Just read through the entire blog that Sarah is writing as she navigates through this nasty chapter in her life. Tears - laughter - more tears. I can't imagine going through this - not as Sarah, nor as her mother. I just can't imagine.
We have a yellow jacket issue. A nest has developed in the roof of our porch. We can't get to it without tearing apart the vinyl siding. We also have a nest beneath our house. They have found a crack in the foundation and have moved in in full force. We have hung yellow jacket traps in 8 spots around our yard. We are catching LOTS of them. For the foundation nest we tried caulking the cracks - but they chewed through it. So last night we covered the access points with duct tape. LOTS of duct tape. If they can't get out they will die off, as will the nest. But, the porch roof nest is a different story. We don't know how to block their access because there is lots of places they could get in and out. So we're relying on the traps to take care of the problem.
Now......... if we could do the same with colony of homeless people who are moving into the forest parkland behind our house. The police are of little aid - as it seems the squatters have rights that protect them from being removed. We have city ordinances about being in the parks after dark and before dawn --- but they are not enforceable against the laws of residency. So - we have 10+ people living in the forest. Druggies, crazies........... and there seems to be nothing that can be done about it. The officer we talked to yesterday told us to gather as many neighbors as possible and show up at a city council meeting. Well, we've been through that before with the Parks Department....... that's how this whole mess started in the first place. The park land was "natural, undeveloped" land - 12 acres of it that surround our property on 3 sides. Mostly over grown with blackberries. Then the Parks Department decided they needed to develop the park. We begged them not put in trails to the river, telling them we would have homeless shelters showing up. We begged them not to put in a parking lot, telling them we would have drug deals and naughty things happening in cars at night................ WE TOLD THEM!!!! And now we are living the consequences. I hate the Parks Department!
1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
2. Eat to heal
3. Move to live
4. Embrace today
5. Live with intention
6. Respect my body
7. Cultivate joy
8. Find my passion
9. Meditate on peace in my soul