The topic of spiders came up as we sat outside on the deck. I shared how, last weekend at the farm, I was weeding along a fence line when a huge spider crawled across my arm. I'd shrieked and flung him away, and then burst into wild laughter, my husband just shaking his head. One of my friends HATES spiders, and she couldn't understand how I could be so casual about a huge wolf spider crawling up my arm.
I had forgotten to describe my gardening attire. I described it and watched her eyes get bigger and bigger as I painted the picture. You see, this is what my son and I look like when we go to the farm, ever since the first weekend, when we found a tick on Daddy, and I got my first sunburn in ages.
|My son picking blackberries|
Big floppy hats. I love them. The sunglasses are 100% blah blah blah, and the sunscreen is SPF 50. My over-shirt is one my husband's retired work shirts--heavy poplin and oversize to catch the breeze even when buttoned. The boy's over-shirt (not pictured) is oversize... for now. Both have been treated with permethrin. I wear a tank under so when I am under a tree hydrating, I can cool down more quickly. My cell phone has to be in a safe place so I can receive texts from the husband on the other side of the property. Long-cuffed leather gloves (goat leather in the palm) are great for weeding, planting, watering, and protecting against spiders crawling up my arm. The capri-length jeans have also been treated with permethrin, good for up to 40 days. (The boy picked his almost too-short camo pants for treatment.) The heavier material also protects against thorns. Finally, the rainboots to wade through mushy straw and protect against ticks.
Okay, do we look funny? Oh yes. Do the big shirt and jeans show off my figure very well? Not even a little. But I don't have to spray bug repellent on me now, and I can avoid a lot of sun and thorns, as well as itchy plants. So far, no mosquitoes, ticks, or poison ivy.
For the record, I didn't plan to have my tank top match the boots. I promise. And I don't always wear earrings.