We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics. ~Bill Vaughan
I spend my life in Nicaragua sweeping up bug carcasses. No space is sacred, nothing is left untouched. We have regular infestations of termites, ants, spiders, and chayules (aquatic mites that swarm from the lake). See my life in Battling Bugs.
Herman, the master cabinetmaker, came into my life when I needed an enclosed space to put my collection of Pre-Colombian pottery pieces I find on the beach. The bugs particularly liked to nest in the ancient pieces. Master Craftsmen in Nicaragua
When the ants attacked all the food that was sitting on open shelves, Herman returned to build me kitchen cabinets. The Heart of My Home
Now, Herman is back with his latest masterpiece, cabinets for my office.
Again, I drew plans for wall to wall storage and Herman crafted this huge piece to fit perfectly in its new space. With the help of his family, they lifted, twisted, and scooted the master storage cabinets into my house.
Now that we are in the dry, windy season, it is so much easier to clean my house with enclosed cabinets. The bugs still get into our house, even though everything is screened, but they have fewer places to hide.
I sure hope the insects remember my kindness, when they take over the world. They had the free reign in my house for seven years! No more, thanks to Herman, the Master Cabinetmaker.