Poison Oak

My dear husband has a poison oak rash on his arms and back of his neck and in between his fingers and a little on his face – from when he cut brush at Margie\’s property the other day. He\’s handling it like a trooper but he\’s still miserable. He\’s on Benadryl for the itching and Calamine lotion. He\’s also using a special antiseptic soap for rashes from poison oak to wash the oil off. Not much more you can do. He\’s just going to have to wait it out. 

Took a drive to an old winery nearby – this is the private Catholic Chapel on the property that has since fallen in disarray. It used to be so beautiful. 

Gas has hit $4.00 a gallon and we are now researching electric cars. We have an old van that has 135,000 miles on it – still runs great and we\’d only use that for rugged stuff, like camping, hauling, and pulling the tent trailer. However, if we want to drive down to Sacramento or Reno, or Yosemite for the day, we need economy. We\’re paying close to $300 a month just for 1 vehicle and 2 retired people who don\’t go anywhere. 

We have saved up quite a bit of cash – we probably have enough. We do not want to finance it. 

Our city electric is offering a $20,000 rebate for EV\’s as well as rebates for a home charging unit. It\’s a shame that we have saved up so much to purchase with cash, but a gasoline model doesn\’t make sense anymore. Times are a-changing. 

So it\’s not like we are excited or happy about this. At the very least, we could get a hybrid – I\’m concerned about electric power outages – then how do we \”charge up?\’

The highest I ever paid for gas in California was in May 2008. We paid out $5.50 a gallon and it was when we were moving up here from the San Francisco Bay Area. We had a van with a trailer and we moved up our 34 ft motorhome. 

Yep – you can\’t fight the inevitable. The future is now. 

6 thoughts on “Poison Oak

  1. Anonymous May 11, 2021 / 5:54 pm

    Our gas is $2.49 a gallon and that's non-ethanol. One station not too distant has it for $2.79 with the corn added. The non-ethanol is so much better for motors.One really bad thing about having electric is when or if they shut down the power plants, you're gonna be totally stranded. I'm not even gonna go there. This makes me especially glad we have motorcycles that get 72 mpg+. Blessings. xx


  2. Anonymous May 11, 2021 / 9:30 pm

    That's a cool old chapel. Sad that it has fallen into disrepair.Gas here in MI is $2.89. When we were in TN a few weeks ago it was $2.49. Funny how the cost varies in different parts of the country.


  3. Anonymous May 12, 2021 / 2:53 am

    I spent a good bit of my life immune to poison ivy. But the rash is a bad boy to many. I've got some growing on my house I plan to get some plastic gloves to remove. I joke I will throw it over the fence to some neighbors. Not going to happen, but it does get a snicker from everyone. Electric cars, oh my. Best wishes with getting a good deal. And I am glad your husband has a treatment for the rash. I've heard a horror story from a former student. How much is true? Eh, she was 13.


  4. Anonymous May 13, 2021 / 7:16 pm

    Yeah motorcycles are good that way


  5. Anonymous May 13, 2021 / 7:17 pm

    As I said, we're $4 a gallon and it gets old, having to shell out that much. It really affects the budget.


  6. Anonymous May 13, 2021 / 7:18 pm

    As I write this, he has gone in to Urgent Care at the VA – he's getting more rash and blisters.


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