since the weather has been nice we've rigged up a little system that lets maddie roam the porch freely and hang out on her nifty bed (freecycle!)
the past few times i've been out there with her i've noticed quite a few bees flying overhead and figured they had a home somewhere nearby. not wanting our monster to get stung, i searched all the normal places but found no bees. then a few days ago we were outside watering my little herbs and a bee flew right into that ridiculous grill on a pole. of course! the perfect hiding place for a swarming bunch o bees... a dark old grill on a pole (apparently the pride and joy of one of the previous owners of the house).
so i went to the store and bought bee spray and my sweet husband risked life and limb to kill those darn bees. he says they were sleeping peacefully when he opened that lid...didn't even see it coming. if only the grill was still hooked up to the gas line...we could have just lit them on fire!! all that's left now is the shell of their old home.
they'll probably try to move back in at some point, but for now our sweet monster can enjoy her sunshine unharmed.