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Out and About – Week of February 17th

February 18, 2014 by Administrator 

There is a very well-known support group that holds regular meetings for those individuals in need. I’m not sure if there is a special group for individuals who have my disease, but if there is, I’d be interested in hearing about it. I think that if I were to attend such a meeting, I’d stand and say, “Hello, my name is Norm, and I’m a “Foodaholic”. Like I said, I’m not sure if there is such a thing, but the fact is that I love to eat, and if not handled properly, this can really be a problem.

I was recently told by a highly respected doctor that I must lose some weight. To successfully do this, I should cut back on my carb intake, and stay completely away from sweets. This didn’t sound too difficult, but then he said that I MUST also cut back on the amount of food I consume at one sitting. This really hurt, because I’m not used to doing this. What hurt the worst was when he referred to me as being obese.

Since my visit with Dr. Respected, I’ve done my best to heed his advice. It has been a rough road, and I haven’t been the most pleasant person to be with, but I have a very caring wife, who was told by Dr. Respected that she has his permission to slam me with her cast iron skillet, should I reach for a cookie or candy bar. I’ve also heeded the advice of my other doctor, who said that one should eat in moderation. Watch your carbs and sugars, and the amount of food you consume at one sitting. I feel proud of my accomplishments so far. I’m losing weight gradually and have not taken my anger out on the cat. If anyone needs a cast iron skillet, I have one that I’ll gladly give away, but you mustn’t tell my wife where you got it. I will soon be a lean, mean hungry machine.

Speaking of eating, it’s that time again for the Annual Swiss Steak Dinner, hosted by the Ninth Street United Methodist Church. Located at 700 Ninth Street, in Three Rivers, the church will host this delicious dinner next Saturday, February 22, from 5 to 7 PM. The cost for adults is $8; children ages twelve and under may eat for $5. Oh yes, take-outs will be available. For more information, you may call 269-273-2065.

Blood donors have at least two more opportunities to donate their blood before the end of February. The next opportunity is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 19, from 11:30 AM until 5:15 PM. The American Red Cross will be set up at JOCO Hall, 805 Wood Street, here in Three Rivers, for your donation. Another blood donation opportunity will be a week from today, Tuesday, February 25, from noon to 5:45 PM, at the UAW Local 2093 Union Hall, 15802 Hoffman Road, on the northwest side of Three Rivers. This blood drive is also hosted by the American Red Cross.

If you missed last weekend’s performance, at the Players’ Theatre in Three Rivers, you have one more weekend to catch The Most Interesting Dinner Party…..That Never Really Happened. Playwright Shannon Michelle Piper has the uncanny ability to bring out the laughter in everybody, and her latest production will prove it. The final run of this play is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 21, 22, and 23. The lights come up at 7:30 PM for the Friday and Saturday performances, and the Sunday matinee begins promptly at 2 PM. Adult tickets are $15. and tickets for students and senior citizens may be purchased for $13. Tickets are available at Beam Sound and Video, located on West Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers, and will also be available at the door. As always, advance ticket purchase is advised.

If doggie boots for your pet dog aren’t in your budget, you may protect those precious paws by coating them with nonstick cooking spray before those winter walks. Doing this also helps prevent snow from packing between pads.

Your car would really appreciate it if, after a snowfall, and if your car sits outside, you might consider letting your engine warm up a bit before starting out. This would also give you the opportunity to make sure ALL your car windows are cleared of snow. Other drivers would also appreciate it.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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