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5 Gets for a Great Summer

SUMMERFinally, we are getting some nice weather. Before you know it summer will be here then gone. If you want to have a great summer, here are 5 things you must ‘get’.

Get comfortable shoes and clothing. Depending on what you will be doing for the summer, look for things that you like and feel comfortable in. Take off the dark suit and go for the cooler, light colors.

Get Fit. Find a sport you like. My bike has been hanging in the garage all winter. It’s time to get it down and go for some evening and weekend rides.

Get Outside. Turn off the TV, unplug the Blue-Ray player and get out of the house for some fresh air. Check out a local museum, art show or street festival. Don’t spend the majority of your time indoors

Get the Bar-B-Q going. Invite friends and family over for a party in the back-yard. Use this as an opportunity to get to know new neighbors. The nice thing about these parties is that the cleanup is easy because it is outside.

Get a makeover. Ok, this one is mostly for the ladies. Schedule a manicure & pedicure, get a haircut, etc. When you look good, you feel good. Guys, if you are going to wear sandals, also get your feet done. I am yet to meet the woman who does not prefer a well-groomed man.

Have an exciting and safe summer!

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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Life

 

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Oops! It’s 2013

HappyNewYear2013

Yes, it’s that time again to make resolutions. What resolutions are you making this year? The typical ones, eat healthier, exercise consistently, start budgeting?  Some people get a little cynical about resolutions because they seem to get broken so quickly. But, if you made one, consider me your biggest cheer leader. That’s because your decision to do something different is a great step in acknowledging  your desire for a change. So more power to you. I wish you success with your resolutions.

Whether, you made a resolution or not, I wish you ALL a prosperous, healthy, safe and successful year. Thanks for your friendship and your personal and business support of 2012.

All the best for 2013!!!

OOPS!!!! You must be wondering if I am in a time-warp based on my earlier email today copied from 2011. My apologizes for the email clutter. Sometimes technology plays tricks. Hope this made you smile at my humanity, rather than annoyed at it.

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Life

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

Have you noticed how fast time seems to be going by? It seems like it was just yesterday that I was wishing you a happy Labour Day, yet here we are, enjoying (I hope) the significant change of temperature and watching the beautiful fall colours coming in on the trees. One reason why Fall is my favorite time of the year is because of the Thanksgiving holiday.I love meeting up with family and friends to acknowledge our blessings.

DID YOU KNOW? On Thursday, January 31, 1957, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed: “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for a bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed -to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October” We have kept this tradition ever since.

So, I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. While celebrating ‘good times’, let’s take a moment to recognize the blessings over our country, community, home and family.

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Posted by on October 8, 2012 in Life

 

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Happy Labour Day

Just want to wish you and your family a wonderful Labour Day. I hope your summer was filled with making good memories.

All the best!!!

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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Life

 

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Summer Driving Tips

As the summer months come around many of us start thinking about and planning that road trip. Where will it be this year, a Trans-Canada sightseeing expedition or a visit to friends or family in the United States? With increased security checks and limited luggage allowances associated with flying, many families have turned to driving trips for a great vacation time. You see, with a road trip it’s not just about the destination, it’s as much about the journey. Lots more places to see, and experience; traveling at your own pace; and the privacy of your own space are just some of the benefits of driving over flying.

But the decision to drive brings with it some responsibilities of operating a vehicle for an extended period of time. Here are the top 5 tips for safe summer driving according to Forbes.com.

1. Crack Windows

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (US), deaths of infants and toddlers trapped inside hot automobiles have mounted in recent weeks. An average of 37 children die each year from complications with vehicular heat exhaustion

2. Check Fluid Levels

That means topping off the windshield-wiper fluid, changing the oil, checking the transmission and brake fluids. Have a mechanic make sure the air conditioning solvents are in good order, too. All those things could mean the difference between an overheated engine and a functioning one.

3. Take It Easy

Drive smoothly and use cruise control. Rapidly accelerating and braking–driving aggressively in general, for that matter–will reduce your mileage by a third. But changing speed at sensible rates can boost fuel economy by 5% in the city and 33% on the highway. That’s the same as saving $0.14/gallon in the city and $0.94/gallon on the highway

4. Rotate Your Tires

Tires wear unevenly, so it’s important to rotate them. If you rotate your tires when one starts looking bald, it’s too late. Get in the habit of rotating them. It can translate into 20,000 more miles to your vehicle–and mean you don’t have to buy expensive tires before you should have to.

5. Check Tire Pressure

Don’t assume the tires are fine just because the “check tire pressure” dashboard light isn’t illuminated. By the time the light comes on, the pressure is already quite low. Instead, check your tire pressure at home every month–and make sure the pressure matches the suggestion usually located on the door jam or in the glovebox of the vehicle, not the maximum pressure limits written on the side of the tire.

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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Life

 

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Merry Christmas

 YES! I still say Merry Christmas. We decorate a Christmas tree in our home, put up lights, and play Christmas songs.    

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It seems like people are a little kinder, gentler and generally express good wishes to each other. Even those who don’t particularly get along, the Christmas season seem to provide an opportunity to forget difference and to spread joy and good cheer. There is no other holiday that does that.

But my favorite activity is getting together with family and friends. Watching the expressions on the faces of younger ones who always seem to get more of the gifts under the tree. Oh, to be a child again.

I hope this holiday finds you in great health and that you will take some time for the things (people) which are most important in life.

Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

See you in 2012   

      

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Life

 

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Tis The Season For… Avoiding Debt

I hope this holiday season finds you enjoying special times together with your family and friends.  In addition to reconnecting with the ones that we love, the holidays offer a special opportunity to share with others what’s most important.

Avoiding Debt  

If you drive by any major shopping mall within the next few weeks you will have no doubt that the holiday period has become synonymous with the biggest shopping season of the year. Starting with the mayhem of Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, to the mad rush of pre-Christmas deals and culminating with the blow-out Boxing Day price markdowns and New Year Specials, retailers pull out all the stops to encourage us to separate from our hard earned dollars and feel happy while doing it. 

The reality is that too many people who enjoy the excitement of spending during the holidays face the despair of the credit card bill which comes about thirty days later.

Let’s make a deal friends, No New Debt during the holidays. It may be the most important decision we could make for our family’s future.

Have a safe holiday season

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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Life