Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Light up the smoker

Give a few puffs.

Smoke those bees

To let ’em know you’re comin’!

smoking the hive
smoking the hive


Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.

Today Steve went out to check his hive  and I went along as note-taker. He was decked out in his helmet and veil, a long sleeve shirt, long pants with velcro straps around them, and his special beekeeper gloves.   He took the lid off the hive and started to unstick  a frame with his hive tool.  He suddenly realized to his dismay, that he had forgotten the smoker.  Too late, he was already into the inspection and a walk back to the house was too much work. Smoking the hive before inspecting, lets the bees know something is coming, and helps to drive the bees down further into the hive, so you have less of them to deal with as you pull out frames.  It is said that the smoke also masks their alarm pheromones and stimulates them to eat, in case they have to leave the hive.  A full belly makes it harder for them to sting!

Steve decided to proceed anyway and hope for the best.   The  bees were pretty docile that day, (though we didn’t really have anything to compare it too, yet)  and he was able to complete his hive inspection.  Steve only got stung, once when he took glove off to get a better grip.

Later that day, Steve ,made  surprising discovery – he had no arthritis pain in the hand that had gotten stung!  Amazingly, he had no pain for a week, in that hand!  This got us wondering about bee venom, so I went back to my research on the computer.  Tune in next time to find out what I discovered.

Psalms 69

29 I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.

30 Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving.

31 For this will please the LORD more than sacrificing an ox or presenting a bull with its horns and hooves.

32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help live in joy.