There is a scourge of yellowish-greenish pollen heavily dusting the whole state of Louisiana right now, and probably the surrounding states as well. This dreaded substance makes me sneeze and sometimes it makes my eyes water profusely. This happens every March and April.
When I was driving in that scary storm the other night, I saw that there was a giant cloud of greenish pollen fogging up off the trees as the rain and hail pelted them. It was so weird. It colored the sky green above the trees. There was a swirling, roiling effect that was cool to see.
At this time of the year, you may as well not wash your car because there will be a new layer of pollen on it before it is dry from the washing. I wash mine anyway, because when there's a lot of pollen on it, I think I'm breathing it up. It makes my nose tickle just to see it.
I have to go back down south this week and I am confused about what I'm going to do because I have to drive down there on Tuesday for a thing on Wednesday that won't be over till around 4- 4:30 pm, leaving me to either drive back all evening and work on Thursday, or stay an extra night and blow off work on Thursday, in which case I should officially take the day off so it won't look like I pulled a no show. And my mom wants to come with me. I think if it was just me, I'd drive back Wednesday evening.
Mom wants to go to The Myrtles, which is a famous haunted plantation house. I pass by it every time I go to Baton Rouge. I want to take the tour too. I guess I'll try to take Thursday off so we can just stay over and take the tour if they do it during the week. I plan to stay overnight at the Myrtles some time. It is a bed and breakfast. Sometimes people leave in the middle of the night, because they ass is scared.
The story goes like this: Many years ago, there was a slave named Chloe and she was in charge of taking care of the family in the house. She took care of the two little girls of the house. Mr. Woodruff, the owner, was having an affair with Chloe. Not that she really wanted to, but she knew if she said no to him, she would be relegated to outdoor work. Eventually, Woodruff got tired of her and she was afraid that she was about to lose her in-home position, so she decided to do something to show how needed she was in the home so she put a little oleander in a birthday cake she baked for the oldest daughter and it poisoned the wife and two daughters. She only meant to make them a little sick, but they died. She thought she could nurse them back to health and then Woodruff would be indebted to her and allow her to stay. The other slaves dragged Chloe from the house and hung her.
Now she haunts the place and people have reported being awakened in the night by Chloe. Apparently, this sends 'em packing. Nobody wants that particular wake up call. There are lots of other hauntings in that house and it has been called one of America's most haunted houses.
There's a new "Amityville Horror" movie coming out in a couple of weeks. I can't wait.
I went to Hot Springs over Easter weekend and while I was at the spa, they told me some ghost busters came in to see if they could detect a ghost that many people have reported seeing in the old part of the spa. There is a Ghost-Hunter show on Sci-Fi channel that may do a story on the spa I go to. I'll be watching for that.
Ghosties ghosties everywhere...