Summer is in full swing here, as far as temperatures go. The two thermostats in my house are set at 75 degrees F (downstairs) and 73 degrees F (upstairs), and the temperature outside is approaching the upper 90’s. We stay indoors for much of the day except when we go outside for the occasional game of badminton.
My poison ivy rash is fading and the itching is infrequent. I thought the rash was the worst part, but in fact, it was the hives I developed from my immune system overreacting from the exposure to the urushiol oil. I had never been so irritated with something in my entire life! I never saw any of this coming. I hope to finally move on to spending my summer doing summer activities…like swimming. We haven’t been swimming once! I have been fearful of getting in a pool with chlorine and what it may do to the rash and hives. Not to mention the looks I would receive from people wondering how I escaped the leper colony. I have felt trapped for the past 3 weeks.
Despite my affliction putting a damper on my summer, I was able to enjoy a nice Independence Day with my family. We had a traditional cook out of grilling burgers and hot dogs, and I also made homemade vanilla ice cream. Below is my son and husband in the background, both enjoying the ice cream. From the look on my son’s face, the ice cream was either cold or he wanted to be silly, probably both. He wore that Korean t-shirt for our July 4th celebration. He didn’t want to be a rebel or make a statement, I think he just likes the shirt.
Afterwards, we drove to a nearby town to see some fireworks. I took many pictures, but it’s hard to capture fireworks at just the right moment. Here a few that turned out the best.
Independence Day is the last big holiday that we will recognize/celebrate until Halloween. Ah, fall is looking better to me already. In the meantime, I will push on through the summer, try to take a dip in a pool somewhere, maybe make more homemade ice cream, and stay away from the poison ivy.
Next stop…our summer vacation. We are leaving in a week to spend several days on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I hope it turns out to be eventful because right now I feel rather boring.