Ran trail which went through a section of very thick woods/brush on Thursday night; arm started displaying rash and itching yesterday morning. I am once again on poison ivy watch.

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  1. Barb says:

    I got me a little PI on my arm – I knew better, but was messing in the yard Friday evening. Allan yells across the way at me – WHAT ARE YOU DOING? THERE’S POISON IVY ALL OVER THERE. I took that as an immediate reason to quit, went inside & took a shower. I think I’m lucky its just a little on my arm.
    Ten we went out for Quattro de Mayo for dinner.

    • ITP Lurker says:

      I had a small patch of it in my yard, and the year before last bit the bullet and used trashbags as gloves to pull it up. I still caught some of it despite my precautions, but only a couple of plants reappeared last year, so I did the same thing again. Your patch sounds much bigger than mine.

      I once got it on my face and entire body because I was on a camping trip where someone was burning it. Yee-haw, my eyes were swollen shut the next day, and I was one giant blob of poison ivy ooze all over. The saving grace as been when I get a bit of it since then, “oh, only this much?” 😉

      • Barb says:

        I’ve had it really bad before as well – so I know what you mean…… it just a small annoying little spot. Allan also has a bottle of prednisone, so I pop a pill or 2 & it goes away faster.

  2. Barb says:

    Finally went to Ponce City Market Saturday for our food tour. That is one madhouse of people. tour was fun, very interesting with the history of the building & the area, but it is so loud in there, that it was hard to hear the tour guide. Ate a 1/2 burger (& got a small beer) at H&F, had an incredible burro at El Super Pan, and some Indian dish at Botiwalla. Also a boozie slushie at King of Pops, and some gelato at I can’t remember the name of the place. The tour only uses locally owned businesses, so that limits their choices of places to eat. It was a fun thing to do for a few hours.

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Yeah, midday Saturday is not the best time to experience the place. It does remind me of a big steamship, like the Titanic, at least in the food court area. The chef at El Super Pan isn’t playing, definitely good stuff there. I do like the H&F burgers. Honeysuckle Gelato tends to have some interesting choices.

      • Barb says:

        A big steamship – that’s a good description.
        Allan spent a little time there when it was City Hall East, so that was interesting for him to see what all they did to change it.
        I remember back in the mid to late 90s, they had a huge flower & landscaping show in the basement – our guide David didn’t even know about that.

  3. Stacy says:

    What a weekend! 🙂 Beer festival on Saturday (volunteered serving – always a blast!) and then strawberry picking on Sunday. That was so much fun. There’s going to be lots of strawberries in my Instagram pictures the next few days. Hahaha but for real. Marinating salmon in a wildflower honey at home right now and looking forward to making a fresh spinach and berry salad with that for dinner.

    Taking a PTO tomorrow to get the car serviced. Nothing crazy, just the usual tune up, inspections, fixes, etc. before a long road trip in a couple of months. I figured I could wait on it or just take a day and not be annoyed wondering when it’ll be done. It’s up where Steve (Davey Crochett) lives so we’re going to go hiking somewhere while Poppy’s getting all the goods tinkered with. Yes, my car has a name and her name is Poppy.

    So – gotta ask, Paulie: did you get the Facebook notifications on Friday or not? 😉

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Stacy, I’m happy for your haul. I last picked strawberries a couple years ago, and haven’t been back because I somehow wrecked my shoulder when I was there. I was like, really? From strawberry picking? Getting old is brutal. I guess I need to train before I go again. 🙂

      I’m very much in the “my car shall remain nameless” camp, but Poppy is I’m sure a great name for yours. This is what comes to mind when I hear the name Poppy:


      • Barb says:

        wrecked your shoulder picking strawberries? I can imagine wrecking my back, but not my shoulder.

        • Stacy says:

          Yeah Barb – I was wondering about all the bending over and how that would be for some folks. It actually wasn’t that bad. It’s amazing how many berries you can pick in so little time too.

        • ITP Lurker says:

          Upon reflection, it was probably a carpal tunnel injury sparked by the repetitive actions. Given that I’ve always made my living from a computer keyboard, I’m always mostly keeping it at bay, but just barely, and it catches me sometimes.

      • Stacy says:

        Awww. That cartoon is sweet!

        It was actually a colleague at my last job who named Poppy. My car’s bright red (haha go figure) and the day after I got her, Cameia came back from lunch with one of those little paper red poppies from an American Legion veteran and said it looked just like my car. It stuck. And that paper poppy is still tucked up under my visor too. 🙂

        But I have named my other cars too. First was Cassidy the blue Toyota (was deep in my Deadhead years then). Then there was Mitzi the green Mitsubishi (real clever, huh?). 😉 And now Poppy. Only three cars my entire life and I’m 46. And hopefully Poppy will be around for a while: she has 69K miles only and is paid off.

        • Barb says:

          I’ve never named a car, or a bike. Not sure why, just never have. I’ve had more than 3 cars, but I was buying crappy used cars at the beginning. The CRV lasted 18 years, hopefully the Crosstrek will last that long too!

          • Stacy says:

            Yeah, this is my first ever new one so hopefully she’ll last a while. It’ll be interesting, though, with Ford deciding to no longer make sedans and just focusing (no pun intended) on their truck lines. I imagine I’ll be good for a while, but at some point I wonder if not making the cars will equal not making the parts to repair cars already existing. That would be no bueno.

        • ITP Lurker says:

          Just counted and realized I’ve had six cars, four new, last two used. No more new cars for me. I now seek out a low-mileage, 2 or 3 year old car that the dealership will certify, but I ask them not to. The certification is basically a warranty I’ve found I don’t need if they’re willing to certify the car in the first place, and it takes at least $1,000 off the price.

          That’s a very cool story about the paper poppy. Separately, my dog Ginger very much tries that Poppy move. She’d gotten away with it a few times before I ran across the cartoon. Now we call her Poppy when she puts that first paw up on the couch, and tell her to keep all four on the floor. 🙂

    • Barb says:

      I need to get an oil change – since I’m no where near the Subaru dealer, and I’m past getting any real deals on maintenance, I need to find a place. Since I need the Synthetic oil, I need to price check………

  4. Barb says:

    oh yeah- Vanessa’s (aka Hot Pocket) 50th birthday party was a lot of fun, I’ll let Swamp be in charge of a party any time. He had a magician, (who after his little “show” wandered around doing close up magic, it was quite fun.
    And then fire dancing (with hula hoops). Plus, he was being quite the mixologist.

    And – we got to his house, and I realized it was originally a hasher named Phaillcaster’s house – we ended a Wheelhopper there, maybe 15 years ago. I think someone said Coffee Bean has a house on that street too (he was there at the party)

    • I wanted to attend HoPo’s party but after cycling 30 miles with two beer stops, I made it as far as Midway to watch the United game before wandering home around 11pm.

      I believe Bean’s house is next door to Swamp’s.

      • Barb says:

        question about the biking – how fast does the group ride? I’ve been following Bonnie’s FB posts, it looks like fun. I may want to join y’all some day.

        I had friends watching the United game (right near my house at Hoyle’s) but we missed it for the party. If it hadn’t have been a 50th birthday party, we probably would have skipped it. But – we need to get to these parties more often, or we may get dropped from the invite lists. it was fun catching up with some folks we don’t see too often.

        • We are a slow group, stopping often to allow regrouping. I ride my mountain bike. I also made a valiant effort to help someone out, stopping to repair a tube on our ride back.

  5. Oh yeah, ate a “farewell” meal at El Mexicano since it is closing sometime this month. Word has it that they will open a new restaurant at The Beacon, near Eventide Brewery in Grant Park.

  6. Steve says:

    A jam packed 3 days. I got a ride in on Friday of only 20 miles and I swear it seemed like 3 times that- I don’t know what the problem was. Friday evening was the weddin’ and reception at Wimbush House. I had never been in First Pres before- quite an impressive organ (add your own joke here) and beautiful stained glass. Too many people and not enough seats at the reception- people bad at math.

    Saturday, shopping at the Tractor Supply- fence electrification and a tire for the mower. Derby party at the “party house in the woods”.

    Sunday, attempt to mount the tire-fail. Took to our old tire shop- fail. Waited for Debbie to get home to help- success!! Just needed a woman’s touch. Tried running last night- short bursts of 100 yds or so followed by power walking to release the cramp in my calf. No running for me…


    • Stacy says:

      Oh yeah! An extra bonus from strawberry picking was actually seeing where Luthersville is! *grin* Thought of you and Debbie, Steve. We also took a wrong turn and ended up down in Hogansville. Cute little downtown, but nothing at all is open on Sundays. We ended up having to eat at the Hunters Bar & Grill right off the exit – I swear it’s the only eatery open on Sundays. It was fine though. The buffet had fresh salad fixings so I was happy.

      • Steve says:

        Yeah, you’re lucky I was busy and didn’t see your checkin, or I would have crashed your strawberry picking!! Or would have certainly invited you over for a beer. There used to be good BBQ at that spot, but a fire put and end to that- hopefully to reopen soon as it was the best around.

        • Stacy says:

          Steve, we tried to go to that BBQ place and saw the “closed for fire” sign! How sad! 🙁
          And it would have been GREAT if you had crashed our berry picking!

  7. Trying to cool down after a 4 mile run/walk that took an hour to complete. Had to get done since I can’t hash today.

    • Barb says:

      Allan veto’d the hash tonight, I thought we might b e crazy and go, since we blew off the Stinko hash. Probably all the better, I don’t need any more PI yet.
      Plus, we do need to think about packing to go to Iowa, since we leave Thursday night. (I need to go find some grits for my Dad, so the TSA can search my bag).

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