How We Got Back Our Beekeeping Mojo

Last year my husband Doug and I were ready to quit beekeeping.  The hobby we started just three years earlier felt more like a job than a recreational activity.  The bees didn’t feel like our pets.  They felt like our bosses.  Imagine having 250,000 different bosses at work, and all of them have the capability to sting you when they are unhappy with your performance.  “I don’t want to do this anymore,” Doug said late last summer.  The story of how we went from wanting to quit beekeeping to getting back our beekeeping mojo is not just a story about bees.  It’s a story about life.  Maybe reading our story can help you if you feel like you have lost your mojo too.     

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What Does It Mean to Age Gracefully?

Growing up, I had a great aunt who I will refer to as Aunt D.  Aunt D. grew up in the Great Depression, saw all three of her brothers drafted to fight in WW II, and outlived her husband.  My cousins and I loved to go to her house because she was so much fun.  She would cook us hot dogs, and we would play Bingo.  She ran through the yard with sparklers on July 4th.  Aunt D. rode a go-cart through the yard on her 80th birthday.  She rode on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle when she was well over 80.  As she grew older, she began to complain about her friends.  They would go on senior outings to the local amusement park, and her friends would only shop and watch shows.  Aunt D. wanted to ride the roller coasters! Did Aunt D. age gracefully?  Exactly what does it mean to age gracefully?

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