transporting 30,000 bees and other weekend festivities

friday the 13th.  typically i am not phased.  but when the beekeeping husband put on the calendar that he was going to be driving 3 pounds of bees (approximately 30,000) from our neck of the woods to his parents farm, about two hours across the state line.  i got a little nervous.

so, of course, i volunteered to go with him.

but first, 12 gallons of sugar water (bee food) needed to be made.  i don’t remember volunteering but since the husband is phenomenal at making epic messes in the kitchen, i decided this was a job i could handle.

plus i had martha stewart in the kitchen to help clean lick sugar off the floor.

so friday the 13th was no match.  we made it successfully with no stings.  no emergencies.  we arrived to the most beautiful day.  fun clouds.  lots of sun.  a perfect day on my in-laws farm.  i love the photograph below of my father-in-law.

this is how we roll.  beekeeper style.

adding sugar water made by yours truly.  the first two hives the husband placed the freed bees while still in their box.  he then went back a couple days later to remove the box and check on the queens.

for the third box, he used the shake method.  basically he opens up the box and shakes the bees out.  it is a little cray cray to say the least.

let me reiterate, no stings.  no gloves.  it is a mystery.

i may have been in charge of painting the hives.

i love this beekeeping husband of mine.  i love his passion for this hobby that was inspired by watching his great grandfather.  i could do without the smoky smell.

the rest of the weekend was spent watching red sox baseball.  i am so tremendously sad that one of my favorite players is now on the dl and i am crossing my fingers it is just a partial dislocated shoulder and won’t require a season ending surgery.  and although it was sad watching the sox without jacboy in the lineup they are officially on a winning streak.

i seriously love baseball movies.  i have many memories of watching major league over and over again during summer vacation with my little brother.

on sunday i took a spontaneous beach trip with my crafting soul mate.  she has been featured on the blog before with her amazing surprise birthday party during book club that she threw for me.  which included baking brownies inside of egg shells.  she has become a very close friend and i jumped at the opportunity for a girls day with her.

she and i are both food lovers.  we had quite the spread.  black bean and corn salad for lettuce wraps from the lettuce in my garden.  two types of salsas that when paired together were taste bud exploding delicious.  mango, grapes, watermelon.  and grape leaves.  which i have not yet discussed my new love for with her and she just knew (see it is true we are soul mates).

i brought several camera lenses.  an extra memory card.   while setting up the food i realized, no camera battery.  oh well.  i guess another trip needs to be in the works.  i am officially sun burned or as i am referring to as my jamaica base tan. thank you so much for kidnapping me for the day laura!

i love having a full weekend which will hopefully spill over into a wonderful week.