"I think Grandma has a hive."
Roland and I still kept on talking. Though I had heard her, what she said didn't really register. Then again,
"I think there's a big beehive in Grandma's tree."
At this point, I had gotten out of the van and began to open Emma's door. I followed her gaze, as she was transfixed on a tree in my inlaws yard.
I saw this about 6 yards away:
We took a closer look - which was probably not the smartest move, but heck, when would we ever see a sight like this again? I hope not anytime soon!
And then, because our self-preservation mode kicked in, we started edging for the safety of the house. But not before I zoomed in for a closer look.
Can you see that one little bee I caught in flight? And can you believe that other side of this limb was covered as heavily in bees as this side was? YIKES! We found out that my FIL had been working in the yard for a couple of hours the afternoon before. He's so lucky he wasn't attacked!
And this is kind of awful, but we decided to forgo the call to Vector Control until AFTER we had lunch. We knew all the restaurants would be packed for Mother's Day, and the whole bee cleanup would most likely take several hours to deal with.
When my MIL actually did call Vector Control, their weekend recording said to call 911 if it was a bee incident. So she called 911, and the fire department came out and assessed the situation. They definitely thought that Vector Control needed to be involved, but because no one had actually been stung, they refused to come out on a Sunday! They said to call them at 8am Monday morning, and they would send someone out.
Can you believe that? I mean, there are hundreds of bees in that hive. If they decided to attack someone (the tree is just a couple of feet away from the sidewalk on a fairly busy street with lots of kids and pets on the block), that someone would be seriously hurt or even worse! Thankfully, the firemen walked around the neighborhood and warned people to be cautious until Vector Control could come out. And as far as we know, no one was hurt before VC came out the next morning and took care of the bees.
What an exciting Mother's Day, huh?
Alas, I was going to update with photos of Miss Mollie, but it is late, and I had promised myself I would be in bed by 11pm tonight. I'm already 50 minutes late! I'll leave you with one photo of our two little girlies taken on Mother's Day...
Happy Wednesday! Yay, the work week is halfway over!