Gold Star!

Gold Star!

I have to pat myself on the back!


I gave myself a gold star!


I really deserve a double star!


I actually made a list last week.  I know, no surprise there!  The kicker...


I crossed everything off the list!


This has not happened in a long, long time.  I couldn't actually believe it.  I had to sit back, and just enjoy the moment for a bit.  I may be getting ahead of myself, but I am shooting for two in a row.  I have made a new list.  Can I do it?


One of the things I promised you little children last week - I would drag my camera around with me on a few of my chores, and I actually kept my word.  On Sunday, as I was working all of my bee hives before the cold moved back in, I captured some moments.  


Can I say?  


Working hives and shooting pictures - more than a little tough.  


For one thing, when you do anything with bees, you end up with some sticky some where.  It may be honey. It may be wax.  It may be pollen patty.  It may be bee syrup.  It may be a combination of all of these things.  


None-of-the-above  should be within ten feet of my camera!


I saw a lot of this when I opened my hives...



All of these girls are staying huddled in the center of their hive boxes.  They are doing this for warmth. Leaving the frames on the outside unused for now.


Some of them are being a little wasteful and building comb in places that it should not be.  I don't like it when they do this, and they don't like it when I get rid of it.  It is wasted energy on their part, and if I just left it in there, it would cause problems every time I pulled a frame out of the box.



I did find this old girl.



I don't know if you remember her from last year.  It looks like her paint is worn a little, but she is still going strong.  Here is her debut photo of 2013.



Just as I would expect, I did find evidence of the new generations to come.  Please note the cells in the photo below.  The white dot you see in the bottom of each cell is a freshly laid egg.



I need to take a moment to personally thank my eye doctor.  He was kind enough to help me find contacts that I could actually see out of.  Contacts that eliminate my need for reading glasses.  Contacts that enable me to find these tiny little signs of new life.


Thank you, Dr. Trusty.


You rock!


I also made it over to see a friend's new greenhouse.  Luckily, I still had my camera.  I printed and framed this photo, and will give it to her as a gift. 



This is her tree, in her greenhouse, with her bee.




Don't tell her.


It's a surprise!

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