About a month ago, John noticed that the corners of one of the columns on the front porch was rotting.  The wood was all spongy.  Things were busy, so we didn’t get around to doing anything about it, but today was finally the day for John to take a closer look.  I went for a run this morning, and as I came back up the hill to the house, I could see the ladder leaning up against the porch, part of the drain pipe in the yard, and a giant gaping HOLE in the column at the corner.

Not what I expected to come home to.  He was able to just peel away parts of the column BY HAND – it was that bad.  So anyway, it seems we have carpenter ants (and that may or may not also mean termites, since according to the great and powerful internet, carpenter ants eat termites), and the pest guy is coming out on Tuesday.  Cross your fingers that the house doesn’t fall apart around our heads.


  1. On our way?

    I’d like to request to sleep on the first floor then, please. Less of a fall into the basement when the floor collapses. See you soon!!

  2. Bug B. Gone

    We had termites in our old condo – awful little buggers. Makes me wonder why we make houses out of wood and not termite-poison.

  3. Zannah

    You can sleep in the basement if you really want to.

    If we made houses out of concrete, we wouldn’t have bugs. But we’d probably be cold all the time.

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