wash with a strong soap like sunlight bar soap or liquid dish soap ... the sooner after exposure the better
then apply "spotted touch me not" juice
i get poison ivy bad... pretty much every year
as a kid when i got it bad i would go to the walk in clinic and they would prescribe a prednisone cream or if was really bad oral prednisone
well one day i reached a breaking point dealing with poison ivy on my groin on a holiday so it meant a trip to the hospital
they (while being paid all the while) made me tell my story to 4 or 5 different people separately and i am sure they were all laughing about it
i was then put in a room with 40 people all in need of medical attention more than me
its canada so those in the worst shape get priority
so i left and had to figure something out myself
i find if it is all over you.. you need to shower many times per day with strong soap for about a week
the itching is so bad you will want to scratch it right off to the point of bleeding and scalding hot water feels "good"
i did find out that the plant "spotted touch me not" which tends to grow near poison ivy..
can help to stop the allergic reaction.. especially if applied as soon as possible after exposure (wash with detergent soap too)
i will warn however that when i used this on my forehead i did have some persistent bumps for about a year afterwards so i recommend not using it on youre face
it seems to me (complete subjecture here) the oils which youre body has encapsulated (ie rash) can then re emerge as the skin is worn down naturally and you may get a small rash
(which does not spread) without subsequent exposure
just my guess as to what is happening
also be sure to wash clothing that you were wearing and put it directly in the wash as not to spread the oils
either way i will still use the juice from the crushed stems of the spotted touch me not and first wash thoroughly with a strong soap
no wages earned or drugs sold.. and problem solved ... without ridicule
its been a while since i have had an owl swoop over my head
i dont walk in the woods at night as much though....
i had my nephew out fishing in the canoe in september and saw two bald eagles grasp each other and do a spiral towards the lake like you were describing... i was told it was a mating ritual.. didnt look it up to confirm though...
on a canoe trip north of lake superior i was paddling through a gorge with sheer cliffs on either side
an osprey caught a nice sized fish and while flying away with it a bald eagle came along and they had a little tussle mid air and the bald eagle took off with the fish like you have described
up working by hand on the road to gain access to my property... there were 3 grey jays which would fly in at the same time each day and land on nearby trees and watch me for a bit and then take off
supposedly they fly around in multi generational groups and teach things to the young ones
i love the racket of song birds up there... i think part of the reason there are so many is that the bugs are horrific! lots of blackflies and mosquitoes
i see sandhill cranes up there fairly often as well and hear loons on a nearby lake at night
lots of egrets and multiple types of herons around here also
hummingbirds like our backyard here in the city mostly because of the rose of sharon and monarda... i would like to plant some monarda up north
kingfishers, ravens(or are they crows), turkey vultures, sandpipers.. the list goes on and i should study more because many i cant identify
i planted several yucca glauca up north this fall
unfortunately something was messing with them... hopefully they make it!
the one pictured close up is in the centre of the photo near the bottom in the 2nd pic
looking forward to making soap and cordage
qualified as someone who cleaned windows for 8 years (not residential)
if you have anything more than a couple small windows to clean
get a tbar and squeegee
use a small amount of dish soap in water
soak the window with the tbar and swirl it around a bit until it slides easily especially along the edges
but along the top edge wring out the tbar a bit and soak up any excess water so you do not get drips
if it persistently drips because of gaps etc along the top edge then wring out the corner of the tbar before washing that particular window
get the kind of squeegee which has a replaceable rubber and is made of brass or stainless steel
you might need more than one squeegee if there are narrow windows like the one above
if small ones arent available buy a second regular sized one and cut it to length
inside... lay towels on the window ledge to soak up dripping dirty water
wring out the tbar and apply less water.. might have to be done twice
ladders are dangerous if you are going to use one you never reach to the side centre youreself on the ladder always
i was always tied into 3 ropes when working at heights
it will still take a while to do a whole house inside and out but will take way less time
up working on the cabin this year i was sleeping in my vehicle...
usually when i make coffee there are a couple rabbits who hop right up to me..(might have never seen humans)
anyhow one morning i woke up and heard a little noise
thought it was my rabbit friends and i sat up quickly looked out the window and i was face to face with a bull moose!
tried to get a pic but it was dark still and i ended up spooking him
when i did highrise window cleaning i would encounter transmitters which were fenced off on the roof with warnings not to cross.
warnings of dangerous electromagnetic radiation
it was piece work so to get the job done i had to cross that barrier
i set up as quick as possible and got over the edge of the building
it had me thinking on the way down... i hope the persons bed is not in that corner of the room!
i have a jar of glass, one full of porcelain and one full of fishing lures :)
i kept a few floats from fishing nets when i was on lake superior
i find fossils here mostly as the local rock is sedimentary but the glaciers placed many other rock types on our beaches as well
this one is some kind of coral colony i would guess
on the topic of safety... when i was out in nova scotia.. i wandered out in the bay of fundy looking for rocks following an outgoing tide... at night
and managed to scare myself like i havent been scared in a long time!
it is not to be underestimated or taken lightly
those look like netted pots for hydroponics growing
hydroton balls likely were in the net and the roots would be sprayed with a water and fertilizer solution
finding garbage sucks
i have found garbage including hospital waste and syringes on some of the most "remote" beaches on lake ontario
it floats along the surface and ends up everywhere
check out these forums for local resources on fossils and minerals to be found in youre locality
searching for: mindat and the name of a local beach or nearby locality will be easier than navigating the site
the butter beans are quite big... taste great too..
they are used in dishes at a local vegan rastafarian restaurant
here are a couple more, which if they are grown for novelty alone
might get bigger
Entada gigas Sea Heart
"A large, vigorous vine in the legume family, native to the tropical Americas and Africa. While its robust stems and pinnate foliage are not unattractive, its most notable feature are its giant seed pods that can reach a length of 2 m and hold up to 15 large, glossy, dark brown, heart shaped seeds. The seeds float and can be distributed by ocean currents over large distances, which probably accounts for its curious distribution pattern."
another similar plant is:
Dioclea reflexa Sea Bean
"An attractive climber found in coastal forests along tropical seashores worldwide. The large, attractive seeds are called sea beans and are distributed by ocean currents. Often found washed up on seashores, they are popular to make natural jewelry."
when i read the title i thought i might have something useful to contribute
my sisters each had a dog
a burmese mountain dog and a jack russel
i used to take the dogs on adventures and after one of these adventures
the burmese developed stroke like symptoms with one side of the face going limp and even some seizure like episodes
speculation abounded but it was an infection which was cleared up eventually by antibiotics
sadly both of these great dogs have passed recently enough so i feel youre pain
Inge, You`re camping photos reminded me of taking my sisters dog (rip) for a ride in the canoe trailer
the trailer helped me to get things into the property before the road was driveable like these rainbarrels, bamboo stakes and the canoe itself
i did not tow this behind the bike... but using my canoe trailer axle and a wheelbarrow i was able to transport 4 culverts this size down the undriveable road and to
the location where they were required and installed them by hand
in another thread we discussed various towable pop up trailers for camping
i would love to get one someday... possibly with battery assist!
if you made two mini "bridges" with a channel of dirt in them to get the initial root across and established i could see this working with many types of tree
maybe just two logs which have been dug out with a gutter adze
the logs can rot away over time
i hope not to hijack the thread... here is a pic of the paw paw which survived the winter
actually some of the others have as well.... sprouting from near the base
i collected some black locust seeds at work from possibly the biggest one i have seen
brought a bunch up north and took a walk
brought a log dog with me and poured some out of the bag and roughed up the ground with the log dog
i read that germination rates arent the greatest with black locust so hopefully some sprout
i usually get mite and mealybug/scale on my plants which i bring indoors
this year however i had issues with aphids and thrips as well
physical squishing and a predator i bought (Delphastus catalinae)
were ineffective at stopping them so i ended up spraying soap and water on the plants during the night cycle.. it made all the difference
i had to remove dead and damages foliage and repeat several times but even after the first time it made a huge difference
i also ordered some yucca glauca seeds recently by chance and then came across a video reccomending natural saponins from multiple plant sources in rotation
some studies have suggested the saponins promote plant growth
anyhow sorry to muddy the water even more
definitely interested in peoples responses thus far and will try some of these tips