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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

My love affair.......

When I was a kid, I LOVED watermelon! I liked all kinds of melon but I LOVED watermelon. But, when I ate it I would always complain to my Mom that it made my throat itch. She thought I was crazy and since nothing else ever happened, just passed it off as a kid being silly. I kept eating it...it was probably my favorite thing about summer. I loved the taste. I loved the smell. I even loved the sound it made when you cut into a whole one and it fell into to halves. As I got older, I even loved going to parties where we had cut a hole in one, inserted a bottle of vodka and then let it slowly infuse into the watermelon until it was time to eat it! LOVED watermelon.


But, as fate would have it...around the age of 30, that little itch in my throat became something else...a wheezing and tightening of my throat to the point where it sent me to the emergency room. NO MORE WATERMELON??? How cruel could fate be? About that time my kids were in school and at the end of the year, we (the PTO) would always throw them a huge Field Day and you guessed it, the dessert would be watermelon. Sometimes there would be 75 to 100 melons to cut, by the end of the day, I would be one big HIVE just from the juices being all over my hands and arms! Oh, I can't eat any of the melons but watermelon is the one I miss most. It just seems to epitomize Summer to me! So cool, refreshing and the color!
Well, if I can't eat it.....

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41 comments:

Lori said...

Well you certainly have a great attitude towards watermelon. If you can't eat it, scrap it. I've never heard of a watermelon allergy before. It's mostly water! How sad. :(

Thanks for this adorable kit and for the tooth fairy one (I came by too early yesterday).

MaggieM said...

I absolutely love this new Watermelon Kit. Thank you for sharing it.

Josie said...

Great kit, the colors are exceptional. Too bad about your melon allergies! Isn't it the thing we always love the most that's the worse for us!

Cindy said...

Cute, Cute, Cute! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I love this kit like you I love watermelon. It's defiantly not summer witthout it. Hate to hear that you can't eat it anymore. Watermelon brings back childhood memories of sitting on my grandparents back porch while growing up and eating so it didn't make a mess in the house. Thanks so much for the kit and the memories to brings back.

makeyesup said...

Don't know how you could even make this one - guess lots of willpower did it.
Thanks it's great.
And take care of yourself on that allergy. They can always get worst so don't put yourself in that position.
Guess if I was your Mom and you said your throat tickled when you ate the watermelon, I probably would have thought you were being silly.

Shanners said...

Oh, how horrible to be allergic to watermelon! I love the kit, though. Thank you so much.

Kimberly said...

That's a great kit, thanks!

I'd be careful about any exposure to watermelons, even cutting them. Allergies can get worse with repeat exposure to the allergen. (You probably know that, but I can be a nag about things like this!)

ida macken said...

Never heard of watermelon allergy either BUT No one ever heard of a Cucumber allergy but My son had it, he loved them too !
Love the kit !
Thank you !!! ;-))

Anonymous said...

Hi there

Sorry to hear about your melon allergy, but do be careful, my kiwi allergy spread to melon, then oranges, the cherries.....I now cannot eat any fruit or raw vegetables.

Beckie said...

Adorable as always ... I am so in love with your designs xoxo

Jan said...

Great kit. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the cute kit. I can sympathize with the food allergy, I am allergic to wheat and am a carboholic! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Another WONderful kit--thank you, thank you! I sure do empathize with you & your watermelon story. My all time fav fruit is mango, which I've eaten all my life. I stopped into a juice chain a few weeks back for my usual mango drink & no more than an hour later I was downing Benadryl & scratching ALL over! This old age stuff just is NOT fair!
Judy

Vicki (Chickivaney) said...

Oh that's terrible! I agree with Lori, that you have a really good attitude about it though. Anyways. thanks a bunch for the cute kit!

Kelley13 said...

Thank you so much for sharing.

Kelley13 said...

Thank you so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Oh so sorry to hear of your allergies. But thanks so much for the yummy kit. Teresa

PSharp said...

Thank you so much for the awesome watermelon kit.

dianagrind said...

I feel sorry for you. I love the way the melons look but cannot stand the taste. I would just love to eat them but, YUCK! They look soooo good when everyone else has it.

Jonimarony said...

Love this kit. Makes me want to go and get some watermelon. Thanks for sharing

Diginan,Liz said...

So sorry you can't eat your favourite summer fruit, but what you have done with the image is fantastic, this is so cheery and fantastic. Thank you very, very much.:)

Sharon said...

Oh, how awful you can't have it. I would be lost during the summer if I couldn't eat watermelon or canteloupe. Thank you for the great kit :)

Gina said...

The watermellon kit is great!!! Thank you so much. That's terrible about your allergy to it.

Tiamama said...

Another WONDERFUL kit. Thank you so much for sharing them.

mel said...

thanks so much for the freebie! much love,
mel
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kazbat2006 said...

Hi thanks for the kit and sorry to hear about your allergy :o(

Maria said...

Thank you! This blog post has been added to the freebies list at digifree.blogspot.com

mom2triplets04 said...

Wow way cool. I have to get some watermellon photos now. Thanks for sharing.

Nore said...

Thank You for sharing this kit. Sorry to hear about your allergy. I am a diabetic now so I can have just a wee bit but a least I can have a taste. I love your kits.

Scrapcat4914 said...

Boy Do I ever feel bad for you!!!
A BIG GIANT HUG!!!!!!!!!!
TY so very muvh for this awesome kit!!!!!!!

Lisa said...

Thanks for the watermelon kit....adorable! Too bad about your allergies, I'm with you, watermelon just screams summer!

snowowls91 said...

I love all your kits. Just downloaded the tooth fairy land and watermelon kit. Sorry you are allergic to it. Sounds so strange being mostly water.But thanks for the great kits. You do a great job,something I have no talent to do.
Wendy

sweetheaven said...

what a shame you cant eat watermelon any more. I also love watermelon and remember as a kid seeing who could spit the seed the longest. thanks for the kit

NinaJo said...

I'm so sorry you're allergic to watermelon. It's my second favorite fruit. First is cherries...Yummo! Here in Florida, we have melons year round, so I buy one every week with the groceries. I cut the top off, scoop out the center and put it in a big plastic container all cut up in bite sized pieces.
A lot of folks just buy it, then put it up on the counter or out at the picnic table to cut it. Ya'll don't forget to WASH that melon before you cut it. There is no telling what is on it.
Love the kit Jannidee, thank you so much.

wilma730 said...

I love watermelon too. When I was growing up, my dad grew the best ones! Thanks.

Janeal said...

How heartbreaking. I LOVE watermelon too not just to eat either. Wonderful kit. I don't usually pick up freebie kits but this one I could not pass up. Thank you so much. LOVELY!

Anonymous said...

so COOL !!! thank you so much I love watermelon...

Sandra said...

Wow Janni, so glad you posted this. My daughter was just telling me that she didn't want to eat any watermelon or cantalope last night because it made her tongue itch like mad for an hour after eating. I, like your mom thought she was just being silly...well, I don't now! I even read your blog entry to her. She was as surprised as I was. =) Thanks for the great kit and the info!!!

Linda Walton aka BobbysGirlForever said...

Oh my Janni! I am SO sorry to hear of your allergy to melons. When I met my mother for the first time nearly ten years ago, she lived in Hawai'i and I indulged in MANGOES every morning! Poor Mama though, she could not eat or even touch them because she would break out in hives, etc. VERY lovely kit to sink one's teeth into!!!

My VERY dear friend, Carole Nordyke, has sent me to your blog and just RAVES about your designs that you SHOULD be selling!!! I know, it is SO much nicer being able to create with out deadlines I'm sure. I'm just starting to sell and I often wonder if I shouldn't just do what you are doing!!!

Your designs are ABSOLUTELY amazing and you are SO generous to share with everyone. Thank you SO much and I shall try to stop in whenever I get the opportunity. You are INDEED very creative in your designs and everything looks SO real!!!

Have a BEAUTIFUL week!

Hugs,
Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever (Bon Scrapatit Designs)

Nancy P said...

How fun is this!!! I love it - a delicious kit Jan! Thank you so much for this very nice gift!