Shape

Now may the God of peace… equip you with every good thing to do His will… Heb 13:21-22 Have you ever noticed the pollen that honey bees carry on their back legs?  It’s normally a bright blob of yellow or orange and approximately 15 mg by weight.  I’m wretched at comprehending mg, so for reference – Americans are supposed to limit sodium intake to 1500 mg per day.  At 50 foraging flights per day, our intrepid honey bee would need two days to retrieve 1500 mg of pollen!  I’m tired already, aren’t you? Honey bees are able to carry pollen because of a very special curved hair on their hind legs that anchors the pollen in a “basket”.  The honey bee collects pollen, mixes it with a teensy bit of regurgitated...

Breathe

…I will put breath into you, and you will come to life.  Eze 37:6 When I first started beekeeping, there were some general don’ts.  One cautionary tidbit was “Don’t eat bananas before you work the hive.”  Weird?  Not entirely.  The odor of bananas is very similar to the honey bee’s alarm pheromone.  Going in stinking of trouble is likely to guarantee you find it.  Fortunately, I never found it to be true.  Forgetful and/or hungry, I have eaten bananas and the girls remained blissfully unaware of my fruity faux pas.  What I have found true 100% of the time, is my bees respond quite energetically when breathed upon. Some times when I’m struggling to pull out a heavy frame, I inadvertently hold my breath.  Once it’s...

Buzzworthy – Darn Good Yarn

  During a recent archaeology dig through my stash box I discovered two skeins of vibrant purple sari silk.   An unexpected “Surprise!” staring up at me from the bottom of the yarn bin – Sometimes mentalpause has its benefits!  I had completely forgotten that while sashaying through Stitches West 2015 I employed a little retail therapy. (Okay, I’ll be honest, my husband was 250 miles away, I was in fiber nirvana and I was armed with two credit cards. No yarn that purple was going to escape me.) What I have fallen in love with more is the story behind this yarn.  The founder of DGY, Nicole, is an Air Force Veteran, but more than just supporting a veteran, Nicole is helping at-risk populations in India and Nepal, and also right here in...

Byproduct

  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.   Gen 9:13 Recently, we enjoyed a rare few days of stormy weather here in the high desert.   An inch in one day is a spectacular event when you consider that Reno’s annual rain average is about 7″!  Although I love to hear the rain beat on the roof and gurgle down the drainpipes, I look forward to the rainbows most of all.  The vivid colors, the childish hope there *is* a pot of gold hidden somewhere just tickles my imagination to no end. Of the thousands of photos my husband has taken, the one above is a favorite.  Hidden in the dark of the hive an array of color; a rainbow of colored pollen that my wee honey bees have diligently foraged for,...