With the changing of the seasons, comes that unbearable moment. The moment I realize this will be another year I won’t be able to escape the horrible allergies that my favorite season brings. Mother Nature, being as stubborn as she is, cannot decide if she would like it to be Summer, Fall, or Winter here in Northern PA. When this mood strikes her, you just never know what you are in for.
It starts with the stuffiness of the nose, watery eyes, and that slight tickle in the one side of your nose. That one side you thought you were going to be able to breathe out of. I tried to ignore it’s meaning, just like I did before. A week ago I was standing outside enjoying the night air, when I got that unmistakable smell as a cool wind blows through me. Winter. It won’t be long now. I groan as I take out my phone and text my younger sister. “Step outside. Do you smell it”? A few minutes later I get the same response that I spoke just moments before. Winter. Neither of us are looking forward to it.
Coming back to the present, I’m still refusing to acknowledge what my nose is telling me. My body, on the other hand, is getting worse by the moment. I roll over from looking out the window as I hear my children stirring. Next comes the unmistakable sound of my son fighting off his sneezes. No really, he tries fighting them. He growls in frustration when the sneezes continue to torture him. We don’t sneeze one or two times when allergies/ colds/ sinus infections come into play. No, we like to go for a world record of how many times can we possibly sneeze, before we pass out from not being able to breathe.
My poor son has taken after me when it comes to issues with allergies. Randall gets a kick out of hearing us tag teaming our sneezes. On cue, one sneezes, than the other, than the other again. My daughter has managed to sneak out of this whole allergy thing, and I miss being like that.
Dragging myself out of bed with my guilt, I head for the bathroom where I get all that we will need for the day. I already know it’s going to be a long day, and all that is coming. In this family we stock up on tissues, so I grab a couple of boxes of Puffs Plus Lotion, making a mental note to hit Amazon at some point today to order more. Thank goodness for their Prime. It has saved me more than once!
I grab those, as well as our Braun Forehead Thermometer, and the Zarbee’s Naturals Syrup. The thermometer isn’t just for kids. Take your own temp instead of letting the kids think they have you where they want you, as you’re trying to find out if you yourself are running a fever. Zip, and you’re done. Zarabee’s is a great brand for kids to. More natural products are used in it, than say, Tylenol or Advil. Having honey in it is a plus as well.
I make the kids their favorite oatmeal to warm them up. Strawberries and Peaches with Cream are a big hit at my house. With thoughts already on what to make for dinner (homemade chili and cornbread anyone?), I let the kids finish up their breakfast as I grab our camo blankets, and our (or my) current favorite Disney movie. Moana.
I spend the first half of the movie trying to include some homeschool activities. Colors, shapes, and songs (instruments). My daughter gleefully adds her vocals and dance skills to the songs while Aidan and I are huddled under the covers with our tissues and notebooks.
Randy finally makes it home. This is a good thing because I’m holding on by a very fine thread. I go and make my green tea and honey. No matter the illness, this combination has such high antioxidants, that I try to make sure we always have it on hand. Locally made honey is highly recommended!
I curl up in my corner of the couch with my new book of experiments, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, as Randy takes over for the night. I love making things as natural as possible. If the title has homemade, herbs, or essential oils in it, I can’t help but pick it up and see what kind of trouble I can get into next.
The seasons are colorful, the seasons are bright. For those that get more than a few sniffles for every change of season, I recommend a good book, movies, tea and honey, and a ray of sunshine trying to sing the seasonal blues aways.
Recommended Items From Today’s Blog
Braun Forehead Thermometer
Moana – DVD + Digital Copy + Blu-ray is the best for it’s price!
Peaches & Cream && Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal -large box
101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home -Kindle & Paperback Available
Puffs Plus Lotion Facial Tissues, 6 cube boxes with a 56 count each
50″ x 70″ Sherpa Luxury Throw Blanket w/ choice of colors
Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Cough Syrup + Mucus w/ Dark Honey & Natural Grape Flavor 4 oz.