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Viva Vegetarians

The term “vegetarian” encompasses a variety of philosophies about food. Many vegetarians eschew meat for ethical, environmental or dietary reasons. Some simply find plant-based foods more pleasing to their palates, while others prepare meatless meals as a way to trim their grocery bills. October is Vegetarian Month—a time to celebrate the variety of approaches for including more vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes and nuts in our diets.
Here are some types of vegetarians:
Total vegetarians eat only plant-based foods.
Vegans eat only plant-based foods and avoid using any products that come from animals, such as leather.
Lacto vegetarians avoid meat but consume dairy products.
Lacto-ovo vegetarians eat dairy products and eggs.
Pesco vegetarians include fish in their diets.
Pollo vegetarians consume poultry.
“Flexitarians” eat mostly plants but occasionally consume dairy, eggs, fish, poultry and red meat. Registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of “The Flexitarian Diet,” says people who eat mostly vegetarian diets “weigh 15 percent less, have a lower
rate of heart disease, diabetes and cancer and live 3.6 years longer than their carnivorous counterparts.”
Whether you’re vegetarian all the way or can’t bear to give up bacon, consider the many ways you can enjoy nutritious, delicious plant-based foods.

John LeGrande and Jeremiah Jividen Hamming It Up

Ibis Trail at Covington held their annual Halloween Party. The event had a great turnout and based on the photos our manager took, everyone had a great time.
Many thanks to our volunteers: Gwen Jividen, Jamie Scoggins, Angela Bailey, Shailey Tripp, Tina Dix (and her children), Elizabeth Robinson and Angela Petececk.
In attendance were a wide variety of costumes: Cookie Monster, Fairies, Witches, ZOMBIES, Ninjas, Cowboys and farmers, Ghosts and Goblins, Clowns and circus animals.
Many thanks to the volunteers and the families who came to make this event another success at Ibis Trail at Covington.

A Figure of Speech

Phrase: Blowing smoke.
Meaning: Talking about taking action without the intention of following through.
Origin: In their stage acts, magicians sometimes use smoke to obscure their sleight of hand.

Mail Call

In this electronic age of cell phones, text messages and email, a handwritten letter seems like a quaint bygone. Paper letters can be kept, reread and cherished. So sit down and write a letter to a friend or relative. It’s sure to bring a smile, and you might even get a letter back.

Tarry Awhile in Renaissance Style

Travel back to the late Middle Ages this fall by visiting a Renaissance festival that transports patrons to another time and place. If you’ve never attended a Renaissance fair, be prepared for quite a spectacle. From detailed period costumes to daring jousting duels, there is much to see and do. “What say ye” learn a bit more:

Some background. The Renaissance era was a cultural movement that influenced literature, philosophy, art, politics, science and other intellectual inquiry.

A feast for the eyes. The setting is typically a village with lads, lords and other men appearing in cloaks and swashbuckler attire. Duchesses, countesses and other females don dignified gowns, underskirts, bodices and robes.

Fare fit for a king. You won’t go hungry with an assortment of entrées to grace your round table. Indulge in a time-honored turkey drumstick or sausage on a stick, or opt for more
traditional items such as corndogs, apple fritters and funnel cakes.

Belly full of laughs. Plentiful performers entertain: comic actors, jugglers, stilt walkers, trained jousters and medieval musicians and dancers.

Trade in your gold. Bring a bag full of coins as many merchants peddle unique treasures such as Renaissance apparel, jewels, bangles, baubles, swords, magic wands and potions.
Shout for Joy
Renaissance festival performers frequently cry out “Huzzah!” This is an expression of acclaim or approval similar to “Hooray!”

Family Day at IBIS TRAIL

On Sept. 10, Ibis Trail at Covington had their first annual Family Day. Today was a day to celebrate with family and friends as our children prepare for the next year of school. School actually started in August, but what a way to tell children school has started but the HOT SUMMER WEATHER is far from over. Let’s have fun!
James put on a BBQ Feast of hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries that would fill the bellies of all attending. From the moment the smoke from the grills filled the air, we knew the food would be GREAT.

Children laughing, playing and MOST of all having a great time was our intent. Judging by the looks of the two little girls in the photo, the Family Day was a success.

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Riding With The Wind

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to fly as free as a bird, floating in a hot air balloon is about as close as you can get. Hot air balloon festivals abound in summer as a feast for the eyes. For the adventurous, commercial hot air balloon rides are increasingly available.

The first hot air balloon took flight in 1783 in France, with a sheep, a duck and a rooster on board. In 1793, George Washington witnessed the first balloon launch in North America, piloted by Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard.

The three basic components of the aircraft are the envelope, burner and basket. The envelope is the actual balloon that holds the air. The burner is the equivalent of an engine and drives hot air into the balloon. The basket is where the pilot and passengers stand. To drive the balloon upward, the pilot opens the propane valve. To move it downward, the pilot uses the parachute valve. To steer the balloon, the pilot moves the craft up or down, depending on the location of wind currents, and rides with the wind.

A commercial ride in a hot air balloon generally costs from $150 to $275, but often rides in tethered balloons are available for much less at festivals. Check out for a list of balloon festivals around the world.

Wisdom & Wisdom

“Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up.”
—Knute Rockne
“Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.”
—Don Shula
“Baseball is what we were, and football is what we have become.”
—Mary McGrory
“I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football, the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today.”
—Gerald R. Ford
“The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.”
—Phyllis Diller
“I don’t understand American football at all. It looks like all-in wrestling with crash helmets.”
“Football doesn’t build character. It eliminates the weak ones.”
—Darrell Royal
“We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game or baseball game, we have taken part in it.”
—John F. Kennedy
“The football season is like pain. You forget how terrible it is until it seizes you again.”
—Sally Quinn
“When you win, nothing hurts.”
—Joe Namath

Pour on the Ketchup

Whether you spell it ketchup or catsup, the tangy tomato-based condiment is in peak demand during the summer as Americans take aim on hot dogs and hamburgers.

A forerunner to ketchup known as ke-tsiap or kecap originated with Indonesian and Asian cultures hundreds of years ago as a spicy pickled sauce for fish made of anchovies, walnuts, mushrooms and kidney beans. British seamen brought the condiment home with them in the 17th century and changed its name to catchup. By the 18th century, New Englanders were adding tomatoes to the mixture.

Full-blown commercial production started in 1876 when Henry J. Heinz started bottling ketchup. Although he was not the first to produce ketchup, his recipe caught on and remains the same to this day. Competitors soon were bottling their own formulas under the names of catsup, katsup, catsip, cotsup, kutchpuck, cutchpuck and even cornchops, which was briefly produced by Hunt’s for the state of Iowa.

Ketchup does have healthful properties. Its base is cooked tomatoes, which contain lycopene— shown to have cancer-fighting properties. Still, the scientific world rebelled when ketchup was declared a vegetable on school lunch menus for a brief period in the 1980s. It would be absurd to declare a hot dog smothered in ketchup a health food, but it’s summertime—the time to indulge.

Hidden Benefits of Excercise

Besides making you look better in a bathing suit, the health benefits of working out are legendary. Exercise builds muscles, strengthens bones and improves heart health. But did you know it could protect your vision, boost your word power and slash sick days? From Prevention. com, here are some of the lesser-known perks of exercise:
Healthier mouth. A study found that adults who moderately exercised for 30 minutes five times a week were 42 percent less likely to have periodontitis, a gum disease.
Sharper vision. A physically active lifestyle can cut the risk of age-related macular degeneration by 70 percent, according to a British Journal of Ophthalmology study.
Bigger vocabulary. Researchers at the University of Muenster in Germany found that people who ran two three-minute sprints, with a two-minute break in between, leamed new words 20 percent faster than study participants who didn’t exercise.
Fewer colds. A University of Washington study found that women who did 45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise five days a week had 33 percent fewer colds than the control group, who did stretching exercises once a week.
Better attendance. Research finds that people who participate in strenuous leisure activities, such as running or cycling, take about half as many sick days as their sedentary cohorts.

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