Friday, December 24, 2010
Chains He shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in His name, all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With ALL our hearts we praise His holy name!!!
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more procaim!
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And we have seen, and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world!!
I John 4:14
Monday, December 13, 2010
If you've seen my feeble attempt at posting for 30 consecutive days, you've seen that I've failed twice....so..I will try ONE MORE TIME..after the new year has arrived. I figured by 1/11/11 I should have my head on straight and be able to successfully post for 30 straight days...so till then..intermittent posts!
BUT, if I fail yet again, it will just prove my persistence in trying. (Doesn't necessarily mean my head is not on straight, mind you!)
This afternoon I witnessed a new kind of birth. There were 6 of us gathered around a table in the conference room of the Dougherty County Ag- Extension Agents' office. We hashed out the By-laws of our "yet-to-be-named" Bee Club. If you are NOT a beekeeper, you probably just laughed a little out loud..if you ARE a beekeeper, you are saying "hooray-- another club is born..we will have a better world soon!!" (NOW is the time to laugh!!)
It is exciting to me to be "in on the bottom board" of the beginning of this hopefully-excellent resource for area beekeepers.
So, while my bees are eating up their sugar syrup, keeping warm in this freezing weather, I am cheering them on to stay alive so we will have another good year!!
Merry Christmas to you all!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Shuttered because we are getting new windows---other wise I would have said "shuddered" (get it??)
N E WA
Seven of the nineteen windows are in, and I cannot wait to see if I can really recognize my house when he is finished...I hope you all can find your way back here!! ;0)
Right now, there are no window treatments on the windows and I feel like I'm living in a fishbowl....a COLD fishbowl.... I don't like to swim in warm weather--much less cold...
But soon the house will be wrapped in energy efficient-double-paned-new windows.
Celebrate with me!!
Monday, December 6, 2010
We are in the process of saying goodbye to 38-year-old windows, replacing them with windows that keep the cold out. YAY!! I am thrilled that when the spring time gets here, we will be able to open all the windows in the house if we want to, because none of them will be stuck together, and all will have screens. I am hoping more for a long springtime than a white Christmas!!
It's beginning to look alot like Christmas-- in our town, anyway...Perhaps we'll get a tree up THIS weekend.....we haven't waited this late to decorate in many years. I'm really OK with it. The reason for the season doesn't lie in the beauty of ornaments, but the 'ornaments of our house are the friends and family that decorate it'
Yea, that's the spirit!!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Well, after two attempts at continuously bloggging for 30 days in a row, I thought perhaps I was just not approaching it the right way...perhaps I should just count the days down, instead of count the days UP....so..
Today is day number 30...
I'll just mention that sometimes a hug is all that is needed...no more...no less....
For every negative /'bad luck' thing there is, there are at least two positives....
I am glad to be able to hug--makes me think of an old ditty:
I love you ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, a bushel and a peck.......................
a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmm good night!!
Friday, December 3, 2010
My 5th grandchild will be born this month. I am so excited!! I cannot wait to take to the air myself, and see the newest grandbaby! All in 'due' time...get it?? due time? ;0)
Now it is time to rest for a moment...having finished the third 12-hour shift in as many days, my legs are ready to sleep--with the rest of me, of course.
Just one more load of laundry in the dryer, and I'm 'outta here'.
Sweet dreams! And I'll see you in the morning!! ;0) (You know who you are!)
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
You know, some people talk like that...they just talk whether or not they have something to say...and some folks shop like that--whether or not they have a shopping-mission.....(I HAVE to have a mission when I shop....although I don't always 'stick' to it...sometimes I start out on one mission then switch over to another one!)
When I think about the millions upon millions of people on the face of the Earth today, each one has a story...the cashier at the grocery store has a story, as do the meter-reader lady, the receptionist at the doctor's office, the baby-sitter, the fellow who is jogging down the street, or sits in his recliner in front of the TV set at the end of the day.. (Is it still called a TV set)?
We ALL share something is common...a sort of blank notebook to write our story...a beating heart...the ability to smile...or not....
I think it is pretty cool that God already knows what our story is...and loves us just the same.....everyone...no more no less.
What's your story, morning glory?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
This is the 9th consecutive day I have posted.
I am exhausted, but not as angry as I was yesterday.
So, now I smile.
My foot is better...my children (and theirs) have a roof over their heads, and food to eat.
Uh-oh--I forgot to make bee syrup today. I should do it NOW before my bees run out. It wil be cold this weekend and the bees will be tightly clustered-they've worked all summer for the stores of honey and pollen to carry them through....I'll just help them with a little syrup--or as much as they need!!
Yall have a sweet tomorrow, ya hear?!!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I did this earlier today, and it seemed to help my sad, sore foot. So, Epsom salt it is for me, right now.
I guess there is any number of things, that when placed in hot water, don't fare so well...like lobsters and crabs, like carrots and peas, and eggs--and coffee beans--wait a minute. Hot water and coffee beans seem to be my fav combo right now--except the most profitable for me is hot water and epsom salt. I think it is funny that Epsom salt is really something called magnesium sulfate...which is something we, in Labor and Delivery use to stop preterm labor. I am on a "mag soak" instead of a Mag drip....(only L&D nurses would find that funny).
Well, it is that time of night when I think I am funny, but I'm not REALLY funny at all, so I think I will "hit the hay" now....................................................................................................................
good night yall---and stay out of hot water, unless it will help you!!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
................From the Fullness of His grace, we have all received one blessing after another..........
Wow! As traditional as it is, Thanksgiving Day is an exciting new day every year! And, today was another beautiful day. The weather unseasonably warm for November (80-degrees) and a gentle breeze and partly clouded skies. We always have turkey and ham...sweet potato casserole and cornbread dressing to eat...other side dishes vary from year to year, but we are always so full. Still so full the pecan pie has NOT been cut into yet.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The challenge is to post for 30 straight days....when I heard the clocks...all 4 of them...sing the Westminster chimes to the tune of midnight, I rushed to log-in and post Day #3...does it STILL count if I started the post at midnight???? uuuuggggghhh!!! I not very good at this!! (and good night!!)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
"I want to leave a legacy. How will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough to make a mark on things? I want to leave an offering. A child of mercy and grace who blessed Your name unapologetically, and leave that kind of legacy. "
Well, that is just the chorus...I am particulary struck by the line: Did I choose to love?
I hope the song in my heart is a celebration of having chosen love!!
Monday, November 22, 2010
My house smells like cornbread right now and I can almost taste sweet creamery butter dripping out of the corner of my mouth. I just took the 10" iron skillet filled with cornbread out of the oven, and the aroma of what will be dressing in a few days is mmmmm mmmm good!!
I don't get to slather it in butter, but it surely would be good...
The recipe for my cornbread dressing comes from an old acquaintance back at Campus View Church of Christ in Athens....it is never the same from year to year--I ususally do 'a little something different'. Right NOW though, the aroma of the cornbread has never been better.
I will resist the urge to sneak a piece before I get the coffee-maker ready for the morning..when a new favorite fragrance fills the kitchen, and sends me out the door to the job I love...good night!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
I have spent so much of my very limited time trying to find THE picture I love...but , alas, the topic is "A picture you love". This helps, because when I looked through alot of photos, there are so many I love, for so many reasons----I could not choose just the right one.
Why did I pick THIS one? mostly because I love it!! ;0)
The memories it evokes are as warm and sweet as fresh apple pie...uh.....where did THAT come from??? Oh well....
lovely, isn't it?
Sunday, November 14, 2010
G........get to work on time in the morning
O ........occupy my thoughts with those that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely,
L ........Love one another......
So, there you have it!
^^^^^I have alot of other goals, but I thought it would be cute to line it up like that ^^^^^^^
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night, a candle glows.
I believe for everyone that goes astray, someone will come to show the way--I believe....I believe.
I believe above a storm the smallest prayer can still be heard.
I believe tht Someone in the great 'somewhere', hears every word.
Everytime I hear a newborn baby cry, or touch a leaf, or see the sky--then I know why I believe........
These are the lyrics to a song I used to hear my daddy sing....I "googled"it just to see who REALLY gets the credit (cuz I know it wasn't my daddy!). I'll give them due respect now: Erwin Drake- Irvin Graham- Jimmy Shirl-Al Stillman.)
I used to love to hear my daddy sing...and see him smile...and watch him 'flirt' with my mom at the kitchen sink....even if he was a little 'tipsy' sometimes....(boy would my grandmother have a fit if she saw THAT in print!) The last thing I heard him sing was "Amazing Grace" at his church--he did a solo from the pulpit. I wonder if it was Father's Day or some other so-called "special" Sunday..I really don't remember, but I DO remember his singing....
I miss him and do believe I'll see him again in heaven.
There is a whole bunch of other stuff I believe......perhaps we can sit down and talk about it sometime.....
I like Jeopardy, Law & Order, "Pickers" and several other shows--like Amazing Race, and American Idol...I just don't know how to upload a photo of them yet, and I don't watch them often enough to keep up--for example, I missed the last 3 weeks of Amazing Race, but I'm not bothered by it, and don't do the DVR thing...
So--YES, I like TV, but NO it is notso important...much rather listen to musica!! ;0)
(If I were computer saavy, I woudl insert a big smiley face here...?Natalie? you left too soon!!)
Friday, November 12, 2010
If you look really hard, you can see a "wolf face" in the deer prints and grass tufts.
This is a picture I took hanging out the window of the truck, on the way home from Dry Creek Farm. You really should have seen it, because in my limited photography skills, even with a great camera, I could not do it justice. I don't know if the chill bumps I had were from the sheer beauty of the sunset, or the wind shear going 65mph with my head and camera hanging out the window....
This is a picture of a honeybee that appeared this past spring on our broccoli that I let go to seed. I took well over a hundred pictures of this bee... I mean, for over an hour I was following this bee with my camera, experimenting with different exposures and angles. I am fascinated with what I see honeybees doing.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I have been to lala land a few times...you know--that place where you can't exactly remember why you got there? Like standing in front of the opened refrigerator door, just staring into the cold space trying to remember WHY you opened the door???
Or, like walking down the hall and when finally reaching the end, not being able to remember which room to go into???
Or....like losing your train of thought, and having to go to lala land to retrieve it...(like I just did).
Yes, I am a well-traveled person. I have visited my share of foreign countries, (my share being ONE), various states on this mainland, and nooks and cranies you don't even want to know about---but still-by far--one of my favorite places is...lala land!! ';0)
Monday, November 8, 2010
I'm glad I'm a taking a day off this week. ....
I enjoy so much of what I do, I could name any thing and be glad about it... I am not as good a writer as my children, so this 'reading' is probably pretty boring...not so glad about THAT, but am very grateful for all around me-near and far.
I am going to be glad I went to bed early tonight.....sweet dreams!!
The top 5 favorite movies I have ever seen span a "more-than-10-year" period.
In no particular order, "Princess Bride", "The Sound of Music", "Dream Team", "Out of Africa", and "The Game" are the ones that rise to the top. I'll watch them all over and over again, if I have ironing to do, or some other "must-do" item that I can do while taking in a movie. I'm sure on any given day, this list could change...but in this moment, that's the list.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
WHOA...I don't have time for all those pictures...even if I COULD get a photo to post. I am a happy person, even looking at a blade of grass makes me happy...(means I am outside, in good weather!!)
So, by now you see that a photo DID actually post--only took about 5 minutes, so this is an exercise in patience--which ALSO makes me happy.
Should I explain WHY the above photo made me happy? It is my hard-working hubby laying pipe so we can get water from the well to any of the spigots he set up. He is the smartest man I know when it comes to getting anything done. He finds out the right way to do it, and just does it. Better than a "NIKE" commercial...he just does it. He can fix anything from broken sprinkler heads to electrical circuits--NEW ones--which scares me to death. I always say "You be careful with that electricity stuff--it is NOTHING to play with." I KNOW he isn't going to re-wire the ceiling fan with the 'lectricity' going...still scares me though.
Just being on the farm, working our butts off really makes me happy. Laying over 700 linear feet of PVC in the red Georgia clay was a real work out...we were really happy that day!! ;0)
Saturday, November 6, 2010
OK--so--day #5 topic is...dun du du dah....
I have two-both younger-one male-one female.
My brother would give me the shirt off his back if I needed it. I have seen his generosity in HUGE ways, none of which HE has told me about. When you read about things people do for others, and a verse something like...Matthew 6:3 comes to mind, I think of my brother. It's not at all like MY left and right hand not knowing what they are doing, because, they usually really don't know what they are doing....My brother is more scriptural about it than I.
My sister is one of my heroes. She is the bravest one of the three of us, I think. She has never been afraid of anything that I can remember.....maybe she is just a better actress than me. I do remember a VERY long time ago (when she was in the 5th grade) she was already able to take care of herself. She had long hair that my mother would braid every morning before school. There were some bold classmates of hers who would try to touch her hair because it really was pretty ...and soft...anyway she kept tellig them that if they did not STOP touching her hair, she would hit them with her purse. Little did they know her cloth purse had an empty mustard jar in it, and it did'nt take but one "whack up side the head" before my sister's class mates took her very seriously. She is brave...I would never have done that. I would have cried. IN E WA....
Some folks have a whole bunch of siblings, some have none. ...well, not REALLY none, because if you are Christian, you have lots of brothers and sisters!! I really like His plan!! ;0)
Friday, November 5, 2010
I did a crazy thing....last night I opened the bid at a "live" auction, because no one was saying a word...no one wanted the 'prize'. I just thought everyone was being shy, but leave it to me to "help" things along a bit with an opening bid...at a live auction...
As it turns out, the opening bid and closing bid ended up being the same bid..
So here I am with an item I don't need. Don't even ask. YOu'll know soon enough!!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
(barely sneaked day 3 under the wire--going to sleep now!!
Happy birthday to my first born....love you so very much!!)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
oh...the blog NAME..."Honey Bee Haven"..well, it is fairly generic, and I have learned there are several blogs with the same name... I intended this blog to be a 'sort of' journal for my beekeeping experiences. I haven't really kept up with it THAT much, but it's nice to know it is here...
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
First introduce myself: KMB, follower of the Christ; a wife, a mom, Nona.... a lover AND a fighter...all in the right situations.....
Next, I am supposed to post a recent picture (can't seem to upload ANY photos right now) and list 15 interesting facts:
1. The banana nut bread I just took out of the oven has NO nuts in it.
2. I don't always follow recipes to the "T".
3. I am so very fascinated by the phases of the moon (it's about 13% full tonight, and waning).
4. I am able to find "good" in any situation I find myself in.
5. The fact that 75% of the 'facts' I have just posted, begin with "I" is unsettling for me.
6. The banana bread smells really good right now!!
7. There are 4 clocks in my house with the Westminster chimes all singing 'eleven' o'clock presently..love the differing tones.
8. I should be in the bed sleeping right now (I have a very broad view of what is "interesting"!!)
9. I have loved the game of baseball for as long as I can remember.
10. I have 2 hives of Italian bees, and hope to bee keeping them for a long time.
11. I own at least 5 harmonicas, and enjoy playing them.
12. I still miss Dixie Bell, who was not even *technically* my dog. (thanks DB)
13. I just completed a quilt, and have another one started.
14. I have learned that sometimes, things left unsaid are louder than things spoken.
15. I know that in the end, everything will be OK, and if it NOT OK, it is not the end.
..that banana bread really is smelling ....g o o d ...
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
My mentor says I will probably get something--after all, the golden rod is about to bloom, and with blooms come pollen (ah-choo) nectar and honey...we'll see 'bout that!!
Next year could prove to be profitable, honey-wise. Like my grandaddy used to say "I'm a next-year man my self".
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Lord-willing, there will be more photos to share....
Bee happy!! ;0)
Build that wax more uniformly girls, because it is better for you in the longrun....
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Photos to come when I learn how to do this!!
My newly found "bee friend" told me I needed to stop calling them 'boxes' and start calling them "hives" so I will soon be a beekeeper...but not till I get the bees--my new girls!!