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Varroa in a larva from a cell broken open when shifting boxes. 
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Saturday August 1st 2015

Today Sunny. High 31. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness early this evening. Low 13.

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Another bright, hot day.  We are expecting Jean and Kenzie to arrive sometime during the day.  I'm thinking of having a bonfire tonight.

Today's background picture is a reminder to start checking for varroa and getting a control plan in place in  case the loads are high.  If more than a few varroa are found,  then pulling the supers off early may be necessary.  How early depends on how bad the varroa levels are.

We still have a month or more of honey flow, but this is the time of year that varroa build up quickly and varroa can take beekeepers by surprise if they are not watching. By the time you see varroa on the bees and at the entrances, it is too late. The only way to know is by mite drops, alcohol washes or sugar shakes. Alcohol washes are the best method and easiest to interpret.

Pulling supers and treating  means sacrificing the tail end of the flow and letting the last of the season's honey go into the brood chambers, rather than extracting every last scrap of honey and replacing it with cheaper sugar.

With honey prices down 25%, the price differential between sugar and honey is less than last year, reducing the incentive to take all the honey possible and making wintering on honey more attractive.

When the handling, trucking, shrinkage and conversion loss involved in feeding sugar and having the bees convert it to stores (20c/lb?), and the considerable expense of removing, trucking, extracting and selling honey is figured in (30c/lb minimum?) , the economics of pulling supers early and leaving honey for winter feed are not all that bad.  A great deal of labour and cash expense is spared.

Assume sugar at 50c/lb, honey at $1.50/lb, bulk:
Sugar feed costs 50c + 20c = 70c/lb
Honey costs $1.50 - 30c =$1.20/lb

The difference is only 50c/lb, not the $1.50 bulk selling price of honey, and the risks, cash outlays, and efforts are much less.

Additionally, there is no guarantee of a late flow and there is certainty of damage to the colonies by varroa if sampling indicates need for early treatment.

When the value of the colonies saved by early treatment is added in, the decision to forego the late flow is not at all difficult.

I have covered the various factors involved in deciding if fall treatment is necessary in this diary extensively in the past, but basically, if an alcohol wash shows more than a few mites in more than the occasional hive in a yard, treatment is advisable.

Bees winter well on our late season and fall honey here in Alberta, but finishing the fall by feeding some sugar syrup is always wise, since some hives eat quite a bit before the middle of October and may be a bit light going into winter, even if they were heavy in September. 

Feeding in fall is a lot easier than feeding in early spring and much better for the bees.  Sometimes yards are inaccessible in spring, too, due to snow or mud, and colonies can starve, either totally, or partially.  Often it is the best, strongest hives that run out of feed and if they do not actually die, they are badly set back by scarce rations.

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We had a quiet day.  In late morning, Jon, Kalle, Katrina and I went out and looked at the South of the Hedge hives.  Some are making honey.  Two were hopelessly queenless.  I stacked them up and gave a frame of eggs.  Will they make a decent queen?  I'll check the cells in a day or two for size and for food and should have a good idea if they are, or are not.   Regardless of whether they do or not, the resulting colony will not be strong enough to winter, but a good queen will mean they can be combined with another hive.

The Acorn frames are turning out well.  I am finding entire boxes of double-waxed black one-piece frames drawn out flawlessly and brood patterns are excellent.

Jon, Sean and I went to town for groceries mid-afternoon and Jean Mckenzie and Nathan arrived around four.

I had trimmed branches off the crabapple trees and figured the wounds needed sealing.  Apparently white glue is the best thing for the job, so Jon painted the cuts with Weldbond.

We had chicken for supper and lit the bonfire after.  The kids roasted marshmallows.

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Sunday August 2nd 2015

Today A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers early this morning and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 early this afternoon. High 30. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light early this evening. Low 14.

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 We are expecting Ken, Myra and Emma to show up today or tomorrow.

Jon  and I spent the morning loading junk onto a trailer for a dump run some day soon.  In the afternoon, I burned some of our wood scrap and tree trimmings in  the fire pit.

Our visitors arrived in time for burgers.  Fen, Maddy, and Betty came over, too.

An email from a friend came in just now.  Here is my reply:

Him: > I received for request for friendship with some group. No offense, but I won't be signing up.

Me:
Interesting. I did not send any request. Do still have the email? I'd like to see it, in case I have somehow been hacked, but I imagine (and hope) it is just some fishing email spoofing my address and originating elsewhere.

If it escaped Gmail's Spam filters, though, and came into your inbox, it is of some concern.  Gmail usually spots bogus requests.

Even knowing what group or which email address it appeared to come from would be useful. Your email to me just now is to my Gmail address and does not quote that request.

The only possibility I can think of is that I installed TextNow on my phone a few hours back.  I wonder if it harvested my contacts and sent out emails without asking me.  If so, that is prohibited behaviour and should be reported.  No one else has notified me of any such emails, however.

Him: > I did sign up for Facebook and Linkedin. I haven't used them, see no real need of them, and most importantly, I might use them so seldom I never know the password, and they are continually pestering with unsolicited junk from people I have never heard of. I swear the world will be destroyed some day by someone inadvertently getting the password wrong in some time of crisis.

Me: T
hat is most interesting. I do use Facebook a bit, but never have used use Linkedin. I may have signed up for it many years ago. Can't recall.

Both should have unsubscribe links in every email and after verifying that the email is genuine and that the link does indeed point to the proper website and not some bogus trap, the emails can be ended. I almost never hear from Linkedin anymore at all and I shut off notifications from Facebook using the Facebook dashboard.

Facebook is a confusing time-waster, and I only visit FB when bored. It does have some real value for keeping track of family and close friends, and I do post occasionally, but try to make the posting something of real interest and not just repeating some meme, some me-too comment, or food post.

A big problem with FB is that some people I would like to follow flood the feed with more junk than life events and I find I have to turn them off since there is no way I have found to discriminate. FB does filter and tries to decide what interests me, but it's AI is a blunt instrument and is about as accurate as Google Now's idea of what stories I would like to read or where I live.

Lately GN decided that I am fifteen minutes from home when sitting here at my desk, and also keeps feeding me stories on themes in which I had passing interest, or regions that I researched at one point for one specific event.

Him: > I do read your diary and enjoy keeping up with your adventures and travels. I am still taking a pay check so feel some compulsion to go to work in the morning and keep the torch burning as long as the season keeps pushing.

We are very dry, but miraculously the honey flow is still rolling and we are tipping off boxes. That will come to a halt this week I expect. We will have all our hives home from canola pollination this week as well I will then take some time to get away a little bit, and the crews can take until October to finish extracting!

I will be back pushing for varroa control and feeding the last week of August.

On the topic of unsolicited emails that can be traps, below is an exchange about an email bomb that a cousin of mine fell for. 

When he clicked on one of the links, it immediately sent itself to all his contacts, then erased them.  I received a copy and wrote him immediately.

Me:

Subject: Were you hacked?

Forwarded FYI.
Do Not open these links.
Allen

Him:
Unfortunately I did open the attachments and have had all my contacts erased.  I received it from a trusted source.  Bummer!
Take care,

Me:
It seems to have sent itself to your contacts, too.
You may be able to recover your Google contacts on your Google dashboard. There should be backups.
Don't know.

Him:
Thank you
You saved me many, maybe hundreds, of hours work with your suggestion of how to retrieve my contacts.
Worked beautifully.
Much appreciated,

Me:
BTW, have you scanned your computer for malware that usually accompanies hacks like this?

Him:
Yes! I took it to my computer shop and they kept it for a day and ran several virus and malware programs since none of them catch everything.

The only clues that it was a trap are the slightly questionable English, "the failure delivery", and "More copies would be forwarded to you later in the day", and the fact that hovering over the links shows a "/googledocuments" directory on a gibberish website address.

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Monday August 3rd 2015

Today Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 32. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers overnight with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 16.

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Everyone is here now, except  Chris and he is expected later today.

Today promises to be hot and sunny, but coming days look showery.  Days of mixed rain and sun can turn out to be excellent honey flow weather, however and it looks as if the flow will keep on going around here..

A man showed up at my door this morning.  Apparently a swarm moved in to a pillar at their church, three miles west, so Jean, the kids and I piled into the van and went out to look.  There was not much to see, just a few bees flying around near the roof.  We poked and prodded.  We could see the entrance, but we could not tell where the actual nest is.  Someone has to get permission to removed some cladding or figure out how to access the attic to even know for sure where they are. 

If someone had thought to call me when the swarm first arrived, removal might have been fairly simple, but of course, people wait and hope the bees will leave.  Usually they don't.

These bees are black and small and three miles away.  They could be mine, but who knows?

We have been leaving the doors open lately with no fly problems, but the house filled up with stable flies yesterday.  As much as I hate to do so, when the flies get bad I close the windows, spray with Raid and vacate for a while. I knew I did not have much Raid on hand, but I have enough for one round, so I am spraying the flies, then loading the kids into the van and heading for the water park and I'll go to the IGA to restock.

When we have an invasion of house or stable flies, flowers or no flowers, that is usually a sign of a massive honeyflow, so I am guessing that the flow is on.

We stopped at A&W for burgers, the kids spent a half-hour in the water park, I bought groceries, then we all drove home.  Jon was working during the day, consulting in conference calls. I vacuumed and cleaned.

Chris came in late afternoon and we had a ham supper outside and then Jean, Nathan and I ran around and around the pond in the car-topper, powered by an old four HP Merc outboard I bought  last winter.

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After supper, the kids and I pulled four frames of honey out of a hive and extracted them, yielding quite a lot of honey.  Buying this old hand-crank extractor was a great idea.

A thunderstorm was circling, but I lit the bonfire and Nathan toasted marshmallows. 

The rest of us went swimming.

During supper, I received a panic call from my charter company.  They had mixed up charters when the website crashed a month or so back and lost a week's reservation entries. 

Apparently during the mix-up they double-booked and a client showed up expecting to board a boat that was already out and they needed to commandeer mine ASAP since she was at dock in Sidney and ready to go.

That, however, meant the charters on my boat booked for Powell River later would be shifted to other boats, and accepting this charter would eliminate the need for me to deliver Cassiopeia back to Sidney several weeks from now. 

I had lined up Mike to go with me but I put off reserving flights, having a hunch that plans might change.  I'll have to arrange with Mike to go another time.

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Tuesday August 4th 2015

Tonight Clear early this evening then partly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms this evening. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 12.

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Chris, Jean, Jon and I relaxed and discussed family matters while K, M & E drove to town.  After three, everyone except Jon piled into the van and  drove to Linden's Country Cousins to meet K, M, & E for pie.  I was the designated driver and did not have any.

Jon stayed home.  He is working this week and has conference calls throughout the day.

I have not been counting calories the past several days due to company and distractions, but am not eating much.  We'll see what I weigh one of these mornings.  I always weigh at the same time since my weight goes up during the day, but is consistent in the early morning.

We'll see how important actual calorie counting is after a while.  Currently, I can see that what learned while playing the Fatsecret "game" with myself taught me to moderate portions, watch out for "calorie bombs", and get some real exercise each day.  I already knew all that, but the website helped me to identify which foods and what activities provide the greatest benefit and to monitor progress.

Late in the afternoon, the day clouded over and thunderstorms passed through.  We had a sit-down supper and chatted into the evening.  Shirley came over to visit for a while.

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Wednesday August 5th 2015

Today Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 22.
Tonight Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 12.

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This has been a quiet day, sunny in the morning and warm and overcast in the afternoon.  Jon, Jean and I had further family discussions.

Elijah came to work and gardened a while, then helped Jon and me finish cleaning up the junk pile.


The brown spot in the picture above shows where the pile was.  The scrap metal is now on a trailer waiting to go to the dump.  There is one more pile to deal with behind the four drums.

I I burned some old pallets and branches.  Rainy days are ideal for that.


The kids made "forts" in the newly pruned and tidied apple orchard.  They "borrowed" various items from around the place.  I hope they remember where they found everything.  Any bets?

We had a  late-afternoon thunderstorm and a tornado warning.  There was a report of a twister thirty miles south, and we  got the rain and lightning, but we did not see or hear of any twisters near here.

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Thursday August 6th 2015

Today Showers with risk of a thunderstorm. Local amount 10 to 15 mm. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 17.
Tonight Showers ending after midnight then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Becoming partly cloudy overnight. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 12.

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Today is predicted to be rainy.  We have nothing planned.

I received this email this morning:

I couldn't sleep, got up at 3:30 and turned on my computer and it says "Do you want to schedule your Windows 10 up date"? I think schedule, sure I will schedule it a few weeks from now so I click yes. While when they say schedule they mean they are doing it now! I now have 10, I hate changes..... it is very different.

This 'upgrade' is reportedly easily reversible although nothing with computer changes is ever 100% certain.  My reply is in the forum and the Windows 10 discussion continues...

It rained pretty well all day, so we all went to the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, then did some grocery shopping.

Fen, Betty, and Elijah joined us for supper.  Fen brought chili and Myra made salad. I cut up strawberries for dessert.

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Friday August 7th 2015

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h near noon. High 24. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight A few clouds. Low 10.

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Today is dawning bright and sunny and predictions are for a comfortably warm day with a breeze.  We have nothing planned, but Jon is on call and has several meetings during the day.

Been following this Diary for 15 yrs although only a hobby beekeeper. Glad retirement is treating you well.

When you first started your diet you wrote of adding a couple Lbs of beans to whatever you had in refrigerator. I did a search for beans, but got a 401. Can you share what types of beans you use and the recipe?

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I buy the Wal-Mart Great Value Six-Bean Mix and drain and wash the beans. I also sometimes buy some of the other varieties like black beans and kidney beans for special purposes.

Some people extol the virtues of dried beans, but I have bought various dry beans and done all the prep, but never been able to match the quality of canned beans. Moreover, as closely as I can figure the canned beans are cheaper unless beans are bought in commercial size bags.

Dried beans in bulk might be a good idea for an emergency food storage -- as long as there is a way to cook and wash them in an emergency since raw beans are toxic and un-rinsed beans can be very gassy.  Properly rinsed after cooking, the gas problem is absent or much reduced.

I buy other brands, too sometimes, and they are okay, but these are IMO the best for my purposes.  Wal-Mart canned beans are cheap, and seem to be as good or better when compared to the more expensive brands.

Canned beans are fully cooked already and best if not cooked to a mush, so I add them late in the cooking.

I generally don't use meat if I can help it since it is not necessary, adds calories, and red meat is reportedly unhealthy for some people, especially if eaten in excess.

I published my 'recipes' previously, although I almost never follow recipes.  I just make things, and only read recipes when I am looking for ideas to 'borrow'.

Here are some references I dug up in a quick search of past diaries.

Sunday March 16th 2014          Friday August 23rd 2013

Also, you can eat these beans right out of the can and they are healthy food, much more so than the canned ''baked beans'' that have added sugar and a very different nutritional profile.

Everybody was sitting around, bored.  K, M, &E decided to go to Red Deer for parts and a while after Jean, Jon, the kids, the dogs and I went to Carbon to hike the trails.

We returned home and put chickens into the oven and I had a nap.  The kids had a swim.  Supper was late and everyone had returned by then, but Jon went to town to hang with his old school buddies.  Friday night is Friday night.

I think about the bees every day, but don't get anything done, but I did go and look at them several times with the kids and we did extract some honey.  They will need some work before I go away again.

I have been very tired this week.

Tomorrow is Pat's wedding in Calgary and that will fill my day. I have yet to get a gift.  I am bad at that.  I gave another friend a weekend cruise on my boat, but would this work for this couple?  Hard to say.

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Saturday August 8th 2015

 

Today Sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. Wind becoming south 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 28. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing late this evening. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 12.

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I slept until 0815. I have been slow getting to sleep.  Lately, I have been stewing over family issues.

Assumptions are made in one branch of the clan, not based on fact. There is manipulation and misunderstanding.  The family is scattered and can't/won't get together all at once.  I've worked hard to counter this, but don't seem to be getting traction.  None of this has to do with the group who are here this week.  These folks are communicative and co-operative.

All this has been bothering me to the point where I find I can't get to sleep sometimes and when I do, I wake up early and can't get back to sleep.  I have been taking two Benadryl to fall asleep more often lately than I like and getting by with less sleep than usual.

In spite of all this, I am actually quite happy and positive.  Just bothered.

We have another bright sunny day, with a light breeze, and a chance of rain and thunderstorms. I'll be in Calgary for the day.

I left on time and made it just in time.  There were delays en route.  The wedding was outdoors on the deck at the Sailing Club, a place familiar to me from Wednesday Night Sailing two years ago.

Everything went off well and Pat and Sandra are now man and wife.  My gift to them was a weekend on my boat if they like the idea, or a toaster if they don't.  Of course they have to get to Sidney and back, but the cruise is -- if we want to be crass and express it in dollars -- $1,500 or more.  In fact, however, it costs me almost nothing and is a gift to myself as well.

I have known Pat since he was 13 and we were both in the same ham radio class in Three Hills.  I was 31.  Only three of us passed and Pat and I were two of them.  The other guy was 62.

At 13, Pat was exceptionally smart, even for an adult, and we got along really well in our shared hobby.  Our families soon were getting together for meals and other events even though we lived thirty miles apart.

Over the years our families grew somewhat apart, but kept in touch.  His parents died, as did my wife, but today I found myself at Pat's wedding.

After the ceremony, I found myself seated with his sister and his aunt, also family friends.  This was just what I needed on a day when I was still stewing about families.

My problem -- and it is a problem when people are taking sides and want to recruit me to their cause  -- is that I can usually see all sides of an issue and tend to see the good in people.  That used to drive my wife wild.

I generally apply Hanlon's razor, "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."  There are more charitable and less undiplomatic expressions of the principle, but this is it in a nutshell.

Personally, however, I favour Heinlein's Razor which is identical, but includes a corollary -- "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don't rule out malice."  Heinlein was my favourite author as a young adult.

I'm having trouble applying either razor in my current conundrum. I suspect that malice is not the issue, but mixed signals and assumptions.  The result and therefore the problem are the same, however, whether I am dealing with malice, stupidity or mischief.

I am just now realizing that I have been scrunching or thumbnailing images on these pages to save bandwidth and ensure quick loading, at the expense of appearance.   It is a habit. 

Back when I began this diary in 1999 or 2000, the word, "blog" (which I dislike) had not been invented and I had been creating web pages since back in the 90s.  Back then, web pages were written in HTML code with Notebook.  There were no WYSIWYG editors and site manager programs (or as we call them now, apps). 

Web server space and bandwidth was limited and expensive.  For the user, loading even small images was slow and images the size we routinely use now could take minutes to hours.

In fact, I recall creating pages on the Calgary Unix Users Group (CUUG) site over a 200 maybe 1200 baud dial-up modem on a party line when there were only a few hundred or a few thousand pages on the entire web and people wondered why I spent time on CompuServe and AOL, and later USENET, and people had never heard of the Internet and email.

These days I see people of all ages using the Internet and email everywhere all the time and people can hardly imagine life without immediate access to information that back then could only be found in limited amounts by taking a trip to a library or by accessing an encyclopedia.

Back then, when I showed people the first web pages using Lynx and Gopher, then, later, Cello and Netscape, they muttered, "What is it good for?" and wandered off.

At any rate, as I look at the stats for this page, I can see it will take minutes to load on dialup, but does this matter anymore?  Most connections are fast now.  Comments?  Bigger pictures?...

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Sunday August 9th 2015

 

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h near noon. High 32. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming clear near midnight. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 12.

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We're off to The Mill for coffee and pie at one, then back here to receive visitors in the afternoon and for supper.

This will be a warm day, by the looks of things.

We arrived at The Mill a bit late, having discovered the T&C had a flat tire and deciding on the Toyota instead.  We'd forgotten about the detour blocking the main, direct paved road and found ourselves travelling cross-country on prairie trails for ten miles.

The picture (right) shows one of the smoother, drier sections.  I clipped the image from my daughter's FaceBook post. That is our dust up ahead.  We were seven in my old Toyota van, going 50 MPH overland.  She was following in her 4X4. 

On back roads, windows can't be open or dust gets sucked in.  Although I had just had the A/C repaired recently, it was not working, so we were rather warm. 

Noah and family were already there, and Esther and Stella arrived soon after us. Fen served coffee, tea, and pie.  We visited for an hour or two and returned home, this time via a paved road farther north.

Noah and Jon competed as a team in Tornado catamaran world races in various locations around the world back in 2000.  That ended with a capsize and eighteen hours drifting in the Tasman Sea, before they were found and rescued.

After we arrived home, the girls finished icing the cakes they had baked, we tidied and vacuumed, and the kids tore down their "forts" and returned the various items they had commandeered to their proper places (I hope) in preparation for their departure tomorrow.

I then started readying for supper, assisted by Myra, Jean and others.

Kate, Dave, and Eva arrived, followed shortly by Fen, Maddy and Betty.   Around seven, we ate  outside at the picnic tables:  burgers, smokies, and salads, then cake. 

Today would have been Ellen's seventy-first birthday.

Maddy received word of a swarm near The Mill and got a box from me. Looking for a box, we went to several of my yards and I see that I have a swarm myself on an equipment stack and that some hives are full of honey.

The neighbour is cutting the alfalfa on the property east of me tonight.  Many hives are hanging out, but some of the hives hanging out have a super of foundation hardly touched.  At any rate I see I have my work cut out for me.

Tomorrow, though, I have to fix a flat, then drive Jon and kids to YYC in late afternoon

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