Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Consider The Ant - Part 2

For those that are interested in a follow-up to Consider The Ant posted on July 2, 2017, here it is. To read Consider The Ant - Part 1 click here.

"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways,and be wise: 
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in 
the summer, and gatherereth her food in the harvest" 
(Proverbs 6:6-8).

I had e-mailed the company that I ordered the ants from on that Friday night (June 23rd) when they hadn't arrived after being mailed on Monday (June 19th). The company responded to my e-mail on Wednesday, July 5th. They said that they were sorry that the ants had been lost and that, if I still hadn't received them, they'd be happy to send me a replacement vile. 

I emailed them back and told them that the ants had arrived and in what condition. I also sent them the link to my blog post about the ants. 😉

They seemed delighted with the link and said that they were anxious to read the post. They also said that they were sending me a replacement vile of ants to make up for all that had happened to the first batch. 

I had to think about that for a bit. Did I really want to go through all this again? I mean...the whole reason I did it in the first place was for a program at work and that program was over and done with a long time ago. Buuuttttt...it would be interesting to enjoy the full experience of a working ant farm...so...yes, I told them that I would accept the ants. I just hoped that the second batch of ants would arrive faster and in better condition the first batch did! 

(By the way...we ended up referring to the first colony of ants as the "Roanoke Colony"...somehow it seemed fitting.)

By this time (July 5th) I was down to two ants and one of them wasn't doing very well at all. It had died by the next morning.

On Thursday, July 6th, careful to consider, and handle with care, the last remaining ant, I took the farm apart, cleaned it, and put it back together with fresh sand. By the next day (Friday, July 7th), sadly, the last ant had succumbed to the same fate as all her little companions. I nearly cried. 

On Monday, July 10th, the new vial of ants arrived and they were healthy and active! As soon as they got here I transferred them into their new habitat. One escaped and when I picked it up to put it back into the farm it promptly bit me. In fact, as I type this my finger is still hurting, burning, and swollen. Yowie! BUT...I'm so thankful that they are alive and well that I shall happily endure it! 😄

Fast forward to early morning on Tuesday, July 11th...

Less than 24 hours after arriving, here's where we are...

We are now the proud owners of a thriving, working ant farm that we can enjoy for weeks to come. During that time it is my goal to observe and to continue to log lessons learned as we, with joy, "consider the ant" and, hopefully, be wiser for doing so. 

Until next time...

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  1. God bless your kind to the ant finger and heal it promptly in Jesus' Name!

    Sorry about the first fellows. It was a terrible experience for the "colonists". Much like many of the ocean voyages that people experienced when they were coming to our early colonies.

    P.S. Going in to check blood levels today.

    1. Thanks, Laura! My finger is all better now. :)

      And, yes, I know...I felt so bad for the first colony. Interesting that you should say that, because this colony has been deemed "the Jamestown colony." LOL!

      Let me know what they say when you get the test results back. Am believing for a good report!



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