I was weeding my flower beds, lost in my own little world… when I heard the hum of a bee in my ear. Not looking up, I swatted the air near my ear…and continued on with my weeding…. not realizing that a bunch of angry fuzzy bumble bees were forming an arrow above me, and I was their target. It seems that I had dug into their nest that they had inconspicuously built next to my salvia plant.
The sharp pain coming from my right leg quickly brought me out of my daydreams…and into the hard reality of screaming and flailing my arms through my yard for all the world to see as I desperately ran to save my life.
Okay. I exaggerate.
Oh, I screamed and flailed my arms all right… but it was probably only a few bees that I had agitated, because only a few bees were actually chasing me…the majority of them were still working the flowers around my yard.
Three of them did manage to get me. The others hovered around the porch while I stood at the door watching them, and examining the damage that they did to me. I found a can of wasp poison under the sink, and as soon as the coast was clear, I went out and sprayed the ground near my salvia.
I was hurt, and I was angry.
I stood back for a while, watching a few of the stray bees try to find a way back into their nest, because I must have broken their entrance. They kept trying to find their entrance, but it just wasn’t there anymore. As I stood there… I looked around my yard, watching the other bees peacefully moving from flower to flower, while unbeknownst to them, I had destroyed their home. I felt bad for them, but I knew to keep my distance, because I’m pretty sure they didn’t feel bad for me. I was their enemy. The one who destroyed their village.
And my hurt and anger turned to empathy and guilt.
It turns out that the area in which I sprayed wasn’t even close to their nest…and it didn’t take them long to build a new entrance…and within a couple of days, they were back to peacefully working their fields. We’ve figured out a way to live in peace. With my shovel hanging in the garage, I’ll sit on my porch, and watch them not five feet away from me, go from one flower to the next, without giving me a second glance.
If I leave them be, they’ll leave me be.
It turns out that they really don’t sting…unless, of course….they’re threatened…
All living things, no matter how big or how small, have to share this big living space we call Earth. And during the warmer weather, the population grows, and we become one big melting pot of human, animal, and insect, and we have to take the bad with the good.
The bad being insects.
The good being watermelon.
I just cannot seem to get enough of it lately. I’m not even going to tell you how many cubes of watermelon were popped into my mouth, as I was cutting them up to throw in the blender to make this granita… I don’t know if it was the heat of July that produced such sweet and juicy watermelon, but every single one I’ve brought home has been delicious!
Granita is one of my most favorite ways to eat watermelon, or fruit in general…it’s so light and refreshing on hot summer days…the perfect sweet treat…icy and cold… This is definitely a dessert that can be dressed up…or dressed down. You can serve it in a paper cone… or with it’s gorgeous pink color, serve it in a champagne glass to your treasured guests! I do prefer the latter, only because, well… it’s pretty.
Sweet watermelon loves tart grapefruit. The flavors complement each other so well, the sweetness of the watermelon is the first your tastebuds experience…with a lingering flavor of grapefruit at the end. A taste, that no doubt, will have you and your guests enjoying spoonful, after spoonful. They’re so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making them all along! Have kids? You can leave the vodka out with no effect. This is just as delicious without the vodka, and the kids will love it!
Life is good. It’s a “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change…” (Charles Darwin)” kind of good.
- 2 pounds seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
- Pulp and juice of one pink grapefruit
- ⅓ cup grapefruit vodka
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp flaked sea salt
- Juice of one lime
- Mint leaves for garnish
- Add the watermelon, grapefruit, grapefruit vodka, sugar, sea salt, and lime to a blender. Pulse a few times until the watermelon and grapefruit are liquefied.
- Pour into a glass 9 x 11 dish.
- Place in freezer for one hour.
- After one hour, remove from freezer, and stir with a fork. Place back in freezer for another hour.
- After one hour, remove from freezer, and scrape and stir with a fork. Place back in freezer for another hour.
- After one hour, remove from freezer, and scrape and stir with a fork.
- Serve immediately, or place back in freezer until ready to serve.
- To serve: Spoon into your favorite bowls or glasses. Garnish with mint.