Monday, November 18, 2013

Four Done, Two To Go

Sheesh, look at those weeds!

Today I'm working on the hives at the Walkers'. Opened up the hive on the right, only a few bees here.

Not too bad when you're inside the hive.

But, there's no honey. None.

There is some nectar, but I'm going to need to watch and feed these bees heavily over winter.

Sugar board on top, mouse guard on, and done. =) Halfway finished!

Second hive, similar to the first when I first peeked...

Plenty of bees.

And, oh my gosh, honey!

Thank goodness! Maybe I should combine these two hives to over winter?

After the mouse guard, and done. Two-thirds of the way finished. =D

Oh, and I pulled some weeds too. =) I don't really like how the sugar is propping the hive open, I'm going to try to make or buy Imirie shims, so that there will be enough space inside for sugar boards.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Putting the Bees to Bed

 So last week, my little girl was in the school play. =)

 Followed by a cold. Apparently, it something that most of the cast got. =(

 But today, I started putting my bees to bed for the winter. I'm a little late, I know, but better late than never! I had to wait until around 1 in the afternoon for the temperature to get above 50 degrees, so I didn't freeze my girls. I brought mouse guards, bottom boards, and sugar blocks. (in the bag)

 Starting on the Wild hive, I opened it and removed the syrup feeder, and this is what I saw:

 Top super, full of honey! Yay! Middle and bottom supers have nothing. No bees, no nothing.

 Bottom board is on and, after removing the empty supers, here's what's left:

 Next, we move to Dave's girls. Open the top, lift the syrup feeder, aaannd... Nothing? Uh-oh!

 Oh, here's the reason why. They just hate the queen excluder. I think next year, I'll put them under the hives. See if that stops them from swarming.

 This is the shallow super, the one that the wax kept melting out of. They've fixed it up, but none of it is straight. I popped that poky-out bit off, and pushed the larger waves down a bit. I would have pulled the frames, and replaced them for next year, but this shallow is where they have all their stored honey.

 The deep has nothing stored, but it was full of bees. Unlike the other hive.. So, I left it there with the shallow honey super. I don't think that they will have enough food for winter, I'll have to feed them as often as I can.

 This is a deep frame, just an inch of honey on one side, and empty cells beneath.

 Here's a better shot of that frame. So very empty.

 After the extra supers were removed, bottom boards put on, and sugar candy boards put on- I screwed on the mouse guards. Not a bad day. =)

 I was asked while I was there why I was taking away the empty boxes, so I thought I'd share here too. 
 Since bees generate their own heat, it's easier for them to heat a smaller space rather than a larger empty one. Think of a small space heater in a large room, doesn't do much good there, does it? But that same small space heater will work wonders for warming up a small bathroom.
 If they had honey stores in several supers, I would have left them on. As they would walk around, eating that honey all winter. But heating an empty space for no return, just makes them work harder and use more of their stored honey for no good reason.

 Hopefully, next week will be warm enough to go tuck in the rest of the hives!

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Back Story, or Other Stuff We've Done While Not Writing

We completed our dive training, and we're now certified divers! 

This is the first open water dive at Lake Sequassen.

It was freezing, but we had hot chocolate. =)

And our second open water dive, out of Bridgeport. We swam around "The Mystery Wreck of Penfield Reef". 

 Our intrepid leader, Lori. =)

My friend Sally and I rode bikes together. Here she is, not showing her face. *shakes fist*

I fell off of Vince.   =(    Twice.

A local church had it's annual fair. This is "Congregational Soup" . Many people make their favorite soups, and they all get added to the cauldron... It's fantastic! I have some there for lunch, and buy 2 large containers for home. It never lasts past the next day. =)


Erin and her friend getting ready for cosplay at another friends house.

Characters from Homestuck.

We went to Lake Compounce for a haunted Halloween walk. It was awesome! 

I love that he let her drive. =)

I want this detail on my own fence someday!

That's about all for now. What have you been up to? =)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Cheeseburger in Paradise

I found this recipe posted on Facebook:

Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffett


1 lb lean ground beef
1 large onion (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon of seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
a dash of worcestershire sauce
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
(I used 3/4 cheddar and 1/4 mozzarella)
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of Original Bisquick mix
2 eggs


Heat oven to 400°F.
Spray a 9 inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray Cook beef and
chopped onion in a skillet over medium about 10 minutes or until beef
is brown. Drain excess fat. Stir in salt, garlic powder and worcester
sauce and then spread in pie plate. Next, sprinkle the shredded cheese
on top of the beef. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs and
Bisquick. Make sure you try to get as many lumps out as you can. Pour
over meat mixture. Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until a knife comes
out clean. Cheeseburger pie.
Serves 4-5 people

So I decided to make it for my friends that we go Trick-or-Treating with. =)

It was a hit!
Thank you random person on Facebook!