I have ridiculous allergies. They've worsened with age, to the point where the allergist looked at me and said, "You should basically wear a face mask whenever you work outside from spring to winter. That is definitely not happening and I've been trying to alleviate things with homeopathic remedies and a variety of allergy medicines. Nettle tea is proving to be a wonderful tonic, after two months of drinking it daily I've been able to cut my allergy medicines in half.
One of the things that I have had to give up is flowers in the house. Put a bunch of anything beautiful and blooming in a vase in a room with me and after 10 minutes or so I'm congested and miserable. So flowers have been banned from our tables for ages. In our new house the window over the kitchen sink looks out onto the back patio. When someone we loved brought a bunch of gorgeous tulips to Easter, we discovered that we could set them on the patio table and enjoy them from a distance. They actually seem to last longer outdoors in their natural environment. Now Amaya can wander the woods and pick me a bunch of flowers and I can savor their beauty every time I look out my windows. Win-win. This particular bunch was part of our Mother's Day celebration. She made all of my presents herself and every one was special. Now that's a tradition worth keeping.