As 2019 draws to a close we are thankful for the blessings we enjoyed this year and for the new opportunities that lay ahead for 2020. While it was a trying year in one way, 2019 was also a year of successes in our personal lives, our health and in our business.
After more than 20 years of living a full, happy life our cat Patches passed on the evening of October 8th – the eave of Yom Kippur. She did not suffer and things went very quickly, smoothly and obviously at the end, which was a real blessing for Patches and for us. Her being with us the last year or so was an unexpected blessing, thanks in part to the daily fluids, special home-cooked diet and finely tuned supplementation and medication regimen we provided for her. She was a sweet little trooper, always pulling through the rough spells quickly and in good spirits.
The big bright side of Patche’s passing is the opportunity to travel again, especially trips with the two of us together. Most of last year we were pretty much home bound caring for patches, but we have already begun to make plans for some longer trips in 2020. Road trips to Colorado, Arkansas and Pensylvannia/New York to visit family and friends are in the works. We can’t wait to see you again!
In mid October we visited Ocean Shores together for a night – it was our farewell trip to Patches and the beginning of a bright new stage in our lives. We watched the sun set into the Pacific and Les enjoyed the best pancakes he’s ever had at Ocean Beach Roasters & Bistro. In late October we enjoyed a two-night trip to see the Columbia River and North Cascades highway, staying in Wenatchee WA. The North Cascades treated us to bighorn sheep, towering glacier clad peaks and Michelle got to see larch trees for the first time, with their needles in full Fall golden glory.
Michelle continues to be blessed with positive results in her health journey, through a combination of metabolic nutritional typing, ketogenic diet and a successful supplement and detoxification regimen. She looks great, is clear headed and has more energy and stamina than she’s had since the mid 90’s.
Les enjoyed some fun day hiking and a few one-night backpack trips in 2019. He’s looking forward to more trips into the hills in 2020, especially a few longer trips. His part time custom backpack business www.OlympicUL.com did well this Spring and Summer. He’s made 18 backpacks so far with plans for more this winter season.
Business has been doing better this year with the help of some new strategies and products. Our health and wellness websites took a big hit in 2018, loosing over 90% of our traffic after Google started censoring holistic and natural health information. But our new e-courses, books a supplement products have been doing well and should continue to expand through next year.
Below are a few photos and videos from 2019 – we hope you enjoy them!
Here are the web addresses for two videos: