Summertime | July 13, 2020

Volume 1 Issue 14 | | Editor: Colleen MacLeod | #meadowlarkmonday


Whether you opt for summer staycations or perhaps trips around Alberta, summer is the time to be outdoors with family and friends. We are a bit weather-challenged so far this summer, so it’s even more important to take advantage of the warm, sunny days we get! Check out Travel Alberta for ideas.

The Meadowlark is taking time off to enjoy summer as well: there will only be one issue per month for July and August.

New Businesses In Town

Two new businesses have opened up at 213 2nd Ave. in Irricana. Check them out!

Hair Worx

On July 7, Anna opened a full service family hair salon offering haircuts, rollersets, perms, colour, and waxing. The prices are very reasonable, especially for seniors. Open 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday thru Friday. Follow them on Facebook for up-to-date information.

Irricana Country Treasures

Chris opened a small town thrift store on July 4. The store offers a variety of gently used or new products. Open Saturdays from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sundays from 11 AM to 6 PM. Follow them on Facebook for up-to-date information.

Detour To Thunder Bay, Ontario


If you ever get the chance to drive the northern route along Lake Superior, I highly recommend it. The views are absolutely stunning and worth a few days to take it all in.

In Thunder Bay you have the chance to climb Mount McKay, which although it doesn’t seem like any of the mountains we are used to with the Rockies, gives a beautiful view of Thunder Bay itself. Thunder Bay also has a big memorial of Terry Fox at the place where he unfortunately had to abandon his run across Canada. From his monument you can see the Sleeping Giant which is a combination of land formations that appears to be a giant laying on its back. A little further of a drive and you can visit beautiful Kakabeka falls, which is not nearly as busy of a tourist attraction as one expects.

Dimensions of Wellness

Getting back to nature, spending time with family and friends, and vacations are all things that benefit your personal wellness. If you are seeking genuine, holistic wellness you need to address body, mind and spirit. I find it helpful to think of wellness as being composed of 5 dimensions.

  1. Physical wellness encompasses healthy diet, sleep, exercise, management of health conditions, physical environment, and personal safety.
  2. Relational wellness is all about your relationships with other people, including your friends, family, and significant other.
  3. Intellectual wellness is continuing to grow, learn, and develop mastery within a chosen field, be it occupational or recreational.
  4. Emotional wellness includes healthy ways of expressing feelings and management of mental health challenges.
  5. Spiritual wellness is about living in congruence with your beliefs and values and gaining a sense of purpose or meaning from life.

Mixed Farming – The Hard Way

Shelly, Pioneer Acres Museum

Modern mixed farming has come a long way from this!

Photo courtesy of Pioneer Acres Museum

A Cat Caregiver for AARCS


This week I volunteered for the first time since March at AARCS Safe Haven. It was good to finally be back. I have been a cat caregiver for AARCS (Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society) since February 2019. I found out about the organization through my real estate brokerage, CIR Realty, after they chose it as one of two charitable organizations to support (the other being the Ronald McDonald House). CIR Realty agents have the option of donating a portion of their commissions to either one of these organizations and AARCS is my choice!

Photo courtesy of AARCS

The Safe Haven shelter is where homeless companion animals (mostly dogs and cats) first begin their journey to their fur-ever home. The animals reside in the shelter until they are placed in a foster home and/or adopted. There is also an onsite veterinary clinic. For the cats, Safe Haven also is an intake for cats in the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) program that the organization operates.
There are two shifts for cat caregivers; one in the morning and one in the evening. Cat caregivers feed the cats, clean the litter trays and the cages, and ensure that each cat has water, soft bedding and toys! We also give each cat who wants it attention and pets!

I have always been an advocate for animal welfare and volunteering for AARCS allows me to participate in a positive way. It is one of the most rewarding things that I do. AARCS is always looking for more foster homes and volunteers. To find out more about the organization, check out

Summertime Slime

Jae Jae

We do a lot of messy, sensory play but I admit I was hesitant to make slime because of the mess! After learning that white vinegar is your friend and easily takes it off fabric like clothes, carpets and sofas, slime is now a favourite we play with all the time! After trying a few different types of slime recipes, here is our favourite. I prefer the recipes that use contact solution (must have boric acid in it) as I feel it is the safest when making with little ones.


  • 6oz Elmer’s Clear Glue, Glitter Glue or White Glue
  • 1/4C Water
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Contact solution (with boric acid in the ingredients)
  • Additional glitter, small foam balls or coloured sand (optional)

*Note: When we made it with glitter glue and white glue we only needed around 1Tbsp contact solution, clear glue needed closer to 2 Tbsp. Add slowly, a little at a time, as too much contact solution will make the slime hard/rubbery and not nice and stretchy.


In a bowl mix together the glue, water, baking soda and a few drops of food colouring. Slowly add contact solution, a little at a time, mixing constantly. It will come together the more you mix.

Once you see that the slime is coming away from the sides of the bowl – it will still be very sticky, that’s okay! – take it out and onto your table. If you want to add extra glitter, foam balls or sand, put it on top now. Put some contact solution onto your hands and knead the slime. After a couple minutes you’ll see it all come together, lose its stickiness, and it will be squishy and stretchy but come off your hands easily! If after a few minutes it is still too sticky, just add a little more contact solution to your hands and knead for a couple more minutes.

Store at room temperature in a freezer Ziploc bag, taking as much air out as possible, and it will last for months.

Adding to your play:

  • We love adding extra glitter, small foam balls, water beads and even sand to our slime
  • Try making it with glow in the dark glue!
  • Make puffy slime by adding shaving cream into the bowl before you add the contact solution
  • This is a great activity to practice scissor skills with your little one as it is so fun to stretch and cut
  • Add little toys for your little one to ‘rescue’ from the slime

We would love to see your creations! If you try this out, please send us pictures to so we can share and inspire others with your creations!

Nature’s Toothbrush

Tracy, Irricana Kountry Kennels

Just like us, dogs need dental care. They may not be prone to cavities like us, but they still get tartar & plaque buildup and gingivitis. It isn’t just yellow teeth or bad breath – these canine dental problems can lead to life-threatening infections or issues including heart, liver, or kidney disease.

It is very expensive to take your dog to the vet for dental work and it could also be dangerous for your dog as they are put under a general anesthetic for any major dental work. I have always felt that prevention is the key. Keeping your dog’s teeth clean will prevent many problems. There are many products available for cleaning your dog’s teeth including tooth brushes & tooth paste; special dry kibble specifically made for dental care, treats that are marketed for dental care, and dental chew toys.

I have to admit that I really have no interest in using a toothbrush daily on my 4 dogs. I have tried some of the dental care treats and dental toys, but I didn’t experience any good results. I personally prefer “Nature’s Toothbrush”. I give my dogs a frozen, raw chicken neck (or back) every night. They so look forward to this treat, it does an incredible job cleaning their teeth, and I save myself a lot of effort & time. The little bones in the chicken necks clean any tartar build-up between the teeth. The added bonus is my dogs think I am a Treat Queen! Read more.

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