Out and About – Week of February 23rd

Most of the time when one goes “Out and About” to dine, your silverware is wrapped nicely in a napkin. We recently had the opportunity to attend a dinner event where the silverware was not wrapped in a napkin, but rather placed on the placemat. My wife and I noticed that the silverware was not arranged in the way that we were taught. At this event, the knife was on the left side of the placemat, two forks were on the right side, and the spoon was near the top-center of the setting. My mother taught me how to set the table for our evening supper. The forks go on the left, the knife, with the cutting edge facing the plate, was directly to the right of the plate, followed by the spoon. The water glass is normally located at the top right of the placemat. Now the world is not going to end because of the mis-placing of the silverware, nor is the ceiling going to come down on top of us, because some knucklehead does not see anything wrong with wearing his baseball hat at the table, but my mom would be quite upset if I ever got up from the dinner table without saying, “May I please be excused? I’ve finished eating, and I’d like to go outside now?” It’s my opinion that our society has failed to educate our children in social graces and plain old manners. I have a feeling that we are all too busy with our lives, which has resulted in the eroding away of the family unit. The availability of fast-food has made it possible for some of us to get rid of the dining room table. Perhaps there should be a high school class that centers on social graces. Opinions are like noses. We all have one, and I’ve just shared mine with you.
For you hunters or “Wanna-Be-Hunters”, you might be interested in the upcoming Hunter Education Class being held at the St. Joseph County Conservation and Sportsman Club, 23640 Featherstone Road, between Centreville and Sturgis. Registration for this FREE class will be Thursday, March 12, from 7 to 8 PM, at the club. The three class sessions will be also held at the club on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 19 through 21. All three sessions must be attended. First-time hunters will need to take this class in order to obtain a hunting license. Class size is limited, so it would be a good idea to arrive early to register. The Thursday and Friday sessions are held in the early evening, and the Saturday session is held in the morning. For more information or answers to any questions, please contact Charlie Reynolds at 269-273-7295 or 269-251-3946.
This is definitely the season for comfort food. A perfect example of comfort food would be a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. Some time ago, during one of those evenings when you just want to stay home, my wife prepared a big bowl of mushroom soup and one of her grilled cheese sandwiches. It was quite filling and very tasty.
My wife makes the best grilled cheese sandwich. I’m not exactly sure how she does it, because I’m not allowed in the kitchen when she prepares them. Maybe one of the things that makes it good is that she takes her time and doesn’t cut corners. Every inch of the bread is buttered and covered with cheese. I’m trying my best to treat her in the way that she has become accustomed, because I’d sure like another grilled cheese creation.
Some clever facts for those who love to golf:
Golf balls are like eggs – they’re white, they’re sold by the dozen, and a week later you have to buy more.
A pro-shop gets its name from the fact that you have to have the income of a professional golfer to buy anything in there.
It’s amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks, and rake his sand traps.
When you think about it, did you ever notice that it’s a lot easier to get up at 6 AM to play golf than at 10 AM to mow the lawn or go to church?
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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