Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dining Alfresco

Last year we finally bought ourselves an outdoor dining set. We used it a whole two times last Summer. First we couldn't use it because there was an ant nest under the table in a crack in the patio. There were always ants all over the table and chairs. We finally got rid of the ants but last Summer was also really cold and our backyard is very shady in the evenings. It was never warm enough to eat outside.

We are having a beautiful, sunny, warm Summer this year. On Sunday, we grilled steaks and had corn on the cob, fresh green beans that I bought at my dentist's office, and watermelon. My husband, Bert, suggested we eat outside on our hardly-used-outdoor-dining set. We all thought it would be a great idea.

It didn't take long for an unwelcome, uninvited visitor to arrive. It flew around everyone and wouldn't go away. My boys have all been stung by yellowjackets and are freaked out by them. I am terrified of flying stinging bugs also. The yellowjacket kept landing on our food, especially the steaks. It didn't take long before everyone was back in the house except for Bert. He thought we were all a bunch of wusses.

Stupid Yellowjackets!


Kristina P. said...

They always ruin all the fun!

Kristina said...

My kids would have gone inside too, most likely crying. But the steaks sound good. I hope that you enjoyed them inside.

Joel said...

Take an empty milk jug, cut a hole in two sides big enough to put your hand in but high enough above the bottom to hold about 1/2 to 1 inch of water. Smear butter on the top inside of the jug (that's why the hole has to be big enough for your hand). Thread some sturdy twine through a small hole in the lid and tie a chunk of juicy meat to it so that it dangles inside the jug above the level of the top of your hand-sized holes, and put the lid back on (you'll want knots on either side of the lid to keep it from slipping). Use the outer part of the twine to hang it (preferably away from the table). Fill the bottom with water and watch your yellow enemies die. They fly in the holes on either side to get to the meat they love so much. They always fly up after taking a bite. When they get butter on their wings they can't fly and fall into the water and drown. You'll be amazed at how well it works.