But before I share some photos of our festivities from the last two weeks, I have to tell one more crazy insect story with you.
I mean, you think that now that we are d.o.n.e. living in Costa Rica we would be d.o.n.e. with insect infestations or terrifying tarantulas or anything of the sort.
On Wednesday, I got a day-late Christmas present when I opened up a box I had packed in September when we came to NC...
The contents of the box were: linens, frames, an old cloth purse, and one certain African wooden decorative bowl that my dad had brought back for us from Botswana in August.
As I was unpacking the box, (to put the contents into a duffel bag that will be taken back to Portland on Monday - yes, it was another fun day of packing! My new favorite pastime!), I noticed several holes in the decorative wooden bowl. Very precise oval shaped holes that were not previously there. It seemed that the bowl was being turned into a colander. It was mighty suspicious. A worm? A termite? Nothing else in the box looked affected.
Then, when I got to the bottom of the box, there was a giant pile of sawdust. Now the evidence of a termite was pretty clear and I was immediately grossed out. I mean, can't I get a break from gross insects in my life? I am in North Carolina now, in the dead of winter, and the temperature is going down to the 20s every night. I thought I was FREE!!!
Fast forward to last night when I went out to the garage, where my mom had put the punctured bowl, to show my dad what had become of his souvenir. I picked up the bowl, and right in my face were two little brown termites poking their sick little heads out of the holes! Of course, when I dropped the bowl, they hunkered back down, so I couldn't do a full inspection. But I swear I saw two brown thingys in the holes!!
Regardless, I was FULLY grossed out this time. My dad came to the rescue with a can of WD40 or something (we had no Raid) and sprayed the crap out of the bowl.
Hopefully this will be the last insect drama for quite awhile...
A Special Souvenir
|The scene in the garage.|
|Look closely for oval-shaped holes.|
|A once pretty bowl.|
|The leftovers: sawdust, and the bowl tightly wrapped in a bag.|
|Kate and reindeer at tree farm.|
|A beautiful tree farm in Appalachia.|
|"Cleaning a stump"|
|Decorating with Grandmama.|
|Making a gingerbread house.|
|Getting some inspiration at a little gingerbread house display downtown.|
|Christmas morning JOY.|
This is how the tree decorating ended looking: a cluster of ornaments right where Kate could reach. We never changed it.