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It’s a Bees Life

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After several months of going back and forth to Portland, we have been content to stay at home. We tend to our small garden and I have really enjoyed getting to eat a cucumber everyday.

DSCN9356 Our bees are doing well and their activity keeps us entertained. We have been watching Little League finals in Williamsport, PA. The Mother Hen in me watches every little facial expression of joy, sadness, and the tears of disappointment. It pulls at my heartstrings as I observe them.  I hope that they are never told, that boys or men are not supposed to cry.  I cheer them on, in the sidelines of our living room. The team from Lewisberg, PA is quite impressive, as well as others, but I give them all a high-five for putting their hearts into what they have a passion for.

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Kind of Primitive

But it worked..

DSCN7336We will eventually purchase a honey extractor. Until then we will just have to be creative. This is from our first frame.

DSCN7342I take no credit for working with the bees. I only put the honey in the jar and Bee Man does the work. Bees are incredible. No lazy bone bees.  Our method will improve in time. I have an idea of using a crock to put underneath the strainer. We try to be thrifty, when we can. I sure hope children are learning about them. I do recall a book from the Magic School Bus series on Bees, that I came across while working at a library.

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What Works for Me

In December of this year, we will have lived in Oregon for two years. We have done some exploring, but have spent most of our time still settling in. Planting plants is recreational for us and checking out different kinds of plants that are unfamiliar to us, is a treat. We have some new Bee residents now, and they appear to be doing well. I just have one bit of advice for you about bees, don’t let one get stuck in your hair. It has happened to me twice and the lesson was, always pull your hair back or wear a hat. Now, I don’t normally get that close to the bee’s and they do leave us alone, but I was assisting the Bee keeper and he just jumps right in there without any of that silly protective covering..Lol!  I really appreciate the look of a small quaint towns, but I find driving through Portland kind of fascinating. I like observing the old brick buildings, admiring the charm of older homes, with yards of lush greenery, and all of the great colors coming from Rhododendron’s, Clematis’s, Azalea’s and more. On a recent visit to Portland I had an opportunity to walk through a neighborhood while my husband went to shop at a Bee supply store.

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While on our way to locate a bakery we had passed, we ventured into a local farmer’s market. As I looked around I discovered some greeting cards for sale. I was very much attracted to the artist, Mason Parkers style of watercolor. They have that charm I like and I see that he will have some 2016 calendars for sale in the near future. I’ll be first in line..

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