Thursday, April 25, 2013


Rumor has it that The Husband is going to the lake to play with his new fishing boat.  I wish I had a diversion like that right now!  He really needs a break right now and after this wedding I'm going to lock up the house, grab the dogs and head to the lake where I'm not going to do anything but float on a raft and sip spiked lemonade!  But for now, I have to get out and find new shoes, a bra and a clutch purse.  I have a fitting appointment after I get the carpets cleaned tomorrow and then there is another party for Emily Saturday night, sort of a bachelorette party for all the ladies invited.  The stripper party last weekend was just for the bridesmaids! lol!  Sunday is going to be my day of rest.  I mean that. :)

Linking to Feathered Nest Friday at Courtney's



20 North Ora said...

Jane - I don't have asthma but really bad allergies. I use a Wal Mart allergy pill. It's a little tiny hot pink pill with the Equate brand on it. It works wonders for me and doesn't make me sleepy. You might try it. The others all make me so drowsy.

Keep up the good work.


Olive said...

Hi Jane, that asthma is after you again. I take generic Zyrtec everyday because I work outside all the time. It is a 4th generation antihistamine and really good for outdoor allergies. Do you see an allergy specialist? The tupils are gorgeous. xo, Olive

Unknown said...

Love your tulips, and forsythia is just so pretty! What a pretty hood you have. I have the plain old white metal one from the hardware store. But it serves its purpose. I take a Zyrtec every morning when I take my other medications. I've done it for about a month or more, and it has been a life saver for me. I still sneeze some, but don't have all the other symptoms. We've had sooooo much pollen this year. Hope you have a fun weekend!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh my goodness, your tulips are incredible, I shared shots of mine, I thought they were pretty until I saw yours {sigh} Your forsythia is a beautiful site.. hope you feel better soon. fondly ~lynne~

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Love your beautiful tulips!! I think it's to warm where we live for them. I use Zyrtec (generic brand) and it helps, but sometimes something can work for one person and not another. I hope you get relief soon!

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Jane,
I was winded just reading all the stuff you have going on!!!! You are a busy girl these days. I hope you rest on Sunday. I know allergies are bad right now. Try Zyrtec maybe you will not be as tired. Hope you feel better.

Traci said...

Wow! I'm tired just reading. I have bad allergies but not asthma. I can't imagine what that's like for you. LOVE LOVE LOVE the tulips!! They're my fave!

NanaDiana said...

I always planned that he day after the "day after brunch and gift opening" that we left on a vacation. It was so good to just unwind and BE. It will all come together, Jane. Dee breath and take it moment by moment- xo Diana

Anonymous said...

such an exciting time! Your flowers look beautiful I'm so glad they made it to bloom this year, sorry to hear of the allergy problems, I have allerges and asthma from them but mine are year round, I am not allergic to pollen, I take Zertec I find it helps, and I do a neti pot rinse when coming in from out side, its suppose to rinse out the stuff in your nos.I hav been using the neti pot now fro 8 years and I would nver be with out it.I put 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp glycerin in a cup of cooled boiled water, works great, best wishes on the party coming up!

Primitive Stars said...

Afternoon Jane, loving those Tulips, so pretty, mine will be a little bit longer....Oh allergy s are the pits, been there done that.......Hope you find some relief soon......Take Care, Francine.

It's me said...

Wowwwww your tulips are Dutch.....;-)))!!

Barbara F. said...

Try some local honey. All natural, and it builds up immunity to the pollen, etc. in your area. I also found permanent allergy relief by removing wall-to-wall carpeting, especially in the bedroom, no dryer sheets I use the dryer balls that bounce around. No air freshener plug-ins either. I found relief with Zyrtec at night. I also took a prescription antihistamine that knocked me out in about 1 minute and I slept for 7 - 8 hrs.! Don't remember the name of it, it was over 10 years ago. xo

emily barlocker scott said...

Why does your house and yard always look so perfect!?!?!?! You are making the rest of us look bad :)

Karen said...

Your tulips are amazing!!... and just keep breathing easy, and enjoy it as it comes. Then enjoy that spiked lemonade .. or two!

Kathleen Grace said...

Your garden looks gorgeous! So colorful. I think you must be a couple weeks ahead of us, I have some daffodils blooming but not much sign of anything else.
As for allergy meds, I take allegra. It's the first thing I have tried that actually works...and I went to an allergist. He gave me a steroid nasal spray that helps me breathe.

Lynn said...

The tulips against the fence are absolutely gorgeous Jane-love the pic:@)

Tricia said...

Your flowers and forsythia look so beautiful! I didn't realize that was your neighbor's garage, I actually thought it was a barn in the! I hope you find something that helps your allergy symptoms. It must be awful feeling like that especially when you're so busy.

Unknown said...

I am loving your tulips, they are bright and cheerful!!!

Susie said...

Blondie, I love all your flowers. Ihyes, I would bring some branches inside also. Your kitchen is looking so nice. After all the planning and running, you will deserve a get away. xoxo,Susie

Elaine said...

Wow, isn't it amazing that flowers spring back after such a harsh winter?

I hope you'll get some time to relax after the wedding!

Theresa said...

Your flowers are beautiful! I adore tulips but don't have a single one! Loving all of your rearrangements, you are truly getting your house ALL dolled up:) Have a blessed week dear friend, hope the allergies get better! HUGS!

podso said...

What a gorgeous photo! Sometimes I think the color comes out better on an overcast day. I'm so glad you are now seeing spring and sorry about all the rain, My sister's basement got flooded. Your kitchen looks so nice, and the forsythia is amazing, more like a tree.

Beth said...

Hope you are feeling better, Jane. Your tulips are glorious! I like how you have such a variety of colors. Your forsythia is beautiful too. I enjoyed seeing your kitchen changes and your hood today too. Have a wonderful wknd. Get some rest, things are going to stay busy until after the wedding. Hope you are enjoying it and not stressing.
blessings, Beth

Mary said...

Kitchen looking awesome Jane - love the hood - he was a good carpenter. My cabinets go to the ceiling so can't display anything........but also don't have to dust up there, ha! ha!

Pretty tulips - I didn't plant any this past Fall so am missing them. They do not perennialize here as it doesn't get cold enough in Winter.

Hope you get to rest soon and take care of your asthma/allergies. Our Jasmin has started on Allegra for hers - it's prescription strength and was recommended by a pharmacist in our family. Good deal on it at Costco right now ($6 off) if you're a member.

Happy weekend dear - we're off to PA to see Bob's mom (94) who has been scaring the pants off us this past week! Hospitalized for heart problem and pneumonia, then had a stroke on Mon. while in the hospital. Amazing that she's rallied from all that and may even be back home by the time we get up there!

Best to Alan from us both.
Hugs - Mary

Divine Theatre said...

Be sure to get sized for your bra at Nordstrom! They really know what they are doing!
Sorry about your asthma. This has been a rough year for sure. It took over a month to get over my pneumonia and then I went to see the Veggie Tales Live with my daughter and caught some awful bug from one of the little nose picking, bacterial terrorist attendees! LOL!
My tulips have not bloomed yet. I'm not sure if they will. I planted them in November! They are growing...just no flowers. :( If yours have bloomed I think I may not get flowers this year...since we live so close to each other!
I hope you feel better,my friend!



Balisha said...

Your tulips look so pretty. They look so much better in a mass planting like yours... than a few planted here and there.
I suffered with allergies when I was a kid, but soon outgrew them. My youngest son inherited my allergies.
Your oven hood is beautiful..what a craftsman.
Have fun this weekend...Balisha

Melanie said...

I love all your tulips! Oh my goodness, they are so beautiful. I have never planted any bulbs, so no show of color around here yet. Your cabinetry and stove hood are also beautiful; you had one heck of a good carpenter. Allergies...yeah, mine are really bad right now too. It's the tree pollen right now. The only med that works for me is Allegra D. But make sure it's the "D" kind, not just the regular Allegra. The "D" is the key, cuz it's a decongestant. You have to ask the pharmacist for it - it's behind the counter. And it's expensive, but worth it.

Maria Elena said...

Jame, I love your forsythia bush! How pretty! Your kitchen looks just fabulous! Hope you can get some rest soon. I know the feeling! Enjoy your weekend!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your tulips look lovely, Jane! I have a neighbor across the way who has some up around a small weeping cherry and it makes for such a pretty view. I've saved some of the bulbs from my grocery store tulips and I'm going to plant them in the ground in the Fall.

I started with seasonal allergies after I turned 40. I don't have asthma and I have been taking Claritin, which I'm hoping is helping a little bit. I keep saying it could be worse if I wasn't taking it! I tried to head it off by starting to take it early this year, but I don't think it made a difference.

bj said...

I don't have allergies often and I sure am glad. Hope you can get yours under control soon....just rest and all that work will get done, sooner or later. :)
Your flowers are looking sooo pretty.
The kitchen looks that amazing hood.

Lynne said...

Everything is coming together so beautifully, Jane.

Your garden looks WONDERFUL! With consideration of the recent bouts of snow and cool weather that the Midwest has endured, I am very impressed!

I LOVE the cabinetry in your home!
The space above the cabinets looks very French!

I have been lucky with allergies so far...I think it's because the pollen has been held hostage by the rainiest April in Pacific Northwest history. We do well with Zyrtec. We buy the Costco generic.

I wish you a lovely, productive and stress free weekend!

Tracy said...

Hi Jane, I'm a newcomer to your blog. I happened to read this post about your asthma and allergies. I suffer from both and just wanted to reach out and share some information I've learned that really changed how I manage both. First, I learned that although I often huffed and puffed around the house with asthma, a specialist I saw sat me down and read me the riot act. "Whenever you are experiencing actual asthma symptoms", he said, "you are ACTIVELY damaging your lungs irreparably." Huh?? He explained that the inflammation that causes asthma symptoms actually thickens the lung tissue, causing it to lose its elasticity over time. He was very clear: "you must manage this condition until you are a-symptomatic-- no ifs, ands, or buts." So now, while I still have what is classified as 'chronic asthma', I am completely asymptomatic. I find the RX Singulair (10 mg every evening) works for me now that I no longer have cats, but have used Advair and rescue (Albuteral) inhalers in the past when needed. He also counseled that a Pulmonologist might minimize the damage asthma does, because that individual treats such severe disease, so an Allergist tends to give asthma the treatment it deserves.

I also read an article in the New York Times Magazine years ago about the process of bringing a drug through the FDA approval process, and the drug they used as a caase study was Claritin. I was shocked to learn that even the manufacturers of that drug were aware that it won't work at all in over 30% of people who use it-- just due to their personal body chemistry. I am knocked out by antihistamines so I use Allegra, which doesn't make me sleepy and works pretty well when I need it. Taking it BEFORE symptoms appear also helps.

I wish you the best of luck. But, please, don't tolerate even minor asthmatic symptoms!

Tracy B.

Julie Marie said...

Hi Janie... your tulips are just beautiful and so is your forsythia... you are right... you HAVE to bring some branches inside... I love your kitchen!... the tops of your cabinets look great with all of your treasures up there... love the bee skep... and your range hood is gorgeous too... my allergies have been just awful!... the only relief I can get is to keep soaking my face with a warm washcloth... antihistamines make me way too tired so I never take them... I honestly think the only thing we can do is wait out all this pollen and such... hope you feel better soon... I am not a pill person, so another thing I do is sip herb tea... you may want to try that, at least it is soothing to your soul... thanks for the good luck wishes on my new Etsy shop... I am excited to add alot more things to it... just something I have wanted to try for a long time... enjoy your weekend... xoxo Julie Marie

Jen Beaudet said...

Hi Jane! What gorgeous blooms! My allergies haven't started yet. Every year I think I'm going to be ok then they hit me hard! Your kitchen looks beautiful. :)

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Your tulips are gorgeous!! Wish I could grow them here, but it's too hot. I used to have a bleeding heart that my grandmother gave me. I should buy another one this summer. I remember it was easy to grow. I don't have any tips for you on allergy meds. Thankfully, I've never had allergies, but I know my nephews take Zyrtec a lot. Enjoy your weekend!

Poppy said...

Hi Jane,

So nice to meet you!

I canNOT stop staring at your gorgeous tulips! Love the way all the shades of red and yellow and lavender merge into one very pretty flower bed! Lucky you! Also, your the wood work on your range hood is stunning!

Thanks for stopping by my place.

Poppy :)

Kelly said...

All of your flowers are really beautiful. You're lucky to have so many colorful tulips in bloom at one time. I haven't had good luck with those. Your cabinetry is very pretty as well. I wish I had a hood over my stove like that. I have a microwave. Hmmmm....maybe in my next house. LOL! Sorry you're suffering from allergies. I do too. I use Zyrtec or Claritin. I have the same problem though with the grogginess. I'm either sleepy or wired at night if I take the non-drowsy formula. There doesn't seem to be a happy medium. Just have faith that it will end eventually!

Pondside said...

It's all coming together, Jane. I hope the allergies let up. I have no good solution - our daughter ended up seeing a specialist and went for a very long series of shots. It really helped, eventually.

Tommie Jo said...

Bless your heart, I hope you get to feeling better! It stinks when we aren't able to do all the stuff we love because we're slowed down by being sick. I'll keep you in my prayers~TJ

Michelle, All Home and Love said...

Beautiful inside and out! Love the tulips, they look so nice. We have a few here and there but I never got around to planting spring bulbs in my beds so it's still looking a bit dull around here. Soon enough that will change. Have a wonderful weekend!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
Our tulips are just starting to break thru the ground....finally!
And your forsythia bush is just gorgeous!
Sorry about the allergies, I so hope you can find some good relief.
Oh I know your so busy with the wedding, such an exciting time!
I hope Al enjoys himself.
Hugs friend,

Monica said...

Love your tulips, Jane! You know I love them! :)
For allergies, I use Clarytin and it works for me. Sorry I don't know any alternative.
Thanks for always being "there", I really appreciate each and every comment you leave me!
Monica xo

Debbie said...

Your yard looks so pretty!! LOVE all the tulips! We finally have an actual Spring day going on up here. I can't wait for some spring flowers to bloom.
Your kitchen looks great, Jane. You must be soooo happy with the way it all turned out.
You sound so busy. Getting to your lakehouse will be so nice, won't it?
Have a wonderful weekend. Hope you feel better.

Ricki Treleaven said...

I love the pine in your kitchen. Your hood is absolutely stunning, my friend. So pretty. SOrry about your asthma. I suffer from it, too, but it's been pretty good so far this spring. Mine seems to be worse in the fall, especially when the barn brings in tons of alfalfa hay for winter. That about *kills* me.

I love the sunny color of forsythia so much! :D

I hope you are resting some this weekend!


June said...

I am so sorry about the asthma and allergies you have been fighting lately Jane. I know asthma also makes one so tired from the lack of air. How you accomplish everything you do amazes me!
Your yard looks beautiful with all the spring tulips and forsythia.
Good luck with the shopping :)
hugs from here...

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Your yard has the prettiest flowers.
Hope you get some rest soon, that float and lemonade is sounding pretty good :)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Jane everything beautiful. Those tulips must put a smile on your face every day. Don't you wish they would bloom all summer long.

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Hi Jane:

Such lovely tulips! There has been so much pollen here, so far I have been okay.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Deborah said...

Oh Jane I hope you feel better soon!!
Get some rest too ;)
Your kitchen looks great, and how gorgeous those tulips are! One of my favourites!
So good that spring is here!
Have a great weekend dear xo

All my heart,
Deborah xoxoxo

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, I thought at first that the design on the wooden hood cover was a Celtic knot. It has that look about it, and it is WONDErFUL.

I also love all o fyour beautiufl flowers. Those tulips! WOW!

I have not planted one thing this spring, but I have been dealing with workmen. So I do have an excuse, sort of.

Sending you love today and hoping that things have warmed up for good in the Midwest. Do you have any flooding? I keep haring about flooding, but I think it might be in Missouri.



RURAL said...

You are one very busy woman...I bet that lemonaide will taste even better after the wedding.


Anonymous said...

my husband has never been bothered by spring allergies before but this year...yep...he is! Sneezing like crazy! Your tulips are gorgeous Jane. My range hood is almost exactly like yours only lighter in color. I got it because I thought it was kind of Frenchy looking. xoxo

Lori said...

Love your tulips Jane and the forsythia is lovely. Mine is in bud now so I will be enjoying the yellow blossoms in a week or two. Hope you really are having a day of rest. xo

chateau chic said...

Your tulips are gorgeous, and I love forsythia as it usually heralds the beginning of spring. Enjoy lots of R&R at the lake house after the wedding!
Mary Alice

Kit said...

Oh my your flower border is lovely! And your Forsythia mimics mine. :) Your dream of going to the lake sounds delichious. Hang in there! Kit

sandy said...

Ohhh the tulips are so pretty! I used to grow tulips like that when I lived in the midwest (Quad-Cities). You really don't see too many tulips growing down here (sadly). The forsythia is just a prize to have in your yard wow! And I didn't even notice the garage until you mentioned it lol, I kind of like it there.

Love your cabinets and that cute bee thing up there. It's not easy to paint up above cabinets like that as I well know. I feel like a contortionist when I do lol.

The lake house sounds wonderful! I know your weather is like a yoyo right now and I hope your allergies and asthma clear up soon!

I love David Gray!

Designing Domesticity said...

Love your Spring garden. So many beautiful colors - at least this rain is paying off! Thanks for sharing, liz

KarenB said...

I miss Forsythia bushes!

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