Thursday, April 29, 2010
Now, it just wouldn't be a proper spring without a quickly arriving afternoon thunderstorm which just happened to produce the most beautiful of rainbows. If you look closely you can see there is another rainbow above the bright one. And yes they were full rainbows...a rarity around these parts.
For more spring captures go visit i should be folding laundry. xo ANG
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Here's where the problem comes in...bees are bees to me, whether it's a honey bee or a yellow jacket or a bald-faced hornet. I hear the buzzing, look long enough to see a striped body and very calmly and quickly move in the other direction. Yes, we've checked out many books and read many articles about all stinging insects but my brain just won't pause long enough to think clearly or rationally when I hear a slight buzzing sound invading my personal space.
The reason I share all of this with you is because this is what I found on the back porch light when I got home the other evening.
Yes, right outside the back door. The door we use the most. All day long. It is the beginning of a bald-faced hornet nest. I had noticed what I thought was a yellow jacket flying around the door while we played outside before lunch. I shooed it away - not smart. Then when lunch was over and we waved bye to Daddy (at 1:30) there were no signs of any stinging creatures lurking around. Even at 3pm when I left to tutor there was no sign. However, when I returned at 5pm this was firmly attached to my back porch light. I saw the tail end of the hornet sticking out when I walked up on the porch but when it heard me it flew away. I went inside and asked my mother-in-law what kind of nest it was and she was sure it was a hornet's nest. Yikes! My own mom has hornet nest story that will keep you awake at night so I knew it had to come down right away! After I took pictures, naturally. So I grabbed my camera and took these pictures. Yes, up close and personal. No fear, it was empty. Do you see a hornet in there? No, of course not or I would not have had my camera on macro and my face so close to the nest. Once I was satisfied with my shots my mother-in-law grabbed a Ziploc bag so she could pull it off. Clever, I thought, so we could keep it safe while we studied it up close and personal. However, when she put her hand up there a hornet flew right out!!! There was a hornet in there building on that stupid nest the whole time I had my face up there! Aaaak!! Thank goodness for the bag covering her hand...no one got stung. Our heart rates did go up though.
So here's is where the line must be drawn, hornet. I understand that outside is your domain. I have no problem with that. I don't even have a problem with you doing a fly by while we're playing in the yard. Just don't stop and sting anyone and don't, in any way, shape, or form, build a nest on or near my house. Like I said before, we'll leave you alone and you leave us alone. Are we cool? If you cross that line bad things will happen. I have a huge can of spray that will knock your wings off and I'm not afraid to use it! Well, at least not after the sun goes down--on a cool evening when you're lethargic--oh, who am I kidding? Tim will spray you and he won't be afraid. So like I said...don't cross the line!
Upon closer inspection of the inner comb of the nest I discovered that in the short time it took to build the cells and the nest layers the lovely hornets had the nerve to lay an egg in each cell. They sure don't waste any time. Additionally, I am even more thrilled that the nest was removed from the porch before there was an entire busy hive buzzing around.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
It was Easter. There were chocolate covered marshmallow eggs tucked neatly into some very annoying, although cute, pink grass.
That afternoon I was busy giving Tim a haircut while the girls played happily as they waited patiently for me to finish so we could go outside to play. (whoa, that's a long sentence-and probably terribly grammatically incorrect) Later, when Easter candy was requested (yes, they normally ask before indulging) I grabbed the baskets and this is what I found in one of them.
Evidently, when I was preoccupied with the hair cutting someone decided to sneak a little bite. Alas, the delicious sweets were irresistible and the nibbling continued.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Also, I know, I know, I still use plastic bags. I do recycle them...and yes, I am working on some alternatives. I just need some one-on-one time with my sewing machine. Happy Tuesday. xo ANG
Saturday, April 17, 2010
playdates with friends.
forsythia, some yellow irises, and my very own daffodils.
We all love being outside to soak up the heat and enjoy all of the color after such a long, cold, snowy winter. Okay, this week is going to be more spring like in temperature...cool and breezy. I prefer it hot...so come on sun...bring it! Happy weekend. xo ANG
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Also, while we're on the subject of birthdays...yesterday was my nephew's birthday. Happy 12th Birthday Sam!
And, my blog turned two years old on April 1st...no foolin'! Two! Can you believe it? Happy Thursday folks. xo ANG
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Oh, I know, it's not thought provoking or seriously deep, but it made me smile. It also made me remember the warm, sunny day when we ate a picnic lunch on the front porch. The cool breeze and quiet conversation was very comforting. And yes, even Shadow found comfort on the porch with us. Normally he would have been watching the birds, but on this day he decided to lay on the floor beside us and enjoy the comfort of the sun while he took a little cat nap.