Against some nasty carpenter bees.
So on Friday I finally had enough of the carpenter bees that have plagued our house since we moved in.
They have been a nuisance since the day we moved in. And so enough is enough!
The “old” part of our house is board and batten wooden siding.
Which we should have replaced when we built the addition….but money ran out during the renovations (like it always does when you do a remodel; double the time, double the money!)
We are hopeful that we can get new windows and put new siding up in the next two years but we had to do something about the swiss cheese that we found behind the shutters!
So Travis and I sprayed the holes full of bee killer.
Then I spray foamed the holes shut.
Then I stained the bare wood to deter the bees from chewing again!
(Becuz I read on google (you can believe everything you read on the internet!) that the bees are deterred from chewing through the wood if it has stain on it.)
When Travis took the shutters off I’ll be honest….I was a bit annoyed at my Grandpa when I saw that he never painted behind the shutters!?!?
Bees LOVE raw wood!
But I chose to have a thankful attitude and instead focus on the fact that we get the privilege of living on this beautiful property and that we can “make it right” now.
When you buy a place like ours, there are certain “things” you just inherit.
Some good….some not so good.
Carpenter bees was one of them.
When I was Lowe’s getting the need bee killing supplies I thought I might as well get paint for the old water pump out front too.
And they had one yellow and just just happened to be on clearance.
And it was named…..Bumblebee yellow.
That made me laugh out loud in the store.
I remember growing up that Grandpa would take great pride in painting the pump a fresh coat of yellow.
And it was time to give it a fresh coat!! We have lived here almost NINE years. That just seems crazy! Time has FLOWN by with 3 adoptions, equally 3 overseas trips, in the past 5 years! So I guess we were a bit busy to worry about painting an old pump.
My Uncle Randy came over on Friday night and said, “Do you know that Grandpa’s been gone 7 years, today.”
And it just hit me how special it was I just “happened” to decide to paint the old pump on the anniversary of my Grandpa’s passing.
So I actually enjoyed painting the old pump (it still works!) and as I did I remembered my Grandma and Grandma and the fun we had coming over to their house growing up. Grandma would cook us a.m.a.z.i.n.g food. We would play Skip-Bo and swing on the swing out back. We would sleep upstairs in the little room above what is now Josie’s room.
To purposely remember the good things and not dwell on the things that can annoy us. That is a good rule of thumb for life in general I guess!
But as most projects do….this one turned into a bigger one. After we got the shutters off and painted a nice fresh white again we realized how badly the siding was and so it is getting a fresh coat of paint tomorrow and Tuesday.
Thanks to Travis and myself!
(I sent Steve to Lowe’s for a gray/blue paint…..this looks pretty blue to me. But we will see what it looks like when it fully dries! Either way we are using it as we have 2 gallons of it now!)
The finished project hopefully will be unveiled on Wednesday…..we shall see how it goes….I’m already exhausted!!