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
Beekeepers have some unique traits. One of those unique traits is our obsession with examining dead bees especially after an entire colony dies. We take pictures of our dead bees and post them in beekeeper groups on social media. I spent a significant portion of time one day this week examining photos of dead bees from a hive in Alabama trying to figure out why the bees died. It occurred to me after the fact, that many people may not consider this behavior normal.
I loathe January. If January were a vegetable, it would be cauliflower except unlike cauliflower January can’t be redeemed with a cheese sauce. New Year’s Day is an awful. Everyone is tired because they stayed up too late. January is when everyone starts overly ambitious resolutions to exercise more and drink kale smoothies for breakfast. January is also a terrible month if you are a beekeeper. The weather is too cold to open the hives. You just have to hope that all your fall preparations are working and you don’t have a pile of dead bees at the bottom of the hive.
The temperature outside as I type is 16 degrees F (-9 degrees C). The worst part about winter in Kentucky is that all of January and most of February is gray. Glimpses of the sun are rare. Everybody gets depressed and ill tempered probably because we are all starved for vitamin D. Winter brings an extra layer of frustration since I developed eczema. The cold, dry air makes eczema worse, and I am unable to wear sweaters because they aggravate my skin. I just keep layering long sleeve cotton t-shirts to fortify myself against the cold. To counter my gray mood, I scrolled through my 2019 pictures and am sharing my favorites with you. Think of this post as honey flavored eye candy. Enjoy. Continue reading
This is the post to read if you ever wondered how beekeepers get their bees. January and February are the months when astute beekeepers place their orders for the bees they need in the spring. Hopefully established beekeepers won’t need to order bees because their colonies survived the winter. Sometimes an established beekeeper will still order new bees because they want to expand or they want to introduce different genetics into their colonies. Beekeepers have multiple options for ordering bees. Continue reading
Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Doug and I have a huge project starting in 2020 that we are happy to share with you. We are creating a 26 acre conservation area and pollinator habitat. This is unlike anything we have ever done before, but if Morgan Freeman, can do it so can we. (In case you didn’t know, Morgan Freeman recently converted his 124 acre ranch in Mississippi to a bee sanctuary. I am a huge Morgan Freeman fan. He actually helped me learn to read thanks to his work on the Electric Company.)
Winter is the nervous season for beekeepers. December is the month that I prepare to celebrate Christmas and the month that I begin to obsess about whether our bees are alive or dead. My anxieties were further fueled this month when another Kentucky beekeeper posted on Facebook that she found one of her colonies had died. What was happening to our bees? The bees’ unknown condition continuously stoked my anxiety. Continue reading