Hornet in the House

Monday, April 27, 2009

Have I mentioned that I have a true fear of bees, wasps, hornets, and yellowjackets??

Well, if I haven’t, I am saying it now.

So of course one of the main goals of every spring/summer is to avoid these flying, stinging creatures.  But in an old house, there is always the chance that some crack allows them to come in.  And today Kimm noticed one in the kitchen by the window (thankfully this was right as she came home from lunch!).   I am SO glad that she was there because I would have probably FREAKED out and not been able to do anything.  Well, hopefully not, but who knows.  So anyways, she grabbed the bug killer spray we had conveniently located on top of the fridge, and sprayed the heck out of it.  But the darn thing WOULD not die.  It kept crawling, and crawling…and crawling.  Eventually it did die.  So now we have to figure out some way to keep these things out, because I have noticed a lot of them flying around outside.  I will have to see if there is a nest somewhere.  But I believe the Orkin man was supposed to take care of all these PESTS.  How frustrating.

I REALLY wish I could be that person that is not bothered by bees.

The other day I was getting into my car as I was going to meet up with my friends, and I was putting some drinks in the trunk and a big ol’ bumblebee was buzzing around my trunk and of course I screamed like a baby and ran from the car.  Then I quickly jumped in the car and slammed the door.  I think all of my neighbors were like, “who is that freak?”

I also have this rule, no matter how hot it is, NO opening of the windows until the car is moving.  I provide NO opportunity for these things to get into the car.  That would NOT be a good thing 🙂  And I NEVER leave my car windows open.  NEVER.

Anyways, in different news, I managed to get a good amount done today.  I cleaned out the entire dining room, which was becoming a dumping ground for everything we purchased and were going to eventually use for the house (forgot to take a “before” picture).  So I made MANY trips to the basement, getting everything down there.  Then I dusted and mopped the floor.  And then I brought down my old bureau and put it in the corner of the dining room.  I think it looks pretty good.  I placed my favorite nesting bowls on top.  The drawers will provide lots of storage.  And then I placed the two tables that we used for nightstands originally (before getting our bedroom set) underneath the two painted pictures that we originally bought for the bedroom (but turned out to clash with the comforter).  Maybe in the future we’ll put some plants on them.  The good thing is that it is an ongoing process 🙂

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The bureau with nesting bowls on top…

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Two tables under pictures…eventually we’d like to purchase a buffet and place it here

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This was the baker’s rack that is in the corner next to the bureau (the first item that we ever placed in the room, besides the table!)

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Another view, now you can see both the baker’s rack and the bureau…

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A shot from the living room, looking directly into the dining room (we still need to get some kind of curtains…maybe something light and breezy, or maybe some blinds???)

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Looking at the lone, bare corner…we were thinking maybe putting some kind of tall, narrow bookcase on a slant…to hold liquor, wine, extra glasses, maybe some cookbooks…or maybe a tall potted plant…we’re not sure yet…as you can see, this angle from the dining room looks into the kitchen…I LOVE how everything is so open.

Well, I have to hurry and fold the last load of laundry, make dinner, do the dishes, get in the shower, and get to work.  I swear the days that I go back to work I do a lot and the time just DISAPPEARS.

Published in: on April 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

First Grill Out of the Year

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Today we headed over to “the parents” (meaning Kimm’s parents!) for a grill out.

The destination time was for 4 pm.  Which meant that I didn’t get much time to myself during the day since I didn’t get up until 12:30 pm!!  That’s what happens when you stay out until 2:30 in the morning.  All I have to say is that I am NOT a bar person.  I really enjoyed hanging out with my friends from work, but the minute we started doing the bar hopping, I pretty much checked out.  I have to say that this is for a few reasons–one, drinks are so expensive at bars, two, I am not looking for anyone at a bar, third, you can’t really talk at a bar because the music is so darn loud, four, I usually don’t like the music at the bar, and last, I find that the people at bars are kind of mean.  I just don’t have a good time.  I really need to learn my lesson.  Everytime my co-workers want to get together, this is what we end up doing, and EVERY time I say to myself, “this is the last time I do this,” and then EVERY time they ask me to go, I end up going.  When will I learn 🙂

Anyhoo…

So we had a really wonderful meal at Kimm’s parents house.  We had veggie burgers (the classic Griller’s original from MorningStar–really tastes like a real burger) with American cheese and fried onions (her mom had a regular burger, her dad and brother had hot dogs–which I have to say I REALLY miss a good hot dog–they smelled good–and there ain’t NO tofu/veggie hot dog that can compare to a real hot dog).  Then there was potato salad, deviled eggs, chips and dip, Cheetos, baked vegetarian beans and cornbread (my contribution!), mixed raw veggies, salad, grilled veggies (onions, peppers, squash, carrots).  And of course dessert.  We had cake because we were celebrating birthdays.  It was so moist and actually very flavorful for a store bought cake.  And ice cream.  And maybe random bites of Reese’s mini peanut butter cups.  It was all VERY good, and I ate WAY too much, as my pants can attest to!

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The spread…

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My plate…

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Kimm enjoying one of her favorites…deviled eggs!

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The cake…

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My cake and ice cream (fudge swirl!)

And now the weekend is over.  Very sad.  I find it highly ironic that the days you want to last the longest seem to fly by the fastest.

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