When I first started thinking about a post for this week I immediately thought of hand cream. I’m not an expert on hand cream and haven’t used it that much in the past, so naturally I thought I could pound out five hundred words on the subject. Not really sure there’s that’s much to say about it.
I also considered writing about humidifiers and the old trick of leaving a pan of water on the old wood stove. There isn’t an old wood stove in the house and I don’t have a humidifier so I took those off the list. The subject of alligators also crossed my mind for two reasons one was a funny my daughter-in-law posted on Facebook that said, “Dude saves his puppy from a gator. Rest of the world: Oh my God! Floridians: It was only about a 4 footer.”
She’s from Florida – makes it funnier to me as I could picture her taking down a 4 foot gator.
Second reason is that my hands are slowly turning into the texture of alligator skin – rough. The back of my hands look like they’ve be sanded with 60 git sandpaper with bits starting to flake off. Actually I think I could use my hands as 60 git paper. Well, maybe 120 … still, it’s starting to look weird. In the past this kind of skin condition on me is usually traceable to the use of certain chemicals that I’ve used incorrectly. You know, like denatured alcohol or acetone. Yes, you’re suppose to wear gloves when pour the stuff but … safety who does that?
Anyway, I don’t have either in the house right now as during the move I wasn’t allowed to transport it and I haven’t been to the big box store to replace it so I asked Heather about it and she replied, “It’s dry skin, use hand cream.”
At first this puzzled me, but slowly, over time, I remembered that I now live in the desert. Deserts are dry. I mean we’re talking humidity hovering around 15 to 25 percent. You don’t really worry much about how to dry things here – just leave a wet towel on the rack for five minutes and poof, wetness gone. This is even worse in the winter when it’s cold.
Strange, but the desert is cold in winter. No running the A/C year round here. I’m told that’s because it’s high desert. My grandson tried to explain it to me. I don’t know – something about the word desert meaning lack of water and not a temperature. Maybe I should have actually listened. One thing I do remember is that he mentioned that forced air heating removes even more humidity from the air, making the cold dry air warm and drier. We have a force air heater … He’s studying for a PHD so I just accept what he says. Well, it’s easier than arguing or actually trying to understand.
My son-in-law simply suggested buying hand cream by the gallon, while Heather suggested that actually using hand cream would reverse the alligator properties my hands where taking on.
Normally I’d run screaming from the room if you suggested I use the stuff. Mostly I don’t like it as it makes your hands feel greasy. See that’s why I used to keep things like denatured alcohol and acetone in the shop: They’re degreasing agents – gets rid of grease …
Well, soap is also a degreaser and I use plenty of that when I wash the dishes, making my hands even worse. Heather has also said that’s why she wears gloves while she washes dishes (I think there’s some message in that statement).
One other thing I dislike about hand cream is the scent. I’m not just talking about the ones with lavender or flowery things, but even the unscented ones have a “hand cream” like smell that bothers the cats. And me. And then there’s the “do manly men use hand cream?” Not that I’m all that manly, but one does need one’s delusions.
Even with those objections I’ve been using the stuff daily for about four days. Amazingly it seems to work and except for a small rough patch on my right thumb, my hands are returning to a softer, less sand paper like quality.
So I’ve been thinking about how to make hand cream more tolerable. I guess it could be scented to smell like saw dust, motor oil or gasoline. Maybe it could be formulated to leave little dark grease marks like you’ve just been replacing the valves in your car’s engine. Some day I’d like to learn how to replace valves in a car …
Anyway, just wanted to say that I was thinking about writing about hand cream this week, but not sure I really have much to say on the subject. If you have something you’d like me to write about, leave a note in the comments and I’ll try to get a real post out next week.