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We Are Splitting This Year!

My nephew was incredibly flexible when he was young.  He reminded me of the comic book character Plastic Man.  Family members joked that he was made of rubber.  He could bend his hands backwards and contort himself into poses that could only be achieved by a human body less than a decade old.  One of his more impressive tricks was dropping from a standing position into a perfect split.  He would do this so suddenly and so completely that all the females marveled and all the men winced with pain at the sight of it.  My nephew grew up and is now an adult about to leave for college.  He doesn’t perform gymnastic parlor tricks anymore, and I stopped thinking about splits until I became a beekeeper.  Doug and I have been doing splits this spring but not the kinds of splits that lead to a groin injury.  In the beekeeping world, a split is what you do when you divide a bee colony, and bee splits can be just as tricky as the splits performed by gymnasts. 

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My Thoughts on Murder Hornets

Reading through the 2020 news headlines is like peeling an apocalyptic onion.  Each layer seems worse than the one before it.  The headline that grabbed attention in October was that a nest of Asian Giant Hornets, aka Murder Hornets, was located in the state of Washington.  These large invasive insects are like the stuff of science fiction movies, and they made for perfect click bait.  One of the insect’s more undesirable qualities is that it feeds off smaller insects like honey bees and can decimate entire hives of bees.  When the story broke, many of my friends forwarded articles to me.  (I have great people in my life who support my hobbies.)  People still mention murder hornets to me regularly, so I thought it was time to write a post about to let everyone know that murder hornets are not keeping me up at night.  (Very little keeps me awake at night thanks to the anxiety relieving effects of my dogs.  You can read about the dogs in my previous post.)

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