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Out and About – Week of November 5th

Many years ago, I was lucky to have a dog that could actually talk. We spent a lot of time together walking and playing in the neighborhood park or in our own backyard. One autumn evening, we sat on the back deck enjoying the setting sun. Rufus, my dog, said that he had something to say and asked that I just listen for a few minutes. I asked him if it would be okay for me to record his statements so that I might share them someday with other humans. He graciously agreed, so here are some of his feelings:

I have a lot less time on this earth, and I’m happiest when I’m spending that time with you.
Put your trust in me. After all, I have to trust you with every aspect of my life; otherwise I’d never survive.
Comfort me when I’m scared. Unlike me, you’re used to all the noise and busy streets and general hustle and bustle of human life. I always feel safe when I’m with you.
Learning new tricks helps to keep me sharp. It keeps me in shape and most importantly, it gives me the chance to impress you. I love it when you’re proud of me.
When I get old, please love me as much as you did when I was young. I might not be a sweet little puppy anymore, but I love you just as much as I did then.
Be at my side when I take my final breath. I know it won’t be easy, but I really need you to be with me when my time on earth has come to an end. Every one of my final moments will be that much easier with you close to me.
Finally, when I’m gone, please remember these words: People are born so they can learn how to lead a good life. That means loving others and being a good person everyday. Dogs already know how to do this. That’s why they don’t need to live so long.
The older you get, the more you appreciate being at home doing absolutely nothing.

There seems to be so much negativity in the world today. It’s getting more difficult to maintain a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA). It’s a tremendous help to have someone who is understanding and willing to help you stay positive. Here are some positive words to live by:

If you realized how powerful your thoughts were, you’d never think a negative thought again.
When you allow what someone says or does upset you, you’re allowing them to control you.
Beautiful things happen in your life when you distance yourself from all negative things.
Don’t expect to see positive changes in your life if you surround yourself with negative people.
Four out of three people struggle with math.
Hopefully the weather has cooperated, and we still have some time to wrap up our fall chores in preparation for the winter weather knocking on our door. One of these chores might be to treat the lawn for the last time this year. The question has come up about when to spread fertilizer on the lawn. I’ve listed four valid reasons why fertilization should take place now:

The stress of summer depletes the turf of its nutrients.
Fall fertilizer replenishes the nutrients and builds a strong root system.
It’s been said that lawns fertilized in the fall emerge denser and healthier in the spring.
A dense lawn is the best defense against weeds.
If caring for your lawn is not at the top of your priority list, just make sure you mow your lawn on a regular basis during the spring, summer and fall.

You’re not truly broke until you think….toilet paper: $1.25 a roll or fast food napkins – FREE!

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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