Wednesday, May 10, 2006

who would have thought a tree could be evil?

Another trip up north to my lake...

This was meant to be a nice, relaxing visit with my parents and Jeremy's grandparents. We'd have a nice campfire, maybe a sauna, play cards, and spend lots of time outside.

We did get to do some of those things, but about a half day into the trip, something terrible happened.

It started with a sneeze. Then another, and yet another. Next thing I know, I'm stricken with the worst allergy attack since about 5 years ago (coincidentally a spring spent in Sudbury).

The cause?

This is a picture of a birch tree with a bunch of seeds blowing in the wind. Looks harmless, right? Not to me though - I have a bad allergy to birch pollen and used to suffer from horrible allergies when I lived up north. As I got older they got less severe, but since I haven't been around these stupid mean trees during springtime, my tolerance for their pollen is pretty much gone.

So while we played board games, went for walks, watched hockey (a whole other disaster that I refuse to discuss except to say hopefully next year will be better for my team), went for boat rides, etc - I was constantly sneezing or blowing my nose.

After trying several different combinations of allergy pills, things got a little better, but weren't great because they made me very tired. argh

We did have a great visit, and the drive home went very well (even got some nice pics from the French River) but I have made a commitment to never ever visit Sudbury during May again!


  • At 9:22 PM, Blogger Kim said…

    So crappy man! I hate allergies too. I hope you were using some super soft kleenex!

    Loved the pics, my fave is the paddles on the dock...BEAUTIFUL!

  • At 9:45 PM, Blogger Laura Coubrough said…

    Even though your allergies acted up, I'm sooooo jealous. Your lake is so beautiful. You must miss it a lot. I wish I still had a reason to visit Sudbury.

  • At 10:09 PM, Blogger Melinda said…

    i definitely miss my lake a lot - we're actually going to be living there for two weeks before flying off to Jolly old England... so that should be nice - especially since the trees won't be shooting off any more pollen :)

  • At 8:30 AM, Blogger Laura Coubrough said…

    That's a good idea. When are you actually leaving for England?
    I would really love to see you before you leave.

  • At 11:35 AM, Blogger Melinda said…

    We haven't booked the flight yet, but are trying to get one on or around the 18th of August. That way we'll have two weeks in London to explore and find a permanent flat b4 I start working.

    and yes we'll definitely have to get together :)

  • At 7:34 PM, Blogger Beechball * said…

    I agree with kim, that pic is so beautiful! Sorry to hear about the attack of the pollen, that really sucks. I think I might be developing some allergies because for weeks now I have had a scratchy throat, stuffed nosey and sneezing lots after I get to work (I walk) so Im thinking, Hmm.. might have to get me some pills! Im new to this.. what do I take? lol


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