Honeybeez blog

{July 12, 2011}   All The Wrong Places

Fat falling off In all the wrong places???  Ever notice how when you lose weight it always falls off in all the wrong places?  That’s how it is with me anyway.  Ever hear the phrase “no assatall?”  That’s where it always falls off of me first.  Yep the bottom.  I always lose weight where I haven’t got any fat to spare.  Of course the other major spot if falls off of is another place I have noooo fat to spare at all….yea you know what I’m talking about….the boobs!   I look in the mirror of a side view of myself and I see a board!  It’s really irritating to say the least…..but what are ya gona do?  Nuttin honey.  Nothing I can do about it.  That’s just how it is for me.  Just have to forget it and move on.  Be happy I’m still slim enough to wear a bikini and hit the beach.


or at least slow down………..

     I went through a party harty stage when I was in my late twenties and thirties.  I never had a desire to drink really or make it a career because being raised by an alcoholic parent I know what it does to people.  What drew me to these people was the fact that I felt comfortable around them due to my upbringing with people who over indulge.  I was lucky enough to have strict parents though, one who over indulged but still strict, and one who didn’t believe in drinking or smoking, or even wearing make up.  I was also lucky enough to not like the taste of most alcoholic beverages ……course by the third one….they taste…… not so bad.  But like I told someone I took a trip with a few years ago.  I want to do something different now.   Been there, done that.  I want to see the country and do things  outdoors.  My heart belongs to nature.  I really belong in the wilderness.  I am a Naturist. 

Here are some ways I used during that period to keep from becomming a alcoholic:

1)     Never drink alone or at least don’t make a habit of it.  A few sips of wine at    

         dinner is enough if you’re alone.  You don’t have to finish the bottle.  It

         won’t spoil.

2)     Buy something you don’t like the taste of.  This is a good tip for smokers too.

3)     Limit yourself to no more than three drinks.  Take your time.  It’s not a

         race.  There is plenty more where that came from. 

4)     Try to stay within the legal limit of drinks per your weight.  Check here: 


5)     Don’t get involved in a drinking contest.  It’s not cool in the long run.

6)     If you’re uncomfortable with who you are and you drink to get the nerve to 

         be more outgoing, go to a class or read a book.  Take some group hikes.  Get

         comfortable with who you are before you take on the drinking game.

7)     Make sure you eat at some point during the event.  I have known some

         alcoholics who go days without eating.  They literally live on alcohol

         alone……and alone is how they usually end up.

8)     Try to make friends with people who don’t consider drinking a way of life.

         I have known people who can’t do any kind of event without alcohol around.  Drinking to me is a recreational sport.  A drink or two here and there. Not a drunk or two everywhere.

{April 20, 2011}   WoodArt


{April 18, 2011}   Ready to go back

     This is kind of a waa – waa story.  You know kind of sad and pathetic so if you can’t take it don’t read any further.  But I’m guessing at least some of you have been there or near there a time or two yourselves.  When there’s only $10 left for 10 days or longer actually more like two weeks and not much food – heck some people don’t have any so I am grateful for the few bucks and some food that can be stretched and a place to fix it.  I just thank God I don’t have little ones to worry about.  That’s when it really gets stressful – when you have kids to feed and no money or food…..it’s heart wrenching……  I bet there’s a lot of people out there like that……especially right now with the economy so devastated.  So many loosing their homes.   Squint hard.  Is there even a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel?   Is there even still a tunnel?  Some times when times are tough, you may have to really skimp to eat.  I have been there several times in my life time.  I can remember a few times growing up when the 9 of us had to pass around a can of beans and take a bite or two each cuz that’s all there was and we were happy to have it.  Those were usually times between addresses when the folks ran out of money before they reached the destination of the new address and everything started over…….again…….and again.  It could have been worse.  We were always safe.

…….wish I was still a kid….playing with my dogs……riding my horse…..getting bucked off calves…….chasing chickens…….climbing trees………falling into the creek or swinging off the rope swing into the river…….fishing off the bank……………don’t we all?

{April 19, 2010}   Yellow Dragon Attacks the USA

     I was just thinking about how much I love grapefruit and oranges and writing a post when I ran across an alarming article about the pulp which I have always consumed.  http://jvdi.org/cgi/reprint/12/3/269.pdf  Course this is an article from 2000.  I always eat the pulp because I thought it was the healthiest part of the fruit.  Now I have to find out if it’s even eatable any more.  The article is really scary.  Makes you think twice about eating beef too.  Yea how did I get from pulp to beef?  Keep reading……………..

     I remember how picky my dad always was about the feed and seed he bought for our home grown meats.  He was always searching for the best safest seed and feed.  He always wanted the real McCoy.  Natural grown feed and seed.  Course back then at my age I didn’t really understand what difference it made but I guess it stuck with me because I’m really a naturalist as much as civilized life allows these days.  My dad was very careful about what the animals ate because he feared eating a diseased animal.  He was a cook in the army so I guess he learned a lot about safe eating habits and or while growing up.  Now seeing this article about citrus pulp causing cattle to die while researching the benefits of pulp has me worried.  You have to wonder:

Where were these cattle?  What else did they eat?  Was their pasture sprayed with insecticide?  Were the citrus trees sprayed with insecticide?  Is it all better now?  What’s happening now with the citrus?  Is it safe to eat?  They determined in the article mentioned above written in 2000 that the culprit was plant toxicosis with the only variation in diet being citrus pulp 6 weeks prior to the first death.  Citrus pulp was commonly fed to cattle without adverse effect but reports of toxicity have emerged during the last 20 years from England and Holland.  http://jvdi.org/cgi/reprint/12/3/269.pdf

The Yellow Dragon attacks the United States of America

First noted in African citrus psyllid 1929, Brazil 1942 by Cost Lima, China in 1943, then 1947 in South Africa,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huanglongbing,  Likubin has seriously affected Taiwan since 1951, Catling 1970.  Saudi Arabia (Wooler et al. 1974)  USA 2000 ( Halbert 2001) Rio Grand Valley, Texas. http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/citrus/acpsyllid.htm

Distribution of CVPD is primarily in tropical and subtropical Asia. It has been reported in all citrus-growing regions in Asia except Japan. The disease has affected crops in China, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Pakistan, Thailand, the Ryukyu Islands, Nepal, Réunion, Mauritius, and Afghanistan. Areas outside Asia have also reported the disease: Saudi Arabia, Brazil and, since 1998, Florida in the U.S..

Citrus greening known by it’s Asia name huanglongbing or as Yellow Dragon Disease is a bacterial disease that attacks the heart of the plant.  The bacteria is usually spread by an insect Asian citrus psyllids.  The insect that carries the Asian strain of the disease was found for the first time in the U.S. in 1998 in Delray Beach, Florida but no citrus greening infection was found at that time.  

 By September of 2000 the pest had spread to 31 counties in Florida.  The disease is from the Southern Asia countries especially India where there has been a serious decline in citrus. 

October 2005 Article – Citrus Greening – Another Threat to Agriculture. http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu/News%20columns/Citrus%20Greening%20Disease.htm  

By 2008 the disease had widely spread throughout Florida,  Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and 32 counties of Texas,   Jefferson and Orleans Parishes, Louisiana. (USDA 2008a).


  • Florida: All counties in Florida.
  • Texas: Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Brooks, Caldwell, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Harris, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, Matagorda, Maverick, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Waller, Washington, Webb, Willacy, and Zapata counties.
  • Guam: All islands of the Territory of Guam.
  • Hawaii: All islands of the State of Hawaii.
  • Puerto Rico: The entire Commonwealth.

The culprits appear to react like micro vampire bats clinging to the leaves of healthy plants and sucking out the sap, the life of the plant much as vampire bats suck out the blood of it’s victom leaving the plant greenless or yellow and lifeless. 

Hostess plants  http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/pi/chrp/greening/hostlist.pdf  12/2008 – largley spread through discount nurseries.  With a large percentage of transmission through plant grafting.  Where do discount nurseries get their plants?

March 2010 – What’s happening now with our diseased citrus trees:  Early detection, propagation and insect proof facilities will help but the disease is indurable. The most powerful long term management tool could be genetic engineering.  Reduceing the rate of the greening disease insect psyllid population by insecticide does  not help to slow down the disease.  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100323105956.htm The dramatic use of insecticides is tampered by the possible damage to natural enemy populations that keep the potential pest below damaging levels.  We don’t want to kill the bees.  This disease is a very serious problem threatening the citrus population of the world.  Too bad someone wasn’t trying to stop it before it spread so far.  First noted in at least 1942 in Brazil?   

I use to use soapy water on my plants to keep the bugs off.  Maybe something that simple just as the citrus become flush with new growth so the female psyllid can’t lay eggs could help.  Wonder if there is a way we can give the trees an antibiotic that will kill the psyllid?  Must be pretty expesnsive to keep insecticide on plants in tropical areas where it rains a lot and that’s where this greedy creature flourishes.

I always say we don’t know what we’re eating.  If the citrus rinds infected with disease can kill cattle in 2000, what’s it doing to humans?  http://skinsenseblog.wordpress.com/  see article “Citrus good inside and out”


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