Corporate Bonding

Give your back yard a lush tropical look

When we bought our new house the only thing we didn’t like was the back yard. The previous owners had thrown in a few limp-looking plants and a shrub or two, but to say it was unattractive is an understatemnt. So my husband and I set to work to make our back yard a lush, tropical oasis in a typical suburban landscape. All it took was some instant hedging, a few mini palm trees, small bushes and lots and lots of flowers.

We started with the green screen effect — a line of instant hedges that blocked our neighbor’s view of the garden while creating a lush tropical backdrop. We added gorgeous, thick plants in bamboo pots, put in a few mini palm trees and created small wooden pathways all around the yard. We finished off with flats of exotic, colorful flowers, and soon had our very own tropical paradise.


Living Stress Free

After losing her job, my wife became very stressed out. In addition to searching for employment, we searched long and hard for a means of stress relief. A few things worked for a period of time but then fizzled out. From supplements to breathing techniques, nothing worked for very long.

Her stress increased when she began interviewing for new positions. The process was very taxing and she had no outlet for her tension, which directly affected her interview performance. After about a month of searching for a solution we found Auckland reiki. Positive results were obvious after her first experience. She seemed calm and composed.

Her practitioner used his hands to transfer life force energy through certain areas of the body. By hitting a number of key spots my wife was able to find her equilibrium and alleviate her stress. He taught my wife how to practice these techniques at home for when she was feeling overwhelmed. Needless to say, with her new found even keel, she landed a new job and lives much more stress free!


The Luxuries of Travel

I’ve been to many places in this world over my many years of travel. From London to Beijing, and Moscow to Pakistan, I have seen many beautiful countries and places. Every place and every country has its own story to tell, its own culture to breathe in for any weary traveler. On all my travels, I have stayed at various hotels, hostels, people’s homes, and in some very rare occasions in the streets. I have even camped out in the wilderness of Alaska. Every adventure had its high points but never have I had the luxury of staying in a hotel, better than the hotels in Dubai. My stay there made me feel as though I was a king. The hospitality is amazing, and the customer service out of this world. I felt very well rested on my way out and would go back in a heartbeat if I had to.


Cooling Down

In southern United States, air conditioning Bury is running pretty much all the time. I suppose this depends on where you are, but where I lived it ran for the majority of the year. It made lives comfortable, a sweet haven away from the blistering southern heat.

Now that I live in Canada, things have changed. It doesn’t take a skilled meteorologist to know that Canada is cold. In the harsh winter months, I am left freezing and huddled up with an electric blanket, attempting all I can in order to get warm. Since Canada is only hot a couple months a year, a lot of people simply don’t have cooling systems inside their homes.

Canada can definitely get hot during the summer, sometimes managing to compete with the temperatures from southern United States. So here I am, in the humid heat, armed with cold water and fans, desperately wishing for the cold air I only need a few times a year.


The Family Holiday

Last Friday I was cruising down a country road on my way to my family reunion. I had been studying nonstop and was glad for an excuse to relax. I hadn’t seen MeeMaw and PaPa since Christmas break and I looked forward to sitting on the porch swing drinking lemonaide and catching up. It seemed like we had barely finished breakfast when when my cousin Martha’s youngest came screaming into the kitchen. She had been stung by a bee.After making sure she wasn’t allergic to bees, I made a bandage soaked with lavender from MeeMaw’s garden,and after removing the stinker with a pair of tweezers, I wrapped her arm. With a kiss on the head she was all better.Where did you learn that? my family asked. At school, it part of my preoperative assessment courses, I’m going to be a nurse.


It’s All Worth It

Burpees are from the devil. My whole body protested as I touched the floor with my hands and jumped my feet back to a plank position. I paused and looked up into the incorrigible face of my personal trainer Salisbury, which was beginning to frown at the fact that I hadn’t immediately jumped back up again. Groaning, I finished the burpee. And did nine more. It took sheer force of will to get through those months of physical and mental strain. Losing weight was no joke. But it was worth it, I ruminated, as I fastened the buttons of the tux and glanced at my reflection in the full length mirror. I looked svelte; my daughter would be proud. I opened the door and there she was, radiant in her white flowing gown.


The Mayor’s Betrayal

The city is frozen with guilt and pain as the once famed Mayor steps down from his leadership role. Citizens everywhere are filled with tears as they watched him make his last stroll down the steps of city hall and head for the front lines of battle with cancer. The frozen guilt of the city cannot be thawed not even with a barrel of rock salt as households wondered with thoughts of should have or could have. Loyal voters took responsibility for working the mayor so hard. Faced with the final stages of cancer the Mayor kept his secret battle to himself putting his city needs before his. That wasn’t the only thing the Mayor kept to himself; after his affair with his secretary had gone on long enough before anyone could find out he resigned from his position. Now he has to stop the threatening scarlet letters of betrayal.