sugar bee

how to help sick bee!!

is bee on ground? is bee not moving much?? is bee tired??? help sick bee!!!

  • use paper to pick up bee!
    slide slowly under little bumbly legs and little bumbly body until bee is fully on paper

  • bring bee inside to open window or open door!!!
    when bee is better, bee will fly out!

  • make sugar water for bee!
    mix two (2) to three (3) tablespoons of sugar (can be normal sugar or organic sugar! no artificial, no diet sweetener, no sweetener, just sugar!!!!! no honey either!!!!!!) with one (1) tablespoon of water! stir until sugar dissolves!!!!

  • put sugar water on plate or spoon for bee!
    give to bee! put bee on clean parts of plate or hold spoon near bee! if bee gets stuck in sugar water, use paper to help them get unstuck!

  • let bee drink and rest!!!!!

  • can put a bowl / plate / container of sugar water outside for other bees!!!!! use same two to one (2:1) or three to one (3:1) ratio for mix!!!!!

Actually you know what. Just don’t mow. Get rid of your lawnmower. Turn your whole yard into a wildflower field or an edible garden. Lawns are the invention of the upper class to show wealth through wasted plots of grass that is meticulously tended for no reason other than to be grass. It’s literally an empty plot of land they kept because they had so much money they didn’t need it to grow food. Not using a yard as just a yard is an act of rebellion.

One of the main industries still supporting lawns is chemical pest control companies, and they’re also responsible for the insecticides that crashed the bird populations in the 40s and 50s as well as a lot of what’s killing bees and butterflies now. The herbicides they produce specifically targets “bad” plants like dandelions, buttercups, and clovers, which are plants bees rely on for early spring feeding. Grass is just grass; it would be great for feeding small mammals if people would let it grow more than three inches, but they won’t.

So, yeah. Kill lawnmower culture. Plant some native flowers. Grow some vegetables and fruit trees. Put out bird feeders and bee sugar spots and homes for both. Be kind to bugs and birds and rabbits and opossums and whoever else might wander by. Make your neighborhood a lot more beautiful.

you: vassa is white she has red hair 

me, an intellectual:

i’m sorry i couldnt 

hear you over the 

sounds of 

the sixth queen

queen vassa 

the cursed firebird

Songs to make your Non-Broadway Friends Listen to with no context at all
  • My Unfortunate Erection: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Sugar Daddy: Hedwig and the Anrgy Inch
  • Hasa Diga Eebowai: The Book of Mormon
  • Blue: Heathers
  • Totally Fucked: Spring Awakening
  • Black Death: Something Rotten!
  • Friki-friki: Honeymoon in Vegas
  • Spooky Mormon Hell Dream: The Book of Mormon
  • You Can Be As Loud As the Hell You Want: Avenue Q
  • Telly: Matilda
  • Over The Moon: RENT
  • The Ballad of Farquaad: Shrek
  • Magic Foot: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • The Word of Your Body reprise: Spring Awakening
  • Die Vampire, Die!: [title of show]
  • Something Rotten/Make an Omelette: Something Rotten!
  • Joseph Smith American Moses: The Book of Mormon
  • Hello Little Girl: Into the Woods
  • Angry Inch: Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • It's Eggs: Something Rotten!
  • The Internet is for Porn: Avenue Q
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I can honestly say that RWBY is the first fandom I’ve been in where I ship all the ships. Like any pairing could become cannon and I’d be fine with it.

sveltlanna  asked:

So 'tis been a while that I'm wondering, what can I do to save the bees?

Well, there are many things you can do to save bees, for every skill and dedication level!

Level: You’ve thought about bees once or twice.
Don’t kill bees! This takes almost no effort at all, just don’t swat them when you see them, try and open a window for them if they get in your house or car, don’t spray them with bug killer, in general, just leave them bee. Or, in the rare case where you might get a swarm in your neighborhood, call a local beekeeper to see if they can come and take them away without hurting them.

Level: Hey, you sorta like bees.
If you do any kind of gardening, try not to use insecticides that might harm bees.

Level: You think bees are quite important.
Signing these petitions to stop the use of harmful pesticides on commercial crops will really help bees, there is quite a lot of evidence that pesticides currently being used contribute to the falling bee population. And you could write to local politicians urging them to stop the use of them as well.

Level: You’re pretty sweet on bees!
Buy honey from a local beekeeper. Local beekeepers tend to care more about the health of their bees over profits, not to mention they allow their bees to forage for their own nectar and pollen which not only keeps them healthy and happy, but makes the honey taste ten times better than commercial honey that only feed their bees sugar water. It’s a little more expensive, but if you’re a person who has previously not really liked honey, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it changes your mind. And if you don’t like honey on its own, it can always be used in place of sugar, for your tea, coffee or your baking!

Level: You bee-lieve in bees.
Make a bee waterer! Bees can need a drink while searching far and wide for nectar, but drinking from a puddle or a stream is dangerous for them, they can easily fall in and drown! So, you can easily make a safe little area for them to drink from, all you need is some kind of bowl or dish, some pebbles or marbles, and water. The pebbles create little islands for the bees to land on while they drink, so there is no danger of them drowning.

Level: You really like bees!
Plant flowers that bees love! This helps them to easily get food, wherever they are. Here is a few lists of the kind of flowers bees like, and some advice on planting them.

Level: You’re a bee doctor!
When you see a grounded bee, a bee that is crawling on the ground because it is too weak to fly, sick, or possibly wet, give it a hand! Find a tupperware box, place the bee inside, you can use a piece of cardboard if you’re not feeling brave, and place it in a warmer area, in the sun, in your shed, or in your house if you’re comfortable with bees. And give it something to eat, you can pick some flowers and put them in the box, or mix up some sugar and water (do not use sweeteners or honey, sweeteners are inedible to them and honey can possibly contain viruses that will not be good for it in its weakened state) and place it near the bee. If it was just weak or wet it may dry off and bee able to fly away, but in some cases they’re too sick to help, but at least you tried!

Level: Heck, you’re a bee estate agent!
Some types of solitary, mason and bumblebees don’t live in hives, but instead make small nests or dig holes in trees, but wouldn’t you like it if you were going to build a house and someone gave you one for free? So why not buy or build a bee house! Here are a few tutorials to make one, and then you can watch the bees that might take up residence. But if you don’t have the time you can easily buy one online.

Level: You might love bees more than I do, if that’s possible!
Become a beekeeper! Yes, you can do it if you feel up to the challenge, I would advise reading up on it before you buy a hive though, here is some reading material to get you started. Not to mention you should be able to buy a Flow Hive soon, which will make it even easier!

Level: You are now fully assimilated into bee culture.
Hey if you like bees that much, why not just become one! Put on your black and yellow striped top, your bee wings and antennae, bug eye glasses, and start learning to communicate through the medium of dance. Hey, if Doctor Bees can do it, so can you!

Level: ?????
Watch Bee Movie.

Just do it.

Right now.

I made a tiny friend today 😁🐝

anonymous asked:

do you have any good herb replacements for alder? (it's being used because of the properties that make it commonly used in both music and wind-whistling magic, and i have no way to get alder.)

This is a bit of a tough one to answer since I don’t know how you might be applying the herbs when you sub them for alder in your practice–are they being burned? Ingested? Applied topically? Used as a wand? I’ll do my best to give you some general options, but feel free to make a more specific inquiry. Musically inclined uses for herbs are few and far between, so this is mostly regarding the wind-whistling. 

Alternate Woods:

Other woods may be more accessible than alder (Alnus spp.). Elder (Sambucus spp.) is a similarly-named wood that shouldn’t be confused with alder, but it shares many of the same properties. The name latin name sambucus comes from a wind instrument traditionally made with elder wood, and it is associated with both music and wind. Elder can be very toxic if handled incorrectly, so you should take care if you use it. Poplar (Populus spp.) has properties regarding speech, language, and wind that you may also find useful.

Herbs:

Popular/generally agreed on herbs for air and wind-calling are anise seed, pansy, saffron, lavender, lemon verbena, heather, mint, and lungwort. Lungwort may be swung around the head or tossed to encourage winds. Not all of these are edible, so please research before you use them internally or externally!

And now, a recipe! This is a modification of a storm-calling/storm-singing brew I have used on occasion. The major changes are some swapped herbs and different intent/natural energy in the water, so it may take a little preparation and waiting for the right weather if you don’t have everything on hand. It is quite flexible with herb proportions, so don’t worry if you only have a little bit of mint or something, just sub in some more of another ingredient. 

The Call

A brew for wind and storm and voice

Ingredients:

  • Lavender, a few ounces of culinary grade. 
  • Mint (or, if you’re a little strapped for fresh herbs, a mint flavoring)
  • Elderberries. A spoonful for a more tea-like broth, or 1 cup per 3 cups liquid for a rich syrup. This is used symbolically as a connection to the elder tree and its properties, as described above. Do NOT eat the berries raw, as they are only safe once cooked.
  • One to three cups intent-specific water (more below on this)
  • Sugar or honey to taste; 1:1 ration to the water for a thick, sweet syrup to add to other beverages, and less for a standalone tea.
  • OPTIONAL, depending on intent: Bee pollen, ice cubes

The first step will likely be to fetch or prepare your water. In my original recipe, I use storm water; for a wind-specific brew, wait for an especially blustery storm or drizzle before collecting it. Alternately (especially if you want warm, summer winds), collect wind in a bottle and submerge it into a bowl of your water, allowing it to bubble up and aerate the liquid. The slower the better with the latter method (and it can be used for things other than water!); experiment with bottle angles and partial capping to see if you can get it to infuse gradually over a night or two.

Next, combine your herbs and berries with your water and sugar. 

FOR COLD WINDS: Add more mint, use white sugar, and place ingredients in fridge or cool place with ice cubes instead of water. Allow the ice to infuse cold into the other components and allow the mix to cold-brew overnight. You will still need to heat this if you use elderberries; if desired, create and freeze an elderberry tea in place of ice cubes, so you will not need to reintroduce heat after the cold-brewing process. Otherwise, heat the mixture thoroughly, and reduce on a simmer.This is perfect for a brisk, refreshing wind in the summer, or powerful winds in the winter. Best drunk or applied cold!

FOR WARM WINDS: Add more lavender, and use honey instead of sugar. If you have time, I recommend steeping the lavender and honey together in a cozy place for a few weeks beforehand. Combine your base ingredients and get it to a brisk simmer to extract all the herbal essence. Reduce. After cooling, add bee pollen and allow to rest in the sun before using.This is best for strong summer winds, and a warm breeze on too-chilly spring and fall days.

FOR POWER: Add more elderberry. Make a syrup instead of a tea, using lots of the berry for a dark, rich brew. I would personally recommend using storm water AND aerating the water for some extra kaboom; if possible, create the potion on a day that’s already windy/stormy, and cool the syrup outside as the wind howls. Sing to it or play music if you’re comfortable–stuff with heavy drums and monotone vocals is my fave for big moody weather feelings.

To use:

if a tea, drink shortly before attempting vocal, whistling, or wind magic. Drink hot if working vocally to loosen your voice. If a syrup, add to water or another beverage, or apply to your lips. You can also take it as a thick tonic. I would recommend clearing your mind and meditating on the potion’s purpose before consuming.

I hope this is useful! Followers, feel free to chip in; wind and music magic are not generally my arena, so if anyone can help this anon, I’m sure they would appreciate it!

Some sugar scrub spells

Remember, you only need a very little bit (just a few drops at most) of any essential oils these may have. Mix them with your oil base before anything else so that it is properly diluted!!

Anything without a measurement is basically to preference

Self Love Scrub

- rose or hibiscus (whatever form. I like ground petals myself)

- vanilla extract

- 1-3 drops lavender oil

- 1/3 c. almond or coconut oil

- 2/3 c. brown sugar

As you use this, listen to that music that makes you feel like the hottest shit. You’re a fucking goddess and don’t you forget it!

Invisibility Sugar Scrub

- 2/3 c. white sugar

- 1/3 c. coconut oil

- poppy seed

- lemongrass

As you use this, visualize your intent to blend in and not be noticed. in your mind, imagine your light and as you scrub your skin, see it dimming so that it’s easily overlooked.

Happiness Sugar Scrub

- Bee balm or dandelion

- 1/3 c. cocoa butter

- 2/3 c. brown sugar

When you use this, listen to the music that makes you want to dance and cheers you up

Studying/Focus Sugar Scrub

- ginger

- peppermint oil

- 2/3 c. coffee grounds

- 1/3 c. coconut oil

When you use this scrub, think about what you’re needing to study for and visualize acing it.

Calming Sugar Scrub

- green tea bag (unused)

- 1/8 c. almond oil

- 1/8 c. cooled green tea

- mint

- ½ c. sugar

Listen to calming meditation music or white noise as you use this