Happy Earth Day – 50 years!

April 22nd 2020 was the 50th anniversary of Earth day. Unfortunately we were not able to gather and celebrate due to the current COVID-19 circumstances. 2 years ago, I celebrated by getting bees in my hive. Unfortunately, those bees didn’t make it through the winter. I then got some more bees last spring, but they were robbed and didn’t make it through the fall. This year I was planning on having a gap year, but some bees moved in all on their own a few weeks ago.

The flowers are in bloom and the clover is growing. Pollen is in the air and there’s lots of resources for bees in our yard and around as spring kicks into high gear. I hope you and your families stay healthy and can get outside (away from others) to enjoy the weather.

We have been planting our transplants and starting to enjoy some greens from the garden. The tomato plants are making their way outside and we are trimming our fruit trees. We currently only have 2 chickens at the moment, so egg production is way down. More of our food has been coming from local farmers though. With grocery shopping being limited, we’ve found other sources of fresh delicious food. You should search for your local online farmers markets.

Here are a few recent articles I found interesting, but first a thought on health. The most susceptible to this current round of pandemic virus, are the “immunocompromised.” These being people who have preexisting chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and others. Also those who are undergoing treatment for cancer or who have genetic or acquired immune impairment. That being said, the best “treatment” is to be as healthy as you can be. Eating healthfully and regular exercise along with stress reduction and good sleep will leave you in the best state of health to deal with any pandemic causing virus.

Articles: Foods to boost your mood – healthy foods that help fight some of the anxiety, stress and worry many of us are experiencing.

Variety helps fight dementia – a good variety of healthful foods may help reduce the risk of dementia.

I’ll leave you with some good recipes to help you keep eating healthy!

Salmon recipe

Simple beef liver pate recipe

And some pictures of our irises and bees!

Close up
Honey at the top right, and brood (baby bees) on the lower portion of this frame.

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