Hi, we are 5 little kittens and have lost our mittens and need a home. We are Woody, Brandy, Star, Baby Ray and Buzz. There are 2 females and 3 males of us and some have long hair and some short hair, some are black and white and some are tigers. So, we have something for everyone. We are about 3 months old and litter-trained. We are friendly and sweet and are good around children. Please come and see us and take us home with you. Our docket # is 11840, at the St. Joseph County Animal Control Shelter located at 652 E. Main St., Centreville, MI. Animal Control is open Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The first Saturday of each month AC is open for adoptions from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Their phone number is 269-467-6475. Please visit the Animal Rescue Fund website at www.arfund.org to see more adoptable pets. ARF will pay for the spay/neuter of an adopted Pet of the Week, at the Humane Society in Kalamazoo. If the owner wants to go to a local vet, the same amount will be given to that vet. Up-Cycled Pets needs reliable foster homes so some pets can learn more about living in a safe home before adoption. Go to www.upcycledpets.com for more information about how to help this group. Last week’s Pet of the Week shepherd was adopted. What a nice Christmas present for him.
This is my final column for the year. It’s been a great year so far, so I really don’t have anything to complain about. Tomorrow is a new day and a new year, and like many of you, I’ve made a few resolutions that, hopefully, I’ll follow through on. Time will tell. One thing I will attempt to do is make this column something that you readers will look forward to reading every week. Writing this column is something I really enjoy doing, so I guess you might consider it a labor of love. I thank you all for the kind words of appreciation.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday. We traveled up to Cedar Springs on Christmas Day and celebrated with family. I was dreading the drive up there, because of the forecasted weather. I was really worried that we’d end up in a ditch somewhere, and not be found until the spring thaw. The roads were pretty much clear, and everyone drove with some common sense, so my worry was for naught. My wife is an excellent driver, but I still stayed awake, watching for Bambi to cross the highway. This past weekend, we gathered with family out at Fisher Lake. This time, the gathering consisted of descendants from my mom and dad. This group totaled around twenty people, so a few members of the family ended up sitting out on the deck. Oh, the benefits of being a senior citizen. Just joking, of course, everyone stayed warm, as we consumed way too much food. Talk about getting Out and About.
The big shopping days are over for a while, but I’d like to offer four more hints about what you might seriously consider doing, should your wallet come up missing:
File a report with your local police department, as well as the department where you think your wallet, or purse, went missing. Make sure to get several copies of these reports and send them to your bank and credit-reporting bureaus.
Alert your bank to change any PINs, cancel your missing ATM card, and send you a new one. If your checkbook is missing, get a new checking account number.
Contact your DMV about a replacement driver’s license, and ask that a stolen/lost warning be placed in your file.
Please don’t forget to replace that library card.
These are but a few ideas worth remembering. The main thing is to always know where your wallet, or purse is at all times. Even at home, don’t keep them out in the open. Thank you, Anna, for your positive contribution this week.
The Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union, located on West Michigan Avenue, in Three Rivers is hosting a fundraiser for DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. All you need to do to be a part of this very worthwhile event is to purchase a paper ornament for one dollar. That’s less than what you might pay for a cup of coffee. This fundraiser will continue through Thursday, January 2.
Even though Christmas is over, you may still continue to give. You do this by donating blood, and the American Red Cross will help by hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, January 8, at Three Rivers Health, 701 South Health Parkway, in Three Rivers. The drive will run from 1:30 to 7:15 PM. This donation is FREE, and they’ll even offer you a FREE cup of juice for your donation.
To close out this week’s column, here are four of “Life’s Little Instructions”:
Sing in the shower.
Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
Leave the toilet seat in the down position.
Never refuse homemade brownies.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman
Happy Holidays! I am a 5 year old female black and tan shepherd/heeler mix. I am very gentle and love attention. I like to walk on a leash and I know to sit and shake on command. My head and cheeks are so soft, just made for petting. I have a bushy tail and two-toned nose. I am not a high energy dog and would be a loving addition to your family. I would really like to have a new home for Christmas so please come and see me. I am a real sweetie. My docket # is 11817, at the St. Joseph County Animal Control Shelter located at 652 E. Main St., Centreville, MI. Animal Control is open Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The first Saturday of each month AC is open for adoptions from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Their phone number is 269-467-6475. Please visit the Animal Rescue Fund website at www.arfund.org to see more adoptable pets. ARF will pay for the spay/neuter of an adopted Pet of the Week, at the Humane Society in Kalamazoo. If the owner wants to go to a local vet, the same amount will be given to that vet. Up-Cycled Pets needs reliable foster homes so some pets can learn more about living in a safe home before adoption. Go to www.upcycledpets.com for more information about how to help this group.
I find it very interesting how life works out. We are born without any teeth and we wear diapers for a while. The final days of our life here on earth, some of us don’t have our teeth anymore, and some of us wear diapers. I’m sure there are a few more similarities, but I won’t go into them at this time. I do, however, want to touch on the topic of napping.
As an infant, naps happen a several times a day. Babies need naps, because their little bodies are developing, and that can wear one out. If babies don’t get their naps, they get quite cranky, and that is not a good thing.
I can’t remember when I stopped taking naps, but I do remember that, in Kindergarten, all of us would place our little rugs on the floor and take maybe a ten-minute nap. This gave Mrs. King, our teacher, a chance to regain her composure. I don’t know if Kindergarteners do this anymore or not. I’ve been told that many high school students take frequent naps during their classes. A cure for this latter action, might be to have the high schooler lie down on a little rug in front of the class.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve found that an afternoon nap can be quite satisfying. I’ve taken a few power naps in my day, and they seemed to do the trick.\
Here is some information for your reading pleasure. Perhaps, after reading it, you won’t feel the least bit guilty about taking that afternoon snooze.
10-20 minute nap: The power nap is ideal for a boost in alertness and energy. The length usually limits one to the lighter stages of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, making it easier to hit the ground running after waking up.
30-minute nap: Sleeping this long may cause sleep inertia, a hangover-like groggy feeling that lasts for up to thirty minutes after waking up, before the nap’s restorative benefits become apparent.
60-minute nap: This nap is better for improvement in remembering facts, faces, and names. It includes slow-wave sleep, the deepest type. The downside might include some grogginess upon waking up.
90-minute nap: This would be a full cycle of sleep, meaning the lighter and deeper stage, including REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, typically likened to the dreaming stage. This leads to improved emotional and procedural memory and creativity. A nap of this length typically avoids sleep inertia, making it easier to wake up.
I’m a big fan of naps, especially on a dark and gloomy winter day. My naps usually lasts about 120 minutes. My source didn’t talk that much about naps of that length. I usually wake up feeling pretty good and rested. I justify my nap by reminding myself that a nap wouldn’t happen if my body didn’t need it. With that said, I’ll finish the column, find my little rug, and hit the floor.
This being Christmas Eve, we have only hours to come up with a gift for that special someone for Christmas. Here are my final ideas, if you want to get something that wasn’t made in China:
If you know someone whose computer could use a tune-up, and you know a computer geek, who is struggling to get his repair business up and running, give her/him a call.
Local crafts people would love to do business with you. You’d be amazed at what kind of clever gifts they would love to sell you.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants, and leave your server a nice tip.
Please give generously to the mail carrier, trash guy, or your babysitter.
~HAVE A JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THOSE YOU LOVE AND CHERISH~
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman
Hi, my name is Bentley and I am a 5 year old brindle and white male boxer. I am a real gentleman and love attention. I am good on a leash, housetrained and an already neutered. I have to take daily medications and Animal Control has the name of my vet who can answer any questions you may have. I would really like to have a new family for Christmas so please come and see me and take me to your home. My docket # is 11823, at the St. Joseph County Animal Control Shelter located at 652 E. Main St., Centreville, MI. Animal Control is open Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The first Saturday of each month AC is open for adoptions from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Their phone number is 269-467-6475. Please visit the Animal Rescue Fund website at www.arfund.org to see more adoptable pets. ARF will pay for the spay/neuter of an adopted Pet of the Week, at the Humane Society in Kalamazoo. If the owner wants to go to a local vet, the same amount will be given to that vet. Up-Cycled Pets needs reliable foster homes so some pets can learn more about living in a safe home before adoption. Go to www.upcycledpets.com for more information about how to help this group. Last week’s Pet of the Week, who was a beagle, was adopted.
With Christmas just a week away, your time to mail your parcels, has just about run out. If you’re a procrastinator, you still have seven days. If you still need to make that trip to the post office, please note that you may have to wait in line for a few minutes. It may seem longer than that, but I have yet to hear of someone waiting for a half-hour, as they might state, when they finally make it to the clerk’s window. Also keep in mind that the postal clerks don’t have a stool to sit on, as they handle each customer, so their feet and backs might ache. Yet they seem to be always attentive and concerned to your needs. Finally, before you start complaining to the clerks about the high cost of postage, you might want to know that the postage here in the United States is about the lowest in the world.
I’ve dedicated the first paragraph to the postal clerks, so I feel it’s only fair that I write a few words, and dedicate some time to those postal carriers out there. Every day they walk the same route and deliver the same mail to the same people. They must do this in a timely fashion. They have several check points along their route, where they must check in. They shouldn’t be late or early, because that might upset you, the customer. Working for the US Postal Service is a great job, with decent pay, but I don’t think I could handle the walking, even though it would do me some good. When it comes time to thank the garbage man and the paper boy, please don’t forget your postal carrier. A cookie can taste pretty good about mid-morning.
A special thank you to those public service people who installed the Christmas lights downtown and along Michigan Avenue. They really help spread the Christmas spirit.
On Friday, December 6, we had the pleasure to attend a Christmas concert at Miller Auditorium, in Kalamazoo. It featured the Kalamazoo Concert Band, with special guest Tom Wopat. The first half of the evening’s performance featured the KCB. Members of the band, include many musicians from the Three Rivers area. The assistant conductor is Brian Shetterly, who also knows how to work a slide trombone. Band members don’t receive any money. The only pay they receive is the applause you give them after a performance. They do what they do for the love of music. The second act featured Tom Wopat, one who knows his way around a stage, whether it’s on Broadway, or the Barn Theater, in Augusta. He loves to sing, with his favorite style being that of Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme. If you’ve never experienced Miller Auditorium, you have no idea how much talent can be seen just twenty some miles north.
Several more ideas for gifts not made in China:
A round of golf at a local golf course.
An oil change for someone’s car, truck, or motorcycle.
A house cleaning for some lucky homemaker.
My final ideas next week.
With the days left for your holiday shopping dwindling down, you might want to make note of a few suggestions on how to protect your wallet. I mentioned this topic a couple of weeks ago, and received some very positive feedback. T1hus, a few more suggestions, thanks to my friend Anna:
Make photos of the front and back of every card you keep in your wallet or purse. These might include your driver’s license, credit and insurance cards, and even your library card. Yes, there are crooks who like to read, and would think nothing of using your library card, and running up some high fines. This might seriously affect your credit score. Keep these copies in a secure place in your home.
If your credit cards are stolen, along with your wallet, call your credit card issuers and request an account number change. Don’t say you want to cancel the account; that may be understood as meaning you want to close it, which could inconvenience you, plus hurt your credit score.
More information coming your way soon.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman