If you've been a reader of my blog long enough, you know I've had several insect invasions in my house in suburban Grand Rapids, not on a farm somewhere in the middle of farming country. This is the latest one.
When I asked a college-aged girl to do some cleaning in my garage recently, she told me she couldn't because she had encountered bees from a nest she had found. Last week exterminators came for their regular, quarterly treatment (not something I hope to continue forever, but something it seems I need for the present). When the young man started moving things in the garage so that he could treat for the latest infestation, this is what he found. In order to give you a perspective, that is a folded umbrella for an outside table. (By the way, Wiley has paid me nothing for this advertisement!)
To give you more perspective on size, I'd estimate this nest to be at least as large as a soccer ball and perhaps larger. The young man told me he'd never seen a larger nest inside a building!
The top picture is the nest and the bottom is of many of the yellow jackets
that succumbed to the treatment.
On a completely different note, tomorrow morning, August 17, Bibles International personnel leave to gather at the Shack, a lovely bed and breakfast outside White Cloud, Michigan, for our annual meeting. It is always one of the highlights of my year.
We'll return to Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Lord willing. Then on Friday, August 21, I go into the hospital for a second knee replacement. I'm not at all looking forward to this, having gone through the procedure once. The rehab is very, very painful. I trust you'll be praying for me through the next weeks as I try to get back to normal, whatever that might be. Thanks for those prayers.