All in all... Life is Good
Evenings are so cool and lovely here that we open most of the windows in the house each evening when the sun dips behind the mountains. While opening the blinds in one of the bedrooms last night, we discover a very large pile of what appears to be spun cotton... after a bit of investigation, we discover THERE ARE TERMITES (or some kind of tiny ant) crawling in and out of the window frame! Exterminator will be here in the morning. I really want to vacuum the debris and the insects from the seam of the window, but the exterminator implores me to leave it all there as he can get a tremendous amount of info from the construct and debris. Yuk. UPDATE: Not termites. Carpenter ants. Really, really tiny carpenter ants. Probab;y thousands in the wall. Same result -- drilling holes all over the wall, inserting foam insecticide, close holes; hope we get them all. The wall will have to be spackled and painted (sigh). Chance to change the color of the wall anyway. Oh, and $500 just for the treatment. Ahhh, the joys of home ownership!
I am not particularly skittish with insects, but last week we had a mid-sized scorpion in the garage (they principally hide under large rocks outside and stay there (never work outside w/o gloves); the yellowjackets have arrived earlier this year and we've had to put up traps adjacent to the decks to keep them at bay... the javelinas were grunting and snorting at 1:00AM out behind our property which always sets our large dogs to barking and whining to go outdoors... next, the coyotes were out until well after sunrise this morning and around 8:00 across the roadway from us -- but the howling and yipping they do not only terrorizes their prey, it makes my hair stand on end as well. On the up side, we have a much larger than average influx of hummingbirds and migrating birds this year; the red tail hawk pair has an offspring hunting our land... and a small falcon arrived yesterday but I have only seen it from a distance and at a speed that has prevented me from identifying it (yet).
We have the daughter's 2009 graduation date from medical school... Navy son's ship is in dry dock so no new deployments (surge or scheduled) over the holidays this year (yeah!!) Weather is great... family member's healths are good (except for middle son with the flu of all things)... McCain's currently ahead in the latest polls (for what polls are worth)... All in all... Life is Good.