Do People Keep a Pig as a Pet? - Part 1

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

I saw someone brought a pig to the public park a long time ago, I was not so curious, just feel odd.

In recent days, I saw a pig wanders around neighborhood, my first guessed that a pig might be from nearby “pig farming.”

Fig 01- Lost pig in neighborhood

No, no said my neighbor. It was a pet. A pet pig owned by one of our neighbors. Considered as a lost pig.

There are at least 70 breeds of pigs, domestics or wilds world wide, about 4 well known breeds for pet:

- Yucatan

- African pygmy pigs

- Vietnamese potbellied

- teacup pigs

Fig 02- Cute, just for illustration

Fig 03- Autumn’s trees in our city, illustration

Fig 04- Pig and piglets, Illustration only

1) Yucatan breed

- size is 22 inches tall and 43 inches length

- very docile

- quite easy to controlled

- tolerate to restraint.

2) African pygmy pigs

- 20 inches tall, and reach 40 pounds in weight

- gentle temperament, hence easy to handle

- friendly, active and intelligent

# To be continued to Part 2

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The Reasons Raccoon Visit Our Neighborhood – Part 1

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Raccoon is one of wild animals around our neighborhood. I think their population increasing recently.

We easily spot them before dark, even though they are nocturnal animals, active at night.

Fig 01- Raccoon at the backyard

In nature, raccoon is an omnivorous, they consume both plants and small animals such as:

- fruits

- vegetable

- nuts

- berries

- insects

- rodents

- frogs

- eggs

- crayfish.

Fig 02- Raccoon likes to attack our pets

Fig 03- A dog, illustration only

Fig 04- Raccoon can not get out from trash can.

We have noticed that Raccoon always visit our house during winter season. It might be due to several reasons:

1) Cold winter drives them to find safe shelter.

- a house is a warm place to hiding

2) Scarcity of natural foods and water

- difficult to find foods and water during cold seasons

- they would be happy to find left over pet’s food in neighborhood’s yards.

- some neighbors provide water for wild birds, hence, to be target of wild raccoon.

# To be continued to Part 2

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How Nature could Make Human being Happy?

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

We knew that nature provided us with plenty of foods since long time ago. Now, we understand that nature could make our happy too.


Fig 01- Trees in the Autumn

Why are we happy if we walk in the such as woodland or park?

It is because nature has positive impacts on:

- mood
- reduce depression
- make less anxiety

These above 3 factors are contributing to happiness. Make people boosting their joy of life.

Fig 02- Cloudy sky in the city

What other things nature do to human being, especially relate to human behaviors (psycho)?

Fig 03- City park at nearby my house.

Here are the some of them:

- may calm minds
- mental health improvement as well as physical fit.
- improve positive emotion
- improve memory, especially short memory
- more focus on cognitive.

How many time do you go to nature such as hiking on the hill, walking in the garden or jogging in the park a week?

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Push-Ups are Good for Our Health – Part 2

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Fig 01- Just for illustration, two empty chairs

You may read previous posting (part 1):

- Push-Ups are Good for Our Health – Part 1

It is believed that push ups stimulate hormones production include testosterone at higher level.

This hormone is important for both men and women to maintain body health.

As suggested by Harrison Wein, Ph.D. (published in National Institute of Health, 2013), some important roles of testosterone for men:

- to regulate libido, fat distribution

- cause strength of muscle and bone

- effect on productions of sperm and red blood cells

Roles of testosterone for women may include:

- maintain growth

- repair reproductive tissues

- regulate bone mass

Fig 02- Jasmine flowers blooming

However, if your purpose to burn calories or loss weight, push-ups are not enough, actually.

Fig 03- A parking lot at night, illustration


100 push-ups burn 35 calories only.

Fig 04- Cloudy in autumn

To lose 1 pound per-week, we need to do push-ups at least 500 a day.

Thus, find other movements such as jogging or running that is among good sports to lose fat.

Fig 05- Falling leaves in the autumn

However, even it is simple movement, push up has greater positive effect on our health.

Then, the question is how many push-ups should we do everyday?

The answer is depend on the age.

It is suggested to do around 100 push-ups for people under 50, whereas more than 100 push-ups for people above 50 years old.

Why we do not do push-ups now?

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40 million Guests Sleep on Camping Sites in the USA – Part 2

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Fig 01- Camping site in the morning

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Consumers spent around US$ 2.5 billion for variety of camping equipment, they are including:


-sleeping bags

-air beds



You should expect full of guests during summer seasons. No main ground to rise tent.

You might find crowd in the seasons of:

- Spring

- Fall

Fig 02- Hay in the corner, illustration

We may lucky enough to find small patch at edge of camping ground in the warmer seasons.

Fig 03- Decoration, illustration only.

The cooler the fewer people at camping sites.

However, Night stays are limited in camping sites belong to federal, states and local governments:

- up to 14 days at peak seasons

- up to 21 days for off season.

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Growing Some Sweet Fruits at Our Backyard – Part 2 - Gardening and Hobby 22

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Fig 01- Our backyard orange

You may read previous posting (part 1):

- Growing Some Sweet Fruits at Our Backyard – Part 1 - Gardening and Hobby 22

Satsuma size is not big enough, easy to hold two oranges by hand. The skin is oily and not thick, so easy to be peeled up.

I myself could consume up 10 oranges per-day.

Sure, we can find Satsuma or any kind of oranges in the market. Our favorite place is farmer market.

The oranges grow well in the southern parts (parishes) in our state, Louisiana.

Because of our state characterizes by hot temperature, it is might equal to orange origin.

The oranges are believed come from two countries:

- Japan

- China

Fig 02- Sign of farmer market

Some houses of our neighborhood have this kind of orange trees. It seems easy to maintain.

Fig 03- Oranges are sold in a Walmart grocery

Satsuma seasons in our areas from October to December every year. At this time, we can find oranges sold in the:

- farmer markets

- groceries

- supermarkets

Fig 04- Autumn at corner of nearby areas

In addition to fruit, we planted several types of trees:

- maple

- redbud tree

- oriental Magnolia

- Parsley Hawthorne

- arrowwood

- inkberry

- fetterbush

- mini palm tree

Trees made temperature cooling down during hot summer.

Fig 05- My backyard at midday.

Moreover, I am doing exercises and jogging at backyard every morning, except raining.

In hot summer, exercise little bit at dawn or late afternoon. Jogging in between of fresh air with fresh fruit at the garden.

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