The pollen this year is crazy.
Absolutely and totally insane.
(It's bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!)
Apparently, it's a combination of "no rain in forever" + "unseasonably high temperatures."
The radio this morning said the pollen count was going to be over 6,000. I knew that was high, but had no real concept of just how high.
Let me share with you just how high that is....
For starters, I had to go and get my car washed this morning.
I didn't want to do it since I knew there was just going to be more pollen. However, I had to as the pollen had become a safety hazard - I could not see out the side windows of my car!
This is my car - which was washed, I kid you not, less than an hour ago.
And just now as I was sitting here at the computer answering some email? I looked up and out the window. And was literally struck dumb...
For a brief second, I honestly thought that it was snowing. Except snow's not yellow.* I was having difficulty seeing the house that's right across the street.
I tried to take some pictures of the pollen in the air - but was having no luck. Any of you who have unsuccessfully tried to photograph falling snowflakes will empathize.
Instead, let me show you the street in front of my house:
That's oak tree crud. And it's falling in glops from the sky, and rolling down the street like bizarro tumbleweeds.
And the front porch. Which was swept clean just a few days ago. It's green, in case you were trying to figure it out.
Like I said, crazy.
My heart goes out to all the allergy sufferers. This has got to be murder. For the first dozen years that I lived here in Atlanta, I was the seasonal allergy queen. I imagine that this would have killed me. Oddly enough, I have finally acclimated to the oak/pine/misc. pollen that we have and aside from getting annoyed (and somewhat grossed out) by all the dust, it doesn't really affect me.
Ironically, I have horrible allergies anytime I go back up to Tennessee now...
*Feel free to insert your own "yellow snow" joke here....