Tuesday, May 1, 2018



Sneezing has been the sound of spring here in Switzerland. For people with allergies, the pollen has been INTENSE.

Pollen is collecting in the lake and on ponds:
The pollen sits on top of the water.

In parking lots:
After a bit of rain it all collected in a low point of the parking lot.

And in our bathroom:
The yellowish tinge is the pollen that came in through the window. ..

...and onto the shower floor right below the window - maybe screens would have helped?

Luckily, Joe, Mo and I have not been bothered by the pollen...yet. That doesn't mean we won't in the future. I lived in Tucson for 5 years before I got allergies. Fingers crossed allergies don't find me here in Switzerland. If they do, there is now an app called Pollen-News which shows you how strong the pollen count is on a day to day basis so you can manage your antihistamines.

Poor Smidgey didn't get so lucky, though. She's had allergies for the last few weeks: sneezing, butt-rubbing, and chewing on her paws. We bought some antihistamine for her and it has helped, but there is nothing worse than a sneezy puppy...except maybe one doing a butt-rub. Ew.
Tummy scratches are the only good part of having allergies.


Today's poem is in honor of Sneezy Smidge:

Look, I'm on my back!
See my tail go smack?
Scratch my belly, please?

Whoops, gotta sneeze...

 ah choo!

©2018, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.


Linda B said...

That yellow pollen is here, too, & since I don't have a garage, my car has a yellowish tinge, a mess. Sorry for those doggy allergies. He must be miserable! Ah Choo!

Chris Uhlik said...

That bolted down branch/trunk with a birds nest in it is cool.

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Linda! I've noticed the yellow tinge on cars as well - car washes make good money in the spring. Smidgey is doing better, gotta love antihistamines. Thanks for your sympathy. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Chris! Yes, that was at the wild animal park/zoo we went to on Sunday. I had to get that nest in the pic. =)

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