Thursday, March 25, 2010

ONE STEP CLOSER TO BEEKEEPING



My equipment arrived! My husband went from a nice healthy brown to a very pale sickly white when he saw me unwrapping the hive. The delivery man couldn't even maintain composure. He asked if I was making honey. It sounded funny me making honey since the bees are the only ones making anything. LOL! When I told him yes, his reply was "Oh God, I hope they don't make me deliver the bees." What is it with men? They are the ones who aren't suppose to be afraid of anything. They're the ones who should take a stinger like a man, right!?! LOL!

Well it won't be long now. I'm counting down the days til bee arrival. I'll be painting the hive and then practicing over and over and over again opening the brood boxes and inspecting the frames. Hopefully, by the time they arrive I will have practiced so much I could beekeep in my sleep. LOL!

Did I tell everyone yet how terrified I am :/



Yes, the love of my life is a goofball. That is what makes him perfect for me. He was playing around in his new bee suit. A natural born beekeeper. LOL! Yeah right!




Yup, actually made some soap.

but... more importantly... I watched my little baby turn into a little girl. She loves to paint and I love to watch her paint.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

MY BEES WILL BE HERE IN LESS THAN 5 WEEKS




I finished my beekeeping course, ordered my bees, tonight I order my supplies. I chose the carniolan bees. Not sure if it was the best choice but I'll soon find out. They are the most docile bee, over winter better than others, but they love to swarm. I've been taught how to eliminate swarming and hopefully I don't screw it up because my neighbors wouldn't be happy if they found a swarm of bees hanging out in their backyard.

I'm very excited. Can't wait to produce my own honey and beeswax. I tend to buy a ton of both. I'll be able to give beeswax and honey gifts for the holidays, which I know people will enjoy. Not to mention getting to know everything I possibly can about such a wonderful little creature as the honey bee. My kids will be suiting up to help me with the hive, which I know they will enjoy. Stay tuned for pictures. I'll be documenting this little journey of ours and hopefully it will inspire others to take up the hobby as well. Remember, without honey bees we lose quite a bit... no nuts, less fruit, you name it.

MY LIFE WITH BEES BLOG

Friday, March 19, 2010

MY BEES HAVE BEEN ORDERED

I placed an order for my bees yesterday and I'll be picking them up on April 21. I'm more nervous than excited at this point. Right now I'm still pouring through beekeeping equipment catalogs trying to decide on what I need/want, plus making sure I remember everything I'm suppose to do once my bees arrive. I'll be ordering the beekeeping video put together by the University because it is very thorough and it will help me stay on track once my bees are hived. Yikes! Feels like April 21 is around the corner.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

PESSIMISM GETS YOU NOWHERE

I've talked with the neighbors and it seems all my pessimism did is give me sleepless nights because both neighbors were very supportive and intrigued by my need to have honeybees. The neighbors that I thought would be the easiest to convince were a bit skeptical only because the man of the house is terrified of bees after watched his own mother almost die from a bee sting. The neighbors I thought would be the most difficult to convince were excited for me and very interested in the process. So, nothing stands in my way of getting my bees except me.

I haven't decided yet whether or not I'm going to get a mentor first and experience bees that way for a while or jump right in with both feet and worry about a mentor later. I'm nervous! I want my bees now but I'm afraid I won't find a mentor and I'd really really like one to be present for my first hiving experience and my first inspection but for now I have to take my child in for a doctors appointment so my fretting over the need for bees is going to have to wait a few hours.

Monday, March 15, 2010

DREAMING ABOUT BEES

All I did is dream about bees last night. Trying to remember everything we learned. Scraping queens cells off to avoid swarming, inspecting for mites in spring and fall, how to lay the frames down to avoid killing the queen, etc... Is it normal to be as nervous as I am about all of this?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I MADE IT!


Not quite a beekeeper yet but 1/2 way there. I finished my 2 day 16 hour beekeeping course at the University of Minnesota. It was FANTASTIC! You'd think after sitting for so many hours I wouldn't want to do it again but it was full of information I kept wishing the time would tick by slower. Our professor said we need to come back next year, after we successfully winter our first hive, for the advanced beekeeping course so I guess I'll just have to hold off for more info. Now it is time to prepare for bees.

First order of business, talk to the neighbors. I wasn't going to do this but I've learned that it is important because they may be allergic to honeybees and that would be terrible. Tomorrow I plan on visiting the neighbors on each side of my house and let them know I have intentions of keeping bees and whether or not they have concerns. I'm a pessimist by nature so I'm thinking they aren't going to like it too much but hoping they will surprise me.

If my neighbors are allergic I'll be holding off til next spring to get my bees, buying property up north so I have a "faraway" place to keep the new hive. I'm hoping that won't be the case since I know I'll forget much of what I learned in the process of waiting til 2011 but I may not have a choice.

Right now I'm gitty just thinking about my bees. If I get the green light from the neighbors I'll be setting up my hive sometime in mid April. I'm a little anxious just thinking about it but I keep telling myself "yes you can, yes you can, yes you can" like that little train did. Hopefully all that positive self talk works or I'm in deep doo doo.

Friday, March 12, 2010

BEEKEEPING COURSE STARTS TOMORROW

I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I'll be studying bees for two full days (16 hours) total. I received a message telling me that 250 people have signed up for the course. I keep wondering what classes will be like. With such a large number of people attending are we going to be able to ask questions? Will everything be done by slideshow? The last time I was in a class with more than a 100 people was in college and I didn't like it because I was just a number and it created a limit on learning but hopefully this will be different.