Beautiful sun shining overheard, with the flora and fauna retreating from their winter hide-a-ways and embracing the warmth of coming spring. The mornings are no longer as nippy as a few months ago, and I feel compelled to trade my winter coat for a casual zip-up hoodie. I’ve been picked up from work and we drive over to C Von’s place.
*sneeze* dammit again? Then the memory of annoyance at spring’s conditions to warm weather – pollen & weeds.
Davis and Woodland are two very similar places – Small, quiet locations surrounded by trees and acres of nearby farmland. Centers of mass pollination. If you walked through the town on a light breezy day, you can even smell the promiscuity of the trees as they send signals indicating they are about to flower. If you know what I mean, it has a rich protein smell reminiscent of body fluid.
Being surrounded by so many pollinating and germinating plants and trees can be overwhelmingly for the casual visitor to this area. This brings with it a few lessons of caution.
* Always have allergy medicine on hand
* Never rub your eyes
* Keep drinking water
With these tips you can bear suffering for just a while until you return home to air conditioning and a refuge from spring not without feeling of swollen itchy eyes or congested sinus.
Besides the predictability of plant reproduction, there is the other danger. WEEDS. Contrary to its slang term for medicinal marijuana, ACTUAL weeds are cumbersome, stubborn, and deadly. In particular is the common FOXTAIL.
One day, our dog Kahlua, was playing in the open field right beside C Von’s place. For the past few weeks, what looks like wheat begins to grow rapidly overtaking the field and harboring rabbit fugitives. My mind is on alert. FOXTAILS. How I hate them. These things cause distress for my furry Marwyn back in San Diego CA. Yet, today was different.
*Shake* *snake* *whimper*
“Why is she shaking her head? Is something in there?”
“Yes, it is a foxtail.”
a Foxtail?!! How in the hell did it get in there. My knowledge of these onerous things kick in. They are barbed and are known to keep on traveling, if through soft tissue, even faster.They even have record of a foxtail going straight through a shoe’s rubber insole to pierce the person’s foot!
How outrageous! Confirmed by C Von’s experience (Hazel had to be taken twice for foxtail removal from her ear), we had to wait until the following morning because we couldn’t afford the emergency fee ($115 are you kidding me?) By then, the foxtail had pierced her eardrum, and Vic had to commit to memory of her pained cries while they inspected her ear to find it. They had to put her under anesthesia and removed a close to an inch in length of rogue foxtail.
(Picture to come soon)
It was a terrible ordeal that set us back monetarily but for my pup I’d do anything. So for those who don’t know the dangers of spring. Watch out for Foxtails and those things that poke through your socks.