National Farmer’s Day on October 12th offers much-deserved praise to the hard-working farmers across the nation. In the midst of harvest-season, the day pays tribute to the men, women, and family who put food in the grocery stores and on our tables every day.
Since today is a Saturday, it would be a great day to visit a farmer’s market, check out a corn maze, visit a pumpkin patch, or take a ride in the country. In Virginia, it is also Wine month where Virginia has many farm wineries.
Additional products and areas that rely on agriculture include:
Caromount Farm in Eastmount near Schuyler, Virginia is a goat farm. They have several types of goats. The owne, Gail Hobb Page, makes several type of gourmet goat cheese from the milk.
In honor of October is National Physical Therapy Month!
The first 2-1/2 months of my knee replacement were a painful torture. During that period, my physical therapist was one of my staunchest supporters to make my life as pain free as possible. Now that the worst of the pain has subsided we are resuming a more ambitious routine with weights, stretches, balancing exercises and a contraption called New Step which is a combination exercise bike with moving arms. Tara likes to do a stretch or a flexion until it “kisses the pain”, but does not cause injury or raise the pain level.
Is your physical therapist Actually a physical terroist? Does she say no pain, no gain And give you a reason to complain? When your pain is at 10 Does she smile with “Let’s begin!”
A good therapist will observe and ask For signs of pain behind the mask Of stoicism on your face As you try your darndest to maintain the pace When she makes you flex and stretch in vain She only wants you to kiss the pain
When it hurts it is time to pause, Is what you’re doing part of the cause? Would it be better in another position Less pain will improve your disposition. Working together to make rehab better Is like getting a check inside your letter
October is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the sixth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. The eighth month in the old calendar of Romulus c. 750 BC, October retained its name (from the Latin and Greek ôctō meaning “eight”) after January and February were inserted into the calendar that had originally been created by the Romans.
We are celebrating 20 years! Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. This annual, worldwide, awareness-raising event has been going strong ever since Helen Osborne founded it in 1999.
Make friends with somebody you do not know in school.
Challenge others to be kind.
October 11 is National Coming Out Day.
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual LGBTawareness day observed on October 11. Founded in the United States in 1988, the initial idea was grounded in the feminist and gay liberation spirit of the personal being political, and the emphasis on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly lesbian or gay person. The foundational belief is that homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance, and that once people know that they have loved ones who are lesbian or gay, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views
National Friends of Library Week celebrates it’s 14th anniversary October 20-26. Friends groups often provide support to libraries–it can be library advcoacy, funding for materials or programming beyond what the regular library budget can support, or community book sales of books, video and audio recordings.
The big one, Halloween, is October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. It is also All Hallows Eve. All Hallows Day is celebrated on November 1. It is also called All Saint’s Day.
Does anyone remember singing the Halloween poem by Harry Behn, in school as a kid? I learned this one in the second grade at Del Rey Oaks Elementary School n Del Ray Oaks, CA.
Tonight is the night When dead leaves fly Like witches on switches Across the sky, When elf and sprite Flit through the night On a moony sheen.
Tonight is the night When leaves make a sound Like a gnome in his home Under the ground, When spooks and trolls Creep out of holes Mossy and green.
Tonight is the night When pumpkins stare Through sheaves and leaves Everywhere, When ghouls and ghost And goblin host Dance round their queen. It’s Halloween.
The celebration started in 1965 in Hawaii when an international gathering decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. Following the meeting in Hawaii, many attendees marked Gratitude Day on 21st September 1966 when back in their own countries. Ever since then, the number of people celebrating Gratitude Day across the world has grown and grown.
If gratitude Is attitude How high is yours?
Or would that be Altitude?
What do you express gratitude for? For me it’s a new guided meditation for pain relief and the support of many of you since my knee replacement surgery.
I had right knee replacement surgery two months ago today. What I wanted was increased functionality and decreased pain. What I got was a four inch red scar across my knee cap.
What I wanted. What he heard. My goals for this surgery were relatively modest: more functionality and less pain. What I got was just the opposite–less functionality and a lot more pain. After the surgery, the surgeon told me that my pain could last up to 6 months but he hoped that mine would not last that long. So far, the only one on the surgical team who seems concerned is the physician’s assistant. As long as there is no infection or vascular problem, from the surgeon’s point of view, the surgery is a success and pain is an unfortunate by-product.
Move over Bo Derek, I’m now a 10 too. On the ‘they say’ scale, pain perspective is personal –we determine our own 1 to 10 assessment on how bad the pain is. The rule of thumb, is that a 10 is so bad you ought to go to the emergency room–which is where I found myself a week ago today. I had written the surgical team that after two weeks of a gradual diminishment of pain, it has suddenly spiked again. I sent the message through My Chart on Thursday afternoon. By Friday afternoon, no one had responded so my husband took me to the emergency room where we spent a delightful 7 hours waiting to be told that everything looked good. (I did get a prescription for 20 more of the drug most likely to provide relief.)
Costco handmedowns. My sister, who had bunion surgery a while back told me about a drug from Costco that was ‘sort of’ working for her. She sent me the remainder of the package that she was ‘taking a break from.’ The package was so bent up that I could not determine what was in it. Her post-it notes said to take one pill for several days and then add a second pill for several more days . I thought the lack of information about what the pills contained and about what several days meant were not promising indicators to try the medication so I did not.
Surgical team responses. On Monday, the physician’s attendant did respond via My Chart that he learned I had gone to the Emergency room and he was sorry to hear that. He also gave me the first explanation on why my pain might have sparked. Blood vessels in the scar tissue may have leaked which would have caused the pain and swelling. Keep taking the oral anti-inflammation medicine and keep the knee iced. Finally someone gave me a possible explanation and did not rule my pain out as a by-product of a percieved successful surgery.