Out and About – Week of February 26th

If you follow Facebook on a regular basis, you’re aware of how many times the Veteran issue is brought up. For many years, the problems that veterans faced were put on the back burner. Thank you to whoever it was that put it higher on the priority list.

As the current commander of the local American Legion post, and a member of the post’s Honor Team, I deal with veteran issues on a regular basis. If you are a veteran, or know of one who might need assistance, please let me know. The American Legion is here for you.

While on the subject of the American Legion, the Honor Team is always available to perform a graveside ceremony for a deceased veteran. The funeral home will contact the Honor Team to make the necessary arrangements. The Team does not charge for this service, but we have been known to accept donations. Donations are used to provide needed equipment for the Team. Each member of the Honor Team sees this service as the most honorable way to pay tribute to a veteran.

Automobiles have become more high-tech over the years. There was a time when I could tell the make and year of a car. It’s very difficult for me to do that today. They all look pretty much alike, and it’s very difficult for me to guess what year the car was manufactured. A lot of improvements have been made and items that were at one time considered an added accessory now come standard. My father had a 1948 Chevrolet. It didn’t come with turn signals, so he bought a signal kit that would work as a left turn indicator, then he installed it himself. Now, all cars have turn signals. There are two problems that I see with the current turn signals. Number one is that many of them are too small on the front of the car. It’s difficult to see as a car approaches. The second problem I have with turn signals does not lie in the turn signal itself. The problem is that drivers don’t feel they need to use them all the time. Perhaps they’re afraid they’ll run out of turn signal fluid.

Speaking of cars and their drivers, it’s smart to turn on your headlights whenever you are using your windshield wipers, especially during a snow storm. There are some who feel they can see quite well during falling snow. What they don’t realize is that others might not see their light-colored car approaching them.

I’m still trying to drop a few pounds. I realize that if I eat healthier, the pounds might just go away. I love salads, but I also love Thousand Island dressing. Vinegar and oil is better than some of the other dressings, so using the tastier dressing might be part of my problem.

I’ve recently mentioned the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables. I promise to put this subject away for a while after I enlighten you on the goodness of cucumbers. One of my favorite treats is the combination of cucumbers, onions, and cherry tomatoes in a vinegar-type liquid.

Here are a few facts on the healthiness of cucumbers:

Not only do cucumbers help eliminate toxins, but they are loaded with water, which eliminates the waste from the body, and has even been known to dissolve kidney stones.
They contain the needed amounts of vitamins for the day. They are rich in vitamin C, A, and B, which boost immunity and energize the body.
They contain silicon, which strengthens the joints and connection tissues, and if mixed with carrots, it treats gout and arthritis pain by reducing uric acid.
I have much more information on cucumbers, but I’ll save that for a time when I’m in need for something to write about. Besides, too much excitement all at once is not good for anyone.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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