Fall means the arrival of Jack Frost, fly-balls and flu shots

I hope that most of you are really enjoying one of the best Indian summers that we have been blessed with for quite some time

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I hope that most of you are really enjoying one of the best Indian summers that we have been blessed with for quite some time, while also scurrying around in a good mood and doing the last minute chores that are always required before the inevitable white chill arrives on the scene. Most of the golf courses are now covered in leaves, while the youngsters and the rest of the older Halloween fanatics are real busy preparing their unique costumes for that spooky jaunt around the community on Friday, Oct. 31.

Meanwhile, lots of dads, grandpas and many other assorted baseball fanatics are rushing home each night to grab a snack and snuggle in for the traditional World Series October showdown. No matter what the weather may be most families are already settled in to their winter sport and activity mode, whether it be heading to the rink or the gym, getting some invigorating action going in the great outdoors, or bundling up and becoming a much appreciated fan, volunteer and parent at any number of exciting community events.

Whatever we may choose to participate in and enjoy indoors or outdoors this coming winter, our health officials are once again telling us how important it is for all eligible Albertans of all ages to take a few moments and get a flu shot this fall. The newest FREE vaccine (as well as pneumonia shots) became available on Monday, Oct. 20 and will be carefully administered at numerous clinics and other outlets throughout the community. Please check the Ponoka News and for posters around town listing the time and location where the shots will be available, and remember that as we bravely roll up our sleeves and participate in this vital immunization process, we are not only protecting ourselves, but also expressing special care and consideration for the health and welfare of our precious family, friends and neighbours all around us.

Of course, many of the Halloween costume themes have gone ultra-modern this time around, and will feature: Zombies, Star Trekkies, Terminators, X-men, Box Trolls, Equalizers, Godzilla, Ninja Turtles (2014 version), Lady Gaga and all sorts of other flashy super-heroes, and, of course, villains. There will be some who will transform into those traditional roles such as ghosts, angels, werewolves, wicked witches, goblins, bats, and on and on into the dark night. Before we place those wild and weird pumpkins out on the porch or in the window, it is important that we make sure that all those precious trick or treaters are dressed warm underneath their costumes and that they can see well through their eye-holes before they head out on their magic evening with visions of collecting a bag full of treats racing through their minds. The little toddlers will likely go out with a parent close behind while others should maybe go along for the thrills with a buddy, and take along a flashlight and a cell phone just in case. Those who are staying home to hand out treats should make sure that your porch light is on if you want some neat and noisy visitors, and please check the kid’s candy bags before them or dad start to consume the goodies. For those heading out to frolic later in the evening, please remember to keep your pranks as mischievous fun, but safe, and not intended to harm others. If you are staying out late and partaking of a little pumpkin elixir, make sure that you find a designated spook to take you home.

Some wise and hilarious phrases about our lifestyles

I just had to pass these little truths on for all of you to enjoy, to chuckle about and maybe even to realize that throughout our busy lives, they may affect us all in some unique and very special way, if we wish to admit it.

● The nicest thing in the future is that it always starts tomorrow.

● Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

● If we don’t have a sense of humour, we probably don’t have much sense at all.

● Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

● How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

● Why is it at class reunions that you feel younger than everyone else looks?

● No one ever says ‘it’s only a game’ when their team is winning.

● I have now reached the age where ‘happy hour’ is a nap.

● The trouble with bucket seats is that not everyone has the same bucket.

● Do you realize that in about 40 years we’ll have thousands of old ladies and sagging gentleman running around with tattoos? By then today’s rap music will be our Golden oldies.

● Always be yourself because people that matter don’t mind and the ones that mind don’t matter.

● Life isn’t always tied with a bow, but it is still a precious gift.

Keep enjoying the sunny days, even though they are a little shorter, but also a real good time to put up our outside Christmas lights, before it (the s word).

Have a great week, all of you.