Given that apologies are back in fashion I thought it was time to apologise for not having contributed to the blogosphere for yonks.
I have just been keeping my head down, working hard, and had forgotten to stand back and take perspective, of myself, and of the nation.
Well, where are we?
In recession. Grinding along the bottom. Getting by. Surviving. Battening down the hatches. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Or is that a train with a really big headlamp? Time will tell…
Anyway, I love my life… working from home while interacting with clients in every continent. Today it was Belgium, Melbourne and Connecticut.
Today, I removed at hornet’s nest from our property. But with some help.
Three days ago, a hornet, who, unlike the rest of the swarm, had been happy to stay outside of our house during the day, had ventured in and stung my neck. Ouch! Double Ouch in fact. Not only had this action precipitated its own demise, it is put the writing on the wall for the nest. I beat it to death with a Scrabble tile holder. (Yet another variant on the pen is mightier than the sword). Well, it was the first solid implement that came to hand.
Up until then I had been happy to tolerate the hornets crawling on the windows at night, trying to get in, as they had previously showed no interest in the house during the day. Live and let live. The nest is on a fence about 30 feet from the house and it has been growing significantly in the last few weeks but I had thought that with winter approaching I could leave them be. However, when they mounted a daytime attack, well, I had to take action.
The Pest Control Guy turned up at noon today, sprayed the nest in 15 minutes, and was gone. He left me instructions.
If everything has gone to plan then I was to remove the nest in the evening just before it got dark. By that time all the hornets would have returned to the nest and expired.
Well, I trooped out at 8pm, with nervous trepidation, hoodie and gloves and fortunately encountered a completely dormant nest. I was able to detach the nest from the fence, dump it in to a dust bin bag, and get out of Dodge in 10 minutes. Problem solved.
At least, I hope so. One hornet turned up at my office window about 4 hours after the nest removal. His nest is gone. Better watch for him tomorrow! I am sure he ain’t happy