Out and About – Week of April 30th

While taking a lunch break at home a week ago, I thought I’d watch a little TV while enjoying some cantaloupe. “The Price is Right” was on at the time, so I decided to watch and see how close I came to guessing the price on some of the items. I couldn’t help but notice how excited most of the contestants were when their guess won. They couldn’t get to the stage fast enough to shake Drew Carey’s hand and give him a hug. I’ve never seen anyone just walk up onstage. Instead, it takes them a few moments to regain their composure. I’m sure when selecting contestants, they take into consideration their degree of enthusiasm. “Wheel of Fortune” winners show an enormous amount of excitement when they win the final puzzle, but in a more reserved way. I wonder if these winners realize the price they pay for winning. Whether it’s money or a new car, there are taxes to be paid and this is when the winner gives up a piece of the pie. After all, Uncle Sam deserves his fair share. Still, I wouldn’t mind winning five million dollars in the lottery. I’d still walk away with a hefty piece of change.

April had way too many days with low temperatures. The month is supposed to be rainy. That way we will end up with May flowers. We had plenty of rain during April, unless you’re a farmer. I rarely hear a farmer complain about too much rain unless it’s time to do planting. Anyway, I’ve already gotten into the habit of enjoying salads more and more. It’s something about the spring season that makes me want to have a healthier diet. A month or two ago I shared some facts on the benefits of eating cucumbers. Here are four more interesting facts on that vegetable responsible for making pickles. I promise not to mention cucumbers again until a year from now.

Cucumbers are high in water and low in calories, so it’s a win-win when it comes to weight loss.
They are rich in fiber, which helps with the digestion process and prevents constipation.
Cucumbers contain valuable minerals including potassium, magnesium, and silicon. These are important and are needed for numerous functions in the body.
The juice in cucumbers is rich in a hormone that is needed for pancreatic cells, which produce insulin.
I can’t think of a single person who doesn’t want to be successful. With success comes a bit of fortune and fame. Some are more successful than others because they have put forth more effort. Connie Doolin hit the nail on the head when it comes to describing a successful person. She is quoted as saying, “A successful person is an individual who is caring for self, others, and has a healthy self-esteem. Success is more tied to personal satisfaction and achievement and cannot really be measured in dollar terms. Many people have the right vision but forget the purpose with the result that they often end up winning the battle but losing the war.”

Albert Einstein was successful in most of his endeavors. He reminded us all to “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” If he were alive today, I’d want to correct him by reminding him that this pertains to women as well as men.

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table, you always manage to knock something else over?

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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