“Such bees! Bilbo had never seen anything like them. “If one were to sting me,” He thought “I should swell up as big as I am!”

Alexa woke me up this morning as I had an early library board meeting. When I heard her dulcet tones, I said thank you without thinking. Alexa said, “You’re welcome.” I’m going to start calling her Hal.

Today and tomorrow are predicted to be perfect fall days. It will be in the high 70’s today and down to the 50’s at night. Tomorrow will be about the same but a little warmer when the sun goes down.

The flowers on my front fence are bee magnets. When I went through the gate this morning, I brushed against the flowers and disturbed a few bees who then flew around  Gracie and me. She didn’t care, but I was a bit unnerved because when I was a kid, I was stung by a bee. We were in Maine on vacation. The house where we stayed was up the hill from the ocean and was surrounded by trees, but if you walked a bit, you came to fields overgrown with wildflowers. One day we explored. As we walked through the fields, bees rose from the flowers. I swear there were hundreds, but I admit the sting probably skewed my perspective. One bee flew around me and then stung me on the head. I yelled, well, maybe I screamed. I said I’d been stung. My parents checked my head and said the bee wasn’t there. I knew it was so I yelled again. They rechecked. They found the bee which I swear had bitten me two or three times. I can still see that field in my mind’s eye. I’n not afraid of bees despite that experience, but I don’t like them either.

I’ve mentioned how much I hate the Dole ad about the mixed doubles fruit cup drainers who are assailed by the Dole sipper who tells her husband, “Oh, they’re drainers.”  As she says this, the sipper’s face shows perfectly the distain in her voice. This commercial has disappeared, but the sipper is back. This time she is in the aquarium, and she is still a know-it-all who just happens to have an extra Dole juice cup on hand to give her drainer friend when she has her fruit epiphany.

Yesterday I took a nap and stayed around the house so today I have yesterday’s errands That’s it for my list. That’s it for the day’s activities.

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4 Comments on ““Such bees! Bilbo had never seen anything like them. “If one were to sting me,” He thought “I should swell up as big as I am!””

  1. Bob Says:

    I’m not fond of insects and my spouse is allergic to bee stings. However, the recent bee hive disease has brought to the forefront the importance of bees to our food production. Bees pollinate much of the vegetables and fruits we eat. Commercial bee keepers haul truckloads of hives from Louisiana to California to pollinate the almond orchards. BTW their honey is just a fabulous byproduct.

    The cool spell will end tomorrow as the high temperature will go back to the mid nineties. Because there’s no rain is forecasted through next week I took my car to the car wash on Sunday.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I don’t mind insects, really haven’t ever. That bee sting did not turn me off bees. In Ghana, I saw all sorts of insects I hadn’t seen before like scorpions and centipedes. I was far more interested than afraid.

      We are in a hot spell of mid to high 70’s every day. Luckily it gets cooler at night, great for sleeping.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Re calling Alexa Hal: Don’t give her any ideas. 🙂

    I’ve learned not to be too concerned about bees but it took decades to get there. I’ve been stung a few times by bees but mostly by wasps. A bee stung me on the top of my head while I was walking through the lilac bushes. Another time my cousin Stevie threw a rock at a wasp nest just as I was passing by and one stung me on the ankle bone. That hurt a lot. Once I tried to kill a wasp by swatting it with The Church Militant newspaper but it didn’t have enough clout and the wasp got me three times before I killed it with my shoe.
    At the moment there is a small wasp nest in the driver’s side mirror of my Jeep. Those wasps are living an unusual life. Sometimes their nest is facing south, sometimes it’s facing north. At random times it disappears completely. Frequently they enter the nest to do whatever it is that wasps do only to come out and find themselves in some foreign territory. The smart ones go back inside and wait awhile. The others get marooned. The nest disappeared for three days a few weeks ago. No wasps met me when I returned the jeep to its parking space. But a couple of days later, there they were again. Life goes on, I guess.

    Today is sunny right now but it was cloudy all morning. It’s warm, too, but the house is cool.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Alexa answers questions I never asked. She does say you’re welcome when I say thank you.

      I was bitten that one time. I’m thinking bees must like the tops of heads as we both got stung there. I would have tossed a rock right back at Stevie for angering the wasps and getting you stung so many times. He would have deserved it.

      It must be a smallish nest in the mirror. I never think of wasps as so resilient. That they keep building the nest is remarkable. I remember a wasp nest off the side of our house when I was a kid. My dad said to leave it alone. I guess he figured new needn’t anger them. Eventually the nest became deserted, and my dad took it down.

      I have turned on the AC.

      It is cloudy now. The sun hasn’t reappear in a while. I figure rain might be inevitable.


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