Your allergies, however, may flare up, leaving you with itching, burning, runny, gummy, blurry eyes and a nose that either stuffs up completely or runs with the force of a geyser, which, is truly attractive, as you might have imagined from the description.
So, while I am happy to be in Mayberry, I am not at all impressed with the reception that my sinuses have received.
I haven't let the irritation keep me from enjoying my visit. I did opt out of the Josh Turner/Clare Dunn concert this evening, but I spent a good part of the day visiting with my mom and my Aunts Debbie, Rose, and Connie, who are all in town for Stampede. I also joined Queen B, her friend Emily, and Emily's mother for lunch in Mount Pilot, and that was fun.
Emily has been a fixture at our house for the past couple of years and, since she is planning to move to Neighboring City to attend college next month, it seemed like a good time to get to know her mom; I know that having someone I trusted near Queen B while she was attending college on the Front Range would have gone a long way in making me feel better about her absence and the distance that separated us and I am happy to be that person for them.
Tomorrow, I am planning to get back in the Stampede swing, but, for now, it's rather nice to just...be. I don't have to run around the house, cleaning, doing laundry, fretting over the garden, nor do I have to rush out the door to one-or, both-of my jobs. Instead, I can relax in the backyard, or go for a long walk, or do absolutely nothing at all, and, that feels pretty good.
So, while Stampede is definitely different, it is also somewhat more relaxed, and, I'm not going to look at that as a bad thing. That said, I really do miss the people who, for various reasons, aren't here to enjoy the weekend with me; Dad, of course. Reese and Phoebe. It's new, it's weird. It's change, and, change is inevitable.
Apparently, so are my allergies.