Beekeeping is the New Botox

April 25, 2012 · 14 comments














Henry went out early yesterday morning to catch a swarm of honeybees, and he came back looking like this. I took one look at him and almost died laughing. Apparently he got stung right in the middle of his upper lip, and by the time he got home, his whole lip, nose, and cheeks were swollen up like crazy. Now I’m perfectly aware that laughing hysterically at a loved ones injury is umm… not very nice. Generally speaking, I try to be sympathetic, but Henry was laughing, too, and the man looked like a toothless cartoon character or some kind of cosmetic surgery gone terribly wrong. As Beryl commented on Instagram, “Wow, putting Angelina Jolie’s lips to shame! Poor guy.”

Henry’s been stung in the face before (see here if you really want to), and usually his obvious pain (though he tries to hide it), makes me cringe and feel terrible for him, but this time I couldn’t handle it. He looked absolutely ridiculous. Luckily for him, he had the rest of the day off to work in the greenhouse with just Levi and could avoid the critical eye of the public.┬áBy last night, the swelling was down significantly, and he looked a lot more normal.

I’m probably going to regret putting these photos up on my blog, but maybe it will be just the motivation I need to post a bunch of new stuff in the next week or so to bury these pictures.

And just so you don’t think I married a clown, here are two photos of “normal” Henry, finding a previously-undocumented-in-that-location calochortis flower on Prairie Mountain and being a bee whisperer during an extraction.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny April 25, 2012 at 10:35 am

LOL! Poor Henry. Next thing you know, people will be using bee stings to “naturally” plump lips. Much cheaper than collagen injections, haha.


Camille April 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I just googled “beekeeping botox” and lo and behold there’s some kind of sketchy looking therapy involving bee venom. We’re cutting edge around here, I guess.


Sasha April 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

LOL! Omg too funny – This reminds me of a time last year when Jim had a wart burned off his upper lip. He too came home with a puffy face and I immediately began to laugh – Needless to say I couldn’t help but giggle whenever I looked at him for the next few days until the swelling went down :)


Camille April 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm

That story reminds me of the time when I insisted Henry shave off his beard right before we got married, and when he came out with no beard after having one for six months or so, I totally laughed at him because it looked so weird. He never shaved again…


Rachael April 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

You better put a disclaimer on this post! Everyone is gonna be looking for bees to plump their bumps! Too funny! Great read… thanks for the entertainment.


Michelle April 26, 2012 at 8:09 am

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! but… it is really funny :D

Your poor husband, that must really hurt to be stung in the mouth. At least he is a good sport about it :)

My hubby was stung 3x’s in the hand last year and he swelled clear up to his elbow. It took 4 days for it to go away. We thought that was how all honeybee stings were going to be but now that I see your pix I’m thinking my hubby was a bit sensitive.


Renee April 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

I laughed out loud when I saw poor Henry! (sorry Henry) My father was stung many times over the years, nothing like Henry, but a sting to the end of his nose hurt and swelled more than usual. The next time he was stung resulted in a horrible allergic reaction and visit to the hospital. He’d never had one before. So, be (bee) careful and aware. Thanks for sharing the photo. I needed the laugh. Sorry it was at Henry’s expense!


dixiebelle April 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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Camille April 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Such kind words. Thank you!


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