Today is November 30th, and this will end my 30 days of Thankfulness that I have been doing on my personal facebook page. So on this last day I just want to say I am thankful for all that I am and all that I have. I love my little web page blog and this month we had over 500 visitors. While this is a drop in the bucket of life it is a big deal to me. Most days everything is a big deal to me. I try to appreciate the Sunrises, The sunshine and the Sunsets. This morning we had 8 deer in our yard munching on the corn and enjoying the salt lick. And I enjoyed watching my love enjoy watching his herd as he calls them. I know I am sappy but for the most part I am content and a very lucky girl. I have good people.
We at Brew and Plow Farm have Bee's. Five Hives and we have been putting out Sugar Water for the little girls and guys. This Sugar water is all the way on the other side of the property but near the house.
We just ignore the Bees and they ignore us. But remember I told you all that we were having Jayfest and when Bee's buzz you you should just turn away and ignore them. Well I don't thing the rest of my family understands this and my sister in law got stung.
Let me tell you it is know fun to be stung.
First thing make sure the stinger is out. Don't rub it away, pull it out. We here like to put baking soda on our stings. There are a few other remedies and I thought I would share them with you.
What's a Bee?
Bee, or honeybee, is the word many people use to describe any flying insect
that has wings and a stinger. But honeybees are really only one of a group of
insects that includes other bees, wasps, and ants.
Bees are fuzzy insects that feed on flowers. There are
thousands of different types of bees worldwide, and they can be many different
colors. The most familiar kind of bee is the honeybee. These bees build nests
out of wax in old trees and manmade hives (like the ones that beekeepers take
care of) and spend a lot of their time collecting nectar and pollen from
flowers. Then they turn the nectar into honey for food.
Wasps are closely related to bees, but instead of only
feeding on pollen and honey, wasps eat animal food, other insects, or spiders.
They are not fuzzy like bees, but seem kind of smooth and shiny, and they have
skinnier bodies. There are also thousands of different types of wasps in the
world. Two common types of wasps are bald-faced hornets and
yellow jackets. Bald-faced hornets are black
with white markings, and they build papery nests shaped like footballs in trees
and shrubs. Yellow jackets have yellow and black stripes on
their bodies and are smaller than hornets and honeybees. They make their nests
in the ground or in old tree stumps.
Ants are small insects that can be brown, black, or red.
Some have wings and others don't. Some ants can sting, like the fire ant. Fire ants are tiny and reddish-brown
and live in nests under the ground.
What a Sting Looks and Feels
Honeybees, wasps, hornets, fire ants, and yellow jackets may look different
and have different homes, but they all sting when they are upset! If a person is
stung by any of these insects, the sting will feel a lot like a shot at the
The site of the sting will feel hot and it may itch. A red bump surrounded by
white skin will develop around the sting, except for the sting of the fire ant,
which turns into an itchy blister.
Wasps and many bees can sting more than once because they are able to pull
out their stinger without injuring themselves. Only honeybees have special hooks
on their stinger that keep the stinger in the skin after a person is stung. The
stinger gets torn out of the bee's body as it tries to fly away. As a result,
the honeybee dies after stinging.
What You Should Do
If you think you have been stung by one of these insects, tell an
adult immediately. Some people are allergic to stings from insects. The
symptoms of an allergic reaction include hives (red patches on the skin that
sting and itch), nausea, dizziness, a tight feeling in the throat, or difficulty
breathing. If these symptoms occur, the person needs medical attention right
But more often, you can follow these steps after getting stung:
Have an adult help you remove the stinger, if one is left behind after a
honeybee sting. (It doesn't really matter how it's removed. What
is important is that it's removed as quickly as possible.)
Wash the area with soap and water.
Apply some ice to the area.
Ask your mom or dad for a pain reliever.
What a Doctor Will Do Call the doctor if you or your parent have concerns about the redness, swelling, or itching. Sometimes, the doctor will suggest giving a medicine called an antihistamine to control these symptoms.
If someone has an allergic reaction to a bee sting, a doctor must immediately
give a shot that fights the reaction. People who know that they are allergic to
bee stings also sometimes carry emergency medicine that they can give to
themselves to prevent a severe reaction from happening.
How to Avoid Getting Stung If you know you are allergic to bees or other insects, you'll want to take extra steps to avoid getting bitten or stung. You may want to avoid places where they spend time, like gardens or orchards in bloom.
No one likes to get stung, so here's some advice for everyone:
Wear shoes outdoors.
If a bee or wasp flies around you, stay calm and don't swat at it. If you get
stung, tell an adult and go indoors right away.
Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
We are just Crafting away. While we are making all kinds of changes to our home to make room for our little bundle of joy it is the time of the year when the great craft push occurs. Gotta get all those projects done so we can get them to UPS or USPS and sent out in time for the big day.
Here is my daughter and my niece. Both are always ready for some crafting fun. See the great Rainbow bracelets Abby made of all of us as her Jayfest Gift. I thought they were very crafty indeed.
It use to be that every Veteran's Day Weekend we had Schneiter fest, But kids grew, went off to College and before you knew it family reunions became high School Graduations, then college graduations and then weddings. So you think things would get back to normal, but just as we Jays get done with this my siblings will be nearing the High School Graduation dates and we will begin our new adventure as Grandparents this January. Life does have a way of getting in the way.
So while this is all going on, we realize that the Jay side of things need to have a date too. Thus Veterans Day weekend became Jay Fest on the Brew and Plow Farm. We really look forward to the long weekend, hanging out together, playing games inside and outside and checking out the beauty of the place. We of course needed to check out what was new on the farm, play with the chickens and do our duty and take our family pictures. HAHA. Yep I make them do it, but while I let them get a little cleaned up I don't make them dress up, its a farm for goodness sakes.
So here is my written toast to family. Remember they are the only one you have and as our Children grow and they become parents and it starts all over again, just be patient and remember to enjoy each other. And that Change is good, a changing growing family is a busy happy family.
Here's the new: First November 3rd post never posted so its below. I found it in some archive, tell me how did it get there if I didn't put it there. Silly me.
So Blake has now painted the Storage room and is doing touch ups today. I will get a picture of the done room soon. We picked up Eric from the Airport, Yeah and today we are just enjoying the day. The Picture is of our Dominicker Rooster. I think we should call him Jail Bird, what are your thoughts.
Lets just go down the list of excitement at Brew and Plow Farm. Besides the everyday Ho Hum of dusting, vacuuming, dishes and Laundry our little farm keeps plugging along.
We continue to make progress on our Storage room slash Den project.
Yesterday we collected 56 Eggs and today we collected 36. Is that a sign of the impending slow down and molt. We don't keep a light in the big coop and have decided it is better for our girls if we let nature take its course. I'll keep you posted on the egg count.
Speaking of our chickens, we lost one of our "Red's" last night. It is a very sad think to come upon when you are not expecting and when are you ever expecting to come upon a dead chicken. Had to get her out of the run. I forgot to turn on the electric fence and see what it got me. So Sad, well its ON now.
Our Teenager Chicks are still be stubborn, I even tried to shoo them out of their coop today. They just ran around in circles and avoided the door. My baby chicks are big Ol Chickens. hahaha
The Hello Honey Bee's, Well just for the records except when you first get them and when you make periodic checks they really don't need much in the attention department until we harvest the honey. Now we are still feeding honey water on the far side of the yard. They seem hungry so we will keep feeding them. Hope it will be good honey.
The Limestone Brewery: hmmm wish I could get the master brewer to write me a little article about his brewing. I can vouch for his Mead, it is wonderful, but his beer is a little hoppy for me. I hear that is how good beer is to be. :)
Naanie's corner will come underway after the grandbaby is born,. Yeah for me.
Naanie's craft corner if full of exciting crafts and we have added a page with our etsy link. There are items at our etsy store, but I would say I am still getting use to the site so please be patient with me.
I think that is all the News of the Day.
Over and Out
Thought I would add one last thing, Yes I have noticed that I "Jane" publish a lot of pictures of my back yard and I talk about how lovely it all is. I will try to be less Repetitious in the future. I like that new word. It just means repetitive but isn't it lovely too, it just rolls off the tongue.
This out my back window, just beautiful. I love the fall, the colors, the crisp air, the smell of fires in the fireplaces or just the burning of leaves and brush. Did I mention I love Fall. While spring is the new beginning of each year, Fall is sometimes described and the death of the year, but how can you say that when it looks like this.
This and the pictures below ARE my back yard. Life can be infinitely full of blessings and I am thankful everyday for all of them.