Spring: When you realize you are allergic to all the things you love.
Spring: When your nose does more running than you do.
Tissues: My favorite springtime fashion accessory.
~ From Woman’s World magazine (Funny spring quotes)
If humans evolved in a tiny area of Africa, they only saw plants and animals within a 100-kilometre radius for a million years. When they began to migrate, there would have been different animals and plants — and potentially a lot of allergy issues.
~ Barry Marshall
Spring is in the air here on the Eastern Shore. If the snowfall of cherry blossom petals, the chatter and songs of the birds, the multitude of baby bunnies, the scent of chicken poop in the air (from the farmers manuring the fields), and the waves of two-foot tall wheat don’t convince you of that, the heavy coating of yellow pollen covering everything might.
I never had spring allergies until we moved to the Eastern Shore, and this is the first year the pollen has bothered me to the extent that I have to take something to keep away the sneezing, the sinus pressure, the sore throat, and the itchy, watery, eyes. My reaction to pollen isn’t nearly as bad as what M experiences, but I am getting a taste of it. Or a sniff of it.
Yesterday, after spending a few hours mowing, I came inside, took off my work clothes in the mud room, and watched the powdery pollen fly all over the place. It’s pretty amazing how much of the yellow stuff pine trees can put out in one season.
I didn’t get a chance to finish the April Love 2018 prompts. I was on the road again, traveling to New Jersey to visit with my father. It was a quick trip, pretty much up and back in about 36 hours, but it was good. I think for our next trip up we will get our act together and see about going to Grounds For Sculpture which isn’t too far from where my father lives now.
Even after a quick trip, there is plenty to be done when we return home. M and I have been working outside, getting vegetables, flowers, and shrubs planted. Then there is the mowing and other maintenance activities.
We’ve been harvesting greens (kale, chard, and lettuces) and asparagus. That keeps me busy, too, preparing and enjoying the lovely green vegetables that the garden produces this time of year. I picked a ridiculous amount of asparagus yesterday and I have no idea what to do with it all. I gave some away over the weekend. Next year I might set up a roadside stand with “Please take this!” sign. The asparagus bed produces more than two people can eat. Preserving the extra is not an option because I am not a fan of frozen or canned asparagus. I keep reminding myself that the asparagus season is shorter than I think it is, and that I should enjoy it while I can.
The man who built the house we are living in died recently. His obituary was in the paper today. Goodbye, Mr. B. Your wife told me that you knew every single nail in the place because you put it there. You built a sound structure with great bones. Thank you.
I reckon that’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this hot and slightly humid Wednesday. I don’t think we’ll break any records today, but the temperature was already in the 80’s by lunchtime. The haze and pollen in the air might make for a colorful sunset this evening. I’ll meet you at the Point. Sunset is at 7:55 PM. Let’s go early so we’ll have time to take a walk on the beach.
Thank you so much for stopping by. Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 691) You, just because. 692) Wild turkeys. They don’t eat a lot of ticks, but they do eat them (about 300/day). 693) Loratadine (Claritin). It helps with the pollen issues. 694) Ice. There’s nothing like a cold drink on a hot day. 695) Buttercups. They are everywhere right now.