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October Calendar

 

I learned while working 25+ years in behavioral health that the alignment of celestial bodies directly affects human behavior.  Therefore, I find it fun to include full moon and astrology information every month.  Even if you do not believe in astrology, the fact remains that tides are always much more severe during full moons.

October Full Moon Names: Hunters Moon, Harvest Moon

Libra (symbolized by a Scale) – From September 23 to October 22 / History

Scorpio (symbolized by a Scorpio) – From October 24 to November 21 / History

 

Random Acts of Kindness

Help animal rescue shelters without spending a single penny!  Donate worn out towels, sheets, blankets, etc. to local animal & bird rescue shelters.  They are always in need of items to keep animals/birds clean, dry, and warm.  I volunteered at a bird rescue in Delaware for several years.  The time I spent there not only helped them, but also taught me some important lessons.  It also created many memories that I still think about – more than 40 years later!

 

SORT: Organizational Tips

Many times, saving money and being organized go hand-in-hand.  Being proactively organized ALWAYS saves money.

  • For example, most people do not think about having their air conditioner inspected until the A/C unit breaks down.  At those times, all service companies significantly increase prices for those inspections for two reasons.  (1) They know you will pay just about anything if you NEED your air conditioner and it is already hot outside.  (2) Their service technicians must endure the heat to work on your unit.  That means, those techs will need to take frequent breaks to cool off.  That means, it will take longer for their techs to fix your unit.  And, that means those techs are able to service fewer units, and company profits will decrease.  Therefore, they increase service call prices, parts prices, etc. so they can maintain their profit levels.  So, when you eliminate both of those issues, A/C service companies will reciprocate by reducing their costs.  By scheduling your A/C inspection in October, you will save money on an annual maintenance package.
  • That same concept works for most services and even products.  For your heater, wait until late spring when you no longer need your heater, to schedule an annual inspection.  Buy clothing at the end of each season for clothing that WAS needed for the season.  Retailers need to clear their inventories to make room for the new season’s clothing.
  • Begin working on November’s menu, remembering to buy fruits & veggies that are in season.  Although street markets will no longer be popping up along the sides of streets or in parking lots, you can still get great fruits & veggies from public markets. Choose My Plate offers a variety of ways to Focus on Fruits, to add more veggies to your diet, as well as food galleries for veggies and fruits.
  • Not only does it provide more diversity in your menu, but also, keep in mind that the world’s healthiest foods are seasonal. Modern food processing and distribution makes it so supermarket produce sections look the same in September as they do in March or June.  However, processing also involves chemicals and higher sodium content.  It is much healthier to increase the flavor of your food items naturally than with chemicals. Consider adding broccoli to macaroni & cheese to increase your daily quota of fruits & veggies; or add frozen peas to casseroles or berries to ice cream and so on.  Consider including veggies that are common in autumn harvest such as: carrot, garlic, onions, pumpkin, sweet potato, and tomatoes. And, fruits such as: apples, kiwifruit, pears, persimmons, or pomegranates.

 

SAVE: Money-Saving Tips

  • Watch for sales on Halloween baking ingredients.  The week prior to Halloween, pumpkin prices will be deeply cut.  The day after Halloween, candy, orange colored boxed mixes will all be significantly reduced.  Winter squash will be reduced in price and squash keeps for months.  Pumpkin prices will drop significantly.  This is when I stock up on sugar pumpkins (not the kind used for carving) and make my own puree.  I measure 2 cups of puree in re-sealable bags and freeze them.
  • Black Friday and Cyber Week are just around the corner.  Start looking around your home for items you may want to replace or new items you might want to buy.  Do your research now so you will know which will be best for you when those sales happen.

 

Events and Awareness Campaigns

National Seafood Month: Use this month to learn about sustainable fishing, learn to like new kinds of seafood, and this an overall new experience.  Consider visiting a sustainable seafood farm in your area or go to a pier and buy fish right from the boats as they come back to dock or for those who have no access to a fishing pier, learn how to get the freshest seafood in your area.  One great way to find sustainable farms is the Department of Fish and Wildlife in your area.

Try something new.  My son (Bryan: a gourmet chef) told me that the lighter color fish are the milder taste of the fish.  Examples: Mahi Mahi, Monk Fish, Cod, Ahi Tuna, and flounder.  Some things I have learned that might help others who are working at learning to like fish are:

  • Texture is equally as important as mild flavor.  For example, although flounder is very mild, I find it too mushy and still do not like it.
  • Bryan prefers to cook fish with no breading or coating because the breading/coating defeats some of the health benefits of fish.  I like the texture and taste of fish sandwiches that you can get at many fast food restaurants.  Therefore, he bought cod and prepared that using a few seasonings and I LOVE it!
  • I tried Ahi Tuna and I really like it; however, I’m working at getting past the way it looks because when Ahi is cooked properly, the center is raw.  However, the taste is very mild.
  • The last tip I discovered is that when I first try new fish, I do not want it in a recipe (such as fish tacos or Newberg, but I prefer it plain.  After I try it a couple times plain, I can then begin to get more creative with it.
  • Other types of seafood to try are scallops; however, again, the texture makes a difference.  For example, bay scallops have more texture than sea scallops.  Lobster can be very expensive unless you live in an area where it comes directly off the piers.  Same for crab.

Mac Left – Gala Right

It is National Apple Month. Make some recipes with apples or better yet – take the family and

go apple picking.

 

 

Food Facts

With the Autumn Equinox just around the corner, I begin thinking about all the “comfort foods” that I love during the fall.  In fact, each year, I have my own “Chili Bake-off” when I make a huge batch of chili and freeze it in individual portions to have throughout the year.  One recipe you might like to see is from JenReviews: Rustic Pinto Bean Chili.

Oktoberfest began on September 22, 2018 this year in Munich, Germany.  It is the largest Volkfest in the world!  I do not care much about beer; however, I love the German foods.  In fact, it was because of Oktoberfest that I learned about many German mustards that are available.  Next, I discovered that Aldi (one of my favorite grocery stores due to the amazingly low prices) began in Germany.  Therefore, during Oktoberfest, they make many German foods and condiments available during the latter part of September through the beginning of October.  If you want to learn more about Oktoberfest, please check out the article I wrote: Willkommen auf dem Oktoberfest. 

 

Fun Facts

This article about the Statue of Liberty is a follow-up to the article I wrote in July about Independence Day.  The reason for printing this article now is because October is the anniversary of when France gave the Statue of Liberty to the United States.  The Statue of Liberty dedication was held on October 28, 1886.  Not many people know that the Statue was used as a lighthouse for 16 years beginning November 22, 1886.

  • Following the end of the Civil War in May 1865, the United States began preparing to celebrate our Centennial.  At that time, Edouard de Laboulaye, a French anti-slavery activist, was an active supporter of President Abraham Lincoln.  He proposed presenting the United States with a Monument because abolishing slavery was a significant milestone.  Additionally, he thought it might strengthen France’s relationship with the United States.
  • In September 1875, he formally announced the formation of the Franco-American Union.  This union would be responsible for fundraising efforts.  The statue was named: “Liberty Enlightening the World”.
  • Laboulaye contacted his friend, Frédéric Bartholdi, who was a sculptor to make this effort a reality.  Rumor has it that he modeled the statue’s face after his mother.
  • The tablet of law (symbol of the French revolution which means the law is the same for all), that is held in her left hand is inscribed: July IV MDCCLXXVI.  That is July 4, 1776 in roman numerals.
  • The Statue of Liberty dedication was held on October 28, 1886.
  • The torch held by Lady Liberty and first illuminated on November 1, 1886.  French designer of the statue, Frederic Bartholdi, was impressed to see his statue illuminated.
  • The Statue of Liberty initially operated by the United States Lighthouse Board.  Through the years, operational tasks changed to different organizations.  It is currently owned by the National Park Service.
  • At one time the torch, which is a symbol of enlightenment, was open to tourists.  It was closed as a result sabotage by German agents on July 30, 1916.  Their intent was to destroy munitions made in the USA and supplied to allies during World War I.  The term “Black Tom” referred to a mile-long pier connecting a man-made “island” next to Liberty Island.  And, apparently from a “dark skinned” fisherman who lived on the island for many years.
  • You can schedule a tour of the Statue of Liberty by contacting https://www.statuecruises.com/#/

 

Best Time to Buy . . .

  • Appliances (Holiday Weekends)
  • Fishing equipment
  • Grills
  • Lawn mowers
  • Women’s coats

 

Seasonal Tips/Tasks

About 40 years ago, I moved from California to Delaware.  The 1st year on the east coast, I learned some hard lessons.

  • A major snowstorm was predicted to hit in January.  Snow was the farthest thing from my mind when I moved to Delaware in July.  I went shopping for a snow shovel and discovered that prices from the previous month had more than tripled!
  • Up until mid-December, the sweaters that my son had were sufficient.  In mid-December, we went shopping for a winter coat for him.  I was amazed to find that there were no winter coats left anywhere!  I asked a store clerk about that and she asked where I was from.  I told her California.
  • She explained how clothing rotations worked in locations that have seasons: they sell clothing before seasons arrived.  Therefore, they cleared their stock of the previous season’s clothing to make room.
  • Therefore, my seasonal tip is to think about items you may need NEXT YEAR and buy them now.  Keep in mind your children’s growth spurts and buy clothing in larger sizes.

 

Reminisce

Ticker tapes were how stock price information was transmitted over telegraph lines starting in 1870.  They were actually paper strips that ran through stock tickers.  The term “ticker” was derived from the sound the machines made as the paper was printed.  The 1st Ticker tape parade was used at the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.  Thereafter, Ticker tape parades were used to honor significant achievements by government officials, returning Veterans, sports champions who were from the New York area.  The most recent Ticker tape parade was on July 10, 2015 in honor of the US women’s national soccer team, who won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

 

What a difference a century makes!

Below are some statistics from the year 1918 in the United States:

  • The average life expectancy for men was 47 years
  • Fuel for cars was only sold in drug stores
  • Only 14 percent of all homes had a bathtub
  • Only 8 percent of all homes had a telephone
  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower
  • The average wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour
  • The average worker made between $200 & $400 per year
  • More than 95 percent of all births took place at home
  • 90 percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
  • Sugar cost 4 cents a pound
  • Eggs cost 14 cents a dozen
  • Coffee cost 15 cents a pound
  • Most women only washed their hair once a month.  And, they used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo
  • The Five leading causes of death were:
    • Pneumonia and influenza
    • Tuberculosis
    • Diarrhea
    • Heart disease
    • Stroke
  • The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30
  • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet
  • There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day yet
  • Two out of every 10 adults could not read or write
  • Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school (most kids stayed at home to work the farms and help their families make money
  • There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.
    • And, back in 1918, you would not be reading this article on your computer or smartphone because each piece of paper had to be typed on a manual typewriter and either printed and put on general store or pharmacy counters or at newspaper stands

 

Things that will (or already have) disappear: Your Privacy: Your privacy has already been compromised.  Everything you do is being tracked, logged, and analyzed and provided to product managers, marketers, hackers, etc.  You already must agree to website privacy policies before you can enter their websites.  Your SmartPhones track your location, not only to enable GPS, but also for conglomerates that “watch” your locations.  Computers have tracking cameras inserted that watch your every keystroke.  Take a look at your laptop, just above the screen and you will frequently see a small, circular “window”.  That’s a camera.  When you call a company’s customer service, you almost always hear the recorded message: “this call may be monitored”.  Do not think that is ONLY for customer service training!  The Internet of Everything (IoE) already tracks many of your daily movements.  Satellites have had the ability to “look inside your homes” for years.

 

Halloween Witch

October 31st: Halloween is a favorite holiday of man because there is no stress, holiday preparation overload, or post-holiday depression; it’s just plain fun. Bats, the Bizarre, Dracula, Ghosts, Witches, Graveyards, Ghouls, Haunted Houses, Halloween Movies, Paranormal, Halloween Parties, Pumpkins, Skeletons, Scarecrows, Vampires . . ..

 

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