But this year, we've had this unusual, record-breaking period of cool temperatures that I think if you weren't from Texas, you'd call spring. It's been beautiful.
Odd for those of use who are growing veggies, because things are a little farther behind than they'd normally be, but pretty weather nonetheless.
However, what comes with this is a horrid plague of mold in the air. In Austin, we have dry and wet molds, and they are absolutely deadly.
I'm allergic to both, and for the last three days, I've nearly died from it. The particular offender this week - Alternaria - will only die when the temperature is 90 and above. Which it normally is. And which is needs to be RIGHT FREAKING NOW.
I've plotted a Michael Crichton style revenge, involve nanobots, that I can't really tell you about right now, because the last thing I need is those boobs in homeland security stealing my idea.
But when mold death comes, it will be shock and awe, believe me.
I did manage to hold my head still long enough to play in today's Mix-Ability challenge though - and I had a BLAST doing it.
I made a little collage strip base out of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock. Then I used direct to paper to dye some First Edition DSP with our upcoming In Colors - Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush. I tore up these scraps and glued them to my strip of cardstock and trimmed off the excess. Then I sprayed the strip with Goosebumps Shimmer spray to seal it and give it a little glimmer. It dried really fast. I tied linen thread around it and put it on a Baked Brown Sugar base that I embossed with the honeycomb embossing folder. The greeting is from the new set - Label Love. I love those pretty colors against the brown.
In the days when I could enjoy being outside without dying, I was pleased to see that my roses are going crazy. I have a nice, compact fuschia rose and a white one. I believe they're fraternizing though, because today I saw pink buds on my white rose.
Hope your day is full of squirrels and free of Alternaria!