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Volume 38 Number 1
TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY WHEN MAKING A MOVE
The date is set, you’re going to move your home from one place to another. Moving Day can be a very difficult time, physically and emotionally – but it doesn’t have to be fiscally stressful as well – if you do some research and preparation beforehand. Many of the larger moving companies have an online moving calculator that allows you to approximately gauge what the final cost of the move will be. These digital tools will allow you to estimate your cost based on different variables, such as the number of rooms involved, number of boxes, if appliances are to be moved and other criteria. Using these systems will provide you with a prospective number that will aid in your search for a mover. If you have some time to shop around before moving, it’s in your best interests to check in with several different companies to compare their prices. Reputable firms will provide a quote that should aid you in selecting your mover of choice. By having used
the online calculator you should have a basic idea of the costs involved, so if the quotes provided are far different you might need to do some further study – if time permits. One of the costs of moving are the supplies you use to pack up your possessions. Moving experts stress that one way to save money is to avoid buying moving supplies such as cardboard boxes, packing paper, pads and blankets and bubble wrap. Materials such as these can become very costly. If you know someone who has recently moved, consider asking them to save their boxes and any extra moving supplies for you. Retail locations such as grocery, furniture or appliance stores are excellent places to acquire boxes at little or no cost when it comes time to pack up your treasured items. Another way to save money on a move is to reduce the amount of material to be moved. The best way to do this is to toss, donate or sell whatever you don’t need, before moving.
INGREDIENTS: 1 package (16 ounces) potato gnocchi 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 package (12 ounces) fully cooked Italian chicken sausage links, halved and sliced 2 shallots, finely chopped GNOCCHI WITH SPINACH AND CHICKEN SAUSAGE 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup white wine or chicken broth 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 3 cups fresh baby spinach 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese DIRECTIONS: 1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook sausage and shallots until sausage is browned and shallots are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. 2. Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, 3-4 minutes. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and broth until smooth; stir into sausage mixture. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Add spinach and cream; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. 3. Drain gnocchi; add to pan and heat through. Sprinkle with cheese.
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HOPE SMILES FROM THE THRESHOLD OF THE YEAR TO COME, WHISPERING, 'IT WILL BE HAPPIER.' -Alfred Lord Tennyson
England’s Poet Laureate from 1850 until his death in 1892, Alfred Lord Tennyson was one of the most celebrated and popular poets of the 19th Century. Born in 1809 in Somersby, England he published his first volume of poems in 1830 and became one of the favourites of Queen Victoria.
LAWYER'S ROLE IN REAL ESTATE
Working with a lawyer can be a real benefit when buying a home. But what sort of things do lawyers do in real estate transactions? Whether you are the buyer or the seller in a real estate sale, a lawyer is there to ensure all the procedures are handled properly and legally and are delivered on time to complete the transaction. If you’re the buyer in a sale, a real estate lawyer will take care of a variety of tasks, including but not limited to: • Review all legal documents including the Agreement of Purchase. • Ensure there are no liens, encumbrances or other financial issues attached to your prospective property. • Check that Title Insurance for the property is in place and the property’s taxes are up to date. Finally, they will also see that all legal and financial obligations have been met prior to closing and be involved in exchanging legal documents and keys with the seller’s lawyer. On the seller’s side of the transaction, a lawyer will perform many of the same tasks and will also deal with any potential title issues. The lawyer will also make certain all the negotiated financial and legal conditions of the sale have been completed satisfactorily and be there for the transfer of documents and keys from the buyer’s lawyer.
TAKING STEPS TO ENSURE YOUR PERSONAL DIGITAL SECURITY
The modern world and the vast advances made in digital communication, business and banking have revolutionized daily life beyond anything that was imagined even a few short decades ago. But the cost of this electronic convenience is the potential personal security risks, to your person and to your assets, this radical transition has created. To help head off any digital risks here are some steps to take to safeguard your online world. One the most basic yet essential steps everyone should take is to install a quality antivirus program on their devices, and to remember to keep it updated. It’s surprising how often this procedure can be overlooked. Another thing you should do is to fully investigate the features of the security tools that you do install on your electronic devices. Many common apps and programs have settings that add extra layers of security, but only if you’re aware of them, and have learned how to use them. Reading manuals, or watching tutorials may not be everyone’s favourite pastime, but taking that step might derail intruders eager to do you digital harm. If uncertain it’s always easiest to talk with the persons who sold you the programs in the first place, their understanding of the product will no doubt exceed yours and might be able to provide you with security benefits you were not aware of.
1. Can you write down eight eights so that they add up to one thousand? 2. What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters? BRAIN TEASERS Courtesy of www.riddles.com
3. What is it that given one, you'll have either two or none? 4. George, Helen, and Steve are drinking coffee. Bert, Karen, and Dave are drinking soda. Is Elizabeth drinking coffee or soda?
Answers: 1. 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000 2. Queue 3. A choice 4. Elizabeth is drinking coffee.
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GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE DURING THE WINTER Considered by many to be the future of motoring in Canada, the electric vehicle (EV) is an increasingly common sight on Canadian roads everywhere. However, despite the technological wizardry involved in the design of these type of vehicles, the hard realities of a Canadian winter can play havoc with EVs, especially when it comes to range. But owners can do a variety of things to get the very most out of their mechanized marvel. A few things you can do to wring the most kilometers out of your EV include the following: Prewarm your car. Prewarming or preconditioning settings on your dash allows the owner to heat the battery and the vehicle cabin while still being plugged into the charging station. Heating before unplugging will save battery power, energy that is better spent on the road. Besides, who doesn’t like to hop into an already warm car on a winter’s morning before beginning your daily commute? Unplug only at the last moment. The longer an EV remains plugged in before hitting the road the longer the range a driver will experience. To receive maximum efficiency it is best to leave the vehicle plugged in overnight, uncoupling it from the charger just as you’re heading out. Regenerative braking modes save energy. Regenerative brakes use electric motors instead of the traditional friction braking system to slow down and stop a car. These systems use less energy than applying normal foot brakes. On icy roads regenerative braking modes also help you avoid skids and slides. Office: 250-645-5055 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ellen Parker 250-981-1902
NOT ALL BIRDS MIGRATE - MANY DECIDE TO STAY ALL WINTER An archetypal Canadian image is that of majestic Vs of geese and other birds migrating southward in advance of the chill and storms of winter. While an accurate image, it doesn’t really tell the whole story as many species of birds elect to tough it out and remain in the Great White North throughout the winter. Why do some species elect not to migrate? While hardy birds like Canada geese, a range of ducks and even the common robin fly south every year, avian experts speculate that many different factors make birds choose to remain in Canada throughout the winter. One that tops the list is the inescapable fact that migration can be dangerous. During the long flight encompassing hundreds if not thousands of kilometers migrating birds will encounter predators that may be unknown to them. Human impact is also an increasing risk for migrating birds. Waterfowl may discover that traditional wetlands have disappeared, or that hunters have identified and taken advantage of flightpaths that have been followed by birds for millennia, with serious consequences. Migration is very hard on the body as well. The metabolism of birds operates at a higher level than many other animals, so food intake is especially important. By using up energy in travel, birds may be too exhausted to nest and raise young once they reach their southern destination, which could result in a decline in population.
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