Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Attack of the Killer Pollen

“I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.”
James Thurber


I'm so incredibly glad I don't suffer from allergies, because the pollen lately has been nuts! A heavy layer of yellow coats everything, indoors and out. On Sunday, I'd mopped upstairs in the schoolroom (DD had spilled some grape juice and tried to get it up, but had missed some spots) and expected the mop to come up purple or brownish ... but it was bright yellow.

I swore right then to declare war, because while I may not have allergies, my DH does and DD has been complaining of severely itchy eyes the past few days.

Yesterday I spent hours and hours: sweeping, mopping, dusting, wiping things down. I did the entire downstairs, moving EVERYTHING and even wiping the tops of the cupboards. I shook out and washed all the throw rugs, vacuuming the furniture and lampshades and blinds. The saddest thing, though, is that it doesn't LOOK all that different. After so much work, I wish I could sit back and SEE the change.

Still, based on the number of rags I went through and pads for my Steam Shark (all of which were YELLOW) and how many times I dumped dustlike particles out of the vacuum, I know I accomplished a lot.

Now, if I could just get the car to stay clean for more than five minutes ... it's wearing a coat of yellow dust, too.

Ugh.

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I was going through some old pictures yesterday and stumbled across my drama ones. Here's a funny for you -- me at seventeen (and the guy from whom I'd get my first onstage kiss)!



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You Are Civilized



You are mild mannered and even a bit shy at first. It takes a while for you to come out of your shell.

You are conscientious and savvy. You enjoy the healthy things in life.

You are a person of complex taste. You like how different elements go together.

No one would describe you as boring. You have a fresh and interesting outlook.




Pretty close!

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8 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

You were so cute at 17! What does DD think of the picture?

We had death by pollen here in Texas a couple of months ago. I was amazed how much got through fine screen mesh to get into my breezeway.

At least your family will feel better.

MomJane said...

You Are Endearing
You are outgoing and friendly. You always have something to be excited about.

You are easy going and happy. You enjoy everything in life.

You are a person of complex taste. You like how different elements go together.

No one would describe you as boring. You have a fresh and interesting outlook.

Love the idea of being endearing. Wow.

The pollen and stuff is floating around the air here so thick you can actually see it. Yuck.

J.A. Saare said...

The pollen here is horrible!! ;-( I always dread the summer. I love the picture, by the way! :D

Diane Craver said...

I love your play picture - it's adorable.

Brandy said...

The pollen here this year was/is awful. We barely survived tree pollen and have now moved on to grass and other tree pollen. Fun. This year seems worse than others.
That's a great picture, what did your Daughter think of it?
I hope you're having a good day.

Tori Lennox said...

Love those red pants! :)

Melissa McClone said...

Great pic!

I need to do the kind of cleaning you did. Just need to find a chunk of time first. That will take me awhile!

Dru said...

Cool picture. Yeah, what does DD think of it?

You Are Endearing

You are outgoing and friendly. You always have something to be excited about.

You are indulgent and comfort seeking. You enjoy the finer things in life.

You are a person of strong taste. You are adventurous in what you like.

No one would describe you as awkward. You are a smooth character!


This is not me at all.

All I know is when I wake up in the morning with a headache, I blame the pollen count.