Out and About – Week of July 31st

I’ve never considered myself a party animal. I’m not a “teetotaler”, but I do believe that you don’t have to drink to have an enjoyable time. The consumption of alcohol is glorified on television more and more these days. I remember one commercial that showed a lady picking up necessary groceries in preparation for an upcoming storm. The last thing she grabbed, prior to heading for the checkout lane, was a bottle of wine. To each his own. I prefer a Chablis myself, but I doubt it would be on my list of survival supplies.
As I inferred earlier, I’m not that big on parties. I didn’t attend my fiftieth or fifty-fifth class reunion, because I consider myself more of a party pooper than a party animal. It amazes me how a person can see a friend at a party and greet that person like they haven’t seen each other in years, when in reality, they were working together just three hours earlier.
We ventured Out and About last week to Rooster’s in downtown Three Rivers. It was on a week night, so they weren’t terribly busy. If you haven’t been there yet, I highly recommend doing so. Manager Tyler Williams will do his best to make sure you’re happy with the food and service. I really enjoyed the coleslaw. It’s prepared in-house, so it’s always fresh. Check this paper soon for a complete review of Rooster’s.
Where has the summer gone? No worries! We still have the month of August, but if it passes as quickly as July, Labor Day will be here before we know it. A lot of families will take advantage of what’s left of the summer by taking some vacation time and traveling outside Wildcat country. Some have already traveled extensively outside the state. I know this because they’ve let everyone know via Facebook. They’re all having some great family-time. One bit of advice if you’re still planning to hit the open road. Save the pictures for when you return. Burglars also enjoy perusing Facebook. They are always looking for those families who leave their homes available for unwanted guests. Families will spend lots of money while on vacation. They shouldn’t have to spend more when they return home, in order to replace furniture and other valuables that Mr. Burglar needed.
Back-to-school shopping will begin later this month. I have a feeling that some merchants will raise the prices on school supplies, just a little, over the next week or so. Then, just like the Christmas shopping season, they will lower them back to the normal prices, making everyone think that they’re getting a bargain. If you have the time, prove me wrong. Better still, shop for those school supplies now and avoid the crowds. The same might be said for school clothing. Those $200.00 Nike shoes might be priced under $100.00 today.
I’m a busy person who finds it difficult to say no; as a result, I have difficulty taking the time to just sit back and relax. I know I’m not alone in this.
I’ve done a bit of research, and I’d like to share a couple ways in which to relax. By relaxing more, perhaps life will not be as hard to deal with.
First of all, no one should feel guilty about taking time to do just nothing. We should all set aside time every day to relax and make it a strict part of our schedule. Take some time and listen to music, practice yoga, play cards, read a book, or take a walk, unless you’re a mail carrier. The important thing is to do whatever it takes to change your pace and put some sort of a buffer between you and stress. It’s also important to do this regularly. Who knows? It could change your attitude on life in general.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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