So, there is an awful thing occuring right now, there is a shortage of bees and entire colonies are dying.  Scientists are trying to figure out what’s happening.  But in the meantime our earth is suffering- we need honeybees- they are essential. 

At our house- we are not short of these magnificent insects.  I walked over by our bottle brush the other day (they look so great during this time of year- the red brushes are so vibrant).  Anyways, the bushes were humming.  Every bee in Sonoma county was weaving in and out of the brushes, doing what they do best – pollinating.  It was so cool to watch.  I tried to get some good shots but they were moving in and out so quickly it was hard to catch them.  I like this picture with the bee burrowing into the “brush” with it’s backside poking out.

I love to stroll through the garden and listen to the hum of flowers and plants, nature at work.  I know we are doing our part to keep these bees around (and happily fed). 

It is believed that if you have seasonal allergies, you should eat local honey to help keep your allergies under control.  We actually bought some honeybee pollen at the farmer’s market last week and are trying that.  I’ll let you know if it helps. 

    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteMorning is the best of all times in the garden. The sun is not yet hot. Sweet vapors rise from the earth. Night dew clings to the soil and makes plants glisten. Birds call to one another. Bees are already at work.

 William Longgood

Yesterday was our 2nd visit to an Ayurvedic doctor to help Ryder with his allergies.  If you are unfamiliar with Ayurveda, in a nutshell, Ayurveda is a wholistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model. Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and folks with health challenges can improve their health.  So with that said we have come to find out Ryder is a Pitta (one of the three doshas) and we need to desensitize him to certain things and get him healthy again.  This means watching the types of food combinations he eats (fruit and yogurt/milk is a big no, no- who would’ve known – the kid loves his fruit filled yogurt- but no more).  I am hoping this will be a lifelong solution to his horrible allergies he has.  We do not want to see him on medication for the rest of his life for these allergies.  We are hoping we can learn how to keep him healthy with the food he eats and with some herbal remedies the doctor provides.

We desensitized him to sugar yesterday, which means staying away from all sugar for 25 hours.  Well let me tell you- everything we eat contains sugar.  I don’t mean “we” just as our family but “we” as everyone in this nation.  Wow!  I challenge you to read some food labels and see just what is in the food we buy.   I had to do this back when Ryder was about 1 b/c of all his food allergies.  It would take me hours to shop because I read every label.  It really makes you aware of all the awful stuff we put into our bodies and don’t even know.  The 25 hours will be up this afternoon, but let me tell you, trying to explain this to a 3 1/2 year old is challenging.  Let’s hope this works because I do NOT want to do this again.  Not that we eat tons of sugar – but it’s in everything- he couldn’t even eat fruit because of the sugars in it. 

This will be worth it in the long run- 25 hours of an inconvenience is minimal to a lifetime of health. We will be going once a week for 3 months and then after that will be maintenance.  I would eventually like the entire family to go – but baby steps for now. 

We are very excited to see what happens.