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Monday, April 28, 2008

Spring Is In The Air...

...and in my eyes, and nose, and head and throat! Oh how I love the beauty of this season but the allergies that accompany it are awful! Uh...uh...excuse me...AH...CHOO!! Whew. Excuse me! One reason I have been so AWOL recently has been because of all this honking and snorting and wheezing and weeping. Yes, I have asthma which does NOT like any of this at all. Also, my eyes have taken such a beating from the pollen that I look quite a fright. Hm? Oh yes, even MORE a fright that usual! So I stayed in most of Saturday, cleaning and puttering around the house. Bill, who has had his share of allergy issues and swollen eyes too, cleaned out the garage and re-dressed the deck. That evening we had lasagna and salad and oh how good it tasted after working all day. Mom and my buddy *T* stopped by to see us so we asked them to stay. After dinner we all cozied up and watched "Becoming Jane". The film is charming and simply glows, basking in the sunshine of the Irish countryside. It was filmed in Ireland, which acted as a stand in for Austin's true home place, Hampshire, England. Some scholars have debated the truthfulness of this particular story but I remain happily ignorant if these facts. I just reveled in the period costumes and delicious soundtrack. And yes. I would recommend it greatly. Now, what does someone saddled with allergy problems do on a pretty Sunday? Ah...choo, I mean, ahhhh...head out to a park! Yes, I paid for it last night but we did so enjoy the warm afternoon among the flowers and trees. Bill, Grace, Dan, Mom and I all went out to Wegerzyn Gardens, one of Dayton, Ohio's Five Rivers Metroparks. Such a peaceful place and I was able to get in my daily walk while there! The trail you follow is a little over a mile long and winds through shade and sunlight, trees and arbors. Then it was on to my brother and sister in law's home for a visit. Casey, their new puppy, is growing so fast! She is truly such a sweet tempered girl and has been so good with my nephew Boo. We had a delicious dinner of chicken and rice and then it was home to water some new plants and walk our Kipper. We finished the day munching popcorn while watching "Bertie and Elizabeth" on PBS. As some of you know, I have always been a bit obsessed (Okay, so, in truth, it is a HUGE obsession but even so...okay. So I am quite crazy really about it all!) with England and learning about the Royal Family. I enjoyed this film immensely. I hope your weekend was a sweet one and that you had much to smile about. May this week ahead treat you well!
Love and Hugs, Susie Q

17 comments:

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Beautiful shots. Looks like wonderful grounds to stroll and get in touch with Him an ourselves!

Rosemary said...

Beautiful photos Susie!!
So sorry about all of the allergies. I have that too, only not as bad as you.
Take care,
Rosemary

Janet said...

It looks like the lilacs are ready to "pop". Ours usually open for Mothers Day. I used to know some great places where they grew by the side of the road, but alas they have all been cut and replaced by asphalt for new roads. So sad and I don't have enough sun to grow them in my yard! Maybe they took all the lilacs and put them in a Lilac Museum...to paraphrase the old song.

Janet

Barbara Jacksier said...

My sympathies on your allergies. My garden may look great but no one sees my tissue bills-- only the flowers!

Honest to Ya~Ya said...

Me *achoo* too! Pass the Puffs tissues please!
It is beautiful with all the blooms and trees but I'm tellin' ya!
Take care and maybe we'll be past it soon! ☺

Lisa said...

I take allergy shots and still am sneezing bad this year. Beautiful pictures, I will be sure to watch the moving. I almost rented it Saturday, I wish I had now!!

FHL said...

I hope you feel better soon Sue. J actually has an appointment on Wed. to see if he can get some relief. Not fun.

The photos are beautiful and I love the last one of Grace!

Pat said...

Hi Susie Q!

So sorry you are suffering with allergies...my eyes get a little red and itchy from tree pollen this time of the year too!
Wegerzyn Gardens looks beautiful! What a nice place for a walk.
I haven't seen "Becoming Jane" as yet ... thanks for recommending it!
Hugs, Pat

Susie said...

Hi Susie Q,
Loved seeing all your photos :)
It's allergy season here too. Lots of sniffling and sneezing going on. It's especially bad when the winds kick up. Spring is truly in the air!!
xo

wendster said...

What a lovely day! And such a beautiful garden.

Only you could take such beautiful photos.

... oh ... here ... let me hand you a tissue.

(patting your back and giving it a caring rub: "there there")

feel better!

The Barber Bunch said...

You are always a step ahead of me.... I am going to Wegerzyn on the next pretty day.

Great pics

Carolyn

Sandi McBride said...

What a great Photographer you are...perfectly lovely! love Gracie's smile...
hugs
Sandi

Cheryl Wray said...

Oh my goodness...the pictures are just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!

Rue said...

Hi Sue :)

I so enjoyed the pictures! Absolutely gorgeous. I'm sorry about your allergies though and I hope you feel better.

I'm obsessed with eveything Irish, English and Scottish... maybe that's why I love your blog so much ;) I really want to see Becoming Jane, so I'm glad you gave a good review.

Off to read your other post....
rue

Melissa said...

Ugh - allergies. I slept on the couch last night, so I could prop myself up, because every time I tried to put my head down, my nose stopped up!

Sheila said...

Sorry to hear about the allergies, but what photo ops there are at this park. So beautiful..!
Your Mom and Grace look so very elegant for their stroll in the park.
We didn't get Bertie and Elizabeth on PBS
:o(
Perhaps we will get it later on, I hope so...
hugs
xx

-Jennifer said...

Great pics once again. You should try Zyrtec, it helps Mitchell wonders!! I just caught up on your blog....just to let you know...looks like my sister in law and her family are buying in Zanesville