Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Never Underestimate the Power of a Mom and Her Glue Gun

There are things that every mom needs in her tool box.  Things like super glue and duct tape.  Above them all is the mighty glue gun.  It is a tool that can fix just about everything at the house and for the family.  The glue gun can repair Hot Wheels Car faster than a pit stop in NASCAR, "hem" a pair of pants while a child is walking out the door to school, and "patch" a stripped screw with just a little drop.  Every mom needs a glue gun at the ready, because you just never know when an emergency will strike.

Boy, did the emergency strike recently.  It has been a while since I mentioned the trials and tribulations of our temporary accommodations, but they continue. For the recent weeks, it has been termites.  Saying this house has a termite problem is a significant understatement.  That isn't really news, so do most houses in California.  The termites weren't really a big deal; I just vacuumed up the piles of sawdust they left all over the house each week and pretended they weren't really there.  That was until Spring arrived.  Then, our termite nuisance turned into a termite crisis.  Apparently Spring is the season of termite love and each afternoon thousands of baby termites hatch in a swarm.  The problem was they were hatching right into our kitchen - every night - thousands of them.  Yuck.

So what does a mom do? First, I had to figure out where they were coming from.  It took me a while to figure it out.  After a multi-day search and a couple of false leads, I found ground zero behind the refrigerator.  They had chewed a bunch of tiny holes all the way through the wall and were rapidly building a new nest. Yes, they ate all the way through the wall!!!  Then, I had to figure what to do.  It was time for the mom tool box.  My first thought was caulk, but I didn't have any caulk.  Then, I looked at what I did have.  There it was, glowing up at me with the glint of the afternoon sun shining off its metal trigger, the amazing, solve every problem, glue gun.  I glued up those holes in 5 minutes flat.  We haven't seen a termite since.  Never underestimate the power of a mom and her glue gun.

With the termite issue at bay (at least temporarily), we are busy with all the regular stuff.  The kids are counting down until Spring Break and I am counting down until the house renovation is complete.  Note:  The kids countdown is significantly shorter.  The weather is warm and winter (which we never really had) is long gone.  After driving a Chevy Tahoe for most of a week, I am happy to have my "little" minivan back as good as new (it had suffered a little boo-boo in a parking lot).

That is life in MomZania.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

SOOOOO glad that the termite crisis has been "resolved"!! Love those glue guns!! :-) Kim