Written by Patrick Lacombe
I really don’t like to be negative, however I have found one thing that I really do not care for here in Central Texas. It’s called mountain cedar fever, and its effects are making the pharmaceutical and tissue companies a ton of money, at least from me.
Every winter, Ashe junipers, also known as mountain cedar, release huge amounts of pollen that trigger allergies and cause an array of symptoms that can really ruin your day. Headaches, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing or itchy red eyes are just a few of the unpleasant side effects of the pollen. I have a virtual arsenal of sprays, decongestants, and antihistamines in my medicine cabinet, none of which seem to do much good at all.
They say “Everything is bigger in Texas” and when it comes to allergies, whoever “they” are sure know what “they” are talking about! Back in Louisiana, we had pine pollen. Every spring the yellow dust would cover everything and allergy sufferers would sneeze a bit and have runny noses, but this red demon powder here in Texas is so much worse. I woke up this morning with a stuffy head and slight headache. Then I started sneezing and could not stop. Every time I sneezed, my head would recoil violently and it reminded me of the 155MM Howitzers that I fired in the Army. My eyes itch and it feels as if there are needles being shoved into my eyeballs.
There is good news though. The dreaded pollen should all be gone by the end of March, so we only have about six more weeks to go before we get a little relief. Another good thing that will happen about the same time will be the blooming of wildflowers and the sprouting of grass. That means springtime and warmer temperatures. Last week, that little rodent up in Pennsylvania saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter. I hope he is wrong but he does have a pretty decent track record when it comes to predicting weather.
Oh, and I almost forgot. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so don’t forget to pick up a little something for your “sweetheart.” Women are a little harder to buy for than men are. The television commercials tell us that she will love you forever if you buy her a diamond the size of a quarter but my wife said she is happy with some chocolate covered strawberries from H-E-B. I think I will go with my wife’s suggestion and save a few thousand bucks. After all, Uncle Sam’s birthday is April 15th and I will have to send him a nice gift.
I hope all of you good people out there will get to feeling better soon. It has been a long flu season and cedar fever season, but the end is in sight. Have a great weekend and may God bless!