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Volume 16 | Number 10


A new home is a blank slate for decor. Choosing the right colour for the walls in each room can set the tone for the space and set you up to love or just tolerate your home. There is something to be said for choosing a neutral colour and painting the entire home the same colour. It's easier, more economical and not as overwhelming. You can add colour to a home this way with accents - furniture, window treatments, linens, etc. Then if you want to change the look and feel of a room, you simply alter the accents and you don't have to worry about painting.

On the other hand, if you want the walls to be the statement and painting is a step you want to take, there are a few things experts suggest to help pick the perfect colour. First, find out what you like - look online and in magazines and note which colours speak to you. Are you drawn to bold colours like tera cotta and lemon or are you partial to softer shades like sage or peach? Next, consider the furniture and accents you already own and how they would (or wouldn't) incorporate with the colours you love. It's best to choose a wall colour that would go nicely with the pieces you already have. Luckily, neutral furniture in grey, white or beige, for example will go with just about any paint colour. Finally, once you do choose a colour (or have it narrowed down to a few) paint test spots on the walls to see what the colour looks like in the daylight and at night with artificial light. You may be surprised how colours can change throughout the day. Remember, if you choose to paint and it turns out that the colour isn’t what you thought it would be and you don’t love it as much as you wanted to, you can paint over it pretty easily.


Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 35 minutes | Serves: 6-8

INGREDIENTS 1 cup canned pumpkin puree ¼ cup maple syrup 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups old-fashioned oats 1 cup pecans (optional)

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt 1 cup Orange Juice ½ cup milk or alternative

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease a 9-inch baking dish, or 6 individual ramekins. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, maple syrup, egg and vanilla extract. 3. Stir in oats, pecans (if using), pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt. 4. Stir in orange juice and milk. Pour into prepared baking dish. 5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. If using individual dishes, bake for 20 to 25 minutes. 6. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve from the fridge with your favourite toppings such as milk, maple syrup, yogurt and fresh fruit.

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JAPANDI STYLE What happens when you mix two unique design styles - one from Japan and the other from Scandinavia? You get Japandi (or Scandinese) which is a design blend that creates a serenity in the chaos of life. Centered around functional, tranquil and minimalist interiors, this design style has been around for many years but is making a comeback in homes around the country. The overall style is calming but can also be described as sleek yet rustic; monochromatic and earthy; minimalist and functional. Focus on neutral colours with black accents, natural materials such as light wood, stone and linen and texture when designing in Japandi style. Add in

functional decor items like books, teapots and pottery highlighted by natural light and uncluttered spaces to complete the look. Bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens are the top three rooms where Japandi style is being incorporated but the style can be easily transitioned into dining areas, offices and living rooms.


Most bathrooms come equipped with an exhaust fan to help extract moisture from the room. But what if the new home you love has bathrooms without this seeming essential element? What can you do to ensure moisture doesn’t damage the room? First, if at all possible, hire a professional to install an exhaust fan. That would solve the issue quickly and in the best way possible. However, if that’s not possible for any reason, the next best option is to shower or bathe with the door and window (if there is one) open. This will allow moisture to escape and disperse into other areas of the home. For privacy reasons, leaving the door open may not be an option all the time. In this case, use a fan to help circulate the air and prevent the room from turning into an instant and unwanted sauna.

Utilizing a portable dehumidifier in the bathroom during and after a shower can also help wick away excess moisture and prevent damage from occurring. A portable heater left on for 10 to 20 minutes after a shower can also help dry the air. Something else to consider is towels and bathmats made from microfiber will absorb moisture quicker than a typical towel which will help you and the room dry faster. Wiping or using a squeegee on the shower walls after each use will prevent moisture from sitting and evaporating throughout the day, and be sure to keep that shower curtain closed flat which also helps it dry. Plants that thrive in humid conditions can also be brought into the bathroom to help absorb excess moisture. Regularly monitoring moisture levels with a hygrometer is also a good idea. Relative humidity should be between 30% and 50%.


Q: It's autumn and there is a bush, a pine tree and an oak tree in the yard. What direction do the leaves on the pine tree fall when the wind blows from the west? A: A pine tree doesn't have leaves. It has needles. Q: What breaks but never falls, and what falls yet never breaks? A: Day and Night

Q: Why did Humpty Dumpty have a great fall? A: To make up for his lousy summer.

Q: Why was Cinderella thrown off the basketball team? A: She ran away from the ball.

Q: What did the light bulb say to its mother? A: I love you watts and watts.


COMMONYMS What is the common trait in the three words/items listed? For example: the words; A car - A tree - An elephant: they all have trunks. These will make you think!

1. May - Bean - Flag

2. Lamb - Pork - Karate

Answers: 1. Poles 2. Types of chops 3. Maps 4. Birds that don't fly 5. They all get cancelled 6. Ways stamps are sold 7. Pickles 8. Triangles 9. Teeth 10. Apples

3. Road - Weather - Treasure

4. Penguin - Kiwi - Ostrich

5. Bad T.V. Shows - Stamps - Cheques

6. Sheets - Books - Rolls

7. Chips - Sweet - Spears

8. Right - Love - Bermuda

9. Buck - Baby - Wisdom

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10. Crab - Caramel - Candy

Brampton Market Report for September 2023

$1,211,577 detached

$541,659 condo/apartment

$693,067 condo/townhouse



87 condo/town. detached 692




ACTIVE LISTINGS (residential inventory) 1,488

New listings were up strongly on a year-over-year basis from the extremely low level in September 2022. The number of listings also trended upward on a month-over-month seasonally adjusted basis. “GTA home selling prices remain above the trough experienced early in the first quarter of 2023. However, we did experience more balanced market in the summer and early fall, with listings increasing noticeably relative to sales. This suggests that some buyers may benefit from more negotiating power, at least in the short term. This could help offset the impact of high borrowing costs,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer. Statistics reflect market activity in September 2023 | Source: TRREB ® Toronto Regional Real Estate Board | Market values stated are average prices. 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.

GTA REALTORS ® , October 4, 2023 – The impact of high borrowing costs, high inflation, uncertainty surrounding future Bank of Canada decisions and slower economic growth continued to weigh on Greater Toronto Area (GTA) home sales in September. However, despite the market being better-supplied with listings, the average selling price was up year-over-year. “The short and medium-term outlooks for the GTA housing market are very different. In the short term, the consensus view is that borrowing costs will remain elevated until mid-2024, after which they will start to trend lower. This suggests that we should start to see a marked uptick in demand for ownership housing in the second half of next year, as lower rates and record population growth spur an increase in buyers,” said TRREB President Paul Baron. REALTORS ® reported 4,642 home sales through TRREB’s MLS ® System in September 2023 – down 7.1 per cent compared to last year.

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