May 9th, 2004

mepublicenemy

Mother's Day.... whew

Mother's day is a busy one for me. First we ate brunch at a downtown hotel, with a party of 8, consisting my wife, me, and our 2 children, as well as my wife's best friend, her husband, and their 2 children. (Recommendation: CaliTerra, in the Wyndham Hotel, has a really good brunch. But it's not cheap. It was 42 dollars a piece. This price did include coffee and juice and mimosas.)

Then, for my own mother, we had dinner at my house, which involved the arrival of 3 of my brothers and 2 of my sisters, along with assorted spouses and children thereof. (Out of my mother's 9 children, 6 of us were there.)

It was necessary to clean the yard up so that no trace of dog poop could be found, which is always a fun task!

I also had to do battle with our local carpenter bees, which always set their sights on our old wooden playground/playhouse set. Carpenter bees are big, like bumblebees. They drill into soft wood and make their nests in tunnels inside the wood. You can read about them here:

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7417.html

My own children no longer use the playground set, but if the smaller nieces and nephews come to visit, I try to make sure the big bees are not present.

In advance, I sprayed the old bee tunnels with insecticide. But, even so, when we went out in the yard one of those giant bees was hovering about the playhouse, right where little Gina wanted to go.

So, on the suggestion of my nephew Vincent, I took up a broom and batted that bee in mid-air. I guess I hit it pretty good, since it never came back to harass us. Smart kid, that Vincent.

Rhyme of the day:

I chased away
The bees
At least
For today.