Who’s house is this anyway?

I cleaned up the kitchen this morning. It actually IS a regular occurrence! The problem with cleaning up the kitchen is that it leaves no obvious morsels sitting about for the ants. And boy, do we have ants! Wildlife thrives in this country and I often feel like WE are the intruders! Why should I blame all these creatures for trying to reclaim this territory? I have finally come to the conclusion that the only way to control this many ants is with poison! And a lot of it! And well… I just really don’t want that in the kitchen. Can you blame me? So I have given up the battle… and it has turned into a race.
Ethan had his friend, Toby, over to play so I thought I would heat up some chicken nuggets to feed them. No use starting food battles with other peoples children by trying to serve healthy food 😉 Well, what I hadn’t realized is that all those ants trying to reclaim my house were STARVING! I flipped the nuggets halfway through cooking and left the spatula on the counter. Ten minutes later when I came to take them out, the spatula was swarming with itty-bitty ants! I had to wash it to be able to use it. Then I had to store it on a rack, on a plate, on an unlit burner, on the stove and hope they didn’t find it before I needed it again. The race had begun. Now little boys aren’t crazy about eating burning hot food fresh out of the oven so I was trying to figure out how to let it cool long enough but still be able to serve it to the boys before the ants got to it. I moved it around to a few different spots, so the ants wouldn’t find it as quickly and they seemed to be satisfied with the many crumbs that fell off the spatula. So the next question is whether to wipe them all up or let them finish carrying off those crumbs. And since I am really tired of my washcloths being covered in ants all the time, I think I will let them feast and wipe up the counter after they have all gone home.

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