The meat is in squares, but didn't get to be ground yet this morning before that happened.
Ds did bring up our old bbq, but Dh doesn't feel like scrubbing it before dinner. First, it's still in the triple digits, but also, he got stung.
He was making good headway with the yellow jackets, but you have to stop once they no longer come out of the nest, and try again the next day. A couple got on his hand, and tried to bite him (yep, they bite, too, and can cause gangrene because they eat carrion.) though they only left shallow scratches.
Then today, when he went to get something left outside, they were there, and aggressive.
One got into his shoe and stung him more than once. Thankfully, he's not allergic, but they were, apparently, the most painful stings that he's ever had, and he's been stung by them in the past.
That wasn't all, though. Tux was lying under some shade next to the kitchen, and they went after him! He was napping, and got stung one or more times on the face, near his eyes!
He jumped up and ran, but they weren't giving up, so Dh called him into the kitchen door, where he was heading to avoid more stings.
Thank goodness we've been doing the come in-go out exercises with him. A couple of months ago, he would never have listened, or come in. We call him in, wait a while, then have him go out the door, with treats all around.
He came in meowing pathetically. So for listening, even while in distress, we gave him a bit of the dinner meat. After a while, he settled down and found Mamou's 'throne,' which is a waist high tote with towels on top that he likes to nap on sometimes.
Eventually, he went back out, but I was proud of him for coming in, though it took a few calls, even when he'd been stung.
By the time he went back out, the swelling on his face was down quite a bit.
So, long way around, I'm cooking the hamburgers in here tonight. I'm got the greatest electric pan which is non-stick, and is roomy enough to make several burgers.
I'm the refrigerator I've got a lemon pudding - it's a lot like a lemon meringue pie filling - and that will be the meal, even if a little on the late side.
Mamou, by the way, who spends extra time inside now that it's so hot, also got a piece of meat. I wouldn't give it to one and not the other, of course, but besides, I suspect that he would just help himself to Tux's, given the opportunity.
So, the yellow jacket battle continues, but this illustrates why they can't stay, especially this close to the house. They were already being aggressive a week ago, so live and let live doesn't work with them. Good wishes for them being dealt with without anyone else getting stung would be appreciated.
I'm off to finish catching up from yesterday, before time to cook dinner. I hope that everyone had a lovely 4th! Ours has, stings notwithstanding, been relaxing.
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