Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dogs and BEES!

So just before Halloween, my friend Tina posted a link to a website that was cuter than cute...


http://www.beedogs.com/

Doesn't Joel make a good bee?
You need to go look at them. They are cuter than cute. And Tina, in her enthusiasm, said she wanted the dogs in her life to have bee costumes... and look who got one!!!

When it arrived, my daughter called me at work and said, “Mom? There's a package here for Joel...” teehee. Love that...

So in celebration of dogs and bees and dogs who dress like bees, I thought I'd suggest to any of you doing any fall planting to choose some flowers and shrubs that BEES like. After all, they are what keep us all eating. They are the major pollinators of the foods we buy and without them, we'd have to go through a lot of very complicated fake stuff or our food supply would not form fruit. Also, along those lines, avoid pesticides... Our bee population is actual in danger, and then we'll be in trouble.


When I was a kid, I was terrified of bees. I think it is because people use the term bee for a number of pesky stinging evil things that don't do ANY of the good stuff, and do a whole bunch of mean, rotten things, like stinging small children. Wasps, hornets, yellow jackets... let's make a pact and NOT call any of those things bees anymore. Bees are the good guys.

Glad this was empty before I noticed it.
THIS thing, is NOT from a good guy... Best as I can tell, it is a hornet's nest. It is huge—about the size of a basketball. It was hanging from a tree about halfway down our block and my husband asked them if he could have it after they died (the first frost kills them) so he brought it home last week. Pretty freaky, in my opinion. My neighbor has yellow jackets in the rock wall around the base of some trees. Poor Joel has been stung in the lip a few times... here is some useful advice—you probably shouldn't eat yellow jackets. But it is the wasps that cling their paper mache homes on the side of our house that really bug me.

Yet... NONE OF THESE is bees... repeat after me, we LIKE BEES. It's those poser, bee-wannabes we don't like.


Side note: It is elections in the US today, but odd years tend to not have much important on the ballot. I am debating voting, as I know none of the names one way or the other for such jobs as 'school board' and to my knowledge, there aren't big bonds or levies... should probably look into that before the day is out. If you DO live in a district with anything important going on, though, be sure to get out there and vote!

12 comments:

Enid Wilson said...

Lovely "dress" for Joel. Very cute.

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Cruella Collett said...

Wanna-bees? I like it!

Jan Morrison said...

The only short story I've written is about bees - I'm going to go post it on the forum. my best friend keeps bees. When the bees are done, we will be to.
and my mum's name was Bea so I'm particularly fascinated.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww hornets have feelings too! LOL!!!

Yay for bees and good luck voting - hope you vote for the most NAKED candidate! Yay!

Joel - you are gorgeous!!! Take care
x

Tracy Jo said...

So cute! You are so right too...need to remember the GOOD about those bees. Thank you!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is one, big-ass hornet's nest!!

Talli Roland said...

I don't mind bees - but in the UK, they are HUGE. Like, seriously HUGE! Unlike any I ever saw in North America, I tell you!

Michael Offutt said...

I may vote after work. Depends on how I feel. Most likely I will...I feel guilty otherwise.

Johanna Garth said...

Environmentaly and socialy responsible...you are rockin the PDX vibe today ;)

LTM said...

And you know, that Bee Movie is really super cute. Have you seen it? OK, but not as cute as Joel. :D

bzzz~~

Oh! Bats are also great pollinators. Just sayin. ;p

Cold As Heaven said...

We're not an pet family, never had a dog and never will have. I happens from time to time that a bee visits though >:)

Cold As Heaven

Hart Johnson said...

Thanks so much for all the bloggie love today, gang! I had a class all morning and then never seemed to catch up, This week just may be like this, sadly.