Between the wonderful-bipolar-pollen-coating-bloom-bursting-southern-seasonal-change and track season I can’t breath! The tightness and raspy vocalizing are beginning to irritate me in more ways than one. “Of course my hubby started it with his need for the NyQuil and Daquil regiment!” I love my hubby more than he knows..BUT…I wish he would get better quickly. I’m feeling yucky.
It has sure felt like this amount of pollen covered every exposed surface outside our windows. Now imagine walking out in the evil-yellow-cloud-of-sneezing-watery-eyes-death! The good news came from the weather forecaster…stormy weather headed our way.
Time To Celebrate…Pollen-less Morning!
Okay…the forecaster did not say that but I know many who did…me included! I got up this morning and let Precious Princess out for her morning duties…no paw prints on the porch or down the steps…no yellow dusting on her furry jet-black back…and no sneezing dog as she came back into the house. “I know what you are thinking….Poor Baby has allergies too!…oh? You weren’t thinking that?”
The crisp cool morning was light and refreshing. As the sun came up I was drawn out onto the back porch to begin the reassembling of the furniture. Well maybe just putting things back where they belong after taking precautions the night before a major storm hits.
Take the umbrella down and secure it
Remove planters and set behind heavier furniture
Cover the grill…
I do not want to clean up the mess of glassy debris caused from an umbrella being blown through the windows on the deck. Would you?
Left over clouds are moving at a fast pace over the bright sunshine. A new and fresh green pallet paints the back yard as new growth bursts forth in every shade of green. A crisp blue sky peeks through the greening branches as billowing white clouds float by. The sun glistens on the damp leaves as the birds sing a pollen free song. “Poor birds have not sounded so sweet…must have been allergies!” Just kidding!
My youngest is sitting at the kitchen table with me this morning…he is bored!
I could sure think of a few things he could do… He let me know the reason he is sooo bored…go outside! He decided to stay inside and read. “I am so glad it is the last day of Spring Break!”
I am looking forward to being outside later today…but for now I must turn my attention to a few house-hold duties and errands. Hopefully by the time I get back the furniture will be dry enough to sit on.
I hope those of you, who had stormy weather last night and yesterday suffered no major damage.
Enjoy being outside today…if you can! I am sure the evil-yellow-cloud-of-sneezing-watery-eyes-death will rear it’s unsightly head soon enough. Just thinking about it makes my eyes water. Seriously!
Have a great day!
This week has been a blur of movement and activity. Things have been accomplished and others have been added to the growing stack for this next week. Oh the joys of motherhood! For the first time, in my life as a mother, I find that my schedule does not revolve around the boys! WOW! When did this happen? They come and go as they respond to my well wishes for the day. I smile and proceed with my day…the ever present chores…conversations with friends…planning of dinner.
The head count for dinner seems to float between 3-5 instead of the original 6 mouths to feed. Thinking and reacting on my feet with a “shoot from the hip” mentality! Solitary Reflections!
I have been gone several nights, myself, this week. Of course this is due to our Easter Musical practices. Today is the last practice…what will I do next week? “Trio practices!” One of the trios that I am on has been asked to sing at a type of civic meeting. They meet throughout the month and would like to have music as a part of their meetings. This means the learning of new music and practices to organize. But that is next week and I don’t need to worry about that right now. My life is a consistent symphony, of sorts, with dramatic emotional transitions. I find contentment in my small corner of the world.
My grandmother celebrated another birthday yesterday and some members of the family will gather with her today. I wish I could have been able to attend…I did not know about it in time to try and make arrangements. But I do have practice today! I will miss spending this special day with my grandmother. She is in her mid-nineties and may not even know I am not there. I still miss her! She is one of my greatest inspirations and examples in my life. Her grace and wisdom overflowed into my life and for this I will be eternally thankful. I find myself thinking of her as statements and movements surface through me. The simple pleasures in life…beauty in the garden…love of the beach…walking…picnics… We are really alike in so many ways! I miss our talks and time together!
This next week begins a flurry of review for my youngest. They are getting ready for the series of standardized tests. I put him in a Saturday program to assist in this preparation. The school promptly cancelled one session because of two county-wide required furlough days for teachers. They got Thursday and Friday off and did not want to come back for a 3 hour session on Saturday. Can you really blame them? My son will not be able to attend today’s session because I cannot guarantee the availability of a ride home at the needed time. Sooo…he goes with me!
I was used to taking the boys with me to my extra practices. It was our way of life. It was the way I was raised and what I was used to! I guess I am thankful for the extra practices for the main fact that it gets me out of the house. I find myself a home-body of sorts. Not by choice but by necessity. I have accepted this flaw in my life and even embrace it from time to time. I have been invited to participate in group functions and had to turn them down for several reasons. No one to watch our youngest, economic deficiencies, and the wishes of my husband. I guess I am a unique and complicated person! Everyone else finds a way and seems to do whatever they want to do! They gather at peoples houses and share meals or go out together. I am never invited to those activities. “I resolve to do for my family and be there even when not needed.” Now that is a mouth full!
I have been able to see the change in seasons in dramatic ways this week. If you have watched the news our state reached record high levels in pollen counts this week. With pollen comes new growth…blooms of color and explosions of green fill the landscape. We had some rain which washed some of the yellow haze away…but another burst of spring followed the rain. The fluffy white blossoms have blown away in the breezes, creating a flurry of petals. Green leaves appeared as the trees begin to take on their full refreshed appearance.
It has been a good week all in all. I count myself blessed and look forward to what this next week will bring. You know…grocery shopping, loading and unloading of the groceries, normal daily activities with an assortment of daily challenges to overcome. I am ready! “Are you?”
I look forward to sharing the funny and humorous parts of my life this next week. For now I will close and start getting ready for practice. I will drink in the morning…what I have left of it…as I finish my coffee. I should text a friend of mine to pick up a coffee for me as he goes thought he drive thru at Starbucks. “He owes me!” I will get to see my dearest of friends and spend the good part of the morning with them and most of the day tomorrow. What a way to spend the weekend!
What are your plans for the weekend? Did you have a fulfilling week? Take a moment and consider your Solitary Reflections!
Spring has finally started to change the look in my yard. The grass is a grayish dead with bright green patches scattered around. Sadly the green patches are weeds! The plants in my yard are showing life after their short winter sleep. I took a few pictures while outside yesterday. I was so excited to see these signs of life, when I took the trash cans out to the street, that I had to grab my phone and snap these. The Dogwoods were filled with closed buds Sunday but now…well see for yourself…Spring is in Full Swing!
The Flowering Cherry Trees are exploding in varied shades of pink with fluffy, snowball shaped blooms. These trees have started blooming along the streets of my neighborhood and it is like a snow flurry as the blooms give way to the bright green leaves.
I wish I could have taken a picture of the deck yesterday morning. The stained boards, usually aged dingy brown, we’re covered in a bright yellow haze that suddenly appeared in a few hours. The warnings have been all over the news due to the extremely high pollen count.
I wish I had known! I have the itchy, watery eyes already starting…the itchy throat…not good! Our Easter Musical is this Sunday…I will have to avoid the outside! No walking for me! The only exercise I may get will be the stairs in our home and reaching for the Benadryl. “Benadryl Induced Coma here I come.”
The small green leaves are sprouting on the Crepe Myrtle Trees and will be in full bloom this Summer. The Azaleas and Rhododendrons are covered in buds and are starting to show their true colors. The assortment of purple, pink and red flowers look like a “stadium wave” as the blooms move through the front yard from bush to bush. Spring is in Full Swing!
This is the view from my front porch. The sweet Dogwood Tree will be covered in bright white blooms this week. The Flowering Cherry Tree stands majestically in the center of our yard. I do love Spring! The vivid transformations will be complete soon and lush green leaves will provide shady coolness. Now if we could just get a good rain to wash the pollen away…I love to work in my yard! The pulling of weeds, which used to feel like corporal punishment as a child, is relaxing and obviously needed as an adult. My family works in the yard sometimes…but typically it is me and two of my sons. My soon to be 19 year old does landscaping as a side job…”Isn’t that wonderful?”
I have been trying to teach our youngest how to pull weeds. At least he is not pulling the flowers and herbs up now. “That was a disaster!”
My youngest has been picked up by the school bus and my husband is off to work. This is a good…the crackling sounds are increasing in my sinuses. There is a dull pain turning into an sinus headache…Goody! “Say hello to my little friend!”
With my Benadryl taken and latte’ in hand I will leave you for now. I am in defense mode now and have to get a grip on the crippling symptoms headed my way from the pesky particles of pollen. The sun has risen and the yellow haze is not the sun’s glow…pollen! Have a great day and don’t forget to look around you…you will see Spring is in Full Swing!