Hana Kate Playing While We Cleaned
Last Tuesday, I was over at my in-laws house helping with some final cleaning from their move. One lady had gone home, and the other friend who was helping was almost done; so I went out to sweep the porch and clean the windows, taking Hana Kate with me in the Baby Bjorn carrier. I noticed some wasps flying around, but fortunately most of them were hovering over the yard. (I have been afraid of bees since I had several painful encounters as a small child.) Besides, I must now be a fearless mother. 🙂 All of the sudden, I felt stinging. Yes, definitely stinging on my neck! Then down my back! Somehow I found myself inside, and was working hard to get Hana Kate out of the baby carrier. Fortunately, the other lady heard me yelling (must have happened while I was appearing inside ;)), and was there to hold Hana Kate while I calmly went ran to go get the bee out of my shirt. Now, it wouldn’t have been so bad, except that one of the bee stings was very closely located to the site of my TDAP vaccination from the day before. And that we played tug of war that night at Neighborhood Bible School.
The Tuesday before, Hana Kate and I took a walk to the abandoned Mill. On our way back, I noticed what appeared to be wild cherries! Upon further examination, I was delighted to find that they were! I was so excited that I went to the tree and began picking a handful. As I picked, I was startled to feel stinging on my sandaled feet! I looked down to find that I was being attacked bitten by fire ants. Did I mention that Hana Kate was also in the Baby Bjorn baby carrier on this occasion??? I quickly shook off my sandals and hopped onto the weed-infested pavement below. Only it wasn’t weed-infested where I was standing–it was scorching pavement. So I hopped and hopped, and brushed the ants off…and noticed there was a bunch of broken glass all around…and quickly hopped back into my sandals. I am sure Hana Kate enjoyed the ride. The ant bites have finally started to disappear.
Yummy Wild Cherries!
This Tuesday…NO BABY CARRIER! Could that be the common thread? Hana Kate had already gone to bed for the evening, and a friend from church stopped by to drop off some papers. As our conversation continued, and I stepped outside. After about 10 minutes, I noticed excessive itching, and brushed a few mosquitoes off my legs. And off my fingers. And off my neck. I even smooshed one on my ankle, leaving a stain on my leg and hands. And I think the others will soon meet their end from swallowing bee and ant poison coursing through my veins!
Yes, I think Tuesdays are getting better!.