My wife's Scratchy.
Together, we're the Poison Ivy Gardeners - a contagious duo no doubt.
It all started a few weeks ago with the layers upon layers of pine straw that filled the flower beds around my house.
Convinced the flower beds had become the perfect place for mold and bugs to grow, she used her "ask until I get the answer I want" scheme, bypassing the recommendation of my father, a couple of neighbors and her husband to follow the advice of my "buddy," Ben Young.
As he walked around our house, he pointed to little green plants that were poison ivy and recommended pulling them up by the roots instead of my usual method - gobs and gobs of weed killer.
So I donned a thick pair of gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and jeans to start pulling.
Apparently, I didn't take enough precautions.
Now, I've spent enough time in the woods that poison ivy only makes me whine a little as long as the anti-itch gel is nearby. So when a couple of spots popped up on my arms, I took a Benadryl or two and slathered on the Caladryl.
That's when I discovered my wife had never experienced the joys of poison ivy, and I had never experienced the joys of my wife having poison ivy.
We discovered she's very allergic. The splotches came up on her arms, stomach, legs and neck. If I didn't know better, I'd swear she'd rolled around in the stuff.
And, for the record, I haven't once said the outbreak was her fault for wanting to clean out the flower beds. After all, I understand that there are some wounds Caladryl can't help.
Meanwhile, I couldn't help but smile when I saw that the organizers of the local Christmas parade had chosen Dr. Joe Greene as the 2005 Grand Marshal.
Dr. Greene is a true Thomson treasure whose love for this area is overshadowed only by his love for God and his family.
If you missed the Raid on 1810 last weekend, you should be ashamed. The 1810 Country Inn and Winery played host to an encampment that recreated life in the 1860's, complete with period foods and implements. (And most of the folks there were more than willing to give hands-on history lessons to spectators, which could provide a great opportunity for schools.)
Finally, it's that time of year again. The photographer for The Mirror's annual Christmas section will be here on Oct. 27 and 28. We're signing up people for times now, and - just like in the past - there's no charge for the picture session or for getting them in the paper.
If you'd like your child to be included in this year's group, call us at 595-8788 and get on the list.