Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Fall is Coming to West Virginia
Yes, I realize this is only the first of September. However, last week I went out in the yard to see these "webs" that were all over the place and the turning leaves. Now I admit, there aren't many leaves turning yet, but heck, after living where they DON'T turn at all, I'll take every little bit I can see.
The webs are fascinating and were gone in a couple of days. I was afraid they were webworms but didn't see anything except dew accumulating on top of them early in the morning. Quite awesome to see.
This area of West Virginia which is wedged between Maryland, virginia and darn close to Pennsylvania is full of all kinds of vistas. Most I didn't expect. The rolling hills and ridges. Lush green pastures. Apple orchards for as far as the eye can see. Magnificent old barns, stone houses and even old, old log cabins. Some in good shape for the fact that they were built in the 1700's. Others are in not so good shape but oh my, the land they sit on with clear running creeks and brooks are picturesque. In Martinsburg, West Va., which is not far from here, there are over 3000 designated historical structures!
One of the sights that I find not so attractive and quite disheartening is the amount of extremely obese people that are seen in the stores and parking lots. Shockingly so. Their obesity is such that many use wheeled carts to get around. I'm not talking old people. I'm talking people from 30 years old on up. Very shocking.
What the heck is going on? Thinking back to just five years ago, there was definitely not a prevalance of morbidly obese as there are now.
What is the solution to conquering or assisting people in this situation? I did notice at Super Walmart
that the majority of their food is junk food - probably 80% of it and very little of it is nutritious.
I don't know the answer. Hopefully someone does. What do you think? Any suggestions or solutioins?