Looking into the Hive

The dandelions are still blooming in the field. On campus the wild roses continue to put out their pink flowers. Sparky planted another round of beans in July and these are just now blooming. I doubt we will get any beans but the bees are very happy. This last month has been busy – for me and the bees. I was contemplating what I had to show for all my activity. Unlike the bees, I do not make honey. The sweetness of my life is less tangible than what drips from the comb. I am thankful for the sugar I have found. Amid all the trials and tribulations that life sometimes places in my path I wanted to take time to share some of my life’s honey with you.

1. I was gifted a hammered aluminum tray with the oak leaf and acorn pattern on it. That pattern is the same as the one piece that I own that belonged to my Great Grandmother. It has a special place in my heart.

2. Son#1 likes my cooking. So much so that he wanted to get the specifics for a couple of recipes. He has come over to assist in dinner preparations so that he can learn.

3. I went on vacation with Sparky. We geocached our way across several states and had lots of fun. I’m so lucky to have such a wonderful husband – who puts up with silliness and shenanigans.

4. We went on vacation and saintvi joined us. There is nothing like having a best friend who is like a sister. And when they are smart and funny and adventurous there is no end to the laughter.

5. The Parish Picnic was spectacular! So many people – both new faces and familiar ones in attendance. And to think just 5 years ago the Bishop was considering shutting down our church. We have been averaging 5 new families a month! There is power in prayer!!!

6. There have been some family health scares – but all are thriving. The equestrian accident (nephew’s wife) was not life threatening. The automobile accident (different nephew’s wife) resulted in cuts and bruises (and a new car) but no one was seriously injured. My mother’s aneurysm re-repair was a success and she didn’t have to spend any time in the hospital or rehab. Which if you talk to her is a very sweet deal! I survived an intestinal bug. And I didn’t break my little toe when I stubbed it (however it bled and swelled to the extent that I was shoeless for 3 days).

7. I have a regular gig doing training for the staff in my old department. It works out to about 10 hours a month which is just peachy! It is also very cool that with the high turnover of staff, I will have a steady income for the next 6 months at least! Plus I’m doing some “freelance” work for a couple new researchers that might turn into a once a month job… There is a sweetness to my life!

8. I was able to visit with a friend from Xanga who was traveling through the state. Xanga connected me to so many wonderful people. The big plus was that I’ve met so many of them! There wasn’t a bad apple in the bunch! Blogging has connected me with people all over the world and as I continue to blog on WP I look forward to hopefully meeting more of these friends!

There you have it – a look into my hive. It is filled with a special honey. I decided to write a poem, specifically a Ukiah. That is a truly reverse Haiku. It is a syllabic form with 3 lines with a syllable count of 7/5/7. Opposite of the haiku it is required to rhyme – with a monorhyme no less! So tell me, how much honey does your hive hold?

Look inside the humming hive
Thankfully alive
With sweet joy together strive

53 thoughts on “Looking into the Hive

  1. oooh those nephews wives seem to be in some sort of danger … great you’ve had so much good honey to enjoy!

    thanks for a new form, I’ll add it to my collection 🙂

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    1. Thanks Kate! we went through a spell where everyone was in some kind of accident – but no life threatening injuries. I think the run of bad luck has finished. Now we are in the good luck stretch! Glad I could introduce you to a new form (and it is an easy one)!

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        1. Think of the syllables as taking breaths in and out. Just breathe the words and the syllable count will sort itself. There is no rule that says you can’t break a word into different lines…

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    1. Thanks Dodi! Trying to focus on the good instead of the bad!! Son#2 is coming into town tonight and we’ll have some good eats and a visit before he has to go play his viola with the quartet for a wedding all day tomorrow!

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  2. Sounds like a busy month. 1. Worked two weekends and was asked to do a third which we shot down. 2. Garden is producing more than I can put up. 3. Traveled the month away. 4. Picked up our new camper. 5. Had lots of emotional turmoil as I try to find some balance in my life. 6. Finished my 7th book and started book 8.

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    1. Thanks for the sweet words! I’m hoping you are referring to my hive mind as collective consciousness or the universal mind and not that I’m a sheeple! hehe! Though now I’m wondering if I need to do a deeper dive into the concept of a hive mind as there is more to know and to understand! Gah! And to think I figured that after completing some mundane tasks (cleaning toilets and folding laundry) I would nap… but now the brain is thirsty and I have to know!!

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        1. Hehe! I got lost in the rabbit holes of the internet and dinner was late and then I stayed up way too late all because I “needed” to know. I guess that is why I loved being in research – I am a life long learner!!

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  3. sweet smelling roses
    a highway leading far
    return – a thriving walled garden

    – did an intuitive systemic constellation exercise – and these were the images arriving; – I was already half glancing at your post as I could not wait to read… what a rich month you have had

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    1. Thank a bushel! I love this poem. It seems there is nowhere like home. And home is where the heart resides… Today seems to be one of needing to find more information… Can you point me to sources for the intuitive systemic constellation exercise? It sounds very interesting!

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      1. web site: http://www.freie-systemische-
        aufstellungen.academy/Literatur.html – as far as I remember the term is a translation by some German expert on the method, i.e. not a native English or American. The original idea which you see depicted is a bit like Gestalt – you work in a group and select group members for roles. Those people can then give you feedback for your query (quite uncanny). This version is called Freies… as its self-directed by the person asking the question which suits me. My version, doing it on my own, is referred to at the bottom of the page: using a set of cards with issues/questions – in my case today it was – structure – the walled garden, creativity – the highway, my wish (the roses) and my body (a sealed safe). You don’t have to have the card set though. If you have say a number of fotos for the questions/issues, put them face down on the floor and stand on one at a time and see what arises… Have fun. I like your description of your freelance work, it sounds fun.

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  4. blessed indeed Val, you have listed all the many joys of a life well lived. I smiled at every detailed account of your blessings and joy. Will you be spending time in the camper travelling around your country? I would love to do something like that. sorry to hear about the emotional turmoil, hope it all balances our for you. Your post has inspired me to look at all the little but meaningful things in life/

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    1. Yes Gina I am blessed. Several years ago I was asked to discuss a pivotal moment in my life where I experienced a trauma and how I overcame it. I couldn’t think of anything! all the others were talking about betrayal, abandonment, bankruptcy, infidelity, physical injury/illness, and I couldn’t think of anything that was traumatic. I finally came to the conclusion that I’m a cork on the water. It isn’t a disaster if I am still afloat! So it comes down to perspective… As for campers – I don’t have one but Mrs. Wrangler just got a new one and I hope it will be fun for her and Wrangler if they can ever get some time off to enjoy it!!

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        1. Sparky really wants to travel, “the Van Life” calls him. But I keep telling him (in light of the Petito/Laundrie case) that I want no part in that – because I think one of us would be dead. I need certain things to be happy and a stable and solid home base is one. That is one of the only things we don’t have in common – he has a nomadic spirit…

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          1. I have the same call to wander and hopefully not get lost. But I am also a realist and don;t think I have what it takes to handle all the messy bits of a van life. Maybe a short caravan holiday will help settle my yearnings.

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  5. Oh, Val — I love this glimpse into your busy-as-a-bee life! I’m glad you have been geocaching, and vacationing with Sparky and with saintvi! And I’m glad nobody in your life died of their accidents or maladies. I haven’t written much recently — my life has been pretty routine — chemo infusion every 3 weeks, recover, blood tests, repeat! I’m now through with that routine and it changes to radiation once a week through October, recover, repeat, but that gets me out into the real world a little more, and I’m looking forward now to a healthy next year!

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    1. Thanks Janet for the update. I was a little worried. I know with chemo and again with radiation your immune system has taken a hit. Please be safe when out and about!! I’d be devastated to hear you caught COVID! We are through the worst of it, well, mostly. Just waiting for my sister and her husband to recover from coronavirus. They were able to get the antibody infusion so avoided hospitalization or worse…

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      1. Thanks, Val — I’ve had both shots plus a third because of my immunocompromised situation, and I’m very careful about who I’m with. It’s been almost another year of self-imposed quarantine, but with neighbors and a friend that I know are being safe — including a friend who postponed a visit because she had a friend of a friend who tested positive (she hadn’t seen the positive person!). It will be nice to get past all the treatments, but it’s amazing how well one can live without interacting with people — even groceries are purchased on-line — the store brings them out to my car in the parking lot, with little interaction!

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        1. The pandemic has changed us all. I’m relieved to know you have taken all the precautions. I have resisted the online shopping but mostly because we (Sparky too) had to make the grocery runs for his parents during the initial lockdown/shutdowns…

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    1. Hi Michel! I’m happy to see that you are reading and commenting! I think we make the honey in our lives – some flowers are bitter and some are sweet but the way we respond to life’s bouquet determines how sweet the honey. I’m hoping your life is sweet too!

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  6. It’s interesting to hear that your church is growing. The church I work for doesn’t seem to be able to attract young families, only older folks. Mature members are good for filling the coffers but not as good at filling the pews.

    I’m glad to hear that former Xangans are contributors to the sweetness of life. Your posts certainly give me something to look forward to at the end of the day.

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    1. Thanks Judy! I’m so grateful that you enjoy my posts! Our Pastor is truly shepherding his flock. He is young and full of ideas and his mission from the Bishop was to revitalize the church. Our motto is “The Parish that parties and the Parish that prays” We have so many events and so much outreach that people are flocking to the Church. Fr. Jacob has “Party with the Padre” events for the young couples that includes childcare. There are “Burgers, Bibles, and Beers” in the summer where we gather weekly in the backyard, have a potluck and a Bible study – never boring. There is “Bibles and Bros” for just the men. And that is just the tip of the iceberg as I can’t even remember all the stuff that’s going on. There are all the youth activities too – including a much anticipated trip to the Holy Land (which has been postponed twice)…

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  7. may there be more honey in your life Val. and thank you for the new poetry form. It will be something I will try. and I would like to highlight on you meeting your Xanga friends, that is so wonderful. I’ve met just one from WP so far and I hope I get to meet more and you, of course, one data soon..

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    1. Thanks Carrie! I think there is lots of sweetness in your life too… I was thinking about crochet and it dawned on me that I haven’t seen any tree sweaters this fall… I wish I was better at crochet (and I had a couple suitable trees) so that I could do them up tight for Halloween!

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