Out and About – Week of March 28th

Jimmy Carter, the oldest living Past President of the United States, has been retired for many years, but he doesn’t spend his days sitting around watching television. Instead, he spends most of his time volunteering and helping those less fortunate. President Carter, along with his wife Rosalyn, help build houses for Habitat for Humanity. These are houses built for families who probably would never have a house otherwise. These houses are not “McMansions”, but they aren’t shacks either.

I had the privilege of meeting Mr. JD Yoder a couple of months ago. Mr. Yoder is a construction manager for Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County. He invited us to come to an Open House on Friday, March 18. It was definitely a learning experience. The quality of workmanship was outstanding. The construction is done by volunteers and students interested in learning the building trades. Strict supervision is handled by professionals who know the construction business. Electricians, plumbers, etc., make sure that all construction meets all legal building codes. We need trades people in our world and this is just one way to make sure they will always be available. Thank you JD and your teams for doing what you do so well. Jimmy Carter would be proud.

If you’d like more information about this group, please visit their website at Habitatsjcmi.org. You may also give them a call at (269)467-4663.

We are now observing Daylight Savings Time. The days seem longer because the sun sets later, and the weather is easier to deal with. The government is seriously considering doing away with the time changing. This will, of course, take “time” do do this, because various agencies would need “time” to adjust to the change. There are “times” I’d love to be King for just a day.

God works many miracles and we all learn from those miracles. On Saturday morning, March 19, we stepped outside into the light rain that had been falling most of the night. Lo and behold, our concrete pad was covered with hundreds of skinny worms. Not really suitable for bait, but I still wouldn’t care to step on them in my bare-feet. If you were to ask ten people about this, you would probably get ten different reasons about why this happened. The one answer that I’ll go with is that we had a very full bright moon the night before, and the worms had appeared signaling the arrival of the spring season. The swans and geese have replaced the ice fishermen and the robins will not go hungry. God takes care of all of us.

Spring is here. It’s time to get back on the bicycle and hit the trails. Here’s a two-minute bicycle check you might use to insure you have a safe and enjoyable ride:

Straddling your front wheel, grab the handlebar and attempt to rotate it. It shouldn’t move.
Spin the front wheel. It should turn freely. Press both your tires to check for proper pressure.
Squeeze the front brake. It should grip the metal rim of the wheel snugly. Now try to roll the bike forward. The rear wheel should come off the ground. Do the same with the rear brake, rolling the bike backward to force the front wheel off the ground.
Attempt to wiggle the crank. It should not move. Spin the pedals. They should spin freely. Jiggle your seat. It should not rotate.
Lift your bike a few inches off the ground and drop it. Nothing should fall off.
“Keep well to the right of the oncoming car. Get your close-shaves from the half-pound jar.”


See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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