Are you opening yourself up to
"Nobody knows exactly where spring
begins," naturalist Edwin Way Teale wrote in his 1951 classic, North With The Spring, a journey of 17,000
miles by car with his wife. "The season has no starting point like a sprinter on
a track. Somewhere south of Lake Okeechobee, in the watery wilderness of the
Everglades, it comes into being, swells, gains
momentum. Its arrival becomes more abrupt, more striking, its line of
demarcation more evident as it progresses north. Here, in this southern-most
part of the
there is no dramatic spring awakening as there is in some
New England valley, suddenly rich with bloodroot and
hepatica. Here, changes are gentle. The pendulum of the seasons moves slowly,
and the arc of its swing is restricted."
What spring are you in? It
depends on where you live and when you read this. You could be gazing at snow
and ice in northern New England, or looking at azalea buds in
South Carolina. But
wherever you are, to to help you open yourself up to spring, in this issue we
will share the season with:
Colorful Ideas for Spring
Spa Director Betty Loiacono has a
wealth of suggestions to make your spring memorable and mindful... read
- Paint something
bright…a front door, a room, a canvas, a piece of furniture.Buy a
vivid color nail polish and give yourself a manicure.
- Take a walk with
small children to a playground and share their exuberance. Bring a camera with
you on an outing like this. It will help you to see the everyday world in a
- Blow bubbles, fly a
kite, ride a bike, jump rope, go birding, walk to the beach, make a butterfly
- Clean a closet and
give away unused clothes that someone else can enjoy, while you enjoy the
space you've freed up
a poem or start an activities journal to get your creative
- Take a voice lesson.
Or choose a dance class -- anything from line-dancing or classical ballet, as
long as it makes you happy.
- Rent a new exercise
video and see if you like the change.
- Change your soap and
see if it doesn't perk up your morning ritual!
Spring Cleaning Tips from Executive
Housekeeper Mary Ann Rodino.
On the first nice day of spring,
open all your windows and give your whole house a good
As you are doing that, take a look
at your screens. If you find holes, or if they are starting to look
shabby, take them to a local hardware store and have them re-screened. You'll be
surprised by how much you will enjoy the look of new
Inside the house, clean out closets
and discard or recycle unused items. Flip and vacuum your mattresses. Vacuum all
your window treatments and clean your window fans.
If a morning cup of coffee helps
motivate you to get started on your spring cleaning, here's one more tip. If you
have burnt coffee in the bottom of your glass carafe, put salt and ice cubes
into the carafe and stir, and off comes the burnt
Dates to Remember
Retail Director Cheryl Urso reminds
us that there are two important dates to remember this spring: Mother's Day, May
13, and Father's Day, June 17.
Treat your Mom to a Make-up and
Waxing Service! She will have the opportunity to learn some great tips and
techniques and experience the newest seasonal colors. Our professional make-up
artists can custom blend a foundation and concealer that matches her skin tone
perfectly! In addition, our artists are experts at facial waxing.Did you know
that the brows are the frame of your face? The shape is so
And for Dad... He likes to be
pampered too! How about our best seller – The Spa at Norwich Inn's Men’s Facial
Wash or Soft Shave Cream? Check them out on this site under "Boutique." We
also have tees and comfortable polos in an array of colors. Give us a call at
1-800-ASK-4-SPA and we will help you select.
For ordering, and to see more products, click here.
Having an herb garden is like having
a pharmacy... aromatherapy and gourmet shop
all-in-one! Not to mention the beauty it lends any garden or kitchen
window. They are easy to plant and many stores will soon begin to stock
them from seeds to fully matured plants. If you’re planning to plant your
herbs outside, wait until the passing of the last frost. Check with your
local nursery. Find a place for them where they will get plenty of
sunshine and protection from extreme winds. If you have pets, use small
barriers to keep them out; remember that some animals like to mark their
During the growing season you can
enjoy your herbs in a variety of preparations. For example thyme is very
common in most gourmet kitchens. It is available in many varieties such as
English thyme (good for meats), Lemon thyme (good for fish and seafood) and
Silver thyme (good for poultry), among others. This versatile herb seasons
all from poultry to meats by adding a robust fragrance and strong element of
freshness. As an infusion, thyme has been documented to have antibacterial
as well as decongestive properties. Infusions have also been
used for shyness and relief of gastrointestinal parasites. In the battlefield,
thyme oil was medicine to keep infection out of
Another favorite is rosemary.
It is a very vigorous herb and tradition holds that tall-growing rosemary means
that a woman heads the household. We always have plenty of this herb at
home. I like to use it with roasted, garlic-studded chicken.
, students wore rosemary
garlands while studying for exams, believing it would help their memory.
As an infusion it is used as a natural carminative, as
Italians tradition holds that when a
woman puts a pot of basil outside her bedroom window, she is ready to receive a
suitor. Times have changed, but that doesn’t change how delicious basil
can be. Basil grows everywhere there is plenty of water, humidity and
warmth. Basil is a delicate herb compared to thyme and rosemary, but it
makes up for it in flavor. There are many types of basil. As a
child, I can remember walking the streets of my mother’s home town,
Tepic, in central
during the summer. The
basil plants grew wild in the streets and the aroma was so pervasive that the
smell of it today takes me back to that time.
Basil comes in many varieties, each
with its unique variation of taste and aroma, but all undeniably basil. I
do not have a particular favorite, because each has its perfect match. My
choice of basil depends on what I’m cooking. Anise basil is great on meats
and Lemon basil or Vero basil for very good in pasta sauces and lighter
dishes. All types have wonderful aroma. Infusions of basil are
believed to have a calming effect on the bowels to ease cramps and constipation
and similarly help with headaches and anxiety.
Whatever you decide to do with
herbs, they will undoubtedly enhance you life.