Out and About – Week of January 6th

Welcome to 2020. I didn’t stay up long enough New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop in Times Square in New York City. It was rumored that Barbara Walters might host the event so that at the stroke of midnight, she could say, “I’m Barbara Walters and this is 20/20.” Whether this happened or not, I’m sure I’ll find out.

At the start of every new year, I think of things I can do to make this column a little more interesting. I get ideas from readers via the US Postal Service, the internet, or in person, should we meet in public. I appreciate the input I receive along with the words of encouragement. I’d like to share a few positive outlooks with hopes that this year will be a much happier one than the past couple. Let’s start out this new decade with these positive outlooks:

Your truest friends are the people who don’t walk out the door when life gets hard. Instead they pour some coffee and pull up a chair.
As you get older, you will understand more and more that it’s not what you look like, or what you own, it’s all about the person you’ve become.
Before you assume, learn the facts. Before you judge, understand why. Before you hurt someone, feel. Before you speak, think.
Home is where you trust the toilet seat.
The weather has been on my mind lately. I can’t remember the last time we had fifty or sixty degree temperatures on Christmas Day. Then on New Year’s Eve, Mother Nature reminded us of who is in charge of the weather. Living in “Pure Michigan”, we must all realize that the weather can change in a very short amount of time. St. Joe County is a pretty nice place to live. Cass County serves as a buffer zone, as does Kalamazoo County. Like the Twilight Zone, there is a “Weather Zone” right around Schoolcraft. You can leave sunny skies in Three Rivers and travel north to Kalamazoo. By the time you leave Schoolcraft, your windshield wipers are in use. There are plenty of jokes made about the changes in weather here in Michigan. Some of the jokes aren’t all that funny.

Like a cat, I’m very curious about many different things. I’ve questioned my friends about some of these curiosities and I have yet to find an answer to the following:

Who let the dogs out?
Why do all the flavors of Fruit Loops taste the same?
Why are eggs packaged in a flimsy carton, yet batteries are secured in plastic that is tough as nails?
Why is abbreviated such a long word?
I’ll have three more items of curiosity next week.

Bair Lake Bible Camp, 12500 Prang Street in Jones will host “Snowfest”, next Sunday, January 12, from 2 until 7 PM. This FREE event includes tubing, ice climbing, broom ball, hay rides, cross-country skiing and basketball. A free dinner will be served from 5 until 6:30 PM. As mentioned, this family event is FREE, but you must RSVP at www.blbc.com.

The American Red Cross will conduct two blood drives within the next week or so. The first will be hosted by the Messiah Lutheran Church, 185 West Fifth Street in Constantine on Friday, January 10 from noon until 4:45 PM. The Centreville United Methodist Church, 305 East Main Street, in Centreville will host the second drive on Tuesday, January 14, from noon until 5:45 PM.

“Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” ~ Helen Keller

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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