a new hobby

this weekend was absolutely beautiful! 60 degrees, sunny. our boys enjoyed the sun too.


we spent every moment that we could outside. preparing for the spring and summer months. we are getting super excited! can you tell what we are doing with all these cinder blocks? this is a very, very before picture. i can’t wait to show the finished product in the upcoming weeks.


we also stopped by our new beekeeper friends home to pick up some supplies. that is right. beekeeping supplies. we ordered our first 3lb package of bees and 1 queen. i love that she arrives separately with 2 attendants. 3lbs does sound like a lot but really it is the minimum that you can order.

so here is our hive! waiting to be painted by yours truly. i really want to paint something pretty like flowers or bees on it. just a white box sounds so boring to me. we will see.


we also bought the smoker (the most important tool, in my opinion!), no-sting gloves for me, and hats and veils to protect our face and neck.

while at the bee farm we discovered blackberry creamed honey. oh my word. it is heaven. after tasting we immediately bought a jar. this weekend we used it on my oatmeal, whole grain panckes instead of syrup!


so the important decision that i have to make and i need your help with is … what should i name our first queen bee? my hilarious husband has voted betty white. i think that is pretty good. what do you all think? the winning comment will win something super yummy!

6 comments
Kathy Kariher
Kathy Kariher

We have a number of suggestions:1. Queen Anne's Revenge--you could just refer to her as Anne. (see note above regarding Marie Antoinette for justification) Additional info: Eighth grade Social Studies term.2. You could just call her Honey--No last name needed--like Madonna and Cher. But we all know she's Honey Bee.3. Queen of Sheeba--just call her Sheeba4. Deri--a nod to the wonderful sweet delights that can be had on an especially warm summer evening. On her pedigree will be listed her actual name--Dairy Queen.

hydr0xy
hydr0xy

Marie Antoinette, foreshadowing the inevitable revolt of the worker bees.

Myra
Myra

Cleopatra?

Naomi
Naomi

Queen Biatch. :P