Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How Long Has It Been Since Michael Mowed?

Two weeks ago, I was stung by a bee for the first time in my life.* My reaction was totally normal: I alternated between screaming and laughing frantically while hopping like a crazy person around the backyard so that my kids weren't sure if I was hurt or doing some kind of weird dance. After I calmed down enough to make my way back to the porch, I spent the next two hours with my foot in a bowl of ice.**

That night while describing the experience to a friend, I said, "The only reason it happened was because I was walking barefoot in my backyard, and Michael hasn't mowed the lawn in months."

She said, "Oh yeah, I had to take over the mowing from my husband years ago. Even when I was pregnant."

I said, "I've already had to fire Michael from so many chores, I refuse to take over the mowing. I'm just going to let it sit until the weeds take over our house, or we're ostracized from the neighborhood."

We're just about there...




*I've also never been stung by a wasp, hornet, or yellow jacket.

**Apparently, the best way to treat a sting is to rub apple cider vinegar over it. Unfortunately, I didn't learn that until two days later when my foot had broken out in an itchy rash.


  1. In my defence, every Saturday since we've been back from vacation has been taken up by some outside thing. And those that weren't were 100°+ days. I was even going to do it during the week this week, but I didn't have any weekday nights available either.

  2. Also in my defence, those pictures are all from the fenced in backyard which nobody can see but us. Yes, it's bad, but it's a contained bad. Also, today I mowed :)

  3. Ouch! Sorry you were stung. I've never heard of the apple cider vinegar trick, I'll have to try that next time one of the boys are stung. We use the baking soda/water paste trick. It works amazingly well.

    Take some baking soda and mix it with a small amount of water to make it pasty. Put it on the wound and let it sit for 1/2 hour or longer. (Obviously, make sure you get the stinger out before - if there was one). Wash off the paste, hopefully you won't need to use this treatment anytime soon!


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