Saturday, July 9, 2016

Elevator Music and Spider Bites


I'm not usually one for remakes, re-dos, rebirths and anything "born again", but this album is kind of fun. It's more of a re-imagined than a remake. It's also just a step above elevator music so it's relaxing but not annoying. Which makes me wonder, what happened to elevator music? It's been years since I've been in an elevator with music.
Makeshift bandage with plantain and masking tape. Look at all of those other bites. I must taste good. 
Yesterday I was out painting with some of the crew. It was a lot of fun and funny enough we all decided to paint the same subject and set up around a patch of coneflowers and Queen Anne's Lace. I stepped over to see what my friend John was doing and as I was talking to him I got bit by a spider. Yea, how completely rude, I was having a conversation with my friend and this spider just decided to crawl up my leg and bite me. Totally unprovoked, not even near its web, what a turd! This is just further proof that, while in a group, if something bad is going to happen it's going to happen to me. Lucky for me another friend, Cindy, was with us this time. She had the cure for what was ailing me, plantain. I was confused at first too because I couldn't figure out where she was going to find a plantain where we were. Those only grow in tropical locations, right? Wrong, well wrong plantain anyway. Here's a link to information on the more readily available plantain. This weed grows everywhere, I just never knew the name nor that it would help take the sting/venom out of a bite. She pulled up a couple of the leaves and instructed me to mash them up, put it on the bite and put a bandage over it. Well, I didn't have a bandage on me but I had a roll of masking tape, which is normally for taping watercolour or pastel paper. I left it on for the remainder of the day and guess what, no itching, no burning and just a small red spot remains.  This may be old news to you but Cindy was the only one in the group that knew about it so I thought it was worth sharing.

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