Tag Archives: Spring

The Latest From Charmaine: February 2019

Greetings all!!February 2019

Well, if you wanted Winter…are you happy now??  This has been both BEAUTIFUL AND UGLY.  The snow is gorgeous and yet what it has done to schedules and school days is definitely not pretty.

The good news is that we are inching closer to SPRING (March 1st if you are of a meteorological mindset) March 20th is the DAY !!!

My mail has had sporadic garden catalogs come in and I look out the window and go HURRY! HURRY!

One bright spot might be if you grow your own microgreens/sprouts.  Easy peasy and a constant supply of great fresh greens can be yours unless you are lucky enough to get out to the Farmers Markets that run thru’ the winter (but appear to be limited to the east side and also at hours that might not be convenient).

Interesting article in this newsletter from the Canadian Health Minister.

Any questions about the content…shoot me an e-mail (lanjorc@yahoo.com)

SEE YOU IN THE OFFICE, ON THE TABLE/MAT OR UNDER THE BARBELLS

 

Latest News From Charmaine: April 2018

Greetings all!April 2018

There is a song that goes April showers brings May flowers….but what the heck does this chilly weather bring?

MOTHER Nature is sorely testing our patience, isn’t she? …Spring is so close and yet so far away. And, of course, being the human creatures we are, we will probably soon be whining about how hot it is.

So, on the power lifting front, I was invited to 3 different National events this year and due to circumstance beyond my control (too short notice and recovering from an injury), could not go to any of them. I am competing again in June and at the Senior Olympics in August, so I may get another invitation next year…who knows!

On the health care front, we have included an article about making resolutions in Spring when the fresh veggies come to the forefront and we have a chance to lighten up on the heavy comfort food of winter.

See you in the office/on the table/on the mat or under the barbells!!!

EARTH DAY IS THIS MONTH

April 2018

 

Springtime Veggie Pasta Primavera

Serves 6-8vegan recipes

1 lb small pasta of your choice…rotini, penne or oriochetti…use whole wheat where possible

  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 2-in pieces
  • 1 large sweet pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for topping
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute broccoli, asparagus, pepper, onion, and garlic in olive oil until veggies are just tender, about 7-10 minutes. Stir in spinach, peas, and cherries tomatoes and continue cooking an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Remove cooked veggies from heat and stir in cooked pasta, 1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking water, lemon juice, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top pasta primavera with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

Spring: the most dramatic time of the year

spring fermIt’s Happening (again) …

Nights are getting a wee bit shorter every night; days are getting a wee bit longer every day – it’s the most dramatic time of the year.

The earth is preparing to bring forth expansion after constriction, awakening after sleep, life after death.

Spring is a rebirth

Spring is a reminder that nothing lasts – not the dark, cold nights of winter nor the sultry nights of summer. What lasts? An endless cycle of life expressing itself over and over.

Nature gives us yet another chance to be all we can be.

Latest News from Charmaine: March: Spring is Finally Here

Greetings All!Latest News fro Charmaine: March Newsletter

Well, as you get this newsletter, we are on the cusp of Spring (according to the calendar—not Mother Nature!).

This is really not time to throw caution to the wind, as the weather can still sneak in a few snow events yet and the conditions can be less than optimal…So, still be careful out there….AND get checked and adjusted if you have an OOPS!

We will be away from the office April 10th thru the 17th as we are heading over for Alfred’s christening which will happen on Easter Sunday and as is the tradition there, several other babies from the valley will be christened at the Valley church, a hop and skip from Damaris and Anders house.

Meanwhile enjoy the roller coaster weather..AND THIS NICE FULL NEWSLETTER!

See you in the office, on the table, on the mat or under the barbells.