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Maybe hibernation is way to go this cold winter: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 1/17/18

Here we are in the middle of January. We suffered extremely cold weather and who knows what is in store for us for the remainder of Winter 2018!

January seems to be a good month for sleeping. …

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Maybe hibernation is way to go this cold winter: LaVonne Ackerman

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Here we are in the middle of January. We suffered extremely cold weather and who knows what is in store for us for the remainder of Winter 2018!

January seems to be a good month for sleeping. Just ask hibernating bears! This could be the best way to cope with cold.

Did you know teenagers require 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night? Adults ages 18 to 64 should get seven to nine hours. Older adults, 62 and older, should get seven to eight hours.

School-aged children need 9 to 11 hours and preschoolers need 10 to 13 hours. Toddlers require about 11 to 14 hours. I am guessing that is including naps. Are you getting enough sleep?

All of this talk about sleep is making me tired. This is the perfect month to grab your warmest blanket and settle down for a nice winter’s nap.

Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to email me your news to share.

Fun facts for Jan. 17

In 1893, Millsboro, Delaware, made a state record for the coldest day. How cold was it? 17 degrees below zero. That is pretty cold!

In 1917, the United States paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands. A warm thought.

In 1920, this was the first day of Prohibition as a result of the 18th Amendment.

In 1945, evacuation began from Auschwitz concentration camp.

In 1982, “Cold Sunday” was coined as numerous cities in the United States saw temperatures fall to their lowest in more than 100 years.

Birthdays

Happy cake day to Tyna Brinser of Lower Swatara as she hears the birthday song sung on Wednesday, Jan. 17. I hope it is a beautiful sound to you!

Cathy Farr of Lower Swatara will celebrate her confetti-popping day on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Enjoy it all week long!

Happy 14th birthday to Annalise Spagnolo of Lower Swatara on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Hoping your birthday week is full of bling and sparkles!

Here is a shout-out to Jim Gallagher of Lower Swatara. He adds another candle to his cake on Thursday, Jan. 18. Have fun celebrating, Jim!

Happy big-deal 20th cake-and-ice cream day to Garrett Deyle of Lower Swatara. His happy birthday is Thursday, Jan. 18.

Kaitlin Shartle of Lower Swatara hits No. 24 on Thursday, Jan. 18. Where has the time gone, Kaitlin? Best wishes for a bright year!

Olivia Yeich of Lower Swatara will have 12 candles atop her frosty-filled cake on Thursday, Jan. 18, a popular day to be born! I hope your week is extra-special, Olivia!

Mike Brinser of Lower Swatara will have more cake at his house this week as he celebrates his rootin’ tootin’ fun-filled birthday on Saturday, Jan. 20!

Happy no-more-teen-years birthday to Nicole Whittle of Middletown on Jan. 20. I hope your golden birthday, 20 on the 20th is especially wonderful on Saturday!

Monday, Jan. 22 is postal carrier Cindy Bower’s birthday. I hope your day is tip-top, Cindy! Thank you for your wonderful service to our community. Enjoy!

Happy 20th cake day to Christian Nordai of Middletown. His balloon-flying day is Monday, Jan. 22. Stay warm and celebrate!

Anniversary

Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Turns of Middletown. Their special hearts and flowers day is Saturday, Jan. 20. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Pie recipe

From the Wedding Book Collection

4 oz. cream cheese

1/2 c. peanut butter

1 c. 10x sugar

1/2 c. milk

9 oz. Cool Whip

1 graham cracker pie crust (9 inches)

Combine first 4 ingredients. Beat until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Pour into crust. Freeze. Remove half-hour before serving. Serves 8.

Quote of the Week

“Life is all about beginnings and ends, memories and new moments, holding on and letting go.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

When do you go to bed?

“At 9 p.m. On school days, 8:30 p.m. I like to stay up until 10:30 p.m., in my room, under the covers. I play with my tablet.” — Victoria Kelly, 10, Swatara.

“About 9 p.m. Sometimes I hide toys under my pillow.” — Miranda Burdsal, 8, Lower Paxton.

“Around 10 p.m. I have to, I usually get up early.” — Jess Boltz, 19, Lower Paxton.

“During the week, 10:30 p.m. On weekends I stay up to 1 or 2 a.m.” — Austin Hammer, Hershey.

“At 8 p.m. I want it to be later!” — Jon Benkovic, 7, Lower Paxton.

“About 8:30 p.m. I get up really early so it is a good time for me to go to bed.” — William Benkovic, 14, Lower Paxton.

Proverb for the Week

He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich (21:17).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.