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BAYOU BUZZ THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF SWEETGRASS • DECEMBER 2021

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IMPORTANT INFO: Lakehouse / HOA Office Phone: 281-239-4455 HOA After-Hours Emergency: 800-274-3165

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Official Website: www.mysweetgrass.net

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

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Celebrating at Sea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Picture This. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Introducing Sue Muerdler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 10 Essential Health Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Winter Nutrition Tips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Crossword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Calendar.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Great Homemade Food Gifts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 6 The Exchange Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 What is CCGA? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Committees, Clubs, Groups & Activities. . . . 41 In the Neighborhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

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Celebrating at Sea

The Sweetgrass 10 year Anniversary Cruise by STEPHEN MARTINEZ, SWEETGRASS Lifestyle Director

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ctober 31, 2021, 106 Sweetgrass residents headed to Galveston Texas to board the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas for a seven day cruise to Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Roatan, Honduras. We were joined by our sister community, Hill Country Retreat of San Antonio to celebrate our joint anniversaries. This was made possible with special thanks to our community partner, Jeffrey Almoney and Jeffrey McGuire of Cruise Planners. Fun memories were created and memorable experiences were shared with onboard friends and neighbors.

Tuesday, November 2 through Thursday, November 4 we arrived in the ports of Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Roatan. Here residents enjoyed several excursions from swimming with dolphins, mixing cocktails, making Chocolate, and taking in some shopping or enjoying some Sun just to name a few. We all created fun memories and shared experiences with their friends and neighbors. We concluded with a debarkation meeting and game time at the end of the week where we asked, “Where to next?” Obviously, our residents had a fantastic time and did not want the fun to end. So, now the planning begins for our next trip. Will you be joining us? Look forward to seeing information in the weeks to come.

Both communities dominated the cruise liner as the largest party onboard with 236 Del Webbies total. On board, residents participated in a door decorating contest, a game day, costumes and cocktails, scavenger hunt, and a daily hospitality area were giveaways were available for on board trick-ortreating. All of that was in addition to all the other onboard events and activities that the ship and its crew had to offer, such as the casino, the ice skating show, karaoke, main stage performances of lounge bands, and of course the headlining show Saturday Night Fever.

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Special thanks to Cruise Planners and Royal Caribbean for such an amazing experience. Please enjoy the photos shared by residents who traveled with us and your Lifestyle Directors on the trip, Marijah Coughran of Hill Country Retreat and Stephen Martinez of Sweetgrass.

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n Sunday, November 11 the RV Club welcomed the community to our second RV Club Open House & Tailgate. 7 different types of RV's were represented, from a 17' Casita travel trailer to a 41' Tiffin motorhome and everything in between. The owners were on hand to give tours and answer any questions residents might have.We had perfect "camping" weather for our parking lot show! All we needed was a campfire! The RV Club wants to thank the residents of Sweetgrass for coming out and visiting with us! Fun was had by all! The Sweetgrass RV Club has traveled across Texas and to all of the lower 48 states since our formation in 2015. In 2022 we have a one week trip to South Padre Island planned in March and a 2 month trip through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California beginning in August. For more information on the RV Club, email us at SweetgrassRVClub@gmail.com

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1. What is your role on the Board of Directors? I am the secretary 2. How long have you lived at Sweetgrass? I arrived in the Houston area to close on my new home August 2017 along with Harvey so did not close till 13 September 2017 3.Are you a part of any clubs or groups? When I first arrived I was still working (telecommuting) after I fully retired I visit the Women’s Club and Art at Sweetgrass. I presently a member of the Veterans club but not very active. But I want to become more active. I was my neighborhood representative and therefore a member of the NAC 4. What has been your favorite event at Sweetgrass? My daily walks with my dog listening to music.Along with chatting with neighbors I see while out and about. 5. What’s your definition of an Active Adult Living? A community of folks from my generations enjoying and living life to the fullest of their ability. 6. What do you like about living at Sweetgrass? Community, people, a safe place to walk/jog with my dog or sit and enjoy the Texas sunsets. 7. What encouraged you to run for the board? Being asked by several residents and memories of my mother (safety coordinator for her senior living complex) and my aunt (water commissioner for Guemes Island) who stayed active in their communities till they passed away at the age of 99.They always reminded me don’t complain if you won’t be part of the solution. Along with step up to the challenge. 8. What excites you for 2022? All the opportunities still ahead in my life. Got to keep checking items off items on my bucket list. With Covid I added more to the list than I could check off. 9. What is your favorite animal? My dog but I love horse and sloths (going to Costa Rica July 2022 and see them in person) 10. What are your hobbies? Cooking/baking (my

kitchen – I am a certified personal chef), walking my dog, gardening and painting also love to read curled up in front of my fireplace. 11. Do you collect anything? Medals from dragon boat racing, t-shirts from events (have made 2 t-shirt throw blankets) and stick pins from places I have traveled to. 12. What are you passionate about? Life and living it to the fullest…I am a thriving cancer survivor and plan to live to 100. 13. What is on your bucket list? That’s a long list seeing sloths in Costa Rice (July ’22), going to Greece (July’24) , dog sledding in Quebec, and go to my father’s birth place in Sweden. Closer to home going to Waco,TX. My grandmother was born and lived in Waco till she was about 6 yrs old than moved to Washington state (my home state). My grandfather was a brick mason and want to see Baylor where his bricks were used in the original buildings and other buildings in Texas in the late 1800’s. 14. Where is the coolest place you traveled? This is a hard choice. Love Europe, lived in Okinawa but coolest is Banff Canada staying at the Fairmont Banff Springs and skagit county Washington state to see the fields of tulips. 15. What does your average weekend look like? Walking Piper twice a day, creating in my kitchen and visiting family in Victoria TX. 16. Where did you grow up? Seattle Washington. 17. What is your favorite season? Spring and fall to me they reflect the beginning and end of the growing season. 18. What was the first concert you attended? The best concert? Rod Stewart in Seattle was a first pop artist concert. Celtic Women are my favorite have seen them 4 times in concert. But my first concert was when I was 8yrs old and taken to hear the Seattle Symphony play. I was trained classically on the violin starting at 6 yrs old and played in the Seattle Youth symphony program for 7 years.

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19. What movie do you wish you could watch again for the first time? Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear and Alice in Wonderland 20. What makes you unique? I am part of the first generation of Women Marines to have kids and stay on active duty till retirement (when I first joined the Marine Corps you were discharged if you got pregnant and wanted a family) 21. What is something that always makes you smile? My dog Piper (you will notice Piper is my dutiful companion) 22. What is the greatest challenge or struggle you have ever faced? Cancer and I am a thriving survivor no matter what the future brings. 23. What is your favorite food? Dover sole with shrimp cream sauce and asparagus 24. What is the bravest thing you ever did? Believed in myself and joined the USMC in the 70’s,went to boot camp PI,SC with a college degree 25. If you could speak to one deceased celebrity for thirty seconds, who would it be and what would you say? Richard Stockton, (distant relative who qualifies me to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution) who signed the Declaration of Independence. I would asked him “was it worth it? And what do you think of American today?

26. If you could travel to the past and change one event, would you? Which one? Why? Yes to AD 64 to stop Rome from burning. Why? To give Roman history a second change. 27. What is the best advice you have ever received? Don’t waste your time on what you cannot change. FOCUS on what you can. 28. What is your favorite quote? “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help and brave enough to ask for it.” 29. What makes you happiest? Music, my garden, my dog and of course my family 30. If you won the lottery, what would you do first? donate funds to worthy cause and then build a second home that I have designed “my garden cottage” 31. What is your favorite random fact? My great grandfather, Capt John J See, after the civil war came and settled in Waco Texas and became a county commissioner of McClellan county, grand master of the state IOOF and carried on his trade of brick making. His bricks are still in buildings in many cities of Texas along with Baylor University. 32. A genie grants you the ability to have infinite amounts of ONE item. What is it? Genie grant me infinite patience and understanding.

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10 Essential Health Tips For Seniors From baby boomers to senior boomers: 10 tips to keep you healthy and fit

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n the last census baby boomers, those 65+, accounted for 13% of the population.This age group grew at a faster rate than the population under age 45, and it's clear that the US is an aging population. Happily, aging is different now than it was for our parents and grandparents. Today, there are more people living longer than at any other time in history. In fact, boomers will number 78 million by 2030. "This generation, associated with social change including the civil rights and anti-war movements in the 1960s, has another important cause”staying healthy," says soon-to-be 65-year-old Arthur Hayward, MD, a geriatrician and clinical lead physician for Kaiser Permanente. "We need to become activists in promoting healthful behaviors and try our best to remain active and healthy the rest of our lives."

How to do it? Dr. Hayward recommends these 10 easy health tips for seniors to help baby boomers live longer and thrive: 1. Quit smoking. Take this critical step to improve your health and combat aging. Smoking kills by causing cancer, strokes and heart failure. Smoking leads to erectile dysfunction in men due to atherosclerosis and to excessive wrinkling by attacking skin elasticity. Many resources are available to help you quit. 2. Keep active. Do something to keep fit each day ”something you enjoy that maintains strength, balance and flexibility and promotes cardiovascular health. Physical activity helps you stay at a healthy weight, prevent or control illness, sleep better, reduce stress, avoid falls and look and feel better, too. 3. Eat well. Combined with physical activity, eating nutritious foods in the right amounts can help keep you healthy. Many illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis, can be prevented or controlled with dietary changes and exercise. Calcium and vitamin D supplements can help women prevent osteoporosis. 1. Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Use the Kaiser Permanente BMI (body mass index) calculator to find out what you should weigh for your height. Get to your healthy weight and stay there by eating right and

keeping active. Replace sugary drinks with water ”water is calorie free! 2. Prevent falls. We become vulnerable to falls as we age. Prevent falls and injury by removing loose carpet or throw rugs. Keep paths clear of electrical cords and clutter, and use night-lights in hallways and bathrooms. Did you know that people who walk barefoot fall more frequently? Wear shoes with good support to reduce the risk of falling. 3. Stay up-to-date on immunizations and other health screenings. By age 50, women should begin mammography screening for breast cancer. Men can be checked for prostate cancer. Many preventive screenings are available. Those who are new to Medicare are entitled to a "Welcome to Medicare" visit and all Medicare members to an annual wellness visit. Use these visits to discuss which preventative screenings and vaccinations are due. 4. Prevent skin cancer. As we age, our skin grows thinner; it becomes drier and less elastic. Wrinkles appear, and cuts and bruises take longer to heal. Be sure to protect your skin from the sun. Too much sun and ultraviolet rays can cause skin cancer. 5. Get regular dental, vision and hearing checkups. Your teeth and gums will last a lifetime if you care for them properly that means daily brushing and flossing and getting regular dental checkups. By age 50, most people notice changes to their vision, including a gradual decline in the ability to see small print or focus on close objects. Common eye problems that can impair vision include cataracts and glaucoma. Hearing loss occurs commonly with aging, often due to exposure to loud noise. 6. Manage stress. Try exercise or relaxation techniques ”perhaps meditation or yoga as a means of coping. Make time for friends and social contacts and fun. Successful coping can affect our health and how we feel. Learn the role of positive thinking. 7. Fan the flame. When it comes to sexual intimacy and aging, age is no reason to limit your sexual enjoyment. Learn about physical changes that come with aging and get suggestions to help you adjust to them, if necessary.

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Winter Nutrition Tips for Seniors

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he colder months can pose challenges for older adults when it comes to healthy eating when cold weather and dangerous snowy roads can mean less trips to the grocery store for fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s easy to get our required daily dose of fresh produce in the summer when delicious tomatoes and peaches are in season, but it’s equally important to eat fresh in the winter months. Below are some tips to keep you eating healthy in the winter months: •Take Advantage of Root Vegetables. Winter is peak season for root vegetables, considered to be some of the most nutrient rich veggies you can eat. Parsnips, yams, beets, and carrots are just some of the root vegetables readily available from fall to spring that are easy to cook and that pack a nutritional punch. Root vegetable are high in vitamins A, B, and C as well iron. Plus, they are high in fiber and slow-burning carbohydrates, so you’ll stay fuller longer after a meal. •Stock up on Citrus. Oranges, grapefruit, pineapple and all other citrus fruits are in season during the winter months, so you can often find top quality citrus fruits at the best prices. High in vitamin C, citrus is a great addition to winter diets for seniors, to help you keep cold and flus at bay. •Omega Three Fatty Acids. Next time you visit the grocery store, consider adding walnuts, avocados, and flax seed to your cart.These foods are full of omega three fatty acids, known to reduce inflammation and help curb heart disease, arthritis, and even cancer. Flax seeds can be crushed in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle then added to cereals, yogurt and even salads. •Include Dark, Leafy Vegetables. The winter months are a great time to add more dark leafy vegetables that are high in vitamins and antioxidants to your diet. Include spinach, broccoli or chard to your meals for extra fiber, and stock up on green veggies by keeping plenty of frozen or canned selections readily available. •Less Sunlight, More Vitamin D Rich Foods. Our main source of Vitamin D is sunlight. During winter months, nutritionists recommend older adults add more Vitamin D rich foods to their diet, including egg yolks, seafood, healthy grains, and Vitamin D fortified milk. •Simple Beet, Carrot, Spinach & Quinoa Salad. Looking for winter salad that is nourishing and simple to prepare? This recipe for a beet, carrot, spinach and quinoa salad is full of nutrient rich ingredients to keep you healthy during the colder months. Beets, carrots and spinach are a great source of vitamin A, walnuts are rich in omega fatty acid, and quinoa is high in fiber, magnesium and calcium.Top it with grilled salmon or chicken for extra protein or add goat cheese or feta for a little decadence.

G2G Family Shooting: Class and Club Offerings for Del Webb Residents •The Holidays are upon us and criminals are coming out of the woodwork. How do you protect yourself from this unsavory group? Just in time….. we offer a 3 hour class for retirees which teaches you how to reduce your chances of being the victim of a crime. We offer the Del Webb Safety Seminar, only $35 per person. Enroll by calling the range at 832-595-8415. The return on investment could be a life saved and it could be yours. •G2G’s job is to advise and assist people in defending themselves. Most of our customers use real handguns and live ammo. But, there are many, who for one reason or another, will not use a real firearm. That’s okay. But, these same folks still should be able to defend themselves. That’s why we offer a seminar, titled “Non-Lethal Self-Defense…What Are Your Options.” It’s one hour long and it only costs $10 per person. A cheap way to see what options are available to protect yourself. •For more experienced shooters we have a friendly shooting club designed for our mature friends. The group is called the Nighthawks. Not physically demanding but our mentor sets up interesting scenarios that will be challenging and thought provoking. The event starts with a safety briefing. There is a core group forming and they are very welcoming to new members. Friendships are formed and everyone looks forward to seeing each other. If married, you both can join. Currently, we have more women attendees than men. We are growing and are currently looking to open an additional shooting bay to accommodate our growth. The club meets every 2nd and 4th Monday, from 5-7P. No need to RSVP….just come!!!

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ecorating is one of the joys of the holiday season. Families often decorate together, and such traditions may include dressing the Christmas tree and hanging holiday lights around the house. A day spent making homemade ornaments is another great way to decorate and spend quality time together as a family during the holiday season.Though families can let their imaginations run wild when making ornaments at home, the following are some great starting points that can serve as springboards for holiday crafting sessions. • Snowmen: The holiday season simply wouldn’t be the same without snowmen. Homemade snowmen can be made out of ping pong balls, which are the ideal size when making ornaments for the Christmas tree. Those who want to go a little bigger can glue wiffle balls or large polystyrene balls together or create their own papier mâché snowmen to display on mantles or on console tables in a foyer or hallway. • Santa Claus: Another staple of holiday decor, Santa Claus has inspired many a DIY holiday ornament over the years. A paper plate Santa Claus with a cotton ball beard glued on can make for a fun Christmas craft, especially for young children who can’t wait for the big guy to appear on Christmas Eve. • Penguins: Though they might not have a direct link to the holiday season, penguins evoke feelings of cold weather, making them an ideal addition to holiday decor schemes. Make your own penguin family using polystyrene craft balls in assorted sizes and then hang them on the tree or place them around the house.

• Reindeer: Santa would not be able to get the job done each Christmas Eve without his trustworthy team of reindeer. Popsicle stick reindeer projects can be fun for kids of all ages and a great way for youngsters to recognize the efforts of Dasher, Dancer, Comet, Cupid, and, of course, Rudolph, among others. • Cookie cutters: Family baking sessions are a holiday tradition for millions of people. Though that often leads to batches upon batches of tasty cookies, it also means families tend to have a surplus of holiday cookie cutters around the house. Surplus cookie cutters tend to be discarded or relegated to the miscellaneous items drawer in kitchens, but a more awe-inspiring fate can await them.A coat of paint, some glitter and a little bit of string or twine is all families need to transform their extra cookie cutters into colorful tree ornaments. Holiday decorating sessions can be made even more fun when families take time to craft some DIY decorations together.

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ne of the perks of getting older is having more time to devote to recreation and traveling. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are roughly 52 million people who are age 65 or older in the United States. With a $1.6 trillion total net worth, seniors spend more on groceries, pharmaceutical items and travel and leisure than any other demographic. Age does not have to restrict one’s ability to travel, and with age comes experience and more opportunities to enjoy travel. Before taking off for parts unknown, men and women over 50 can take steps to ensure their excursions are as safe as they are memorable. 1. Consider risk. The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 taught the world that situations can change rapidly. Before booking any travel, weigh the risks and the benefits of a trip. Determine if COVID-19 is spreading where you live or at your destination. Older adults have a higher risk for severe illness caused by the virus. Until you are vaccinated, it may be best to wait to travel. 2. Use senior-friendly services. Seek out travel services that offer the best perks for older adults. Many travel providers no longer offer senior discounts, but they may offer other benefits, such as early boarding or assistance with traveling from gates to baggage areas. 3. Get travel insurance. According to Liz Dahl, cofounder of Boomer Travel Patrol, a website featuring expert advice geared toward the Baby Boomer demographic, travel

insurance can be essential for older travelers. Older travelers may be more at risk of falling or getting sick and some may need extra medication if travel is interrupted or delayed. Travel insurance can provide extra coverage for a relatively low price if something goes wrong. 4. Don’t advertise your absence. It may be tempting to upload photos of your beachside vacation to social media as you are immersed in paradise. Unfortunately, seniors tend to be targets for thieves because they are seen as vulnerable. Don’t make the job easier by advertising you are away from home. In addition, have a neighbor periodically pick up your mail and set lights on timers to give the impression you are home even when you’re not. 5. Share your itinerary. Keep loved ones apprised of your general travel itinerary, especially if you are traveling solo, recommends AARP. Keep a mobile phone on you at all times. 6. Pack copies of important documents. In the event paperwork is lost while traveling, request copies of prescriptions and/or statements of medical conditions from each physician and medical treatment center so you have a second set. Keep copies of your passport, driver’s license, insurance cards, travel tickets, and other documents as well. Seniors have the ability to travel much more than other age groups. Make the experience enjoyable by focusing on safety.

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ifts from the heart are among the most coveted and appreciated come the holiday season. Hobbyists from all walks of life can turn their passions into handmade gifts, but few gifts may be as welcomed as those that can be eaten. Cooking and baking ramps up during the holiday season. People can turn extra time in the kitchen into opportunities to create festive treats that are ideal for gifting. But which items are the best of the best? Even though tastes are singular, these items will appeal to most foodies and others on your gift list. • Jams and preserves: Fruit jams and preserves are versatile foods.They are as at home on toast and biscuits as they are as fillings in cookies and tarts. Jams and preserves can be made with relatively few ingredients and work well with seasonal fruits. • Cinnamon rolls: Warm, sticky and full of aromatic spice, cinnamon rolls are the perfect comfort foods.These rolls do not typically have a long shelf life, so be sure to present them promptly before they get stale. • Pancakes (or cookies) in a jar: If you have a fantastic recipe that you can’t resist sharing, try turning it into a gift. Measure and package the ingredients into mason jars, tie with ribbons and include directions for preparation and cooking. • Mini bundt cakes: Fruit cakes may be a holiday standard, but bundt cakes make for great and traditional offerings as well.

Miniature bundts filled with chocolate chips, dried fruits or even those soaked in a favorite boozy-butter glaze can be moist and delicious. • Chocolate barks or fudges: Seasonal flavors can come to life in chocolate treats.White chocolate filled with peppermint pieces or dark chocolate and cherry chunks are tasty pairings. Break apart portions of the bark or cut the fudge with cookie cutters and gift inside cello bags tied with ribbons or in cardboard candy boxes. • Cocktail syrups: Create spicy or sweet syrups that are tailor-made for enhancing cocktails. Anyone on your gift list can then become a master mixologist. • Shortbread cookie ornaments: Circular shortbread cookies can be decorated with royal icing to look like Christmas ornaments. They can be eaten or even placed on trees to complete holiday decor. • Festive cookie pops: Cookie pops can be made by mixing homemade or prepurchased crumbled cake with frosting or softened cream cheese and formed into balls. Insert a lollipop stick and dip the balls into melted chocolate or candy melts. Sprinkles, nonpareils or luster dust can be used to enhance the covered pops. Food gifts are perfect for the holiday season. Handmade treats from the heart show loved ones how just much you care.

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oinsettias and their rich red, white or variegated color schemes are the ideal backdrop for Christmas celebrations. In fact, poinsettias are among the most popular decorative flowers during the holiday season. According to the 2013 USDA Floriculture Statistics report, poinsettias accounted for about one-quarter (23 percent) of all flowering potted plant sales that year.Roughly 34 million poinsettia plants are sold in a given season. Indigenous to Central America, the plant was introduced to North America in the 1820s when Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, brought the redand-green plant back with him from a trip abroad. While millions of poinsettias will be purchased for the holiday season, many mistakenly think their utility ends once New Year’s Day has come and gone. But with proper care poinsettia plants can continue to thrive and bring warmth and beauty to a home long after the holiday decorations have been tucked away. • Choose a hearty plant. Experts with the University of Vermont Extension Department of Plant and Soil Science say that many people mistake the plant’s leaves for its flowers.The red, white or pink bracts are actually modified leaves.The flowers of the plant are the yellow clustered buds in the center called“cyathia.”Choose poinsettia plants that have buds which are, ideally, not yet open. • Keep the temperature consistent. Poinsettias prefer a room temperature between 60 and 68 F during the day and 10 degrees cooler at night. Humidity levels between 20 and 50 percent are ideal. Group plants on water-filled trays full of pebbles to help increase humidity levels.

• Place near sunlight. The United Kingdom-based Perrywood floral company advises placing poinsettia plants near a bright windowsill but not in direct sunlight. Do not let a poinsettia touch cold window panes. • Avoid drafts. The plants are sensitive to drafts and changes in temperature. So it’s best to keep poinsettias away from drafty doors, windows, radiators, or fireplaces. • Don’t drown the roots. Wait until the surface of the compost dries out before watering the plant anew. Also, the decorative foil wrapper that covers pots can trap water and lead to root rot. Remove it or poke holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. • Cut back plants. Come mid-March, cut back Dr. Kyle D. McCrea and Dr. Victoria Vo the plant by half to encourage new shoots, suggests the University of Illinois Extension. The plants also can be placed outside in the spring after the risk of frost has passed. Bring poinsettias back in around mid-September to early October to force them to bloom again.

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ome people thrive by doing all of their tasks early. Others seem to do their best work when faced with a time crunch. The methods individuals use to manage their time at work and play may extend to the ways they approach holiday shopping as well. There’s no right or wrong way to handle holiday shopping tasks, though Christmas Eve crowds at malls and throughout shopping districts suggest that there’s more late comers than there are early birds. The following tips can help those who typically wait until the last minute to check names off their lists. • Utilize free shipping services. Shoppers who shop for gifts online at the last minute run the risk of gifts not arriving on time. Many online retailers charge a premium for expedited shipping.Try to stick to shopping at online retailers that offer free shipping even in the eleventh hour. • Create a budget. When rushing around from store to store, it may be easy to spend more than you want to. Make a list of how much you want to spend on each person, and stick to that limit for each person. Move on to the next store if you didn’t find what you need in your price range. • Establish a time limit. Stores have strategies in place to keep shoppers in their establishments longer, hoping you’ll make impulse buys.These tricks include scenting the air with inviting

aromas, putting necessities at the rear of the store, failing to display the time, and putting discounted items by the registers or door to attract shoppers. Set an alarm on your watch or phone for each store so you get what you need and get out on time. • Subdivide bulk gifts. Think about purchasing bulk gifts like gift baskets from wholesale clubs and then breaking them down into individual gifts. This way you can gift several people on one purchase and save time in the process. • Choose one-size-fits-all gifts. Think about a gift that can be purchased for multiple people so you can save time shopping for individualized gifts for everyone. For example, print a personalized photo calendar for several members of your family. You also can purchase multiple subscriptions or memberships to zoos or magazines for people on your list. Streamlining gifting in this way may save money as well as time. • Choose in-store pickup. Rather than scouring various aisles, you can shop a retailer’s website and then pick up items in the store.You’ll save on potential shipping fees but still benefit by avoiding crowds. Some people wait until the last minute to do their holiday shopping.A few tricks of the procrastinator’s trade can make lastminute shopping go smoothly.

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INGREDIENTS • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour • 1 cup old-fashioned oats • 1 cup packed light brown sugar • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest • ¾ teaspoon baking powder • ½ teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg • 3 tablespoons canola oil • ¼ cup apple juice concentrate, thawed • 2 medium tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled and thinly sliced • ¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch-square baking pan with cooking spray.

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Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Work in oil and apple juice concentrate with your fingers until coarse crumbs form. Firmly press 2 cups of the oat mixture into the prepared pan. Arrange apples over the crust in three rows. Mix walnuts into the remaining oat mixture. Sprinkle the walnut mixture evenly over the apples and pat firmly into an even layer. Bake until the top is golden brown and the apples are tender when pierced with a sharp knife, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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Cranberry-White Chocolate Cornmeal Tea Biscuits Little biscuits are flavored with dried cranberries and white chocolate for a sweet bite that's just right with coffee or as a snack. Active: 25 mins Total: 35 mins Yield: 36 servings NUTRITION FACTS Serving Size: 1 biscuit Per Serving: 75 calories; protein 1.3g; carbohydrates 10.5g; dietary fiber 0.4g; sugars 4.5g; fat 3.1g; saturated fat 1.9g; cholesterol 6.2mg; vitamin a iu 66.3IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; folate 16.4mcg; calcium 21.1mg; iron 0.3mg; magnesium 4.4mg; potassium 40.5mg; sodium 55.1mg.

INGREDIENTS • Nonstick cooking spray • ½ cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour • ½ cup yellow cornmeal • ¼ cup packed brown sugar or brown sugar substitute equivalent to 1/4 cup brown sugar (see Tip) • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder • ¼ teaspoon baking soda • ¼ teaspoon salt • ¼ cup butter • 4 ounces white baking chocolate (with cocoa butter), chopped • 1 egg white, lightly beaten • 1 (8 oz) carton light dairy sour cream • 3 tablespoons fat-free milk

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DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat baking sheets with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper; set aside. Place cranberries in a small bowl; add enough boiling water to cover. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain well. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in drained cranberries and white chocolate. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. In a small bowl, combine egg white, sour cream, and milk. Add egg white mixture all at once to flour mixture. Using a fork, stir until combined. Drop dough by well-rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.

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Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and tops are set. Transfer biscuits to wire racks; cool completely.

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Pink Owl Studios is located on the 1st floor of the former Exchange Hotel. Brittney is the proud owner of the studio that specializes in maternity and family sessions and has an amazing eye for capturing the most precious photos. Treasure Hunter’s Gallery is located at 302 Morton Street. This eclectic store is a mix of old-time charm with the latest assortment of gifts, clothes, shoes, and jewelry and more. Nikki Guest Photography, an award-winning senior photographer, is also housed at this historic building. With her unparalled ability to bring creativity and uniqueness to every photo session, Nikki has an eye for capturing your seniors moment for a lifetime of memories. The former Exchange Hotel has definitely endured years of business and fun in the historic downtown area from the time of gravel roads to families and community enjoying the annual events on Morton Street. To see the transformation of the remodel of the building check out their Instagram page @ TheExchangeHotelrichmondtx.

ocated in the Historic Downtown of Richmond,TX,The Exchange Hotel has housed many different businesses since its development in 1885. Some were the National Hotel and the First National Bank established over a century ago. During its time of rest, a local resident and now Mayor, Becky Haas, used the location as part of her ghost tour, History and Haunts. As hundreds of visitors and community residents swarmed to capture any paranormal activity, the once quiet and forgotten hotel, began to gain local fans. With its historic charm and mysterious activity, The Exchange Hotel has been a true gem to the Historic Downtown area. Founder & CEO, Ken Tisdel, chose Richmond for their headquarters of his company, LCG Global and restored The Exchange Hotel to recapture its history and beauty. LCG-Global are now housed in the 2nd level of the building along with a local Re/Max company. The lower level of the building is home to several independent businesses.

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or those that don’t know, CCGA stands for Committees, Clubs, Groups, and Activities.This is simply an abbreviation for the names of the different types of organized groups (both formal and informal) that help make up this great Community! What is the difference in a Committee, Clubs, Groups, or Activity? • A Committee is a volunteer group of owners that are appointed by and report to the Board of Directors. Committees exist to serve a working purpose under the direction of the Board. Committees can be useful for gathering information, making recommendations, or suggesting solutions to community challenges. Committees can be ongoing (such as the ARC or the Neighborhood Committees), or Committees can be temporary (such as the Ad-hoc Parking Committee). Because committees work under the Board, they must have regular meetings with a meeting agenda.They must also keep meeting minutes, have Committee officers, and provide reports to the Board. • Chartered Clubs are HOA sponsored organizations that provide an opportunity for residents to pursue common interests in hobbies, reactional endeavors, or social endeavors. Chartered Clubs must be open to all members of the Association.They must have a written charter, and they must have Board approval to operate. Chartered Clubs must be able to maintain a minimum number of active members, and as such are required to record and submit their attendance. Also, Chartered Clubs must have elected officers and provide copies of their financial records to the Board at least once per year (or more often as their charter requires). Chartered Clubs receive their recurring meeting reservations at no cost, but may be required to pay for special event reservations, special setups, or for using special equipment. • A Special Interest Group is similar to a Chartered Club in that it provides an opportunity for residents to pursue common interests in hobbies, reactional endeavors, or social endeavors. However, it is different in that it is not sponsored by the HOA. Political groups, faith based groups, groups that are by invite only, or groups that are otherwise not able to meet the Association’s standards for chartering, must operate as a Special Interest Group. Special Interest Groups must pay for all of their room rentals at the Lakehouse. Special Interest Groups are not required to maintain or submit their atten-

dance or financial records. • An Activity is simply a loosely organized “meet up” for residents who want to participate in an activity or game with other residents. Activities are generally arranged by the Association Lifestyle team, for the purposes of bringing residents together, without the formal structure of a Club or Group. For example, the Association may schedule a “meet up and play” at the Bocce Ball court for anyone who is looking to play a match with others. CCGAs play a HUGE role in the Lifestyle at Sweetgrass. If you are not already involved in one, we encourage you to look through the Bayou Buzz for one that may peak your interest. It’s a great way to get out there and get involved! P.S. We strongly encourage all CCGAs, particularly Chartered Clubs, to review the Chartered Club Manual as well as their Club’s approved charter, to ensure they are abiding by the rules and bylaws that have been established. The Chartered Club Manual is on the mysweetgrass.net website, under the “Documents & Forms” drop down,“Policies & Rules” folder.

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How we doubled life expectancy - Doubling human life expectancy in a century is our greatest achievement, says author Steven Johnson. How did we make it happen -- and can we keep it going? What is a Havurah? It has many meanings. The most concise meaning would be, a Friendship circle, a group of people who come together to form an extended family. It is comprised of people who are of the Jewish faith, have a spouse or significant other who are not of the Jewish faith, but honor and respect the Jewish faith, or anyone in Sweetgrass who has a strong interest in Judaism. Here at Sweetgrass, we have one such group that has been together for over 7 years. We started out meeting in people’s homes but grew to need more space that the Lakehouse offers. Prior to Covid, we met throughout the year to celebrate Jewish Holidays as well as once a month to have Shabbat (Sabbath) services. Our services are informal, yet joyous. We also hold social events, have speakers and programming relating to Jewish traditions and heritage. We participate in service projects helping our Sweetgrass neighbors and the larger community. Our Caring Committee helps us to reach out to those in our Havurah who have been ill, lost a love one or need help in some way. The pandemic has affected our ability to gather in person, but we hold Zoom Shabbat services and have found creative ways to stay connected. We hope that if this interests you, you will contact, Cyd Baron, her email is cydbaron@yahoo.com

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Because we want to experience all the gaiety, laughter, and good times during the holidays, it can be very frustrating for those of us with hearing loss when we can't. What we think we hear, what we can't hear, what we want to hear.....they can all be like these pictures. Let's all join in and talk about our personal experiences during the holidays and the ways in which we've adapted so we can

Read any good books lately? The library shelves have space now and that means you are using the books available. That's a great thing but we would love to have more donations to keep our library well supplied. Please consider donating the books you have completed so others can enjoy them as well. Just place them on the library cart across from the coffee bar. Thanks as always for your support.

Sweetgrass Singers

The Sweetgrass Singers invite you to their "It’s the Holiday Season" choral concert on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3:00 pm. They will entertain with traditional Christmas and Hanukkah favorites; showcasing the talents of soloists, small groups, and instrumentalists. As always, the audience can join in the fun during the sing-along. Holiday treats will be available before the show. This is always a delightful way to celebrate the season! Join us! Tickets are $10, available on ActiveNet.

Sweetgrass Singles

Sweetgrass Singles will hold their December dinner meeting on December 8th at Shogun in Richmond. This will be a social meeting with a delicious dinner. Please mark your calendar and RSVP to: cfletcherpowell@gmail.com.

Sweetgrass Quilters

2021 is coming to a close for the Sweetgrass Quilters and it’s been quite a year. Since returning to the Lakehouse for our meetings, our club has had numerous activities including our Airing of the Quilts, resuming our Marti and Me Club, taking a fieldtrip to the Painted Pony, having a very successful Saturday Sew-In, making tote bags for charity, and going to the Houston Quilt Festival. In addition, we’ve added so many new members that we outgrew the small room in which we were meeting. Our December meeting is on Tuesday, December 7th and is a Holiday Brunch Party. This will be our last meeting for 2021. We’ll begin 2022 with new officers and committees with plans for even more interesting and exciting projects and activities. If you are new here at Del Webb Sweetgrass and are interested in quilting, we want you to know that quilters at all levels (from “I want to learn to quilt.” to “I’ve been quilting all of my life!”) are always welcome. Our tagline is “We don’t collect dues because we spend our money on fabric.”

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