Sunday, December 1, 2013
The first fire of the season
The first fire of the season is always detrimental to our health because the first fire of the season means opening the chimney flue and having a wasp nest fall KERPLOP! right into our roaring fire.
Some of the wasps kindly expire on the spot, but some heartier ones survive to fly around in a smoky stupor.
After several years of this we all know the routine: the first fire of the season means that when the fire starter (Joe) reaches for the chimney flue handle, the rest of us vacate until it's safe to return.
So, as I am typing this I hear the fire roaring in the family room. I also hear a lot of THWAKS! as Joe does battle with yet another flying intruder. This year the battle seems particularly fierce.
And as long as those THWAKS! continue, you know where NOT to find me.