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,...

Provide

  I Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others Wouldn’t it be great to have this innate understanding of what you’re supposed to do with your life?  You just knew automatically the correct career path? We’re not so lucky, or I should say *I* am not so lucky.   I don’t work in the field for which I received my degree and I have worked for more than a dozen companies during my so-called career; Not one particularly related to the one before and never remaining long enough to develop a sense of loyalty. A “fart in a whirlwind” as my Mom would say.   This is one of the reasons I find my honey bees so fascinating – they have an amazing division of labor called Temporal Polytheism....