Orange Jewelweed is an ancient and very effective treatment for poison ivy and other skin conditions, including insect bites. Stops itching well. Crush the leaves and rub it on.
I need to take a road trip, just Benny and I this time. Will be gone most of next week, beginning Tuesday and likely home by Saturday. My head needs what the road has to offer and the time away from patients and chores to do some thinking. Planning on going to the Alpena area, where both of my parents (and maternal grandparents) passed on. Lots of memories there and a place where I can connect with my father's spirit. This will be the first visit since his memorial service, some years ago. Will certainly take the cameras, a few rods, and the camping equipment. Benny enjoys the road and is all I want for company this time, There are some things I need to put to rest. My father always had sage advice. The other advantage is driving the entire length of the U.P. to get to the bridge, a distance roughly equivalent to driving the length of Tennessee, only more beautiful.
"Later on in life, you expect a bit of rest, don't you? You think you deserve it. I did, anyway. But then you begin to understand that the reward of merit is not life's business."