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Plodding and stomping towards spring

The clocks are set forward and my sleep schedule is skewed. The delight of coming home to hours of sunlight will not have me springing forward into my day. I will be staying up too late for the next week … Continue reading

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Up to our ears in wax

Originally posted on Slightly Off the Grid:
Beeswax.  We’re up to our ears in beeswax. (I’m so tempted to recount an earwax story my sister told me about a certain niece’s boyfriend, but I’ll behave myself.  Family members have here enough…

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Hey, Murphy – pass the hydraulic fluid

Q: What does one do the Sunday between football play-offs and the Super Bowl? A: The things that didn’t get done while lolling on the sofa quaffing beers every Sunday since August. One could watch TV–there’s a Barry Manilow themed … Continue reading

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BSI: Bee Scene Investigator

(Note and disclaimer: The following post might actually contain factual information relevant to beekeepers.) All the bees are dead and I want to know why. I want to autopsy the bees. Technically, since they are not human beings, I want … Continue reading

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Are we too late?

One day it is time to get out the suntan lotion and a couple of beach towels because temps are nearing 70 degrees in the middle of January. Three days later we are facing the coldest part of winter. It’s just … Continue reading

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Hundreds dead in Hereford

The bees are dead. All of them. John is distressed. In the fall, he loaded each hive with fondant (bee candy made from sugar-water) for them to eat. He insulated their hives. They should have been warm and cozy with … Continue reading

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A Perfect Maywood Day

On a clear crisp October day,  where better to be than at Maywood, with a kaleidoscope of leaves floating earthward?  And what better things to do than sawmill and introduce a new family to the wonders of beekeeping? Top it … Continue reading

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On Labor Day and Hobbies

Work should not rule one’s life. I say that one week into the school year with a three-day weekend to run errands, take a nap, exercise, and play around with beeswax.  But I mean it.  And I’ll mean it in … Continue reading

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Not ready to call it a summer!

This is it.  Back-to-school week for teachers.  And I’m not ready. Oh, I’m “ready.”  I’ve gone to Office Depot for a boatload of supplies. I’ve paid Toyota a significant amount of money for scheduled maintenance on my car.  I have … Continue reading

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Tending the herb garden, with thoughts toward school

One advantage to ignoring the garden for a while (like the entire ridiculously hot month of July) is that when you finally attack the chaos, the results are dramatic.  Getting started, though is a daunting task.  Where to begin? My … Continue reading

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