Out and About – Week of November 9th

Being lazy is probably one of the easiest things any of us can do. It’s too easy to sit back and think to yourself that you’ve learned all you need to know and you’ve done enough already. I’ve known several people who have retired and just sat around on the front porch, or have become couch-potatoes. They had no desire to get Out and About and do new things. Unfortunately, this has a tendency to shorten their life. I’ve had people tell me that they just don’t know what to do with themselves. I’ve tried to keep myself busy since I retired about sixteen years ago. My bucket list isn’t that long anymore. Since retiring, I just don’t have time to work a full-time job. If you’re looking for ways to keep yourself busy, try volunteering. If you want to do something that might benefit you or bring some joy into your life, here are a few ideas:

Learn to play a musical instrument.
Learn to make great chili.
Teach some kind of class.
Be a student in some kind of class. You’re never too old to learn.
Learn to identify the music of Chopin, Mozart, and Beethoven.
Today is Veterans Day. If you are a veteran, you know the meaning of comradeship. It’s the feeling shared by police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, and veterans. It’s like a brotherhood, and nothing can break it. Today, let’s especially remember the veterans. They gave their time to serve the country they love so much. Thank you brothers and sisters! Being one of you, makes me proud.

We’ve all heard the story about pregnant women craving pickles. I love pickles myself, but have never been pregnant, so I don’t know if I would have a stronger craving for them, if I were pregnant. Anyway, if you’ve wondered why pregnant women crave pickles, this might help answer your question. The craving for pickles turns out to be very logical and practical. It is the body’s way of asking for certain nutrients in which it may be deficient. In the case of pickles, it is the salt that the body really is craving. Over the years, women have been told for years to reduce salt intake, but a pregnant woman needs a lot more salt than she normally would. A woman needs to make about forty percent more blood to feed the placenta while pregnant. Salt is a key ingredient in maintaining this higher blood level. The fetus needs a lot of salt also. The unborn baby is constantly bathed in a saline solution. The extra salt has to come from somewhere. By craving things such as pickles, pretzels, and anchovies, the body is assured of getting enough salt. At this time, I’m unaware of any pickle-flavored ice cream. You don’t get this kind of information in just any newspaper.

Last week we all had the opportunity to cast our votes for some very important governmental positions. I hope everyone gave some serious thought to the candidates before they cast their ballot. The great speaker Will Rogers summed it up when he said, “The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.”

It’s really a relief that we no longer have to be bombarded with all the political ads on TV and the radio, not to mention all the JUNK MAIL that filled our mailboxes. Unfortunately, we now must put up with all the ads for Medicare Supplements. I kept track the other evening and just about every commercial break on television had the Medicare Supplement ad. These ads are not just 15 or 30 second spots, but they run for at least a whole minute and sometimes two minutes. Joe Namath and a couple of other celebrities even read what is displayed on your screen. I really appreciate the mute button.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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