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Have you always been envious of those who can create a beautiful aesthetic on their mantles, shelves and tables with an assortment of accessories that just go together? Knowing what items to group together is an artform and some people have the skill and others have to work a bit harder to achieve it. To get you started, follow these basic steps: 1. Choose a colour scheme - analogous, complimentary or contrast are your best choices with analogous being easiest to achieve. 2. Use layers - items in different heights, sizes Replacing your windows for function, style or necessity is a large task and there are numerous considerations to make when choosing the new window. If you're retrofitting your existing window (just replacing the inside so to speak and leaving the frame) there will be different considerations than if you're replacing the entire window including frame. Regardless, the first thing you'll want to decide is whether the window will open, or not, and if so, how it will open - outward (up, down, left or right) or via sliding a pane to reveal a screen? Each has their pros and cons, and one might fit better for your needs than the other. Next, you'll need to determine what material your new window will be constructed from. Vinyl is great because it tends to be a very low maintenance option that stands up to any weather and is usually most cost effective. Other options include wood, aluminum and fiberglass constructions as well as hybrids like aluminum covered wood, etc. Aside from those considerations, you'll want to investigate colour, style (grills, bars, etc.) and energy efficiency. and weights create depth and visual interest so don't be afraid to vary your items on display. 3. Grouping - an easy rule of thumb to follow is to group similar items together. Books with books, candles with candles, etc. 4. Negative space - sometimes having a space around or between bold objects creates the visual break the eye needs to really appreciate the items. Once you master the basics, experiment by adding in different colour choices, mixing up the items you currently have, etc. to find what pleases the eye the most.


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INGREDIENTS: • 1 lb. sirloin steak, cut 1½" cubes • ½ tsp dried oregano • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes • 7 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, divided • 3 tsp grated garlic, divided • Kosher salt and black pepper • ¼ c smooth tahini • 1 tsp honey • 8 oz dried orzo (about 1¼ c) • 2½ c low-sodium chicken broth • 1 red onion, cut into 1½" pieces • 1 large yellow or orange bell pepper, seeds removed, cut into 1½" pieces • 10 oz grape tomatoes (2 c) • 2 English cucumbers, sliced • 5 oz baby spinach • 1 bunch fresh chives, sliced

DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large bowl, combine steak,

oregano, red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2½ tsp garlic, and 1 tsp salt. Cover and marinate at room temperature at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours, or refrigerate up to 4 hours. 2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining 1 tbsp lemon juice and ½ tsp garlic; season with a large pinch of salt. Let sit about 20 minutes. 3. Add tahini, honey, 3 tbsp olive oil, and 3 tbsp water to dressing. Vigorously whisk, adding more water as needed, until smooth and easily pourable; season with salt and black pepper. Set aside. 4. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Add orzo and cook, stirring, until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally and adding more broth ¼ cup at a time if needed, until

broth is absorbed and orzo is tender, 8 to 10 minutes; season with salt and black pepper. Cover to keep warm. 5. Preheat grill for 5 minutes. Brush grates with oil. Thread 8 skewers with steak, onion, bell pepper, and tomatoes, alternating with 3 to 4 steak cubes per skewer. Drizzle kebabs with remaining olive oil; season with salt and pepper. 6. Grill skewers, turning occasionally, until vegetables are tender and meat is cooked to desired degree of doneness, 8 to 15 minutes total (grills can vary). 7. In a large bowl, toss cucumbers and spinach with half of dressing. Stir chives into orzo mixture. 8. Divide salad and orzo among bowls; top with kebabs. Drizzle remaining dressing over orzo.


Joyce Carol Oates - Award winning American author with 58 published novels to her name as well as numerous plays, novellas, volumes of short stories, poetry and non-fiction.

SUMMER OLYMPICS 2024 Get ready to cheer on your favourites as over 10,000 athletes from 206 countires compete in 30 different sports from July 26 to August 11, 2024. The Paralympic Games will follow from August 28 to September 8, 2024 where nearly 4,500 athletes will compete in 22 different sports. Held this year in Paris, France, the Olympic Games take place exactly 100 years since Paris last hosted the Olympics back in 1924. They also hosted in 1900 making them one of two cities (London, England) to host the Olympics three times!

The newest sport to hit the 2024 Olympics is breaking - yes, breakdancing is now an Olympic sport that you can watch this summer.


The idea of a smart home is that it provides those living there with an easy way to streamline daily tasks and create a personalized living experience. There are so many different technologies that can be integrated into your home these days and technology is only getting better and more luxurious. Experts predict, based on current trends, there will be over 75 billion gadgets linked to the internet by the end of 2025 and the majority of homes will

have at least one form of smart home technology. From security systems, to entertainment features to thermostats, automated window coverings, etc. the options are limitless when looking to make your home more functional for you. If you're not comfortable researching, installing and utilizing technologies, there are numerous companies popping up that can help you find what you need and want to make your home ideal.

It is possible to fry an egg on a sidewalk. Using a good heat conductor (like a frying pan), you can cook an egg when the sidewalk reaches a temperature of about 158˚F (70 ˚C). Any dark surface that absorbs heat like the hood of a vehicle, will also work.

The dog days of summer are usually the hottest days of summer and span the three weeks from July 3 and August 11. They’re called the dog days after the star known as the Dog Star - the brightest star in the sky - Sirius, which rises around this time of the summer.


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$617,600 all residential DOWN 1.4% year-to-year

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July 5, 2024, London, ON – July 5, 2024, London, ON – In June 2024, the real estate market in our region saw significant fluctuations in activity, with 678 homes exchanging hands, according to the latest MLS ® statistics of the London St. Thomas Association of REALTORS ® (LSTAR). The MLS ® Home Price Index Benchmark Price for London St. Thomas was $617,600. The number of new listings in June was 1,510. We remain optimistic that the anticipated rate cuts by the Bank of Canada will stimulate the real estate market over the summer months. Central Elgin’s benchmark price was $637,700, while London East saw a benchmark price of $500,400. London North saw their benchmark price come in at $719,500, and Middlesex Centre had the largest benchmark price of the region at $857,400. These figures indicate a dynamic market with varying trends across different areas. LSTAR Chair Kathy Amess commented on these trends, stating, “The market dynamics in our region continue to show resilience and adaptability. The slight increases in benchmark prices across most areas reflect a steady demand for properties.” She also noted, “While some areas have seen fluctuations, the overall market remains strong, providing opportunities for both buyers and sellers.” Statistics reflect market activity in June 2024 | Source: London St. Thomas Association of REALTORS ® | Market values stated are of the benchmark of London St. Thomas. Individual home market values vary and are affected by factors such as location, size, interior and exterior condition. Please call to get an up-to-date evaluation of your home.

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