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Mike MacGowan REALTOR ®

Ken MacGowan B.Comm., CPA, CMA, Real Estate Broker

Daren MacGowan REALTOR ®

Volume 17 | Number 05

ARTFULLY ARRANGE ACCESSORIES

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

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.

AVOCADO CRAB BOATS

INGREDIENTS: 5 medium ripe avocados, peeled and halved 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 cans (6 ounces each) lump crabmeat, drained 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided 2 tablespoons minced chives 1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced 1 tablespoon capers, drained 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese 1/2 teaspoon paprika Lemon wedges

DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat broiler. Place 2

avocado halves in a large bowl; mash lightly with a fork. Add mayonnaise and lemon juice; mix until well blended. Stir in crab, 3 tablespoons cilantro, chives, serrano pepper, capers and pepper. Spoon into remaining avocado halves. 2. Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika. Broil 4-5 in. from heat until cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro; serve with lemon wedges. Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Courtesy of tasteofhome.com

Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) was a British actress, humanitarian and fashion icon. Renowned for her iconic roles in films such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Roman Holiday," she captivated audiences with her unmatched grace and charm.

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. THE WORD ITSELF SAYS

'I'M POSSIBLE! - Audrey Hepburn

SHRUBS AND BUSHES FOR ANY GARDEN

Low maintenance bushes and shrubs are great for those with busy summer schedules as well as those with less than stellar green thumbs. After consulting the plant hardiness zone map online, or asking at your local greenhouse, look for one of the following greenery options that are relatively easy to maintain regardless of how much TLC you provide. Obviously, where you plant them plays a part too, so ensure you follow proper planting guides for sun/shade, drainage, soil PH, etc. Azalea - great as a border or hedge plant with beautiful flowers. Barberry - grows four to five feet tall. Caryopteris - blooms later in the summer and into fall with blue flowers.

Hydrangeas - known for the lovely flowers they produce. Spirea - resilient to drought conditions and has flowers that bloom all summer long.

THREE THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING OUTDOOR FURNITURE

The age-old question when buying new patio or outdoor furniture is: do you purchase furniture that will last a season or two or do you purchase higher quality furniture that will last longer? A lot of this depends on where you see yourself in a few years and what your needs at that point may be. Here are three areas to consider before making a purchase.

1. Cost: If you're planning to move into a new home in the foreseeable future, perhaps saving money and purchasing something that meets your needs now is more prudent and you can splurge on a larger, different or more functional set in the future when you're in your forever home. 2. Aesthetic: If the look of a particular set floats your boat, consider how you can alter it if your tastes change over time. Can you change out cushions, umbrellas, etc. or can it be painted or refinished if the structure is something you like but the colour may get tiring over a few seasons?

3. Durability: To purchase the perfect outdoor furniture, consider the elements it will be exposed to. Furniture made from plastic vs. wood vs. metal, etc. will all wear and age differently in different climates. For example, if you live in a humid climate with lots of rain, wood furniture may take more maintenance to keep looking new than it would in a dryer area. Conversely, if your furniture is exposed to hours of direct sunlight, you would want to choose furniture that has some UV protection to keep the fabrics and paint looking newer, longer.

FUN MAY FACTS

• May is "Get Caught Reading Month" - what's on your TBR list? • Have you ever heard the saying, "A warm January, a cold May"? • May has two birth flowers: the Hawthorn and the Lily-of-the-Valley symbolizing hope and the return of happiness respectively. • The full moon in May (May 23, 2024) is called the Flower Moon representing the abundance of flowers that bloom during the month.

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1. Sour beginning

HINK PINK

2. The boy's test

What's a Hink Pink you ask? Hink Pinks are fun rhyming word riddles. The answer to the riddle is a pair of words that rhyme with each other. For example: Large Feline would be Fat Cat.

3. Tanned circus entertainer

4. Used honker

5. Stubby, tennis area

Solution: 1. Tart Start 2. His Quiz 3. Brown Clown 4. Worn Horn 5. Short Court 6. Dumb Plump 7. Dime Crime 8. Pest Nest 9. Sub Grub 10. Strong Thong

6. Stupid fruit

7. Ten cent violation

8. Termite haven

9. Submarine food

Courtesy of: www.thinkablepuzzles.com

10. Burly summer footwear

Modest Gains Across Ottawa’s MLS ® Market a Sign of Shared Confidence

$423,100 apartment UP 2.1% year-to-year

$727,700 single family

BENCHMARK PRICES

UP 1.6% year-to-year

2,597 NEW LISTINGS

PROPERTY SALES Single Family: 800 Apartment: 198

MONTHS OF INVENTORY Single Family: 2.1 Apartment: 2.7

DAYS ON MARKET Single Family: 14 Apartment: 22

OTTAWA, May 6, 2024 - The number of homes sold through the MLS ® System of the Ottawa Real Estate Board totaled 1,456 units in April 2024. “It’s a typical spring in Ottawa’s real estate market,” says OREB President Curtis Fillier. “What sets it apart from recent springs is a restored mutual confidence among both buyers and sellers. Buoyed by recent sales activity, sellers are more confident that they can move their property as evidenced by the uptick in listings. For buyers, the pressure of the pandemic market has eased and they’re comfortable taking the time to find the property that best suits their needs. The pace is still conservative while the economy is holding some back, but overall Ottawa’s market is strong and stable, and that’s a win-win.”

The overall MLS ® HPI composite benchmark price was $643,700 in April 2024, a marginal gain of 1.6% from April 2023. The benchmark price for single-family homes was $727,700, up 1.6% on a year over-year basis in April. By comparison, the benchmark price for a townhouse/row unit was $500,800, up slightly at 1% compared to a year earlier. The benchmark apartment price was $423,100, up 2.1% from year-ago levels. There were 2,597 new residential listings in April 2024 Active residential listings numbered 2,966 units on the market at the end of April 2024. Months of inventory numbered 2 at the end of April 2024. Statistics reflect market activity in April 2024 | Source: OREB ® Ottawa Real Estate Board | Market values stated are of the average of Ottawa and surrounding region. Individual home market values will 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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Mike MacGowan REALTOR ® 613.859.1317

Ken MacGowan B.Comm., CPA, CMA, Real Estate Broker 613.791.5480

Daren MacGowan REALTOR ® 613.324.5294

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