Sunday, June 30, 2013


I am happy to say that I have the internet on my computer again!
I know we live in the 21st Century, but I happen to live in the boon docks where internet is not so prevalent.
But I have it, thanks to a wonderful device called the Jetpack.

Verizon Jetpack® 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MHS291L
It's perfect and it makes me happy. I AM my own wi-fi hotspot!
Now I can do my work that involves the internet without having to lug my computer and papertwork to a wi-fi hotspot. 
Life is back to normal. Or as normal as it can be in the boon docks!
Until next time....

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Bees Knees

Last year I had one hive. It did fairly well and I was able to get 6 pints of honey from that one hive. It was a season of learning and growing as a hobby bee keeper. Sadly my hive swarmed in mid September.

A few months ago I got in touch with an apiary that was looking into downsizing their work production and sell some of their bees. I was eager to help them out. I bought 5 Nucs from them. The Nucs would eventually be full blown hives if the queen and colony was strong.

These are the Nucs ready to make the trip to their new home. A Nuc is a smaller hive of 5 frames. It is a great place to start when there is need to split a colony or when several queen cells are being produced.

Here the Nucs are on top of the hives they will be moved to. As you can see there is a lot of activity. Some of the bees are already checking out the hives they will move into.

They certainly are busy.

The bees transitioned quite nicely into their new home. I have had them for about 2.5 months. One hive has already swarmed. I am not sure why, but it could have been a sick, injured, or absent queen. 

I have been checking them for activity about every 2 weeks to make sure the queens are laying lots of eggs. So far so good. It looks like they are doing well. I am keeping my fingers crossed since bees can be hit or miss.

I am hoping the other 4 remain with me and give me lots of lessons and lots of honey.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Back At It

Last August I tore my ACL. With in a week I had surgery to replace it. That put my life of exercise on hold for a while. No soccer for at least a year from surgery, no running until I was cleared/finished with physical therapy. For me, no exercise is hard on me.

In the interim I discovered The Dailey Method, stretch and flex as my husband calls it. It was a perfect segue back to my world of exercise. I have been doing that fairly consistently since Halloween. I think I have sort of burned out with that regimen. I am still going at least twice a week, but feel like I need more.

Today I ran, not far and not long, but I ran. It is the first day since I had my knee fixed that my knee has felt good enough to run. It felt so good that I intend to put another mile in before I pick the boys up from school. This is progress! Running isn't my favorite thing to do, but it keeps me sane, it's easy to do, and fairly inexpensive. It always makes me feel good after I finish a run, my mind is clear, my heart is open, and my soul is calmed.

It's nice to be back at it.