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Monday, April 4, 2011


Spring is for Lovers, and Allergies

             Flowers blooming, grass growing, allergies in full swing! Yea, that's why spring is my favorite time of the year. Sneezing five times in a row, a runny nose and itching eyes are common for me during the months of April, May and June. But other than those little inconveniences, I look forward to March 21st.

            I live in southwestern Pennsylvania near the City of Champions (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Unfortunately, springtime weather is a little delayed sometimes. Okay, most of the time, like today. Last week, we enjoyed temperatures in the sixties and sunny skies. Now everyone is bundled up in their heaviest coats and hats, scurrying from building to building. So spring will be early this year, huh Phil?

            Now back to the lovers part. Imagine running through the rain, hand in hand with your loved one, laughing and exchanging scorching hot glances. Once you get inside your home (apartment, bungalow, cabana, whatever) you quickly remove each other's wet clothing, dry off and huddle together under a blanket to share your warmth. Then his hand... I think you all know what comes next. ;-)

            But you get the idea. Spring is about new beginnings, even with your old lover (not old as in age, but current lover, you know what I mean). So get out in the sunshine or rain and enjoy life. You deserve it.

When she's not toiling away at her day job, you can find Denise McCray with her nose buried in a good book or her fingers flying on her AlphaSmart. Check out her debut release, BARED ESSENTIALS, an erotic interracial romance from Decadent Publishing (



Angel Martinez said...

lol- Denise! They say if you live on the East Coast long enough you WILL develop allergies. I do love the flowers, though, the brave spring flowers most of all. :)

Anonymous said...

I am so ready for Spring to get here. In Chicago we keep going back and forth with the weather. I do have allergies so that is always an issue.

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Faith said...

Oh wow, the allergies! We've been miserable for the last half of March and the first few days of April. However, after such a long winter, I'm still glad to see spring is here even if it does bring allergy season.


Maria said... in the Mid-West I have allergies that pretty much run through spring,take a break in summer and then come back in the fall...I can So

I had to pull out my winter coat again today too! Strange weather year for sure.


Jean P said...

Can do without all the temperature fluctuations, I am tired of wearing a heavy coat, want the warm temps to stay. Luckily don't have allergies to deal with

skpetal at hotmail dot com

JoanneR said...

The crawling under a blanket after having shucked the clothes with my man sounds so good!

dogwood said...

Ah...I lived in Pennsylvania once, but now in NC. Spring here is finally showing up in the trees and flowers, green grass, birds singing, etc. I liked your story about running through the rain, but as sure as I did that I'd catch a

dogwood said...

Ah...I lived in Pennsylvania once, but now in NC. Spring here is finally showing up in the trees and flowers, green grass, birds singing, etc. I liked your story about running through the rain, but as sure as I did that I'd catch a

Rebekah E. said...

Saturday it was so warm in Colorado and then the next day It was snowing and the wind was blowing something fierce. You just never know what weather you are going to get from one day to the next.

Sweeter the berry said...

I have such terrible allergies during pollen season. It's almost time to break out the Allegra!

I would enjoy reading this new novel.

kaenar said...

Once the snow and rain stop falling here in Southern Ontario, I'll be so happy to get outside. I was still wearing my warm facemask last week when i took the dog for a walk. Enough winter! Time for Spring in all her glory.

sharon said...

Thats the good thing about California, drive a few hours in any direction and you can go from snowpacks to sunbathing on the beach. Of course that means allergies are pretty much year round. LOL

Skylar Kade said...

I, too, love the possibilities brought with Spring. The world seems to be recreating itself, and that chance for a new beginning is irresistable.

I almost invariably end up with a new hair color, at least for a little while :)

Julie Lynn Hayes said...

St. Louis weather has been crazy too - one day 80's, the next snow! I hope it all stabilizes soon and spring gets on with it! :)

Paradox Sinner said...

I am close to Philadelphia so I understand completely. One day we walk around with no jackets the next a chance of snow flurries.

Anonymous said...

Spring in NY is so exciting - especially after a horrific winter!

Judy said...

I love the spring. I have no allergies, but my husband suffers with them while the pollen is flying around (like now). I live in the South, so the Spring is much better than the Summer (it is so hot).


Terra Pennington said...

Congrad. on your debut release, BARED ESSENTIALS.


Cheryl said...

Great post. I understand your pain. This was one heck of a winter, but now that spring is here, my allergies have been awful. Which should I wish for snow or not breathing?

It's so important to keep that love alive and spring is a great time to do it.


Karin said...

Spring allergies are never fun, but they're definitely worth enduring.

Qwillia Rain said...

I know what you mean about the allergies. I keep a bottle of antihistamines in my bag at all times since I also have allergy-induced asthma.

Pittsburgh is cool. I like the some of the shops near Squirrel Hill and the campus at Chatham is neat--despite the mafia rabbits and their enforcer squirrels. I try to get up there to visit friends during the summer.

With luck the weather will warm up soon. Stay warm and take your allergy meds.

Qwillia Rain

Mary Corrales said...

I know about allergies. I have them almost year round, but then I live in the southwest where there is almost always something blooming.

Still, I do love spring. Like you said, it's the time for lovers. :)

Nikki said...

The allergies have kicked up for sure here in Arizona! and Hopefully looking to go back to some spring time temps instead of summer like. We hit our first 100 degree day on Friday! Too hot!

Anonymous said...

I grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, and all winter long I dream of August so I can return "home" I find I have allergies no matter where I live ;)



Tamara said...

I fortunately don't have allergies, however, 2 of my children do and living in GA in the Spring they come out full blast.

Cathy M said...

My corner of the world in the San Francisco bay area, is pretty much allergy central, lol. Luckily I've grown immune over the years, and love the peek at the springtime flowers.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Ingeborg said...

I love the spring

Janet H said...

Hi Denise. It is certainly spring in the deep south. We are currently enjoying thunderstorms, but should have a beautiful day tomorrow. (or so the weather guy claims).

dhol2044 at hotmail dot com

booklover0226 said...

We had a BIG summer tease was in the mid 80's! Today, it's rainy and in the 50's.

Just give me spring; I'm so ready for it.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

cheryl c said...

I love the flowers and the warmer temperatures, but I hate the pollen. I guess we have to take the bad with the good.
castings at mindspring dot com

Karen H in NC said...

I'm a fairly new resident in the SE. I moved here from MI in 2000. Down here, starting any day now, are the pollen showers. That yellow pollen gets all over everything. No sense even trying to wash your car until it's done. Takes about 2 weeks. Never saw anything like it up north. Fortunately, I don't have allergies...I'd be sneezing my head off if that were the case.

kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

Carol Burge said...

Here in Michigan the temps have been in the middle to upper 40's but today we were up to 82! Woo-hoo, I LOVE it!

ceb 0140 (AT) hot mail DOT com

EdgesAngel23 said...

Great post about spring! I suffer from allergies too, but they seem to be bad no matter what the season.
Ashley A

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

I'm so glad i don't have allergies. That would put such a damper on my mood