I HATE Mosquitoes!

Can I say that any more forcefully?  I don’t think so. Those rotten little bugs just adore me, sucking the blood right out of me. The last tidbit of information I read the other day suggested the buggers like people with high carbohydrate diets.  Well, since I am *not* a huge carb eater,  I have no idea why they might like me!  I also don’t sweat, and Mark had read they prefer people who are hot or sweat a lot.  Needless to say, it just doesn’t matter.

So, why the rant on mosquitoes?  Well, yesterday I wasn’t feeling so great.  I just felt really miserable.  Then, almost as though someone had flipped a switch,  I suddenly began itching!  As I looked over my legs,  I counted eight swollen welts where I had been gnawed upon by mosquitoes.   I also found a welt on my wrist.  These welts are nothing new. My mother says when I was little,  the huge welts appeared as soon as the nasty insects took a sampling of my blood.

Yesterday, while Mark and Ben were shopping at WalMart, I sauntered on over to the pharmacy, in the hopes that perhaps there was *something* new…anything that would relieve the itching and pain!  I stood at the consultation area, waiting for a pharmacist.  I couldn’t believe the activity…there were at least two or three pharmacists and assistants working in a flurry.  I almost felt guilty taking a pharmacist away from filling prescriptions, but then again, I was feeling terrible from those bites.

A young woman pharmacist came over and I told her I’ve always had problems with mosquitoes.  I alerted her to the fact that I am allergic to Benadryl and she immediately asked if I was able to take Claritin. I had taken this medication before with no problems. 

Long story short,  I took one Wal Mart variety of Claritin (costing a wee fraction of the price, mind you!) and within about two hours, the swelling went down and the itch went away!  This medication is to be taken only once every 24 hours, and I am pretty convinced that I won’t have to take another today.  I cannot believe that instead of a topical medication, the systemic approach can bring such great relief!  I feel so much better without the painful and itching welts and now the bites are small pink sites instead of red swollen welts.

Mark and I missed our little walk and roll yesterday.  As the day progressed, the heat really built up, along with the humidity. We finally went out at about 6:30 when the heat began to diminish.  As we walked around the track, it did sprinkle a little, but was nothing severe.  I did find an awesome photo op, though!

In looking at the above photo with the building or the flowers in focus, the building in focus was the best shot.  It made the flowers appear more watercolorlike…Anyway, the flowers up close look like this….

As Mark and I were doing the track, a man came along with his faithful companion, Gunther.

I wish I would have had the Nikon on me, as Gunther was a difficult shoot.  He kept barking at me and turning his head! The little Panny had a bit of trouble keeping up…as soon as the focus was great,  Gunther moved his head! Argh!  He was such a cute dog.  His “man” told me that he is a spoiled rotten Basset,  but there really is no such thing as a spoiled dog.  Just ask me!

Another note:  Mark finally met with a dietician and diabetes specialist this week.  The meetings were on Tuesday and yesterday.  It was nice to finally get some information. It seems Mark and I learned a great deal on the internet about what to eat.  Mark was alarmed when the dietician told him he needed to eat more food and specifically, carbohydrates.  Since carbs turn to sugar, Mark thought a lower intake would be better.  He is still digesting all the information, but is a bit leary about upping his carbs to the recommended amount. 

Sorry I have been missing,  but things have been so tied up in “life”!  Hopefully, the camera and I will be getting out more again!

My, oh My!

A couple weeks ago, Mark’s cell phone kinda bit the dust!  He had the phone replaced last year and at the time, our (old) phones were no longer being manufactured, so he received a remanufactured one.  I also had problems, so I got mine replaced as well.  Long story short,  Mark kept getting phones that were worse than the previous one.  When the phone’s screen went black, he called Sprint and they (finally) replaced his phone with a newer model.

My three-year-old HTC Mogul has some problems, but they seem minor, compared to Mark’s blatant problems, so I just lived with them. Well, when Mark got his new Touch Pro 2,  my eyes went green!  Yes, I began to covet his phone.

Mark, being a fair man, called Sprint and asked if I might get my phone replaced as well.  Well, the woman gave us a great deal, so *my* new phone arrived yesterday!

This is a grubby photo of this most awesome phone, but you can see its “face” is all screen! (The back of the phone is all speaker, so the phone can be placed face down on the console of the truck or Explorer and used hands-free.) I love it! Goodbye old phone.  Goodbye I-pod.  This phone can do so many terrific things and Mark just keeps finding more and more applications.  Something tells me that tiny Micro SD card will need an upgrade from 4 gig to 16 gig.  Or maybe even 32 gig! 

If you don’t hear from me for awhile, have no fear! I am just getting to know the new phone a bit better!!

Guess Where We Were Yesterday?

Yes, we spent the day at Darien Lake.  Since we attend Kingdom Bound every year, we save some money by buying season passes to the park.  It isn’t that far away and the kids love going, so we try to get a few visits in every summer.

The park just opened last week and it is really exciting because this year, they are expanding and opening a big waterpark.  I know the kids are going to want to spend even more time there now!  What was really amazing is the fact that there was a construction crew there working on a Sunday.  Memorial Day weekend is coming up rapidly and the waterpark is set to open that weekend.  Our kids are soo excited!

Mark and I went out and enjoyed crusing along in the park.  It was a beautiful day, not too hot and certainly not too chilly.  Since the crowd was rather sparse, I was able to get some photos that I never can take any other time without throngs of people!

The park is very family-friendly, but we also see a lot of older people there too.  Located in the country, about 20 or so miles from Buffalo, it is a great way to enjoy the out-of-doors with young people!

There are still some extra little touches that are yet to be done like putting up flowers, but we noticed the Boomerang (rollercoaster) and Ferris Wheel are sporting fresh paint.  In the first photo, one can see the fresh paint on the waterslides…..quite a contrast between the old faded colors and new ones!

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

I think I could sleep standing up!

Although today wasnt really a busy day, per se, it was a long one.

I got up and did some laundry, straightened the house, washed the never-ending onslaught of dishes, then decided I wanted to go to the Windmill. (A large craft and farmer’s type market)  It takes about an hour to get there and off I went on my own. 

It was wonderful not feeling hurried or rushed with the family waiting in the truck.  I got to chat with Pastor Bert and Janine’s son, Nate, for a long time.  We had a lot of catching up to do since I haven’t seen him in ages.  Nate was there selling flowers and plants for his mom and dad who own a greenhouse business. 

I walked around, admiring all sorts of beautiful items and it was just a lot of fun looking at whatsoever *I* decided to see!  I think I was there for about an hour and a half and it really made me feel better.  Sometimes it is so easy to get bogged down by the cares of home ownership.  Seems like there is an endless amount of things that need to be tended and it is easy to get swallowed up by everything!

I took only one photo at the Windmill…

I love horses and when I was a little girl, I always dreamed of one day owning one! It never happened and I think perhaps it never will.  They are such beautiful animals and every time I see them, I have to stop and look at them! The particular horse here lives next door to the Mennonite run store I often mentioned here…Oak Hill Farms. 

I did end up buying some Wildflower Honey and a huge Lobelia plant.  The plant actually has Impatiens and some Ivy planted in with it and it is hanging on the front porch.  I love the beautiful color!

I got back home at about three-thirty and we fiddled around until leaving the house at five-thirty for the kids to attend a show in Naples.  After dropping the kids off,  Mark and I went for a ride to Wayland, about 20 miles from Naples.  We went to the school there and I told Mark we ought to walk and roll there.  We did and we went almost two miles.  It sure was a lot more interesting walking the school property than the track we usually walk.  Mark checked out our distance on Google Maps and discovered we went almost two miles.  Yay!

We picked the kids up at almost ten-thirty and it was all I could do to stay awake! We have more plans for a busy day tomorrow.  Guess I had better get some sleep….soon! Oh, and as an aside, I saw the first Hummingbird at the feeder out front today.  Hurrah!!

Just Hangin’ Out

The kids went t play raquetball at the YMCA yesterday.  Mark and I went down near the lake to just hang out while waiting for them.  It was so incredibly warm, especially shocking after all the chilly temperatures we’ve had the past several days!

I got out and wandered about a little, not traveling very far.  Boy would this old dead tree make for some fabulous pre-seasoned firewood!

I spotted a little Robin hopping about, gleefully snapping up worms from the ground.  With all the rain we’ve had recently, this must be a relatively easy task for the Robin!

Although I am quite sure the little bird was telling me to Buzz off! and leave it alone!

So I went down to the lake.  Wow, the water is soooo clear there!

If you enlarge the photo above by clicking on it,  it is really cool how the sunlight makes the most amazing starlike sparkles on the water without a special lens! Nope, I didn’t touch that photo other than to resize it so I could send it to my blog.

I like the little building where tickets are sold for a ride on the Canandaigua Lady.

It was so windy yesterday, I really had a hard time getting photos! The wind was warm, but it was so strong!

I went back to the truck and sat with Mark until…..

I had seen this goose family of nine earlier when I walked just a little over at the Lagoon behind Wegmans.  They had been grazing in the grass over by Burger King.  I took a photo of them from afar, but it wasn’t so great…the wind factor! I was so honored to see them coming down the water!

The adult geese were very gracious, allowing me to move right in with the camera to take photos.  There was a man who came by with a German Shepherd and Airdale Terrier and one of the geese began wildly honking a warning that the dogs had better move back!   I guess I was less of a threat than a big dog!

I love this last photo as if you enlarge it,  you can see the little gosling feet under the water!

Sorry for more geese photos, but these geese are so amazing.  It is fun watching them, as they care for their youngsters and fun watching the youngsters respond to the adults.  At one point,  I had seen three adult geese caring for little ones.  Not sure if there were two broods of goslings and one of the adults had gotten killed, or if a couple of adults allowed another to tag along.  It was interesting, anyway.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Okay, Let’s be Serious!

Yes, that last post was thrown in just because.  Guess I am in a funny mood because if I don’t laugh, I will cry! Seriously!

I will get to that in a minute, but here are some photos from today.  I took Michelle for her last classes for her first yer of college today.  I cannot believe she is done.  She took a Macro Economics exam and Statistics exam today.  She isn’t positive about the Stats exam,  but spoke with her Macro professor after class.  He looked over her exam and told her she got 100%!  Yippee!!!

Oops, got a little away from myself.  As I was driving back home from Canandaigua,  I saw several goose families resting on the grass beside a restaurant.  I had to take a photo of some gosling siblings all huddled together in a sweet little heap.

How can such adorable little bundles of fluffy fuzz grow up into loud, obnoxious geese?  I was surprised, though, that the parents allowed me to walk up so close to their offspring! 

When I got home, I was looking at my little garden and just loved the way the rain had remained on the Columbine.

I did some chores around the house, then had to go to an early afternoon dental appointment.  The dentist poked and prodded at the tooth that had the pocket.  As I nearly jumped in the air when he touched one area,  he said although the infection is reduced from the last time he saw me, there is still some sign of infection remaining.  Joy of joys.  He got a syringe and gave me another slow-release antibiotic.  I need to go back again in two weeks and hopefully, the infection will be totally eradicated!

On my way home,  I decided to take Route 21 which runs through Woodville.  As I was driving along with the window down,  I caught a whiff of something sublime!  I pulled over off the road and took a photo….

This “wall” of Wisteria is incredible!  It is growing, seemingly wild,  along the road. The flowers cascade down from about 20 feet up and the “wall” runs along the road for a good 150 feet.   It is really amazing to see…and smell!

I am planning to spend this evening just relaxing.  The stress of seeing the dentist always makes me weary!  It didn’t hurt at all when the dentist administered the antibiotic,  but now,  the tooth feels just a bit sensitive.  I think I will make a small fire in the woodstove and sit and knit on the prayer shawl for my friend!

Oh, and one more thing!  I have placed the hummingbird feeders out and have seen no sign of them yet.  I was so disappointed!  On Facebook,  I befriended a fabulous entity called Grand Alaska Photography .  The owner not only is a photographer, but also runs an inn in Ketchikan.  Well, Scott announced the other day that the hummingbirds had returned!  Where are mine?  (If you follow the hyper link above, you will see hummingbirds as I have never seen before!)