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PA GE 3 Say what... Digital Magazine • Issue 35 • November 2016 • • http://saywhat.nz Bring on BBQ season... Words from the Editor... Life has a way of throwing opportunities at you in strange and sometimes subtle ways... and they all have great lessons to be learned. Recently a change in my lifestyle meant that I suddenly had a dramatic decrease in 'free time' but without a comparable drop in workload. Normally, this would greatly increase my stress levels, and more than likely start a cascade of issues that would result in a spiral into depression. Instead, it helped me to reassess my priorities, and assign more realistic expectations on my various projects and goals. That's partly why this issue was delayed by a day or two - I had to realise that while the magazine is something I am passionate about, and an important part of what I do with my days, it's not the be-all and end-all. Getting moody and depressed because I had run out of time wasn't a smart thing, and there wasn't a reason to get all bent out over it. You're good people, you appreciate this is done as a labour of love, not a "job", and you know that I'm not being lazy or just slacking off - I don't like to delay the publication unless there's a good reason. So, thank you one and all for your understanding and messages of support - it's something that is greatly appreciated by me, I assure you. As one of the nearly one-third of Kiwis who has mental-health issues - in my case depression complicated by a mild form of Asperger's Syndrome - knowing that you aren't secretly cursing me behind my back means more than you might think. So, what lesson did this teach me? It taught me hoe to better address my stress triggers, and how to manage my time better. If you think you may have mental health issues, don't listen to those who tell you to "...just man up and get over it" - talk to your friends, family or a professional. It takes a lot of guts to open up about these things. +K Summer is announcing it's pending arrival with an increase in sunshine time, longer and warmer days, and exploding plant growth... which means more time outdoors dealing with weeds and lawns. Great for the mood, your Vitamin D levels, and for fun times with the kids too. Time to unpack the BBQ, water-guns, sprinklers, pools, slip'n'slides, and all the other fun things that the warmer weather allows. But warmer weather also bring drier grass, and with fireworks already exploding in our skies and launching fountains of sparks in the back yards, now is a rough time for the Fire Service, so please be smart about your pyrotechnic entertainment. Check out some great tips for safe fireworks fun on Page 18. When it comes to BBQ season, it's a good idea to keep the temperature, and the pests that warm weather brings, in mind when it comes to your feast. Meat will turn a lot faster outside, so keep it in the fridge until you are right ready to lay it on the grill. Salads will wilt in the sun, so they should have cool shade, and any protein-based dressings - such as mayonnaise or aioli - will not be happy in the heat. Keep them in a chilly-bin near the table until it's time to serve. It may sound like a lot of hassle, but the health of your friends, family and guests deserves the extra effort. You may have been fine in previous years, but not everyone has a cast-iron constitution, and nothing is worse than giving your guests food poisoning.