Yep. Just a little over a week away. A lot of the trees are blooming and the daffodils have been doing their thing for around 2 weeks. Usually before the end of March I will see the first hummingbirds to show up. But this time of year also has a dark side. Its called Carpenter Bees. I live in a log house and those sucker really do love drilling holes in the porch rails and eves of the house and porch ceilings. I have a couple of Carpenter Bee traps that work pretty well (pictures included) but my main defense is hand to bee combat. In the pass I have kept a tennis racket on each of the porches and its not unusual for me to launch 25 or 30 bees a day. This year I'm going to try a racket ball racket. Its a little shorter and should reduce my lock time. I think I will keep my eyes pealed at the flea markets for a couple of badminton rackets too. Light should be faster and better and they have a tighter weave so the bee heads shouldn't get stuck as much. I have tried shot cartriges in my Ruger Single Six but thats pretty iffy. Oh and if I catch one going in a hole I stick a golf tee up his butt and caulks over it. Wish me luck and if your in the area in the next two months, stop by and grab a racket. Remember, black faced bumble bee.... good. White faced bumble bee.... bad. Ok I got to go to the front porch. Ok the battle is joined and I just scored my first kill of the year.