Good News: We found a company that specializes in removing bees without demolishing our living quarters. They are coming next Friday to "assess" the situation and their quote was actually reasonable.
Bad News: With all the recent rainfall the two windows at the front of the house have started leaking. So we have had an eclectic collection of receptacles gathering all the drips, dribbles, and drops which can be heard from every corner of the house. yippee.