As I sit observing a colony of honey bees, watching their every move, I can’t help but notice unison and harmony. Busy, but yet so peaceful.
What lessons could we humans learn from this type of efficiency and perfected order?
“Busy as a bee” has a whole new meaning after watching the movements and actions of a healthy hive. They (the colony) run like a well-oiled machine.
The queen honey bee has a crucial responsibility to lay eggs in order to have a strong brood for her colony to continue on.
The male honey bee (drone) has the single purpose of mating with the queen (he doesn’t even have a stinger). Drones are harmless.
Baby bees help each other as they emerge. Real teamwork… Different days in the age of infancy they take on different roles. These worker bees are all females and labor together for the benefit of the colony.
Awestruck as I observe sheer intelligence and diligence of each bee task: queen attendant bees, nurse bees, feeding bees, housekeeper bees, comb building bees, honey making bees, undertaker bees, guard bees, and the eldest of the workers are the foraging bees. The job description of each is specific and completed with perfection.
So much about the honey bee is misunderstood. They are a gentle species (Apis mellifera) and only sting when provoked, unlike other bees (most have had a painful unprovoked experience with a yellow jacket or wasp). Learn the difference in appearances so you can begin to recognize the honey bee from the other species.
The honey bee pollinates a lot of our common foods. Statistics say one-third of our food is pollinated by honey bees. What a restricted diet we would have if it wasn’t for the honey bee visiting crops for pollination. Just wow! Another wowzer is the lack of nutritious food if the honey bees didn’t pollinate fruits and veggies. How about you coffee lovers? Almond fans? You guessed it, honey bees pollinate the coffee beans and almonds.
Understandably not everyone is cut out to bee a back yard beekeeper, but everyone can do something to help. Plant flowers and gardens, put our water sources, and refrain from using pesticides. That’s worth repeating “don’t use pesticides” (please).
Different climates and regions as well as personal preferences vary when it comes time to plant, but don’t forget when the time is right, consider honey bees as friends and plant some flowers. Besides – planting and being outdoors is good for most of us. Experiencing nature is rewarding for our mind, body, and soul!
Spread the buzz and bloom where you can.
Dry skin? Rough skin? Damaged skin? Give milk and honey oatmeal soap a try. Sounds good enough to eat, but completely nutritious for your skin.
Honey has great healing properties known for it’s natural antioxidants and antibacterial uses. Proven to sooth and help prevent acne, decrease pimples and even slows signs of aging with its generous moisturizing properties. You may even glow.
Oatmeal is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Helps soak up extra oils – loaded with natural compounds that make for a soothing exfoliator and cleanser.
-Goats Milk Soap Base
Optional – Essential oil, Vitamin E, Coconut oil, coloring if you prefer.
The three basic ingredients are my personal favorite…Nice and simple and oh so natural!
Welcome, 2019! Last year was a fast one, but they all seem to be getting faster. Simply put I recognize I’m getting older and my perspective is changing. 🙂 Last night as we toasted our glasses of orange juice and grape juice it symbolized in my mind a line to hit reset and look forward with freshness to embracing new opportunities and new friendships in the coming year.
Bloom where you can, when you can, and it’s okay where you can’t. Some say bloom where you are planted, but I say ”bloom where YOU can”. We each have a purpose – find it and use it!
Today marks a day I dig my heels in a little deeper than yesterday to be a little better than yesterday to work a little harder than yesterday. Aiming to be my best… #progressnotperfection
Family time, friend time, Lucy-Bun time, a little bee keeping, a little soap making, nature, flowers, garden, trying new recipes, learning to meal prep, gentle exercising, and taking in the beauty of God’s creations are a few things on my 2019 list to keep me blooming…
A normal afternoon turned quickly into carefully sifting through a large trash pile.
Scoping out the situation it appeared to be a swarm coming from a very near and very tall old tree.
The neighbors said the swarm initially was found clustering on a low branch behind the pile of discarded items. A young boy walking by picked up a stick and hit the ball of honeybees to knock them off, and that is what lead to their interest in the trash pile.
Entwined in and around broken children’s toys, curtains, spouting, styrofoam cups, aluminum cans, glass bottles, cardboard boxes, pieces of old electronics, car parts and so on… there were about four pounds of bees looking for a new home.
Just a few pictures to share…
Because life isn’t perfect –
Bloom Where you can!
(We all have a purpose.)
No one is perfect, so be your best and let it rest. Boys, girls, men, and women; we are all so very different and yet all the same = human.
Beautiful blooms in an ugly can! Don’t miss the point – life isn’t always pretty, circumstances can often be unpleasant, but the choice is yours to find a reason to bloom every day.
ABSOLUTELY one of my favorite photos past!!!
This fearless little girl is now in college and still buzzing – not only in bees but with life, friends, and family.
The very essence of wildlife intrigues this girl and her passion for nature is no doubt part of her beauty.
Thankful to celebrate you and your birthday week.
Keep up the good work and never stop capturing amazing pictures.
Bloom where you can!
Choices! Choices! Choices!
Selection of three for this arrangement. Work in progress..
Thinking of adding white pebbles to dress it up a bit.
Credit to hubby – this planter has been stored from our anniversary many moons ago.
The Aloe Vera you may have seen is in a pot by itself (not pictured). When the children were younger I kept an Aloe Vera plant for a natural remedy option for those minor cuts and scrapes.
Any cacti stories or aloe users? – please share.
Until next time… remember to make your day count. #BloomWhereYouCan.
Easily forgotten and overlooked are often the most important details.
Do you ever stop and think? Yes, stop! Think! Are you grateful? And for what? It’s okay to slow down and carve out the distractions in order to reflect.
Recently my Pastor asked for people to share their story. In my opinion, your personal testimony is the most important words to ever share. The most important relationship is between you and your Maker.
At a Good News Club, I was saved as a young child at the age of seven. At that time I asked My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ to come into my heart. Kid years and teenage years passed with normal trials and tribulations (kid stuff, peer pressure, dating). As a young adult, I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ. Aiming hard to focus on Him. Fast forward and I ask – what is my story? My answer is – Each day I strive to give the glory to God. All the treasures (my family, friends and matters in my life) I have been entrusted to care for…hard to wrap around that responsibility. I fall short daily, but through His mercy and grace, I try again each new day.
I prefer routine, it keeps life simplified, but as a Christian, that is not what we should be in the habit of. Living inside your comfort zone doesn’t allow for personal growth. Life should be somewhat spontaneous and days filled with busyness connecting with those around us in order to spread the gospel (always politely). Definitely, I pride my self on being present in the life of my family and friends and have a deep-rooted passion for those around me. I do ask each day why I am here today, with a genuine thought of not wanting to miss the mark.
As far as having a grateful heart…I believe that I do. I am thankful to Jesus Christ for allowing me the attitude of gratefulness. Obstacles in daily life I face with a reminder that there is opportunity in each and every struggle.
What are you grateful for? Salvation, family, friends, employment, health, opportunities etc… How about the things you don’t think about as much like the ability to make choices: what to eat, what to wear, how to talk, what to watch, social media and so on. Society has tilted so that the choices don’t have an impact like in earlier times. Some, in the modern culture may sum that up by ”anything goes”! Whether that is good or bad – I’ll leave up to you to decide for your own self. Regardless, I encourage you to think about the big and little characteristics in your daily journey.
Examine your heart and ask yourself what is your story?