Friday, June 17, 2011

View from Province Lands Observatory, near Race Point

Friday, June 17, 2011
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde

It turned out to be a gorgeous day. Costume Imp and I got on the road a little after 9 and headed east. Well, we had to go west first to get gas, but you get the idea. . .

Provincetown was surprisingly quiet for this time of year. We parked over on Bradford Street, walked Commercial Street and the pier, drifting in and out of stores. We drove up to the Province Lands Observatory — I’ve been going there since 1968. It was a beautiful warm day without too much wind.

We visited the Highland Lighthouse on the way back. It’s one of my favorites, and Edward Hopper’s painted it (which is why it may look familiar).

I wanted to take Imp to lunch at the Beachcomber in Wellfleet — but it was closed, because today is their big opening for the season!

So we came home, drank mojitos on the deck, cooked dinner together and relaxed.

I started commenting on student exercises, and something was annoying me on my upper thigh, itchy, painful. Turns out it was a spider bite that swelled to the size of a baseball. How it managed to bite me in just that spot — if I think about it, I’ll dance around the house yelping for the next hour, so we’re just not going to dwell on it. So everything had to stop while we treated it with vinegar, witch hazel, a slice of onion, rosemary oil, lavender oil, and ice. Got the swelling down, but this morning the bite area is still large, it still itches, and I have a bit of a fever. So, treating all of that. It’s better, but it’s still annoying, and it’s slowing me down. The cortisone cream I tried is making it worse, so I’m going to try a tumeric-and-olive oil poultice with a bit of baking soda to draw the venom later. Yes, Grandmother Spider, you got my attention, could you be a little clearer in your intent? 😉

This is what I get for forgetting to take the vitamin B every day. Vitamin B makes you smell bad to insects and taste bitter if they dare to bite. I completely forgot.

Got some great news from a friend last night. I’m delighted for her, and look forward to when she’s ready to make the announcement to the world.

Up early, usual routine. Have to mow the front lawn before the rain starts. Also have to head out to Sandwich for a few errands, and I want to grab some cucumber to cool me down from the inside!

I have to get off the write up for Confidential Job #1, and catch up with my students. Got my morning quota done on SPIRIT REPOSITORY. It was rough, because I’m not feeling well, but I did it.


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  1. Beautiful photo. Makes me want to head for the ocean…

    Sounds like Gramma Spider is marking her territory! How about just a web, Gramma? 🙂

  2. Did I tell you I got my first freelace assignment? It doesn’t pay but I found it through a reputable source, so I was excited! And it’s a topic I know – I get to write about my wedding! hehe

    I just wanted to say thanks for all your support. You’re awesome. Have a super weekend! 🙂

  3. YIKES on the spider bite! Relax and take care of yourself–enjoy the weekend!


  4. Fancy not feeling that spinner bite. Hope the fever and discomfort subside and that the poison doesn’t get too far into your bloodstream.

  5. Hope the spider wasn’t a brown recluse and that it heals soon. I also hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  6. Keep an eye on that spider bite. I never knew that vitamin B makes you smell bad to insects. Thanks. You’re pictures are beautiful by the way.

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