Showing posts with label Terin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Terin. Show all posts

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Our Bee Keeping Fun

Bees are not only fascinating but serve an essential role in the propagation and continuation of flowering plants, trees, shrubs and crops. Without them many of our food sources would not be able to thrive and in fact survive. Crucial on the pollination of many vegetable,  fruit and berry crops, without them we would eventually be reduced to the most basic of diets not healthy or sustainable for our own future.

Due to climate change and pesticides the numbers of all bee varieties and other critical insects such as butterflies  are dramatically decreasing and already affecting gardens and farms. Our backyards and gardens were once filled with the abundance of these frequently misunderstood little creatures.

Coincidentally with this international recognition and celebration of bees in both the dedication of a special day of recognition, my own family was  actively involved that very week in the saving and caring for a bee colony in our own little world. 

Our oldest daughter, Terin,  has always been interested in beekeeping and involved in making a bee home in her backyard in hopes that she and her partner might invite in a wild bee swarm looking for an inviting home. Unfortunately it never happened naturally and their attempts to purchase an established hive was unsuccessful due to overwhelming demand in their area.

So when a wild swarm flew in and began to bunch into formation my husband, son and I rushed into action and our desire to finally give her that wish of a bee colony of her own.

Not having a beekeepers suit, we created one out of an old tyvek "suit" used in applying insulation materials in our home building business. My new and never used "Mr.Clean" rubber gloves, my husband's super building tape to close gaps between gloves and suit and a quickly cut wire mesh face protector to fit in suits hood plus plastic goggles completed our son Blake's ensemble. 

With the use of a ladder, a lawn mowing grass receptacle bag to "catch" the swarm into, he had them collected in minutes  We had borrowed a neighbors discarded wooden bee box to hopefully get the queen and her workers a temporary home.

It was so great to be able to transport the swarm in its container safely and thoroughly further contained in a super taped and sealed large cardboard box. 

Our daughter was thrilled to finally have a colony of her own and quickly ordered a prefabricated bee hive kit online to be pieced together over the next few days to provide the much needed space for this wonderful hive. 

It was incredibly exciting and rewarding for all of us!

Pieces as they arrive in kit and units as she put the box layers into a suitable arrangement. 

Making bee syrup for food.

Piecing kit pieces together bit by bit using pre-cut pieces.
Finishing it day by day then-sealing it and then
Transferring our initial bee box into her own larger hive structure.  

This allowed the queen and all her worker bees to transfer on their own from the "super" we provided (and unknowingly loaded upside down for the bees!) Terin remedied that of course 🀣

These lovely bees were amazingly docile and so gentle when they landed on her as she worked 

🐝 Our little 6 year old granddaughter even commemorated the occasion with artwork!  🐝 

Oh, the blessings no matter the challenges! We are grateful we could do this for our daughter!

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Sewing with Healing Thoughts of Love

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Rabindranath Tagore's words from 1910 and his call for peace and freedom for his beloved India resonate in my heart and my own fervent belief in our need to call out for equality and freedom and a better life for all people in our own countries, nations and our much bigger world.

We must simply and complicatedly open our hearts to one another with love for all of man and animal kind and with the deepest of true sentient caring, compassion, and most of all, mercy.

We must direct our minds and our hearts through the energies of this love and compassion to envision, create, and bring forth into reality a new and better world.

The true world of sacred communion and all encompassing community that in our hearts, minds, and souls we all dream of within our deepest dreams within a dream that we call reality.

We strive to reach across uncertainties to our own basic truths and desires for a happy, healthy cohesive family, country, nation, and most of all world.

And that my dear friends is not always easy to do. This is the hardest lesson, learning and truth. And one that all of us, our countries,  nations and our entire world is and must learn to do to survived our many hardships and challenges.

And for me it's always starts with hope, faith, and charity--and always, always begins with love for family.   

And we all  have really good days filled with really good fun while still working towards our individual goals and desires with an immediate goal of being as happy and healthy and productive in living our days and weeks and months, and lives as we can.

And we have really challenging days, weeks, months or even years when things get harder and more challenging.

But our family is hanging in there,  celebrating the really good days of optimism and strength and inner faith that hope prevails and goodness and light lift us up over and over and over to keep up the good fight for health, healing and hope.

New fundraiser has just started this month but still shows 2019 amount ending 8 months ago and no longer in the actual account. But we are so blessed by all donations past, present and going into the future. Thank you so very much!

Bless all of you who contributed. It helped her so much and meant more than you could ever imagine.


My daughter, Terin's 2nd year of battling breast cancer continues.  Donations incredibly appreciated with deepest gratitude.

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting--"from my heart and with my hands."

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Heart Filled Days

It’s all I have to bring today—
This, and my heart beside—
This, and my heart, and all the fields—
And all the meadows wide—

Be sure you count—should I forget
Some one the sum could tell—
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.  

 --Emily Dickinson

My Own Heart Shaped Comfort  Pillow for Breast cancer

Catho-Port post surgery, Chemotherapy Seatbelt Protection, Aids in Comforting Pain of Coughing (clasp to chest as with heart surgery patients who are told to bend into a pillow as they coughl


Directions for making your own Heart Shaped Breast Cancer or Heart Disease Comfort Pillow:
1. Tape 2 sheets of 8 5" x 11" printing paper together. 

2.  Fold back into 1 sheet using taped seam to draw a half elongated heart shape, just like cutting school Valentines!

3.  Cut out both halves at once. Open and use as your pattern.

4. Cut out 2 hearts from your fabric of choice.

5. Using the 2 pieces of fabric (front + back) sew together using standard  5/8"  seam along outside curved heart shaped edge but leaving a 6" opening for filling with stuffing!

6. Turn right sides out. 

7. Stuff with polyester fiber fill, kubuying new in bag from a fabric store) or using recycled stuffing from any fluffy pillow or even cutting up leftover quilt batting as i did into 2" pieces!

8. Once fully stuffed, pin opening edges together and hand stitch closed.

For chemo-port or post mastectomy patients, place heart pillow below one breast angling center curve of heart underneath that area. Seat belt crosses over the body of the pillow when in use.

  πŸ’œ  Another option  πŸ’œ

Make small tiny pillows to tuck under places seat belt rubs. Anything whatsoever in the 4 to 6 inches long and/or wide range works.

Give to someone you love or anyone in need or make and  donate to any hospital or ancer care center in honor and memory of someone you loved.

These are also wonderful for those recuperating from chest surgery of any kind, as one does after Cardiac Surgery etc. See, my pieced pillows ormake your own from solid fabric or fleece using my link above.

And here on my huge list of things that can be made, given, or donated to help others.

My Blog List of Free Patterns for Cancer Awareness: Quilts, Ribbons, Quilts, Caps, Pillows, Pouches, and other Projects

Come back frequently.  I now only type, post and blog on my cell phone and it takes a lot of corrections to get a post finally corrected and finished!

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

My Daughter's Cancer Diagnosis

My daughter's recent discovery and diagnosis of a very challenging and advanced form of breast cancer has quite frankly devastated our entire family.

Our immediate reaction was gratitide that a car accident had created a need for a physical exam that found this already large and advanced stage of cancer.

She has extensively researched and reached out for help and from her primary care physician on, has connected with top notch doctors in the Eugene, Oregon area.

Along with her primary care physician, she has worked diligently to find a good diagnostic testing center, a highly skilled surgeon, and a very skilled oncologist that have all worked together to make and hold space for her in their incredibly busy schedules and full calendars.

They have repeatedly scheduled and rescheduled appointments as spots became available by moving up extensive physical, laboratory, bone, heart, and detailed genetics testing as quickly as possible to see if she is able to undergo the rigorously demanding and intensively extensive approach required to attack the rapid growth of  this specifically difficult  cancer.

Please envision love, light, and angelic helpers of all kinds, from all faiths, by any name that symbolizes the Divine, from all dimensions of spiritually conscious and caring beings as working in unity and finding ways to treat, heal, and create a full and complete remission from Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, HER2 (ER+PR+) Stage 3 with any and all multiple lymph glands or other spots or areas involved. 


For this I pray today and everyday in every way that she will continue to receive help, heal, and get better and better through infinite grace, mercy, divine help and spiritual and physical healing.

Bless and thank you for your kind thoughts, comments or help of any kind during this incredibly challenging time.


I will post when, and as I am able to, as of course I am focusing on my family, my children and very young grandchildren-- as we process, care for, support and help her,  (and of course each other) as much as we possibly can.

Please include my daughter and all who face any and all forms of cancer and other challenges and disease.

I am so incredibly proud of her strength, fortitude, bravery, and willingness to ask for and reach out for support and and badly needed financial support. 

Please do visit her Go Fund Me page she set up at the 

Can you help?
Trust me when I tell you that no amount is too small to be enormously appreciated.

Thank you.

Terin's Medical, Health, and Healing Go Fund Me Page

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.