What does Russia really have on Trump?

Russia has reported that they have documentation showing US president-elect Donald Trump engaging in sexual shenanigans with Russian prostitutes and the media is running with it.   What is it about sex that creates such a scandal?   Continue reading

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Daughter from another mother

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I am devastated this week after hearing of the sudden and unexpected death of a dear friend.  The initial shock is fading, but I am still having difficulty believing that she is gone from my life.

Although she started out as a client in my gardening business, ….. Continue reading

Whiten your teeth and brighten your smile, naturally

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Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to whiten your teeth for a brighter smile?  Try doing it naturally and inexpensively before you sign up for the alternative methods.

Many common food and drinks that we consume daily stain our teeth.  These culprits include red wine, coffee, tea, beets and red juices like cranberry, grape, and cherry.   When you eat or drink these stainers, try these tips to reduce the damage:….. Continue reading

Free admission for 2017 to Parks Canada

What a great idea! I grew up in Cornwall, Ontario very close to the Long Sault Parkway which is on the St Lawrence River.   My family spent lots of time at the beautiful campsites and beaches there…. Continue reading

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Christmas shopping

This year I started my Christmas shopping early.  Most years I wait until the week before Christmas to do the actual shopping using a list I prepare months in advance.  I start this list early in the year, jotting down items people mention or good ideas for gifts as they surface.  By the time mid-December arrives, I just have to fill in a few blanks and do the actual shopping.  One of the reasons I started late over the years is because my eldest son was born December 12th so I did not decorate or shop for Christmas until his birthday was over.  At least that’s what I told myself, seems kind of silly now.

My biggest problem with starting the Christmas shopping early is that I end up spending too much money.  By the time Christmas arrives, I have strayed from my plan to buy one thing from “Mom and Dad” and one more thing from  “Santa” for everyone on my list.  When I start shopping early, I easily end up with at least three gifts in each category.  Of course, it doesn’t help when I buy an extra item for one person on the list, then have to balance out the list with one more for everyone else.  This was especially true when my children were young and knew exactly how many gifts each of them received.  Or perhaps it was my own obsession to keep things fair and even.

This year I purchased many gifts online.  This was successful in most cases, although there were a few disappointments.  My most successful online purchases were an Ottawa Senators onesie that I saw an advertisement for by SPORTSEDO on Facebook:

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and a vanity for my son’s girlfriend’s daughter:

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The greatest advantage to online shopping is that you do not have to deal with crowded stores and parking lots or hordes of rushing, grumpy people.  It seems like I saw a lot of that this year as I visited the local stores for stocking stuffers this past week.  The greatest drawback of online shopping is the possibility of getting ripped off.  I heard this year that many people looking to buy cheap

The greatest drawback of online shopping is the possibility of getting ripped off.  I heard this year that many people looking to buy cheap HATCHIMALS  got scammed.   I was fortunate; I got the quality I paid for, the delivery service was great, and the gifts were a hit with their recipients.

Out with the old and in with the new

Last weekend it was out with the old, dead trees and in with the new seedlings on our cottage lot.  This past summer we noticed that one of our huge maple trees had died, presumably due to the drought conditions we experienced this year, as it looked fine in the spring.  Several smaller trees around it were looking like they were on their way out too, so all needed to be removed before they toppled over during a storm onto the nearby hydro lines.

 

The dead trees were in an area between our cottage and the road providing a natural privacy screen for many years. You can tell by the size of the trunk remaining that the maple was very old.  We replaced the old trees with new evergreen seedlings that had sprouted up elsewhere on our property.  They appear to be fast growing, so hopefully the bare looking area will fill in quickly.

 

 

Leaves make great garden mulch

When all the pretty leaves fall from the trees this fall, instead of bagging them to put out on garbage day, use them in your garden as free mulch.  Most leaves, with the exception of oak leaves, break down easily over the winter.  They add nutrients and humus to the soil in your gardens.

If you do not have a leaf mulcher   like I do, you can break (mulch) the leaves up by running them over with your lawn mower while they are still on your lawn.  Then rake the debris onto your garden between the plants.  Your soil and plants will love it.