There is this old saying that "the only constant is change." This truth is most inconvenient for me, as is illustrated in a recent conversation between Alex and me:
Me: "It's not that I mind the change. I can deal with change. Well . . . actually . . ."
Alex: "You HATE change."
Me: "Yes, actually. I do hate change."
I hate change. There it is. I have let it out there into the universe.
However, luckily, I do not have to deal with the change of moving into a new house with all new insurance-purchased possessions. Because you see, while the children and I were happily playing in their birthday pool yesterday, Alex in his home-owning wisdom decided to protect his young and beloved by ridding us of the ubiquitous wasps and their pernicious nests. With a blow torch. And cooking spray.
So today's helpful hint is:
If you use a homemade blow-torch to burn down a wasps nest under metal roofing and raingutter, sure the house won't technically start on fire. The dead leaves and other debris in the raingutter could possibly light on fire. So you might want to have a kiddie pool nearby. If you throw kiddie pool water on the flames, and a large amount of smoke starts billowing—get the hose.