I went to the allergist today. It was long overdue. After we moved to Texas, I developed some seasonal allergies, then I started having symptoms all year. I’ve tried soooo many allergy medicines – some knock me out, some make me so alert I can’t sleep, and this last one I was on made me so nauseated I actually thought I might be pregnant! Yikes! False alarm.
At the allergist I was tested for 64 allergens – whew! It was soooo hard to keep from scratching my back waiting for the 20-minute timer to go off. Well, it turns out I am significantly allergic to 34 things including dust mites, cats, and a mix of 31 grasses, weeds, and trees. THIRTY FOUR!!! How did I go from having zero allergies to being allergic to 34 in just a few years? And cats? I love cats, even though we don’t have one. (Well, we couldn’t get one because hubby is allergic.) And now here I am – 7 hours and a Zyrtec later and my back is still all red and itchy. I had hubby take a picture of it to post here, but it’s just too gross and I’m sure you all would rather not see that!
So as you can tell by now, this isn’t going to be much of a crafty post – mostly just things that have been on my mind.
I’m afraid that homeschooling is going to reveal how stupid I really am. I have gone to years, I mean, YEARS of schooling and did alright. Before the kiddos came along, I worked in a school as an occupational therapist, and have felt pretty confident about my abilities to teach our children. But just last week, I realized that there was something in my son’s Kindergarten lessons that I just didn’t know! And I’m wondering if I’m the only one…or if anyone has any knowledge on this area that they can share with me.
We brought our little butterfly garden to a friend’s home and got some caterpillars to raise until they became butterflies. I was a bit nervous after picking them up that I might somehow kill them, but I brought them home anyway, knowing that they would most likely take care of themselves. I told the boys that it was just like the caterpillar in The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After a few days, they would make cocoons and then in a few weeks, they’d become butterflies and we could set the free! Well, here’s where the stupid part comes in. Apparently these butterflies don’t spin cocoons. In the span of about 60 seconds, they just sorta mutate into a chrysalis. We saw one caterpillar’s spines slip off of his body and he immediately looked like a chrysalis. It’s an amazing thing to see – at least to this city girl. It’s taken days to deprogram the boys – they are still calling them cocoons. How could The Very Hungry Caterpillar mislead me like that?
Well, Zyrtec makes me tired so I’m off to bed. Maybe something creative and crafty will make it’s appearance later in the week. Em loved her gift last night. Thank you all for your kind comments.