Mid- Winter Milling, an Almonte tradition!!!!

What is it?

On the last Saturday of February, since 2010, Almonte’s beautiful downtown hosts “Mid- Winter Milling”. Many Downtown Almonte shop owners host a spiritual, health and/or self-awareness practitioner from 10am-5pm within their own shop. There are a variety of readers — card readers, a Turkish coffee reader, mediums — as well as energy healers and massage therapists. The variety of modalities, as well as the size of the event, changes every year.


How does it work?


Head to the store that has your TOP practitioner at 10 am and sign-up right away then head to the next store and sign up there.  THERE IS NO SIGNING UP IN ADVANCE so you’ve got to be quick! The practitioners are paid directly for the session, in cash (usually $20-$60).


Who is participating this year?


Check out this large list of practitioners and their location that came out in the latest edition of the Humm!


What else is there to do in Almonte?


Shop, shop SHOP! There are so many great shops in the downtown core. Absolutely something for everyone. Great clothing stores and antique stores galore!

If art galleries are more your thing, there are a couple of those too!

There are awesome restaurants and café’s too. Whether you are looking for a gourmet meal or a quick sandwich you will be totally covered….all within walking distance.



Who are you hoping to book a session with???



It’s a Family Affair in Lanark County!!!!

Lanark County is the place to be for Family Day 2020. So many options!


Family Day at Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugar Bush

Family fun is what it’s all about at Fulton’s!  Bring your family to spend a memorable day together. Enjoy a hot pancake meal in the pancake house from 9 am to 3 pm with extras such as toe tapping music & sleigh rides between 10 am – 2 pm.



Carleton Place Comic-con

Bring your family and enjoy a celebration of all things Geeky from 10-4 on Family Day! Comic books, artwork, jewelry, board games, anime, and so much more! With free face painting and a children’s activity area, families of all ages are sure to have a blast. Admission is only $1 per person over 12 years of age, OR a non-perishable food donation to the Lanark County Food Bank. 100% of the food and money collected goes directly to the Food Bank.



Carleton Place Aquatic Centre

Get out for a swim with the whole family! Open to all ages with a child supervision policy in effect. With the main pool divided in half separating the deep and shallow end, there is room for all different swimming abilities. Diving board and Hot/Wading pool are open too for extra fun! Public Family Day swims from 1-2:30 and 6:30-8. Regular swim fees apply.



Free Family Day movie in Almonte!

Bring the family to the Almonte Old Town Hall on Family Day for an 11:00 am showing of “Playing with Fire”. Refreshments will be available for sale. The movie is sure to please all ages: “When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) come to the rescue of three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet — babysitters. Unable to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids — much like fires — are wild and unpredictable.” www.rottentomatoes.com



Skating and Sliding!

Grab your skates and helmet and head to the rink for some family fun. Tim Horton’s is sponsoring free Family Day skating in Almonte from 1-3 and Pakenham from 3-5.

If you prefer sliding, there is a GREAT hill just steps from the Almonte arena at Gemmil Park.


How will you be spending your family day?IT

Valentine’s Day without the Dinner!

Maybe you love the idea and tradition of Valentine’s Dinner with your love or perhaps you are looking for something different or a little more economical. Here are some ideas to bring some love and warmth to your Valentine’s Day.




Preparing a meal together:


I know I said no dinner…but there is something really lovely about preparing a meal together and sitting down, just the two of you, to eat it. Dim the lights, add a few candles and some music and you’ve got a beautiful setting for a romantic evening. Depending on what your life looks like…. maybe the kids are watching a movie or at Grandma and Grandpa’s house? Whatever the situation just remember to put away your phones and give your significant other the gift of presence!



A handwritten letter:


When was the last time you received a handwritten letter from someone, not to mention your partner! For some, expressing emotions is tough but a letter can make it easier! There is nothing more romantic or touching than when someone writes down on paper how they feel about you. Do this for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Tell them exactly what you love and appreciate about them. Nothing says I love you like your own words.




A romantic walk or snowshoe:


Whether it’s a stroll down Mill Street in Almonte, or Bridge Street in Carleton Place or a snowshoe at Beckwith Trail, this is a great way to have some one-on-one time with your significant other. Doing something active releases endorphins which will make you both feel great and full of life. This will also pull you out of your normal everyday routine and allow for some technology free time together.





Love notes:


Hide notes or candy hearts where you know your love will find them. For instance, you could tape a love note to her steering wheel, slip another one in her wallet, and tape another onto the handle of her toothbrush. Waking up in the morning to find a post-it note on the coffee maker from your loved one saying he/she loves you is the best!




Movie night:


Watch a romantic movie together and make sure to add treats! Whether you have Netflix or another streaming option there are TONS of movies right at your fingertips. You could also head to your local library and choose one of the many DVD’s they have to offer (as long as you still have a DVD player!) Turn on your fireplace if you’ve got one and voila!





What is your favourite thing to do on Valentine’s Day?


It’s Winter in Ottawa! A Winter 2020 Bucket list

It’s winter in Ottawa! A Winter 2020 bucket list

One of the great benefits to living in Lanark County is its proximity to our Nation’s Capital! Depending on where you are located you can be in Ottawa in a matter of moments. While Lanark county has TONS of winter activities to participate in there are lots of great winter attractions that I look forward to in Ottawa every year. For a city that is USED to winter….it is full of winter “stuff” to do!



Winterlude 2020


From Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, 2020, Ottawa hosts Canada’s annual celebration of winter, Winterlude. A special highlight for children (and the young at heart) is Snowflake Kingdom located in Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, with its collection of huge snow slides and interactive activities. The festival’s International Ice Carving Competition attracts carvers from around the world who transform blocks of ice into spectacular works of art. Visit the sculptures during the day and again at night to see them in all their lit-up glory.

Don’t miss the annual Ice Dragon Boat Festival on Feb. 7-8, 2020 where dragon boats race down the frozen Rideau Canal Skateway. Cheer on the dragon boaters as they race down the frozen Rideau Canal Skateway and then warm up inside the Dows Lake Pavilion during the festival’s free concert series!



Skating on the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world is a ‘must-do’ on many visitors’ bucket lists. The Rideau Canal Skateway is open to skaters daily from roughly late December to late February, weather permitting, at no charge, although this year we had a very late start just a few weeks ago! There are change huts, skate rental shacks and snack stations all along its 7.8 km (4.8 miles) length. Check the ice conditions before you head out.

If ice conditions don’t allow for skating on the canal, you can head to Ottawa City Hall where the SENS Rink of Dreams, a refrigerated outdoor skating rink, is open from December to March from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. This 12,500-square-foot ice rink features LED lighting, a heated change hut, picnic tables and benches. Skate rentals and skate sharpening are available on site on weeknights and weekends

The Skating Court at Lansdowne also offers a longer skating season that stretches from early December to mid-March. Free open skating sessions are available daily, or you can learn how to skate through one of its skating programs (skate rentals are not available at this site).


Cross Country Skiing


You can access cross-country trails in the heart of Ottawa, including the popular Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail (known locally as the SJAM Trail). Its groomed tracks are meant for snowshoeing, walking and fat biking (fat tires NOT people!) for 16 km (10 miles) along the Ottawa River running westward from the Canadian War Museum, near downtown. There are also over 150 km (93 miles) of cross-country ski trails in the Greenbelt area encircling Ottawa. You can use the trails for free and all are suitable for beginners and family outings.



Pack up the family, and head out to one of the toboggan hills in Canada’s Capital Greenbelt. These snowy hills are some of the best in the Ottawa region, and are sure to provide thrills for the young and the young at heart.

The Bruce Pit Toboggan Hill is located in the Stony Swamp section of the Greenbelt. The hill offers great daytime sliding but is not lit at night.

The Conroy Pit Toboggan Hill is located in the Pine Grove Forest section of the Greenbelt. At Conroy Pit, you can toboggan in the evening, as well as during the day. The hill is lit daily from 4 pm to 11 pm.

There are also great toboggan hills at Green’s Creek. These hills are also lit in the evening, extending the fun.


What is on your winter 2020 bucket list??


Joanne Beaton

Using Your RRSP’s to Make Your Home Ownership Dreams a Reality!!!!

With February in sight this is a great time to talk about the Federal Government’s Home Buyers’ Plan (although this year you have until March 2, 2020 to purchase RRSP’s for 2019– if that’s your plan). I have had many clients, over the years, use this program to make their home ownership dreams a reality!

With this program, you can use up to $35,000 of your RRSP savings ($70,000 for a couple) to help finance your down payment on your first home.

To qualify, the RRSP funds you’re using must be on deposit for at least 90 days. In order to access your RRSP’s, you must have entered into a written agreement to purchase a home (a pre-approval from your mortgage lender does not qualify).  You must be intending to live in the home, within one year of purchase, so you cannot use this for a rental property purchase.  You must qualify as a first-time home buyer, which means that neither you nor your spouse have owned a home, as your principal place of residence, within the last four years.

One of the benefits is that it is not taxable if you repay it within a 15-year period. The payback amount is at least one-fifteenth a year of the amount you withdrew from your RRSP. So, make sure you set up an automatic monthly, bi-weekly or even weekly contribution to your RRSP, to ensure you do not miss any repayments!

It’s very important to your overall plan that both the pros and cons of this strategy be reviewed. There are several questions you should be asking yourself about this strategy:

  • Will you repay the requirement amount each year?
  • Is it the right time to cash out your RRSP (i.e., this depends on the investments and rate of return you are getting on your current investment)?
  • Is it worth forgoing the future tax sheltered growth potential of your RRSP in favour of reducing the mortgage amount (including default insurance premiums, total interest costs, etc.)


Still not sure if you qualify or if this a good option for you?  Seek advice from a financial planner, your mortgage lender or the lawyer you are using to purchase your home to confirm.  Happy house hunting!

Leeeaaavvving on a jet plane…..!

Joanne Beaton
Sales Representative 
Arnett Realty LTD., Brokerage
Cell: (613)407-4309
Leeeaaavving on a jet plane…..!

It’s that time of year when many Canadians head South for a little reprieve from the frigid temperatures and mountains of snow! While I do really enjoy four seasons….I AM looking forward to a week in the sun with my husband in February.

If you have a vacation planned in 2020 here are some travel tips that may come in handy! Start the car!!!!!!

Before you go:

  1. While all inclusive resorts can be just what the Doctor ordered…they aren’t for everyone! Instead of a hotel, look into reserving a home if traveling with a family, or a single room if alone. Websites like AirBnB can provide homes and private rooms from home owners who are renting them out, usually offering better accommodations than hotels.
  2. Roll your clothes when packing. Instead of creating a folded pile in your suitcase, rolling allows you to fit more things in. Plus, you can even roll underwear and socks within your clothes for optimal space-saving.
  3. Scan your passport, identification card, and itinerary and email them to yourself. This provides an extra copy of each in the event of loss or theft. As an iPhone user, once I email the documents to myself, I usually open the email on my iPhone and save them onto iBooks. This provides me with an offline record.
  4. It’s important to remember to call your credit or debit card company before you leave to ensure that you have your card authorized for your foreign destination. This prevents them from suspecting suspicious activity.
  5. Make sure to check with your house insurance company about the requirements for “inspections” while you are away. At the minimum you will need a friend to check your home every 3 days.
While in Paradise:
  1. Have a souvenir list prepared, and stick to it. This will save you money and prevent you from purchasing something that “you’ll find someone to give to another time”.
  2. “When in Rome…..” Don’t be a stubborn traveler, and get out of your comfort zone! Of course safety is the most important thing, but if you feel comfortable to get out an explore….do it! Try some local cuisine and find the hidden beaches.
  3. Relax….whatever that looks like to you. Remember that THIS is what you have been looking forward to so enjoy every minute!!!
  4. Take pictures….but if you can….put your phone away and be present! If you are working while you are away give yourself a window of time each day and stick to it.
  5. Sunscreen is a MUST….even if it seems cloudy.
Coming home:

  1. Dress comfortably, and in layers, for the trip home. Remember that you are coming back to an Arctic tundra!
  2. If you can, don’t go back to work the first day! Take one final day to be gentle with yourself, unpack and do laundry. The last thing you want to do is rush after a week of rest.
  3. Your skin will be in shock so make sure to apply aloe vera and hydrate!
  4. Have a little discussion with your travel partner about the pros and cons of the trip and decide what worked and what didn’t so you know for next time!
Would love to hear your travel tips!
Anyone lucky enough to be getting some warmth and sun this winter?

It’s a Date…..in Carleton Place!!!

Joanne Beaton
Sales Representative 
Arnett Realty LTD., Brokerage
Cell: (613)407-4309
It is way too easy for hectic schedules to get in the way of “date night” with your significant other. It is so important to spend real quality time with the one you love…. maybe that is one of your New Year resolutions for 2020?

I’ll make it easy for you (no, I won’t babysit!) Here are 4 different Date night/day options right in beautiful Carleton Place.

Option 1: Foodie/ History buff Fusion

It’s Saturday at 10:15 a.m. and the babysitter has arrived. Time to head to the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum to peruse their over 100,000 artifacts from in and around the community. Then head across the street to the Roy Brown Museum and Information Centre and have a peek around this beautiful log home which is a restoration of the first homestead in town.  The building serves triple duty as a museum, visitor information centre and home to the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce.It is 1:00 pm so time to meet up with The Good Food Tour (which meets at the visitor centre) to check out Carleton Place’s diverse and delicious restaurant scene. (Disclaimer – this is a seasonal tour which runs Spring/Summer/Fall)

You will start the tour at the Stalwart Brewing Company sampling their stellar craft beers, carefully paired with charcuterie from the Beckwith Butcher and something sweeter from Beckwith Kitchen. Then you will head to the Boulton House Restaurant along the beautiful Mississippi River. Next up is Chef Ian’s French Bistro fare at the popular Black Tartan Kitchen, followed by something special from Chef Jordan at the Smith & Barrel Pub.  Lastly, you’ll finish up with special desserts at the much-loved Good Food Company.
Option 2: Blind Tasting at Black Tartan and a night cap at Smith & Barrel Pub
It’s Friday night and you’ve made your reservations days ago for a table for 2 at Black Tartan Kitchen. You get to the restaurant and get seated……now to do the 4 or 7 course blind tasting menu??? An exciting and unique dining experience that is sure to satisfy!Let Chef Ian Carswell surprise you with creative courses you won’t find on the menu! Of course, if this is just way too adventurous for you their menu is full of amazing options too.

Next head down to the The Smith & Barrel Pub for a glass of wine, a beer or a delicious hand-crafted cocktail. If you get hungry again you could always order a plate of their deep-fried pickles!

Option 3: Sunday Brunch & Bowling

It’s Sunday at 10 am and you roll out of bed…. or your bed has already been invaded by kiddos! Either way you and your love have a (much needed) reservation for 11:00 am at The Good Food Company.A very popular brunch spot in Carleton Place! They serve fair-trade coffee roasted just up the road in Clayton by Fluid Solar Coffee Roasters and their bread is made a Baker Bob’s! Whether you decide on the Huevos Rancheros or the Eggs Benedict you will be super happy you did.

You finish-up and head over to Chasin’ Turkeys Bowling Alley just down the street. This 5-pin bowling centre, originally built in the late 50’s, changed ownership in 2018 but is still full of character from that time! You don’t need to be amazing at this game to have a load of fun with your partner.

Option 4:  Snowshoe and sip

This option is great for any day of the week, weather permitting. Grab your snowshoes or, rent some from the Beckwith Township office, and head out to the Beckwith Nature Trail for a beautiful snowshoe through the woods. The trails are dog friendly and beautifully maintained. They are also free from motorized vehicles.

All done? Head to the Under Pressure Coffee House for something decadent and warm to finish off your lovely day. They have a huge selection of cakes and treats along with hot chocolate and lattes…. something for everyone.

Let me know what your Option 5 would be?????????

Bringing some “Namaste” into your life in 2020!

Yoga is a beautiful and accessible way to “move your body” if you are searching for ways to do this in 2020. It is perfect for any age, gender or body type and can be tailored to meet the needs of individuals with mobility issues. It was developed in India roughly 5000 years ago and there are many styles of yoga practices. It is now wildly popular in North America and all over the world. If you have been wanting to try it out or are looking for yoga in a group setting, there are many wonderful options in Lanark County.

Check out these local options:


Surya Daya Yoga & Wellness:
14 Mill Street, Unit #7 Heritage Court, Almonte, Ontario  K0A 1A0

Pronounced Surya (SÜR-yah) Daya (Day – yah).At Surya Daya Yoga & Wellness their mission is to hold a safe space for their clients to release tension and explore their minds and bodies. Their hope is that during your time with them you will breathe deeper and reconnect.  They offer yoga the way nature intended, for everybody and without judgement, honoring you exactly as you show up everyday.

Their Yoga Alliance certified yoga teachers offer many styles of yoga including Hatha, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative, Pilates, Mindfulness based practices as well as gentler styles of yoga and movement. They also offer private classes to help tailor your practice to your own individual needs, and workshops to help support you on your journey.

“We teach from our hearts with a guiding principle of compassion, and our hope is to help you find that deeper place within of peace, health and vitality.” (https://suryadayayoga.ca/)

Hamsa Yoga:
74 Bridge Street, Carleton Place ON, K7C2V3
Hamsa Yoga is a studio built on community, health and happiness. Their cozy studio invites warmth, friendships and sometimes a little escape from your day. At Hamsa, they want to make your experience a positive and long lasting one.Hamsa Yoga offers many different styles of yoga including a selection of kids classes!. Even though they’re all based on the same poses, each style has a particular focus – one style might be focused on improving your flexibility, while another primarily strengthens your core. Try a few different class to see which style is best for you.

Hamsa also offers Yoga Teacher Training. Each course is a fulfilling and life-changing journey both for those who wish to teach yoga and those who are ready to embark on a personal journey of self-inquiry.


Aruma ~ A place for Health and Happiness:
2104 Pine Grove Road, Lanark, ON K0G 1K0

At Aruma they recognize that every individual reaches health and happiness in their own unique way, which is why they offer an expansive range of services. Aruma places an emphasis on a healthy mind, body, and spirit, through their holistic services, workshops, and full yoga schedule. Aruma yoga, is inclusive yoga.  Their teachers are committed to supporting you in your practice, whether you are just starting out or you have an established practice.They believe in the benefits of yoga and encourage you to participate in a daily practice that will improve your respiration, strengthen your immunity, lower your risk of disease, increase your flexibility, boost your vitality and empowerment, restore your balance, and prepare you for change.

Aruma also offers SUP Yoga….Yoga on a Stand-up Paddleboard!  If you are looking for a new challenge, SUP Yoga, will reinvigorate your body and feed your soul. They provide all of the equipment, so just come and unwind.


Balance Within Mind Body Soul

20 Albert Street, Carleton Place, ON K7C 1P4

Welcome to Balance With Mind Body Soul- the little studio with a big heart! The yoga studio is a beautiful healing space that adds so much to the experience of a yoga class with lots of natural light. They are a friendly studio that greets everyone with a sense of community, diversity and integrity.

The goal at balance within is to offer a safe space for everybody to experience the many benefits of yoga and meditation. Their instructors come from a variety of backgrounds and offer a diversity of teaching styles.


All of these studios offer a great selection of services that will be sure to meet all of your yoga wellness needs!Lanark County is the best place to be!

Getting rid of the “Christmas Crazies”!!!

Getting rid of the ” Christmas crazies”!!!

It takes months and months of planning and preparation, and within a few short hours the “big day” is all over for another year.  People often talk about the “day after Christmas feeling”, and it’s experienced by children and adults as well, but it doesn’t need to be that way.

I recently read a short article where teachers commented on the stories they hear when kids return to school in January.  Rarely do kids report on the gifts they received, but more often tell stories about the time they spent with their parents and extended family during the break.  With a little creativity and at little or no cost, you can extend the holiday feeling by spending time with your children!

Here are some great ideas you might want to consider doing with your family during the Christmas break.


Skating:  The local arenas in Almonte, Pakenham and Carleton Place have organized public skate events, either sponsored by a local business or the township, offering free public skating during the holidays.  Check their websites to confirm dates and times www.mississippimills.ca/en/play/skating or www.carletonplace.ca/arena.php

Swimming:  Just because you haven’t gone south for the holiday, doesn’t mean you can’t take the family swimming.  Nothing burns off a little extra energy (and calories) than a couple of hours splashing in the pool.  (It might even make the kids tired!)  Check the Christmas Swim Schedule at the Carleton Place Pool for dates and times for their free, sponsored, public swims.  www.carletonplace.ca/photos/custom/Christmas%20swim%20sch%202019.pdf

Bring in New Year’s Eve with kids of all ages:  Why not ring in the new year with Beckwith’s New Years Eve Family Fireworks, beginning at 4:00 p.m.?  The Beckwith Township Council will be hosting this FREE event at Beckwith Park.  There will be horse-drawn sleigh rides, a bonfire, free skating, and fireworks begin at 6:00 p.m.  The canteen will be open in the Recreation Complex, or take your own thermos of hot chocolate with snacks.  If you plan this right, you can still be home and in bed before 10:00!

Sledding & Hot Chocolate:  This will certainly be more fun if you invite another family to join you.  Grab the sleds or the saucers or crazy carpets AND the kids, and head to Gemmill Park in Almonte (the big hill behind the arena), for an afternoon or early evening of sledding.  The fresh air will ensure everyone has a great sleep.  Take a thermos of hot cocoa with you to enjoy on the hill or invite your friends back to your home for a snack.  It’s also a great way to get rid of the Christmas baking before the new year resolutions hit!

Stay indoors and play Board Games all day:  AND stay in your pj’s all day long!  I remember long ago spending a day in the basement rec-room with my family, playing “Monopoly” and “Clue” and working on a 1,000 piece jig-saw puzzle.  We even got to eat dinner in front of the television!

Invite another family in for a Pot-Luck Dinner:  Sometimes the last minute, impromptu invites work out to be the most fun.  No planning for the perfect meal or preparing the house, just a get-together with the adults and children.  Spending time together with people whose company you enjoy is more important than having the perfect meal.  Who cares if you have 2 desserts and no vegetables?  It’s the company that matters more.
How ever you decide to celebrate this holiday season, I wish you and yours a very happy, healthy holiday and wishes for an amazing 2020!

T’was the Night Before Christmas and in comes a SHOWING REQUEST!!!

T’was the Night Before Christmas and in comes a SHOWING REQUEST!!!
A showing on the night before Christmas may be a touch dramatic BUT the reality is, many people have their homes listed for sale over the holidays and, of course, you want to be accommodating when prospective buyers request a showing. Realtor.com says that “the weekends before Christmas and New Year’s Eve have some of the highest traffic of the year!” Cold weather buyers generally mean business so here are some tips to help
you make the showings count!


Winter Wonderland!

When fall arrives and the trees start to lose their leaves, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Your home is potentially more exposed now with bare trees in your yard so it’s more important than ever to touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Also be sure to keep buyers’ safety in mind by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.

Deck the halls…..but not too much!

A festive touch can add to the beauty of your home but be careful to not go overboard! Too many decorations, or adornments that are too large can overwhelm a space and distract potential buyers. Large decorations may take up precious space or make your rooms seems cluttered. If you are someone who LOVES Christmas decorating just put all of your efforts into daydreaming about Christmas in your New home!

Baby it’s Cold Outside!

Make your home feel warm and inviting during showings by cranking up the heat, playing soft classical music and offering homemade holiday treats. Encouraging buyers to spend more time in your home gives them more time to admire its best features.

Do you have any tips for showings over the holidays? Send me a message with your pro tip!!
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