Friday, September 11, 2009

A light for the backyard

In yesterday's post, I mentioned that the previous homeowners stripped the house once they went into foreclosure. This included all the outdoor light sconces (3 in the front, 1 in the back). It took a while to replace the light in the back, mainly because of the big white frame around the wiring--it hindered normal screws from attaching the light to the house.

Then, a colony of wasps took up residence and that really hindered the process. Despite my pleading and strongly worded memos, they just weren't leaving. I had to get tough. Martha tough.

I sprayed them to kingdom come. Now, Martha would probably use some all-natural organic wasp deterrent system, but I didn't have time for that. The wasps needed to go, and they needed to go now, so the Big Guy could install the light before it gets too cold.
You'll notice that the Big Guy took this picture through the sliding glass door. Even though the wasps are all gone and the hive is done, he wouldn't step outside to get a better picture...he's that creeped out by bugs.
You should see what happens when he encounters a spider in the house.

Once I had safely disposed of the hive, the Big Guy got to work. The light we choose has a very East-Coast seaside feel to it, like something you might find at Martha's boat dock at Skylands, her home in Maine. I can almost hear the foghorn in the distance.

The light is installed, my husband was not approached by anything with a stinger, and all is right with the world.

Except for those wasps. I bet they're pretty mad right about now.


Lovemonger said...

Just reading this post made me nervous about getting stung. I'm with BG - wasps give me the creepies.

frugalsuz said...

LOL, I love how you turn everday things into adventures. Your posts always crack me up. The light looks great!

Tom said...

Nicely done! I'm with Rick on this one: any job can wait when their are large stingers with wings flying around. Yikes!