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Lago Vista Life October 2013

  1. 1. Lago Vista LifeBIGFOOT Beat gets Catty! Farewell Lago Vista Life…? Exercise for LIFE! Fun Adult Field Trips! And Much More…
  2. 2. Lago Vista Life has been cancelled! There is NO booklet October, November, or even December… But Wait! It’s coming back January 1st , 2014! You’ll find more local advertisers, High School event/sports schedules, local baby sitters, and much more! Help me make Lago Vista Life a true COMMUNITY RESOURCE! Email me your recipes, nominations for the North Shore Spotlight, and tell me what YOU want to see most in the booklet! If you’re a teen that provides a service, or if you have any kind of club in the North Shore area, email me the details to be included in the booklet for FREE! By the way – the October issue IS available at – check it out! While you’re there, sign up for the mailing list to be updated on information! Sincerely,
  3. 3. Remember to keep the advertisers in mind when you’re looking for something worthy to donate to, or when you need work done! They are excellent folks!
  4. 4. The Bigfoot Beat & Other North Shore Creatures Below are various comments from Hill Country residents who have seen these beautiful creatures. If you want to read more sightings, visit “I have a place off of RR-165 between Blanco and Henly, TX in the Hill country. When leaving my north gate one evening back in Sept. I spotted a very tall all-black cat of some kind walking straight and slow across the distance of my headlights shining back into the property while I was locking the gate. Judging the distance from where I saw it walk, It appeared to be about 4-5 feet long and maybe a couple of feet or more in height. No markings and just walking straight and slow between some groups of trees. Never had seen anything like it before. Recently my neighbor had mentioned about something finding about a slain animal and that all of his goats were staying close to house. Animals are good about sensing danger from 'certain predators.” Anonymous “Two years ago, I heard a cougar at night. Once you hear that "scream" you will never forget that sound. It was during deer hunting season here at my ranch 7 miles Southwest of Johnson City. TX. We were able to verify it was a cougar by our game camera that was fastened to a tree near the deer feeder. Then again last fall (2012), I heard a throaty sound as if having labored breathing. It's difficult to explain, but I recognized the sound when I heard it this evening at approximately 7:10 pm. Its a beautiful evening. but my border collie and I both got startled and came into the house. We all need to be careful out here in the Hill Country.” Anonymous This sighting is from close to Dallas, but it’s too cool to not add… “We live in Ferris Texas and our neighbors said they saw a black panther. They also found a goat carcass in a tree close to a creek in the woods. I don't think a bobcat could drag a goat into a tree. Any ideas on this?” Proud Army Mom
  5. 5. Jaguar Facts Most jaguars have orange-brown fur with black spots, but some have black-on-black coloration. So, are they black panthers? No! “Panther” is just a general term that comes from Panthera, the scientific name for big cats. It is also sometimes used to describe leopards, jaguars, and mountain lions. As people move into jaguar habitat, these cats have started feeding on livestock. Ranchers often respond by trapping and poisoning the jaguars. Logging, mining, and farming also leave less food and habitat for jaguars, causing them to become endangered. More Jaguar Sightings: “Twice I have seen a black cat looking animal with a thick tail on my Hill Country property in Ingram, Tx near Kerrville. Initially I thought it was a cat, or maybe a squirrel. But I ruled out the squirrel because of it's cat like movements and thick long tail. However it was never seen by anyone but myself.” Carolyn B. “I am a property manager at an apartment complex in Northwest Austin. Several of my residents and maintenance staff have spotted a large "black cat" similar to a jaguar in a large wooded area behind the complex.” Melj
  6. 6. How To: Celebrate Field Trip Month! October is National “Go on a Field Trip Month”! It is time to get out and explore beyond our normal, daily sphere of travel and see what there is to do, and go to fun places. Sometimes actually finding a place to go can be a bit daunting though. Where is there to go? How much does it cost? Are you really going to enjoy yourself? Below you will find something for everybody that is unique to this time of year; and hopefully will show you how to get out there and take a field trip! Austin Ghost Tours Austin Ghost Tours has been featured in “Trailblazer” and has also been featured on “My Ghost Story” on TV. When you go on a walking tour, an investigation, or a pub crawl, you will hear the real history of Austin, and the ghost stories of today and yesteryear. Prices range from $20/person to $60/person. Call 512-853-9826 or go to for more information. Sweet Berry Farm It’s “Harvest of Fall Fun” at Sweet Berry Farm! Directly from their website: “Hayrides, Sweet Berry Express Barrel Train, the Texas Maze, Candy Corn Kid Maze, Sand Art, Horse Rides, Stuff A Scarecrow, Face painting, Pumpkin Painting, the Pumpkin Grill, Cut your own flowers, the Berry Bounce and of course ... tons of pumpkins and gourds to choose from.” Open 8:30am to 5:30pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays. 1pm to 5pm Sundays. Closed each Wednesday, but open all holidays throughout the season. Call Don or Gretchen Copeland at 830-798-1462 for more info, or go to Heritage Weekend in Llano A weekend filled of old-fashioned Texas history. Enjoy historic reenactments, period costumes, chuck wagon dinner with music, and all kinds of vendors! This only goes on for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 18 th – 20 th , so mark your calendars! Call 325-247-5354 for details. Grape Jam – Annual Fall Wine Festival Head out to Flat Creek Estate October 20 th , for the festival that sells out every year! You will enjoy an afternoon of Texas wine, food, and fun. Enjoy wines from six of your favorite local Texas wineries while mingling with owners and winemakers. Dine al fresco in the pavilion while relaxing to the sounds of local musicians and gazing at the picturesque vineyards. Pricing ranges from $5/person to $55/person depending on how many “extras” you’d like. Since this event sells out each year, make sure to purchase tickets early for this field trip! Call 512-267-6310 for more information.
  7. 7. Exercise for LIFE! 10,000 Steps A Day! From "10,000 steps a day - pedometer walking program, walking routine, beginning walking, beginner walker" How many steps do you walk each day? Maybe you have heard the recent guidelines about walking 10,000 steps per day. How far is 10,000 steps anyway? The average person's stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2,000 steps to walk one mile, and 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles. A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. For these people adding steps has many health benefits. I have outlined the basic 10,000 steps program, but also added a commentary below. A reasonable goal for most people is to increase average daily steps each week by 500 per day until you can easily average 10,000 per day. Example: If you currently average 3000 steps each day, your goal for week one is 3500 each day. Your week 2 goal is 4000 each day. Continue to increase each week and you should be averaging 10,000 steps by the end of 14 weeks. A pedometer is an easy way to track your steps each day. Start by wearing the pedometer every day for one week. Put it on when you get up in the morning and wear it until bed time. Record your daily steps in a log or notebook. By the end of the week you will know your average daily steps. You might be surprised how many (or how few) steps you get in each day.
  8. 8. 10,000 Steps A Day Continued… There are many ways to increase your daily steps. Use your imagination and come up with your own list:  Take a walk with your spouse, child, or friend  Walk the dog  Use the stairs instead of the elevator  Park farther from the store  Better yet, walk to the store  Get up to change the channel  Window shop  Plan a walking meeting  Walk over to visit a neighbor  Get outside to walk around the garden or do a little weeding Continue to track your daily steps and/or mileage; and keep notes on how you feel, how your body is improving, or other changes you are making to improve your health. If you are in very poor physical condition or at any point you feel that you are progressing too rapidly slow down a bit and try smaller increases. If you have any health concerns seek your physician's advice prior to starting or changing your exercise routine. Notice: has outlined the standard 10,000 step program because so many people ask about it. This is a good program to help get people motivated, or to get sedentary people moving. It is however our recommendation that most individuals fit 30 to 60 minutes of dedicated walking (or other exercise) into their routine at least 3 to 4 days a week. You can start with as little as ten minutes per day and gradually increase your walking routine.
  9. 9. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake "Seeking an all-American taste in a beverage, I came up with this idea." says Vivian Levine of Summerfield, FL., about her original Pumpkin Pie Shake recipe. One online reviewer calls it, "a cold piece of pumpkin pie in a glass. We have made it 2 nights in a row." Ingredients 2 cups vanilla reduced-fat ice cream (such as Healthy Choice), softened 1 cup fat-free milk 2/3 cup canned pumpkin 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice 3 tablespoons frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed Pumpkin-pie spice (optional) Preparation Combine first 5 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Pour 3/4 cup ice cream mixture into each of 4 glasses. Top each with about 2 teaspoons whipped topping; sprinkle with the additional pumpkin- pie spice, if desired. Cooking Light JANUARY 2006
  10. 10. Recipe of the Month Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie From INGREDIENTS CRUST 30 small gingersnap cookies, (about 7 1/2 ounces) 2 tablespoons raisins 1 tablespoon canola oil FILLING 1 cup canned pumpkin puree 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 2 pints (4 cups) frozen low-fat vanilla ice cream, softened (see Tip) PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan with cooking spray. To prepare crust: Combine gingersnaps and raisins in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add oil and pulse until blended. Press evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake the crust until set, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. To prepare filling: Combine pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a large bowl and mix well. Add ice cream and stir until blended. Spoon the mixture into the cooled pie crust. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours. Let the pie soften slightly in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes before serving. TIPS  Cover and freeze the pie for up to 3 days.  To soften ice cream quickly, microwave on Medium-Low for 30 to 60 seconds. “This was an amazing recipe, easy to make, full of taste, the teenagers loved it as well as the adults!”
  11. 11. Halloween Fright When Felix Agnus put up the life-sized shrouded bronze statue of a grieving angel, seated on a pedestal, in the Agnus family plot in the Druid Ridge Cemetery, he had no idea what he had started. The statue was a rather eerie figure by day, frozen in a moment of grief and terrible pain. At night, the figure was almost unbelievably creepy; the shroud over its head obscuring the face until you were up close to it. There was a living air about the grieving angel, as if its arms could really reach out and grab you if you weren't careful. It didn't take long for rumors to sweep through the town and surrounding countryside. They said that the statue - nicknamed Black Aggie - was haunted by the spirit of a mistreated wife who lay beneath her feet. The statue's eyes would glow red at the stroke of midnight, and any living person who returned the statues gaze would instantly be struck blind. Any pregnant woman who passed through her shadow would miscarry. If you sat on her lap at night, the statue would come to life and crush you to death in her dark embrace. If you spoke Black Aggie's name three times at midnight in front of a dark mirror, the evil angel would appear and pull you down to hell. They also said that spirits of the dead would rise from their graves on dark nights to gather around the statue at night. People began visiting the cemetery just to see the statue, and it was then that the local fraternity decided to make the statue of Grief part of their initiation rites. "Black Aggie" sitting, where candidates for membership had to spend the night crouched beneath the statue with their backs to the grave of General Agnus, became popular. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE… From
  12. 12. Halloween Fright Continued… One dark night, two fraternity members accompanied new hopeful to the cemetery and watched while he took his place underneath the creepy statue. The clouds had obscured the moon that night, and the whole area surrounding the dark statue was filled with a sense of anger and malice. It felt as if a storm were brewing in that part of the cemetery, and to their chagrin, the two fraternity members noticed that gray shadows seemed to be clustering around the body of the frightened fraternity candidate crouching in front of the statue. What had been a funny initiation rite suddenly took on an air of danger. One of the fraternity brothers stepped forward in alarm to call out to the initiate. As he did, the statue above the boy stirred ominously. The two fraternity brothers froze in shock as the shrouded head turned toward the new candidate. They saw the gleam of glowing red eyes beneath the concealing hood as the statue's arms reached out toward the cowering boy. With shouts of alarm, the fraternity brothers leapt forward to rescue the new initiate. But it was too late. The initiate gave one horrified yell, and then his body disappeared into the embrace of the dark angel. The fraternity brothers skidded to a halt as the statue thoughtfully rested its glowing eyes upon them. With gasps of terror, the boys fled from the cemetery before the statue could grab them too. Hearing the screams, a night watchman hurried to the Agnus plot. To his chagrin, he discovered the body of a young man lying at the foot of the statue. The young man had apparently died of fright. The disruption caused by the statue grew so acute that the Agnus family finally donated it to the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C.. The grieving angel sat for many years in storage there, never again to plague the citizens visiting the Druid Hill Park Cemetery.
  13. 13. October is Bat Appreciation Month! Here are the top 10 most interesting facts about bats: 1. The North Shore area is populated, mostly, with Mexican Free-Tailed bats. The last part of the tail is not surrounded by the black membrane (as most bats), so they have a short, mouse-like tail. 2. The structure of bat wings are the same as our hand structure. 3. Most bats are loyal to where they were born, and they will return there to mate and have their pups. 4. The smallest bat is the Bumblebee bat, and it weighs less than a penny. The largest bats are called Flying foxes, and they have a wingspan up to 6 feet! (Neither of which live in the US.) 5. The only biting bat, the Vampire bat, has such tiny fangs that the victim normally doesn’t even feel the bite! Then, the bat will lap up the blood – not suck the blood. 6. A typical brown bat can catch between 1,000 – 1,200 small insects per hour! In Braken Cave (just west of New Braunfels), it is estimated that the approximate 20 million bats eat about 200 tons of insects EACH NIGHT! 7. Bats digest fruits (bananas/mangos/berries) in about 20 minutes. Now that’s a fast metabolism! 8. Bats can carry rabies, but less than 10 people in the last 50 years have contracted rabies from bats in North America. 9. Bat saliva might be the next big thing when it comes to anticoagulants for cardiac patients! 10. Bats spend hours licking and scratching each other for cleanliness.
  14. 14. Natural Remedies To Clean Your Home There are effective and safe ways to clean your home so you can help protect the environment, and your health! All natural cleaning remedy ingredients can be found at the grocery store. Furniture Polish Recipe Mix 1 cup olive oil and ½ cup lemon juice in a spray bottle. Shake well and squirt a small amount to a cleaning cloth. Wipe cloth evenly over your furniture surface. Turn the cloth over to a dry spot, and polish dry! All-Purpose Cleaner Mix 4 tablespoons baking soda, two cups white vinegar, and two cups warm water in a spray bottle. Make sure to be careful when the baking soda and vinegar mix because it will foam up! Mix well and use on just about any surface for a clean, disinfected surface. NOTE: the vinegar smell will go away as soon as it is thoroughly dried, and will take away nasty, household odors with it! Naughty Pet? If you have a pet who can’t seem to hold their bladder until they get outside, simply apply an equal mix of vinegar and water to the urine spot. Let it stand for 10 minutes, then blot. Refresh Carpet For smelly carpets, sprinkle baking soda all over your carpet. Let it sit for at least an hour (overnight is better), and then vacuum. Grease Cutter Got grease on a pan or on your hands? Mix vinegar and salt together to cut the grease!
  15. 15. Fun Facts about Autumn  September 22 is the autumnal (fall) equinox. There are two equinoxes each year and the other is in March at the start of spring.  On this date the day and night are each about the same length. The term equinox comes from the Latin for “equal night”.  Several cultures have ancient traditions that take place around this time.  In Greek mythology this was supposed to be the time when Persephone rejoined Hades in the underworld.  The Chinese celebrate the Moon Festival around this time with particular emphasis on being thankful for the success of the summer harvest.  In Japan, this is a time to remember the dead and if there is a week of Buddhist services during this period.  One of the visible signs of fall is the changing color of the leaves. This happens because photosynthesis stops during this period so leaves do not stay green.  Favorite fall fruit and vegetables include apples, spinach, squash, bell peppers and, of course, pumpkin.  The custom of bobbing for apples originates from Roman times.  Evergreen trees remain green through the winter because they have waxy leaves which do not freeze.  During this period birds prepare for winter migration. One of the longest migrations is the 11,000 mile journey by the Arctic Tern. However, the bar headed goose is also impressive reaching heights of 28,000 feet to skim over the Himalayas.  While we call this season ‘fall’, the British call it ‘autumn’. Both words date from around the same period in the 16th century. Before these terms came into use, this period was called ‘harvest’.
  16. 16. Spare Money: Must-Do Marketing You know how to make money – pick what you love, make a plan to make money from doing what you love, and then take action toward that plan. Now you are going to learn the three basic questions you must answer in order to market your money-making idea. When you can answer these three questions, you’ve got it made! In order to reach the right audience there are three things you need to know: 1) WHO are you trying to reach? Really get specific here. “Middle-Aged Women” is not specific enough. If you are starting a business about how to start gardening, and you want to reach middle-aged women who don’t know where to even start when it comes to gardening – THEY are who you are trying to reach… middle-aged women who want to learn the basics of gardening. 2) WHAT do you want them to know? Do you want them to know how to start gardening in containers? Or perhaps you want them to know how to grow herbs instead of flowers… really decide what you want them to learn about. HINT: this will be what your first product/service is all about. (You can always expand – and you should!) 3) HOW can you get your message to them? You know exactly who you are trying to reach, and you also know exactly what you want them to know. Now, where do those people hang out? Where can you find them? How will they best receive your message – flyers, ads, the internet, community classes…? After you have answered those three questions, you will have no trouble finding your clients and making money! Don’t let the restructuring of Lago Vista Life fool you. Even when a business “fails”, there are tons of things that you will learn and take on to your next venture. This is one reason to make sure, when you start a business from home, to not become financially dependent on its success! Structure your business & marketing in a way that will allow success, without dependence of income! This way, you will be able to actually enjoy what you do, and allow it to morph into new adventures if the time arises. The basic three questions are from Kim Hillman.
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  18. 18. Make a Difference Lifelong Friends Since 1997, Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions (formerly Lago Vista P.A.W.S.) has been providing a safe haven for abandoned and abused animals. Over 3,000 animals have passed through our doors and been adopted. We were one of the first “No-Kill” shelters in the area, which means we do not euthanize animals simply to make space for more animals at our facility. Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions is an independently operated, 501c non-profit organization. We are mainly staffed by volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to providing day to day care for the animals. We do not receive any funding from the City or State. We depend 100% on donations and money raised through fundraisers to take care of the animals under our roof. Make a Difference You can make a difference by: Donating, Adopting, Fostering or Volunteering. We have an Amazon Wish List where you can purchase items needed to take care of the animals and have them directly shipped to us. Come down to the shelter on the weekend and visit with the animals waiting for a Lifelong Home. If you cannot adopt a pet, why not “Virtually Adopt” (for a small monthly donation). Fostering an animal is a great way to make a huge difference, especially for animals that need a little extra socialization or have medical needs. Volunteering requires no more than a once a month commitment for a few hours, and is more rewarding than you can ever imagine. All of this information can be found on our website at and you can also follow us on our Facebook page. We are located at 20803 FM 1431 in Lago Vista. Our phone number is 512-267-6876. Photo by: Jennifer Stamps Photography Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms. George Eliot Read more at s/topic_pet.html#ybY1bdJHMCAbCBSa.99 By Andrea Phillips – Director Jennifer Karpyshyn - Volunteer So GOOD, it’s worth another read!
  19. 19. You may not know… My family and I moved to Austin so our kids, Lee and Ellie could pursue their creativity and the passion in their lives. In fact, besides adding to our family income, our kids were the primary factor in creating Lago Vista Life. We are relatively new to the area, and they needed a way to get the word out about their businesses! I wanted to take a moment to brag a little on them… Ellie is my daughter. She is an awesome photographer and does amazing conceptual photography. If you are looking for a picture that steps over the line of typical, Ellie is the one to photograph it! She can have you lying on clouds, your house surrounded with fireflies, or just about anything else you can imagine. Lee is my son. He is a wizard on his guitar. He is ultimately looking to start his own instrumental band (think Joe Satriani). He is currently playing with any band that he can find and has found himself very busy! He also can produce jingle for your business – you know – the ones that get stuck in your customer’s heads! I know they are my kids and I am supposed to think they are the best at what they do, but both of them have incredible credentials and testimonials to back them up. Please keep them in mind!
  20. 20. Brain Puzzle Can you see the rabbit AND the duck? Can you make out the word? (Hint: it is a direction on a compass!) Can you see the young lady AND the old lady? Do you believe the design in this square is actually a STATIC picture?! It’s not really moving!
  21. 21. October 14th is Be Bald & Be Free Day! Love that baldie in your life!
  22. 22. Event Listings For October Event Listings, Check the Event Listing Page on! You will find all the usual happenings at the Library, Flat Creek Winery, Support Groups, plus a whole lot more! To always be updated on what is going on, visit the Lago Vista and Jonestown Chamber of Commerce website. You can sign up for an email list that will give you the low-down on upcoming events. You can also find events on the Lago Vista Library’s website and the Flat Creek Estates Winery & Vineyard website! There has been one volunteer that has gone above and beyond for Lago Vista Life. Here are two great events that she has going for October: Need decorations for the Holidays? October 25th and 26th 8AM- 1PM.The street of Champions Circle and cad-u-sacs is having a garage sale. Come into the community on Venture but do not turn until you get to the Water Tower and then turn left on Augusta. Go to the Stop sign and this will be the beginning of the garage sale and just go from garage sale to garage sale around the circle. For all you German food and music lovers, Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church is having a fund raiser "October Fest" on October 12th made by real German ladies and others of the congregation. The cost is $12 from 3-6 PM and all the money collected will go to the Wounded Warriors Organization in San Antonio. Help Support our Lago Vista Special Olympians - Silent Auction. October 11, 2013 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Food, Fun, and lots of items to bid on including: Works by Local Artisans, Golf, Portrait Sessions, Housecleaning, and LOTS MORE! Viking Hall 8039 Bar K Ranch Rd. Lago Vista, TX 78645 Amanda Chapman