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About marriedwithbees

I am half of a husband and wife beekeeping team. In 2016, I left the corporate world to focus on things that matter: helping people, raising bees, tending the garden and playing with dogs.

Let’s Stop Using the Term “Non-Essential Employees”

This post comes from my left field group of posts, which you can read about here.   If you want to read something soothing about bees, butterflies, and flowers you need to check out my posts on beekeeping.  In this post, I am unleashing my frustration on the phrase “non-essential employees.”

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Grocery Shopping with Honey Bees

Grocery shopping has taken on a new meaning in the pandemic.  Grocery shopping is my favorite of all the household chores.  I love the orderliness of a grocery store, the bright lighting, and the products from around the world.  I like trying to find the subtle Jedi mind tricks that the grocery store uses to get me to buy more.  Grocery shopping has become a more harrowing and utilitarian chore since the pandemic.  I no longer linger in the aisles.  I get in and out like a commando hoping that I haven’t contracted a deadly virus along the way.  Our local bee club hosted a virtual club meeting this month with the Kentucky State Apiarist, Dr. Tammy Horn Potter.  She educated us on honey bee nutrition and discussed what forager bees have on their “grocery list.”  In this post, I will share with you some of Dr. Potter’s facts, which blew my mind.  Her talk resonated with me since I like both bees and grocery stores. Continue reading

Pandemic Beekeeping

This spring started out full of promise.  We had gentle warm days and mild, cool evenings.  The spring flowers were magnificent and provided a much needed mental boost to all of us stuck in quarantine.  The bees were doing well too packing in honey and increasing their numbers.  Just when everything was going great, the weather gave us a sucker punch.  Did Mother Nature tell spring to go home and shelter in place?  I am slowly learning not to expect much of 2020.  If I were going to give 2020 a theme song, it would be “Hard Candy Christmas.”  If 2020 had a slogan, it would be “You get what you get and don’t throw a fit.”

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A Soft Buzz of Hope

My prayer is that all who read this post are well.  My blog has been inactive for almost two months.  I couldn’t write.  There was just too much sadness.  With all the grief and loss in the world, writing a light hearted post about bees felt irreverent.  This spring has been one of the prettiest in recent memory.  My periwinkle, phlox, tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinth all put on a grand show, but I didn’t take any pictures. Photography also felt irreverent.  The blooms were comforting, though, in the same way a vase of a flowers is comforting when you stand by a casket. Continue reading

MarriedWithBees UNLEASHED!

Thank you to all of you that read my blog posts.  I appreciate all your views, likes, and comments.  I truly enjoy writing these posts, and I am always amazed that people besides my mom and dad actually want to read them.    Things are going to be changing in the blog, and I wanted to give everyone a heads up so you aren’t surprised. Continue reading