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Welcome to the Febuary 2016 Edition!
Welcome to February 2016! January certainly brought us our share of winter weather, didn't it? I had my fill of snow for the season and I am ready to proceed on to Springtime! But I know, we have another good month of winter to get through yet.
February brings us Groundhog Day on February 2nd, President's Day on February 15th, Ash Wednesday on February 10th, Valentine's Day on February 14th, Mardi Gras on February 9th and the Super Bowl on February 7th. Wow, that's a lot of celebrating for the shortest month of the year. On February 22nd, don't forget to celebrate National Margarita Day! I think we just may get through this month after all.
In February, we also observe Black History Month and American Heart Month. February 5th is National Wear Red Day. Wear red to show your support for prevention of heart disease and stroke in women around the world.
Note that February 15th, previously scheduled as a teacher workday, will now be a regular school day for Louisa County students. This change is a result of the time missed from school in January due to snow.
Have a wonderful February and we'll see you right back here in March!
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February in Central Virginia is a pretty cool time of year, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing to do! We still have plenty of things going on, albeit mostly indoors!
You can learn to make mozzarella cheese at the Betty Queen Center this month. You can enjoy some local wine and live music at a local winery. You can play pickleball practically any day of the week at Louisa Parks and Recreation. You can play bingo with your neighbors at the VFW or even go see the crazy antics of the Harlem Globetrotters. There's always plenty to do in lovely Louisa!
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Food for the Soul by Pastor Alex Riffee
"FINDING JOY IN ALMOST ANY SITUATION"
Dachshunds are about the cutest, loudest, weirdest, most curious, wobbliest, possessive, and in-charge kind of dogs I have ever met. We have one in the family named Lily and I promise that she only takes a small piece of the cake. The other dachshunds of the world would also demand their slice à la mode.
Recently, I was sent a video of one of these curious little pups in the midst of January’s blizzard. The small dog whose torso stood only inches from the ground found herself below a towering wall of white fluff, where upon the mere sight of it brought a chill to my bones. And what did this dog do? She dove snout first into the snow and disappeared. Within seconds you saw the bed of snow rise from one part of the yard to the next until she popped back up for air. As the pup finished that tunnel, she joyfully dove in again and again to build more intricate routes through her family’s backyard.
Your Health & Wellness Advice by Dr. David G. Schwartz, M.D.
So why discuss electric power outage as a health issue? Wearing seat belts, not driving drunk or distracted, wearing hard hats and helmets, keeping poisons out of reach of children, training in swimming and water safety, firearm safety, hazardous materials and fire safety, preventing falls, etc., all are vital health issues. “Safety First,” and “Be Prepared” are well known clichés that demand our respect. Preparing for a possible (and probable) extended electricity outage is a part of that. Discussing broccoli vs. cookies has no relevance when food is all gone. Getting annual flu shots fades in relevance when confronted with typhoid or cholera.
I intend for Ted Koppel’s warning not to be a “voice crying in the wilderness.” This issue demands our careful attention, because our health, safety, and physical survival could be put at stake suddenly without warning.
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Food a La Carte
Recipes for February
We managed to survive January 2016 with all its snow and slush! I don't know about you, but I spent a lot of time indoors last month and I spent a lot of time reflecting. As my thoughts frequently do, they turned to food while I was sequestered off from the world. I had laid in my supply of food to last a month, so I cooked soup, stew, chili and all that comfort food. Now I am ready for something completely different. In my reflections, I recalled a special restaurant my husband and I would frequent while living in Richmond.
The restaurant was located in a very unassuming little one-story block building on Laburnum Avenue, directly across from the old Fairgrounds. The restaurant was called Saito's and it served the best home-style Japanese food on the East Coast! Saito's was our "go-to" restaurant if we needed a great meal; it was one of those places that would never let you down. My first visit there was an especially memorable one.
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A Constantly Updated List of All Animal (Exotic, Farm, Pets, etc.) Food Recalls from The American Veterinary Medical Association. Check Back Often! [SEE CURRENT RECALL LIST]
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