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Our cute little patio.

Happy Spring!

Today is the first day of Spring, and it was a beautiful beginning to the season. I’m quite fond of almost everything that comes with Spring: I love beautiful weather, spring showers, beautiful wildflowers and baby animals. I love spring planting, I get strange joy from seeing new leaves on trees, and I revel in the longer afternoons and evenings (although I hate getting up in the dark). I also love the freshness of Spring, and the feeling that everything is new and exciting and full of promise.

See that green tint? It's pollen. Nice.

See that green tint on Jamey’s car? It’s pollen. Nice.

What I really don’t like so much about Spring is spring pollen. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, where we live is covered in a thin layer of green pollen. It covers our cars, coats our porch steps, gets all over the house when you leave the door open…even the little feral kittens in our complex are walking around with green-tinged fur. But in addition to being omni-present, it’s also really tough on those of us who are allergy-prone. If I forget to take an allergy pill (and sometimes even when I take it) my head gets stuffy, my ears clog, my eyes itch, and I’m generally miserable. At least I’m not alone–there are lots of allergy sufferers in the region, and we’re all simultaneously rapturous about the weather and the flowers and miserable about their effect on our sinuses. I’m just glad I live in a time when there’s such a thing as Zyrtec. Can you imagine the poor allergy sufferers who lived at the turn of the century? They probably didn’t last very long. All hail pharmaceuticals!

On a good note, we did spend last weekend sprucing up our cute little patio, planting some fresh herbs, waterproofing our deck chairs (that were a wedding present, by the way, from my uncle and aunt), and adding some really pretty potted flowers so that now it’s a little haven where we can sit and drink our coffee and watch the birds and make plans for the Spring and Summer in between sneezes. 

I hope you all are enjoying your spring, regardless of whether you suffer from an overdose of pollen or have a nice garden project to pursue. Have a wonderful week, and enjoy the lists!

Oh, PS: I have a new blog. It’s at http://www.txbizblog.com, and it will probably be really boring to you, unless you’re into business, Economic Development, Texas, or a combination of those three things. Check it out. 

You can't tell, probably, because I'm a horrible photographer, but this is a calla lily on our back patio. It's really pretty.

You can’t tell, probably, because I’m a horrible photographer, but this is a calla lily on our back patio. It’s really pretty.

top 20

  1. spring!
  2. fresh herbs
  3. being able to work from home when I need to
  4. encouragement
  5. Target
  6. Instashare. If you have an Apple device and don’t have it, get it NOW.
  7. exploring
  8. completing the New York Times Crossword Puzzle in 12 minutes
  9. Girl Scouts
  10. transforming our tiny drab back porch into tiny colorful garden patio
  11. Easter candy
  12. calla lilies
  13. Dan Pollotta’s TED Talk about how we view charity
  14. QR codes on planting guides. Brilliant.
  15. travel planning
  16. being able to listen to my favorite Dallas radio station anytime I want, thanks to Internet Radio
  17. luring cardinals to eat out of our bird-feeders
  18. recycling
  19. weekend visits from my awesome step-daughter, Carly
  20. March Madness
I now pay attention to Pollen Forecast Levels.

I now pay attention to Pollen Forecast Levels.

bottom 10

  1. spring pollen
  2. pimples
  3. doing laundry
  4. sticky movie theater floors
  5. lack of air conditioning
  6. broken elevators
  7. megalomaniacs
  8. third world plumbing
  9. management with poor communication skills
  10. vacuuming stairs
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