Ah, August ... the last month of summer. That time of year when kids starting thinking about going back to school, when people start trying to fit in that final summer vacation, when you really notice the days starting to become shorter, and when my allergies start causing me grief!
Yep, it's time for the attack of the dreaded ambrosia artemisiifolia - otherwise known as common ragweed - the most dreaded of all allergens as far as I'm concerned. Common ragweed is highly allergenic, generally considered the greatest allergen of all pollens, and the prime cause of hay fever in North America probably due to the fact that each plant reportedly produces about a billion grains of pollen over the course of its life. Yep, I said a billion!
Even without a calendar I would know that it's August because it's during that month every year that those billions of grains of pollen are born by the wind directly into my nose, eyes, and throat giving me a runny nose, itchy eyes, crud in the back of my throat, and fits of sneezing that I have no other time of the year. Of course, looking at a picture of those lovely little pollen balls it's no wonder I sneeze with billions of those things floating around!
Some people have Spring allergies, I have Fall allergies so for the next few months I'll be a regular customer at the local CVS or Walgreens buying up boxes of over-the-counter allergy medications as well as tissues to help me make it through until we get a cold snap and the dreaded common ragweed is once again put down for the season. As much as I love autumn, it doesn't seem to love me back - at least not when it comes to allergies!
And that finally brings us to the question for this post! How about you? ...