Did anyone else stay up to watch the meteor shower last week? I
hadn’t seen one since college, when I stayed up that late on a daily basis. It was
actually in a direction that we had a clear view of. That is one of the few
drawbacks about being surrounded by trees; you don’t have much view
of the horizon.
It was pretty spectacular. The first meteor I saw was green. I suppose
the color has something to do with the mineral content of the meteor, but
it was so beautiful. I sat there on the porch for over an hour until I got
too cold, but it was worth it. But then I had to take a hot water bottle to
bed with me. The Mountain Man objects strongly to what he calls
“penguin feet” (very cold ones) coming
near him when he is asleep.
Now that the elections are over, I would like to ask a favor of all
those loyal volunteers who put out roadside signs. Could you please go take
them down? It is a shame that our roadsides are so cluttered. I ask the same
favor of people who advertise garage sales, family parties, and other events
that require signs.
I made my annual pilgrimage to the doctor this week. Flu shot,
50,000-mile checkup and no breakfast. I am glad to report that I am still
healthy. But I want to remind people who are outside a lot to wear sunscreen
every day. At least an SPF 15.
I know this probably sounds crazy here in the rainy Valley, but UV
rays are still out there causing skin damage. This is especially important
with snow season coming up. There are many types out there, so you can
pick your favorite, but wear it! You will be glad you did. I use a moisturizer
with SPF 15 put out by what my nephew used to call Oil of Delay.
Here is a hint for you crafters out there. Did you know you could use
a piece of brown paper bag as sandpaper? It has to be the regular
grocery type, not the slick ones. It works quite well, and is especially good on
small paint projects. I use it for my painted ornaments, but I have also used
it when touching up paint on repairs such as nail holes.
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. Count your blessings and
I’m sure you will find many things to be thankful for. You can even be
thankful for bills. If you have a heating bill, be thankful you are warm. A
mortgage payment could make you thankful you have a home. With the giving
season coming up, be thankful you can give, and have family and friends to
give to. And I hope we will all remember those less fortunate than ourselves.
If you can’t give money, maybe you can give time. It all helps.
Thought for the Week: Our tokens of love are for the most part
barbarous, cold, and lifeless because they do not represent our life. The only
gift is a portion of thyself. Therefore, let the farmer give his corn; the miner,
a gem; the painter, his picture; and the poet, his poem. _
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