality supplement?

  •  Other companies further test their products for contamination and other factors. 

  • They test the incoming product to make sure the product is what is stated on the label. They test the product to make sure it is the correct medicinal plant material.

  • They test to make sure it has not been adulterated with other products. 

  • They test to make sure it is the right species of that herb. There are many plants that are in the same group such as Echinachea but have no medicinal properties. 

  • Goldenseal root is the most effective part of the plant not the leaves. Chamomile flowers are the main part of that plant used. So it is extremely important to have the right plant, the right part of the plant in some cases, and that it is pure product. 

 These companies go heads above the others to make sure their product is potent and safe, that it contains the nutrients or essential elements that make the vitamin or herb potent. 

You as a consumer are presented with hundreds of herbs and supplements by different companies. You often cannot tell by the bottle much of any thing about their real quality. 

My family only buys from certain supplement companies.Nature's Sunshine Herbs are my first pick for herbs,essential oils, and other supplements. If they don't carry something I need, I then have a second choice of companies I trust.  I know by my clients use and our families use, and by investigation which are the ones that you most trust.  I will give you an example. We use Wellness Trader Turmeric with Bromelain or Nature's Sunshine. We have for years for knee pain due to accidents and my husband's 30 years as a mail carrier. Several times, we tried other brands but they did not work.  How did we know? The knee pain got severe using the other products.  There are only two brands we have experimented with that work. 

So my new store only sells products I have researched and taken personally. I have also had input from clients who bought the products over the years. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Where did we disappear to? Indian Mound, TN! Update on all the changes for Moringa and Healing Herbs for 2015

Part #1:  The trip back to Tennessee from California. Today's blog

If you want to get to know someone...try a week cramped into the cab of a Penski moving truck! 

Moving was traumatic to say the least.  We had never moved 2000 plus miles to an area that was new and unfamiliar.  Moving in the dead of winter during a cold crisis presented its own set of challenges. It was also my goal to save some of the plants I had spent money on such as the blackberries, elderberries, comfrey, and aronia berries. I even took several of the Neem tree seedlings that did not sell.  Add my sister, three cats, and a was a REAL TRIP!

Why did we pick Tennessee?

The Clarksville, Tennessee area is growing fast as a great retirement area. It has restaurants, a Walmart, Home Depot, and other stores you are familiar with.  It has less congested traffic than many cities with friendly people who say hi and welcome you to their home.  It has a number of rural areas within an hours drive but where you have more room and less rules for those of you who want chickens and more say in how you live your life. Dover, Erin, Indian Mound and Paris are several to check out. We researched the area first.

Many blessings awaited us in Tennessee!

What blessings are worth such an stressful trip?

A 1700 sq foot house with a basement, sheds, and 17 acres for $500 a month with a well. I kid you not if you are paying the outrageous rents in CA. Is the California sunshine worth the taxes, the rules, regulations, traffic and water restrictions.   No water problems or water restrictions here in Tennessee.  No state income taxes! Less restrictions on your business. Affordable for family and for retiring. Room to roam...its here. Room to grow garden veggies and herbs.  Space for chickens and whatever I want to raise. We are planning to buy this house in the next three years.  It is so beautiful here with all the wildlife and water. There are abundant lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers including the Tennessee and the Cumberland rivers.  There are deer all over the woods, along with other creatures such as turkey and raccoons. 

My sister and her family live in the area.  I am excited to get to know my middle sister and her family again after many years! 

Moving ranks as one of the most stressful events in life. I can sure agree with that one. 

Even though my middle sister and her family live in the area....Tennessee was still very unfamiliar. I had only gone there to visit before the move. Before we made the decision to move the end of Dec instead of Jan, we invited my older sister to spend Christmas with us.  Then we changed our moving date, so December became filled both with moving stress and trying to preserve Christmas for my sister and our family.  She was there during the fun and insanity.   We decided to stop in Denver on the way back to see my oldest daughter and her family.  My sister ended up going with us to Denver as well.  So our moving plans had to be adjusted several times.  On top of that we had 3 cats and a Laso that were part of the move. I might add everyone told us not to go to Denver, on the way back,  because of the snow storm.  I felt in my heart it was going to be fine. We left a day early to beat the storm storm in. We only had three hours of snow driving. The roads were still clear.  We stayed in Denver until it was sunny again, three days later. All came out fine.  We only had one other day of driving while the snow was actively falling. 95% of the trip was easy weather driving.  We left at that time because our lease was up so that is the way it goes. I prayed often for God to keep the path safe and he did. 


The cab of a moving truck were never designed for comfort for three grownups. That is not even taking into account the animals.  I was jammed in the middle next to my husband with the middle console that holds coffee mugs. I could not move my legs but a few inches for the whole trip. We had days to talk.   Trying to get a 26 foot Penski with an auto trailer tagging behind in and out of motel lots and gas stations was enough to give you heart failure.  My husband is not a professional driver but he did an amazing job of weaving that Penski through the tightest places.  I have to state that Kansas City and several big cities are horrible to find gas stations in near the freeway exit. We lost an hour twice looking for a gas station that could take the truck and auto trailer.


The car on the Penski auto trailer became a igloo for the cats .......warming it up at times every two hours during the frigid trip to our new home. Their cat beds included heat packs under their blankets to give them added warmth.  The back of the car was covered with rugs from our floor and a tarp tied down over the car to preserve the warmth inside the car. That cost us much travel time.  


Do not move during the winter if possible!  We went through a snow storm on our way to Denver.  The last part of the trip was bitterly cold through Kansas and Kentucky.  Every night we carted all the animals into Motel 6 for the night. Motel 6 is the only motel chain that does not charge extra for animals. They have their rules as well.  Every morning we had to spend an hour digging out the cats from under the bed where they were hiding. That was not fun.  Taking our little dog out in the cold for pit stops was not fun either. He does not like the cold. I have to say I cannot understand why Dorothy wanted to go back to Kansas in the Wizard of OZ.  It was below 0 with the wind chill going through Kansas.


Saving my plants .....on a frigid cold moving trip.

The plants were another issue. It was the dead of winter and we would be days driving through cold weather including Denver expecting a snow storm.  I thought about the problem and consulted several growers by phone.  The comfrey roots, blackberry plants, elderberry bushes, and aronia bushes were taken out of the ground bare root, placed into moist pine shavings, then into a plastic bag, then finally placed carefully into several thick 33 gallon trash cans for cold protection. Dry shavings were placed around the plants for added protection.   My little Neem tree seedlings were put into boxes lined with plastic and cardboard for protection. Then these were covered with extra blankets in the truck.  Odds of survival with all of this work...questionable at best. I am stubborn and convinced I would make the effort. The Moringa trees were too big and cold sensitive to take. They went to the people who helped us pack the truck.  I have to thank our Mormon friends who came with their whole family to pack the truck. Even though we are not Mormon, they gave us hours of hard work. They packed quickly and with expertise. We got 90 percent of our stuff in the truck including plants, plywood, 4 by 4's, and other building materials. 


Part #2:   Arriving in Indian Mound, Tennessee the first week of January.

Thanks for reading my blogs.....there are many changes to tell you about. I hope you will come back and read Part 2 of the move.  There are going to be some changes on the way I run the stay tuned.