I really tried to be ready for pollen this year, but wow – Nature isn’t messing around.
I think it’s the timing on the rain – we don’t need a lot, we just need it at the right time. Last year, a drought year, my peaches put off the biggest crop we have ever got. For a week last July I picked, pitted and bagged peaches. I only ran out of frozen peaches about three weeks ago. I even juiced a few pints, and whoa – it’s the nectar of the gods, people.
It’s a real contradiction – pollen gives us the foods we need to eat, but it seems to be trying to kill us during this time of year. My nose is burning, my eyes are dry – I have those horse shoes under my eyes too. I wake up early because my nose is glued shut. My stomach hurts from the continuous snot drip. My husband is sick all the time, but charges right back out there every morning, like Don Quixote. We wear masks, we change our clothes and shower when we come in – yesterday I realized, we need to clean the inside of the F-150, which is parked in the driveway under two very horny trees.
Yesterday I just said “F-it!” and stayed in the house for most of the day. That’s pretty impossible, I had to go out to do various errands and chores, take the dogs out for their shots, etc. The best laid plans of mice and moms – by dinnertime, my husband was calling me “Wheezy”.
It’s a good time for spicey food. We picked up a little jar of capers to jazz up the same old same old, and yeah, they’ll dust the pollen out of your dark recesses.
And in the morning, when my stomach is sour and bitchy from that post nasal drip, I look forward to my smoothie, it’s about the only thing that appeals to me at this point.
My family treated me to a new tiny blender that works tons better and is easier to use than my old blender. This thing is so powerful, it gets all the protein powder and even hard frozen fruit. And then…
Time to wake up! Oh yeah Babee!