I watered the garden yesterday and this is the pollen that washed off the drive. It is everywhere and each year the residents in our little forest cough profusely. The yellow pollen is from the Pine trees but Oak pollen is around at the same time to add to our misery. Tree pollen is larger than other types and tends to get stuck up your nose (on your clothes, hair, car…)
Once the news of Covid 19 reached us my OCD habits kicked in and I stocked up on reasonable amounts of disinfectant and cleaning products. Over the last month or so, I have been really depressed and anxious. I stopped all my work and volunteering which was unnecessary as for the foreseeable future, I will have no work as it relies on people traveling. I laugh wryly. Then I increased my anti-depressant and feel much better. But I am stuck in the house with Teddy… He had flu a couple of weeks ago or at least we think it was. I disinfected every part of the house and really wanted to spray him in a light bleach solution but I know that is unreasonable (but I really wanted to).
This morning I went to Kroger at 8 am and the locusts had descended. I considered asking one woman why she needed to fill her WHOLE trolley with toilet tissue but thought better of it despite a devilish thought about how big her butt was. Three hurricanes gives you plenty of experience of mentally unstable residents in supermarkets. During Hurricane Ike we had fully armed officers in supermarkets to keep control – where are you when we need toilet tissue??
So, during this low period I have been hunkered down in the house, square eyed from watching too much TV, unable to write blogs and now I want to PLAY!!! Talk about timing. I am ready to go back to work, go for lunch or go on vacation. After the stressful supermarket expedition, I looked in the mirror and saw my gray roots. My hairdresser cut my hair really short in case I couldn’t see her for a while. Think GI Jane, except older.
Sally Beauty won’t be busy, I thought. It was wonderfully quiet until a lady (with the same gray root situation as me) needed to look at Clairol hair colors. We were being terribly polite and trying to keep our distance. Then I felt a yellow pollen tickle and coughed – loudly. Both of us looked at each other in horror and I shouted, “ALLERGIES!” and we burst out laughing. Then we started talking about realities of catching COVID 19 and agreed that we could catch it anywhere. Even in a beauty shop, because nobody wants to be in isolation with your gray roots showing. 👩🦳