Monday, July 18, 2011

totally random...





I just realized how little I have posted this summer. Between trying to keep up with furniture orders, getting ready for shows, getting my mother-in-law moved into assisted living and her home ready to be sold...the time has flown by so fast!

So today I thought I would check in...say hello...and release a few of the random thoughts floating around in my head.
Here we go...




- I went to a county fair on Saturday night. I love a good fair! What could be better than farm animals and food on a stick?? Oh, and cute farmboys, lets give them and their tight jeans a little credit for the ambience at a fair. {wink...wink...}

-  Anyone out there have a magic cure for summer allergies you can share?? I am miserable. It is like having the worst cold of your life...that never goes away. I've tried Zyrtec, Singular, Claratin...they provide zip in the relief department. Ugh. Help. Please.




- It is going to be HOT here today. So it is Barbeque Chicken Pizza done on the grill for dinner...oh, and  Margaritas are on the menu, too. We must stay hydrated on a hot day, you know.

- Right now I am drinking lemonade. And I put frozen strawberries in it rather than ice cubes. It is my very favorite summertime drink. You should try it.

- Remember my post about wanting a white slipcovered chaise for my office? Well, Ilast week I bought the 'armless' Etktorp chaise from Ikea. *LOVE* it!



- Have you ever had a fried Snickers bar?? I am just taking a survey. I did not partake. I was too scared. Fried foods kinda freak me out. But I do love a Snickers ice cream bar. Those things are so bad, yet soooo good.

- As I type this I am looking out the window at my sister's Hydrangeas (she lives next door). Hers are huge and pink and beautiful. Mine are dinky and barely blooming. What??




- It is 12:41 and I am still in my pjs. Oh, how I love being my own boss.

- I found a beautiful quilt at a garage sale this weekend for $3! Three bucks!? That was an awesome moment.



 - I am trying to plan a vacation for the Hubs and I in December. Any ideas for me? We are thinking Key West. Anyone visited during the winter months? Is it going to warm...like beach weather...or no?

Ok, thats all I got for today. I will be amazed if any of you made it to this end of that post, and didn't click off somewhere around random thought #3. I am off to paint furniture in my garage. I brought 4 dressers home from my warehouse just so I could go in and out of the air conditioning today. I am such a whimp.

Stay cool, girls! I will be back tomorrow to share an up-and-coming roadtrip!


33 comments:

  1. Hi there! I understand about the allergies...horrible...so draining on your energy...Do you use a Neti Pot? It does help a little...I’m having a giveaway come on over and join in...

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  2. Try a nettie pot for your allergies-If you've never tried one before don't let the idea freak you out.
    Helps mine immensely :D
    xx

    z

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  3. Ah, someone beat me to suggesting the Neti Pot. Its incredibly helpful! Mine came with a nasal wash you mix into the salt and hot water, and my doctor suggests putting a bit of aloe in too.

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  4. Nope, never have had a fried snickers... I know what you mean about fried stuff though. It sort of makes me sick. Except fried pickle slices... now those are good! Oh and I will be by around 5ish to partake in the margaritas! Extra salt please!

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  5. Loved the random post and the funny summery pictures...
    Probably best not to eat fried Snickers..

    Cindy

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  6. I *have* tried a fried Snickers! It was actaully too much of a good thing.

    Your carny pics are just lovely, Mary!

    XOXO,
    Anne

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  7. I so enjoyed the pretty summer fair pictures! So good! Allergy problems here, too. The only thing that works for me is Benadryl, or course, then I walk around in a fog all day. Never tried fried snickers but they sound very interesting! Stay cool!

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  8. I'm really enchanted by the colors in your photos: just wonderful!

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  9. My husband suffers from the allergies and hay fever. He is old fashioned but says only Contact works for him......do they still make that? We are putting his mother in assisted living this week. It is so sad isn't it.
    I love your fair pictures......they almost have an antique look to them. Good luck with those allergies. Stay cool. I really do not like this heat.

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  10. I have the allergies here too :(

    LOVE the photos.. and never tried fried snickers bars, but to tell you the truth they sound kinda wierd :)

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  11. So much fun in that post! Never tried a fried snickers either, but I'm definitely trying your frozen strawberry idea! Good luck with the allergies - it's awful here so I have no good advice, sorry! :)

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  12. Ugh, allergies are the worst since they tend to linger. I wish I had a solution for you!

    Have you thought about going to Bermuda? Hubby and I went years ago and fell in love with the sweet little island. Of course if you are wanting a driving vaction Bermuda wouldn't work.

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  13. Rabbit poop, Antarctica, pigs are smarter than dogs and....I can't remember what else. (Those responses may not be in the right order and it's up to you to decide to what they apply.)

    : )

    I hope you feel better thoon,

    Julie M.

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  14. I've suffered with allergies for years, switching between pills trying to find one that would work. This year I took a different route and went with essential oils. I used doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils, putting 5 drops each of lemon, lavender and peppermint into a capsule and taking one a day for 5 days and have not had problems since! I can't recommend that enough! I don't sell it, just use it. :)

    We're going to Key West in Nov. It's such a fun place! The last time I went was in Dec/Jan and it was warm and perfect.

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  15. We went to Key West in January a few years ago and it was awesome. You'll be fine! Awesome pix of the fair.... XOX

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  16. I was going to say "neti pot" too. I just bought one. Have never used one and haven't needed to yet, but have wanted to have one on hand. I had to watch a YouTube "how to" on them. Gross but informative. :D

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  17. I do have a magic fix for summer allergies that a pharmacist told me about years ago. Take Benadryl at night and Sudafed during the day. Works like a charm, I promise! My whole family suffers with seasonal allergies and this is the one thing that consistently works for us. On another note, your photographs are just beautiful. What actions do you use?

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  18. I have never had a fried Snicker bar. However, I do like frozen Snickers bars. /dj

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  19. Hi Mary ! We were on the same page today :)
    Hope u get some relief from your allergies. I haven't found anything that works on mine yet. Stay cool. Susan

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  20. i suffer 24 hours a day 365 days a year. besides the long trek(4 shots,once a week for a year) of taking antigen allergy shots, which i stopped when my insurance did. i take a 24 hour zyrtec in the morning and a 24 hour zyrtec at night. i do use a netti pot now and then but only when i need a little extra.

    hope you find relief soon.

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  21. Love the fair pics! As for the allergies...I don't have a suggestion. I just suffer and not too silently either...HA!
    Fried snickers? Nope..sounds too rich for me!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  22. I tried a fried Snicker once-not good enough to be worth the "naughtiness" of it, imo! BTW I have been repinning up a storm from your pins.

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  23. I've heard that taking a spoonful of LOCAL (as close to home as you can get) honey every day helps with allergies. I haven't tried it, but I've read it many times and it makes sense if you think about honey being made from the exact allergens that are probably irritants to you, over time it should help your body to build up some resistance. Hey, it's worth a try & it's yummy to boot. That fair looks like fun...a fried snickers...omg...what will they fry next? Fried butter is the ultimate craziness, can you believe that? Take care, and stay cool. I'm ready for a new game of Words whenever you have time ; ). Hugs-Carrie

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  24. I take 2 benadryl every night before bed and it usually helps for 24 hours. Gorgeous carnival pics! Heather @ nestnc.blogspot.com

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  25. I have had allergies my whole life, so I feel your pain! My whole family has pretty severe allergies so collectively we have learned a lot from visiting doctors over the years. I take zyrtec because it works best for me. That being said, it doesn't work in one pill! Your body needs to build up antihistamine to combat the allergies daily. If you have it in your system you will suffer much less. Take your meds everyday, not just when you feel like you need it!

    Also, I can't stress enough how much this has helped me... BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU EAT!!! I am so guilty of this because I love fresh fruits and veggies. However, many of the pollens and whatnot in food can cause allergic reactions when MIXED together. For instance... one morning several years ago I grabbed a banana nut muffin and a lemonade for breakfast. Thirty minutes later I was throwing up everywhere and breaking out in hives!!! Turns out bananas come from ragweed which I'm incredibly allergic to and mixed with the citric acid from the lemonade it made my body freak. Even though I'm careful most of the time, I get yucky allergy symptoms from having lemon water with certain foods. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_allergy_syndrome for more details.

    I know it's tasty, but think twice before you drink that lemonade!!!

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  26. I love your random posts.. :)
    Oh and tray Allergra D -- make sure it has the D if you are stuff up all the time :)

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  27. I agree with the Vintage Wren above on the honey. I take honey in my tea everyday and had never had a problem. My 7 year old son has bad allergies and someone mentioned the honey and I thought we would try it. Supposedly you have to start before allergy season so I am planning on starting during the winter. Also the honey must be LOCAL so you are exposing yourself to the same pollen. Hey its worth the try!

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  28. Too damn hot, I am staying inside and painting bathroom trim boards. My allergy is to this CAT my daughter has...pet her, rub my nose and suddenly, it's on...thakfully, it"s a big hosue so I can avoid her sometimes...

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  29. such wonderfully nostalgic those two first photos are! I remember the Summer Carnival that came to my midwestern hometown every year over the 4th of july weekend as one of the best times of my childhood.

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  30. I have crazy allergies as well. Start in May when all the trees are starting to bud (and releasing pollen) and then get a little better, but then when the cottonwoods release their cotton, they get bad again. THEN harvest starts! Summer is not my favorite time of year, to say the least. So far I have not been able to find a drug/combination of drugs that works completely. I started taking Quercetin this spring (started in March taking 1000mg a day) and that actually helped. Then at the end of May, I got evacuated from my apartment due to the floods in Minot, ND, and left my beloved pills behind. My ENT doc wants me to have surgery on my sinuses....but that is not my favorite idea. Best of luck! I know how you feel!

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  31. Forget about pills - you need a nose spray like Flonase or Nasonex! Have your primary care doctor call in a prescription for you. They help with severe congestion as well as sneezing, drainage, puffiness, etc. Daily use with a nasal spray and you will never go back to Claritin (and no dry mouth side effects either)!

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  32. I went to the Dr. this morning and he told me to take Sudafed (PE if you have high blood pressure) and Musinex.

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  33. The fair brings back fond memories of my childhood. Love your blog!

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