gratuitous sexual information
From a webpage about breeding grape vines..."Like many other organisms, grapes reproduce sexually. In other words, each seedling is a unique combination of the genes from a female and the genes from a male. Pollen from a male fertilizes the female ovary, and a seed develops. Depending on the individual vine, flowers might be female, male, or hermaphroditic (also known as "perfect", which means that each flower contains both male and female structures).
We are in the midst of breeding season here in Minneapolis, specifically around our house. Grape vines do not need the help of wind or bees to grow succulent, juicy fruit. But it attracts bees, many bees, many hundreds of bees to my house.
I am not a fan of bees, not ever, but especially not since being swarmed by hornets last summer. I know that technically that's not a bee, but it buzzes just the same. Actually, no that's not right either, hornets do not buzz like the bee. Nonetheless they all strike fear in me.
Imagine my surprise to read that the bee medicine animal totem symbolizes "achieving the impossible." Now I'm rethinking the bee. While I do feel like we are in the midst of this golden era of our lives here in midwestlotusvilleminneapolis, I also believe we are achieving the impossible - a happiness and a sense of contentment that seemed nearly impossible just a few short years ago.
So, yeah, grapes to bees to the impossible. That's how my mind wanders.