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Out and About – Week of June 15th

Peanut butter and bologna? What a combination! I really like peanut butter sandwiches, but not made with just peanut butter. I have never tried a peanut butter and banana combination, although I’ve been told that it’s really pretty tasty, so I’ll add that to my bucket list of sandwiches. I have had peanut butter with slices of dill pickle, and a slice of sweet onion, but not all on the same sandwich. Peanut butter with any type of jelly is a given, but I recently tried a peanut butter sandwich with two slices of bologna included. Not bad at all and I highly recommend it, if you have any sense of adventure whatsoever. Peanut butter and jelly on toast goes great with a bowl of cereal for breakfast. I have a neighbor who does everything organically. Her pantry does not contain anything with preservatives. She suggested that I try a peanut butter sandwich with a slice of tomato. Organically grown, of course.
I mentioned this some time ago, and because we’re into the vacation travel time, I’d like to touch on it one more time. It might make your time away from home a bit more enjoyable and less hectic. This is particularly important if your travel plans include any type of traveling where you’ll need to check your luggage. It’s entirely up to you whether you heed my advice or not. Fasten your seat belt and take note.
Everyone has socks and underwear that have seen better days and you’ve definitely gotten your money’s worth out of them. Take these items with you on your trip. After you’ve worn those socks with the worn out elastic around the ankle, throw them away. The same goes for those undergarments with worn out elastic wastbands and holes in them. Wear them and throw them away. This might also serve as an excuse to take that trip to Europe. “Honey, I have seven pair of boxer shorts that are completely worn out. Let’s go to Paris for a week.” Who knows? Leaving worn out underwear in Paris might improve our foreign relations.
Another thing that I’ve found helpful is to buy several small containers of mouthwash to take with you. Each bottle usually lasts for a day or two, and then you just throw them away. It makes more sense than taking a large bottle that takes up the same amount of space, whether it’s full or half-empty.
Finally, if travel plans are in your future, please don’t publicize this on Facebook, Twitter, or any of the other forms of social media. Too many creepy people out there would love to check out your house or apartment while you’re gone. Don’t give them that opportunity. Along the same line, you’ll want to let your trusty neighbors know your plans. Call them once or twice while you’re gone to make sure your house hasn’t burned to the ground and to be reassured that there hasn’t been a moving van in your driveway. If you’re going to be gone for more than a week, perhaps a neighbor might be willing to mow your lawn. If you’re fortunate to have a helpful neighbor, make sure you bring back something that would serve as a token of your appreciation for that neighbor.
Here are four things that I’ve learned over my lifetime. They make sense to me.
“I’ve learned that I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.”
“I’ve learned that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.”
“I’ve learned that simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights, when I was a child, did wonders for me as an adult.”
“I’ve learned that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.”
Thank you, Andy. I miss your sense of humor and the way you looked at life. You make me want to never cut my eyebrows.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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