“I feel a great regard for trees; they represent age and beauty and the miracles of life and growth.”

The day is dreary and dark. It was a misty rain when I went to get the papers and when Henry went out later. I find mist an annoying rain. I always think it should really rain or not rain at all, none of this misty stuff. It is only 64˚. I had shut all the windows to keep the pollen out so my house is warm, unusual for a chilly morning. My car is covered in pollen as is the deck and all the furniture. Yesterday I filled the feeders, and I could see my footprints in the pollen going from the seed barrel to the feeders and back again. I hope it pours as rain will get rid of much of the pollen.

I don’t remember pollen from when I was a kid. I think that’s because we didn’t have mostly pine trees. We had a variety of trees. I remember the giant oak tree across the street which was felled during a hurricane and the chestnut tree by the fence up near the parking lot. The maple trees had flying seed pods like whirlybirds. We’d get a seed pod from the ground, open one end and stick it on our noses. There were all kinds of fir trees in the woods. I always collected the different pine cones. When I was older, I used them for decorations at Christmas. My whole walk to school during the fall and spring was shaded by maple trees. I loved the shadows beneath them on the sidewalk from the sun poking through their leaves.

Trees chronicled best the changing seasons from their brilliant fall leaves to the spindly limbs of winter then to the buds and tiny leaves of spring and finally to the full, beautiful trees of summer.

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12 Comments on ““I feel a great regard for trees; they represent age and beauty and the miracles of life and growth.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Can’t say I remember any pollen either but I knew there were because of allergic friends. I guess I just thought it was some kind of invisible stuff flying around 🙂

    Hotter than h… again today and tomorrow they say will be even hotter. I won’t complain too much because one day it’ll be cold again and we never know if we’ll get more summer temperatures here 🙂

    You are so right about misty rain, it just eats its way through any clothes but doesn’t leave much on the ground, it is purely nasty.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I think there weren’t the number of pine trees there are here. My yard is full of them so there is plenty of pollen.

      We have had two or three summer days but Boston has had far more. The ocean is still cold.

      I always get wet and cold in misty rain. I agree it is nasty.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    There is a nasty connection between asthma, eczema and hay fever and I was the lucky recipient of all three. The last to plague me was hay fever – one sniff of pollen and I was done, heading for a darkened room to try to sleep it off

    Somewhere, sometime it all went away. These days I don’t even think about being down with an allergy (having said this, it will, no doubt return)

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,

      It is an auto-immune response. My family has all sorts of the same issues including asthma, diabetes, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.

      I used to have horrific allergic reactions then I did the shots. They worked well, and I haven’t had any problems for a few years.

      My allergies started when I was 17. The doctor said our bodies change every 7 years which is why they appeared out of nowhere.

  3. Bob Says:

    We live in the allergy capital of the United States. There’s something about the confluence of the wind that blows every bad grain of pollen into the Dallas area. Earlier this spring everything was covered in greenish pollen but hopefully the worst is over as the temperature is just below 100 degrees. My spouse suffers from allergies including every kind of plant within a hundred miles of our house. She also is deathly allergic to cat dander and can tell if a cat has lived in a house within a couple of minutes.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We are in that greenish pollen stage and everything is covered. My deck is a disgusting mess. We have an over-abundance of pine trees producing most of the pollen.

      I had horrific allergies to pollen, grass spores and animals. I took the series of shots over a couple of years and no longer suffer from allergies.

  4. Spaceman Says:

    No pollen – no plant fertilization. It’s a good thing, as Martha Stewart would say.

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      By the amount of pollen, we’ll always have scrub pines.

      • Spaceman Says:

        That’s a fact. Pines pollinate with mass airborne attack. Looks like yellow snow on my hood if my car sits outside for a couple of days.

      • katry Says:

        We had rain today which cleared off my car and most of my deck. I’ll have to check tomorrow to see how much new pollen is blowing from the trees.


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