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
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
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.)
Snow is covering the ground here, and the bees are all clustered around their respective queens keeping them warm for the winter. Just before the really cold weather hit, Doug installed quilt boxes and inserted winter patties into each hive. Quilt boxes contain burlap and wood shavings that can absorb condensation. Moisture is a killer of bees in the winter. The bee cluster stays about 80 degrees F, and moisture can condense on the inner cover of the hive. The quilt box catches the condensation instead of letting it drip back onto the bees. Most of our bees have lots of stored honey, but the winter patties are an extra source of nutrition just in case they need it. Since the bees are all snuggled in for the winter, I decided to write about what I have been doing to transform my flower garden into a monarch waystation.
May 20 is World Bee Day. I don’t know the proper custom for celebrating this holiday. A magical bee fairy doesn’t come and visit children at night and leave presents. Although, you may want to stand by your kids beds while they sleep and make a buzzing sound. When they wake up you can yell “Surprise! It’s World Bee Day.” The purpose of World Bee Day is to draw attention to the plight of all bees not just the honey bees, who I believe have much better publicists than the other bees. World bee day seemed like a good day to write a post about the status of our honey bees. Continue reading
Tomorrow is opening day. To many the beginning of the baseball season marks the beginning of spring. The bees have also been letting us know that spring is on the way. Continue reading
Most people don’t realize that over 4,000 species of bees live in North America. Many of the same factors that threaten honey bees threaten wild bees. Honey bees just have better publicists so you hear more about the struggles of honey bees. People can help wild bees by making bee hotels. Bee hotels provide habitat to some of the common wild bees such as mason bees and leaf cutter bees that make their homes in small cavities they find in wood. Continue reading