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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


Poison Ivy


This is my arm, although it sort of looks like a leg too.  Good grief, when did my elbows get so many wrinkles?  Please send moisturizer quick!  This arm is attached to my body, but if I didn’t know better I would say it belonged to my Grandma Edna.

I took this photo two weeks into my latest battle with Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac or whatever it is I get into.  I almost always get it on the inside of my arms and under my chin.


I’m 98% certain that this is the cause of my problem.  They were rubbing up against me when I was pulling weeds.  CURSE THE BARN CATS!!!

Um, hello?  Could someone please come over and fix my porch floor?  I can give you a cat or two or three  and some pork and a big hug.  Thanks, I’ll see you in a bit, right?


This is my arsenal.  I use all of them.  It’s ridiculous.  I’ve also used most of your home remedy suggestions except the bleach, I don’t think I would have any skin left on my arm if I scrubbed it with bleach, but I’m not writing it off completely.

See?  I even went to the health food store and got the stuff with Jewelweed.  Nobody warned me that it smells like A-1 Steak Sauce and I walked around wreaking like a marinated side of beef.

Honestly, I don’t know what worked this time., it takes a little longer for me to heal each time I get it.  What on earth did they do two hundred years ago before Zanfel was created?  Maybe they were smarter than me and wore long sleeves and didn’t own long-haired barn cats.

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