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Oak Mites!

If you live in the midwest and have been plagued by odd rashes and lumps that you can't explain, look around.  Are there any oak trees nearby? 

It used to be that you could just send your children outside to play in the leaves, no problem.  But now?  Microscopic bugs will attack, apparently.  Rose has other little welts on her back and stomach.  The doctor says they are "oak mites" and she has some over-the-counter cortisone cream.  It isn't poisonous or anything like that, but it hurts and itches, and I'd hate for the child to get scarred or get an infection from all the scratching.

We have three pin oaks that are at least 90 feet tall, and another 30 foot one in the back yard.  You betya we have a lot of oak leaves all around now that it's fall. I know soon the children will call me on that promise to let them outside to play with their pinwheels in the wind.  I'm going to have to take them to the park instead as there aren't as many leaves there.


  1. I recently had a rash of pimples that I couldn't find a reason for, after eliminating several food suspects, it turned out to be the new Tim Tams (biscuits) that I'd been favouring.
    Taking the kids to the park is a much easier idea than raking all those leaves.

    1. Ohhhhhh Tim Tams! I had them when I lived in Pymble, NSW. LOVE them and miss them even these 30-odd years later. They're that good. :)

  2. Perhaps you can ask the big boys to rake up the leaves?

    1. There are SO MANY, though. We have several 90-plus foot tall trees and when you're done raking, there are still many leaves falling. Then the wind blows everyone else's leaves. It's crazy.


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