Thursday, May 21, 2015

The YMCA celebrates National Senior Health and Fitness Day

National Senior Health and Fitness Day is May 27th.
The goal for the day is to help keep older adults healthy and fit.

 To celebrate, the YMCA will host free events for seniors in our community.

The following Gtr Baton Rouge area Y locations will offer these free classes to help seniors develop healthy habits:

· Paula G. Manship YMCA: 8100 YMCA Plaza, Baton Rouge, LA 70810; 225-767-9622- Light N Low class on Thursday, May 28, at 8:30 a.m.
· Dow Westside YMCA: 3688 Sugar Plantation Parkway, Addis, LA 70710; 225-687-1123 –Pilates class on Wednesday, May 27, at 8:45 a.m. and Enhanced Fitness on Thursday, May 28 at 10:15 a.m. 
· Charles W. Lamar Jr. YMCA: 521 Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802; 225-612-9622 – Pilates class on Thursday, May 28, at 11 a.m.
· A. C. Lewis YMCA350 South Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806; 225-924-3606– Enhanced Fitness on Wednesday, May 27, at 11 a.m. and Active Older Adults on Thursday, May 28 at 10 a.m.
· C. B. Pennington Jr. YMCA: 15550 Old Hammond Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70816; 225-272-9622- Light N Low on Wednesday, May 27 at 9:30 a.m. and Active Older Adults at 10:30 a.m.
· Southside YMCA: 8482 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, La 70810; 225- 766-2991- Chair Yoga on Thursday, May 28, at 11:30a.m.
· Americana YMCA 4200 Liberty Way, Zachary, LA 70791; 225 -654-9622 - Enhance Fitness on Wednesday, May 27, at 10a.m. and Pilates on Thursday, May 28, at 11a.m.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Forget and Press On

Ever feel burdened by your past?

Based on Phil. 3:13-15, this video discusses how to position your past.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Garden Update

It is mid May and the garden progress is fair at best.

Two weeks ago severe storms came through dropping a lot of rain for several days. Drainage is not great and our garden soaked and sweltered.  This was not a problem for the established perennials, but our new plantings took a hit.

For example, the day lillies, (near impossible to kill), broke out in bloom.

I think the orange variety is my favorite. 

On the flip side, the three dozen African IcePlants recently planted in the front bed didn't make it. I was bummed as they were to be a full flowering ground cover, needed to hide/smother out the weeds in the beds facing the street. Thankfully, I purchased them from QVC and they refunded the cost (luv their customer service).

Post storm, all our new vegetable plantings looked beat down pitiful.  I thought about pulling and replanting so the spring season would not be a loss, but a busy schedule prevented that from happening.  Busy was a blessing, as some plants are rebounding. (Good life lesson here - post storm, things may look raggedy - but don't be too quick to act. Things aren't always as they seem.  It aint over till it is over.)

The tomato plants have tripled in size and are producing fruit.

See the first baby tomato...

Over the past two weeks the squash has died and resurrected three times.
It is trying...

The new basil and thyme are trying to take off as well.

I was able to cut and use some of both herbs in meals this week.

Some plants are up and growing, and others are down and dead. 
We are thankful for and enjoying what remains.  

What's happening in your garden?

Friday, May 8, 2015

Freedom from tobacco

Smoking Stinks. 
And not just in an olfactory sense. 
Tobacco is an intensely addictive and harmful substance. 

According to the CDC, tobacco use harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases and reduces overall health. Each year one in five deaths in the United States are due to tobacco. It is the leading cause of preventable disease and death causing more deaths than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries and firearm related injuries combined.  

image source: cdc.ogv
The tobacco industry aggressively targets youth and African Americans.  Dave Goerlitz, lead Winston model for seven years for R.J. Reynolds states that when asked why he didn’t smoke, an R.J. Reynolds executive responded:
“We don’t smoke that s_ _ _. We just sell it. We reserve the right to smoke for the young, the poor, the black and stupid.”

Low down, dirty... evil!

Tobacco education advocate Frankie Poland, of the Southern University Ag Center sums it up well:
“They sell. We buy. We die.” 

This can and must change.

Quitting is hard, very hard.  
Quitting is possible. 
With God all things are possible.

If you use tobacco.  You can quit! Pray and reach out for help.  

Louisiana residents who began their smoking habit before September 1, 1988  are eligible for a free smoking cessation program funded by the SmokingCessation Trust.  Call (855) 259-6346 for more information.

Smokers who started tobacco use after September 1, 1988 can contact the State Quit Line  or call  1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to connect with trained coaches for help.

I'm praying for all in bondage to tobacco addiction. You can quit.  You can be free. 


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Luv for Rotolo's Homegrown Love for Mom program

Kudos Rotolo's Pizzeria on your Homegrown Love for Mom program.

Lewis Vincent Elementary participated in the program, and our fourth grader came home today with a lovely homemade Mother's Day card and baby tomato plant.

As we added it to our tomato bed, he reminded me of what the plants need to grow and asked that I make pizza after we pick the tomatoes. (Lol)

He watered the plants.

I watered the children.

I luv this Mother's Day gift on many levels.  

More about the program from the Rotolo's website:
In celebration of Mother’s Day, thousands of school children in communities where Rotolo’s Pizzeria operates will gift tomato plants to their moms, all thanks to the Rotolo’s Homegrown Love for Mom program put on by the Louisiana-based restaurant franchise.

Rotolo’s has been buying back its famous plastic cups from customers in April during National Recycling Month. The cup buyback program offers Rotolo’s customers free pizza in exchange for their Rotolo’s cups. In its fifth year, the success of the Rotolo’s Homegrown Love for Mom program has grown significantly generating more than 10,000 recycled cups, which were repurposed as environmentally-friendly Mother’s Day gifts for moms living in the communities that Rotolo’s serves. One lucky school participating in this year’s Rotolo’s Homegrown Love for Mom program will receive a grant to start a school garden.

“We value and appreciate our customers, and we demonstrate that through community involvement,” said Mitch Rotolo, founder and CEO of Rotolo’s Pizzeria. “Programs such as Homegrown Love for Mom provide us with the opportunity to give back to the community, share our passion for pizza, and give hard-working moms a gift they can share with their families.”

The Rotolo’s Homegrown Love For Mom program is a simple concept that touches people in so many ways. Teachers are given the support to teach students about gardening, healthy eating, and recycling. Children are able to participate in a fun activity to create Mother’s Day gifts, and moms receive a gift they can share with their families. Together, family members can nurture the plant, watch it grow, and ultimately, enjoy the tomatoes it produces.
Fantastic community relations Rotolo's.  Kudos!