Homer's Travels: Connecting The Dots

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Connecting The Dots

The week is half over and I can feel things not going anywhere.  This week was going to be a rather busy one but it's turning into anything but.

The first thing that was going to happen was the ripping up of the crappy linoleum and the installation of tile in our hall bathroom and kitchen.  Due to scheduling conflicts the installation won't be done until after I return from the Camino at the end of October.

There were a few things I was going to do in the backyard - gardening stuff and mowing - but the temperatures have been close to 100°F (37.8°C) most of the week (and will last the rest of this week).  Add in the humidity creating horrendous heat indexes and working outside has been scratched of the list.

The high temps have also reduced Iago's exercise from daily walks to chasing the ball up and down the basement stairs.  Black dogs don't do well in this heat and humidity.  Neither does it do any good for fair skinned fifty year old dog walkers.

Now, you would think with the cancellation of the installers, the reduction of working and walking due to heat, and the halt to my training hikes, I could fill the whole week with total Camino preparation immersion.  You would be partially right except for one thing.  My chigger bites have been really itchy so I've been taking Benadryl which means it's lights out for me.  I've spent a lot of today and all day yesterday virtually in a coma on the couch without an ounce of get-up-and-go.

Chigger Bites on my lower calf and ankle.  Makes you want to itch, doesn't it?
I have no idea how long the itching will last or how long I will be on Benadryl but I hope it ends soon.  I have no idea when the heat wave will give way to more fall like weather.  I hope it's soon.  There are things for me to do and preparations to be prepared.  I'm tired of playing connect the dots on my legs.

Oh, and the idea of sitting on a transatlantic flight with a major case of the itchies is not very appealing right now.


  1. Sounds silly but put a dab of clear fingernail polish on each spot. Because chiggers are like ticks and attach themselves to you, the little bugger is actually still in there. The fingernail polish will kill it.

    1. I Am Woody: Thanks for visiting Homer's Travels.

      I've heard about chiggers burrowing in. Turns out that's an old wife's tale. The chigger bites and injects digestive fluids into the bite. These fluids cause the irritation. Chiggers do not burrow. The fingernail polish prevents you from itching the bite which may result in it healing faster.

  2. Hmm and here I was coming to write some gentle commiserations..and I find help for the bugs out my way!! So...wishes for a fabulous flight to Spain and gracias too boot!!

    1. KSam: Your welcome and thank you for the well wishes.