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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘daffodils’
Posted: April 14th, 2014


Finally the daffodils — but pollen is on its way, as well — a vortex of pollen. I heard it yesterday — pollen is exploding because spring started so late. That means a lot of pollen all at once, and it is dubbed the pollen vortex.

Sheesh. Well, at least there are some things we can do. I haven’t had a really bad year in years, but this could be the one. An ABC News report suggested nasal sprays, even saline nasal spray can offer some help. Singulair was always one of my best defenses, and it is named as an effective medication. It is also known as montelukast. It is effective for allergies and asthma.


Oralair is a pill that dissolves under the tongue — a new one. It acts like allergy injections do for those allergic to grass pollen. Here’s the news from the FDA. It must be given at the physician’s office for the first try, and the FDA says it needs to be taken four months in advance to be totally effective. I think we might all be late on this one. Other drugs include over-the-counter antihistamines or steroids — not a fan of that idea, but if allergies make you miserable — there is help out there. Here’s hoping it won’t be a wicked-bad allergy season. So hippity hoppity — sunshine and Easter are on the way.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. 

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Posted: April 13th, 2013

grape-arbor-prizeIt’s a great weekend to celebrate Erie history! The Erie Times-News celebrated 125 years of delivering the news yesterday, and we are celebrating all year. We want to hear your stories of home restoration. Click here for all the details on our Historic Homes contest. The grand prize winner gets a weekend stay in one of the oldest brick buildings in North East — The Grape Arbor Bed & Breakfast.

We have plenty to celebrate in House to Home this week. Countryside has a grand opening of its Phase II section in Summit Township. The Maleno development is a neighborhood of patio homes. It is something to see, and the design center, housed inside a patio home with a walkout basement, gives house hunters a look at all the latest and greatest ideas for building a new home. It is a must see — visit Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Natalie Washburn gave me a tour, and there is always something new at Countryside.

More great House to Home stories include:

Sue Scholz celebrates award-winning zinnias this week.

Daffodils can make artistic displays, and they are finally in bloom!

Hotel spa-style baths and bedroom decor ideas are easy to incorporate into your home. Read the story here.

Raised gardens appeal to all gardeners even the host of GardenSmart — read it here.

Kitchen faucets have gone high tech.

Tulips are coming! The tulips are coming — read about the fiery orange variety here.

You can add a vacation home feel to your home. Here are tips from designers..

Plastic has become a novel furniture design tool. Look at what folks are doing with it.

Don’t forget all the open houses this weekend. I’ll be out there looking, too. Here’s a link to the open house map.

Pam Parker has written about real estate, home improvement and remodeling for 25 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three. 

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Posted: March 28th, 2013

Easter Basket with Easter EggsWhen my husband and I got married 10 years ago and merged two families, he made a point of entertaining the kids with eggstra special egg chatter. This year, the kids are 21 and older and scattered around the universe. We will only see my two youngest on Easter, but we are eggcited. Here are a few eggsuberant words to liven up your day.

Chocolate-covered strawberries are not eggstravagant treats.

There is no such thing as eggstraneous chocolate.

I will have to count on eggstreme eggcerise to burn off the eggcelent chocolate eggs I consume.

The treadmill often eggsacerbates the pain in my knee.

A coconut egg is eggsactly what I want.

My niece in New Mexico won’t join us for Easter because she is eggspecting.

It’s eggsasperating when we don’t hear from some family members.

I need to eggsamine the peanut butter eggs.

Eggstract those jelly beans from the bottom of the Easter baskets.

If it keeps snowing, we’ll have to eggscavate to find the daffodils.

If the sun shines, it will eggceed our eggspectations.

Dinner will be eggsceptional — my sister makes lamb.

My brother makes German potato salad, and he eggsagerates how much work it is. (Well, not really — it requires an eggstraordinary amount of time.)

My brother and sister love to cook. I make deviled eggs, an eggsample of how much I love to cook. We eggsemplify a modern family.

When my husband reads this eggcerpt, he is going to eggsclaim that I eggscluded a lot of words, but I have to stop.

This is … eggshausting.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 

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