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Fire Pit to the Extreme It’s a summer ritual to roast marshmallows and other treats over the open fire. Many Canadians head to a favourite camping spot for a natural fire surrounded by trees and nature while others take to the back yard where the conveniences of daily living are only a short distance away. But now you can take the back yard fire pit idea even further with a fire pit built right into a table. Typically gas powered fire pits encased in a granite or concrete table, these modern twists on the old classic are popping up in gardens and cottages everywhere. Marketed as safe and easy to light and maintain, encased fire pits can be coffee table size to fit comfortably on the patio or kitchen sized tables to seat a group of people late into the evening. Check the internet to find a retailer near you.
GRILLED SALMON WITH STRAWBERRY GINGER SALSA
Sauce: • 1 stick unsalted butter
Salsa: Prepare at least one hour ahead. • 1 English or seedless cucumber, finely chopped
• 1 clove garlic • 1 tbsp. honey • 2 tbsp. soy sauce • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice • 6 Salmon fillets (or fish of your choice), skinless
• 1 green onion, thinly sliced • 1 tbsp. cilantro, cut into strips
• 3-4 tbsp. seasoned rice wine vinegar • 2 cups fresh California strawberries, hulled and diced small • 1 yellow pepper
Directions: Mix cucumbers, green onion, cilantro, yellow pepper and vinegar. Cover and chill at least one hour. Just before serving, add strawberries. In a small saucepan melt butter with garlic over low heat. Stir in honey, soy sauce and lemon juice and cook 2 minutes, set aside. Prepare a charcoal grill, when ready brush sauce on salmon pieces and place on a well-oiled fish grilling rack. Place rack over coals about 4 inches from fire and grill approximately 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Brush with the sauce again after turning, and again when done. Transfer to warm platter and top with salsa. Makes six servings.
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Antarctica Probably a continent most of us won’t visit in our lifetime, Antarctica is home to the geographic South Pole, penguins, seals, a few plants, mites and bacteria, but no permanent human residents. Hardly shocking as it is the coldest and windiest continent on Earth. Temperatures range from a balmy high of 15°C in summer to a frigid -90°C in the winter. If you wanted to take a trip there though, head to west Antarctica as it’s slightly warmer than east Antarctica due to its lower elevation. Ice covers all but 2% of the land and averages 1.6 km thick in most places. Don’t worry about packing an umbrella as rainfall is limited to about 20 mm a year (which strangely enough makes Antarctica a dessert). If you do plan a trip to this chilly continent, there is no legal tender; therefore shopping will be nonexistent, so pack all the necessities. Fine dining is out of the question, although you may be able to catch some fish to eat or have dinner at one of the 40 permanent research stations throughout the continent. Speaking of which, be prepared to stay at a research station if you do head to Antarctica as these dwellings house about 4,000 scientists in the summer and 1,000 in the winter from about 30 different countries. Photo Truth Linda’s kindergarten class was visiting a police station on a field trip. Posted on a bulletin board were pictures of the 10 most wanted criminals in town. One child in the class pointed to a picture and asked if it really was a picture of the bad guy. “Yes,” said the policeman. “The detectives want to capture him very badly.” Linda spoke up and asked, “Then why didn’t you keep him when he was here to have his picture taken?”
Get Ready for Golf It’s finally here (or depending on where you live, it may have been here for a while...) and it’s time to hit the greens for another golf season. Aside from dusting off the clubs, ironing the paisley pants and stretching out the glove, preparing your body for the season is important too. Stretching your neck, arms, shoulders, sides and legs before a game will make you less likely to get injured and could also improve your swing. Hold each of the following stretches for 10-15 seconds and repeat twice on each side. Add additional stretches if a particular area of your body feels tight or if you’re prone to injury. Typical neck stretches include looking over your left and then right shoulder; trying to touch your ear to your shoulder to stretch the sides of your neck and finally bringing your chin to your chest. Arm stretches should focus on the wrists, forearms and triceps. Holding a club in front of your body, arms outstretched, extend your wrists down and up to stretch your forearms and wrists. Trying to touch the centre of your back while your elbow is pointing up will stretch the triceps. Stretch your shoulders and sides by holding a club in your hands above your head; arms straight. Then bend your body to the right and left without twisting. Hold the position when you feel a stretch in your side. Then, hold the club behind your back, parallel to the ground, with your arms straight. Raise the club away from your body while sticking out your chest. Complete the stretches by touching your toes; stretching your hamstrings by putting your foot on the golf cart and leaning forward from the waist and stretching your quadriceps and calf muscles with simple lunges. Now you’re ready to hit the greens. Enjoy the game!
Mosquito Madness Mosquitoes are everywhere from gardens to picnic sites to decks and unfortunately indoors too. Long sleeves, bug repellant and citronella candles can protect you from bites, but did you know certain plants can as well? Lemon balm or horsemint can be planted in a planter and moved throughout the yard where various activities are taking place. This particular perennial gives off a strong odour similar to citronella which repels mosquitoes but not butterflies and bees. Marigolds are often used in vegetable gardens to ward off various insects with their pungent aroma. However, they also work great at repelling mosquitoes. Plant them around the deck or in planters by the gazebo; anywhere you want to be mosquito free. Basil (especially the cinnamon and lemon varieties) produce a scent that will drive mosquitoes away. Consider rubbing a few basil leaves onto your skin for a natural bug repellant. Additionally, peppermint, rosemary, garlic, clove, eucalyptus and tea tree are also effective mosquito repellant plants. Travel Tip Before heading out this summer, whether to the campground or overseas, take a few minutes to make copies of your important papers such as itinerary, health care cards, passports, insurance info, credit card numbers and contact info, etc. Have a trusted friend or family member keep the copies in case you lose your wallet in the lake, accidentally leave your passport at a destination or something similar. Knowing you can obtain these copies will help ease your peace of mind. Lightening Facts It is the season for thunderstorms once again and with thunder comes lightning or technically the oth- er way around because thunder is simply the sound lightning makes. Since light travels faster than sound, we see lightning before we hear thunder. The study of lightning is called fulminology and the fear of thunder and lightning is called astraphobia. Lightning can occur from clouds to the ground, be- tween clouds and within clouds. Only about a quar- ter of all lightening is from the cloud to the ground. When lightning does strike the ground, it takes the shortest path to something with a positive charge; typically tall trees, buildings, lightning rods and sometimes people.
Automatic Lighting Imagine walking into the laundry room with an overflowing laundry basket of dirty clothes occupying your arms. How will you turn on the light so you don’t trip over the soccer gear your son left in the middle of the floor? The answer might be as easy as installing a sensor switch that turns on the lights in the room as soon as it senses movement. Much like the motion sensor lights many people use to light their yards or driveways in the dark, these light switches make the lights already installed in your room turn on when motion is detected and turn off either after a specified time or when motion is no longer detected. They can also sense daylight so when there is sufficient daylight in a room, they will not turn on even though motion is detected saving power and money. Great for closets, pantries, bathrooms, basements, children’s play rooms and anywhere else you would benefit from having a light turn on as you enter the room and off again as you leave.
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SANDCASTLES Three kids are building sandcastles on the beach. From the picture and clues below can you match each castle (A, B and C), with the name and age of each kid (7, 9 and 11) and the type of flag on each castle (stars, stripes or cross)?
Efficient Emails Millions of emails are sent every day and some are more efficient at getting to the point than others. Here are some tips to consider when communicating via email. • Consider your reader and write to their knowledge level. Using acronyms and common office jargon in an email to someone new at the office will probably confuse them more than anything. But the same acronyms and jargon in an email to the project manager would make sense. • Provide background information. For example, if you are writing to your company’s help desk saying “I can’t find the PRO_452.pdf file I was working on with Sue and saved to the staff access folder” is more effective than “where did PRO_452 go?” • Anticipate questions the reader may have. As you’re typing, read along, consider your reader and anticipate their responses. Adding a couple extra sentences could reduce a plethora of back and forth emails. • Short and sweet messages are more likely to be read than long ones. If a lot of information is needed, consider a phone call or personal meeting instead. If that’s not possible, include a summary at the start of the email and add details after your signature to clarify questions and add supporting data. Summer Quote A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~ James Dent Scott is 11 years old and built castle A. (intro and clue 1). Castle C has a flag with stars on it and was built by a boy who is younger than Carla (clue 2), so Jason (clue 4), who is 7 years old (intro and above). By elimination, Carla is 9 years old and built castle B which has a flag with stripes (clue 3). So, castle A has a flag with a cross on it (clue 4 and above).
1. Scott is the eldest kid and he built castle A. 2. Castle C has a flag with stars on it and was built by a boy who is younger than Carla. 3. The kid who is 9 years old built the castle which has a flag with stripes. 4. The name of one of the kids is Jason and one of the flags has a cross on it.
Name Age Flag
Solution: Scott is 11 years old and built castle A. (intro and clue 1). Castle C has a flag with stars on it and was built by a boy who is younger than Carla (clue 2), so Jason (clue 4), who is 7 years old (intro and above). By elimination, Carla is 9 years old and built castle B which has a flag with stripes (clue 3). So, castle A has a flag with a cross on it (clue 4 and above).
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Courtesy of www.puzzlechoice.com. Short and sweet messages are more likely to be read than long ones. If a lot of information is needed, consider a phone call or personal meeting instead. If that's not possible, includ a summary at the start of the email and add details after your signature to clarify questions and add supporting data. Back Page: Article 1 EFFICIENT EMAILS Millions of emails are sent every day and some are more efficient at getting to the point than others. Here are some tips to consider when communicating via email. Consider your reader and write to their knowledge level. Using acronyms and common office jargon in an email to someone new at the office will probably confuse them more than anything. But the same acronyms and jargon in an email to the project manager would make sense. Provide background information. For example, if you are writing to your company's help desk saying "I can't find the PRO_452.pdf file I was working on with Sue and saved to the staff access folder" is more effective than "where did PRO_452 go?" Anticipate questions the reader may have. As you're typing, read along, consider your reader and anticipate their responses. Adding a couple extra sentences could reduce a plethora of back and forth emails. Solution:
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