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SUMMER | 2019 VOLUME 8 ISSUE 3
CONTENTS PUBLISHER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CREATIVE DIRECTOR SUZY VAN BAKEL
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Lifestyle 14 If I had a Child 20 Your Local Workout 23 The ABC’s of Vitamins 30 Gaining Ground 32/33 Support Local 34/35 Loving Local 38 The Studio 42 Cycling made Easy 46 Passionate Power Paddlers 52 OKW Makeover
17 Canada Caprese Caesar 18 Refreshing Rosé Sangria 48 Tandoori Turkey Kebabs 49 Crunchy Summer Rolls 50 Pistachio Beet Salad 51 Honey Roasted Pineapple 52 Super Smart Smoothie
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GISELA SCHOLZE Tantalizing Sippers
Gisela is an avid educator passionate about interior design. Her life interests are often generously seasoned with a fabulous glass of Okanagan wine while discussing globe-trotting adventure tales.
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Summer is always a great time to find motivation. As always there was no shortage of inspiring women in the Okanagan to showcase this season. Gracing our cover is the talented, hardworking and intelligent Sandy Leier. Her generous and adventurous spirit is truly something special. Leanne Stanley and Kelsey Siddall inspire us with their commitment and athleticism. See what life is like for these two elite athletes on page 46. If these great ladies inspire you to get active, we have a perfect workout for you in our very own Knox Mountain Park. Need something a little less intimidating to get back into an active lifestyle? The E-bike phenomenon might have come at just the right time for you, find great advice on page 42. Fashion trends this Summer are HOT! Like it or not, tie-dye is back... I know, tie-dye can be horrific but it can also be a lot of fun! Dress up a single colour tie-dye maxi dress with a basic blazer and heels - or dress it down with a denim jacket and sandals - your choice! Fruit inspired bold colours are being shown with bright floral prints this summer. Fortunately, we don’t have to sacrifice fashion for function - the utility look is back! Think cargo pants, shorts and safari jackets. Not a fan of excess pockets and belted everything? Fake it by wearing a lot of beige and khaki colours to mimic the style of the season. Wide brim hats are in. You won’t be out to lunch with this fashion accessory that is sure to keep the sun out of your eyes. Want help with your wardrobe, hair and makeup? Enter our Fabulous Fall Makeover contest on page 52, where you’ll receive the best advice from our professional Okanagan Woman fashion experts… and you could win over $1,000 worth of free stuff! Stay safe and enjoy a great summer…
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Sandy Leier, the homegrown beauty who graces the front cover of the summer issue of Okanagan Woman, is the quintessential example of a woman who has it all…and takes nothing for granted.
Passion for Wine... Sandy has a son and a daughter in their teens, and balances her family life with her position as the head winemaker at Sandhill Wines. Passion rules, both on the job and off. Sandy, her partner and the two kids love to travel internationally. Their favourite international destination is Spain, and her first choice for business travel is Chile. She has also visited Australia, France and several other countries, gaining knowledge in the art of winemaking. “On our vacations, we love the beaches, the climate, the history, the architecture and the people of Spain,” she says, “My family and I take Spanish language lessons, too.”
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“I like to find enjoyment in everything I do…job, family, the people around me. I believe you should soak up the moment and never take time for granted. That’s why we travel so much.” 8 OKANAGAN WOMAN SUMMER | 2019
When they’re home in Kelowna, she and her family take full advantage of the great outdoors. From their home near Knox Mountain, they love to explore the trails and hiking paths in that area. She is also an ardent snowboard enthusiast and in the winter her family can be found carving turns in Big White’s champagne powder. Sandy grew up in Kelowna in an orchard filled with fruit trees and a large garden. After she completed her degree in Chemistry from UBC Okanagan, she worked in research at the university for a couple of years. She then entered the field of winemaking, her first love!
Her position as Sandhill Wines Winemaker is a big job. “I have six vineyards and I have to ensure that the grapes are managed and cropped according to our highquality levels. I work closely with the Vineyard Managers. The grapes arrive at the winery, and we make sure they’re treated and fermented to guarantee we create the best wines possible.” Sandy has been with Andrew Peller for thirteen years, taking over the Sandhill portfolio in 2017. Prior to that she was instrumental in the development of the Wayne Gretzky brand. Within the company, she also oversees the other brands and works closely with different winemakers in those areas. “There are a lot of women getting into winemaking, we have three female winemakers currently working in the company” says Sandy, as we happily sip on Sandhill’s delightfully refreshing 2018 Rosé. Sandy’s wines have received many accolades, including the Lieutenant Governor’s award, and awards for the Syrah du Monde and Best in Class at the All Canadian Wine Championships. And as her passion shines through in all of her winemaking efforts, it also focuses on charitable causes. She is a big supporter of Plan International Canada, a charity directed at helping children. “I also donate specially to the Because I’m a Girl fund, which is intended to help girls overcome the barriers of gender inequality and helps them achieve their goals.”
“The wine industry is not just glamorous. It’s a lot of hard work. But it is an industry where there is still the ability for a woman to work her way up.”
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She advises young women who are interested in the wine industry to find a mentor and learn what the job really entails before making a commitment. Education is important, but some wineries are looking for experience more than anything. BY DEANNA RAINEY
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I have always believed that if you work hard, have a good heart, and are passionate about what you do you will succeed. I also believe that things happen when they are meant to happen and that sometimes we just need to take that scary step and move forward.
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Reflecting on the last two years of owning the Lanai and taking that leap I am reminded of all the things in my life that have brought me to where I am now, and that have made me the person that I am now. I am so grateful to have had so many influences in my life, but the most important role models that I had were my parents. My father was killed in an accident when I was only 12. I saw my mother struggle with her grief and the fact that she was left with four children, and uncertain of what kind of future she could provide for her family. I remember thinking to myself that I needed to make sure I could help as much as possible, but also to educate myself so that I would always be ready for whatever the future held for me. My mother was, and is, a strong woman who was brave enough to take the steps she needed to, in order to support her family’s future. I was always intrigued by clothing and fashion, so my first job was at a department store when I was 15. It was in a designer ladies wear department and from
then on I was spoiled by the luxuriousness of the fabrics and the quality of the workmanship of those garments. My mom loved to sew. I learned a lot from her about choosing good fabrics, and the importance of precise stitching. I remember the dresses she made, and her embroidery work was so well stitched you could not tell the right side from the wrong side. I was always so impressed by that. My father also taught us that even if you don’t have a lot of money, you can purchase carefully, and purchase quality, and then you will have something that will last the test of time. I have carried these lessons with me all my life. Now, when I buy for The Lanai, I search for wellconstructed garments in quality fabrics. Ultimately, we have to be conscious of price points and affordability of clothing, but I do believe strongly that if you buy classic clothing, not too trendy, and if you buy quality, instead of ‘fast fashion’, you may have less items in your closet, but your wardrobe will grow over time by adding special pieces that work together from season to season.
Our passion as a store is to be able to ensure that every woman that enters feels welcome, feels cared for and feels beautiful! There are no judgements made here. All women are gorgeous no matter what size, what shape, or what budget they have. We have something for everyone and if you don’t find the clothing you’re looking for, we have the most amazing selection of jewellery and accessories to brighten your day. I have the privilege of working with an incredible group of ladies. They are talented, generous souls who love what they do as much as I do. They have been so supportive throughout these first two years for which I am forever grateful. Thank you also to the lovely ladies I get to meet every day who come to The Lanai….your conversations and smiles are the best part of my day, and without people like you, it would be very tough for a small local shop to survive. I am so happy that I am in control of my destiny. I know that the experiences I have had throughout my life, have made me who I am. I am stronger than I ever thought I could be… I am more confident than I ever thought I could be, and I am embracing the next few years to grow even more.
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If I Had a Child... BY TANIA KUEHN
IT’S BEEN A YEAR OF BABIES, HERE IN MY LITTLE WORLD. A couple weeks ago, a friend called and we chatted briefly, as we do a few times a year. When a baby started to fuss in the background, she told me that - surprise! - she’d had a baby recently. After my momentary disbelief, she laughingly insisted it was her baby and sent a couple of photos of a Batman-costumeclad little baby boy. On Canada Day, another friend had her first baby. Friends’ younger siblings are becoming moms and dads. Older friends are having grand-babies. Increasingly, my age group at work is going on maternity leave and putting baby photos onto the bulletin board. For as long as I can remember, I never planned to have a child of my own. I’ve thought here and there, that maybe someday I’ll foster or adopt a child, but that someday is generally distant and vague. Of course, I do still occasionally have thoughts like many other people do:
“If that were my kid, I’d make sure that….” “I would.… just like my parents did.” “Unlike this person or that person, I’d….” I HOPE THAT I’D INSPIRE MY CHILD TO BE KIND, TO BE CURIOUS ABOUT THE WORLD AND HOW IT WORKS, TO BE INTERESTED IN OTHER PEOPLE. If I found out that I was with child, I hope that I’d keep my mind open. I hope that I wouldn’t be terrified of what might happen to my little one in this big world and I hope that I wouldn’t be overly full of wild dreams and plans. I hope that I’d try my absolute best to be a good parent and hope that I wouldn’t base all my happiness on what my kid does or doesn’t do. I hope that I’d keep an open mind about what that little embryo will be like as a five-year-old or a 15-year-old. I hope that I would allow room for movement, for individuality, for someone who’s not like me. If I had a toddler, I hope I’d remember to become like a kid, too, for a while; that I’d be a bit more carefree, that I’d put away the grown-up books and chores for a while, that I’d be silly and also remember that sometimes, it’s so good to have a long cry. I’d set that important screen time limit and stick to it for my kid and for myself, remembering that it’s real life that really matters. If I had a child, I hope that in many ways, I’d be the example that my parents were to my siblings and me. I’d want them to know you don’t have to be the “most popular” kid, it’s enough to have a good friend or two. I’d want them to know that you don’t have to wear cool clothes, just wear whatever you like! 14 OKANAGAN WOMAN SUMMER | 2019
I’d want them to know that it’s important to try your best at school, but it’s not the end of the world if you’re not perfect at everything. I’d want my kids to know that it’s possible to survive without tons of toys or a big house, and that joy can be found in simplicity. When my hypothetical child becomes a teenager, I’d encourage her/him to think carefully about which groups and activities she/he wants to join. I’d encourage paying attention to emotions and reasoning. I’d remind her/him that friends and interests come and go, so don’t feel that you have to stick with something forever, just because it made sense to you at one point. I’d tell my teenager that it’s okay to question the words and actions of your peers and the people who are in positions of authority. When that big day of high school graduation arrives for my imaginary child, I might give a little pep talk before all the celebrations. I’d remind my child that just because you made Plan A for “Life After High School,” that doesn’t mean you have to stick with it if you find out that it doesn’t suit you anymore. It doesn’t matter if you get a doctorate degree or finish a certificate program or withdraw.
Do what makes you happy and do it well.
OH, THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO SHARE WITH MY IMAGINARY CHILD! I’d remind him/her just how important it is to be true to oneself, to let the inside match the outside. Follow the words of Martin Luther King Jr.: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'” I might laugh a bit after sharing that quote with my high school graduate, but I’d also say, “That’s good advice, though, isn’t it?”
I’d remind my kid that sometimes the things we least expect to lose (a friendship, a pet, a favourite toy) do disappear. In the same way that I try to come to grips with that in my own life, I hope I could teach my child about holding on, and letting go…about cherishing the happy moments, and realizing that grief means we had something wonderful going on at some point…about not keeping our memories stronger than our dreams.
If my child quit his/her job or post-secondary education or his/her marriage, I hope I’d stay calm, cool, and collected, and say, “Oh? Tell me more.” I hope I’d resist the impulse to worry about his/her pension, skills, or inability to get along with every single human for his/her entire life. I hope I’d have a bit of faith in his/her decisions as a grown-up, even if I don’t understand them 100%. I hope I’d always leave the door open, and if a visit doesn’t go well, we’d end with, “Well, we’ll talk again soon, okay?”
If I had a child, I’d gently, and at the appropriate time, bring up the topics of dying and death. Forget the fear of hell and the threats of damnation, though! Perhaps we’d sit together and read “Lifetimes: a beautiful way to explain death to children” and “The Tenth Good Thing About Barney.” I’d encourage my kid to delve into the tough, uncomfortable questions about death, to not shy away from the awkwardness of such things. We’d talk about how to live our lives so that, when it’s time for that unavoidable chapter, we have peace of mind and not too many regrets about how we spent our time here on Earth.
I’d remind my child that there is only one person who will always be with you – yourself - so make your peace with that and try to like that person! Listen to others’ opinions and consider them, but also give weight to your own. I’d encourage my child to keep up, somewhat, with modern technologies and such things as social media and the goings-on of the world… but also to be careful about not getting too wrapped in that. Look up at the skyscrapers and the clouds… flip through that June 2014 magazine in the doctor’s office waiting room…. make small talk with the barista or the taxi driver… “forget” the phone at home when going for a run or hanging out at the mall.
I plan to head out to Richmond in a couple of months, and there I will meet my friend’s little baby boy. I don’t know what I will say to him or what he’ll say to me, besides maybe something tearful and then something giggly. In a couple of years, I’ll be super-cool to him. And then in a few more years, I will no longer be super-cool to him. And then… and then, who knows? Who knows how things will develop in his life, in my friend’s life, in any of our lives. As always, I’m curious about the journey.
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H A P P Y C A N A D A D AY Canadians favourite party day is July 1st, Canada Day!
Everyone’s kickoff to pool parties, frozen cocktails and backyard BBQs. Parades, fireworks, block parties; every community has a different way to celebrate Canada’s birthday, but ladies… is there any better way to spend the long weekend than to treat ourselves to some wonderful local shopping, pampering at the spa and relaxing with Canada’s official cocktail: The Caesar! Here’s a great recipe for our special day -
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Caprese Caesar Cocktail INGREDIENTS CAPRESE SKEWERS • 12 bocconcini balls or medallions • 12 fresh basil leaves • 12 cherry or grape tomatoes • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 2 tbsp lemon juice
FOR THE DRINKS • Ice cubes • lemon wedges • celery salt • 6 oz vodka • 16 oz Mott’s Clamato Juice • 8 tsp Worcestershire sauce • 4 tsp hot sauce • 1 tsp dried oregano • salt & pepper to taste
CAPRESE SKEWERS 1. On 6” skewers, thread 3 bocconcini, 3 basil leaves, and 3 cherry tomatoes, repeating until skewer is full. Make one skewer per drink. 2. Put skewers on a plate and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice FOR EACH DRINK 1. Rim the glass with a lemon wedge 2. Put celery salt on a saucer, and rotate the rim of the glass in the celery salt 3. Add ice cubes to glass 4. Add 1 ½ oz vodka, 4 oz clamato juice, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, ½ tsp hot sauce, ¼ tsp oregano, and salt and pepper.
5. STIR AND GARNISH WITH CAPRESE SKEWERS
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THIRSTQUENCHING TANTALIZING SIPPERS Gisela Scholze
• 1/2 cup sugar • 1/4 cup water (for sugar) • 1/4 cup orange liqueur • 1/3 cup brandy • 1 cup sliced apples/oranges or peaches • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries • 1 bottle of Okanagan Rosé wine • 3/4 cup ginger ale (to taste)
Sangria is a wonderful blend of seasonal fruits and wine to tempt your taste buds. The blood-red color of the wine inspired the name Sangria, which is derived from the Spanish word for blood. Classically, Sangria is made with red wine mixed with fresh sliced fruit, fruit juices, soda water and a splash of orange liqueur and brandy.
However, in the Okanagan, we like to put our own twist on things... especially when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Here's our variation on the classic Sangria for you to experiment with and hopefully enjoy with friends on your patio as the bounty of the Okanagan super harvest begins.
Very refreshing, customizable, and perfect for social gatherings, this new ‘super sexy sipper’ is
ROSÉ SANGRIA… and it can be made in your coffee French press. Yes, that's right - the kitchen device traditionally reserved for coffee can be used to make incredible Sangria. So, haul out that coffee press and get ready to make up this ‘pretty in pink’ patio drink that is simple to make and fun to relax with during those dog days of summer.
Press through the French press and serve a glass of the most delicious thirstquenching beverage. Or, as a more traditional alternative, if the texture of the fruit is your desire, serve the Sangria from your favourite pitcher. Some Rosé wines have nuances of watermelon, others have tasting notes of strawberry, cranberry and pomegranate.
Each flavor serves to enhance your next moment of Rosé Sangria bliss.
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Have fun mixing up the blends of the fruits of the season... and explore the variations of Rosé wine made here in our beautiful Okanagan. DIRECTIONS
1. Refrigerate the Rosé wine in advance. 2. Add brandy and orange liqueur into the French press. 3. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. 4. Add sugar mixture to the French press. 5. Slice fruit, squeeze the left over ends of the oranges for fresh juice. 6. Add juice and fruit slices to the French press. 7. Pour in the chilled Rosé wine. 8. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. 9. Add ginger ale just before serving. 10. Serve over ice if desired.
The amount and variety of fruit you choose is up to you -
SANGRIA IS ENDLESSLY CUSTOMIZABLE.
ORANGE LIQUOR: Gives a nice, sweet little kick to the drink without watering down the alcohol content. ORANGE JUICE: Sweetens up the Rosé Sangria while adding a little more citrus. This also stretches out the drink a bit more and cuts some of the alcohol. CHILL WELL: for at least 2-3 hours to gain flavor. Let the Sangria meld overnight for more flavour; this also saves on hostess preparation time before your social pals arrive.
ENJOY YOUR ‘SUPER SEXY SUMMER SIPPER’ CHEERS
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OUR OKANAGAN HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER INCLUDING MANY BEAUTIFUL PARKS THAT WE CAN UTILIZE TO BETTER OUR HEALTH.
Knox Mountain Park
Knox Mountain Park is one of the many local outdoor options to consider.
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Exercising has many health benefits like keeping our heart, organs & muscles strong, improving posture, increasing energy, combating stress and improving mood. Beginners can drive to the top of Knox Mountain and park at the Gazebo and those who want a longer workout can start at the bottom and hike to the top Gazebo.
THE FOLLOWING ‘EQUIPMENT FREE’ EXERCISES WILL LEAVE YOUR BODY FEELING SCULPTED AND YOU FEELING ENERGIZED!
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1. STAIRS - Run up and down the stairs at Knox 3 times. 2. BENCH OR RAILING PUSH-UPS 10 push-ups with hands on the bench or railing. 3. BENCH DONKEY KICKS Start in a push-up position with hands on the bench, draw the right knee towards your chest then kick it straight back squeezing the glutes. Repeat 10 times before switching sides.
4. BENCH STEP UPS Step up onto the bench with your right leg 10 times, then the other side.
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5. STAIR LEG LIFT Standing sideways to the stairs with right foot on the above step lift and extend left leg out to the side, squeezing glutes. Tap the left foot down to the lower step and repeat 10 times before switching sides.
GIVE YOURSELF TIME. As women it’s in our nature to take care of everyone else and we tend to neglect ourselves. So, the best gift you can give yourself is time for you.
6. CORE ALTERNATING KNEE UPS - Sit on the edge of bench and lean back keeping spine in neutral and place your palms behind you on seat, fingers forward. Keeping chest lifted, shoulders back lift right knee towards your chest then back to start position. Switch sides and repeat 10 times per leg.
SLEEP. Getting a good night’s sleep will fuel your body the next day and keep you alert.
7. BENT OVER REVERSE FLYS – With water bottle in one hand lean forward until your chest is directly over the top of your thighs, keeping the spine neutral and core engaged. Raise arms to sides until elbows are slightly higher than shoulders and really squeeze between the shoulder blades, lower and pass water bottle to the other hand and repeat 10 times per side. For best results repeat these steps 2 to 3 times and be sure to stretch those muscles afterwards.
Have fun, enjoy your workout and remember what matters is to FEEL YOUR BEST SELF. JESSICA LEVY – Personal Trainer at Body Connection Fitness
DRINK MORE WATER. Water is so great for our bodies; our skin, hair, nails and the way we feel.
BREATHE. Take deep breaths, fill your lungs and get more oxygen into your body. Be more aware and conscious of your breathing. SHIFT YOUR MINDSET. Shift your mindset to more positive thinking. Focus on what you love about yourself and what you can do… not what you can’t do. SET REALISTIC GOALS. Realistic goals will set you up for the most success. Think of living a healthier lifestyle as a new habit, not a diet or a fad that will be finished in 30 days.
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Many people today take vitamin supplements for a variety of reasons. There have been many clinical studies conducted to look into the correlation between vitamin supplements and the prevention of certain diseases. Understanding the results can be confusing, however, there have been some studies that show certain vitamins may help lower the risk of specific diseases.
It is important to note that taking vitamin supplements at the suggested levels recommended should be relatively safe for most people. individuals should not super-dose vitamins in an effort to achieve better health results. Also, people should discuss any vitamin supplement use with doctors, as some supplements may cause potentially harmful interactions with certain medications.
VITAMIN A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in many foods. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly.
There are two different types of vitamin A. The first type, preformed vitamin A, is found in meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. The second type, provitamin A, is found in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based products. The most common type of provitamin A in foods and dietary supplements is betacarotene.
WHAT FOODS PROVIDE VITAMIN A?
Vitamin A is found naturally in many foods and is added to some foods, such as milk and cereal. You can get recommended amounts of vitamin A by eating a variety of foods, including the following: • Beef liver and other organ meats (but these foods are also high in cholesterol, so limit the amount you eat). • Some types of fish, such as salmon. • Green leafy vegetables and other green, orange, and yellow vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, and squash. • Fruits, including cantaloupe, apricots, and mangos. • Dairy products, which are among the major sources of vitamin A for North Americans. • Fortified breakfast cereals. >>>
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VITAMIN B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak. Two steps are required for the body to absorb vitamin B12 from food. First, hydrochloric acid in the stomach separates vitamin B12 from the protein to which vitamin B12 is attached in food. After this, vitamin B12 combines with a protein made by the stomach called intrinsic factor and is absorbed by the body. Some people have pernicious anemia, a condition where they cannot make intrinsic factor. As a result, they have trouble absorbing vitamin B12 from all foods and dietary supplements. WHAT FOODS PROVIDE VITAMIN B12?
Vitamin B12 is found naturally in a wide variety of animal foods and is added to some fortified foods. Plant foods have no vitamin B12 unless they are fortified. You can get recommended amounts of vitamin B12 by eating a variety of foods including the following: • Beef liver and clams, which are the best sources of vitamin B12. • Fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and other dairy products, which also contain vitamin B12. • Some breakfast cereals, nutritional yeasts and other food products that are fortified with vitamin B12. To find out if vitamin B12 has been added to a food product, check the product labels
WHAT IS VITAMIN B6 AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
Vitamin B6 is a vitamin that is naturally present in many foods. The body needs vitamin B6 for more than 100 enzyme reactions involved in metabolism. Vitamin B6 is also involved in brain development during pregnancy and infancy as well as immune function.
WHAT FOODS PROVIDE VITAMIN B6?
Vitamin B6 is found naturally in many foods and is added to other foods. You can get recommended amounts of vitamin B6 by eating a variety of foods, including the following: • Poultry, fish, and organ meats, all rich in vitamin B6. • Potatoes and other starchy vegetables. • Fruit (other than citrus), which are also among the major sources of vitamin B6 for North Americans.
VITAMIN C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble nutrient found in some foods. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are compounds formed when our bodies convert the food we eat into energy. People are also exposed to free radicals in the environment from cigarette smoke, air pollution, and ultraviolet light from the sun. The body also needs vitamin C to make collagen, a protein required to help wounds heal. In addition, vitamin C improves the absorption of iron from plant-based foods and helps the immune system work properly to protect the body from disease.
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WHAT FOODS PROVIDE VITAMIN C?
Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of vitamin C. You can get recommended amounts of vitamin C by eating a variety of foods including the following: • Citrus fruits (such as oranges and grapefruit) and their juices • Red and green pepper and kiwifruit, which have a lot of vitamin C • Other fruits and vegetables—such as broccoli, strawberries, cantaloupe, baked potatoes, and tomatoes. The vitamin C content of food may be reduced by prolonged storage and by cooking. Steaming or microwaving may lessen cooking losses. Fortunately, many of the best food sources of vitamin C, such as fruits and vegetables, are usually eaten raw.
VITAMIN D is a nutrient found in some foods that is needed
for health and to maintain strong bones. It does so by helping the body absorb calcium (one of bone’s main building blocks) from food and supplements. People who get too little vitamin D may develop soft, thin, and brittle bones, a condition known as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Vitamin D is important to the body in many other ways as well. Muscles need it to move, for example, nerves need it to carry messages between the brain and every body part, and the immune system needs vitamin D to fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Vitamin D is found in cells throughout the body.
TOGETHER WITH CALCIUM, VITAMIN D ALSO HELPS PROTECT OLDER ADULTS FROM OSTEOPOROSIS.
WHAT FOODS PROVIDE VITAMIN D?
Very few foods naturally have vitamin D. Fortified foods provide most of the vitamin D in American diets. • Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel are among the best sources. • Beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks provide small amounts. • Almost all of store-bought milk is fortified with 400 IU of vitamin D per quart. But foods made from milk, like cheese and ice cream, are usually not fortified. • Vitamin D is added to many breakfast cereals and to some brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine, and soy beverages; check the labels.
CAN I GET VITAMIN D FROM THE SUN?
The body makes vitamin D when skin is directly exposed to the sun, and most people meet at least some of their vitamin D needs this way. Skin exposed to sunshine indoors through a window will not produce vitamin D. Cloudy days, shade, and having dark-colored skin also cut down on the amount of vitamin D the skin makes. However, despite the importance of the sun to vitamin D synthesis, it is prudent to limit exposure of skin to sunlight in order to lower the risk for skin cancer. Tanning beds also cause the skin to make vitamin D, but pose similar risks for skin cancer. People who avoid the sun or who cover their bodies with sunscreen or clothing should include good sources of vitamin D in their diets or take a supplement. Recommended intakes of vitamin D are set on the assumption of little sun exposure.
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A LASTING GIFT
FOR YOUR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN One of the best ways to plan and save for your children’s future education is to start a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). An RESP can be used as a tax-deferred investment account created for the sole purpose of paying for your children’s future post-secondary education costs. RESP’s can be set up at a financial institution and can be registered with the government as a family plan, making all children under the age of 21 beneficiaries of the RESP, or as individual plans, making each child the sole beneficiary of his or her own plan. The great advantage is that anyone can subscribe to a child’s RESP. There are no annual contribution limits, but RESP’s have a lifetime contribution limit of $50,000 per beneficiary. The government adds to the savings by providing educational grants up to a lifetime maximum of $7,200 per child. The grants are automatically paid into the RESP based on 20% of actual contributions made into the plan during the year, plus any grant funding carried forward from the previous years to a maximum of $1,000 per year.
LORI SAMUELS, BA, CIM®, FCSI® Wealth Manager
Lori Samuels, a wealth manager at Raymond James, spends quality time getting to know her clients well in order to help clarify what is important to them and plan for their future with that in mind. Lori truly understands the importance of building strong relationships with her clients and interacting with them like people, not portfolios. One of a few female wealth managers in the industry, Lori takes a special interest in helping and empowering women going through major life events such as divorce or death of a spouse.
Call Lori at 250-979-2712 for a complimentary meeting to discuss your financial goals.
Similar to RRSP’s, the RESP can be invested in things such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds. All of the investment earnings can accumulate, compound and grow in the plan on a tax-deferred basis. The big difference is that contributions to an RESP are not tax-deductible by the subscriber. Nevertheless, with its investment potential as well as the added federal funding it can attract, an RESP is a far more efficient way to save for your child’s education as opposed to simply depositing funds into a bank savings account. Moreover, when your child is enrolled in a qualifying educational program, the funds withdrawn from the plan are taxed in his or her hands, who would typically be in a lower tax bracket than the subscriber. Income earned on the RESP investments and all grant funding are taxable to the beneficiary in the year received. In the event that the designated beneficiary of the RESP does not pursue post-secondary education, the RESP can be re-assigned to another beneficiary without penalty. Otherwise, the plan can be collapsed. The original contributions are returned without tax consequences, but any government grant funding must be paid back. Accumulated income has to be reported as income on the tax return to the subscriber and is subject to regular income tax as well as up to 20% additional tax. To reduce the tax hit, you are allowed to transfer tax-free up to $50,000 of that income into your own RRSP if there is contribution room.
Clearly, the earlier you start an RESP the better. This can be a valuable way for you to make a lasting gift for your children or grandchildren.
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VITAMIN E is a fat-soluble nutrient found in many foods. In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals. The body also needs vitamin E to boost its immune system so that it can fight off invading bacteria and viruses. It helps to widen blood vessels and keep blood from clotting within them. In addition, cells use vitamin E to interact with each other and to carry out many important functions.
WHAT FOODS PROVIDE VITAMIN E?
Vitamin E is found naturally in foods and is added to some fortified foods. You can get recommended amounts of vitamin E by eating a variety of foods including the following: • • • •
Vegetable oils like wheat germ, sunflower, and safflower oils are among the best sources of vitamin E. Corn and soybean oils also provide some vitamin E. Nuts (such as peanuts, hazelnuts, especially almonds) and seeds (like sunflower seeds) are also among the best sources of vitamin E. Green vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli, provide some vitamin E.
Food companies add vitamin E to some breakfast cereals, fruit juices, spreads and other foods. To find out which ones have vitamin E, check the product labels.
VITAMIN K is an essential vitamin required for protein modification and blood clotting. Recent studies suggest that vitamin K may play a role in treating osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s, and that consuming increased levels of vitamin K can help protect against cancer and heart disease. WHAT FOODS PROVIDE VITAMIN K? •
Green leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach, turnip greens, collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, parsley, romaine, and green leaf lettuce. • Vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. • Fish, liver, meat, eggs, and cereals (contain smaller amounts) Unless you are taking medication to prevent blood clots, like Warfarin or Coumadin, there is no known risk of vitamin K toxicity, and no reason not to eat a lot of it.
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Most people seem to believe that health diminishes and beauty wanes with age. “That's just the way it is..” they say. But is it really? Should we actually expect that after each birthday past say, age 35, to look in the mirror and see ourselves less energetic and less vibrant than the year before, aging daily right before our eyes?
how to Become Healthier as You Age I'll bet most of us grew up with the mentality that more birthdays were simply tantamount to looking, feeling and acting older.
WELL, IF THAT'S WHAT YOU BELIEVE AND CHOOSE TO DO NOTHING ABOUT IT, THAT'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT.
If, on the other hand, you subscribe the belief that, with concerted effort in the right areas, we can slow down and actually reverse signs of aging, then it can happen for you too. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR BODIES AS WE AGE.
What are some deficiencies that come with age, what can we do to repair them, and how do we prevent further losses?
From a scientific stand point there are several areas of “loss” that can happen in the body as we age. The good, or even better news is that, despite what might be going on in your body, your DNA, those
genes that are passed down in the family good and bad, control only 30% of the outcome of our health. Which means that if you do the math, we actually have control of over 70%. Just think about that for a minute. What you eat, the thoughts you let in your brain, environment around you, how much water you drink, how many hours and the quality of sleep you get, how you handle stress and the supplements you take or don't, all play a role in that 70% of the outcome of your health. Let's take a look at some of the things many people become deficient in and what we can do to stop, slow down or replenish these losses.
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COLLAGEN IS THE MOST ABUNDANT PROTEIN IN OUR BODIES. It's found
not only in our hair, skin and nails, but also in our cartilage, bones, tendons, ligaments, muscle, cornea, artery walls, and teeth. Typically, between the ages of 30 and 40, we lose as much as 30 percent of our collagen. Connective tissue and artery walls can become weaker and less supportive, skin sags and will bruise easily, hair may lack lustre, nails become brittle and growth is slowed for both. And because another 30 percent is lost every decade past the age of 40, taking a collagen supplement is definitely something to consider.
HAIR THINNING OR LOSS TENDS to become noticeable in the 50's and 60's for both men and women. Medications, illness, infections, chemicals, stress can all stop the hair from forming properly and therefore inhibit growth. Using toxinfree products, eliminating all chemicals and processing from your diet and personal care products and managing stress are all beneficial. Using an all-natural, plant-based scalp infusion regularly, combined with a chemical free shampoo has also been shown to have remarkable results.
Along with the fact that you have 70 percent control over the outcome of your health, it is prudent and necessary to do what you can on a daily basis to change your lifestyle in a way that will put and keep your body into a state of homeostasis, or balance.
INCREASED FAT AROUND THE MIDDLE, LOW MUSCLE TONE AND A DECREASE IN STRENGTH is indicative of
Replacing soda and caffeinated beverages with water, eating small meals throughout the day to stabilize blood sugar and prevent the carb/sugar spike, adding in a healthy fat and a lean protein with each meal should have you seeing noticeable improvement in short order. Supplements like cera-q, L-theanine, stem cell, antioxidants, are also beneficial.
muscle loss, known as sarcopenia. More commonly seen in seniors, muscle loss can occur at any age. Any one or combination of a sedentary lifestyle, extended hospital stay, low physical activity, inflammation, stress, poor diet and low protein intake can all contribute to lost muscle. And a lower percentage of muscle mass, naturally means a higher percentage of body fat. Daily exercise that includes weight bearing activities, managing stress, eating a clean, balanced diet and including a protein at each meal or supplementing with a quality protein shake (and I'm not talking about Boost, Ensure or Glucerna) and some amino acids can help restore and protect muscle mass. Once affecting only the eldest of our seniors, people in their early 40's are now suffering with MEMORY LOSS AND CONDITIONS SUCH AS ALZHEIMER’S, DEMENTIA, AND PARKINSON'S.
Eliminating all packaged, processed, and refined foods, especially sugar and artificial sweeteners, is a fabulous place to begin.
If you are experiencing any or all of these losses, please remember that arrival at your current situation is more about the things you've done consistently over time that brought you there, rather than the number of birthdays you've celebrated.
Which is great news because that means there is much you can do to begin reversing the process and taking back control of your health. TANIA GUSTAFSON Nutrition & Fitness Coach (IBNFC)
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With so much attention given to the plight of the honeybee it is easy to overlook the local native pollinators who visit our yards and gardens alongside their honeybee cousins. Just like honeybees, native pollinators can benefit from our understanding of their habits and needs and taking steps to ensure a healthy garden environment for them.
DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE OVER 100 NATIVE POLLINATOR SPECIES IN THE OKANAGAN ALONE, AND NEARLY 20,000 WORLDWIDE? Native pollinators are often solitary bees, butterflies and moths who contribute a multitude of benefits to the natural environment, without necessarily providing us with honey and/or pollination services.
Native pollinator species come in a wide array of dazzling colours, shapes and sizes each with their own unique nesting and mating habits.
Let’s take a look at a few you are likely to see in your gardens this summer, and some of the ways we can provide them a happy home.
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ONE OF THE SOLITARY BEE SPECIES GAINING ATTENTION IS THE MASON BEE. Effective pollinators, with no stinger to cause us any fear, Mason Bees have a short life lasting only 2 months or less. Popular Mason Bee houses, consisting of 1cm tubes, are easy to make and help provide these adorable little bees a space to lay their eggs for the next year. Make sure you place your Mason Bee house on the East side of your home or yard for morning sun, the Mason Bee’s favourite!
FUZZY, GENTLE AND BUZZING LOUDLY IS THE BUMBLE BEE –
another native pollinator found in the Okanagan. Bumble Bees nest underground in small family units, are very unlikely to use their stinger and are successful in pollinating some of the more stubborn flower varieties. They accomplish this task by vibrating the flower to release the pollen – one of the only species of pollinators with the special technique! To provide nesting sites for Bumble Bees, consider raking leaves and other yard compost into a secluded corner and leaving it for nesting pollinators. For the safety and health of all pollinators, avoid chemical sprays and plants treated with systemic pesticides called Neonicotinoids, proven harmful to honeybees and pollinators.
A FINAL LOCAL POLLINATOR YOU AREN’T SOON TO FORGET IS THE STRIKING GREEN METALLIC BEE,
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Okanagan based artist ANITA McCOMAS finds putting paint to canvas balances the rigorousness of the world with the pure joy of being deeply present in each dancing stroke of her paintbrush set to the music of the heart.
INTO THE STUDIO Anita expresses most freely through her art and often time spent in studio helps her to deal with personal challenges, life events or emotional situations in a calm, thought-out way. She admits she does not fare so well in emotional conversations and escapes into her creative side to first deal with her feelings there before she can even think to share them on a more personal level.
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Anita is captivated with exploring the influences in Canadian art and explores dramatic new ways with new colours to tell the visual story of this landscape, like taking her Group of Seven favourite Tom Thomson further. Anita also frequently paints animals, particularly bears and moose.
As an artist Anita has learned to balance her style with her personality; she no longer spends too much time conscientiously painting what she should but instead allows herself to express what she feels. The objective to stick to a plan often doesn’t work out as Anita’s energetic and joyful creative muse takes over as if there is an urgency in to the subject coming into existence; the pure feeling and energy emanating from the extreme colours and contrasts. Her darks and lights often enjoy competing for attention and the foreground and background overlap back and forth in bold, wide brushstrokes, encouraging a viewer’s eyes to travel all around the painting.
Looking After those you Leave Behind Theresa Arsenault Q.C. is a senior partner at Pushor Mitchell and is highly regarded for her expertise in estates and estate planning. She also has a leading business and real estate development law practice. Theresa is extremely active in the community and in addition to holding several board positions with the United Way, KGH Foundation, the B.C. Cancer Agency and the Okanagan University College, has served as a Governor and Chair of UBC, and is currently Co-Chair of UBCO’s External Advisory Committee.
Estate planning is a scary thought for some people, but it is really just doing what we women do all day long: looking after the people we care about.
While you are alive, but have lost your mental capacity by stroke, accident or dementia, looking after others may be making sure someone can pay your family’s bills and look after your investments and real estate. This is where having a power of attorney is vital. After you are gone, helping your family with their needs requires a will or a trust, or perhaps both. You want to appoint a guardian in your will to look after your children until they are 19. You want to provide for children so that their needs are looked after, but in such a way that they have an incentive to get post secondary education, and in such a way that they do not become permanent trust fund babies. You want your trustee to have the discretion to advance the appropriate amounts at the appropriate times for your child’s needs. In the case of a child with a disability, you want to create a discretionary trust that will allow the child to access the government benefits and programs that are available, while having extra resources for the care and quality of life you want for your child. You might want to create a Registered Disability Savings Plan and get the government top up available.
If you are over 65, you can create an alter ego or joint partner trust to retain control of your assets during your lifetime and have your assets pass to the appropriate people on your death, without the necessity of going through the probate process. If you are the owner of a business, you may be able to use a discretionary family trust to have the growth in value of your business pass to your spouse and children at appropriate times and avoid probate. If you do not have a business, you can create a trust in your will to provide for your spouse during his lifetime and have the estate pass to your children when your spouse is gone. You will want any of the above ways of looking after your family or chosen charities to happen in the most tax effective way. Having assets pass outside your estate by naming beneficiaries on your RRSP, RRIF, TFSA and life insurance can be a great probate free planning strategy, in the right circumstances. Your estate planning lawyer can give you the advice you need to look after your loved ones in the smartest way possible. This is provided as information ONLY; it should NOT be construed as legal advice. You should consult with a lawyer to provide you with specific advice for your own situation. For more information on estate planning and to discuss your specific circumstances, please contact Theresa Arsenault at 250-869-1110 or email Arsenault@pushormitchell.com.
Your children may be grown and self-supporting, and in no need of your help, but you want to make provision for your grandchildren to ensure that they can get a good post-secondary education, have money for a down payment for a house, or just have a gift by which to remember grandma. Outright gifts in a will or trust or a discretionary trust can be used depending on your wishes. You may have a second or third spouse and children from a previous relationship and you want to provide for everyone as appropriate. Trusts are a useful tool for this.
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L O L | L A D I E S O N L I T E R AT U R E
A KELOWNA BOOK CLUB BY SHANNON LINDEN
Join us here, for reviews of what we’ve read, and online at shannonlinden.ca for recipes and more.
Ladies on Literature Get Set for Summer Summer is around the corner when the trails surrounding my mountain home turn from wet and soggy, to soft and springy. So long, rubber boots! Hello, hikers! Recently, as I began the arduous tramp to the top of a particularly steep pitch, I was rewarded with another sure sign. Sparkling Okanagan Lake lay before me, diamonds of light dancing across its sun-splashed surface. I had to pause and give thanks. After a long winter and a short spring, who isn’t ready for boating, beaches, and BBQ’s? Warm evenings wearing sundresses and sandals, sipping our valley’s bounty from stemmed glasses, yes, please! As you embrace the coming heat, here’s a look at what the Ladies on Literature read this spring. These books were penned by outstanding Canadian authors. Don’t be afraid of the dark nature of their subject matter; both are generously sprinkled with light humor to match this sunny season.
LOST IN SEPTEMBER BY KATHLEEN WINTER
Nominated for the Governor General’s award and named a Globe and Mail Best Book, Lost in September is Kathleen Winter’s second novel. The story follows Jimmy, a homeless soldier suffering from PTSD after armed combat in the Middle East. He’s unable to reconcile his conflicted history, including the atrocities of war with his love of poetry; his birth mother’s neglect with his foster mother’s love; his engagement to a woman with his romantic love for another man. Aware that his duty to country is never truly understood or appreciated by society, Jimmy morphs into a reincarnation of James Wolfe, the decorated British General credited with Britain’s victory over France on the Plains of Abraham in 1759. Jimmy shares more than initials and physical attributes with Wolfe. He has studied the General so intimately, he becomes convinced he is in fact that man, destined to wander the streets of Montreal in search of leave the British army owed him, eleven days in September.
Ultimately, I think the Quill and Quire nailed it with this sentiment:
A fine sentence and the occasional well-turned scene render Winter’s story tender, yet the book’s vitality and believability suffocate under too many writerly flourishes.
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Helping Jimmy in his quest are some colourful characters who often provide much needed comic relief. Sophie is an older woman with a wicked mouth, who works as a janitor in a homeless shelter when she’s not living in a tent in Mont Royal. Then there’s the yellow man, (aka Harold, the blind man), a compassionate friend with a wonderful guide dog who helps Jimmy to see some uncomfortable truths. Impeccably researched, I learned a great deal about James Wolfe from this book. I was moved by Winter’s connection to the homeless plight and her compassion for the mentally ill, yet I also found it difficult to suspend disbelief and just go with Jimmy/James as one. Sadly, I wasn’t overly empathetic toward the tortured man, perhaps because he seemed so removed from himself. While his recollections of war and his insights to modern life were sometimes poignant and often funny, I found myself wishing Winter would get to the point. That said, my copy is full of passages I found so profound, I had to highlight them in yellow pen.
WOMEN TALKING BY MIRIAM TOEWS
A finalist for the Governor General’s award, Women Talking is the eighth novel by the award-winning Miriam Toews. The book is a fictionalized account of what happens after a horrific real-life event. Between the years of 2005 and 2009, in a remote Mennonite colony in Bolivia, a group of men routinely drugged then raped, the colony’s girls and women. At first, as the victims awoke bruised and battered, they kept their conditions to themselves. Were demons at work? Were the women and girls being punished for their sins? It wasn’t until they began talking amongst themselves that they realized they were not alone: the terror was widespread throughout the colony. Many men, particularly religious leaders, did not believe the women, even suggesting they must have imagined the events, but when two men were caught breaking into houses in the night, the truth slowly came out.
Raised in a Mennonite colony in Manitoba, Canada, Toews says she was compelled to write this book because she could have been one of the victims. The author doesn’t dwell on the harsh, unthinkable rapes, but rather begins her story after the accused have been arrested and jailed in a nearby town. As the victims gather in a hayloft to recount their stories, the only man in attendance is August, the colony’s teacher. He’s there to officially record minutes of the meeting, not only because he can read and write, but importantly, the women feel they can trust him with their truths. They are illiterate but smart and articulate. They want a record of their outrage, confusion, betrayal, and desperate attempts to reconcile their religious upbringing with their new manifesto: to tell the truth in the name of God in order to protect women and children. August tells the women’s stories with utmost respect and genuine caring, infusing his minutes with their personalities and capturing the intimacy between them. Despite the horrific circumstances, there is healing and humor up there in the hayloft. The women must decide if they should stay and do nothing; stay and fight; or run away and begin a new life for themselves.
Enlightening, and well-written, sadly the conversations in this book become repetitious, the arguments tiring, as the women debate the meaning of Biblical passages and the fall-out of their limited options. Still, their bravery and the honor Toews brings to them, is worth the sometimes tedious read.
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CYCLING MADE E-ASY! BY LAURA GOSSET
“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.”
~ John F. Kennedy
Hold on to your helmets!
THEN I RODE ONE…
As an avid cyclist and triathlete, I was skeptical about having my wheels electrified. Where was the no-pain, no-gain?
ELECTRIC BIKES TAKE CHARGE!
Even the savvy JFK would be astonished by the revolution happening on our roads, trails and in our mountains. Electric bicycles (aka: electric-assist or e-bikes) are the new frontier in cycling.
Deep in my self-righteous heart, I felt an e-bike was cheating. Fine for some, but not for me.
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Days before flying to New Zealand for a nine-day cycling adventure, I sprained my ankle. Cancelling meant non-refundable dollars lost and worse yet, suffering my husband’s acute disappointment. Acquiescing, I called the rental company and exchanged my road bike for an electric bike. Even with a nasty sprain, I managed the distances and hills of the West Coast of South Island on an e-bike. After joyfully riding more than 900 km, I was a convert! What many of us believe about electric bikes is misguided. To set us straight, I sat down with Karen Bates and her husband, Jim, co-founders of two local bike stores, Fresh Air Experience and Fresh Air Concept. Recently, the worldwide market for e-bikes has been gaining as much momentum as a Tour de France cyclist racing to a stage finish. The trend started in Europe and has now exploded into North America. According to the Bates, the increase in popularity of electric bikes is nothing short of “mind-blowing.” Their sales have increased over 100% each year for the past three.
English writer, H.G. Wells says, “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”
He’s right, anything that gets people (including yours truly) into the saddle is a great thing.
The main reason e-bikes have become so popular is simple.
“Improvements in engineering have driven popularity,” Jim says. “The batteries are now located on the down tube and the motor is in the drive train rather than the back hub. Plus, new electric bikes are much lighter than they used to be. That means, the latest generation rides like a normal bike. Only easier!” “Here in the Okanagan,” Karen adds. “We’re seeing customers we’ve never seen before, because it’s so enabling. People who haven’t biked in ages – or at all - can get out there and experience the joy of cycling.” Bike manufacturers like Trek and Specialized are now in the e-bike game. “From cruisers and hybrids great for commuting,” Jim says, “to hard-tail and full suspension mountain and road bikes…you can now buy any style of bicycle with electric assist.” Prices vary. The Bates say you should expect to pay $2,800 at an entry level and more for a higher quality, “carboneverything” bike. Considerably less and more eco-friendly than buying, insuring and operating the cheapest of cars.
CYCLIST’S LITTLE HELPER
At the end of a 135-km cycling day in New Zealand, I concluded the “e” in e-bike should stand for exercise because, trust me, I still had to pedal. Even though I could zip up souldestroying hills and cruise over rough terrain without huffing, puffing and suffering - albeit with a little help from my trusty electric steed - I still had to push those pedals for the full 135 kilometers. As with any bicycle, if I stopped, it did too. When I needed extra oomph, I adjusted the power mode from Econ (low) to my personal favorite, Turbo (high). Turbo boost felt like a delicious tail wind; one
I could summon at will. But beware, I learned from personal experience, the more you use Turbo, the shorter your battery life. Grinding up a hill the old fashioned way – with no e-assist - can be a grueling sweat-fest. Jim explains the mechanics: “E-bikes have gears just like any traditional bike, but the motor supplements the momentum generated by the cyclist’s legs with a boost of power. The cyclist controls the amount of help by choosing the level of assistance.” Yes, it’s another device to deal with, but once fully charged, how far will a battery take you? “If it’s hilly, expect a range of a hundred kilometers,” Karen says, “but on the flats, you can ride about 170 kilometers. Ultimately, battery life depends on how often and how much you use the motor. Nowadays though, battery chargers are small and can be used in any 220-outlet. Just think, you can plug-in while you’re enjoying a break for lunch and a lovely glass of wine.” Bottom line, whether you’re a jock, a sofa sloth or somewhere in between, you can get exercise, and all its health benefits by e-biking.
WHY JOIN THE E-SCENE?
Cycling is a wonderful social activity, but only if you can keep up. E-bikes level the playing field for people getting into (or back to) fitness and those who are rehabilitating from an injury or struggle with speed and hills. Case in point, an 82-year-old customer was outfitted by the Bates! An amazing athlete, he’d been riding for years with much younger friends. Last year, he’d made the hard decision to find a slower group, then he bought an e-bike. Now, he’s back in the pack with his buddies.
Karen recalls another customer; a competitive cyclist whose wife rode only for recreation. She couldn’t keep up, but with her new e-bike, they were finally able to ride together. Laughing, Jim says, “Not only is the e-bike the great equalizer, it’s a great marriage-saver.” Steep means nothing to an e-bike. Tap into Turbo and it devours mountains. One couple in their seventies who love to bike, could no longer cycle up to their hilltop home. Every ride, they were loading their bikes into a vehicle and hauling them to the flats. Karen says, “Buying e-bikes was a game changer for them.” Whether you’re on the road or the trails, e-bikes take you farther and faster, with energy left to savour the scenery. Jim says, “We’ve sold e-bikes to high-level mountain bikers, who rave about riding to places and over terrain inaccessible to them before.” Commuting is a great way to include more exercise in your day and be kind to Mother Nature. Forget the change of clothes! If you don’t hit it too hard, you can arrive at work, fresh, alert, with nary a drop of sweat on your brow. Add a couple of paniers and your e-bike becomes a work horse. Imagine scooting to the farmers’ market, then effortlessly returning home, paniers overflowing with Okanagan produce.
HUGE FUN TO RIDE!
It’s impossible to ride one without smiling. On an e-bike, you’re suddenly a playful kid again, experiencing the joy of the wind on your face and the freedom and exhilaration of having nothing between you and the open road. It’s something that never wears off.
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Wiman Wealth Group
Trees do not grow into the sky forever! Do you have an adaptive process that will help you through the next recession? You should. The beauty of the human condition is that we all forget. With a bit of tongue in cheek, we know this from childbirth. The example states that if we remembered the pain of childbirth, we would only end up having only one child. The reality is the joy that they bring into our world most of the time outweighs the challenges and pain of birth. The global equity markets have been going higher since the lows in early 2009. There is growing interest as to when the next big downside reaction comes in our economy. For now, everything seems to be a bit Goldilocks. This is when we should be most worried as the bears are likely to come home soon and when they do, they will likely be angry. We know in nature that trees do not grow to the sky forever, they are harvested, die of old age, and in many cases are destroyed by fires. The economy is very similar. The growing concern today is, have we reached the top of the market? No one really knows the answer but having an adaptive understandable process for dealing with falling trees is more essential today given the growth of the trees (market) since 2009.
John Wiman Director, Wealth Management Portfolio Manager Tel.: 778.940.6903 John.Wiman@RichardsonGMP.com
Here is some simple math to provide some context. If you have $100 and you lose 50% you now have $50. To get back to even you need to have 100% return to get your $100 back. In the period from 2000 to 2002, the S&P 500 index fell 50%, and from 2007 to 2009 the S&P 500 index fell over 50%. This is important when looking at the current economic landscape as some (maybe all) trees seem prepared to fall in the coming months. Change is inevitable and having a well-articulated process to deal with falling trees is necessary because there are bears in the woods.
Jason Wong CIMÂŽ Associate Investment Advisor Portfolio Manager Tel.: 416.943.6183 Jason.Wong@RichardsonGMP.com
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Worried about Wildland Fires? Protect your Property... the Smart Way
ASK ANY WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER EVEN A DECADE AGO AND HE OR SHE WILL TELL YOU FORESTRY FIREFIGHTING HAS NOT CHANGED MUCH IN A HUNDRED YEARS.
Studies on fire behavior have helped us understand our foe, but the principals of “Anchor, Flank and Maneuver” remain a staple in fire emergency efforts; aided today by aircraft, a more reliable communications system and modernized command structures. However, the industry itself remains largely re-active. Yet the solution is simple – be PROACTIVE! DEFENSE
The concept saw its first successes with the introduction of SPU (Structure Protection Units) into the ranks of wildland personnel. These specialized units work far ahead of the fire and set up defenses in the form of sprinklers and pumps. When these defenses are in place, fires encroaching these protected areas die down due to the rise in humidity and fall short due to the absence of combustible materials.
IDEAL TARGETS for SPU units
Properties lying on the edge of town reside in areas we call the Wildland Urbane Interface; or “WUI”. The new approach taken by wildfire professionals is to designate these properties and acreages as the new “defendable space”. Bulldozer fire guards, roads and streams are a false sense of security - you can’t outrun a wildfire: the embers are already falling hundreds of yards ahead of you. While fire guards help maintain the flanks of a fire, in emergency situations they are mostly utilized to contain controlled burns.
If we remove fire fuel, convert the vegetation, and limit the chance of ignition, we reduce the risk of losing homes, communities, and infrastructure. The responsibility of preventing fire from harassing, or devastating our communities lies within the communities and property owners themselves. Fire crews, while doing everything they can to save and protect, ultimately prioritize areas much like a combat doctor would triage casualties in a field hospital, they examine whether an area is deemed a “defendable space”. Resources like personnel, pumps and heavy equipment are allocated based on the likelihood of success given the amount of time they have before the fire arrives. Structures and properties stand a chance of surviving the few minutes it takes a fire to rip through, but the firefighters cannot survive a direct attack. Therefore, firefighters are often forced to pull back and work the flanks of the fire, ultimately leaving communities very vulnerable. The importance of fire fuel reduction BEFORE wildfires occur is thereby paramount.
Programs such as FireSmart ® Canada have been taking the initiative in helping homeowners prepare for wildfire by aiding in education and facilitating fuel reduction efforts. Despite these efforts, only about 0.5% of the WUI is able to be treated annually; but the WUI itself grows by roughly 1% a year with population increase. For this reason, Acreage Care Canada™ aims to encourage and aid property owners to create that Defendable Space. Acreage Care Canada, founded by Veteran Wildland Firefighters, specialize in Pro-Active wildfire hazard management, vegetation management and other seasonal acreage chores. Successful fire fuel management operations come complete with a property placard, letting emergency services know what resources are on site, and what precautions have been taken to aid in wildfire defense. Let us help you create that defendable space by turning your property into a park!
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TWO OKANAGAN WOMEN SET TO MAKE WAVES ON THE INTERNATIONAL PADDLING SCENE THIS SUMMER IN AUSTRALIA.
BY PATTI SHALES LEFKOS
Life changed for Leanne Stanley when the cute guy next to her in grade 11 chemistry class invited her to go paddling. “You’re big and strong. You should try it,” he said. So, at the age of 17, Leanne stepped into a 12-person canoe on Toronto’s Humber river for her first paddling adventure. “I felt in control of my life for the first time.” Her early years had been spent following her older brother. “Family time focused on his hockey career.” Leanne also played hockey through high school and university years while completing a Bachelor of Science at Ontario’s University of Waterloo, but she quit hockey in 2016. Too many concussions, she says. “Paddling has helped me become who I am today. It gave me the confidence to do something on my own and succeed at it too.” 46 OKANAGAN WOMAN SUMMER | 2019
Now, 37 and one of only three coaches for the National Outrigger program, Leanne competes in and coaches five different types of paddling, spending about 80 per cent of her paddling time coaching, the remaining 20 per cent training and racing.
Photo credit Paul Kendall
She is passionate about her day job as a Resource Teacher at Rutland and Ecole KLO Middle Schools, but somehow still fits in 12 hours a week, 12 months of the year, training on the water and 5 hours a week dry land training which includes weight training, cross country skiing, yoga and running. LEANNE STANLEY
“My favourite time to train is any time the winds are up,” she says. “Great for racing on the ocean.”
“I admit I prefer outdoor training in summer when the water is warm.
For me, early evening is best, Okanagan Lake is so clean and fresh.” Leanne started out in a marathon canoe in 1998, competing at the Provincial, National and US National levels. Then in 2005, while studying for her Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University, she joined a Toronto outrigger club, paddling an OC6, an outrigger canoe powered by a six person team. Three years later she competed with Team Canada at the World Championships. Also introduced to Dragon Boating during those years, she helped found a festival in her hometown of Parry Sound, Ontario. After she was recruited to the Premiere Women’s National team she competed in China, the Czech Republic, and the United States. As if that isn’t enough to keep her busy, in the past five years she has added Stand Up Paddle racing to her schedule. And most recently surfski, a long narrow lightweight craft similar to a kayak with an open sit on top cockpit, completes her personal paddling pentathlon. Leanne believes her greatest success to date is exposing Kelowna women to paddling at the World level and helping them to achieve their potential. “In 2008 there was a core group of paddlers here in Kelowna, now the Kelowna Paddle Centre has a membership of more than 300,” she says. “The paddling community is a great group of people, no matter where you go. We have fun sharing stories and constantly planning ways to make the sport better.” Photo credit Bob Anderson
“Probably my most special memory of paddling in the Okanagan is racing with my now husband, music, drama and English teacher, Rick Papineau. When I first started to train, I was paddling along the shore in Penticton and he was running.” Still it isn’t always easy. “The hardest part is carving out family time. Not much time for a social life or time with Rick.” Preparing for competitions is a big timeconsumer. Leanne’s next events include three solo outrigger races: Hawaii’s 32 mile Molokai Solo on May 4, Oregon’s Gorge Downwind Champs where she will again race solo in the Columbia River Gorge in July and finally the August World Championships in Australia where she will be the only solo outrigger paddler representing Canada. In Australia Leanne will be joined by five other women, forming a team of six to race outrigger. Kelowna born Kelsey Siddall is one of the five. Originally a jazz and ballet dancer, she dabbled in field hockey at school in Rutland, then was introduced to paddling when her parents persuaded her to try Dragon Boating in Vancouver’s False Creek. Her first paddling race was with nine other women in a Dragon Boat at the Harrison Dragon Boat Festival. “We smoked everything that season,” she says.
Three years ago, Kelsey entered her first outrigger race in a team of six women, again at Harrison. “We won the 10 km novice race.” Such success isn’t easily obtainable. Kelsey, 36, a Kelowna Dental Assistant, makes room in her busy schedule as a wife (her husband Jeremy Siddall is also on the National Team) to train 12 hours a week, including paddle time and indoor training at the gym. The Kelowna Paddling Centre clubhouse and outdoor space are an amazing location and facility. This is the club’s fourth season with the full centre at 3020 Abbott Street. “Both calm and windy conditions are great for training, but it isn’t always easy. Injuries can be frustrating, knowing how much to back off training without losing too much.” Kelsey also began solo outrigger racing last summer. “I raced in Vancouver, Bellingham and Harrison. I keep at it, progress is very motivating.” Kelsey is suitably proud of being named to the National Outrigger team of six women going to Australia this summer. Others on the team include Leanne, along with two other veteran competitors, one from Victoria and one from Vancouver as well as two rookies from Toronto. As team members are spread across Canada, they will have only eight days to train together before Australia.
We wish these strong, inspiring women smooth seas as they represent Canada. Passionate about paddling, a sport where competitors improve with age, Leanne and Kelsey encourage teens to seniors to visit the paddle centre website for information about how to get involved. www.kelownapaddlecentre.ca OKANAGAN WOMAN SUMMER | 2019 47
TURKEY KEBABS with
CARROT RADISH SALAD INGREDIENTS PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES
YIELD: 4 SERVINGS
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Kebab marinade: Combine 3/4 cup yogurt, 2 tsp lime peel, 3 tbsp lime juice, garlic, ginger, serrano pepper, paprika, cumin, 1/2 tsp coriander, cardamom and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. 2. Place turkey cubes in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Add the marinade. Seal the bag and turn to coat the cubes. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hrs or up to 24 hrs. 3. Prepare salad: Mix carrots, radishes, raisins, and scallions in a medium bowl. Mix 1/3 cup yogurt, 1/4 tsp lime peel, 1 tbsp lime juice, honey and 1/4 tsp ground coriander. Stir into the carrot mixture until well combined. Cover and chill for 1 to 4 hrs. 4. Remove turkey from the marinade and thread onto bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes, leaving 1/4 inch space between the cubes. 5. For a charcoal grill, place kebabs on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 14 to 16 minutes or until the turkey is no longer pink (170°F). (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place the kebabs on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.) 6. Serve immediately with the carrot-radish salad (stirring salad well before serving), and, if desired, lime wedges and onion strips.
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KEBABS • 3/4 cup plain yogurt • 2 tsps finely shredded lime peel • 3 tbsps lime juice • 1 tbsp bottled minced garlic • 1 tbsp bottled minced ginger • 1/2 of a fresh serrano chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped • 2 tsps paprika • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1/2 tsp ground coriander • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper • 1 - 1/2 lbs turkey tenderloins, cut into 1 - 1/2 inch cubes • Lime wedges (optional) • Scallion strips (optional) SALAD • 1 - 1/2 cups shredded carrots • 1/2 cup shredded radishes • 1/2 cup golden raisins • 2 scallions, bias-sliced • 1/3 cup plain yogurt • 1/4 tsp finely shredded lime peel • 1 tbsp lime juice • 1 tbsp honey • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
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YIELD: 20 ROLLS
TROPICAL CRISPY CHICKEN
• 3 tbsp vegetable oil • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced half lengthwise • salt and black pepper • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour • 1 large beaten egg • 1/3 cup plain bread crumbs • 1/4 tsp garlic powder • 1/4 tsp onion powder • 1/4 tsp chili powder
• 1/4 tsp curry powder • 2 large carrots, sliced into 2” x 1/8” strips • 2 large mangos, sliced into 2” x 1/8” strips • 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage • 1 cup cooked rice noodles • 1 large avocado, sliced thin • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves • 16 - 20 rice wrappers
1. In a shallow bowl, add flour. In a second bowl, add egg. In a third bowl, combine bread crumbs, garlic, onion, chili, curry and a dash of salt and black pepper. Taking the two halves of chicken, dredge in the flour, then the egg, then the bread crumbs. 2. Preheat oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add chicken, cook until brown, 8-10 mins. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel. Cool and slice, refrigerate to chill. 3. Lay out fillings... chicken, carrots, mango, red cabbage, rice noodles, avocado and cilantro leaves. Fill a large shallow bowl with warm water. Gently dip a rice wrapper into the warm water. When soft, gently lay out on your work surface. On the lower third of rice wrapper, place carrot, chicken, mango, avocado, a couple of tsps of red cabbage and a small amount of noodles. Roll up, folding in the sides as you go. Repeat for the rest of the rolls. 4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use or enjoy immediately with your favorite peanut sauce and fresh cilantro!
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MURPHY CABINET BED
Pistachio BEET & ORANGE SALAD
THEN A BED......
MAKES INTO A QUEEN SIZE BED IN LESS THAN 30 SECONDS. Summer special
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• 4 medium beets trimmed and scrubbed • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar • 1 tsp thyme • 1/2 tsp salt • 1 medium shallot finely chopped • 4 clementines peeled & segmented • 1/2 cup pistachios shelled & roasted • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped • 2 cups arugula
1. Pre-heat oven to 425° 2. Wrap beets in foil and roast until tender, about 45 minutes 3. Allow beets to cool enough to handle, then use the foil to rub off the skins. 4. Cut beets into wedges. Set aside to cool completely. 5. In a large bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, thyme, and salt. Add beets, shallots, and orange segments, tossing to coat. 6. Put in fridge to marinate, at least two hours, but overnight is best. 7. Before serving, toss with pistachios and parsley 8. Serve on a bed of arugula
Clementines or mandarin oranges are easy to peel and segment and they are just the right size for salads. But if you can't find them, any orange will taste just as delicious. SERVES: 4
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PER SERVING: 283 CALORIES, 5 G FAT, 60 G CARBOHYDRATES
PINEAPPLE WEDGES HONEY and PISTACHIOS
This caramelized pineapple with honey-orange glaze makes for a QUICK and ELEGANT WEEKNIGHT DESSERT. INGREDIENTS
â&#x20AC;˘ 1/2 cup dark brown sugar â&#x20AC;˘ 1/2 cup orange juice â&#x20AC;˘ 3 tbsp honey â&#x20AC;˘ 1 med ripe pineapple, peeled, cored, cut lengthwise into 8 wedges
â&#x20AC;˘ 1/4 cup crĂ¨me fraĂŽche or yogurt â&#x20AC;˘ 1/3 cup natural unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped â&#x20AC;˘ 2 tbsp torn fresh mint leaves
1. Preheat the oven to 450Â°. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Stir the brown sugar, orange juice and honey in a large bowl thoroughly, until sugar dissolves. 3. Add the pineapple wedges; toss to coat. 4. Let marinate, tossing occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. 5. Place the pineapple wedges, one at a time, flat side down, on prepared sheet; reserve the marinade. 6. Roast the pineapple wedges for 15 minutes. Then turn, brush further with marinade, and roast until brown and caramelized, 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 15 minutes. 7. Drizzle the remaining marinade over the pineapple. Allow to cool slightly. 8. Divide the pineapple among the plates. Spoon crĂ¨me fraĂŽche on top or alongside. 9. Garnish with pistachios and mint leaves. SERVES: 4
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HOROSCOPE by Heather Zais
MAY 21 - JUNE 20
Jun - Speak or act from a position of authority. Those affected will see the wisdom in your wording. Jul - Your financial strength grows in natural ways. Your value is noted by those who count etc. Aug - Your position is stronger than you may be aware of at this point. Assess some related data.
Jun - You will see the fruits of your labour as you stay the course. Overtime provides extra income. Jul - You are the winner in personal or business. Plan to take things to the next stage or marry. Aug - Call in IOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or cash in where you can. Consolidate so you can deal from stronger position.
JULY 23 - AUG 22
AUG 23 - SEPT 22
Jun - Brainstorm behind the scenes before making a presentation. It has to fit everyones expectations. Jul - Your energy is strong and puts you in high gear. You get a lot done in a much shorter time. Aug - Your sense of duty and responsibility is admired by others. They relax when you are around.
Jun - Connect with those of influence or authority who can pave the way for you. Meet up personally. Jul - Look at how you can improve or expand your living situation or location. Talk over choices. Aug - Seek solidarity with relationships. Age is not an issue. You are in a transition of sorts now.
MAR 21 - APRIL 19 Jun - Home matters take priority and choices need to be made for yourself and others. Follow formality. Jul - Connect with the educated or informed. They will help you advance your plans or ambitions. Aug - Your ability to adapt could be tested by unresolved issues of the past. Take necessary steps.
APRIL 20 - MAY 20
JUNE 21 - JULY 22 Jun - Stand your ground even if you are not sure how others will respond. Play by the ethical rules. Jul - You shine on the job and others see your value. Show records to get what you want now. Aug - Your strength is increased by those willing to stand by you or join forces in others ways.
SEPT 23 - OCT 22 Jun - Reserve your opinion until you see which way the wind is blowing, then cast the deciding vote. Jul - Participate in group events or special celebrations. Others want to see your friendly face. Aug - Its time to look at where you want to be or stay. Deal with the past when it comes to closure.
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NOV 22 - DEC 21
Jun - You expand your circle or seek adventure further afield. Others are willing to work with you. Jul - You reach a point where you can see how your finances will improve. Increase credit. Aug - Be prepared for relationship surprises. A turn of events could see you reconnecting easily.
Jun - All types of relationships are up for review, personal or business. Reach a settlement. Jul - Your generosity extends near or far. Produce information that is required. Plan travel. Aug - You will feel more secure with job or career path as new opportunities are presented.
JAN 20 - FEB 18
FEB 19 - MAR 20
DEC 22 - JAN 19 Jun - You have what it takes to overcome opposition. Explain the facts or produce evidence. Jul - Play cards close to the vest as you are in a position of strength. Discuss expectations. Aug - Demonstrate your strength and independence in ways that make others feel secure.
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Jun - Focus on what needs to be done. Sort things in line of importance. Then get some rest. Jul - Make time for those who have your best interests at heart. They have necessary clout. Aug - You hunker down behind the scenes to deal with important matters. Review property.
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Jun - You seek more freedom of expression personally or creatively. Block out some time for it. Jul - Relax into your position now. There is no need to push your agenda; it unfolds naturally. Aug - Step into uncharted territory as you link with others of influence. Speak your mind now.
Tired of Body Impressions in your
before you can have anything done Sleepy's also specialize in a The only way this can be achieved about it. You explain that you have lesser known superior material is by using inferior components to roll uphill to meet your partner used in their mattresses, toppers, sourcing lowerNot pricedHappy” fillers “I Never Knew Of A Morning In Africa When I Wokeand/or Up That I Was ~ Ernest Hemingway and are told again that this is and pillows... pure latex. Latex is from China.. . even spring systems normal? the longest lasting material used in come from there now. Some of the hhhh... the "Well, I assure you that this the mattress industry and is largest mattress makers are using dreaded body issue is very common, but it is derived from the rubber tree. You 1.2 lb. density foam in their highimpression! not normal!" says Geoff McLeary, never have to flip or rotate a end sleep sets. That's only one step Owner of Sleepy's – Bedroom quality latex mattress, because above 'camping foam' folks! Only Sleepy's have the cure! Furniture & Sleep Shop in Kelowna. these comfortable sleep systems Sleepy's owner, Geoff McLeary Going back 12 years ago and will perform for the long term. So, you just invested in a new does not like this at all! He says, “At 9 Witness large herds of game inlatex bed offers beyond, mattresses did not get body "Our most popular sleep set and already in six months Sleepy's, we do not like our clients impressions. Most good mattresses a 15 year full non pro-rated to a year you are noticing a large open savannahs to have issues with their sleep. We performed very well for years and warranty and an unheard of 1" hump up the middle of the mattress want happy and well 9 rested Search for the Big Five from stood the test of time. The mattress body impression tolerance over with two deep sinkholes on either customers! Sleep is important and vehicle your safari of today will last (if you're lucky) an that 15 year period of time." side of the top where your bodies your new mattress should enhance average of 5 to 6 years and most get McLeary says "We have had 9 View wildlife from a hot-air lay. You call the salesperson that sold your health, not take away from it." these dreaded body impressions in clients come into our store it to you, and you are told that body balloon He has teamed up with Restonic, a very short period of time. Mattress that were dealing with a big impressions are normal, that the Pure Energy, Spring and for other 9 Air Trek gorillas in lush mattress store in town and have mattress is conforming to your body. sets of the past lasted more than 10 mattress factories in Vancouver to rainforests to 12 years or longer. Back when gone through as many as five You are told to rotate your mattress resurrect the two sided flippable the mattress makers decided to mattresses in two years due to more often or if you have a king 9 Experience extraordinary mattress. brainwash the North American premature body impressions/ size, to make quarter turns and this birdlife from a dugout canoe These mattress makers build warranty issues and are looking should minimize the issue. Then you public into believing that half a their beds with integrity, they use 9 Relax in Luxury mattress was better than a whole fortented solutions. They found Sleepy's find out that these sags have to be all North American components, accommodation one, it wasn't so bad. Most of the offered them a solution, a better visibly more than 1.5" to 2" deep and they are not in any of the factories upgraded the quality built and refreshing alternative to bigger mattress stores. Restonic has of the components in the top of the defective designs being offered won the Women's Choice Award the mattress to give the bed more from other stores." for the most recommended integrity. Sadly, after a few short Sleepy's are also striving to be mattress brand for five years in a years, the larger mattress stores put your destination 'green' sleep shop row. As well as the Consumer's pressure on the manufacturers to in the Okanagan. "We offer a wide Digest Best Buy Award for the reduce their wholesale costs so they range of green, natural, and eighth year in a row. So, for about could amp up their profit margins organic mattresses and bedding 15% to 25% increase in the cost. . . even more. for your better sleep and better you will receive over 100% plus health." additional lifespan on your new double sided flippable mattress. Sleepy's promise to offer you The mattress will perform better, only the best materials in their feel better over a much longer mattresses. Nothing made in period of time, and will retain its China! No smoke and mirrors. shape for the long term. "We offer a No toxic memory foam. No range of two-sided mattresses gimmicks! Just the straight starting at $448 queen size." goods from the owner himself.
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