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September 15, 2018

Summer is nearly gone and life has taken over. My visits to my hives are far fewer than ideal. While I was at work yesterday, the hive inspector stopped and took a look at my hives. He left the above feedback with my husband. ... curve ball!

I hope to get into my hive t...

June 8, 2018

"Holy Smokers!"

Bob returned May 20th to help install the nucs into our Langstroth hives. It was a warm, sunny afternoon, so the bees were very happy and calm. The afternoon hour was a plus too, since many of the worker bees were out foraging, thus reducing the number o...

June 2, 2018

It's been a BEEzy couple weeks!

A few days after receiving my second package (more on that another time), I got a call from a neighbor while I was at work. A bit unusual, so I checked the voicmail ...

... he had a swarm!

Immediately my mind began running, thinking of all...

May 23, 2018

Operation: BEES!

I had become a 'Nervous Nelly' as the end of April became the first weeks of May. I kept busy reading, making minor adjustments to the apiary layout and found myself frequenting garden centers searching for the perfect bee plants as if I was outfitting...

May 21, 2018

Yesterday afternoon I took advantage of the nice (or, more accurately - cooperative) weather and made a visit to my hive.

I set up my new hive equipment to prepare for the next package which we expect this week.

I also took the opportunity to inspect the hive. My husband...

May 13, 2018

Today was hive inspection day! I've been anxiously, nervously and excitedly awaiting this day for almost two weeks!

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ince I installed on that cold Sunday, I was a little afraid of inspecting last Sunday. So I originally expected I would do it throughout the week. Howeve...

May 8, 2018

'To Bee or Not to Bee'

Books, school, videos, meetings, one on one chats and then the icing on my cake ... an opportunity to visit a bee yard during hive inspections!

Excitement, fear and doubt all swirled about my brain, as the planned day arrived. My biggest conce...

May 1, 2018

    So I have to apologize for just now getting my blog out there. I've been busy arguing with the weather so I can get 2 million things accomplished outdoors. Then my computer broke (good ole duck tape got it up and running again) . You see, I went to a part time stat...

April 30, 2018

What a weekend!

Yesterday I drove out to Rick's house and picked up my first ever bee package! While I was excited, he could tell I was a little nervous. He picked out a box that wasn't sticky from syrup, gently brushed off some 'outsiders' hanging around the outside of...