On the plus side, the weather has warmed up, the skies are a gorgeous blue, the trees are turning green, and things are blooming everywhere. Last week, we took Walker and Lauren to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and I could have spent all day taking pictures of all the trees and flowers in bloom.
I think spring has got to be the prettiest time of the year, and I always feel a sudden surge of energy—that is until the dreaded yellow haze. Here in Birmingham it happened almost overnight. One day the skies were crystal clear, and the next day the city was enveloped in a ginormous yellow cloud.
I know I probably say the same thing every year, but I think this has absolutely got to be the worst year ever for pollen. Maybe it's because the cold weather lasted longer, so suddenly everything is blooming at once—Yoshino cherries, Bradford pears, redbud, dogwood, wisteria. It's a riot of color out there.
Not to be outdone, the pine trees have started pollinating, and they can't even redeem themselves by showing off a new coat of color. To make matters worse, my house is getting a fresh coat of paint on the outside, and the painters are constantly having to open the windows. My timing couldn't have been worse.
So for the next week or so, I guess I'll have to put up with the stuffy nose, headache and itchy eyes. And no telling how many times I'll be doing a spit clean of my contact lenses. Nevertheless by next January, I'll be anxious for spring once again.