Performing on silks with the circus is a beautiful dream but I never thought the circus tent would actually arrive one day…and cover my house! We had our home fumigated last week for drywood termites and this was the scene of the crime.
Let me back up just a bit. When we first moved in, we started finding small light brown pellets on our kitchen window sill. At first we thought it was sawdust or dirt from the window that was worked on earlier that week. Andrew knew it was something else when the pellets reappeared every day. We then noticed more pellets outside under our carport and later received confirmation these pellets were the droppings also known as “frass” of drywood termites. These types of termites live in the wood and do not require a soil source which makes it even harder to detect their presence. You only know they are eating away at your house when you discover their droppings which are kicked out of holes they have cut in the wood. How nice, they kick out their poop for you to clean up!
Because our infestation was extensive (many areas of the home), fumigation was the best treatment plan. I was relieved to know the fumigation would take care of our problem but having to move out of your home for 3 days isn’t very fun. Not only do you have to take a mini-vacay but you also have to remove all food items, including items in the fridge and freezer. We just moved in and we were already moving out. Awesome.
The pest company uses a chemical called sulfuryl fluoride at high concentrations so that it permeates all areas of your home. It is a non-residual, odorless and colorless gas but they recommended removing the food as a precaution. After the fumigation process, technicians take readings of the air until they measure 0 parts/mil. At that point, it is safe for you to return.
We packed up, vacated the premises and stayed at my parents for a few days. Of course, we came home to check out the Barnum & Bailey tent and to take care of our pretty girl Sparkle each day. She was definitely a nice distraction from the chaos that was our life last week.
After moving back in on Saturday, I washed all of our dishes, our towels and our sheets because it made me feel better. You don’t actually have to do that but my OCD kicked in and I washed and cleaned everything to be on the safe side. Life is back to normal but with a lot less roaches, bees, and termites.
As for our newest addition to Cypress Bayou Farm, Sparkle couldn’t be happier. She is adjusting wonderfully and already has a strong connection with Andrew. Sparkle is a daddy’s girl through and through.
She received her first bath this past Sunday and enjoyed grazing while we worked on making her squeaky clean. We will have a better washing station one day but she certainly wasn’t complaining.
Abby James and Sparkle are getting better acquainted but Abby still plays around as if she and Sparkle are the same size.
Our neighbor moved his cows to the pasture next door and they are curious about Sparkle too.
These afternoon outings are proving to be my favorite part of the day after a long work day in the office.
Now that we are pest free, termite damage repairs and termite prevention will begin soon. Andrew’s grandfather told us recently that “God is bigger than a termite!” It made me chuckle initially but I referred to that statement many times over the past couple weeks.
Andrew and I have experienced quite a few obstacles so far on the farm but we believe we are meant to be here and God is preparing us for great things beyond our imagination. Each time we feel overwhelmed by the projects that lay before us, we remind ourselves that God is bigger than all of it. He has given us the strength to push on and to rely on Him when we are spiritually weak. We already are enjoying our journey with Sparkle and she has taught us so much in such a short period of time.
We may have saved Sparkle from a bad situation but she has saved us from dwelling on the negatives in life right now.
Until next time…