Welcome to October

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It has been a few weeks since I last said hi to you guys. So, Hi, and happy Tuesday! Today is the 1st day of October. With today being the 1st day of the month, I thought it would be fitting to do a Welcome to ______ post. So, WELCOME TO OCTOBER! 🙂 Fall is here (as of September 22). The air is a little more crisp, which makes we want my fall favorites – apples, pears, popcorn, cider, pumpkin pie and corn mazes. The air conditioner is no longer on in my house. I find it necessary to put on a sweatshirt for Ivori’s early morning and late night walks. My fall wreath and other decoration have been put up. Fall makes me want to be outside every moment I get so that I can grab the last few weeks of comfortable weather.

October also marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This means that we will see all the NFL teams with pink jerseys, pink cleats, pink ribbon and lots of other pink things in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m sure all of us know someone or know someone who knows someone who has been stricken with breast cancer. So, donate if you can. AND, don’t forget to do your monthly breast self – checks!

Today, the government shut down for the 1st time in 17 years. That says a lot about our country’s “leaders”. Many Americans – federal employees, veterans waiting on benefits, national park campers and visitors, etc.- were affected by the shutdown. I’m sure we all know at least one person who is being affected by the shut down. The “leaders” who thought they were hurting our President or making him look bad are really hurting the American people, their constituents. Often times, people don’t get involved or make any noise until they are directly affected. It is my hope and prayer that one good thing that will come out of this government shut down is the civic and political involvement of more Americans.

In brighter news, the Affordable Care Act took effect today (Yay!!) despite many efforts to sabotage it, block funding and anything else that could prevent the Act from taking effect. If you don’t have insurance or are considering switching providers, make sure to visit http://www.healthcare.gov (the government sponsored web site) to learn about “The Marketplace” and to find the answers to your questions about coverage.

Have a great October!

Peace and blessings,

Nefertara

P.S. Speaking of football, I think a game day football party might be in order and soon.

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