The Buzzing of Bees, the Buzzing of Drones

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After reading an article about the adverse effect of declining bee populations, I decided to take action. A tiny impact on a growing problem.  I will plant more native perennials that will attract bees and butterflies, and of course will not use any pesticides in my garden.

As I research perennials that will meet those requirements, my husband is flying his Phantom 4 drone over the very gardens that will be our connection to nature.  If you’ve never heard a drone fly, let me describe it as the sound of an angry hornet. On steroids.

Rather than be annoyed at this intrusion into my nature journey, I’m intrigued.  The technology is amazing!  It stabilizes itself, avoids objects, and can be programmed to follow the user for some awesome film footage. Of course, you need to do something awesome at the time.

My husband flies his drone responsibly, in safe areas and at safe heights.  He’s a videographer and can create some fantastic footage from the drone’s camera.  The technology enables him to have a bird’s eye view of our intriguing earth, so how could that be a bad thing?

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Life without Sugar is No Piece of Cake

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As I wait to start feeling the results of Orencia infusions on my Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), I thought I’d do whatever else I can to help east the pain and stiffness.  While reading about autoimmune disease and food that may contribute to inflammation, I decided to eliminate certain foods from my diet.

I’m already careful to avoid meat and poultry that might have been raised with antibiotics or hormones.  It simply makes sense.  So I decided I would try eliminating a few more elements from my diet.  I’ve taken excerpts from the Paleo diet focused on those inflammation producing foods like sugar, artificial sweeteners, and gluten – also avoiding any pesticides on fruits and vegetables.

This has become quite a challenge.  I began by cutting out the sugars, corn syrups, and artificial sweeteners of any kind.  This leaves me with honey and maple syrup. Both need to be pure and free from additives. And since artificial sweeteners have been linked to inflammation, I’ve decided to eliminate them.  Doesn’t leave much sweetness in my life, does it?

I am in week two of this adventure, and wondering how long I can maintain this new way of eating.  I think the answer is “As long as I feel it makes a difference.”  So the first thing I need to determine is how much better I feel – or if I do feel better at all.  Too early to draw that conclusion.  And since I’ve also started a new treatment for the RA, it might require a bit more experimentation to determine where any benefits lie.

Watch out, gluten.  You’re next!