It’s been a hot hot August and most of what has been done outside is watering the plants to keep them alive. We had some major rain earlier this week that also involved a 12.5 hour power outage, but I feel fortunate compared to many others in MI who have had outages that are still continuing.
I finally got out there today and mowed. It was sunny, not too blazing, and my straw hat kept my head cool and the twigs out of my hair when I mowed under the trees. When the locust tree was pruned, the tree company also trimmed off one of the major hanging limbs from one of the front willows and cut up and took away the giant limb that has been lying there for a few years. I was able to finally mow that area without fear of the hanging limb falling on me and cut away the tall grass, weeds — and poison ivy! — that has taken over out there.
The afternoon ended well, but that is only because God is merciful to me. I mow the front, side, back yards, the field right behind the house, and out around the ponds. I got tore up pretty bad with blackberry canes that had grown across the narrow path to get out by the ponds, as I hadn’t used this path in a few weeks and the other way out there has standing water in it. It hurt like hell but faded in a bit. That’s not where the mercy came in. I had mown around close to the back of the outbuilding on my way out to the ponds. On my way back I intended on mowing the rest of that area and ended up approaching that gigantic “wild rose” bush that I posted a picture of before that had the bird’s nest in the middle of it. My eyes were drawn to something “different” in the bush. I was within mere feet of it when it registered a basketball-sized, very active paper wasp nest!!!!!!! My heart about stopped. I quickly pulled up on the mower blade lever as it has to be up in order to go in reverse. I was rigid with fear as I got the mower in reverse and backed up as fast as it would go. The mercy part is that the nest and its busy inhabitants seemed oblivious to me. Thank you, Jesus! That said I will post the picture of the nest first. It was taken with my phone from a good distance away, but you can see it pretty well.
I’m adding one more pic because I can — a cute one of Dotty.