Empty Days

Friday, July 30, 2004



My home as an insect nest.

Throughout summer I leave all windows open without mosquito netting, which causes some mosquito bites in the evening and various insects visiting during the day. I also never do any general household cleaning which means that there is plenty of dust and a lot of nooks and cranies where human hand has never reached.

With all this, I just discovered that a certain flying ant (well, it's probably something else - big, dark navy blue, with wings and a sting in the ass, quite an elegant shiny fellow) decided to build a mud-nest on some high shelf around the kitchen window. I've noticed frequent visits by this particular flying insect but I thought it was accidental or looking for food, like common flies and wasps do. Well, the mud-mound it built is pretty impressive: it looks all the way like an ant-heap with only one big hole for an entrance and it's cubic, something like 2 x 2 inch. Today I noticed that it was carrying a huge piece of some material, probably food, that it delivered on the shelf and went out of the window - it is now familiar with how the window is open, so it doesn't bump against it as often trying to fly out. So I pulled a chair to look why it left food on the shelf - and there I discovered the mud-heap: it hid the food in the nest.

I loved the sight of it. In fact it made me think of swallow-nests in southern villages. There are no fucking swallows here, so I have to do with a flying ant instead.

If I lived in the country, my home would be an even bigger mess and I would probably love it even more that way. Oh well.

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Today is a fine day. The carwash stopped operating, the gook is nowhere to be seen and instead of four cars there is only one parked under my balcony, the new janitor is not doing any lawn mowing on that side of the building so there is tall grass and weed growing everywhere - peace and beauty.

I should bless my life at this stage.

And what's more nobody has yet rented the flat upstairs - hopefully it will stay that way throughout august, though I am not counting on it.





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