Every day I check on the Asian Hornet (Frelon Asiatique), which is sitting—captured in a glass—outside on the table in the backyard. Candice found it crawling in the upstairs hallway on Monday, and I captured it and left it outside. Apparently they’re taking over France and they’re really bad because they are destroying the native bee population. Also, they are really poisonous and their stings can be deadly. Eek. I have no idea how it got into the house! I just hope there aren’t more of them…
Photos: I got the pics from the internet, but my hornet looks just like this. It's freaky. I would NOT have it on my hand.It’s enormous, probably 1 1/2 inches long and really chunky. And it looks evil! So, I’m just observing it and hoping it’ll die soon. It hasn't yet...
After breakfast, I took the dogs on a long walk and I was lucky enough to have sun! I sat down twice during the walk to rest and admire the beautiful forest—it was really nice with the sun shining through! It’s a different kind of forest than in Oregon…here it’s a lot more bare in winter. We made it back to the house just as the first drops of rain started to fall!
I had leftover gnocchi for lunch and then headed up to bed to rest (still sick…) and read (the second Hunger Games book). I skyped with Jessie again, because she had to cancel her ticket (due to airport transfer confusions) and we needed to find another flight. I think I might have found one, but it’s not confirmed yet. She’s still coming for sure, though!
When I went down to feed the dogs their dinner, I discover that—despite taking them on walks and letting them outside every few hours—Boogie peed on the floor and all over the blanket where she sleeps. Greeeat. So, I had to put that in the laundry and clean it all up. I just don’t get it.
Maria and I got to skype for a while, which was lovely! I cannot believe she’ll be here in 4 days! Craaazy exciting!
Today I got a beautiful Christmas card from Aunt Sally and Uncle Ed!