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Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea

Psalms from the Hive, by Jeannie Saum

Propolis, honey, pollen, too

Amazing treasures for me and you.
For health and wellness,
Beautiful skin
Get healing from the hive
Outside and within!
Every week, it seems, I read about more research that is being done on propolis, honey and pollen.  I get a daily e- newsletter from Apitherapy News which reports the latest findings from apitherapy (the use of bee products for medicinal purposes) research.  If interested, you can sign up for this newsletter at http://apitherapy.blogspot.com.
The articles are sometimes difficult to understand, as they are medical abstracts.  I will attempt to summarize some here, in layperson’s words!

A study was posted in October 2013, titled “Total monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibition by chestnut honey, pollen and propolis” by researchers, O. Yildiz, F. Karahali, Z. Can, H. Sahin, and S. Kolayli,  from   the Department of Chemistry, Science Faculty, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey.  This study was done to see if propolis, honey or pollen would function as MAO inhibitors (Monoamine oxidase), like many drugs on the market that are used to treat depression and other neurodegenerative illnesses, like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.PropolisTtincture

They found that propoliPollens, honey and pollen all exhibited substantial inhibition of MAO, with propolis having the highest effect. Their conclusion states that bee products possess a sedative effect and may be effective in protecting humans against depression and similar diseases.  It is amazing to me that a substances created by God’s little creatures, the honeybees, could do such amazing things for us humans. And they do it without college degrees, and laboratories, and artificially made chemicals, and multimillion dollar pharmaceutical companies backing them!

Another study was published in October, 2013 showing that Manuka Honey (from the Manuka trees in New Zealand)  decreases the virulence of the super bug, MRSA! This study is titled, Proteomic and genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) exposed to manuka honey in vitro demonstrated down-regulation of virulence markers, (Whew, that’s a mouthful!), by J Antimicrob Chemother.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a dangerous pathogen. It is resistance to multiple antibiotics and is very prevalent in healthcare facilities and is easily spread.  It is a serious threat to human health that requires novel interventions.  Manuka honey is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent that is gaining acceptance in the topical treatment of wounds.  But the way it works is only partially understood.  This study set out to investigate the effects of manuka honey on MRSA at a molecular level.Honey
In laboratory experiments, they found that glucose, one of the major sugars in honey, altered the genes in the MRSA  bacteria, reduced its cell division ability and its ability to invade healthy cell tissues.  Authors of this study conclude that these effects of honey on MRSA  need to be investigated by more use on actual MRSA infected patients.  My daughters, who are nurses, tell me that manuka honey IS being used here in the Columbus, Ohio area, to treat wounds, bedsores, and MRSA infections in hospitals and nursing homes.  I also inquired about its use when caring for my mother in Wichita Kansas, and was told medicinal honey is part of their wound care protocol as well.  This is encouraging news!  Natural treasures from our Creator’s flora and fauna CAN be of incredible benefit to our health and well-being!  BEE Power!!

Isaiah 45

2 I will go before you  and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.
I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the  Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a  title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form the light and create darkness,  I bring prosperity and create disaster;  I, the Lord, do all these things.

Healing – Powered by Bees!

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Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea

Psalms from the Hive, by Jeannie Saum

Honey, natural, gold and pure,

Yes, we love its sweet allure.

But did you know, there’s more for you

Coming from this sticky goo?

Not only is it tasty to devour

It can also heal cuts, sores and wounds

With its power.

Honey, one of the valuable gifts from the beehive, is being used for more than just a yummy sweetener in food.  With two nurses in the family, I had heard my daughters talk about using honey- treated dressings on wounds and bedsores in hospitals and nursing homes here in Ohio. As I cared for my mother in her last days,  I asked every nurse and wound care specialists, in Kansas, if they were using medicinal honey. They all confirmed that yes, they were! Though none of them knew about the even more amazing benefits of propolis from the beehive, I was encouraged to hear that the natural healer, honey, was now widely accepted in the medical field. I’d like to share some information with you, documented with reliable research, on the medicinal uses of honey. I have paraphrased this information to be a little more understandable to us laypeople!   The entire article, “Understanding how honey impacts on wounds: an update on recent research findings”, by Abdul Seckam and Rose, complete with references to the research and a bibliography, is available at: http://www.woundsinternational.com

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Understanding how honey impacts on wounds: an update on recent research findings

Honey has been used for centuries in wound care as a topical antimicrobial agent. Licensed wound care products containing medical-grade honey first became available in 1999 and are now widely used. Honey’s therapeutic properties come from its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Laboratory evidence published in the past 5 years is helping the medical community understand how honey works to heal wounds and is now being integrated into modern medical practice. A range of medical honey products are available from several manufacturers for use on traumatic wounds, surgical incision sites, burns, sloughy wounds, and pressure ulcers.

Some researchers have criticised that clinical evidence to support the use of honey in the treatment of superficial wounds and burns was of low quality. By contrast, a review of 19 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with a total of 2554 participants suggested that honey improved healing times in mild to moderate superficial and partial thickness burns when compared to conventional dressings. Another recent review of 33 RCTs noted that participants using honey had increased from 1965 in 2006 to 3556 in 2011, with a broadening in the range of wound types included, the choice of dressings available to clinicians, and the types of honey employed. Clinicians suggest that the effectiveness of different types of honey dressings used on similar wounds, be studied to test and compare the healing effectiveness of each.

Therapeutic properties of honey

Research has shown that honey has the following qualities: antimicrobial activity, deodorizing action, debriding action and osmotic effect, anti-inflammatory activity, antioxidant activity, and enhanced rate of healing. Essentially, honey can be regarded as an antimicrobial agent with the ability to promote wound healing.
Chemically honey is a complex substance whose antimicrobial components have been well established but , all honeys are not equal. Methylglyoxal was shown to contribute to the antibacterial activity of manuka honey, frequently used medicinally. Many honeys generate hydrogen peroxide on dilution, but manuka honey does not produce detectable levels and, as such, has been called a non-peroxide honey.

Honey has a broad spectrum of activity against bacteria and fungi. Gram-positive bacteria are

often involved in wound infection. Staphylococcus aureus – the most common cause of wound infection – has been shown to be inhibited by relatively low concentrations of honey. Antibiotic resistant strains, such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-sensitive and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VSE and VRE) have shown to be inhibited by honey. A recent study showed that the growth of 15 cultures of Streptococcus species isolated from wounds were inhibited by honey.

Of Gram-negative bacteria commonly implicated in wound infection, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, enteric bacteria, Stenotrophomonas species, and Acinetobacter baumannii, have been shown to be susceptible to honey in vitro. Honey works in several ways to inhibit bacteria including: interrupting cell division, causing cell walls to break down, and damaging the bacteria’s DNA.

Patients with infected or highly exuding wounds may experience wound malodor. Honey has been shown to have a deodorizing effect in patients with malodorous wounds, which is probably due to the inhibition of bacteria. This trait is most notable within 24 hours of the application of honey to the wounds

Antimicrobial resistance to honey

With the introduction of new antimicrobials into clinical practice, the emergence of resistant strains of bacteria normally follows at some point. But experiments in which bacteria were exposed to low concentrations of manuka honey failed to select for honey-resistant strains. While these findings do not prove that bacterial strains won’t become resistant to honey in the future, they do suggest that the possibility is slight.

Debriding action of honey and osmotic effect

The role of honey in wound debridement ( the removal of dead tissue) has been described in research. Manuka honey was demonstrated to promote improved debridement, compared to a hydrogel.  Manuka honey reduces the PH in the wound, preventing the formation of nonviable tissue.
The osmotic effect (ability to attract and hold water) of honey has been thought to encourage lymphatic flow to devitalized tissue, while reducing bacterial load This promotes debridement by allowing substances to form in the wound that lower the quantity of nonviable tissue .

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity of honey

Wounds that do not progress through the usual phases of healing persist in a chronic inflammatory state caused by damaging chemicals and reactions in the wound. One way to interrupt this chronic inflammatory cycle is to remove free radicals with antioxidants and honey is known to contain antioxidants that scavenge free radicals. Although the anti-inflammatory effects of antioxidants in honey have been demonstrated in animal models, clinical studies are scarce, but it may be that these effects explain the benefits seen in treating burns with honey.

The future

The use of honey in modern wound care is still met with some skepticism. Since the advent of evidence-based medicine, changing clinical practice depends on providing clinicians with appropriate levels of evidence of clinical efficacy. Although honey has become a first-line intervention in some wound care clinics, larger and better designed studies are needed to cement the role of honey in modern wound care.

I have witnessed the healing effects of honey and propolis on wounds and sores. Honey and/or propolis have replaced triple antibiotic, burn ointment and other wound treatments in our family medicine cabinet, and they can in yours, too! Hopefully, research will continue to be done in this country, so Americans can further benefit from these natural treasures! Meanwhile, jump in and try out the healing resources – powered by bees!

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Isaiah 45

3I will give you hidden treasures,   riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord,  the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name  and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me.

I am the Lord, and there is no other;  apart from me there is no God.  I will strengthen you,  though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me.    I am the Lord, and there is no other.

Propolis and Endometriosis

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Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea

Psalms from the Hive, by Jeannie Saum

Always a wonder 220px-Propolis_in_beehives

God’s little bees

Designed to be a blessing

To those who will believe!

Thanks to our young friend, Amber W., , who did some searching about this topic, I decided to look for some research on propolis and endometriosis.  I am amazed daily at what God’s little creatures, the honeybees, have been designed to do.  Turns out that propolis and its anti-inflammatory properties help with the pain of endometriosis,  but also produce an unexplained increase in conception among women with enodmetriosis, who take it!

In a study from way back in 2003, as reported in Fertility and Sterility it was found that:

  • Women with endometriosis who have been unable to get pregnant may have a more successful outcome by taking bee propolis, according to a preliminary study in Fertility and Sterility (2003;80:S32). This is encouraging for the millions of women with endometriosis who are suffering from infertility.
  • In the new preliminary study, 40 women with mild endometriosis and primary infertility (i.e., they had never been pregnant) who had unsuccessfully tried to get pregnant for at least two years were assigned to receive 500 mg twice a day of bee propolis or placebo for nine months. The number of pregnancies was recorded during the treatment period.
  • Women taking bee propolis had a significantly higher pregnancy rate than those taking the placebo. The number of women who became pregnant in the treatment and placebo groups was 60 and 20%, respectively. No adverse effects were reported by the women taking bee propolis.

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This article can be found at: http://bastyrcenter.org/content/view/623/&page=

I always wonder why this kind of research doesn’t get more press, and why further studies have not been done.  Could it be that since propolis is a natural substance, no one will make millions on it??  People in other countries all over the world us it and much research is being done on propolis in Europe and Asia.  We need to get the word out about this amazing natural healer!

Isaiah 43

8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. which of their gods foretold this and proclaimed to us the former things?  Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right, so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,  “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me  and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed,  nor will there be one after me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.

12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,”  declares the Lord, “that I am God.

Propolis and Cancer

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Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea

Psalms from the Hive, by Jeannie Saum

God designed bees to make perfect hexagon cells,

Delicious honey and beeswax to spare.

But most amazing of all, the red-gold propolis goo

Healing from the hive for me and you!

People are talking about propolis and cancer on the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor Network!  Cancer patients are using propolis and posting information about propolis and cancer fighting properties.  I decided to do some research to verify what is being said.

Propolis is a natural compound made by honeybees to coat the inside of their hives.  It is collected by the bees from plant buds and bark to disinfect and protect their beehive from disease, bacteria, viruses, and fungus. Its composition is approximately 55% resins and balms, 30% wax, 10% etheric oils, and 5% pollen. It contains over 180 compounds, many of which are biologically active. It contains almost all minerals, vitamins and amino acids needed by the body. Its great content of flavenoids, amongst others, is what makes it antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antiallergenic, antibiotic, and anesthetic.  It can be ground into powder and consumed with honey, or it can also be chewed with gum. It may be dissolved in alcohol or in natural glycerin to make a tincture.

Some of propolis’ ingredients have shown antioxidant and antitumor properties in early laboratory and animal studies,

  • A study published in 2008 by Biosci Biotechnol Biochem shows that propolis suppresses tumor angiogenesis by inducing apoptosis in tube-forming endothelial cells.  This means that propolis suppresses the growth of blood vessels by the cancer cells and causes cell death.  This study can be found at:

Examine Guide, GreenMedInfo Recommendedhttp://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/propolis-suppresses-angiogenesis

  • Aother study published in 2008 showed Anticarcinogenic and antimitotic effects  of propolis on tissue cultures of bladder cancer.  This means it decreased the cell division of the cancer cells.  This study is found at:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/propolis-has-anticarcinogenic-and-antimitotic-effect-tissue-cultures-bladder-cancer-0

  • A study from 2009 showed growth inhibitory activity of an alcohol tincture of propolis in four human colon carcinoma cell lines.  It states that propolis may provide a novel approach to the chemoprevention and treatment of human colon carcinoma.  This study can be found at:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/propolis-inhibits-growth-human-colon-cancer-cell-lines

Studies cited on http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/propolis, state that:

  • One of the flavonoids extracted from propolis showed a more potent cytotoxic activity against human lung adenocarcinoma (A549) and human fibrosarcoma (HT-1080) cells than did the anticancer drug 5-fluoruracil .  It also cited a study that showed propolis was found to inhibit proliferation and induced cell death in human leukemia (HL-60) cells.

Researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center, intrigued by propolis’ anti-cancer potential, decided to look at one of its bioactive components, caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), and its impact on human prostate cancer cells.

  • In cells grown in a lab, even small doses of CAPE slowed the growth of tumor cells. And when low oral doses were given to mice with prostate tumors, tumor growth slowed by 50 percent! What’s more, feeding CAPE to mice daily caused the tumors to stop growing, although they returned when the CAPE was removed from their diets.
  • This suggests the propolis compound works by impacting signaling networks that control cancerous cell growth, rather than by killing the cells directly. However, there are at least four studies on propolis’ apoptotic properties, indicating that technically it is capable of directly killing cancer cells, including prostate cancer, melanoma and more, as well. You can read more about this at:

http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2012/20120504-beehive.html

Writing in Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology, researchers expanded on some of propolis’ potential effects:

  • “Propolis, a waxy substance produced by the honeybee, has been adopted as a form of folk medicine since ancient times. It has a wide spectrum of alleged applications including potential anti-infection and anticancer effects. Many of the therapeutic effects can be attributed to its immunomodulatory functions. The composition of propolis can vary according to the geographic locations from where the bees obtained the ingredients.
  • Two main immunopotent chemicals have been identified as caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) and artepillin C. Propolis, CAPE, and artepillin C have been shown to exert summative immunosuppressive function on T lymphocyte subsets but paradoxically activate macrophage function.
  • On the other hand, they also have potential antitumor properties by different postulated mechanisms such as suppressing cancer cells proliferation via its anti-inflammatory effects; decreasing the cancer stem cell populations; blocking specific oncogene signaling pathways; exerting antiangiogenic effects; and modulating the tumor microenvironment.
  • The good bioavailability by the oral route and good historical safety profile makes propolis an ideal adjuvant agent for future immunomodulatory or anticancer regimens.”

More on this at:http://www.naturalnews.com/040533_propolis_cancer_prevention_immune_function.html

  • A study from 2010 tested propolis for its effect on malignant colon cancer cells and normal cells. The extract of propolis compounds were found to be the most active against HT-29 human colon adenocarcinoma cells, without affecting normal human cells, arresting the cancer cells at the G(2)/M phase of the cell cycle.  This article can be found at:

You can get propolis extracts, oils, and skin care products from Hive and Honey BEEpothecary, by clicking on “Our Products” at the top of the page.  Find out how honey bee hive products can improve your health!

Deuteronomy 28

1 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.
All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:
You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

Honey – More Than Just Sweet!

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Psalms from the Hive, by Jeannie Saum

Honey, sweet

But so much more

Designed by the Creator

This wonderful, miraculous food!

As we have progressed in our beekeeping adventure, my quest for information has continued to consume my days.  It must be the teacher in me.  Or maybe it is genetic – my father was an “information junkie” and when CNN came to be, he was in heaven and watched it all the time!

I started collecting books about beekeeping and honey and other hive products – and reading, reading, reading.  While I have always lihoneyrevolutionked honey, I love it even more every time I read about it.  My favorite book, though quite technical and scientific is The Honey Revolution, by Ron Fessenden and Mike McInnes.   It is quite a tome and not easy to read, but great for info junkies like me.

They now have an abridged version, that only costs about $5, that is a quick read of the the facts without all the scientific explanations and references.  Both are fascinating. honeyRevolution-ab

Here are some things I have learned:

Honey Facts

  • Honey really is metabolized differently than sugar or high fructose corn syrup! ( the opposite of what we are told on all those HFCS commercials on TV!)
  • Honey is metabolized more like a fruit than a sugar, in the body.
  • Honey stabilizes blood sugar.  It triggers a much lower insulin release than sugar or HFCS.
  • Honey is stored in the liver as glycogen, as provides fuel for your brain
  • Honey consumed before bedtime promotes restorative sleep.
  • Honey reduces metabolic stress by preventing or reducing the release of adrenalin and cortisol during sleep.

Now, if I could just apply all this great information and stop eating JUNK!!  I need to find some easy recipes for honey snacks!  I am an impulse eater and just look for the nearest, easiest thing to munch on!

Proverbs 24

13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.

14 Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Amazing Propolis – How Can We Not Know About This??

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Psalms from the Hive, by Jeannie Saum

At first the orange sticky goo

We had to scrape off,

Was just an annoyance

Nothing to use.

But then, to our surprise

We found this sticky stuff

Was really a treasure

Now we can’t get enough!

During the second year of our beekeeping I started learning about the annoying sticky goo, propolis,  we were scaping out of the hive and throwing away.  Low and behold, it is an incredibly valuable hive product and has even more healing properties than honey!  Here’s what I found:

All About Propolis

Propolis is an amazing substance made by honeybees, that has m

inside the hive

inside the hive

any health benefits for us.

Also called bee glue, propolis is made by the bees from tree resin.  It is a stiff, sticky substance that they use in the hive to seal up cracks and also to disinfect.  Propolis has been used for centuries by man, for its medicinal and health benefits.  While not well know in this country, it is used widely throughout the world to treat illness and as a health supplement.  In Europe it is referred to as “Russian Penicillin.”

propolis on top of frames

propolis on top of frames

According to the National Institute of Health, propolis is proven to have antibiotic, antimicrobial, anitviral and antifungal properties.  It  also has antioxidant and has antinflammatory effects.  Past and current research is showing the effectiveness of propolis in treating a wide variety of illnesses and conditions – from mild to serious.  Research is currently being done on the use of propolis to treat cancer, mico-bacterial lung infections including TB, radiation treatment burns, GI issues, herpes,  wound treatment and its effect on boosting the immune system.

raw propolis shavings

raw propolis shavings

Propolis can be used raw, powdered, or in tinctures and infusions and is a valuable product to support healthy living.  Our family, friends and customers are using propolis oils and alcohol tinctures with success (and without trips to the doctor!)  to assist in  treatment of  the following conditions:

Orally for:

  • colds, viruses

  • bronchitis, pneumonia

  • IBS

  • sore throats

  • a preventative supplement

Internally for:

  • sinus congestion and infection – as nose drops

  • canker and mouth sores – as mouth rinse

  • sore throats – as a mouth rinse or spray

  • gum irritations and infections – as mouth rinse

  • toothache/infection – as rinse or gauze poulic

  • ear infections – oil drops in ear

Externally for:

  • cuts

  • burns

  • bites

  • rashes

  • pain and inflammation

  • sore muscles

  • nail fungus

  • yeast infections

Here’s some great resources about propolis:

propolis roayljellyetcfUser’s Guide to Propolis, Royal Jelly, Honey, and Bee Pollen: Learn How to Use Bee Foods to Enhance Your Health and Immunity  by C. Leigh Broadhurst, Jack Challem (Editor)

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                                    Propolis Power Plus by Carlson Wade, Don R. Bensen (Editor)

Beekeeping? – Not Me!

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Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.

Psalms from the Hive  by Jeannie Saum

It’s created a monster,

“That  Book” across the room.

I’m a walking Wikipedia

I think that I am doomed.

Whoever would have thought

That honeybees would wow me

With their amazing little lives

Inside the hive.

Did you know that there are three castes of bees?  Have you ever heard that bees use pheromones to communicate?  Did you ever see a bee dance?  Do you know all the amazing things bees make in their hives?  Have you ever wondered just how these tiny little dumb animals can make every hexagonal cell just exactly like the 100,000 others in the hive?  OMG! I can’t stop!  I am a walking, talking encyclopedia of bee facts.  What has happened to me?  I have honeybees on the brain!

I’ve always loved learning new things, so I guess this was inevitable, no matter how I resisted.  Once I started reading and learning, I couldn’t stop!  I devoured “That Book” – Beekeeping for Dummies in about 2 days, neglecting my paper grading and lesson plans!

Neglected work!

Neglected work!

Those bees, they’re so interesting! So amazing! So useful!  BUT I’M STILL NOT GOING TO BE A BEEKEEPER!  Just an interested wife, supporting her husband’s reverie – or reality??  We’ll see. . .

Psalms 104

 24 Lord, you have made so many things! How wisely you made them all! The earth is filled with your creatures.

25 There is the ocean, large and wide, where countless creatures live, large and small alike. 26 The ships sail on it, and in it plays Leviathan, that sea monster which you made.

27 All of them depend on you to give them food when they need it.

 28 You give it to them, and they eat it; you provide food, and they are satisfied.

29 When you turn away, they are afraid; when you take away your breath, they die and go back to the dust from which they came.

30 But when you give them breath, they are created; you give new life to the earth.

31 May the glory of the Lord last forever! May the Lord be happy with what he has made!

32 He looks at the earth, and it trembles; he touches the mountains, and they pour out smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life; as long as I live I will sing praises to my God.

34 May he be pleased with my song, for my gladness comes from him.

 

“That Book”

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Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.

Psalms from the Hive  by Jeannie Saum

 

That book – It’s calling me!

So hard to resist!

Don’t really want to know this stuff

But maybe I’ll go pick it up just to get the gist.

Enough to converse, so not to be left out

But no way am I doing this.

Just want to know what it’s about.

 

Today, I finished my latest book on my Nook reader and I just couldn’t find anything on it that looked interesting enough to start.  And there was still “That Book”,  sitting on the table across the room. . . Maybe I’ll  pick it up and read just a little, only enough to know what’s going on and participate in the ongoing conversations between Steve and the Dotsons, about those darn bees.

That Book!
That Book!

“Part 1:Falling in Love With a Bug” – Hmmm, maybe I shouldn’t do this.  Well, Chapter 1 says, “To Bee or Not to  Bee?”  Maybe this will give me the ammunition to put a stop to this nonsense!  I’ll try it and see.   “HONEY” – well, I love honey.  “GREAT POLLINATORS” – I’m an avid gardener, could these little guys, er, gals, help my flower gardens?  “SAVING THE BEES” – well, I do teach ecology, guess I should practice what I preach to second graders.  “ EDUCATION : PASSING IT ON” – I;m a teacher, that’s right up my alley. “ BEE THERAPIES” – I’ve always been interested in alternatives to conventional medicine, even used some herbal therapies  over the years.  Apitherapy for health  issues?? Never heard of it! But now I am getting interested. UH, oh…!

Suddenly I am moving on willingly to Chapter 2 – Life Inside the Honey Bee Hive, and I am hooked!

I think I am falling in love with a bug!

Psalm 95

1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.

5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!

Beekeeping for Dummies

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Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.

Psalms from the Hive  by Jeannie Saum

He’s reading that book!

I know what that means

Getting way to serious

About keeping bees!

Oh dear, I think Steve’s really gonna do it!  He’s had his nose in a book – Beekeeping for Dummies – for days.  Every time we get together with Pete and Laurie the conversation turns to bees.  And Steve keeps interrupting my paper-grading with little facts about the little creatures – as if I care!  Though I find it interesting, I am NOT going to encourage this bee reverie, so I just answer with, “Hmm…”

Then, Pete and Laurie ask Steve to the next COBA beekeepers meeting, way up on the north end of town.  I decide I am way too busy with school work, to go.  And anyway, I do not want to know any more, lest I end up involved in these shenanigans.  I’ve got enough to do. Teaching elementary school is more than a full time job.  I don’t even have time to do the things I like to do, so no way am I going to get involved in another pet project of my husband’s!

Of course, he comes home that night, all pumped up about keeping bees.  And I’m starting to feel left out of the conversation when we get together with the Dotsons. . .

. . . and there’s that dumb book sitting on the table across the room… Beekeeping for Dummies… I wonder if it’s any good. . . ?

Psalm 25

12 Those who have reverence for the Lord will learn from him the path they should follow.

13 They will always be prosperous, and their children will possess the land.

 14 The Lord is the friend of those who obey him and he affirms his covenant with them.

 15 I look to the Lord for help at all times, and he rescues me from danger.

16 Turn to me, Lord, and be merciful to me, because I am lonely and weak.

 17 Relieve me of my worries and save me from all my troubles.

 18 Consider my distress and suffering and forgive all my sins.

19 See how many enemies I have; see how much they hate me.

 20 Protect me and save me; keep me from defeat. I come to you for safety.

21 May my goodness and honesty preserve me, because I trust in you

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