Something I learned about first hand this summer, Queen Annes Lace is a beautiful flower, but needs to be treated with a healthy respect.

So, I still like Queen Annes Lace as a Flower, but I’ve gained a certain amount of respect for its powers of rash infliction. I never knew about phytophotosensitivity until this summer, or that queen annes Lace emits a nasty chemical substance that can cause skin reactions in certain”sensitive” people. Who knew???

I just got stung by a bee and feel it in my head? I never used to feel it in my head before fibro and me/cfs , so either the bees are more toxic or its another little added gift from the illness. Words of wisdom for anyone who is extra sensitive to bee stings. Soak the area in rubbing alcohol (it helps to remove venom) and take benedryl asap.At least they only nailed me once this summer….and I know its good they are around. My bad for not wearing gloves or paying attention!

Phytophotodermatitis - Plants That Cause It, How to Treat It


Phytophotodermatitis – Plants That Cause It, How to Treat It

Phytophotodermatitis is caused by exposure to specific plant fluids and sunlight. We’ll cover plants that cause phytophotodermatitis and how to treat it.





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I Like this chanel, ‘Under the Median’. These guys have lots of great advice and aren’t judgemental at all. I think most people could glean a few tips from them, and so I thought I’d share this. I know a lot of people are having trouble with the costs of living increasing pretty much across the board. I talked with a woman today whose rent was going up $500 per month. She is afraid she won’t be able to find an affordable place here and just wants to leave the Cape altogether. She told me price gouging is really out of hand here on Cape Cod, because so many wealthy people live here now and the landlords can, simply put, charge whatever they want to. I think the Cape is worse for this sort of thing (especially right now), as the super wealthy seem to be invasively taking over. I wish they’d get bored and move somewhere else. (At least the spoiled/self absorbed ones, of which we seem to have way too many right now!!!) Anyways, this is for the regular people (who aren’t uber-rich), maybe you’ll find some good tips here. I hope so. Also, These two are Vegans and there is also a lot of advice for food shopping, etc…(Vegan or not):

#Inktober52, Week31/Prompt: ‘Robot’

My brother used to love this 1960’s T.V. show (they were still playing reruns of it in the 70’s), called “Lost In Space’. I watched it sometimes too. The best part was the robot. This is my attempt at it. It’s not my favorite subject to paint/draw, but it was a good challenge for me to do something different. I would normally never decide ‘gee, I think it’d be fun to paint a robot…’ It was kind of fun, but I could go a long time without doing another robot drawing….I thought of painting ‘The Stepford wives robots’, but this was a lighter mood and if I start thinking about the ‘Stepford Wives’ story, It will get my mind going to all the social injustices against women in the world….I’ll save that for another time….the news each week gives me more than enough angst and dark thoughts regarding that topic.

I am not a severe. (Not entirely bed bound or stuck in my room), but I am in bed a lot of time during the day. I have to pace and watch my energy output. I am home most of the time. The grocery store and Drs. appts are my main outings these days. Yet, I am grateful that I am not trapped forever in my bed in one room as so many others are. I am posting this as today is Aug. 8th Severe ME/CFS awareness day. I also post in memory of my dear friend Mark who was badly afflicted with this disease and took his own life 2 years ago, and for all the others out there who have done the same. I feel hope is on the horizon, but it will not be soon enough for many.

I listened to this audio book for teens, (the cover drew me in) called “Speak”…it was compared to another teen book called “13 reasons why” which a librarian had recommended to me to read. I had told her that I like the creativity of a lot of the books I’ve read that were written for teens. Anyways, although “Speak” was a decent book on the dark subject of rape, I thought 13 reasons why was much better. That being said, perhaps this will be more relatable to some young people , and it is a subject that needs various authors and perspectives. My favorite thing about the entire book is the afterword. I will share it here:

I love this, so true…words to live by:

In her own words;

Judi Dench

“Don’t prioritise your looks my friend, as they won’t last the journey.

Your sense of humor though, will only get better with age.

Your intuition will grow and expand like a majestic cloak of wisdom.

Your ability to choose your battles, will be fine-tuned to perfection.

Your capacity for stillness, for living in the moment, will blossom.

Your desire to live each and every moment will transcend all other wants.

Your instinct for knowing what (and who) is worth your time, will grow and flourish like ivy on a castle wall.

Don’t prioritise your looks my friend,

they will change forevermore, that pursuit is one of much sadness and disappointment.

Prioritise the uniqueness that make you you, and the invisible magnet that draws in other like-minded souls to dance in your orbit.

These are the things which will only get better.”

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