Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Taking Precaution to celebrate Thanksgiving is Imperative

Thanksgiving Card.

What are you preparing in the kitchen for thanksgiving dinner tomorrow?

Do you have any plan to share a dinner together virtually?

Have you find the sports or movies to watch, books to read, and fun games to play?

Are you ready to shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving?

Seems these questions are weird.

As multiple holidays are coming up, there have been dramatic increase in the number of positive Covid test. Here in Louisiana Governor, John Bell Edward just announced that Louisiana step back to phase 2 as Covid-19 cases and hospitalized rise.

The CDC mentioned that more than 1 million Covid-19 cases in the US in the last week, so the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people we live with. Gathering with family and friends who do not live with us is high risk in increasing to get and spread Covid-19 or other flu.

Pumpkin Pie

Those questions above are such a guidance how we live it up in the Thanksgiving Day.

Definitely, how we celebrate Thanksgiving this year seems look and feel different than years before, but we understand that it does not change that we have so much to be thankful for.

Taking precaution is imperative. Avoid any large gathering, wash hand often or keep hand sanitizer, continue to practice social distancing, and mask up!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Have You Ever Visited Weekly Farmer Markets?

Fig 01- Sign of Tuesday farmer market

We have several farmer markets in our neighborhood, the markets schedule (opening hours) varies:

- daily markets, from morning to afternoon, about 8 to 12 hours.

- weekly, from morning to noon, around 4 business hours.

The closest weekly market is in the city main library parking lots, near botanical garden and cafe building.

The distance is very close to our house, no more than 12 minutes by car. If no traffic, just about 7 minutes.

It is called as Tuesday farmer market. Actually, the market could be canceled if weather not permitting (very bad).

The market size is very small and temporary, just by mobile tents. We saw about 4 tents in the last Tuesday.

Fig 02- Few mobile tents as part of farmer market

Another name for this Tuesday market is Red Stick Farmer Market, belong to an organization, the Baton Rouge Economics and Agricultural Development Alliance (BREADA). 

Fig 03- Local Agriculture produces

The market offers locally grown produces and selection homemade products such as:

- fruits

- vegetables

- honey

- many local food artisans

Fig 04- Consumers pick the vegetables

Not many vegetables available when we visit the market, we bought egg plants only.

The price is quite reasonable, the big sizes for US$ 1 each. It is said that egg plants contain many nutrients. Good for health. We consume them sometimes.

Have you ever visited weekly Farmer Markets? What items do you like to buy?

Friday, October 23, 2020

Spooky Candies and Costume Wave Parade with Covid-19 in Mind

Fig 01- The Halloween festival sign.

The invitation signs to celebrate Halloween are already out on the roads. The stores fill up with many varieties of candies, cookies, and costumes.

A week away to the spooky night.

Trick-or treat hours for the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana are set for 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm, on Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Sharon Weston Broome, the Mayor of Baton Rouge just give a sign about this festivities.

She mentioned to all residents to use good judgment in our Halloween preparations, and keep our community safe and healthy this Halloween.

Here recommendations for safe holiday festivities on CDC website

Fig 02- Spooky KitKats and candies

I just got Treat Map app. It seems our neighborhood will do traditional events, but we are still thinking about how to do the best festivities when virus in mind, and how we provide the treat safely bagged and the kids.

Fig 03- Scary candies.

Many ideas came up in discussions:

- The parties will be in the open air.

- Everyone keep their distance and wear face covering.

- Following the the Treat Map for trick or treat and the costume wave parade.

- Some haunted houses will be put the black and orange balloons as a sign.

- Candies will be in individual safe bags for trick-or-treaters. 

Fig 04- Spooky Oreo designs.

Some residents will be leave the candies in the drive way or carport, either on the table, in the Garden Candy, or in the Candy Tree.

Don't be greedy, and sweep all candies for yourself. Be aware! The Witch are watching for the Greedy!

Keeping the distance, some residents will be passing candies by a long pole, a pool net, or rackets.

We, in this neighborhood, want everyone safe but still able to enjoy the holiday and festivities.

Happy Halloween, Enjoy the Spooky Night, and be safe!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Glorious Morning Glories along the Fences

Fig- 01. Flowers are climbing the fence.

Hot and sweaty days are turning into slightly cool. The day is getting shorter, and leaves are changing their colors.

The grasses and some weeds are starting to cease to grow, including this bindweed, the kind of the Morning Glory, family Convolvulaceae.

This type of Morning Glory is growing wildly and quickly around my neighborhood, it may climb:

- the trees

- side walls

- trellis,

- pergolas

- fences

- and also on the grounds.

Fig- 02.The pollinator and the flowers

Our fence is also becoming its spot. The vines wrap along the chain-link fence. These twisting vines can reach 10 to 15 feet (3.1 to 4.6 meters) in height. 

Fig-03. The vines wrap along the fence

The trumpet-shaped purple flowers open up beautifully in every morning. The pollinators are attracted by the color and scent of the flowers.

Fig- 04. Since the weather get cooler, the vines look dry.

These glorious vines contribute to clean the air around neighborhood by absorbing the dust and carbon monoxide, and the flowers offer their nectar to pollinators.

This wild Morning Glory is taking a part in sustainable our environment.

Do you have this kind of flower around your neighborhood or in your yard?

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hurricane Laura and Mementoes from Anies the Great


The Baton Rouge sky after Hurricane Laura

The dark sky in Baton Rouge has disappeared but there is still showering intermittently. Hurricane Laura just landed in Louisiana this morning. She made landfall in inhabitant of Cameron Parish.

Hurricane Laura brought tornado. The weather channel reports that Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana with Category 4 hurricane, 150 mile per hour winds, and over 9 feet storm surge. She moved and then remained severe damages in southwestern Louisiana, Lake Charles.

The areas with storm surge accentuated by waves. Flooding rain in some areas of Louisiana and hundreds of thousands of residents lost power. Interstate 10 eastbound is closed in Texas - Louisiana states line and Interstate 10 westbound is closed of west Atchafalaya Basin.

A cute handmade craft

Based on alerts weather gov., Storm Laura is currently located in Louisiana and Arkansas border, she is moving at 15 miles in an hour, and is expected that she will move across Mississippi River Valley on Friday (tomorrow).

Mementoes from Anies the Great

I would like to say thank you to Anies the Great for sending me the cute mementoes. They are such souvenirs from many places and events in her trips from several countries. Anies loves to share the stories about her journeys around the world and share those souvenirs as well.

The pink heart looks so sweet, I “heart” this handmade craft. The cherry blossoms printing scarf is so beautiful and I will need it for this fall. There are also a nice card and a picture fridge magnet. 

Friday, August 14, 2020

What the most You Love to Do this Fall?

 A happy face of a boy scarecrow

We are in the late of of the second week of August, and we keep our prays to reduce the pain caused by the pandemic.

Here, in Louisiana, we are in extended phase 2 and mask mandatory, at least till the end of August.

Sitting in my lovely couch enjoyed Stephen Colbert in the Late Show, I was aware when he said that he did the show from his house for over than 5 months: March, April, May, June, July, and August.

It is hard to believe how long we have to stay at home due to pandemic. It has been very long since the governor declared the state emergency in the second week of March. We spent a nice Spring at home, then we having fun the bright days with the full sun of Summer around our home, and now, it is about Fall and we still prefer to stay at home.

How about you? Have you a great plan for the Fall?

I picked a pair of them from the store.

I am trying to make over my living room with a simple fall decoration. There are many fall decoration ideas up in the sites and the stores are also ready for many kinds of decorations and the material to do “DIY” for the fall in their shelves.

A cute little squirrel.

I have never missed the scarecrows, and now I got one pair from the store. Sometime I made a fall wreath, but now I will re-make my old wreaths.

Do you like to do “DIY” for your fall decorations and fall wreaths? What the most you love to do?

Friday, July 3, 2020

Face Covering Mandatory and Hibiscus-like

White flowers in city garden

Welcome July!
And Happy Fourth of July!

In the first of July, Sharon Breton Broome, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President, announced an executive order to mandate face covering.

This mandate will be effective for a month, July 3 to August 3. Violations will be misdemeanor summons and a fine that determined by a judge. The mandate is not for individuals, but for business.

Since the soaring new cases in East Baton Rouge, her concern is to safe reopening of the parish economy and protect the health of residents and visitors. She said, “Save a life, save our economy, and wear a face covering”.

When I get out from home, I have never forgotten to put my mask on. It is my new a “must”. I also wear my mask when I walk in the park because sometimes persons pass me by.

Is it a variety of Hibiscus?

In the park, I found trees with a bunch of flower buds. Some of them are opening. I have no idea about the name of this flower, Based on petals and stamen, it seems a kind of hibiscus. Have you seen this kind of tree and its flowers?

We will celebrate Independence Day, July 4th, keep in mind to wear face covering in the common area.

We can take face coverings off while eating and drinking in restaurants, food courts, bars, or coffee shops. We need to put them on when entering, exiting, and while in the common area in all establishments.

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