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Update: Gratitude, Books, and Bees


First, I want to let you know how much I appreciate you, my followers and readers. Sometime in May, I passed 2000 followers! What a surprise! It seems these things happen when I’m not watching the numbers. I wish I could read every post of every follower, and while that might be possible, life calls me to a variety of responsibilities and adventures. I do enjoy learning about people from all over the world as we share our ideas, hopes and dreams. Thank you for your patience and your support!

♥ ♥ ♥

Next up, my story, “I Almost Gave Up on Romance,” is now available in

The Miracle of Love. 

Chicken Soup cover The Miracle of Love

I’d submitted stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul twice before, but they weren’t accepted. Another reminder to persevere!  As I begin reading The Miracle of Love, I’m finding the stories rejuvenating and easy-to-read.

If you’d like the juicy (and mostly clean) details of my story, just click on my book, Trust the Timing, up on the right side bar for more information.


honey bee

And now to the BEES!

A little while ago I mentioned about the bees in the wall at my church and our plan to bring them to our backyard. It took a couple of weeks to get everything ready including putting up a fence around the bee area to keep Doodle out. Then we had to wait for the rain to stop. During that waiting, David noticed fewer bees coming out of holes in the brick and wondered if they’d “swarmed” to a new location.

On Monday, he opened up the wall while I handed him stuff and took pictures.

Dave up the ladder

Dave reaches into the wall

Once David opened up another section of wall, he discovered there were only a only few hundred bees and no brood. Most hives have several thousand bees. The original hive had swarmed. The bees present were likely “robber” bees from another hive attracted to the remaining honey. I prefer to think of them as scavenger bees doing a job.

Dave studying bees

David vacuumed the bees out of the wall with a very gentle vacuum he built himself.  The inside of the hose was smooth which is extremely important for bee survival. I’d been worried about this common procedure, but it worked.

Since this collection of bees was not really a hive (there was no queen), David decided to let them go. When he opened the box outside, hundreds of bees immediately flew away – hopefully to their own hive. A small group hung around getting their bearings, but went home before dark.

Being an aspiring vegan, I’m not 100% comfortable with this whole process, though it is interesting. David, who jokes about being allergic to fun, greatly enjoys working with bees. He had fun even though he didn’t get to bring home a hive. So I’m supporting him in this interest and learning a lot about bees myself. Besides, the  bees could not stay in our church wall, especially since our music director is allergic to them. The more I learn about bees, the more I appreciate them. As pollinators, they are part of a wonderful system and responsible for most of the food we eat.

Here’s a moving video about compassion for one special bee.

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

27 thoughts on “Update: Gratitude, Books, and Bees

  1. I was once stung by a wasp in my study in December. It had come from a nest in the wall

  2. Ah, what a wonderful tale about trying to relocate a wild bee colony.

    Actually, I think bee keeping is an admirable pursuit, even for a ‘Vegan’ with principles. Our bee populations are crashing, so providing homes (and protection) for them is crucial.

    And as for taking the honey… Well in olden days, when Monks tended bees to take honey for mead, they only took a small percentage…the over productions created for stores. The rest was left for the bees use. In winter, bees need replenishment if those stores aren’t available, so sugar supplementation is crucial.

    Most commercial company hives take most of the honey, replacing it with High Fructose Corn Syrup. This is rubbish food and is likely, in part, responsible for bees with weakened immune systems. It seems cruel to me, and is the main reason Vegans eschew honey consumption.

  3. Bee Keeper in on my Bucket List! Have a great day.

  4. How exciting for your story to be in such a book!!! So happy for you, and well deserved…it’s a story worth sharing, for sure💕

  5. Nice!
    Yes, you’ve definitely garnered a lot of congratulations on your submission! We’re all delighted, couldn’t have happened to a nicer gal!
    I used to want to keep bees. But then I became allergic, so now I admire them from AFAR 🙂

    • Thank you, Joey for such a lovely congratulations! I was stung back in first grade trying to catch bees in a paper towel at recess. (Bad peer influence.) 😦 Since there were no ill effects, I’m assuming I’m not allergic. But you BECAME allergic. I guess I need to be careful. Bees are admirable creatures, near or far.

  6. Hi JoAnna, How are you? Sorry if I don’t read your blog regularly as I used to. I got so much stuff going on in my life. Please don’t think I forgot you. 😦 I started reading your book and finished its first chapter so far. I have to say you are a very strong person with great memory. How could you remember your first date with all those juicy details. It is really fantastic. I barely can remember what I had for lunch😩…. Your sincerely and friendly writing style is very admirable and inspiring. Please NEVER give up on writing… I keep you updated as I read other chapters. Take a very good care of yourself my friend. 💕💕💕

    • It’s so nice to hear from you! I completely understand about having a lot going on. Thank you for reading my book! I remember that first date better than what I had for lunch! 🙂 David and I put our heads together to remember some of this. Later events I found in my journals. Some things make a big impression on us. You take care, too! ❤

  7. Congratulations!!!! And I’m so excited about Your bee adventure! That’s something I plan to do in about 3 years when time is more available. It will be fun watching Your journey! Thank You and Cheers!!! 😊🦋☀️🐝🌼

  8. So interesting to read about ‘your’ bees. We had thousands in a wall space in our French house two summers ago. We could hear their activity in the wall cavity and had no idea what to do! We were lucky to get someone who came and cut out a section of wall just like I see in your photo here – this is only the 2nd time I have seen this. The honeycomb made a real drippy mess all over the place. They brought a hive into our garden to attract the bees from the hole they were entering in the house over the next few days but sadly they weren’t over successful with bee numbers. The thousands of bees did disappear somewhere though. I like to think the queen sneaked out behind our backs and her team followed her somewhere they were more welcome! The beekeeper left happy with some bees, the hole was made good and I have a lot more respect for bees now I understand a bit more about them making a home and not just being there to bother us humans.

    • Thank you for sharing this experience. Bees really are fascinating. I’m glad the bee keeper gave them options. I have wondered why a group of bees would prefer a box hive made by humans over a tree or other natural structure, but if they will build in a wall, I guess it depends on the particular community. I’ve seen pictures of bees making a hive in the door of a car!

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