Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Bees

Jon can't be still, or rest, or slow down or be stagnant. EVER.
It's super admirable especially since I'm close to his polar opposite.
Sometimes it drives me insane, and sometimes I have to step in and call a stop to the madness. Most times I just sit back, accept it, laugh at it and be amazed by it. Sometimes, I even get caught up in the busy.

Spring, Summer and Fall are easy for him to be busy- but Winter is TOUGH. So each year he latches on to something to pass the time.

Last year it was his obsession with RV's, the year before that it was finding THE perfect boat, the year before that it was buying a tractor.

This year? Becoming a beekeeper.
He spent all winter reading books, researching on line and talking about how awesome it would be to have bees. He even offered the honey from his bees to Wade & Sarah to use as wedding favors.

"Honey by Jon"
I told you, obsessed.

On Thursday night his obsession became a reality.
Wade came over and we were outside waiting for them to arrive.


I got a text that said, "Bee ETA 5 minutes"


So exciting.
In these pictures, the opening to the hive is covered so there isn't any danger.


That one bee must have been late getting home because he was stuck outside the hive. He drove for 2 hours in the back of the truck clinging to the screen so that he wouldn't lose his family.

Jon got them all set up on their special "skunk proof" blocks. I wasn't aware that we had a skunk problem, but by all means....let's be on the safe side.


After they were all set up, it was time to remove the safety screening. That meant putting on the bee suit. This picture makes me laugh- clearly bee keeping is very serious business!


Day 1- nobody got stung. Not bad!

Although I have forbidden Cooper to go near the bees until we're more comfortable with them he couldn't' wait to try on the suit.


I'll admit it's pretty interesting, totally green and makes a great story. What's not to love?

Stay tuned for more bee adventures.


The Browns said...

Have I told you how much I love your husband?! When can we come over to see them???

Kathy said...

Oh my bother isnever a dull moment. I can't wait for some"Neb honey"!!

for the love of a house said...

omg... I am fascinated by bees and beekeeping!! I can't wait to hear all about this new adventure!


Lora said...

a lot of people do that here too (yes, in the city!!) and it is SO good. My favorite is butter bean, whatever that means.

Also, it's supposed to be good for your allergies if you eat the honey.

If it goes on sale, let me know. I'd love some Joney. I mean, HONEY!!

dana said...

heeeheee!!! and all i can think about is cooper's "cat-like reflexes". can't wait to try some of jon's honey this summer!

Christa said...

My sister in Germany is all excited too. She loves everything bio or homemade. And yes, they say that people have more allergies today because they don't eat honey which the bees make from pollen (allergies ... pollen!)

Jennifer Barnum said...

Love Jon, love you and more importantly...I love honey. I want some.