Halloween for Teenagers - Sign 57

Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Honestly, I don't know the range of age to participate in Halloween. I guess, kids love to start "Trick or Treat" at ages between 3 to 12. 

Fig 01- Halloween reminder

As we might understand, the range of age called as teenagers is from 13 to 19 years old. in psychology, late teenagers could reach 24 years old.

In case of Halloween participants, there are no formal (official) range of ages. Children or teenagers may or may not participate depends on their own interest, maturity level and social developments.

However, many our neighbors love it when the teens come to see them. The teens smiles are so precious. Some of them may be on the autistic scale and may not be as mentally old as their bodies.

Fig 02- Scary or funny? One of decorations.

What’s a couple more pieces of candy?

Teenagers get full sized candy bars.

Fig 03- Halloween Decoration

Fig 04- A night decoration, Halloween

Fig 05- A jack-o'-lantern, smiling face.

What do you think about teenagers participate in "Trick or Treat," Halloween?

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The Important of Shop Local - Sign 56

Sunday, October 29, 2023
I am familiar with signs such as shop local, buy local or local products in the farmer markets or community markets around our areas.

Fig 01- Sign of shop local at our neighborhood

I just have seen this sign: "Shop local, cause Amazon won't sponsor your kids ball team." I think this sign is so true with some reasons that local businesses will support local economy, create jobs, donate to local charities and highly probably to sponsors youth support teams at community levels.

Based on study by "the Small Business Administration," SBA (2023), there are local multiplier effects if we shop local products. Let's say, spending US$ 100 will generate US$ 68 to economic activity of community. It is because the local owners will purchase services and goods from other community businesses.

Fig 02- Produced by local farmers

On the opposite, Amazon is believed to use its market power to disturb local businesses, hence not likely to support community activities (sports, charities and jobs).

Fig 03- A food truck sells local foods.

What do you think?

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A Northern Cardinal Visits the Bird Feeder - Critter 56

Friday, October 27, 2023
One of interesting things of Northern Cardinal for me is its "black face mask." The birds are popular in our areas, often seeing to come around our yards.

Fig 01- A Cardinal looks enjoy on a bird feeder.

Based on identification by GoogleID, this Northern Cardinal has scientific name, Cardinalis cardinalis. The bird is a common bird, and it may be observed all year round in our city, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In addition to our backyards, this bird could be seen in the variety of habitats such as parks (city parks) and woodlands.

The bird is appraised as one of beautiful birds in the USA, and as a songbird, we love to hear its melodies songs. We hear the songs from our backyard in the morning, and sometimes throughout the day.

Fig 02- Halloween decor, illustration

Fig 03- Flower, blooming in the Fall, illustration

Fig 04- A cardinal visit our birdfeeder.

Is it easy to observe a Cardinal in your areas?

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The Sign for Jumbo Green Peanuts or Pumpkins? - Sign 55

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
 By reading the sign "Jumbo Green Peanuts," we thought that the market is selling Jumbo Green Peanuts, but no, no single green peanut.

Fig 01- A sign for Jumbo Green Peanuts.

Inside the market, we saw there are plenty of pumpkins, they are different in sizes (weight), colors and varieties. 

Yes, we are in Halloween season now. We expect to celebrate Halloween by Tuesday, October 31, 2023. Selling of pumpkins is profitable business for individual or farmers in our areas or city.

People use pumpkins for decoration and food (pie, bread, muffin, soup, roasted pumpkin etc.) during this season, and they are willing to pay with higher price for both fresh and premium quality of pumpkins.

Fig 02- Three sample pumpkins.

There are many varieties of pumpkins in our areas. Just few of them are Lumina, New moon, Autumn gold and Cinderella.

Fig 03- Plenty of pumpkins inside the market

Fig 04- One pumpkin with different color

Fig 05- Lumina, a type of pumpkin

How many types of pumpkins in your areas?

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Pickle Eggs Sold in the Farmer Market - Part 1 - Food Variety 36

Saturday, October 21, 2023
We consume salt eggs, usually duck eggs. They are sold in the Asian groceries in our city, Baton Rouge.

Fig 01- Jalapeno pickle eggs

When we visit one of farmer markets close by our home recently, we noticed that there are pickle eggs.

We found the eggs include chicken and quail eggs, but no duck eggs as pickle eggs are sold.

The different between pickle and salt eggs are:
1) Salted eggs
- eggs are soaked in the brine or wrapped by salted charcoal paste.
- traditionally, salt eggs are duck eggs for specific texture and taste.

Fig 02- Sky over the city, illustration only

Fig 02- Sky over the city, illustration

2) Pickled eggs
- boiled eggs are soaked in the acid and sweet vinegar
- usually chicken or quail eggs.

Fig 03- Jars of pickle eggs

Have you tasted pickle eggs? what eggs?

The Beauty of Budgerigar Bird - Critter 55

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
In nature, the Budgerigar Bird moving around to search water and food like other nomadic birds.

Fig 01- The Beauty of Budgerigar Bird on the ground

This bird has three well known common names, they are shell parakeet, budgie and common parakeet.

The scientific name of Budgerigar Bird is Melopsittacus undulatus, and native to Australia regions.

The bird is popular as pet in many parts of the world with several reasons include its ability to imitate human speech, small size and low cost.

This budgie is easy to breed, the bird may breed in captivity and then the baby bird in pairs.

Fig 02- Birds love to consume sunflowers seed.

Budgerigars love to consume seeds such as sunflowers, chia seed, safflower, flaxseed and others.

However, when we tried to give seeds, the bird flew to the tree, then flew away.

Fig 03- The Budgie was ready to fly away.

Have you seen this kind of bird?

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Blooming of Fuchsia Four O'clock Flowers - Gardening and Hobby 44

Monday, October 16, 2023
We think this flower, Fuchsia Four O'clock Flower is interesting flower, since it blooms around four o'clock, in the late afternoon or evening.

Fig 01- Pink flower of Fuchsia Four O'clock Flowers

The flower has scientific name, Mirabilis jalapa, native to tropical America, then spread all over the world.

Fuchsia four o'clock is a beautiful and fragrant flower with shape like trumpet, could reach 3 inches (7.6 cm) long. The flowers are easy to care for and grow. They are drought-tolerant plants.

It has many colors include white, pink, red, yellow and bi-colors for certain species. Its nectar and colors attract many pollinators such as nocturnal moths, hummingbirds and butterflies.

Fig 02- The Fuchsia plant with little pink flowers

Some people grow Fuchsia by sowing seed in the soil in the Spring. Seeds just need 10 to 14 days to germinate.

Fig 03- Another species of Fuchsia plant.

Do you familiar with Fuchsia four o'clock flower?

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The Boovie in the City Park - Sign 54

Tuesday, October 10, 2023
You might know that "Boovie" is a term refers to Halloween movies, marathon movies in the Halloween season.

Fig 01- A sign of Boovie in the park

Our city park hosts a BOOvie, a kind of "a SPOOKtacular event" for the kids and their families to enjoy.

The event includes:
- movies 
- music
- characters
- giveaways 
- and much more

Fig 02- Movie on the lawn, big screen

In respect to Boovies, there are 4 series Halloween movies, start from 11.00 AM to 5.00 PM.

Image 3- Some people and kids with Customes.

The four films are Monsters Inc., the Addams Family 2 (2021), Hocus Pocus (1993) and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021).

Fig 04 - kids in front movie screen.

I love Hocus Pocus, the movie about teenagers explores an abandoned house, then find witches. I believed some of you watched this movie.

Fig 05- Free stuffs for children.

Do you like Halloween movies?

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A Colorful Love Bird - Critter 54

Friday, October 6, 2023
 As you might know love bird is one of the popular pets around the world. The bird is native to the Africa.

Fig 01- The colorful of love bird.

We spotted the bird around our area recently. It flew away as we approached it. We believe the bird belongs to someone as a pet.

Love bird is a small parrot with length size between 5 to 7 inches (13 to 18 cm). There are nine species of lovebirds, and four is popular pet.

The most popular is the peach-faced lovebird with scientific name, Agapornis roseicollis.

Other three are: Black-masked lovebird (Agapornis personatus), Yellow-collared lovebird (Agapornis personatus) and Fischer's lovebird (Agapornis fischeri).

Fig 02- Beautiful flowers, blooming.

Some people like love birds because of their bright colors, playful, active and "relatively easy to care for."

Their diet includes nuts and seeds, and we can add with some fresh vegetables or fruits.

fig 03- A cute cat on the street, just illustration

Do you know about love birds?

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Should We Consume Banana Everyday? - Part 2

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Fig 01- Bananas are sold in the grocery

Banana is a very healthy fruit, and its rich in nutrient sources. A medium ripe banana contains:

- calories, carbohydrate, fiber

- potassium, vitamins (B6, C)

- phytonutrients

- and various antioxidants

Potassium is one of important dietary sources in the banana. The mineral is important for muscle function, heart health, and blood pressure regulation.

Fig 02- Milkweed flower, illustration

Banana is one of fruits contain high in fiber. Several other fruits are:

- apples

- berries

- citrus fruits

- pears

- mango

- persimmon

- guava and many more

Fig 03- Flowers in the pot, illustration

Do you like banana? How many banana do you eat per day?

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