Monday, 31 May 2010

Birthday's, Ottawa Race Weekend, Allergies and Poison SMOKE!

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes, Lily and I had a GREAT DAY! 

We spent it working in the garden's and mowing the lawns.  I'm not sure about where you live but the pollen has been excessive this year and there is a bumper crop of poison ivy growing along the fence line between my neighbour's place and mine.  Needless to say, while cutting the lawn I inadvertently ran through a bunch of poison ivy, so now my legs and arms are covered in the nasty stuff.   As well, everywhere and I mean everywhere is covered in yellow pollen, my car, the front and back decks, my patio furniture....GAH!! 

My eyes are itchy and swollen and my throat is sore and I sound as though I've smoked a pack of cigarettes.  I know, "would I like a little cheese with that whine?"

Because of the poison ivy and allergies, PLUS my lack of water and well situation at home (tbd), I never made it down to Ottawa for the Race Weekend, and I wasn't able to meet up with Anne from Asthma and the Gift of Running.  So I'd like to say a BIG CONGRAT'S to Anne for running her first Half Marathon in a stellar time of 2:21:30hr.  Wow Anne, you are AMAZING!!!  Hopefully we will be able to meet up another time!!

This morning I woke to the smell of smoke, not something buring in the kitchen smoke, more like campfire smoke, my first reaction was almost panic, you see I live on a peninsula with one way in and out, so when you smell smoke your first reaction is, how do I get out of the Bay?  The thick haze smoke was unbelievable but when the neighbours converged onto the street it was determined the smoke was coming from the forest fires burning out of control in the Province of Quebec.  Even while sitting here in my office, you can smell the smoke and the haze is reducing visibility....let's just hope that the weather gods throw some rain our way, we certainly do need the rain!

Life's fun if you don't weaken,



Anne said...

Aww thanks for the congrats and the shout out Laurel. It would definitely have been great to meet you and hopefully, we'll have another chance. I love Ottawa and we try and go once or twice a year.
We haven't had any haze yet, but apparently, it's headed our way soon. This is one of the few times when I do want some rainfall.

Thanks again...hopefully, you get your water soon and the allergies calm down.

Anonymous said...

Geez friend,
as Rosanne Rosannadanna says... ".... it's always something!" sheesh... roll eyes and wonder what we're gonna do with you! (-:

Smoke,no kidding Could smell at my end too. I first of all went through the house wondering what the problem was then realized it smelled like camp and fire places and then knew it was outside somewhere.
NOT pretty. I wouldn't want to be running today. Good thing it didn't happen during the weekend.

All right now, we need to seriously plan on SOMETHING!

Anne said...

We Southern Californians are well familiar with that smell of smoke and the panic that ensues. Love the wine glass image. It's making me thirsty!

Marlene said...

That wine glass sure looks good.

YUCK to the poison ivy and pollen. :(

I hope you get a good rain to out out those fires!!

Lisa said...

poison ivy, pollen, and fire doesn't sound like the makings of a good weekend...

Wendy said...

Aaarrgggghhhh! It's Just Not Fair!

(The Boarder woke me early this morning with alarm calls -- I'm pretty sure he was convinced the house was on fire.)

Nat said...

God the smoke this morning was intense...

The pollen. My good it's everywhere and I'm in the city. I am suffering. (and poison ivy ick!)

Amy said...

OMG! Hope you get some rain soon to sort out all those problems!

Groover said...

Hope the eyes and nose clear soon. Everytime I suffer allergies I press my thumb and index finger against the ridge of my nose, right at the heights of my eyes. It usually helps. Other pressure points are on the top of the cheek bones where there is a little dent. A bit harder to find but certainly helpful, too.

Xenia said...

Yikes! Hope everything clears up soon.

cissy16 said...

Hang in there, my dear. It has got to get better for you.
I am happy to hear that your birthday was great!
Love that wine glass photo.

Happy Tuesday!
love and hugs,
~ b

Wes said...

You're a triathlete, right? You can just swim across the lake :-) Stay safe (and out of the poison ivy!)

Staci Dombroski said...

That is horrible about the forest fires!!! I hope you have a wonderful week with rain:)

Cures for Eczema said...

Keep run and be happy thank you.
Eczema pics

ShirleyPerly said...

Belated birthday wishes to you. Hope the poison ivy and smoke clear up soon!