Rex Smith’s Honeybee Removal – 2015
If you are in need of having a honeybee swarm picked up, or a full colony of bees removed from a structure – please see the following links for my contact information: (These same links are in the top menu bar on this website as well.)
Also please understand that most bee removal specialists are overwhelmed this time of year with calls. I personally receive between 30-40 calls per day – and do 1-3 full removals per day. If I do not answer the phone, I am probably in a hive – so please do leave a message and I will return the call.
Frequently asked questions (and my answers):
I have recreated the blog post made by Daisy WindSong for her JumpSTART program for children. A presentation on bees and pollinators was given to the children of a Dallas area homeless shelter. Shared are various forms of passion – whether it be a hobby, exercise, meditation technique, or other activity that is useful in our lives to give these children ideas and hope for their tomorrow.
Daisy’s original blog post is here: SUCCESS!
And her initiative can be found here: WindSong JumpSTART – Join the Movement!
Our first meeting of JUMPSTART was a huge success! Here’s a few pictures from our evening!
We started off the evening with a nice open heart circle and some stretching to get us relaxed and ready for our meditation!
Then Rex shared a song with us all and we sang along as he played the harmonium! (note from Rex – I brought 1971 forward to 2015 with a rendition of “Teach the World to Sing” – originally by Coca Cola corporation, then re-lyriced by the New Seekers to remove the commercial branding in the song. Lyrics below. The kids were given a song sheet – and much to my surprise, sang along with me. It was fantastic!)
Rex then quizzed us on our knowledge of bees! I was surprised by how much the kids knew!
Then finally, they were revealed!
I’m so grateful for that sturdy little box! The kids had a blast and no one was stung!
My rendition of Teach the World to Sing – with a little Sanskrit fade-away addition at the end of the song.
Harmony Hollow Apiary / Rex Smith will be vending at the Blisstonia Experience in November 2015. (Fri-Sun – 13th-15th – Near Goliad, Texas). I will have the following products at the event:
- Harmony Hollow Honey
- Wood Conditioner/Sealer
- Leather Conditioner
- Bohemian Utopia – Bohemian wearables (bags, wrap skirts, tops)
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BLISSTONIA is an immersive 3-day experience deep in the heart of Texas! This is an invitation to embark on epic journey as we co-create a heart-based community through sacred play and celebration. Join us as we…
~ DANCE in a sacred, intentional space to powerful LIVE MUSIC
~ Engage in WORKSHOPS taught by dynamic teachers
~ CAMP IN NATURE as we enjoy the groves of huge oak trees, fields of wildflowers, sparkling ponds and rolling hills of the beautiful LAND where our event takes place.
BLISSTONIA is more than a music festival. It’s a homecoming.
Featuring LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES from:
♫ THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE — Los Angeles, CA
♫ DRUMSPYDER — Oakland, CA
♫ THE NADIS WARRIORS — Austin, TX
♫ BHAKTI HOUSE BAND — Dallas, TX
♫ WINDSONG — Dallas, TX
♫ BOURGEOIS MYSTICS — Austin, TX
♫ HAYDEN JONES — Houston, TX
♫ ENLOOM — Houston, TX
♫ BAYOU CITY FUNK — Houston, TX
– GET CONNECTED –
View the full lineup/schedule & purchase tickets at:
We’re offering 3 stations featuring WORKSHOPS ALL DAY to awaken your creative spirit: ecstatic dance, contact improvisation, acro yoga, tai chi, transformational theatre, co-creative partner dance, embodied voice journeying, Butoh dance, Open Heart-Open Mic and more!
The OM ZONE will serve as a sacred space of quiet serenity for people to relax and meditate and will also host sound healing sessions, crystal bowl sound baths and group meditations. The VENDORS VILLAGE will feature a consciously curated selection of local merchants selling hand crafted artisan goods, jewelery, whole foods, treats, healthy beverages & tonics.
We’re also offering a COSMIC CANVAS ART GALLERY featuring live painters and artists from all over the state of Texas, a GODDESS GARDEN and KIDS ZONE for the little ones. Plenty of spots to play!
Blisstonia is a *** family-friendly, alcohol-free & drug-free event ***
~ Children 18 and under are FREE of chrage ~
No alcohol is ever served or sold at our event. No illegal substances are allowed on the property. Our intention is to create a safe, mindful, family-friendly space to connect & play. This is an invitation to enter a heightened state simply through the power of music and movement, remembering that deep transformation and inspiration can take place by experiencing the technology of dance & the high vibration we collectively generate.
Welcome to BLISSTONIA! We look forward to playing with you ♥
My daughter was given these cowgirl boots as a holiday gift approximately 6 years ago. She wears them pretty regularly while working with horses. Riding, cleaning stalls, tromping through fields and streams, and more. They have been well used, and the leather was DRY. Until yesterday, she had not treated the leather with anything (nor had she ever polished her boots).
After seeing the difference that was made with MY boots – she was inspired to add the leather conditioner to her pair of boots. After wiping off any debris, she used an old shop-rag to apply the conditioner paste to the boots. We let the boots sit overnight to absorb as much of the oil as possible. The following morning, she warmed the leather with a hair-dryer to make sure as much of the oils and wax would absorb into the fibers of the leather as possible. Then she applied a second coat – let them sit for a while more – and then wiped off the excess.
They now look fantastic, and she promises to re-apply the conditioner as needed – and to not let the leather dry out again.
Harmony Hollow now offers a proprietary blend of beeswax and neatsfoot oil as a conditioner “paste” for leather. Solid at room temperature, it softens easily with the warmth of your hands, and can be worked into your untreated leather.
I personally use it to condition and waterproof my leather boots and gloves. It keeps them soft and waterproof. Available in 4-oz tins with a screw-top lid.
Use an old cloth or plastic bag (over your fingers) to apply the conditioner. Let sit overnight, then I then warm the boot with a hair dryer to allow the oils to soak into the leather more deeply. Depending on the dryness of the leather initially, I may then reapply the conditioner several days later. Re-apply as necessary depending on your environment.
Treat an inconspicuous spot first to see how your leather will fare. Note that neatsfoot oil is known to permanently darken light leather. (see pic to the right – the treated boot is darker).
Beeswax Wood Conditioner by Harmony Hollow.
Made with food-grade mineral oil and natural beeswax. Fantastic wood sealer for wooden items such as: butcher’s blocks, kitchen utensils, cutting boards, salad bowls, wooden spoons, and much much more (wood that is unfinished).
Seals the wood and highlights the natural wood grain.
(Left Photo – Before sealing; Right photo – After Sealing)
Simply apply to the dry wood with a soft cloth. Let it sit for a while for the oils to penetrate the wood grain, then wipe off the excess sealer.
I have also had good results with lightly warming the utensils (appx 140 deg. F “warm setting”) in the oven after coating (set them on a piece of aluminum foil to prevent any drips) Remove the utensils from the warm oven, then coat again to fully seal the wood grain. Wipe off excess.
Re-apply Harmony Hollow Wood Conditioner as necessary. This product only contains two ingredients. All natural beeswax from Harmony Hollow Apiary’s beehives, and food-grade mineral oil.
Cranberry Oat Bread
- 3/4 cup – Harmony Hollow Honey
- 1/3 cup – vegetable oil
- 2 – eggs
- 1/2 cup – milk
- 2-1/2 cups – all-purpose flour
- 1 cup – quick-cooking rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon – baking soda
- 1 teaspoon – baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon – salt
- 1/2 teaspoon – ground cinnamon
- 2 cups – fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup – chopped nuts
Combine honey, oil, eggs and milk in large bowl; mix well. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in medium bowl; mix well. Stir into honey mixture. Fold in cranberries and nuts. Spoon into two 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 2-1/2-inch greased and floured loaf pans. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 40 to 45 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 15 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
Yield: 2 loaves
In 1898, this house was built in McKinney, Texas.
In 1974, the movie, Benji, was released. This house was one of the homes used in the movie. You can see the exterior of the house at 3 min 58 seconds into the movie. This home is now affectionately known as “The Benji House” in McKinney.
Then, in the early 1990’s the home was purchased – with the intention of renovating it back to it’s original glory. The only thing the homeowners have to give them a guide is an old photograph. There were no plans or blueprints (that are available any more).
The next photo is how it looks today – from a similar angle.
The contractor that is performing the renovations encountered a hive of honeybees in the 3rd story roof line of the South Western corner of the home.
Here is what is seen from the outside:
And the bees are entering and exiting through a baseball-sized hole in the roof shakes – just above and to the left of the window shown.
It was unknown whether the bees had occupied the space in the 3rd floor wall – or if they were in the joist space between floors – or in the wall joist below the hole.
Initial exploration was to the 3rd floor interior wall. We eliminated that the comb was in the joist space by means of a laser thermometer. (and I was able to stick my hand into the joist space from the 3rd floor access)
Once it was determined that the bees were definitely in the joist space to the outside edge of the 2nd floor window – the removal began. Because of the age of the building materials – the contractor provided an employee on-site during the removal to assist and actually open the house up for me – and then he will replace all the removed boards. This was his first time to work with bees – and he was a trooper! I provided an extra bee veil and jacket for him to use throughout the removal.
And the first board is removed. We could see the bottom edge of comb. The next boards were removed.
(view looking up from the opened first board).
Three boards removed now…
And working our way up to the top.
Finally – all the comb with honey, brood, and eggs was removed – and the worker bees and queen were vacuumed into a collection box – to be reunited with their brood comb at the bee yard.
With the wall cleared of comb, insulation was placed to fill the space so that it cannot be occupied in the future. And the contractor will put all the wood back into place.
Withe the bees removed – my truck is loaded up, and ready to head to the bee yard.
Cinnamon Honey Glazed Sticky Buns
- 2 Tablespoons – butter or margarine, softened
- 1 loaf – frozen bread dough, thawed
- 1/3 cup – Harmony Hollow Honey
- 1 teaspoon – cinnamon
- 1 cup – finely chopped pecans or walnuts
Grease 12 muffin cups with butter. Roll out thawed dough on lightly floured board to 12 x 8-inch rectangle. Mix honey and cinnamon. Using back of spoon, spread in even layer over dough. Sprinkle with nuts. Roll up dough, starting from long edge and end with seam on bottom. Cut dough roll using a gentle sawing motion into 12 equal-size buns. Place buns, spiral side up, in muffin cups. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and let rise 30 to 60 minutes or until buns puff and fill cups. Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and carefully turn pan upside down onto board, letting syrup drip onto buns before removing them from pan.
Yield: 12 buns
Overnight Rustic Cinnamon Rolls for Two
- Cinnamon Roll Dough – .
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon – water
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon almond – milk
- 2 teaspoons – coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon – active yeast
- ¼ teaspoon – dark brown sugar
- 1 – egg white
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon – Harmony Hollow Honey
- ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons – oat flour , packed
- ¼ cup – almond flour, packed
- Filling – .
- 2 tablespoons – coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon – dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon – Harmony Hollow Honey
- ½ tablespoon – cinnamon
- Frosting – .
- ½ cup – plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons – Harmony Hollow Honey
Cinnamon Roll Dough: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine water, almond milk and coconut oil and microwave on high until everything is melted, about 20 seconds. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes or until lukewarm. Add in yeast and brown sugar, stir for 1 minute until yeast and sugar are completely dissolved. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until foamy and bubbly. In a separate large bowl, combine egg white, honey and foamy yeast mixture. Add in oat flour and almond flour. Mix until a sticky dough has formed (you should be able to form a ball with it that holds its shape. If dough is too sticky or thin, add 1 to 3 tablespoons oat flour). Grease a separate bowl with coconut oil. Roll dough into a ball and place it into the greased bowl. Turn the ball once to coat with oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour, or until dough has doubled in size.
Filling: While dough is rising, combine coconut oil, brown sugar, honey and cinnamon in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 10 seconds, or until honey is thinned. Stir until brown sugar dissolves. Cover and place in the fridge until dough has risen.
Coat a flat surface with oat flour and dump out the risen dough. Allow the dough to rest for a minute while you remove the filling from the fridge. The filling should have hardened on the top and have a gel-like consistency on the bottom. Using a knife, cut the hardened filling into squares.
On the prepared floured surface, roll out the dough into a long rectangle. Evenly spread the filling squares around the rectangle. Sprinkle dough with an additional ½ to1 teaspoons cinnamon. Roll up dough from the long end or the short end of the rectangle. Slice off the jagged edges. Cut dough into 4 or 6 rolls. Place rolls, touching, in a parchment paper–lined baking dish. Cover and refrigerate the rolls overnight. In the morning, allow rolls to sit outside the fridge for 30 minutes before baking at 350°F for 30 minutes. Or immediately bake the cinnamon rolls at 350°F for 30 minutes.
Frosting: In a bowl, combine Greek yogurt and honey. Spread on top of warm cinnamon rolls. Serve.
Yield: 6 small rolls (2 servings)
10 K Cereal Bars
- 1/2 cup – butter or margarine, melted
- 2 Tablespoons – Harmony Hollow Honey
- 1/2 teaspoon – salt
- 2/3 cup – sliced or diced walnuts
- 2 – eggs, beaten
- 2 cups – granola cereal
- 1 teaspoon – vanilla
Place all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Blend well. Pat into greased 8-inch square baking dish. Bake at 350°F 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and cut into 16 bars.
Yield: 16 servings