Lots of great tips on the rash -- thanks to everyone for that, and YES -- I agree about the blow dryer, although I didn't resort to that. But the cool air blowing on my arm in spin class was very soothing. I'm happy to report that while it's still itchy and I'm keeping my hands off of it, it's calmed down. That Tea Tree Oil did the trick! Now to prevent anything from touching it, which reminds me it's there, and I want to scratch it!
This weather is crazy! One day we're in an oven with the temperature cranked up, and the next day, out of the oven and into the fridge! I know that many of you won't agree with me on this one, but the LESS time you spend in air conditioning, the more you acclimatize to the heat, and the less it bothers you! I know -- but it's true. We don't turn our AC on unless we've had several intense days of humidity. I am running the dehumidifier in the basement.
Yesterday when I walked to the grocery store, there was a nice breeze, and I didn't feel hot at all, even though, according to the weather channel, the humidex was over 40. However, after spending maybe 10 minutes in the grocery store AC, I started sweating on the way home! Granted, I was carrying two bags of groceries, but still!
Anyway, it's time to catch up on a ton of stuff, and I was a busy beaver yesterday in Studio B.
Here's the cat wrangling story from the retreat. I'm not such a big cat lover, and I suspect that I may still have allergies to them to a certain degree. However, I'm an animal lover, and that's good enough for me!
We noticed two cats hanging around at the retreat. We had been told they were feral, and we were fine with that. Then we noticed that one of the cats wanted to be friendly but was very cautious. After several of us went outside, sat in the chairs, and talked to the cat, it approached us to the point where we could touch it. Not close enough for us to grab it, but to touch it!
The other cat was nowhere to be seen. Then as we spent more time, we noticed that its jaw appeared to be swollen, and it looked a bit on the skinny side. So Katheleen got some food, and the cat devoured it. We figured the cat needed medical attention, and so started the great cat wrangling caper.
The owners were kind enough to bring over a small crate, and we tried to tempt the cat into the crate, but while she wanted the cat food, she did NOT want to have anything to do with the crate.
The next morning, the owners had brought over another larger crate, so the plan was that Katheleen and I would be responsible for getting the cat into the crate.
I was off for a bike ride, and the cat was sitting quietly in the cage when I arrived back at the house. Way to go, cat wrangler Katheleen!
|Mrs. Pickles in the cat crate|
I was afraid that the cat would be freaking out in the cage, but nope -- she struggled for a few seconds, and then she was quiet. The other cat immediately came by and wanted to be part of the activity but didn't want to get in that cage.
|Mr. and Mrs. Pickles|
|Mr. Pickles attempting to steal the food|
|Mr. Bear, with his evil eye|
|That evil eye again!|
|Bear in bed|
|Bear after his swim|
I haven't touched anything in Studio U for a couple of days, but here are some things I found when I was there. Can you tell me why I would have had MULTIPLE copies of these boats? I'm not a boat person, and nothing comes to mind when I look at them.
|Lots of ship pictures|
|An ad for millennium fabric|
|Return to Paris, Ontario|
|Seven cents postage|
|An address from an uncomplicated time|
|My Dad, M, and me|
|Murphy and her stress bear|