so far

Jun. 13th, 2009 05:45 pm
parhelli0n: (Family)
Today has been good. I woke up at 7:30 to Gill singing the song I usually sing to her when I'm waking her up for school. I rolled over, grumbled something about cereal, and then smiled to myself as she cheerfully walked back out, poured herself some breakfast, and watched cartoons. Sweet Jeebus, this is a good age.

We took my grandmother out for drinks and hors d'oeuvres today ("we" being Mom, Amy, and I) at Jonathan Pasco's. It was great, given that I haven't spent any quality time with my grandma in way too long. She's funny and bright and strong-willed, and it's always a pleasure seeing her. Come to find out, she made Amy and I come Chex Mix. This is a Big Deal, to be explained some other time.

I'm painting boxes right now, in lieu of going to game. My folks were going to watch Gill tonight and tomorrow, and forgot that they had a Jack and Jill to go to. So, I'm home, and I'm making good use of my time. I added a deep and a shallow super to the more active hive, but couldn't find my smoker or my gloves, so I didn't bother pulling frames to the top (that would have led to a lot of activity and aggravation with my poor bees, and I opted for the slower, but safer, route.) They'll fill the supers a little slower to start with, because they don't smell like the rest of the hive yet, but that's OK.
I still need to get into the hive at some point and check for Queen Cells. I don't need to lose half of my hive to swarming, thanks anyway.

so far

Jun. 13th, 2009 05:45 pm
parhelli0n: (Family)
Today has been good. I woke up at 7:30 to Gill singing the song I usually sing to her when I'm waking her up for school. I rolled over, grumbled something about cereal, and then smiled to myself as she cheerfully walked back out, poured herself some breakfast, and watched cartoons. Sweet Jeebus, this is a good age.

We took my grandmother out for drinks and hors d'oeuvres today ("we" being Mom, Amy, and I) at Jonathan Pasco's. It was great, given that I haven't spent any quality time with my grandma in way too long. She's funny and bright and strong-willed, and it's always a pleasure seeing her. Come to find out, she made Amy and I come Chex Mix. This is a Big Deal, to be explained some other time.

I'm painting boxes right now, in lieu of going to game. My folks were going to watch Gill tonight and tomorrow, and forgot that they had a Jack and Jill to go to. So, I'm home, and I'm making good use of my time. I added a deep and a shallow super to the more active hive, but couldn't find my smoker or my gloves, so I didn't bother pulling frames to the top (that would have led to a lot of activity and aggravation with my poor bees, and I opted for the slower, but safer, route.) They'll fill the supers a little slower to start with, because they don't smell like the rest of the hive yet, but that's OK.
I still need to get into the hive at some point and check for Queen Cells. I don't need to lose half of my hive to swarming, thanks anyway.
parhelli0n: (Nice cuppa)
I just found out that Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviets, not the Allies. Go pro-American propaganda!

My Dad has decided to get more bees. This pleases me, because I love bees, but it also makes me wonder if he is assuming that I'll keep them for him. Hrm. The look on his face when I say, "Nope." will be photo worthy. I'm going to require something written to contract our division of assets if he wants me to do all the work. For the past 5 years, it was, "If you keep them, you can have the honey and the wax. I just want them to pollinate the orchard." I busted my ass all spring and summer, out there with jeans and a hood on in 90 degree heat to make sure they were healthy and didn't swarm. When it came harvest time, I'd do all the work, and he'd give my honey away and leave me with a pint or two. There are few things more frustrating.

Yesterday sucked a nut. I don't know if everyone had the type of nothing-is-going-right weekend that I did, or if I did something to simultaneously piss of everyone that I come in contact with. Either way, almost everyone (read: boss, co-worker, mother) was very pissy with me yesterday. Hopefully, today will be better.

Back to your lives citizens. Meme forthcoming.
parhelli0n: (Nice cuppa)
I just found out that Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviets, not the Allies. Go pro-American propaganda!

My Dad has decided to get more bees. This pleases me, because I love bees, but it also makes me wonder if he is assuming that I'll keep them for him. Hrm. The look on his face when I say, "Nope." will be photo worthy. I'm going to require something written to contract our division of assets if he wants me to do all the work. For the past 5 years, it was, "If you keep them, you can have the honey and the wax. I just want them to pollinate the orchard." I busted my ass all spring and summer, out there with jeans and a hood on in 90 degree heat to make sure they were healthy and didn't swarm. When it came harvest time, I'd do all the work, and he'd give my honey away and leave me with a pint or two. There are few things more frustrating.

Yesterday sucked a nut. I don't know if everyone had the type of nothing-is-going-right weekend that I did, or if I did something to simultaneously piss of everyone that I come in contact with. Either way, almost everyone (read: boss, co-worker, mother) was very pissy with me yesterday. Hopefully, today will be better.

Back to your lives citizens. Meme forthcoming.

update

Apr. 25th, 2005 04:19 pm
parhelli0n: (starbuck business)
I was feeling productive yesterday, so I put in some wildflowers, clover and catgrass in the front yard. I didn't get to my bulbs, but took off to see my parents instead.

I checked on my hives yesterday (I had checked one during a warm day in February, and it was fine). Something in my gut told me not to bother getting on a hood and gloves. I just went down, popped off the top, and looked in.

Dead. All of them. Not a single living bee to be had. They must have frozen to death before spring. They all were still in place, trying to keep the queen alive. Poor little bastards.

I tried to keep my spirits up by harvesting the rest of the honey (they froze to death long before they ran out of their stores of food). I could have left it there for the wasps, ants, and mice to eat, but I opted aganist it. I ended up with about 20 frames, which I took back to the house. I intended to try and extract the honey. Good idea, right? Why did I have to start this at 4pm on a 55 degree day??

Anyway, after a frustrating few hours, I gave up on extracting the honey from the frames. It's like molasses-- when it's too cold, the honey just won't move. I need it to be hot enough to drip off of the honeycomb. Alas, this week isn't supposed to get over 60, so I won't be finishing it this week either. How frustrating to have 35 lbs of honey sitting on my porch and no real way to get it into bottles. *sigh* (and for the record, NO, I'm not going to do it inside. Far too messy)

On a good note, I have a friend who wants to learn how to keep bees, and is willing to go in on a hive with me (it costs $150ish for 3 lbs. of bees and a queen). New beginnings, I guess. Out with the old...

update

Apr. 25th, 2005 04:19 pm
parhelli0n: (starbuck business)
I was feeling productive yesterday, so I put in some wildflowers, clover and catgrass in the front yard. I didn't get to my bulbs, but took off to see my parents instead.

I checked on my hives yesterday (I had checked one during a warm day in February, and it was fine). Something in my gut told me not to bother getting on a hood and gloves. I just went down, popped off the top, and looked in.

Dead. All of them. Not a single living bee to be had. They must have frozen to death before spring. They all were still in place, trying to keep the queen alive. Poor little bastards.

I tried to keep my spirits up by harvesting the rest of the honey (they froze to death long before they ran out of their stores of food). I could have left it there for the wasps, ants, and mice to eat, but I opted aganist it. I ended up with about 20 frames, which I took back to the house. I intended to try and extract the honey. Good idea, right? Why did I have to start this at 4pm on a 55 degree day??

Anyway, after a frustrating few hours, I gave up on extracting the honey from the frames. It's like molasses-- when it's too cold, the honey just won't move. I need it to be hot enough to drip off of the honeycomb. Alas, this week isn't supposed to get over 60, so I won't be finishing it this week either. How frustrating to have 35 lbs of honey sitting on my porch and no real way to get it into bottles. *sigh* (and for the record, NO, I'm not going to do it inside. Far too messy)

On a good note, I have a friend who wants to learn how to keep bees, and is willing to go in on a hive with me (it costs $150ish for 3 lbs. of bees and a queen). New beginnings, I guess. Out with the old...

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