a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Hot and Tired

My project for my day began early while it was semi-cool.  The porch and this corner needed cleaning, trimming and a general get my stuff together approach. 
With the porch finished, the water garden refreshed, the horses watered and some progress in this corner, I am drinking to beat the band. I'm sweating buckets and I'm keep getting sidetracked.

I trimmed the irises, pulled grass, put things in their proper places.  Carried the pulled grass to places I needed grass, carried the cut limbs to a debris pile, and broken things to the trash.

Any suggestions on how to camouflage this pipe from the wood stove in the basement?
Replacing my drain guy, I got a surprise.
Notice the lip of the gargoyle.
His buddies swarmed out.
It has been so long since rain has drained,
the red wasps have built a home in the rain spout!

This was as close to finished as I got this morning.  First, I am allergic to wasps and also, it had reached 102 already so it is too hot for an office softie like me to labor in the sun...and live. 

I shall return, when it's cooler,  armed with wasp spray, aim it up that rain spout and run like a crazy women...then I can finish...maybe.

21 comments:

Granny said...

What a lovely area. I especially love the rock walls. You could use some spray paint made for BBQ grills to pain a camouflage design on the pipe. Maybe something that would blend in with the rock wall. Glad you saw the wasp before it got a chance to sting you. I'm not allergic to them but sure don't like them.

Lori Skoog said...

Love that gargoyle....classic. And a beautiful space.

Country Gal said...

WOW ! You got alot done considering the heat ! We are all softies when its as hot as it has been , I hate the heat and humidity I bloat up like a puffer fish retain to much water guess my poor old body thinks I may dehidrate lol ! Thanx for your awesome comment on my post today ! as my mum always said " never say never " Have a good eve and stay cool!

Michaele said...

I didn't know there was such a thing as a drain spout like that. How neat! After reading this I feel like I need to turn the air conditioner on.

Dreaming said...

You are a busy bee today! (Not a wasp, at all!)
I think wasps 'quiet' in the evening. You may want to try your dastardly deed when they are sleeping!

Journaling Woman said...

Your garden area is quite attractive...except for the wasps. Those stupid things will build in the worst places with just a little opportunity. Everything has it purpose, but what is a wasp's purpose again?

Rudee said...

I abhor wasps. Here's hoping you get a hefty downpour that lasts long enough to wash the buggers out. May you not be near them when that happens.

LindaG said...

Don't worry about trying to spray up the pipe. Just spray from a distance and coat the outside and what inside the spray gets. It will probably be enough to kill them or get them to move, at least.

Glad you weren't stung!

Happy Sunday to you all. :)

Buttons said...

Wow I can't believe you can get so much done in that kind of heat. You are one tough lady. B

Farm Girl said...

I hate wasps too, I have never see a red one before, I bet it is worse than a regular one.
I worked out in the heat today too and I am still tired but I got lots of stuff finished. I don't know if I would have remembered to take pictures. I was so sweaty I think my camera might have got to wet.
I hope you get to rest today.

Jean said...

I wondered what that red thing was. Ouch. Wasps are not nice! Be careful!

carolina nana said...

Bees must multiply in hot weather ! I have found 2 new nest in the last week.Luckily like you I saw them before they got to me and I won the final battle.
Blessings
Marilyn

Nora said...

Please be very careful with those wasps, Gail. I don't want you to get multiple stings. I assume you have the antidote to inject yourself with? Or however that works?

EmptyNester said...

You got a lot accomplished while you were at it! I'm not allergic to wasps but I am allergic to the heat.

Dawn said...

That is an incredible job!!!!!
Now...do you want one more to do? It's not NEAR so hot here...and I am sure there are no wasps. (That I can see anyway;))

Janice said...

You got way more done than I would have.Your garden produce looks good to me. That shot of the Butterfly is really good.

Tamara said...

You did a really nice job on the corner....i like the gargoyle tho. Maybe put a pot of morning glorys there and let them vine up around the drain pipe...that will hide it.

DesertHen said...

You got a lot done despite the heat! Nice little area! I hope you rid it soon of the wasps! Be Careful!

distracted by shiny objects said...

My admiration--it's just too hot. I give!!
We have wasps up at the lake. Hubby sprays in the evening when they're back in their nests and finished with their day.

Sue said...

I'm always glad that my husband is the one who deals with wasp nests. I'm allergic to them, too, and I don't relish having a run-in with one!

Hope you eradicate them safely.

=)

Pat said...

Yowser that could of hurt if you got attacked by a bazillion wasps!

I just love that drain catcher though!

Get out the RAID!!

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