Now that Black Friday is over and done (and thank goodness for that – the constant emails were almost harassment), we can now concentrate on finding the perfect gift for the special people in our lives instead of the perfect Black Friday deal. If you have that hard to buy for gardener on your list why not visit one of our gardening sponsors? In addition to plants, they have all sorts of gardening paraphernalia and gift cards.
Still stumped? Why not give a gift that keeps on giving? Support the Grow a Dream fundraiser in the name of a family member or friend. If you donate online, don’t forget to send Lizzy McFly your email address to win a flight around Niagara, including Niagara Falls in her two-seater Cessna 150 Aerobat (yes, she can to loop-d-loops!). More details about this exciting contest can be found here.
If you don’t live in southern Ontario, here are some other gifts for gardeners that may please the gardener on your list:
(None of these gifts are sponsored. They are just stuff I like).
Come back soon. I’ll be posting our DIY teacher gift soon!
Herpes helps fight cancer. Interesting byline, isn’t it? I don’t tend to read the medical journals so I rely on news articles to keep me informed of the medical world. This isn’t a cure, but anything that lessens the negative side effects of chemo is good news. The two year wait for FDA approval is not such good news.
Black Friday. Avoid this and give this. How much stuff do we really need when we can give hope, comfort and charity?
I have three children’s books that I absolutely love to read. Every night I hope my daughter picks one of these:
The Curious Garden
: That Liam is a smart gardener. He has a clever way about making his city green and alive again. The illustrations are also a pleasure.
Miss Maple’s Seeds: I love the illustrations in this book. My favourite page is the seed identification. If your little one loves finding a seed in an orange or an apple, this book is sure to delight.
The Imaginary Garden
: This is a book with imagination at heart. You don’t need a yard to have a garden.
If you are looking for a good picture book for your 3 to 6 year old son, daughter, nephew, niece or grandchild, you may wish to start with one of these. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as them.
(The opinions expressed in this post are mine. This post has not been sponsored by Amazon.ca or otherwise).
Here in Canada Thanksgiving and Halloween are behind us and the mighty retailers have stocked their shelves and have loaded up their weekly flyers with… Christmas. We even heard Christmas music on the radio last night. Yes – it is only November 9th. Our friends south of the border haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet. What do we do? Dive into Christmas straight away or put it off for a while? While I’m trying to decide, I might attempt to grow an Amaryllis. I found this instructional video to get me started and it doesn’t seem too hard. Having said that, there will be no “comments” at the Christmas table should there be no Amaryllis centerpiece. Got that Mom?
With all the media attention Movember is getting, I didn’t realize that November is also lung cancer awareness month. I found this article about lung cancer a very awakening read. In it, the author highlights that due to the well-known and established link between smoking and lung cancer people are less likely to be sympathetic to someone who develops this form of cancer. The natural assumption is that the patient is a smoker (or an ex-smoker) and therefore deserves to get cancer. However, we also need to consider that the research and the statistics also tell us is that you do not need to have smoked or currently smoke cigarettes to develop lung cancer. This is common knowledge (my assumption), yet survey results by Lung Cancer Canada found that, “35 per cent of Canadian women said they felt more sympathetic towards women with breast cancer than they do towards women with lung cancer.” I hate to tell you folks, but cancer is cancer, and we should never assume anything – that’s labeling and it helps no one.
The Canadian Cancer Society and its partners estimate that lung cancer now represents 13.8% and 13.3% of new cancer cases for men and women respectively (see figure). In a word: troubling. Lung cancer is second to prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women, and yet I didn’t even know November is lung cancer awareness month. Did you? True, Movember has its place with prostate cancer tipping the scales for new cancer cases in men, and it is a great way to raise awareness. I think we need to put our thinking caps on and find a better way to raise awareness about lung cancer. Perhaps we also need to be less judgmental and more supportive regardless of cancer type, which is the single most wonderful idea behind the Grow a Dream fundraiser. It does not discriminate against any type of cancer. We are very proud of the fact that 100% of the funds collected will go the Emergency Department at Juravinski Hospital – and the best part, we say how the money will be spent, and it won’t be on research, which is important too, but this fundraiser is about the people who arrive at the Juravinski Cancer Centre with cancer, their families, and finding a way to support them during the overwhelming stress of a cancer diagnosis. If this makes sense to you, why not click on the donate now link and support the patients and their families who walk into Juravinski hospital and receive a cancer diagnosis.
Halloween is two days away! Two days!!! The Weather Network has published a Halloween weather outlook complete with sunset times for all of Canada. Those of us in the Greater Toronto Area will be trick and treating just after 6:00pm.