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and respectful of your
neighbors and animals
throughout the year.
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UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
You can now sign up for INFORMED delivery through the
post office. Go to the United States Postal Service website to
sign up for the service. Once you enter your information the
post office will send you alerts daily of the mail they have
scanned into the computer that is to be delivered to your
address each day.
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS
If anyone needs anything from the store, pharmacy, etc.
during this virus outbreak, please let us know. We have
volunteers that will be happy to go to the store and drop off
items outside of your front door.
Stay up to date with what’s happening in our community.
You can view news of events, messages, post questions and
more. This website is the official communication resource
for property owners.
We encourage all property owners to sign up on the TownSq
The Annual Meeting was put on hold due to the Covid 19
Boudreaux Estates Civic Association is a non-profit
corporation. We must follow the guidelines set by Governor
Abbott, as well as the CDC and Harris County concerning
gatherings and meetings.
I have been checking with other neighborhoods to see if
they are holding meetings. All neighborhoods put their
annual meeting on hold, some since March.
Per Governor Abbott’s latest orders, we can hold an annual
meeting outdoors as long as there is social distancing and
everyone wears face mask.
If the meeting is indoors we can have 75% of the max.
allowed for the meeting location, social distancing and
wear face mask.
The Board is continuing to work on completing the Annual
Meeting as soon as possible. We will send notice of date,
location and time.
ANNUAL MAINTENANCE FEES
Every household is a member of the HOA and is required
to pay annual maintenance fees. Fees pay for services such
as postage, printing, mail outs, attorney fees, web site,
mosquito spraying, park maintenance, mowing, insurance,
DR violation letters, etc.
Please let us know if you are interested.
Would you like to see additional activities in our
If you have ideas for neighborhood activities or events
please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boudreaux Estates has mosquito control come through
regularly during the summer, it is not enough to get
rid of them completely. The summer months can be
uncomfortable, due to all of the biting insects. One of
the best ways to prevent mosquitoes is to eliminate their
breeding grounds. Controlling mosquitoes also minimizes
the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, including St. Louis
encephalitis and West Nile Virus encephalitis. The eggs that
mosquitoes lay in rainwater hatch in as little as two days.
Homeowners can take actions to cub mosquito breeding
Dispose unused outdoor containers that hold water, change
bird baths at least every 2 days, empty and change pets
water bowls daily, etc.
YARD OF THE MONTH
June, July, August
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DEED RESTRICTION VIOLATIONS
These are our top violations:
1. All boats, trailers, motor homes, inoperable vehicles,
machinery, etc., must be located to the rear of the residence
2. All construction on or improvements to any lot, tract or
residence must be approved by Beca prior to construction.
3. Animals: please read your Deed Restrictions to see what
animals are allowed and how many are allowed per half 1/2
Please make sure you are in compliance with our deed
restrictions. If you are not in compliance, please take the
time to correct any violations
DO WE HAVE YOUR EMAIL & PHONE?
If we can email, phone or text you, we can save the HOA
some money for notifications. In the event of emergencies
(like Hurricane Harvey) or to let you know about community
events/news, we need a reliable way to contact residents.
Sign up on the TownSq.com website. We don’t send out
many emails, so you won’t be overwhelmed.
HARRIS COUNTY LEASH LAW
Animals that are not properly restrained pose a threat to all
our residents. While you may know your pet is friendly, an
animal running at someone who is walking by is very scary
for that person. Many children are afraid of animals and
become frightened, which could result in the child getting
hurt trying to avoid the animal.
While it may be nice to have your animal out in the yard
while you work or play, it is against the law, unless the
animal is properly restrained.
Let’s all help keep our community a safe and comfortable
place for all our residents by being responsible pet owners.
This will not only protect anyone who may be walking or
bicycling in the area, but also the pet owner who could
be held legally responsible or possibly sued for failing to
properly restrain their pet.
of community interest, etc., but we never hear from you!
Generic, educational articles are important, but don’t forget
that our newsletter is one of the best communication
tools available in our community and in order to help our
newsletter become more community-specific we need to
hear from you.
DITCH MAINTENANCE- DRAINAGE ISSUES
If you are having drainage issues or need ditch maintenance
please contact Harris County Precinct 4.
Harris County Precinct 4 is in charge of our drainage issues,
roads, as well as all our stop signs, street signs, etc.
Their website is: www.hcp4.net
Report suspicious Activities to our local Constable Precinct
4 office 281-376-3472, non-emergency 24 hr. dispatch.
Together we can keep our neighborhood a safe and
comfortable Environment for all of us to enjoy.
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OUR NEWSLETTER NEEDS
COMMUNITY SPECIFIC INFORMATION!
Putting together a newsletter for our community is quite
challenging considering there is so much more to include
in it than we do. Many residents have interesting news to
share about upcoming events, personal milestones, issues
ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL COMMITTEE
Don’t forget to obtain approval first! Getting our Association
to approve all proposed architectural changes is not just a
good idea to protect your investment, it is a requirement! If
you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
Boudreaux Estates Civic Association.
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CALL BEFORE YOU DIG
Before you start digging please call 811.
The days are shorter and visibility decreases. Let’s be very
careful as we drive through the neighborhood - we have a
lot of children living in our neighborhood and we need to
be alert for their safety. Please slow down and stop at the
NEW LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
We have a little free library at our park. The library is for
everyone. Take a book or leave a book. All books are free
for everyone. There are books for all age groups. There are
books in English as well as books in Spanish. The little library
was built and donated by Girl Scout Troop # 13544. A special
thank you to Victoria Delagarza of Troop 13544 for all her
TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS
If you are between 12 and 18 and would like to be added
to the teenage job seeker’s list, please fill out the form on
our website (www.krenekprinting.com, click submissions
and choose Jobseekers) with your name, birthdate (mo. &
yr.), phone number, year you will graduate and the name of
your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want
on your form. Please make sure your email is correct, we
send emails in the summer to make sure all the info is still
good and that you want to stay on the list. If we do not hear
back from you after 3 tries, we will remove you from the list
until we do. Must have parent(s) permission.
Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible
for those listed on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please
ask for and check out references if you do not personally
know those listed. This is just a list of teenagers from the
subdivision who wish to find part time jobs. Responsibility
for any work done by these teenagers is between those
seeking helpers and the teens and their parents.
There is no charge for teenagers who would like to add their
name to the job seeker list.
B - BABYSITTING, CPR - CPR CERT., FAC - FIRST AID CERT.,
RCC - RED CROSS CERT., SS - SAFE SITTER, SL - SWIM
LESSONS, PP - PET/PLANT SITTER, P - PET CARE ONLY, H
- HOUSE CARE, L - LAWN CARE, C- CAR CARE/DETAILING,
T - TUTORING
A HEALTHY, HAPPY NEW YEAR: 11 SMART TIPS
1. Read to your children every day. Start by the age of six months.
Reading to children shows them the importance of communication and
motivates them to become readers. It also provides a context to discuss
issues and learn what is on your child’s mind.
2. Make your children feel loved and important. Kids develop a sense
of self-worth early in life. They get it from their parents. Listen to what
your children have to say. Assure them that they are loved and safe.
Celebrate their individuality and tell them what makes them special and
what you admire about them.
3. Provide your child with a tobacco-free environment. Indoor air
pollution from tobacco increases ear infections, chest infections and
even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. If you smoke, consider quitting.
Remember, the most important predictor of whether your children will
grow up to be smokers is whether you smoke. Make your home a smokefree
4. Pay attention to nutrition. Nutrition makes a big difference in how
kids grow, develop and learn. Good nutrition is a matter of balance.
Provide foods from several food groups at each meal. Emphasize foods
that are less processed, such as whole grain breads and cereals and fresh
fruits and vegetables. Review your child’s diet with your pediatrician for
5. Do a “childproofing” survey of your home. A child’s-eye view home
survey should systematically go from room to room, removing all the
“booby traps” that await the curious toddler or preschooler. Think of
poisons, small objects, sharp edges, knives, firearms and places to fall.
6. Make sure immunizations are up to date. Review your child’s
immunization record with your pediatrician. Make sure your child is
current on recommended immunizations.
7. Practice “safety on wheels.” Make sure everyone in the car is buckled
up for every ride, with children in the back seat in age-appropriate child
safety seats. All bikers, skaters and skateboarders should wear helmets.
8. Prevent violence by setting good examples. Hitting, slapping and
spanking teaches children that it is acceptable to hit other people to
solve problems. Non-physical forms of discipline work better in the long
run. Remember that words can hurt too.
9. Monitor your children’s “media.” Monitor what your children see and
hear on television, in movies and in music. Children are affected by what
they see and hear, particularly in these times of violent images. Talk to
your children about “content.” If you feel that a movie or TV program is
inappropriate, redirect your child to more suitable programming.
10. Become more involved in your child’s school and your child’s
education. Visit your child’s school. Become active in the parent-teacher
organization. Volunteer in the classroom or for special projects. Be
available to help with homework. If your child’s education is important to
you, it will be important to him.
11. Help kids understand tobacco, alcohol and the media. Help your
teenager understand the difference between the misleading messages in
advertising and the truth about the dangers of using alcohol and tobacco
products. Talk about ads with your child. Help your child understand the
real messages being conveyed. Make sure the TV shows and movies your
child watches do not glamorize the use of tobacco, alcohol and other
American Academy of Pediatrics
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25 WAYS TO SNEAK IN
MORE EXERCISE EVERY DAY
One of the TOP New Year resolutions: exercise more! Here
are some ways to help incorporate exercise into your daily
1. Make your bed every morning.
2. Do 10 push-ups every morning.
3. Squat while you brush your teeth.
4. Park farther than you need to.
5. Clean your office.
6. Take the stairs.
7. Exercise on the job.
8. Do your own filing/copying/coffee-fetching.
9. Switch your office chair for a stability ball.
10. Schedule a daily walk break at work.
11. Take calls standing up.
12. Skip the inter-office mail and walk it over.
13. Suggest walk meetings.
14. Practice isometrics.
15. Reorganize your office or home.
16. Go on walking/biking errands.
17. Do the grocery shopping.
18. Make your own food.
19. Hand-wash dishes.
20. Keep your yoga mat/weights/kettlebell by the TV.
21. Clean your home.
22. Wash your own vehicle.
23. Play with children.
Courtesy of: www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/25-ways-tosneak-in-more-exercise-every-day/
POPULAR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
• Drink Less Alcohol
• Eat Right
• Get a Better Education
• Get a Better Job
• Get Fit
• Lose Weight
• Quit Smoking Now
• Reduce Stress On-the-Job
• Reduce Stress Overall
• Save Money
• Take a Trip
• Volunteer to Help Others
To love yourself means to respect and appreciate yourself as you are and to come to
terms with those aspects of yourself that you can’t change - the aspects that make
you unique. It means allowing yourself to drop the conditions that you have created
to love yourself like, “I will love myself once I…” and simply choose to embrace the
good and the bad, the mistakes and the triumphs.
Loving yourself isn’t a one-time thing, but an endless, ongoing process that starts
with realizing that it’s not about discovering self-love; it’s about tearing down the
walls you’ve built against it. Below are 6 ways to learn to love yourself more:
1. Focus on the things you like about yourself
2. Make time to do the things you enjoy
3. Let go of mistakes and embrace the past
4. Appreciate your life
5. Get out of your comfort zone
6. Take care of your body!
Courtesy of: www.recoverywarriors.com/6-simple-ways-to-love-yourself-more
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COMMON VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES
As we embark on the journey each day to eat and live better, take note of
the common vitamin nutrient deficiencies that are easily treated:
1. Calcium: Calcium is important for maintaining strong bones and
controlling muscle and nerve function. Signs of severely low calcium
include fatigue, muscle cramps, abnormal heart rhythms and a poor
appetite. Make sure you’re getting enough with at least three servings of
milk or yogurt a day. Other good sources of calcium are cheese, calciumfortified
orange juice and dark, leafy greens.
2. Vitamin D: This vitamin is also critical for bone health. Symptoms
of a vitamin D deficiency can be vague - fatigue and muscle aches or
weakness. If it goes on long term, a vitamin D deficiency can lead to
softening of the bones. To get enough vitamin D, have three servings
of fortified milk or yogurt daily eating fatty fish, such as salmon or tuna,
twice a week; and spend some time outside in the sunshine every day.
3. Potassium: Potassium helps the kidneys, heart and other organs
work properly. You could become low in potassium in the short term
because of diarrhea or vomiting, excessive sweating or antibiotics or
because of chronic conditions such as eating disorders and kidney
disease, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Symptoms of
a deficiency include weight loss, muscle weakness, constipation and in
severe cases, an abnormal heart rhythm. For natural potassium sources,
consume bananas, whole grains, milk, vegetables, beans and peas.
4. Iron: Iron helps your body make red blood cells. When iron levels get
too low, your body can’t effectively carry oxygen. The resulting anemia
can cause fatigue. You might also notice pale skin and dull, thin, sparse
hair. To boost iron levels, eat iron-fortified cereal, beef, oysters, beans
(especially white beans, chickpeas and kidney beans), lentils and spinach.
5. Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 aids the production of DNA and helps make
neurotransmitters in the brain. With an increasing number of vegans
and people who’ve had weight loss surgery, vitamin B12 deficiency is
becoming more common. Symptoms of severe B12 deficiency include
numbness in the legs, hands or feet; problems with walking and balance;
anemia; fatigue; weakness; a swollen, inflamed tongue; memory loss;
paranoia; and hallucinations. You can get vitamin B12 from animal
sources: eat more fish, chicken, milk and yogurt. If you’re vegan, opt for
vegan foods fortified with B12, such as non-dairy milk, meat substitutes
and breakfast cereals.
6. Folate: Folate or folic acid, is a particularly important vitamin for
women of childbearing age, which is why prenatal vitamins contain such
a hefty dose. A folate deficiency can cause a decrease in the total number
of cells and large red blood cells as well as neural tube defects in an
unborn child. Symptoms of a folate deficiency include fatigue, gray hair,
mouth ulcers, poor growth and a swollen tongue. To get folate from food,
go for fortified cereals, beans, lentils, leafy greens and oranges.
7. Magnesium: Magnesium helps support bone health and assists in
energy production. Magnesium deficiency can cause loss of appetite,
nausea and vomiting, fatigue and weakness. In more severe cases, it can
lead to numbness, muscle cramps, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms,
personality changes or low potassium or calcium levels. To help your
levels return to normal, eat more magnesium-rich foods, such as almonds,
cashews, peanuts, spinach, black beans and edamame.
Courtesy of: www.everydayhealth.com/hs/guide-to-essential-nutrients/
EASY WAYS TO EAT MORE FRUITS & VEGGIES
The new food plate unveiled by the Department of Agriculture sends a
clear message: eat more fruits and vegetables. Here are easy ways to get
more of these important foods into your diet:
Start early: Get in the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables
a day by eating them early with your morning meal. Add a banana to
your cereal, berries to your yogurt, veggies to your omelet.
Make them visible: Set out a fruit bowl in the kitchen or have carrot
sticks available for snacking. Take some time to prepare the fruits or
vegetables, so they are ready to eat.
Frozen is good: Frozen vegetables, such as peas and carrots, are a great
way to make sure you always have vegetables in the house.
At mealtime, think of the veggies first, not the protein: Half of your
plate needs to be filled with fruits and vegetables. Base your meals on
what vegetables you’ll have and then think of the grains and protein to
go with it.
Have fruit with your sweets: Fruits are nature’s natural candy. Puree
berries and adding them as a sauce to desserts, such as ice cream.
Courtesy of: www.livescience.com/35730-five-easy-ways-eat-morefruits-vegetables.html
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JANUARY TO-DO LIST
In the beds
• Add new mulch to protect plant roots during freezing
temperatures, conserve soil moisture and discourage
• Prune crape myrtle trees, removing only limbs
necessary to thin out trees and provide a stately
structure. This provides additional energy for profuse
blooming all summer. Topping is not necessary. To
avoid topping, plant a variety that will grow only to the
height proper for the growing area. Ask your nursery for
available colors and growth patterns. When pruning,
use sharp tools and cut at 45 degree angles, leaving no
stubs. This promotes proper healing. Cuts at right angles
• Prune woody trees, shrubs and fruit trees.
• Cut back ornamental grasses to ensure that the new
growth will be able to emerge unhindered by old
foliage. You will get a nice flush of growth in the spring.
• Winter-flowering plants need a feeding with a balanced
fertilizer to keep blooming in these cold months.
• Prune back plants with freeze-damaged vegetation
late in the month of January.
• Tree leaves can remain in flowerbeds for temporary
insulation of plants.
In the Lawn
• Grass mowing is usually not necessary this month.
A light covering of leaves can protect grass from cold
weather, but do not allow to collect heavily and kill the
• Aeration of the lawn improves air circulation, helps
break down any buildup of thatch and other organic
material, improves moisture distribution and helps
sunlight reach plant roots.
In the Garden
• Continue seeding lettuce, carrots, beets, cabbage,
broccoli, peas, onion & radish.
• Keep garden fed with MicroLife Ultimate.
• Cover crops if we are going to have icy weather.
• Make sure to water if we are going to freeze to insulate
• Start planning for potatoes in February.
Get Your Green On!
1. Cover plants, water well if a freeze is forecast. The
coldest oldest days usually occur this month.
2. Remove covers first thing in the morning if it’s above
freezing. Heat builds under covers and your plants will
3. Mow the lawn once to allow the sun to reach the
4. Prune grafted roses; Valentine’s Day is traditional
time-to trigger healthy new growth.
5. Plant later-blooming bulbs, corms and tubers, such as
amaryllis, canna and gladiolus.
6. Watch the temps, if towards the end of the month, temps look like
freezes are over… get tomatoes in the ground!!! We have to start early in
Houston if you want good yields!!!!
7. Don’t commit crapemurder!!! Resist the urge to do what your neighbors
and ill-informed landscapers do. If you need to prune and shape your
crape myrtle stop by the nursery and we can show you the correct way
to prune them.
• Get cool-season crops and tomatoes into the garden now!!!! Don’t waitsoon
the weather will be too hot for them. Have row covers or homemade
windbreaks handy to protect plants on chilly nights.
• Early this month, sow the last plantings of spinach, turnips, mustard,
beets, carrots and broccoli.
• In mid-to-late March, plant corn, squash, peppers and cucumbers.
Nourish young plants with liquid organic fertilizer.
• Pull mulch away from perennials, shrubs and trees to allow the soil to
warm around them.
• Feed everything with the pink label Micro-Life.
• Fertilize the lawn with Micro-Life Hybrid Fertilizer!!!! It’s AMAZING!!!!!
• Apply MicroLife Humates plus and a soil activator like Medina plus. This
will help naturally aerate, dethatch and help with water retention come
Summer and build soil microbes to fight fungus naturally!!!
• Bye caladiums now!!! There are many exciting new varieties that have
been introduced this year. Get them while their HOT!!! If you wait too
long, you’ll miss out!
• Check out the new addition at Plants for all Seasons! We are super
excited to offer terrium plants and supplies, indoor plants, MORE SEEDS
and BULBS than ever before and a bigger selection of garden flags.