Live and learn

I like this column to be informative. I learned something from last week’s column. I’m on a breathing machine twice a day. My medicine that goes with it always comes early. The company usually calls me and checks to see how much I have left. They didn’t do that this month, so I called them. I found out they are in Florida and it takes five days for the medicine to arrive. I was going to be two days short. Being practical minded, I figured I had access to this column and maybe one of the readers could fill in the gap and I’d give it back when my medicine came. Sounds logical, right? What I didn’t know was that it’s illegal to do this. I can’t see why. I wasn’t going to use outdated medicine, but I can see how people could abuse this. As it happened, I called my regular doctor and he had the drug store send me a puffer that could be used in the interim, so I didn’t need anything else. I was fine, but I didn’t know if I was going to pass out or pass on. Ha! Anyway I hope you learned something from my experience.

Now I want to change the subject to something that I think is very important. Have you ever noticed how perfect nature is? I am in awe of God’s creation, so now we come to the problem of what’s happening to our bees. Without pollination, we are in deep trouble!

I got a letter from Friends of the Earth telling me what the problem is all about. Keep this column for reference. Here’s a list of products you shouldn’t buy. Anything containing: acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid or thiathomax.

Now I’m going to give you a list of bee friendly plants: aster, black-eyed Susan, blazing star, caltrop, creosote bush, currant, elder flower, goldenrod, huckleberry, joe pye weed, lupine, Oregon grapes, sunflower, stonecrop, wild lilac, wild buckwheat, willow, and woodland sage.

One way you can keep from using seeds and plants that have been pre-treated with bee-killing pesticides is to always buy organic food.

I hope there are enough activists out there who will visit foe.org/bees and tell your political leaders to support the “Save America’s Pollinators Act.”

Talk this up with your family and friends. Don’t take this problem lightly. If you have young people in your family, you owe it to them to make their environment as good as it can be. Teach them a lot of good habits. I worry about water becoming scarce. I love drinking water and I try to save water by taking a couple of sponge baths during the week. If I have clean, soapy water left from washing glassware, I use it to wash the floor or scrub the toilet. Wasting doesn’t make us look wealthier – just dumber.

Have a great life!