Victoria Day - aka May Long - was almost a sacred holiday in my younger years, growing up in Prince Albert, SK. After finishing up my day shift as a Security Guard at the Gateway Mall, 6pm on Friday held the promise of sun, campfires, and Vanilla Ice on the stereo. We'd pack up the old '79 Pontiac Firebird with tents, pillows and as much...refreshment... as the cooler would hold. Then off to Emma Lake for 3 nights of shenanigans. I'd like to say it was mostly fishing in the lake, but anyone who was there know there was plenting of fishing going on at the local Sunnyside Bar too Smile


With the advantage of 'wisdom' these days, this weekend now usually revolves around hitting some golf balls, doing the yardwork bidding of my sweetheart, and enjoying some time with the dogs. But we'll still fit in a campfire, for old times sake.


Please share your May Long memories below - I'd love to hear 'em! And to make some new ones, check out Have a safe and fun long weekend everyone!!




Mom, Mum, Mere, Mama, Mai, or Ina - she's the reason you're here and one of the most important people in your life! This weekend we'll celebrate Moms around the world and thank them for all they do for us. Whether it's a card, bouquet of flowers, taking her out for brunch/dinner, or your unique expression of gratitude, there are many ways to celebrate your fantastic Mom.


Here are a couple fun facts about Mother's Day:


1. Mother's Day was started through the efforts of two women - Julia Ward and Anna Jarvis - who each played a key role in the initiation of a day dedicated to our Moms, which was officially introduced in the US in 1914.


2. Americans alone are expected to spend approximately $21.4 billion dollars this Mother's Day...ranking it second only to Christmas on the list of highest spending holidays. In Canada, it comes third only to Christmas and Valentine's Day!


3. There are more phone calls made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year.


4. Mother's Day is the single busiest day for the restaurant business with a whopping 62% of North Americans taking mom out for brunch/dinner!


5. One quarter of all flowers purchased for holidays are purchased on Mother's Day. ChrysantheMUMs (hmm?) and carnations are the most popular.


For all the Moms and Moms-to-be out there, I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!




I don't make this stuff up....This Saturday, May 6th, is the 13th annual World Naked Gardening Day! Luckily for us here, snow is not in the forecast and temperatures are set to be in the low to mid 20's. With that being said, here are a few tips for gardening, whether you partake in the clothed, or clothes-less, variety.


1. Clean out the old garden. That means removing all the old debris, leaves, weeds (to the roots).


2. Revitalize the soil. The soil is likely dried out after winter. You will need to add moisture. Adding organic compost or maure will give that soil a healthy boost. You may need to test your soil to see what nutrients it lacks, and might possibly want to add fertilizer to increase the health of your soil and plants.


3. Trim old plants. Any plants that survived the winter should be pruned and they will grow anew this spring. Pruning might best be done after threat of frost has passed - be sure to check online for advice specific to your plants. 


4. Add mulch. In addition to the organic compost and manure, adding a couple inches of mulch to the flower bed will help stave off weeds and disease, and will help retain moisture.


5. Plant new flowers and shrubs. Perennials vs annuals? Perennials will last 3 or 4 years, so are more of a long term investment. They are hearty and normally survive the winter months. Annuals allow you to switch things up. For example, if you are planting annuals, this year you could plant a lot of red and white to help celebrate Canda's 150th. Some other points to plan for:

  • Don't forget the bees! If you are planning on planting some bee-friendly flowers, remember to check with the Alberta Invasive Species Council to ensure there are no threats to local species.
  • Check whether the flowers may be harmful to your pets - foxglove, for example, is very toxic to dogs and cats!
  • Include some edible flowers, like nasturtiums, for pretty summer salads!



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I have listed a new property at 130 CRANBERRY BEND in Fort Saskatchewan.
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