It happened as it does every year, actually multiple times a year. I venture off of our lawn, patio, or trails built into the hillside behind our house to do some gardening, and, inevitably, poison oak finds me. I wish I could say I find it first; however, that hasn’t been my luck so far. At three a.m. this morning I woke up and found myself scratching in my sleep, again. My dermatologist has prescribed me four tubes of ointment for which help, but don’t end the itchiness fast enough. I love where I live; I genuinely do. I live in paradise as long as I never leave the “safe” zones of our property. A while back, David wrote a piece called “I Love Poison Oak”, which helps explain not just my misery, but everyone else who has dealt with poison oak. It always makes me laugh, and I hope it does for you as well. This week we are excited to announce The Bloom’s foray into podcasting. Our first podcast is in conjunction with Lake County Poet Laureate (and Bloom Poet in Residence) Georgina Marie. In the first episode of Rooted in Poetry, Georgina interviews poet Beulah Vega, who also reads some of her poems. Plus, The Lake County Music Guide is back! After a year off, musician Mike Guarniero has started up his comprehensive guide to live music in Lake County again. It makes me feel happy inside to see it return! And, after a seven-year hiatus, the Middletown Farmers’ Market has returned to the park. I wish you the happiest of weekends, and may you not encounter poison oak!
Article by Trudy Wakefield
Trudy and David Wakefield started The Bloom in 2018 to showcase the best parts of Lake County and to provide a local outlet for community events, arts, music, and writing.