Out and About – Week of October 4th

“The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fall.”

~ Vince Lombardi

Whether you want to admit it or not, we’re all creatures of habit. A few examples you might relate to:

When you’re in the bathroom getting ready for the new day, do you brush your teeth the same way every time?
When getting dressed, do you put your first sock on the same foot every time?
Do you mow your lawn the same way all the time?
Being a creature of habit is not a bad thing. By doing certain things the same way every time, you are less likely to forget one of the steps.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’d like to share with you some wise advice from Dr. Samantha Leonard, of the Surgical Services department of Three Rivers Health. She is a huge supporter of women having mammograms. Dr. Leonard states, “A mammogram is simply an X-ray picture of your breasts.” A brochure published by Three Rivers Health lists four ways to lower your risk of breast cancer:

Limit your alcohol intake. The risk is twenty percent higher for women who consume two to three alcoholic drinks per day.
Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, quit. It’s the single best thing you can do to improve your health.
Control your weight. After menopause, being overweight or obese increases your risk.
Stay physically active. Regular exercise appears to reduce the risk of breast cancer by ten to twenty percent, especially in postmenopausal women.
If you are a lake-dweller and boat owner, October will be a very busy month. It’s that time of the year when we take our watercraft out of the water and put them away until next spring. In most cases, these vessels should have a bit of maintenance performed on them, such as a thorough cleaning and draining the lower case of oil on the motor. I have found that it is best to have anything dealing with the motor, be done by a professional. There are plenty of Marine Service companies out there. Once you have found one that you like and can afford, put them on speed-dial. They usually keep a record of maintenance that has been performed and will be familiar with your boat. It’s also a good idea to get your boat shrink-wrapped. I’ve tried using a large tarp, and found that shrink-wrapping is the way to go. If you have a large pole barn, save room for the boat. By placing mothballs inside the boat and around the boat’s perimeter, you’ll find that rodents and other critters will find an alternate place to spend those cold winter nights.

Some worthy words of wisdom:

Don’t take life or death too seriously.
It is harder than we remember to be a child.
Not everything can be made sense of.
Your eyes are the windows of your soul.
Trust can be destroyed faster than it can be built.
“College boys! Your courage muster, shave off that fuzzy cookie duster.” ~ BURMA SHAVE

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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