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Happy New Year!!!
I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season! Now, it's January and that time when many of us reassess our busy lives and think about what we want to accomplish or to balance our lives during the next year, or ten years since this is in fact the beginning of a new decade. With that in mind, I hope this month's newsletter will inspire you and maybe give you a couple of ideas to take into the new year!
Edward Ward - Sales Representative - Leader of the "Ward Team"
Life is just a certain amount of time and energy. Putting this time and energy to maximum use for everyone's wellbeing is all that matters.
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NEW YEARS EVE PARTY - PHANTOM GUEST?
Jude's New Year's Eve Party was an annual occurrence with numerous guests arriving. During the evening, a man knocked on the door, was greeted heartily although no one knew who he was, and was led to where the drinks were, in the kitchen. He sat there happily, chatting away, for a couple of hours before a strange light dawned on his face. 'You know,' he confided to Jude, 'I wasn't even invited to this party. I just came over to tell you that some of your guests' cars are blocking my driveway.' He continued, 'My wife's been sitting out in the car waiting for me to get them moved, so that we can go out.
Cook one new thing each week.
Everyone wants to eat healthier in the new year, but you should also try to eat more diverse foods. After all, variety is the spice of life. This year, choose an easy dinner
recipe you've never tried before at least once a week.
FRENCH ONION ZOODLE BAKE
2 1/2 cups zucchini noodles (2medium zucchini)
1 small yellow onion, sliced thinly
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped (+more for garnish)
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 cup beef broth
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 cup fontina cheese, grated salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a skillet preheated to medium heat, melt butter. Place onion into skillet and cook for a few minutes. Add salt, pepper, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. Stir and cook for another couple of minutes. Add beef broth and cook until onion are golden brown about 12 minutes. Make sure to stir occasionally to keep the onions from burning.
Next, spray a 5 x 8 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl combine zucchini noodles and french onion mixture. Pour the French onion zoodle mixture into the dish and garnish top with Fontina cheese. Place in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving. Garnish with fresh thyme if desired. Also, there is a probability that liquid from the zucchini will appear. If so, just drain it off carefully with a spoon before serving.
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Would you know what to do if you saw someone fall through the ice? What about if you fell through?
This is a serious question to consider when we live so close to a body of water such as Lake Simcoe. It is beautiful year round and dangerous, specially in the winter months. Here are some crucial tips for keeping safe. The best safety tip is to stay off the ice. But if you do go out there, here are some important tips. First off, is you shouldn't be on the ice alone. Always have a safety buddy.
If You Fall Into The Ice:
The most important thing to do is get your breathing under control. You only have about one minute to do it. Next, you have roughly 10 minutes of "meaningful movement". This means, if you're not able to get to safety within 10 minutes, the priority is to conserve energy and body heat.
If you can get out and get help within 10 minutes, start moving:
- Turn around and face the direction you came from. The ice held your weight on the way in, chances are it'll hold your weight on the way out.
- Get as much of your body out of the water as possible. Curling up in a fetal position will help conserve body heat.
- Kick your feet as much as possible. Keep kicking until your body is horizontal with the ice. - Once you're out of the water, stay low and roll to safety.
A vital item to take on walks with you when you are going to be on or near ice is a
set of ice picks. They are sold at outdoor stores and stores such as Canadian Tire.
The ice is slippery and a set of ice picks are the best strategy for successfully getting
yourself to safety. They are easily kept on a string and stored in your jacket so that
either end hangs from your sleeves making them easy to access should an emergency arise, they will help you pull yourself out of the frigid water.
The 1-10-1 Principal: Take one minute to control your breathing. You have 10 minutes of meaningful movement. You have one hour before hypothermia sets in.
Have A Buddy
If you fall into the ice or you see someone fall into the ice, DO NOT run towards them. That is the easiest way for you both to end up in the water. Instead, the rescuer needs to stay low and spread their weight out over the surface of the ice. If they can outstretch an object, such as a tree branch to establish a grip and be pulled to safety, that is the best option. But should an object not be
available, they can slide their body as close to the edge to extend a hand to pull the person in the water out.
Remember to both roll to safety!
Clear ice is twice as strong as white ice. Avoid cracked ice.
Always have a safe rescue plan when you are going to be out on the ice.
Always have an extra set of clothes that are warm and thick. Keeping them in a water- proof bag can ensure that your risk of hypothermia is reduced greatly.
Candles, matches, thick socks, foot warmers and blankets are other things that you may want to carry in a kit.
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LET YOUR NEW YEAR INSPIRE YOU!!
Expand your thinking... Each month, for 30 days in a row, commit to doing something new that you have thought about doing, but have not done, and notice how it affects your life. Here are some
great options: Do aerobic exercise for 30 minutes, listen to only positive music, don't read the newspaper, stop watching tv, eat only vegetarian or raw foods, verbally appreciate at least 10 people a day, get 8 hours of sleep, meditate for 20 minutes, try yoga, read self help books in the morning, start on small organization tasks you have been putting off, spend an hour with your spouse, write a hand written thank you note to someone. The possibilities are endless!
Write letters to three people in your life to let them know what they mean to you.
Find a volunteer opportunity that you will enjoy.
Get a whole new hairstyle or haircut.
Write your top 10 goals for this year and post them where you can see them.
Stop Smoking! That will definitely change your life.
Clean out your closet and donate unwanted clothes to charity.
Schedule a weekly date night with your spouse.
Schedule all doctor and dentist appointments for the year.
Plan a trip to a place you have always wanted to go.
Take a dance or fitness class. This can take you out of your comfort zone, but you are out there you will love it!
Find ways to decrease your ecological footprint on the planet. Start with reducing your use of single-use plastics and move on from there.
There are so many options out there, maybe you've seen something here or have had something on your mind. No matter what, this life is yours to make of it whatever you desire, so start now!
Happy New Year!
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