A momentary respite from the snow and cold leads to outdoor exploration and treasure hunts:


A Master Closet

James and I have never had a master closet before….at the building, it was small and filled with whatever (and then our bedroom was a living room, so no closet, haha) and at the townhouse, it was Conrad’s bedroom…so this is actually our first master closet! It’s also huge….today I fit a 6×9 rug and there is still open floor space.

The previous owner left some things in our master closet and we filled it up before we moved into the house while we were here working on stuff and needed an out of the way place to stash stuff. It just got worse as we piled more things in to be dealt with in the future and well, the future is here! Today, I emptied our master closet and now I have to go through stuff…..I filled four garbage bags and three donate bags and while I’m not nearly done. I did manage to clear off our bed so that it no longer looks like this:


Our closet now looks like this:


It will be done over the weekend and then it will be glorious! In the meantime, I have lots of items to sift through….

Another snow day….

James shoveled yet again and we came up with some activities! It’s baking Sunday for Natalie, so a vanilla cake is in the works and Conrad wanted to make an antique looking book, so we are antiquing paper with tea!

James is taking the kids sledding while I tend to the cake and let the dogs out and oh yeah, have something I rarely get….quiet time! Happy Snow Day!

Snow Day!

It’s a snow day for everyone! Well….James at least is working from home instead of doing his usual three hour commute, but the kids are excited that he’s home! As usual, Natalie is reading while Conrad is talking nonstop. Humphrey loves the snow and consequently wants to go outside all the time and Chester and Izzy are asleep. Time for more tea and some deep breaths!

Happy Friday, everyone – I’ll post some pictures later!

Oral Allergy Syndrome

I have had OAS (oral allergy syndrome) for years, but I’ve found that a lot of people aren’t familiar with it. It’s basically a cross reaction to similar proteins…..hunh? Right, so basically you are allergic to proteins and sometimes a protein in one thing is really similar to a protein found in another thing and your body reacts to both. I have seasonal allergies and I’m allergic to trees. This means that a whole slew of foods (mostly fruits) contain a protein that is similar enough to my tree allergy that it makes me have an itchy mouth/throat, hives, cramping, etc. It is not the same thing as having a true food allergy, though OAS can cause anaphylaxis, so it’s best to avoid all culprits. A good and easy way to tell the difference between a true food allergy and oral allergy syndrome is to eat the protein in its denatured form…..so I can easily eat apple pie and cherry pie (cooking denatures the protein and therefore my body doesn’t react to it) but raw apples and especially cherries (this makes me quite sad) make my mouth very itchy and then it’s benadryl and sleepy time. A true food allergy would affect you regardless of whether it was cooked or not. Exception: nuts…..

I am starting to react to more foods on my tree allergy cross reaction list, and this includes almonds, walnuts and my most recent discovery: hazelnuts. My reaction to almonds is actually classified as a severe reaction so I avoid those at all costs.

Why am I mentioning this? Well, it explains why in the last few years I can no longer eat the aforementioned nuts and strawberries. My seasonal allergies are obviously getting worse and my tolerance is lower, so more of the similar proteine-d foods are adversely affecting me. I am readjusting my diet as a result of this and other issues, so I’m looking forward to having less reactions!

Here’s to no food reactions!!