Archive for August, 2012

The Rich History Behind the Lexington Golf Club

The following article comes from Wicked Local Lexington (August 28th) – “Lexington Golf Club has storied history”………… 

The annals of Lexington’s history are rich with many tales — some known to  only a few. One of those little known tales is the story of the Lexington Golf Club.

Founded in 1895, it operated out of an old barn on what was then the Monroe  property. The nine holes were much shorter, and as cows and horses were pastured  on the land it was necessary to fence the putting greens with wire and posts. A  ground rule was established that a ball hitting a wire could be played over  again. When the owners of the land complained that the players were annoying the  animals, the executive committee requested the club members be more mindful of  the animals when playing the course. But, use of the course by both two- and  four-legged animals became more contentious and the course was eventually moved  from the Monroe pasture to its present location on what was then the Vaille farm  in North Lexington (presently 55 Hill St.).

At that time many Lexington residences were summer homes and a significant  number of the club members were from the city of Boston. Announcement of most  scheduled golf events included the Boston to Lexington train schedules and  arrangements were made to meet players at the train station and transport them  to the course by horse drawn carriage.

The Golf Club did not hire a full-time professional until 1920. Instead, a  golf professional was hired from time to time to visit the club to give lessons  to those who had signed up for the service. In 1906, additional land was  purchased and improvements were begun that have continued to this day.  In  the early days there were also tennis courts and families enjoyed swimming in  the spring-fed pond near the second hole. Now Lexington Golf Club is strictly  for golf and the social gatherings associated with the sport.

Membership applications are being accepted and a lottery will be held on  Oct. 18 to determine the order of acceptance as openings become available. The  club permits about 300 playing members, which is a number that offers a good  flow of play at the nine-hole course.

New members pay an entry fee currently of $7,500 and annual dues of from  $800 to $3,500 depending on the type of membership.  The club employs a  full-time teaching professional and course superintendent. During the year, the  club hosts a number of local tournaments including those for the Lexington Chamber of Commerce and Lexington Historical Society.

Each new applicant needs to be sponsored by two regular members of the club  who will assist with the process and help the new potential members become  acquainted with the course. Current regular members are being encouraged to  bring new members to the Lexington Golf Club.

For more information, contact Bob Bicknell, club secretary and membership  chair, at mabicknells@rcn.com or go to lexingtongc.com.

The annals of Lexington’s history are rich with many tales — some known to  only a few. One of those little known tales is the story of the Lexington Golf Club.

Founded in 1895, it operated out of an old barn on what was then the Monroe  property. The nine holes were much shorter, and as cows and horses were pastured  on the land it was necessary to fence the putting greens with wire and posts. A  ground rule was established that a ball hitting a wire could be played over  again. When the owners of the land complained that the players were annoying the  animals, the executive committee requested the club members be more mindful of  the animals when playing the course. But, use of the course by both two- and  four-legged animals became more contentious and the course was eventually moved  from the Monroe pasture to its present location on what was then the Vaille farm  in North Lexington (presently 55 Hill St.).

At that time many Lexington residences were summer homes and a significant  number of the club members were from the city of Boston. Announcement of most  scheduled golf events included the Boston to Lexington train schedules and  arrangements were made to meet players at the train station and transport them  to the course by horse drawn carriage.

The Golf Club did not hire a full-time professional until 1920. Instead, a  golf professional was hired from time to time to visit the club to give lessons  to those who had signed up for the service. In 1906, additional land was  purchased and improvements were begun that have continued to this day.  In  the early days there were also tennis courts and families enjoyed swimming in  the spring-fed pond near the second hole. Now Lexington Golf Club is strictly  for golf and the social gatherings associated with the sport.

Membership applications are being accepted and a lottery will be held on  Oct. 18 to determine the order of acceptance as openings become available. The  club permits about 300 playing members, which is a number that offers a good  flow of play at the nine-hole course.

New members pay an entry fee currently of $7,500 and annual dues of from  $800 to $3,500 depending on the type of membership.  The club employs a  full-time teaching professional and course superintendent. During the year, the  club hosts a number of local tournaments including those for the Lexington Chamber of Commerce and Lexington Historical Society.

Each new applicant needs to be sponsored by two regular members of the club  who will assist with the process and help the new potential members become  acquainted with the course. Current regular members are being encouraged to  bring new members to the Lexington Golf Club.

For more information, contact Bob Bicknell, club secretary and membership  chair, at mabicknells@rcn.com or go to lexingtongc.com.

 

August in the Garden – guest blogger Annette Presseau (Billerica Garden Club)

As summer winds down, it’s time to prepare your garden for the soon to be changing season. 

Now is a great time to spot clean your garden and what I mean by that is to do some targeted trimming, mulching and edging which will make for great enjoyment into late summer and fall by reducing hiding places for pets and disease and in reality it’s just a head start for fall cleanup, one spot at a time.  Now is also a good time to take photos of your garden so that next year you can see what worked and what didn’t work.  Forget about watering your lawn which will bounce back when cooler, moister days return just concentrate on clearing up the dry spots and your lawn will come back next year fine.

Flowers

DAYLILIES can be dug and divided as they complete their bloom cycle, right into fall, if needed.

PEONIES are best divided and transplanted in late August through September, if they need it. Remember with these fussy guys that “eyes” must not be buried more than an inch or two beneath the soil surface.

MANY POPULAR ANNUALS can be overwintered as young plants if you take and root cuttings now rather than try to nurse along leggy older specimens. Geraniums, coleus, wax begonias, even impatiens (to name just a few common ones), if grown in good light indoors and kept pinched and bushy, will yield another generation of cuttings for next spring’s transplants.

MANY PERENNIALS and biennials can still be started from seed if you hurry, then set out in the fall into nursery beds.

DEADHEAD FADED PERENNIALS and summer bulbs unless they have showy seedheads, or you want to collect seed later (non-hybrids only).

ORDER FLOWER BULBS for fall planting to get varieties you want, often at an early shopping discount.

PREPARE NEW beds for fall planting by smothering grass or weeds with layers of recycled corrugated cardboard or thick layers of newspaper, then put mulch on top.

GARDENS NEED an inch of water a week from you or the heavens so unless you put a soaker hose or some other way to water at the roots remember to soak deeply in the root zone, don’t spritz things with a sprayer now and again like you’re washing the car. That’s a garden no-no. Check your rain gauge to make sure they get the amount of water that is needed.   Pots need extra attention, especially smallish ones in sun, and they also need regular feeding.

House Plants

If houseplants need repotting, do it now, while they’re still outside (less messy than in the house). Don’t step up more than an inch in diameter (on small pots) or a couple (on large ones). Most plants don’t like to swim in their containers.

Happy Gardening!

Two Powerful Letters Amongst Redesigning – guest blogger Liz Larson

We hear today from Liz Larson, co-owner of Perfectly Placed for You.  Just want a new look for your home and need some help with that vision.  Call Perfectly Placed for You. 

By now you have heard us talk a lot about Staging; the process of getting a property ready for sale.  Why should sellers have all the fun? At Perfectly Placed For You, we offer Staging and Redesign services, allowing all homeowners the opportunity to assess their home for function, style and beauty.

 

A room redesign is a makeover for your space; however, the client’s existing furnishings are reworked into the space.  We never get tired of rearranging a room, repurposing an item, or swapping items between rooms to create a whole new look and feel to a space.  And, it’s all done at the perfect price point.  Free.

 

How can you determine if you are a candidate for a redesign?  Do you have a room that rarely gets used and wish to revisit it?  Or, maybe you are simply tired of its “look”, and would like to have it restyled. Did a room in your house recently become empty, and it needs to be repurposed?  Have your furnishings been in the same place for longer than 3 years…then is time to revamp , and schedule a redesign with a professional stylist.

 

Definition of Redesign:  to revise in appearance, function, or content

Let’s begin by empting the room so we can start with a clean slate.  Before we can bring back pieces we need to establish its function.  Now we can concentrate on the focal point of the room.  With a fresh beginning, we add pieces, one by one, purposefully choosing and placing each item.  Using existing pieces is part of the process, but it’s very likely some will be repositioned within the space. With your permission we “shop your home” for additional items to complete the new look of your room.  These items might even end up becoming the showpieces of the redesign.  Congratulations, it’s time to enjoy your new redesigned space.

If you have decided you are a redesign candidate, but don’t want to do it alone, we would be happy to assist you.

 

Liz Larson

 

Perfectly Placed For You

Redesign & Staging  Creating Inviting Spaces 

 

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978.204.2649

 

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Veterans Take Note – from Chris Birk (DSNews.com)

This article comes from DSNews.com from guest columnist Chris Birk

Earlier this month, President Obama signed a new bill into law with the intent of making much-needed changes to the VA Home Guaranty Program, as well as providing healthcare to the hundreds of thousands of Marines and Marine families that drank contaminated water at Camp Lejeune North Carolina – the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act.

While the bill, passed by the House and unanimously by the Senate, has a primary focus to extend healthcare to those affected by Camp Lejeune’s drinking water, it also makes breakthrough changes that provide much needed reform to the VA Loan program, a program that has been in service since 1944.

This piece of bipartisan legislation will provide help in the following areas:

Surviving Spouses Prior to the bill’s passing, the only way a military widow or widower could receive zero down financing was if their spouse died with a service-connected disability or in the line of duty. Meaning, if their husband or wife died of normal causes, they were not eligible. Today, the VA’s mortgage benefits are now extended to surviving spouses of veterans who had a permanent, service-connected disability for at least a decade before their death.

Occupancy Requirements Before the bill was made law, if a service member serving abroad were to buy a home, only a spouse could fulfill the occupancy requirement. Those who were married military couples and single-parent service members were powerless to buy homes while deployed.

This has now been repealed, ensuring that active duty members can meet the requirements of a new home purchase through a dependent child of the soldier.

The VA Funding Fee and Disabled Veterans For every purchase or refinance loan that the VA backs, it applies a fee known as the VA Funding Fee. This fee helps fund the program and makes sure that it’s independent of the Congressional appropriations process.

Prior to the bill, veteran borrowers that had service-connected disabilities didn’t have to pay the fee, which is usually financed directly into the loan. But recently, because of delays with the VA’s medical system, many soon-to-be veterans have had to wait months to get an official disability rating after receiving a pre-discharge exam by the VA.

Meaning, if a disabled veteran tried to buy a home with the VA home loan program before then, they would have to pay the fee, which forces some VA borrowers into larger mortgages than they can afford.

The new policy provides that the VA will waive the fee if a future veteran is eligible to receive compensation for disability, without having the official rating.

VA Loan Limits

When veterans lives in one of the more expensive areas in the country, such as California, Hawaii, or the Eastern Seaboard, they lose some of their purchasing power because of lowered loan limits on VA-backed mortgages. The limits dictate the amount a veteran can borrow without having to make a down payment. Last year, the loan cap was reduced from $729,750 to $625,500. The bill brought the caps back up to last year’s levels, which are set to stand until after 2014.

Adjustable-Rate Mortgages

At the end of this year, adjustable-rate mortgages were no longer going to be offered through the VA loan program. Under the Act, adjustable-rate mortgages and hybrid ARMs will continue to be available through the VA.

Chris Birk is a former journalist and the author of “The Book on VA Loans: An Essential Guide to Maximizing Your Home Loan Benefits.” He is also content development director for Veterans United Home Loans. Connect with Chris on Google+.


Thanks to Chris for bringing this information to our veterans and their families……..Joan Parcewski from Woods Real Estate  www.JoanParcewski.com

Summertime in the City – guest blogger Annette Presseau

This is a great time of year to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather because before you know it winter will be here!  The days are shorter now but there is still plenty of time to enjoy what summer has to offer.  In the summer I eat more seasonal fruit and lighter meals but very nutritious meals.  It’s always a good idea to look for seasonal fruits in the supermarket or just go to the local Farmers Market and enjoy the bounty!  I also love the feel of cotton clothes in the summer they breathe when it is hot outside.  One of my favorite things to do is go take a walk along the ocean it is such a beautiful sight to see and maybe I will put my feet in the water!  Sometimes I have a picnic on the beach.  This time of year is also a great time to pick fresh fruit like blueberries.  There are also plenty of free concerts in every town and city so get out and enjoy!

Activities to do in the heat of the summer

How about a picnic, and celebrate the joy of healthy eating outdoors. There’s nothing like a refreshing picnic packed with fresh fruits on a hot summer day.

Energize yourself and your family with a bike ride, hike or walk. It’s a great way to sneak in a workout for yourself while enjoying precious family time.

Visit a playground with the kids.  Do you remember how much fun it was when you were a kid to be at a playground?

How about picking up a new project?  What needs to be done around your house?  Maybe paint a room or remove some wallpaper or rearrange some furniture.  You can also check out some craft stores like Michaels and find a new project to do.

Concerts on the common!  Check out your local papers or town hall website for weekly concerts on the common you might be surprised by what is available to you.

How about a cooking class?  You could learn how to BBQ different foods on the grill or even a regular cooking class to update your skills.  There are plenty of classes out there to learn new things even at your local recreation department!

Photography or painting anyone?  Taking a art class or photography class and then you can go out and start taking pictures or painting scenes.

Have a cookout and invite your friends.  Cookouts are a lot of fun and are a great way to get out and enjoy the food and weather.

Sports games outside.  How about going to a baseball game or any other sports game and maybe start one yourself!

As I’m writing this I realize that I should write about what to do when it rains outside and usually when it rains outside I go to the local library or a museum.  Summer rains are really beautiful and if you are lucky you might just see a rainbow after the rain.  What do you do when it rains outside?

A Fruit for thought

How about the Papaya – the power fruit that was once called “the fruit of angels” by Christopher Columbus have you ever tried it?  Usually, I eat Cantaloupe and grapes in the summertime but papaya looks pretty good and I hear that it has a great taste.

There are several types of papayas. In the U.S., we typically see the Hawaiian papayas in our grocery stores. The Hawaiian papaya is approximately one pound, whereas the Mexican fruit can weigh up to 10 pounds!

Benefits

Papaya is one power-packed fruit, offering benefits to your whole body.

·Antioxidants. Papaya is known to be rich in antioxidants and can benefit the immune system because of its high levels of vitamin A and C.

·Fiber. High-fiber fruit can help improve cholesterol. One cup of chunked papaya contains 2.5 grams of fiber.

·Enzymes. The papain enzyme, found in papaya, aids in digestion. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that speeds up the healing process.

How to Eat It

First, you should wait for the papaya to ripen fully so that it offers the most antioxidants. Papaya can be added to anything to give your meal a boost.

It’s National Smile Week! 

Did you ever notice that you can’t be sad when you are smiling?  Smiling also makes you feel better and try spreading some smiles around today so when you pass by people that look stressed give them a smile you will be amazed how that will change a person.  We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and feel good too.

Smiling Changes Our Mood

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.  When someone is smiling they lighten up a room and it shows that you are approachable, a smile changes the moods of others, and make things happier and also the smile is contagious.   I often notice that when I smile at someone they smile back at me.  A smiling person brings happiness with them.  Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action. Who would have thought that just by smiling it can help relieve stress just this afternoon I was feeling stressed and I logged onto Facebook and low and behold there was a smiley looking at me and it made me laugh so smile often and have a good laugh.  It is often said that laughter is the best medicine and I think that a smile is great too!

Smiling Helps you all over.

Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed and when you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?  Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.  Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

Smiling Helps You Stay Positive

Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.

 

Right now I have a big smile on my face and it’s making me feel a whole lot better.

 

Noise is everywhere.

There is too much noise in the world and I often see people with ear phones who are in their own world and don’t get me wrong electronics are great but what about stopping and looking at the stars at night or listening to a bird sing or children play?  The other day I heard a beautiful bird in my yard and the sound was just astounding and extremely beautiful and I wouldn’t have heard it if my radio or tv was on and I took the time to stop and just listen to it.  Sometimes we need to remember that our problems can be addressed if we just take a moment and stop and smell the roses.  There is just so much noise out there and maybe just maybe it will change your day just to stop, look and listen.

The ease of setting up blogs, Facebook profiles and other digital media channels is so easy and so cheap that literally everyone is doing it.  This means it is easy to get your fifteen minutes of fame, but really really hard to get famous so we spend hours and hours on the computer and I am guilty of this too and suddenly realize that I missed the day and spent too much time on the computer.  Sometimes I think of it as information overload while it is great to have it we must remember to break away from it.  So remember that there is life after computers so stop and talk to someone or just take a break and go for a walk if you can.  Today I stopped with the work I was doing and went to walk along the Merrimack River on the boardwalk and just sat there on a bench for a short time and noticed a beautiful butterfly bouncing around in the cool summer wind the wind kept throwing him away from the grass that he was trying to stay on but he kept on trying to get back to the blade of grass it was a beautiful sight to watch and I felt very relaxed and peaceful.

I would like to leave you with this poem:

“Give me the joys of summer,
Of Summer Queen so fair,
With wealth of lovely flowers
And fruits and sun-kissed air!

Talk not to me of winter
With ice and frost and snow,
Nor changing spring and autumn
When howling winds will blow.

No, I will take the joys
Of Summer every time,
So to this Queen of Seasons
I dedicate my rhyme.”
–  Winifred Sackville Stoner, Midsummer Joys

 

May you have a very healthy August with many blessings and are able to stop and smell the roses!

Annette Presseau    Reliv Distributer

Summertime in the city.

This is a great time of year to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather because before you know it winter will be here!  The days are shorter now but there is still plenty of time to enjoy what summer has to offer.  In the summer I eat more seasonal fruit and lighter meals but very nutritious meals.  It’s always a good idea to look for seasonal fruits in the supermarket or just go to the local Farmers Market and enjoy the bounty!  I also love the feel of cotton clothes in the summer they breathe when it is hot outside.  One of my favorite things to do is go take a walk along the ocean it is such a beautiful sight to see and maybe I will put my feet in the water!  Sometimes I have a picnic on the beach.  This time of year is also a great time to pick fresh fruit like blueberries.  There are also plenty of free concerts in every town and city so get out and enjoy!

Activities to do in the heat of the summer

How about a picnic, and celebrate the joy of healthy eating outdoors. There’s nothing like a refreshing picnic packed with fresh fruits on a hot summer day.

Energize yourself and your family with a bike ride, hike or walk. It’s a great way to sneak in a workout for yourself while enjoying precious family time.

Visit a playground with the kids.  Do you remember how much fun it was when you were a kid to be at a playground?

How about picking up a new project?  What needs to be done around your house?  Maybe paint a room or remove some wallpaper or rearrange some furniture.  You can also check out some craft stores like Michaels and find a new project to do.

Concerts on the common!  Check out your local papers or town hall website for weekly concerts on the common you might be surprised by what is available to you.

How about a cooking class?  You could learn how to BBQ different foods on the grill or even a regular cooking class to update your skills.  There are plenty of classes out there to learn new things even at your local recreation department!

Photography or painting anyone?  Taking a art class or photography class and then you can go out and start taking pictures or painting scenes.

Have a cookout and invite your friends.  Cookouts are a lot of fun and are a great way to get out and enjoy the food and weather.

Sports games outside.  How about going to a baseball game or any other sports game and maybe start one yourself!

As I’m writing this I realize that I should write about what to do when it rains outside and usually when it rains outside I go to the local library or a museum.  Summer rains are really beautiful and if you are lucky you might just see a rainbow after the rain.  What do you do when it rains outside?

A Fruit for thought

How about the Papaya – the power fruit that was once called “the fruit of angels” by Christopher Columbus have you ever tried it?  Usually, I eat Cantaloupe and grapes in the summertime but papaya looks pretty good and I hear that it has a great taste.

There are several types of papayas. In the U.S., we typically see the Hawaiian papayas in our grocery stores. The Hawaiian papaya is approximately one pound, whereas the Mexican fruit can weigh up to 10 pounds!

Benefits

Papaya is one power-packed fruit, offering benefits to your whole body.

·Antioxidants. Papaya is known to be rich in antioxidants and can benefit the immune system because of its high levels of vitamin A and C.

·Fiber. High-fiber fruit can help improve cholesterol. One cup of chunked papaya contains 2.5 grams of fiber.

·Enzymes. The papain enzyme, found in papaya, aids in digestion. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that speeds up the healing process.

How to Eat It

First, you should wait for the papaya to ripen fully so that it offers the most antioxidants. Papaya can be added to anything to give your meal a boost.

It’s National Smile Week! 

Did you ever notice that you can’t be sad when you are smiling?  Smiling also makes you feel better and try spreading some smiles around today so when you pass by people that look stressed give them a smile you will be amazed how that will change a person.  We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and feel good too.

Smiling Changes Our Mood

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.  When someone is smiling they lighten up a room and it shows that you are approachable, a smile changes the moods of others, and make things happier and also the smile is contagious.   I often notice that when I smile at someone they smile back at me.  A smiling person brings happiness with them.  Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action. Who would have thought that just by smiling it can help relieve stress just this afternoon I was feeling stressed and I logged onto Facebook and low and behold there was a smiley looking at me and it made me laugh so smile often and have a good laugh.  It is often said that laughter is the best medicine and I think that a smile is great too!

Smiling Helps you all over.

Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed and when you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?  Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.  Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

Smiling Helps You Stay Positive

Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.

 

Right now I have a big smile on my face and it’s making me feel a whole lot better.

 

Noise is everywhere.

There is too much noise in the world and I often see people with ear phones who are in their own world and don’t get me wrong electronics are great but what about stopping and looking at the stars at night or listening to a bird sing or children play?  The other day I heard a beautiful bird in my yard and the sound was just astounding and extremely beautiful and I wouldn’t have heard it if my radio or tv was on and I took the time to stop and just listen to it.  Sometimes we need to remember that our problems can be addressed if we just take a moment and stop and smell the roses.  There is just so much noise out there and maybe just maybe it will change your day just to stop, look and listen.

The ease of setting up blogs, Facebook profiles and other digital media channels is so easy and so cheap that literally everyone is doing it.  This means it is easy to get your fifteen minutes of fame, but really really hard to get famous so we spend hours and hours on the computer and I am guilty of this too and suddenly realize that I missed the day and spent too much time on the computer.  Sometimes I think of it as information overload while it is great to have it we must remember to break away from it.  So remember that there is life after computers so stop and talk to someone or just take a break and go for a walk if you can.  Today I stopped with the work I was doing and went to walk along the Merrimack River on the boardwalk and just sat there on a bench for a short time and noticed a beautiful butterfly bouncing around in the cool summer wind the wind kept throwing him away from the grass that he was trying to stay on but he kept on trying to get back to the blade of grass it was a beautiful sight to watch and I felt very relaxed and peaceful.

I would like to leave you with this poem:

“Give me the joys of summer,
Of Summer Queen so fair,
With wealth of lovely flowers
And fruits and sun-kissed air!

Talk not to me of winter
With ice and frost and snow,
Nor changing spring and autumn
When howling winds will blow.

No, I will take the joys
Of Summer every time,
So to this Queen of Seasons
I dedicate my rhyme.”
–  Winifred Sackville Stoner, Midsummer Joys

 

May you have a very healthy August with many blessings and are able to stop and smell the roses!

 Annettee Presseau     

Summertime in the city.

This is a great time of year to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather because before you know it winter will be here!  The days are shorter now but there is still plenty of time to enjoy what summer has to offer.  In the summer I eat more seasonal fruit and lighter meals but very nutritious meals.  It’s always a good idea to look for seasonal fruits in the supermarket or just go to the local Farmers Market and enjoy the bounty!  I also love the feel of cotton clothes in the summer they breathe when it is hot outside.  One of my favorite things to do is go take a walk along the ocean it is such a beautiful sight to see and maybe I will put my feet in the water!  Sometimes I have a picnic on the beach.  This time of year is also a great time to pick fresh fruit like blueberries.  There are also plenty of free concerts in every town and city so get out and enjoy!

Activities to do in the heat of the summer

How about a picnic, and celebrate the joy of healthy eating outdoors. There’s nothing like a refreshing picnic packed with fresh fruits on a hot summer day.

Energize yourself and your family with a bike ride, hike or walk. It’s a great way to sneak in a workout for yourself while enjoying precious family time.

Visit a playground with the kids.  Do you remember how much fun it was when you were a kid to be at a playground?

How about picking up a new project?  What needs to be done around your house?  Maybe paint a room or remove some wallpaper or rearrange some furniture.  You can also check out some craft stores like Michaels and find a new project to do.

Concerts on the common!  Check out your local papers or town hall website for weekly concerts on the common you might be surprised by what is available to you.

How about a cooking class?  You could learn how to BBQ different foods on the grill or even a regular cooking class to update your skills.  There are plenty of classes out there to learn new things even at your local recreation department!

Photography or painting anyone?  Taking a art class or photography class and then you can go out and start taking pictures or painting scenes.

Have a cookout and invite your friends.  Cookouts are a lot of fun and are a great way to get out and enjoy the food and weather.

Sports games outside.  How about going to a baseball game or any other sports game and maybe start one yourself!

As I’m writing this I realize that I should write about what to do when it rains outside and usually when it rains outside I go to the local library or a museum.  Summer rains are really beautiful and if you are lucky you might just see a rainbow after the rain.  What do you do when it rains outside?

A Fruit for thought

How about the Papaya – the power fruit that was once called “the fruit of angels” by Christopher Columbus have you ever tried it?  Usually, I eat Cantaloupe and grapes in the summertime but papaya looks pretty good and I hear that it has a great taste.

There are several types of papayas. In the U.S., we typically see the Hawaiian papayas in our grocery stores. The Hawaiian papaya is approximately one pound, whereas the Mexican fruit can weigh up to 10 pounds!

Benefits

Papaya is one power-packed fruit, offering benefits to your whole body.

·Antioxidants. Papaya is known to be rich in antioxidants and can benefit the immune system because of its high levels of vitamin A and C.

·Fiber. High-fiber fruit can help improve cholesterol. One cup of chunked papaya contains 2.5 grams of fiber.

·Enzymes. The papain enzyme, found in papaya, aids in digestion. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that speeds up the healing process.

How to Eat It

First, you should wait for the papaya to ripen fully so that it offers the most antioxidants. Papaya can be added to anything to give your meal a boost.

It’s National Smile Week! 

Did you ever notice that you can’t be sad when you are smiling?  Smiling also makes you feel better and try spreading some smiles around today so when you pass by people that look stressed give them a smile you will be amazed how that will change a person.  We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and feel good too.

Smiling Changes Our Mood

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.  When someone is smiling they lighten up a room and it shows that you are approachable, a smile changes the moods of others, and make things happier and also the smile is contagious.   I often notice that when I smile at someone they smile back at me.  A smiling person brings happiness with them.  Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action. Who would have thought that just by smiling it can help relieve stress just this afternoon I was feeling stressed and I logged onto Facebook and low and behold there was a smiley looking at me and it made me laugh so smile often and have a good laugh.  It is often said that laughter is the best medicine and I think that a smile is great too!

Smiling Helps you all over.

Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed and when you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?  Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.  Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

Smiling Helps You Stay Positive

Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.

 

Right now I have a big smile on my face and it’s making me feel a whole lot better.

 

Noise is everywhere.

There is too much noise in the world and I often see people with ear phones who are in their own world and don’t get me wrong electronics are great but what about stopping and looking at the stars at night or listening to a bird sing or children play?  The other day I heard a beautiful bird in my yard and the sound was just astounding and extremely beautiful and I wouldn’t have heard it if my radio or tv was on and I took the time to stop and just listen to it.  Sometimes we need to remember that our problems can be addressed if we just take a moment and stop and smell the roses.  There is just so much noise out there and maybe just maybe it will change your day just to stop, look and listen.

The ease of setting up blogs, Facebook profiles and other digital media channels is so easy and so cheap that literally everyone is doing it.  This means it is easy to get your fifteen minutes of fame, but really really hard to get famous so we spend hours and hours on the computer and I am guilty of this too and suddenly realize that I missed the day and spent too much time on the computer.  Sometimes I think of it as information overload while it is great to have it we must remember to break away from it.  So remember that there is life after computers so stop and talk to someone or just take a break and go for a walk if you can.  Today I stopped with the work I was doing and went to walk along the Merrimack River on the boardwalk and just sat there on a bench for a short time and noticed a beautiful butterfly bouncing around in the cool summer wind the wind kept throwing him away from the grass that he was trying to stay on but he kept on trying to get back to the blade of grass it was a beautiful sight to watch and I felt very relaxed and peaceful.

I would like to leave you with this poem:

“Give me the joys of summer,
Of Summer Queen so fair,
With wealth of lovely flowers
And fruits and sun-kissed air!

Talk not to me of winter
With ice and frost and snow,
Nor changing spring and autumn
When howling winds will blow.

No, I will take the joys
Of Summer every time,
So to this Queen of Seasons
I dedicate my rhyme.”
–  Winifred Sackville Stoner, Midsummer Joys

May you have a very healthy August with many blessings and are able to stop and smell the roses!

 ——Annette Presseau    http://annettepresseau.Reliv.com

“The Season of Puff Back” – guest blogger Kevin Coates

Curious what puff back is – It’s important to know if your home furnace runs on oil…… thank you Kevin for this important info…..

 

The season of puff back is around the corner

Thinking of the phrase puff back may send you into a chorus of Puff the Magic Dragon but the two are not the same. When puff back happens in your home, believe me it is not a happy sing song time. You may not have heard of it but puff back is one of the many little preventable disasters that can happen in your home and cost you a lot of time and money. Puff back can occur in your home if you have oil heat and it can happen on a large or small scale.

A faulty ignition switch is the cause of puff back. When the ignition switch fails to light properly oil fumes accumulate in the chamber of your homes furnace. If the ignition is stalled long enough the amount of fumes that gathers will cause a small explosion when the pilot finally lights. This little explosion will blow every spec of dust and soot that lives in your homes duct system all over everything in your house: drapes, bedding, furniture, walls,.

This soot is not just a powder like substance it is black and sticky. This dirty residue needs to be cleaned from every inch of your home as soon as possible. In addition to the sticky soot puff back causes there is also an odor. This odor is difficult to remove and often requires professionals to come in to get it out of the house. A professional certified home restoration company Like Servpro that is experienced with restoring homes from smoke damage should be called. They will come in and use the same process required to get the smell out of a house where there has been a fire. This process is called “thermo fogging”.

The previous description is what happens when puff back occurs on a large scale. Puff back can also occur on a small scale, it happens gradually over a period of time. You will notice the black, sticky, soot accumulating on the carpet around the heating vent and maybe even on the surfaces inside your home.

Thankfully, you have the power to prevent puff back and the costly and time consuming damage it can cause in your home. The first step in puff back prevention is to be constantly vigilant and when you notice soot in your home call a certified oil furnace repair person. The second step is to have regularly scheduled maintenance for your oil furnace. These simple steps can save your home from the damage of puff back.

Woburn ZBA Nearing Final Decision on the Ledges Project – Wicked Local Woburn

40B Projects are always of interest to people in the community.  This project is no exception.

Woburn residents packed City Council chambers last night for the latest  Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing on The Ledges at Woburn, the proposed  Chapter 40B affordable housing project slated for 1042 Main St. in North  Woburn.

The ZBA has held half a dozen public hearings since April.

Experts speaking for the developer, The Dolben Company of Woburn, outlined  plans for storm drainage, blasting, rock wall safety and truck  routes.

Read more: Woburn ZBA nearing final decision on The Ledges project – Woburn, MA – Woburn Advocate http://www.wickedlocal.com/woburn/news/x1733878262/Woburn-ZBA-nearing-final-decision-on-The-Ledges-project#ixzz23kmvCTju

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