Friday, February 23, 2024

Bee Sting Remedy

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
- Albert Einstein

Bee on Dahlia
Bee loving the dahlia.

Stung by a bee?  This is all you need to make the pain and swelling go away, fast:
-Honey
-Lavender

Grind up the lavender in a mortar and pestle (or in-between your palms).  Mix it in with a little bit of honey.  Apply mixture to the bee sting.  Cover with a band aid.  The pain starts going away almost instantly.  Leave the band aid on as long as possible.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Seeds 2.0

"The tiny seed knew that in order to grow it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness, and struggle to reach the light." - Sandra Kring

Seed
Seed getting planted - 2024

An update to the original Seed article is in order!  It turns out that all seeds are not created equal.  As plants grow, they adapt to their local environment then when they produce seeds those seeds are better adapted to that specific climate that the parent plant grew in.

If you take these seeds across the country to a different environment, the plant may struggle, because they're in a completely new environment that has different conditions than where they came from.

Friday, February 9, 2024

A Year in the Cold

"By forcing yourself to embrace the stress of cold exposure as a meaningful self-directed challenge (i.e., stressor), you exert what is called ‘top-down control’ over deeper brain centers that regulate reflexive states. This top-down control process involves your prefrontal cortex – an area of your brain involved in planning and suppressing impulsivity. That ‘top-down’ control is the basis of what people refer to when they talk about “resilience and grit.” Importantly, it is a skill that carries over to situations outside of the deliberate cold environment, allowing you to cope better and maintain a calm, clear mind when confronted with real-world stressors. In other words, deliberate cold exposure is great training for the mind."

Favorite ice bath spot to date - July 2023 - Mountains of Colorado - 10,500 ft.  Glacier... check.  Mountains... check.  Trees... check.  Fresh mountain air... check.  Beautiful scenery... check.  Sunshine... check.  Very cold water... check.

Eyes closed, deep breathe in... deep breathe out...  I hear distant footsteps on the trail that's about 50 feet away and past a thin layer of trees.  Even 4.5 miles from the trailhead that starts way off in the middle of the mountains of Colorado, you're bound to run into at least one person.  Especially if you're sitting in a lake in your underwear.  You might not see someone all day, but if you're going to see someone... it's definitely going to be when you're almost naked... in the lake... and it'll probably be a big group...

I laugh as my mind wanders off to this random thought.  Back to my breathing...

Deep breath in... deep breathe out...

A minute later I hear laughter close by followed by, "What are you doing?"

I open my eyes and turn my head to see a group of about 8 hikers all staring at me as I sit in my underwear in the crystal clear lake with water up to the bottom of my chin and trying to be as still as I possibly can to avoid heating my body up.

"I'm hanging out in the hot tub!"  as I keep my focus on my breathing.

They shoot each other inquisitive and confused looks.  "Isn't it cold?" One of them asks  As they glance at the snow and ice that's directly next to the lake.

"Yyyuuuppp, it's pretty dang cold, but that's the whole point, gotta get comfortable with the uncomfortable.  Plus it feel great on the leg muscles."

They shrug their shoulders and continue on their way.

Deep breath in... deep breath out...