Saturday, May 29, 2010

Honor Flight

I am covered from head to toe in poison ivy. I am so freakin' itchy that I want to claw my skin off. The man that originally owned this house filled the backyard with poison ivy Intentionally(!) to keep kids from cutting throught the backyard. Intentionally! And ever since then, it's been impossible to get rid of. The back of our house is covered in Boston ivy that needs to be trimmed down before it reaches the roof. The poison ivy blends in with the Boston ivy, and whammo - Mama's one big welt. (FYI - Ben Gay works FANTASTICALLY on poison ivy).

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In other news, I am excited to tell you that my grandpa has been selected to take his Honor Flight to the WWII Veterans Memorial. I am so happy about this! For those of you that are unfamiliar with Honor Flight, it's primary mission is to send WWII veterans free of charge to Washington, DC to see the Memorial before they are unable to go. Tours, busses, food, etc, is all provided free of charge. Last year, my grandfather was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame for his work in the USO during the war and his work as a high school band leader, community musician, and conductor after the war. This feels like the next wonderful thing to do to honor him.

Honor Flight is always in need of donations. If you have the money to donate, you can go here to support the cause.

My grandpa's flight is June 12th. Hopefully my dad will take lots of photos that I can share with you when they come back. In the meantime, please pray for the men and women who have served our country in all conflicts and who are currently serving and keep the good people of honor flight in your thoughts. This is a beautiful thing that they are doing.

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12 comments:

R Montalban said...

I am so sorry to hear about your poison ivy rash - what an awful person to have grown it intentionally to keep kids out. Nice picture of the ivy though!

My parents were huge fans of Ben Gay - you can't get it over here in the UK though.

What a nice story for your Grandpa - hope the day goes even better than he hopes it does.

lori said...

OH.......the best of times and the worst of times! I'm so sorry you've got poison ivy (what a freak the previous owner was!), but that's simply wonderful for your grandfather. I'm as happy for him as I am sorry for you. ;)

Christina said...

im sorry you have poison ivy. ben gaye, huh?
and what beautiful news, about your grandfather.
xo

Pam said...

I'm sorry about the poison ivy. That stinks. I'm stopping by from the FF. I already follow you. :)

stringsofpurls said...

What a nice story about your grandpa!

And FYI- a hot blow dryer hitting the itchy spots will cause histamine to release. The itch disappears and it aids in drying it up. When the itch returns, do it again. Just don't burn yourself!

I can not imagine intentionally planting poison ivy!!!

Brooke said...

Wow, I've never heard of the Honor Flight before: what a great experience for him!

And but the poison ivy thing is prety funny: not that you have it, but that the guy planted it on purpose. Fiend! :)

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

Erin, thanks so much for stopping by. That is so funny that he did that, but I can understand. I don't have that issue, but my neighbor across the street does, and it frustrates her to death. I don't have any tips to help with the poison ivy. Sorry, and don't be a stranger. I'm following you now.

AForestFrolic said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments ;)

'Honor Flight' sounds like a great thing...so glad your grandpa will be able to visit the Memorial.

And so sorry about the poison ivy (I can't believe someone would put it in their yard just to keep kids from cutting through :( I do hope you can tame it soon! And feel better too!

Jamie :)

Lois Evensen said...

Poison Ivy sucks. We have some, too, that grows up a tree. We have more growing in the hedge. I go out there and spray it and cut it off at the base and spray where I cut so the killer stuff will go to the roots and die. About a week later the poison ivy is back laughing at me. Did I mention poison ivy sucks?

I'm so very happy for your grandfather. I look forward to seeing the pictures if you are able to get them to use here.

Hugs,
Lois

Queens Mama said...

Thanks so much for following! Your blog is beautiful and I'm happy to be a follower now!

Many thanks to your grandpa for serving our country. I hope he has a wonderful Memorial Day and trip. And, I hope you feel better soon! Yikes!

JessRaquel said...

Sorry to hear about the poison ivy, that is crazy! What a crazy person to actually WANT that near your house... But congrats to your dad!

Liz said...

Whoa! I am so sorry about the poison ivy incident Erin. I hope you heal soon and I need to google poison ivy soon, to find out what it looks like, cause I go hiking sometimes and sometimes to places I've never been before and there is always bushes of weeds and plants and everything.

Your granpa sounds like an amazing person. I'd be proud of him too. I am so happy for him, you and your family to have him honored like that. I hope his trip went well and I look forward to whatever photos you can share with us in the future.

oxox

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