Out and About – Week of November 28th

The Three Rivers Artists Guild would like everyone to know about their Holiday Art Gallery. This gallery is open through Christmas Eve, December 24. Located at 28 North Main Street in historic downtown Three Rivers, you’ll find a vast assortment of fiber art, greeting cards, jewelry, paintings, photography, plus much more along with ideas for this Christmas holiday season. The hours for the gallery are Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon until 6 PM, and Fridays from 10 AM to 8 PM. This would be a great opportunity to check off items from your Christmas gift list.

There are some appliances we don’t appreciate until they quit on us. One of these items is our water heater. No one likes to take a cold shower, or even wash our hands in cold water, so when that water heater gives up the ghost, it can be a very unpleasant experience. I’m sure there are some of you who remember as a child, taking a bath in a washtub with water heated from a wood-burning stove. If you were lucky, you were the first one in the tub, so your bathwater was clean. Anyway, when your water heater finally quits on you, replace it with a tank-less heater. A tank-less heater costs about the same, but is likely to last more than twenty years, as opposed to the ten to fifteen year life expectancy of a tank heater. Plus, tank-less modes are 24 to 34 percent more energy efficient. If you are empty nesters, this is the way to go.

During World War II, blackout windows were the thing to have, especially if you were living in a war zone, or if you were living in some areas of the west coast. Now, with high energy costs, the idea is coming back, but in the form of blackout curtains. Homes lose about 30 percent of their heating energy through windows in the winter, and during the hot summer months, 76 percent of sunlight that falls on double-pane windows becomes added heat. Blackout curtains might not be such a bad idea.

Wednesday, December 7, is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This was the day that, according to President Franklin Roosevelt, would go down in infamy. It’s another day we should all remember and pay special tribute to those men and women who perished that Sunday, 81 years ago.

Now that Thanksgiving Day 2022 is in the history books, many of us will be decorating our homes with the many lights of the Yuletide season. If you were smart, you put up those lights weeks ago while the temperatures weren’t quite as chilly. If you’ve already installed your lights, I applaud you. If you are just getting ready to purchase lights, here are two money-saving tips.

LED holiday lights consume 70 percent less energy than conventional incandescent light strands.
Use light timers so you don’t have to remember to unplug your lights every evening.
I have been extremely lucky. I have yet to experience the symptoms of COVID. I’ve received all of my booster shots, and continue to take proper care of myself. I have friends who have been stricken more than once and have survived. I’m sure my day will come, when I’ll feel nauseous, tired and weak. I’ll probably lose my sense of taste and won’t feel like getting out of bed. Until then, I’ll try to keep up-to-date on all necessary precautions.

If you are just getting over a COVID experience and haven’t had a booster, you might want to wait before getting another poke in the arm. Research shows that you should wait three months from the onset of symptoms, or a positive test, before getting the booster. This gives your immune system time to reset its own natural defenses before you add the additional protection of the vaccine. When in doubt, check with your family physician.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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