Call me “mellow yellow”

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I left Lucky Dawg and Rebel out on the back porch yesterday and returned three hours later to find two little mutts covered in yellow dust.

Is the pollen worse this year, or is it my imagination.?

The Culprit

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You may be enjoying the beautiful spring weather, but there’s an ugly price to pay. It’s called pollen, and it’s bad this year. The yellowish dust is leaving its mark on just about everything. I’m wondering if we should all be wearing painter’s masks.

My porches are covered in the stuff and it’s been tracked into the house.  My truck is now a dingy shade of yellow, but so is every other vehicle in town.  It’s a good idea to rinse the car daily or the pollen will reportedly dull the finish.

Thankfully, the weatherman is predicting rain tonight so maybe it will all be washed away.

I’m told pine trees are the culprit, but I don’t even have pines.  My neighbor has two or three, but I can’t believe they are the only things causing this heavy veneer of yellow which has descended on the South.

f_12facemask So, how much longer are we going to have to deal with the pesky pollen?  It typically visits  for two – three weeks each spring. I began noticing it on Monday so I figure we could have another 10 days to endure.

The rain we’re expecting tonight will help, but that will be a short term solution.

I think we should declare a “Mellow Yellow Holiday” and let everyone off work so they can clean it up – maybe tax day would be good day to celebrate – that might help ease the pain.

On a related “nature” note.  Martha M in Texas wrote to ask what to do about fruit flies which are showing up like pollen  in Texas.  Someone sent me the solution a couple of years ago.  It was fairly simple, but I can’t find the post on Diva.  (We need to work on our search engine.) If anyone recalls, please let me know.

4 thoughts on “Call me “mellow yellow”

  1. Thanks Mr. Squirrel – Martha you listening? In a nutshell – here it is:

    To get rid of fruit flies: take a small glass (like a shot glass) and fill with cider vinegar. It needs to be cider vinegar, as they are attracted to the sweet smell of the apples. Add a small squirt of liquid dish soap. They are attracted, but can’t fly away. Depending on how many you have, you may need to refresh the solutions every day until they are gone.

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