It’s easy to let yourself go in Michigan. November rolls around and the soup du jour is potatoes for the next five months. You get out your extensive wardrobe of corduroy and fleece sweat clothes (and as they noted on an episode of Seinfeld, once that happens it’s a sign to the world that you’ve given up.) Any incentive I have to take a razor to my legs or armpits drops to zero.
Life is better here, once I get over the shock of seeing my white winter body (we don’t even have a full length mirror in Michigan). The next ten days are for reformation. I’ve been in Florida for less than 24 hours and I’ve shaved and spread expensive Lemon Cypress body lotion all over myself, slept 12 hours, gotten into shorts, applied suncreen, biked five miles and talked to the contractor about plans to do a small addition. Today I have to help the Snarl get hooked up with the orthopod about her knee problem (an old lacrosse or b-ball injury?) that’s impeding her running and we have to find her some means of transportation. She bikes and walks everywhere without complaint but once in a while she needs to get to the grocery store or some place further than 5 miles from campus and her apartment. What she really wants, of course, is freedom to get to the beach and who can blame her? So, once again, we’re in the market for the ever elusive, totally reliable, runs great, low mileage, safe 2,000.00 car. Wish me luck.
And yes, Mz. S– all this week I will be once again posting and commenting from the park bench- once I take care of a another problem. What ARE these? Because they have set up shop under and around my park bench and closely resemble bees. Many cranky bees. Thousands would not be an exaggeration. And they were not happy when I inadvertently dragged my electrical connection across their community of little sand mounds. Any guesses? What are they and how do I get rid of them? Soon with the answer, please…
(UPDATE! These are Miner Bees, family Andrena. And, I guess they don’t sting. They are among the first to emerge in the Spring and right now they are busy turning my park bench area into a nursery, one to a hole. I guess they are very good pollinators and very desirable in the flower garden. So, Luther Burbank’s comment not withstanding, the bee’s stay. I’ll just try to ignore the fact that they are milling about as I type.)