Boudreaux Estates January 2021

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Noise

Please be mindful

and respectful of your

neighbors and animals

regarding noise

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.

Email: boudreauxestates@aol.com

WEBSITE

TOWNSQ.COM

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

website.

ANNUAL MEETING

The Annual Meeting was put on hold due to the Covid 19

pandemic.

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.

ACTIVITIES

Please let us know if you are interested.

Would you like to see additional activities in our

neighborhood?

If you have ideas for neighborhood activities or events

please email boudreauxestates@aol.com.

MOSQUITO CONTROL

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

by:

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

structure.

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

acre.

4. Mowing.

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

CRIME WATCH

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.

RESIDENTS:

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would like to advertise in our newsletter or know someone

that would like to advertise in our newsletter, please

contact krenekprinting.com. All advertising helps pay for

our newsletter.

We need more advertising for our newsletter or we may not

be able to continue having our newsletter published.

Share your community news with us: Non-profit, scouts,

school, dated events, etc., send to news@krenekprinting.

com.

TRASH PICKUP / RECYCLING PICKUP

Residential Recycling & Refuse of Texas

346-248-5222

Trash service is twice (2) a week

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.

SAFETY CONCERNS

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

stop signs.

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

extra help.

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.

DISCLAIMER

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.

CODE KEY:

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

Happy

New Year!

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

zone.

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

suggestions.

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

drugs.

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

routines:

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.

24. Dance.

25. Laugh.

Courtesy of: www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/25-ways-tosneak-in-more-exercise-every-day/

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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

LOVE YOURSELF

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/

common-nutrient-deficiencies

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

weeds.

• 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

produce deadwood.

• 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

grass below.

• 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

root systems.

• Start planning for potatoes in February.

Get Your Green On!

FEBRUARY TO-DO

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

cook!

3. Mow the lawn once to allow the sun to reach the

roots.

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.

MARCH TO-DO

• 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.

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