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JAY AGASSIZ Homelife Salmon Arm 404-251 Trans Canada Hwy NW Salmon Arm BC V1E 3B8

In This Edition:  Medicine Cabinet Makeover  Shuswap Market Update  Household Hints: Helpful Quick Fixes  Penne Pasta with Spring Vegetables  Just a Note...

Medicine Cabinet Makeover With spring cleaning season about to kick into high gear, it’s a good time to take a good look at that often overlooked household collect-all: your medicine cabinet. While I’m sure most people clear theirs out at least once as year as they should, I thought some handy reminders might get the rest of us to play it safe and do the medicine cabinet “ditch” this month! So, grab your checklist and get to work with these great tips from our friendly pharmacists across North America: 

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Check for Expired Medications: Many people think saving those prescription medicines for a “rainy sick day” may be a good idea, but many medicines lose their effectiveness with age and some become downright dangerous! DO NOT flush medicines down the toilet, as it is environmentally unfriendly. DO NOT throw in the trash where animals or children can get into them. To properly dispose of expired medications, take them to your neighborhood pharmacy where they'll be happy to properly dispose of them for you or can inform you of a safe disposal facility. Look for Improperly Stored Items: Medicines that weren't sealed properly can evaporate or can become contaminated by the air. Throw anything that looks suspicious away using the same care as above when working medications. Check Liquid Medicines for Separation: Shake any liquid medications well to determine if they've separated, as well as checking for foul odors. If either of those are the case, toss it out. Over-the-Counter Medicine Check: Often people will find themselves with a batch of over-the-counter medicines that they haven't found effective or even some that have been pulled from the shelves for safety reasons such as anything containing ephedra. If you're not sure what a medication is or if it's safe, ask your local pharmacist for advice.

Now that you've cleaned out the old, make sure you have a fresh supply on hand of:     

First aid necessities: bandages, antiseptic cream, peroxide, and alcohol wipes Cold/flu remedies and allergy medicine: spring is notorious for these flare-ups Stomach/intestinal remedies: Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate, Imodium A-D, and antacids Basics: tweezers, thermometer, measuring spoon, disinfectant Pain relievers: acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and asprin plus any children's varieties of these if you need them.

Shuswap Market Update: The Shuswap Zone of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) reported February 2011 sales activity of all MLS® property types slowed compared to this time last year when buyers were spurred into the market early in the first quarter to avoid the impending HST. While new listings have declined since 2010, inventory remains comparable to last February and continues to provide an excellent selection of properties for recreation, investment and retirement buyers. Overall unit sales in February declined 35.09% compared to the same month last year (to 37 units from 57) and saw a 37.03% increase over the 27 units sold in January. Although new listings dropped 41.78% compared to February 2010 (to 170 from 292), listings improved by 38.09% from last month’s 116 units, and inventory at the end of February dipped by only 2.93% over 2010 (to 1,294 from 1,333). While total residential sales this month decreased 31.25% over last February (to 33 from 48 units) with sales volumes down 26.56% (to $10.5 million from $14.3 million), residential sales were up 18.51% over the 27 units sold in January.

Household Hints Household Quick-Fixes Putting a little creativity into your spring cleaning can be a good thing! Try these five handy tips for a few touches of extra freshness in your home. 

Apply spray starch to doors and to painted walls along hallways and stairways where fingerprints accumulate. The coating it creates will resist marks better.

Place a piece of white chalk in your silver chest or jewelry box to absorb moisture and help prevent tarnishing of silverware and jewelry.

Wipe the inside of the fridge with vinegar helps prevent mildew because the acid in vinegar kills mildew fungus.

Crumbled newspapers lining the vegetable compartments of a refrigerator will keep veggies crisp.

Those beds of pansies will bloom more prolifically if you take a few moments to pinch out early buds. This encourages plants to bush out and, in the end, produce more flowers.

Join us next month for more handy household hints!

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Penne Pasta with Spring Vegetables        

1 (8 ounce) package sugar snap peas, trimmed 1 pound fresh washed asparagus, trimmed and cut into ½ inch pieces 1 small red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips 1 (8 ounce) package dry penne pasta 1 tablespoon butter 3 tablespoons olive oil ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. In medium skillet, add butter, asparagus, peas, and peppers and sauté for 3-5 minutes until just tender. Transfer vegetables and drippings to a large bowl; set aside. Add pasta to boiling water, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al denté; drain. Place pasta in the bowl with the vegetables. Toss with olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

Just A Note... Spring officially arrives this month and it’s always nice to watch the world start to wake up from the winter months. It’s a great time for renewal and reaffirmations. For me, it reminds me to plant the seeds of friendship and service in our community. It’s wonderful to be able to connect with so many people, especially during times of change. Our economy and market can often leave us with what feels like a million questions, and it’s comforting and rewarding to be able to give back to all of you by providing the answers so many are looking for. What seeds will you plant this year? What’s in store for your family this spring? How have all the changes of our world effected all of you? What questions do you have that perhaps I can answer? Know that I’m here for you and yours and that you can call anytime. Even if I don’t immediately have the answer you need, I’ll find it for you. Being the best real estate resource possible is my passion, so ask away! Wishing you a wonderful March.

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Jay Agassiz REALTOR®/Co-owner Homelife Salmon Arm 404-251 Trans Canada Hwy NW Salmon Arm, BC V1E 3B8 Cell 250.833.8284 Work 250.832.7871

Jay's March 2011 Shuswap Newsletter  

a monthly newsletter from Shuswap :Lake BC Real Estate Agent Jay Agassiz

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