“Out and About”
We received our first measurable snowfall on Sunday, Dec. 4. Channel 3 News said that the snow would start to fall around 1 p.m. that afternoon, and for once, their forecast was right on the money. We arranged our Sunday plans so that by 1:30 p.m. we were secured inside the house, the cars were tucked away in the garage and the snow shovel was in the ready-position on the back deck.
Sure enough, the evening news was filled with stories of drivers who didn’t realize that certain weather conditions call for drivers to adjust their speed when driving. These are the same drivers, who I’m sure, drive 80 miles per hour in a 70-miles-per-hour zone. I wish I had more sympathy for those idiots who can’t make adjustments for the changing weather conditions. My advice to those drivers might be to move south for the winter. Please avoid moving to Great Britain. They have winter also, plus they drive on the left side of the highway. There’s an accident waiting to happen.
Growing up here in Three Rivers, we always had a live Christmas tree for Christmas. I’m not sure if artificial ones were available back then, but even if they were, my mother preferred the real thing. We always took the necessary precautions by making sure the tree base had plenty of water, and whenever we were away, the tree lights were always unplugged. I remember getting rid of the tree after the holidays, because it was always my job to vacuum up the pine needles that were left behind.
People still enjoy having a live tree today. The smell of pine that comes from a fresh-cut tree doesn’t come in a can. One precaution that I never thought much about was that with a live tree come little, live bugs. Just something to think about when deciding whether to go with a live or an artificial Christmas tree.
My father used to say, “Don’t wish your life away.” I’m guilty when it comes to wishing that way. As a kid, I used to wish I was old enough to do anything I wanted without getting someone else’s permission. Who hasn’t wished that they could go back 20 or 30 years knowing what they know now? I try to enjoy each moment, but I’m not doing a very good job. I always need to have something to look forward to; as a result, I miss out on the moment at hand. I guess it’s true when they say that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. In memory of my father, I’m going to try to enjoy each day a little more and have more consideration for loved ones. Anyone else interested in putting down that cell phone and appreciating each moment a little more?
Here are a couple more benefits from eating bananas. If you’re having problems with ulcers or heartburn, you’ll be glad to know that bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress. They have been known to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids. When it comes to relief from heartburn, bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body. Bananas can provide a soothing relief. They can usually be found the next aisle over from the Tums and Rolaids.
If you have plans to dine out during this holiday season, please remember those people who serve you at the restaurants. A little extra, when it comes to leaving a tip, will come in handy. They have Christmas shopping to do also. It’s been said that the best tippers are those who have served others. Remember that.
You only have a little over a week to do your holiday shopping. Don’t leave home without your plastic and some extra patience for those sales associates and fellow shoppers.
Life is not about being rich, popular or highly educated. It’s about being real, being humble and being kind.
See you Out and About!
Norm Stutesman resides in Three Rivers with his wife and cat. He receives mail at P.O. Box 103 in Three Rivers.