The pollen count here yesterday was over 9,000! Freakishly high, even for here. The azaleas are in bloom and everyone with allergies is miserable.. Yellowish film covers EVERYTHING.
Car wash places are very happy. They're doing record business. You get your car washed today, it's covered with pollen again tomorrow.
Poor Michael has been sniffing and sneezing and having a terrible time. His eyes are red and itchy. I got him Zyrtek, antihistamine eye drops, etc. Nothing really helps. He is asleep now, thanks to good old Benadryl.
I just saw this article saying today's pollen count was only 5,174. Rain is expected in the next few days. Whoopee!
I fixed roasted cauliflower and shrimp salad for dinner last night. Mother loves shrimp salad and we had some leftover shrimp, which is rare. I bought 3 lbs. the other day from our fave fish market. So I made shrimp salad, which is just cold shrimp diced up with a little mayo, some lime juice, onion powder, and a little Old Bay seasoning. Mike took one bite of his and said "You didn't use dill?!?"
He proceeded to take his portion of the salad and add dill and other ingredients. Then he gave some of the new shrimp salad to Mother and said "Taste this. Isn't it better?!"
Actually, it didn't bother me. I am glad he likes food and is willing to work on dishes to make them taste to suit him. He can make excellent guacamole, omelets, and several other things. I need to give him some more cooking lessons, maybe this summer when there's more time and we have more fresh stuff.
Colton came over to help Michael with math and stayed for dinner, and I made pork chops and Eggroll Cabbage, which he loved. Here's the "recipe" - I sautéed some coleslaw cabbage [found in bags, shredded, next to the bag salads] in a skillet. I added some soy sauce, onion powder, and black pepper to the cabbage, so it tastes like the inside of an eggroll.
Kudos to my friend Lisa S. for posting this blog on Adoption Under One Roof, about the situation with Russia's orphans and Putin's attitudes towards the many orphans in his country. He needs to improve the situation in Russian orphanages before he says another word about anything. Conditions in most of those places are appalling.