A Vancouver Island Kind of Story

When I made the choice to move to vancouver island , it was a decision I based on two people who had influence my life. The first person, was my father. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. I had been there once, or so I was told as I was too young to remember it. But the way that he spoke about the Pacific Northwest…in the middle of a summer in Phoenix, just made me wish that I was there.

There are many beautiful cities in Canada to consider moving to toronto , Montreal, Ottawa…but I wanted Vancouver. The second person, who played a role, in seconding my opinion, was an artist who owned a house on the island. I had seen her photographs of ship yards, of the long white masts pointing to the blue and grays … Read the rest

The Innovative Technology of the Charcoal and Gas Grills

The outdoor cooking industry has been reporting a consistent growth in the sales of their products, whether it be built in gas grills with all the extras, or simple old fashioned charcoal grills. In the United States it seems that most everyone loves a cook-out and people are doing this more and more often.  And now, most people who love grilling, have become two grill backyard chefs, doing some of the cooking on the gas grill and some of the cooking over charcoal.

There is no denying the convenience of a gas grill, just as there is no denying the flavor of meat and vegetables that have been cooked using charcoal.  The continued growth of these appliances has resulted in new and innovative grills.  Each year new models are introduced into the market, this is one industry that is not … Read the rest

The Origin and Practice of Hydrotherapy

The use of water to maintain, to restore ones health, and for revitalization is known as hydrotherapy.  Treatments include everything from saunas, to sitz baths, to steam rooms, and to the use of hat and cold compresses.  During the 19th Century a monk from Bavaria, Sebastian Kneipp, discovered the effects of using water to cure diseases and to eliminate toxins, or waste from ones body.  He is said to be the father of modern hydrotherapy.  Throughout Asia and Europe, going to the mineral and hot springs has always been a common practice.  And now in the United States, as more people are seeking the care of naturopathic doctors and holistic approaches to health, more people are discovering what these other cultures have known for years, and that is that water heals.  Some are going to spas or to the … Read the rest

Relaxing Effects of Hot Tubs and Spas

The addition of hot tubs and spas to one’s backyard or home, is exciting and will lead to many nights and days of relaxation and rejuvenation.  In the quest for managing stress levels, one of the most essential elements is the reduction of tension in the mind and in the body.  This involves more than enjoying and practicing a hobby, more than just peace of mind, it is a process that serves to reduce the negative effects on one’s mind and on the body.  In this fast paced world of working all day, picking the kids up from school, sitting in traffic and worrying about finances, individuals can tend to forget about themselves, they can forget to, or have literally forgotten how to…just simply relax.

If one chooses to install their hot tubs and spas into their backyard, gardens … Read the rest