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Poison Ivy turned our Vacation into a Staycation

Poison Ivy turned our two week vacation into a staycation.  A few days before our vacation, my husband was golfing in a tournament with some friends from work.  He figures that is where he picked up the poison ivy.  Of course, it could have been poison oak or sumac, but he didn’t actually notice the plants in the rough around him and only thought about it a few days later when he broke out into a rash on his legs.  Poison ivy, oak and sumac all have different looking leaves on their respective plants, but the results are the same when you come into contact with them…

We managed to get a weekend away to the zoo and a Blue Jays game in Toronto before the rash spread further, but that trip probably made things worse.  He was too embarrassed by his pink (calamine coated) legs to wear shorts, so the jeans he wore for the full day at the zoo aggravated the rash even further.  By the next day, both legs from the thigh to the ankle were affected.   Two weeks later he is just starting to recover…

We had planned to visit our cottage for most of the two weeks, but stayed home instead as he thought sitting around at the cottage not able to do any of the work we had planned up there would be too frustrating.  Not to mention he could not put sunscreen or bug spray on his legs.  So, once we returned from Toronto, he walked around the house in his underwear and a Tshirt, with his legs coated with calamine lotion, cortisone cream, Aveeno cream, you name it, we tried it…

As I often do when life gives me lemons, I made lemonade, so the time was not completely wasted.  I made a list of all the little jobs that needed doing around the house and we got those done.  We just had all of our doors and windows replaced, so the curtains and their accessories had all been removed.  The curtains are now all washed, and hanging back where they should be, except of course the ones I am tired of and need to replace.  All of our new inside door handles (we had to replace them to match the ones on our new front and side doors) are installed and look great.  The rusty cast iron urns I had purchased recently now have a nice new coat of spray paint on them and look awesome beside my garage on the driveway, and the garage is cleaned out.   We also sat out on the back deck for coffee and lunch most days, which is unusual for him.  We ate more junk food and drank more wine than usual, but that is expected when you are on vacation, isn’t it?

I also spent time working on my own gardens, which is something I never seem to get around to doing since I started a gardening business and get paid to work on other peoples’ gardens…

Back to work for both of us tomorrow, although I am not sure how he is going to make it through a whole day with pants on!

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