Out and About – Week of April 16th

I’ve always thought it would be nice to learn sign language. This would come in handy, especially when attending a social function with your significant other and wanting to share a thought or two without speaking out loud. Of course, this would only work if you both could communicate using sign. I mention this because I recently gave a presentation for Leader Dog in Paw Paw. After I informed the audience that there are Service Dogs who understand sign language, someone asked about using sign language in a foreign country. Is there a completely different set of signs? If anyone has an answer on this, I’d be interested in hearing about it.

I recently received a notice from a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers. They asked if I would remind everyone about the upcoming “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. Because I have the highest respect for the employees of the U.S. Postal Service and also appreciate receiving my mail in a timely fashion and in decent shape, I agreed to spread the word. The food drive is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 2018. This is the nation’s largest one-day food collection event, which is designed to help replenish all local food banks. This is a very important and worthy event, because there are about forty-nine million Americans, or approximately one in six, who are unsure where their next meal is coming from. All you need to do is bag healthy nonperishable food and place your donation near your mailbox. Your letter carrier will gladly pick it up when he/she delivers your mail. Oh yes, all donations stay in your local community. One way to prepare for this is to watch for the BOGO (Buy One – Get One) sale at your favorite grocery store. It’s another win-win situation.

My mother owned at least one cast iron skillet. It’s something every kitchen should have. For some reason, the food always tastes better when cooked in this thousand-year-old kitchen necessity. Here are twelve reasons to have your own cast iron skillet:

No toxic fumes while you cook.
Can withstand high oven heat.
It’s non-stick.
Easy to clean.
Inexpensive.
Browns food beautifully.
Has better heat distribution.
Usable as a grill.
Works perfectly over a campfire.
Capable of cooking multiple items at once.
Boosts your iron intake.
In a pinch, it can be used as a weapon.
Why is it that when you’re walking up the stairs and you get to the top, you always think there’s still one more step?

Never give up on someone you can’t go a day without thinking about.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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