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Did you know that water levels this spring are the lowest since the early 1900’s?  If you are on a well wanting to avoid going dry or in the city trying to decrease your water bill, here are some ways to save a good percentage of your household water:

  • Use the water left over in the tub after showers and baths for flushing toilets.
  • Save the water in kitchen and bathroom sinks in plastic tubs to flush as well and water plants indoors and out.
  • Mulch your garden to retain moisture.
  • Set up rain barrels at your drainpipes to collect water off your roof (if you have one).


Sitting at my kitchen window again, I’m listening to birds and enjoying blossom-scented air wafting in through screens keeping an army of mosquitos at bay.  It’s my favourite time of year despite the insects and I’m hoping that spraying with garlic oil will discourage them enough for us to be able to enjoy the outdoors in peace.  I’ll let you know, as it’s a non-toxic product and would be a marvellous solution if it works.  If so, I’m even going to take it camping!

For the April blog I wrote about the struggles of my sister Lili with her treatments for brain cancer and how hellish it was to watch her suffer.  Since then we almost lost her.  And then things turned around. The medications were changed and, miracle of miracles, resulted in an end to her pain and nausea.  Our cousin and his partner took over my sister’s care and spirited her away to their home in Pennsylvania where they helped her eat/drink/take meds regularly.  She was 103 pounds 1 1/2 weeks ago and now is 118, able to walk and enjoy life again, currently on holiday on Fire Island.

I’ve been relegated to watching from a distance as I have a stubborn infection from my breast reduction surgery that prevents travel.  My stress around the situation increased to the point where my whole body tightened, breathing felt like I was in a straight-jacket and sleep became impossible.  It took me a while to understand that I am being triggered by a black hole of childhood issues.   With everything I have learned, I am still unable to relax.  Prayers and meditation don’t penetrate the tension, I can’t make myself do what I need to do and I am just making it through each day doing what is most necessary for Felix.  He is starting to act out a bit, bouncing off my tension and preoccupation.

I know I desperately need to rest and face myself most of all and find I can’t do it enough to catch my balance, recover from the infection and regain my energy.  I take all kinds of supplements and remedies, make compresses, see my therapist…and it’s all a drop in the bucket if I don’t slow down.

Don’t feel sorry for me please.  If you came to my home right now you would not know I was in such a state—except for the chaos everywhere as I finally get to organizing the place!  It will not last very much longer.  Once I became aware of what this is about, it already started to lose its hold.  And most importantly, I do realize that this is how growth happens and am accepting the stress as inevitable.   I am hoping that my home will become orderly as my mind does, smile…

Another side of the tension is a positive one: I have finally decided how to move forward with the centre.  This creates a rush of ideas and enthusiasm and some normal anxiety.  Luckily I know from painful experience that I like to bury my mind in projects to avoid emotional stress.  Not this time.  I am firmly dedicated to moving ahead slowly and in balance with my personal life so that I can contribute back all that I’ve been given, enjoying the process into my old age!

I look forward to planning out the future of the centre to a point where it can be shared.  Then I hope to see some of you again at the exciting programs that will be offered.

Until then, let’s take care, breathe into what really is and trust that our vital energies do everything they can to heal us in this lovely spring weather. And do some rain dancing…

warm regards,


Mission Statement

On Saturday May 23, 2015, activists around the world will, once again, unite to March Against Monsanto.

Why do we march?

Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumours, infertility and birth defects. In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products. Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nickname See More

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Vegan, gluten-free
Makes about 2-3 large salads

15 oz. can chickpeas
2/3 cup BBQ sauce
1 large head romaine
1 cup corn (I thaw frozen corn)
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 cup shredded carrots
2-3 green onions

{For the avocado ranch dressing}
1 avocado
1 cup almond or soy milk (plain, unsweetened)
3 Tbsp. lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1-2 cloves garlic (I use 2)
1/2 tsp. dried dill
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Salt to taste
Optional: fresh chives are amazing if you can find them!

Make the dressing: in a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Rinse and drain chickpeas. In a saucepan over med-low heat, simmer chickpeas in BBQ sauce for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, chop the romaine, tomatoes, and green onion. Place in a bowl. Add corn and carrots. Toss to combine.
When ready to assemble, distribute the salad into bowls, toss with desired amount of dressing, and top with BBQ chickpeas.

If storing leftovers, it’s best if the dressing, chickpeas, and salad are stored separately. Unless you dig soggy salads – no judgement! 😉
The leftover dressing stores for about 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. (Yay veggie dip!)
This is a great make-ahead meal! Make the dressing and salad up to a day ahead of time, store separately, and just simmer the chickpeas in BBQ when you’re ready to assemble.

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Charles BaileyCharles was an endearing patient of mine for several years.  We had one of those instant heart connections and it was a true honour to work with him.  In spite of a long relationship with cancer that created a lot of limitations, Charles did his best to continue enjoying the little things in life, including riding his motorcycle!

Charles was a gentle soul with piercing blue eyes, stubbornly maintaining his dignity when many things we take for granted were pulled away from him.  It was difficult to hear that he had passed…but at the same time I am happy that he has the relief of shedding his body in returning to the energetic realm of existence.

My warm sympathies go out to his family, especially to his daughter Laura Tromp, who used to be our beloved clinic manager.  Felix and I found two seeds sprouting in one of our Gala apples and have planted them, one for Laura and her triplets (turns out to be their favourite apple), one to keep here with Charles’ name on it.

Fair thee well on the other side Charles and thank you for your trust and friendship.


20150506_142857Thank you so much to Kelsey, Haley, Hannah, Katherine and Madeleine for volunteering at Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre on Wednesday May 6, 2015. With the help of you and your team, we were able to get our fire pit ready for the summer programs; move four trailers full of brush and collect a good portion of the garbage and recycling that has landed on the roadside over the winter. You diverted a great deal of recyclable material from going to a landfill for which we are truly grateful.

Your energy and enthusiasm were such assets to this project. You arrived early and worked hard all afternoon; so hard in fact that your supervisor Jeremy was extremely proud of you all. It is heart-warming to see students choosing to volunteer in a natural environment, learning new skills and caring for the environment.

Thanks again and we hope you think of us when looking for future volunteer opportunities. We would be honoured to have you work with us again.

Full-time position for someone who is knowledgeable about whole food cooking, likes to help organize/clean a home and is willing to do various errands in a “green” household.  Occasional childcare for an active 6 year old boy.  Basic computer skills, valid driver’s license and police check required.  Hours and wages to be discussed.  Respond to, thanks!

The  Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre will be offering programs for all ages on healing, healthy lifestyle, nature and sustainability starting this fall.
A calendar of events will be made available on our website and in future newsletters.  Anyone interested in collaborating is invited to contact Lori at 613-839-1198 or

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