Merry Christmas from our “homes” to yours

The year 2017 is a BLUR!!!   I’ve gone back over the many photos I’ve posted throughout the year and will highlight some of our travels.  Remember, we travel for Mileta’s business.  I am logistics, and do a lot more ‘sight-seeing’ than she does.  When we spend down-time and tourist time together we cherish it.

We started the year in Milton, Florida and will end it in Kissimmee, Florida and have circled the nation all but the NW and NE this year.  One of the most interesting things of our lifestyle is the folks you meet–or in this case, don’t meet.  We have stayed at the same RV Parks as the Lipson’s from Emporia six times this year, but never together.  We actually haven’t met but exchange notes on FB and Email on a regular basis.  Why do we end up in the same parks?  We’re both BIG.  And they, my dear readers, are 10 feet bigger than US!

January also found us in New Orleans for the mid-winter Mary Kay Conference.

February was a march across the country with as much vacationing as work.  South of Houston to see friends who are nearly relatives.  (well, in the Quaker family, who isn’t)  Boerne, Texas, Carlsbad, Lincoln NM, Truth or Consequences, and Tucson to see our good friends Ann and Leroy Willis.

By March we had found our way back to Fresno where we enjoyed great time with Keith, Lacy, Judah and Asher as well as a host of friends who are Friends, including one  who made his way from Wichita to Ride the Sierra with me.

I was also very privileged and excited to fly back to Wichita to drive CHIPPER to the Sun N Fun air show in Lakeland, Florida.

In May we began our move back east with a wonderful stopover in the Colorado Rockies.

We tend to spend June and July in Wichita for medical appointments and the last push for the best production of the Mary Kay fiscal year.  This year was a special  time for Mileta’s mother’s 95th Birthday Party.

Mileta finishes her year at $700,000 little pink jars sold by her and the 300 sales staff from 26 states!  More on that later.  August 1 we begin the long march back to the eastern-most part of what is called the “Midwest”.  Go figure.  We have stops in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, before landing in our early fall “home on the farm” in NE Ohio.  This year I read the great epic story of the Lewis and Clark expedition called “Undaunted Courage.”  I visited the museum district of St. Charles Missouri to learn more about it.  And, sure enough, our campground hosts proclaimed, “Hey, you’re the biggest rig to come in here since the Lipsons left 3 weeks ago.”  I guess I never tire hearing that.

Here is an example of how we live. This park is in West Columbus, Ohio.  Most have a bit more grass, but you get the point.  Each time we move (from 1 to 3 weeks usually), we meet around 100 new best friends squeezed into premium space.

Contrasted with our wonderful 2 month stay on the farm in NE Ohio.

Then we abandon “ship” for a Mary Kay Cruise of the Inland Passage of Alaska with 300 of our best friends and top Mary Kay producers.  This is Mileta’s 3rd “Top Trip” earned, and the three in a row—quite an accomplishment.

Once back from Alaska,  it’s back to work and on the road again.  We visited West Tennessee for a month, then head for Kissimmee, Florida to get out of the cold.

Upon arriving in Florida we flew to Cancun to take our family on our annual vacation together.

Merry Christmas to all and don’t ever forget—-“Home Is Where You Park It!”

Bye Bye for now…..

Thank You Mary Kay

One of the bus drivers on our recent Mary Kay Top Directors Trip, a Cruise of the Inland Passage to Alaska, asked me; “Is Mary Kay a pyramid scheme?”

Aha, we’re always ready for that one.  The answer is definitely NO.  It is a dual-level marketing organization.  The company covers the cost of R&D, Manufacturing, Sales Staff Support, and Corporate Organization.  The self-employed Sales Consultants cover the Personal Marketing, Sales Presentations, Retail Sales, and Recruitment of New Sales Staff.  Then, to give incentive for growth, Management Opportunities are earned and supported with a Commission Structure from the Corporate Side.

One of those incentives, provided fully from the Corporate Side of the ledger, is a yearly world-class trip for the top producers in the Company.  This is our third Top Director Trip, and three in a row!—London, Rome, and Now Alaska!

Thank you Mary Kay for a reward that few would give themselves.  This was an over-the-top, 5-star extravaganza for 197 Directors, most of their spouses, and about 20 Mary Kay Staff.

Rather than write a full post about each adventure, I’ll summarize the trip and post all the photos at the end.  Thanks for traveling with us!

Imagine full concierge service at every juncture that was legal to do so.  (sans customs!)  Imagine traveling the ship never worrying about the expense of a meal or an entertainment venue.  Imagine the two most expensive shore excursions fully paid for, and a very large spending account for all the other excursions and activities.  (For the entire trip, we spent about $200 of our own money, but, due to health issues, spent about 60% of our gift account in wellness expenditures on the ship)  Just imagine–a five-star vacation with 400 of your closest friend!

Summary:  After a 600 mile initial sail in open water, we spent time in Juno, Skagway, Glacier Bay, and Ketchikan, not to mention a full day of enjoying the sights in Vancouver.  We got up close and personal with whales, rode the famous White’s Pass Railroad, Rented Motorcycles for a half-day trip into the Canadian Yukon, spent a whole day learning about the Glacier Bay ice show, and visited a tremendous ecology lesson in the world’s largest Temperate Rain Forest.  Then, each evening, was some sort of grand gala celebration with the MK family.  Among the many highlights was the 1 hour musical review of 100 hits that made it to the #1 spot in American Music during the 60’s decade.  My favorite place on the massive ship was a coffee shop on the 11th deck with a 270 degree view with a good cup, a pastry, and my Kindle reader.  We’ll be talking about it for months if not years.  Find a favorite photo and write me to ask me for a story.  These are but a few of the 320 that I fine-tuned and kept.  (I heard one man on a bus say he took over 2000!)

Enjoy, we did….  Thank you Mary Kay.