Summer Days

Busy days of summer.  It is 845 in the am and I have exercised, been shopping, have some ribs in the over, and have started to dehydrate some apricots.  Oh and I am cooking breakfast.  I am amazed at how much needs to be done on the weekends.

It has been a super wet summer here and the garden is in shock.  My pepper plants are itty bitty and my cucumbers are growing like crazy.  I have so many cucumbers I do not know what to do with them all.  I need to pickle some. 

The hubs has a migraine today, this means the rest of the day will be easy and laid back.

 

Have a great Sunday.

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Cleaning Beeswax

It has been 2 weeks of intermittent internet. Which is why there was no post last week.  For a mmo gamer that is a problem of epic proportions. In our house the internet is our entertainment, TV, music, games and for me downloading books to read.  No internet means we run around the house screaming “the sky is falling, the sky is falling”  then I call the internet company and want to pull out my hair.

The internet company will send someone out on Tuesday, however; not at a convenient time, like after I get home from work.  Oh no, it has to be M-F 8-5.  This means either the hubs or I have to take time off to be home for the cable guy.  At least maybe the internet will be stable after that.  Total first world problems here.

Last weekend I started to clean up the beeswax.  This project is teaching me patience.beeswax2 If you think the water is cool enough, wait another hour.  Your sinks will thank you and so will your hubs if he has to clean out the drain because you were hyper about wanting to continue cleaning the wax.    It is not a very involved process, however; it requires patience. 

Put the wax in water, heat the water to boiling, turn off burner, wait for it to solidify.  Pour water elsewhere repeat for 2-3 more times then last time for final clean pour wax through cheesecloth.  I am not so good at the waiting for the wax to cool part of this cycle.  I do have another tub of wax to improve my patience on.

If I get enough beeswax I have candles to make.  I am looking forward to that.  Bet it will require more patience. 

Do you use beeswax for anything?

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Books

I love to read a good book.  Back in the day before the kindle, I would browse the book aisle at the store and try to remember which book in a series I have read.  A bookstore could mean an entire day just looking.  To me books are magical.  They take you away.  They give you knowledge.  They help you dream.

With my kindle I am much weirder about buying books.  I never remember what series I am reading.  I jump from series to series.

I have read most of the Sookie Stackhouse series, The Morganville Vampire series I am just starting.  I have read some of the Vampire Academy series. I love the writing style and easy read of Robyn Carr both the Thunder point series and the Virgin River series.

Then I found Goodreads and my wish list just keeps growing and growing.  More great books, more recommendations. My biggest issues is paying so much for a digital copy.  I try to use the library when I can, however; they never have the entire series available.  First world problems right?

What are you reading?

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Dem Bees

Three weeks ago the hubs spent a day harvesting honey.  That stuff is so good.  Hard to believe our bees can create such goodness. 

Then on Thursday night I was standing outside and glanced at the hive and saw this

bee hive

The hubs checked the hive and we figured either they were hot, it was over 100 degrees here for many days in a row, or they were getting ready to swarm.  If they swarm we will not get as much honey for the rest of the year, however; they may become nicer. Our bees are very hive aggressive.  We added the other super and decided we needed to harvest this weekend.

Yesterday we started the harvest. 

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This was just 4 frames harvested.  We did harvest all 10 and realized that was a huge mistake.  Those defender bees knew where their honey went to and stayed very mad at us all day.  Even one of the dogs got stung late in the day.  Next time we will leave some honey behind so hopefully the bees do not get so out of control angry.  My neighbors may have issues if they get stung.

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Unfortunately you can not see all the angry bees in this pic, take my word for it they were following him in droves.  It took probably over 30 mins for them to leave him alone enough so he could come in the house.

This may be a nectar heavy year.  I plan to take advantage of this as much as possible.  I love my honey.

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My Furbabies

Bruin is 16 years old this week.   She is an amazing little dog.  One eye is blind, she can’t always hear but, what a trooper she is.  Demands attention when she wants it and sleeps the rest of the time.  She still plays a little with Minion. We had her parents so, I was there when she was born.  The time sure flies.  She no longer likes to leave the house for car rides or long walks, I bet when I am here age I will feel the same.

bruin

Amber is 11 years old this year and for a bigger dog that is amazing.  She has some arthritis and she snores, overall she appears to be in good health.  She is always happy, that is an attitude I need to adopt.

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Minion is of course the youngest.  He loves car rides, especially with the window down. Disc golf, for the chance to run and catch things.  He is very dedicated to having a tennis ball thrown so he can return it and do it again, and again, and again. 

minion

Chief is Chief.  He is an amazing dog with a loud whine/bark/yodel for his people when they come home. He is very dedicated to his people and tolerates the other dogs.

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My furbabies make my world a better place.

Do you have furbabies? 

 

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Honey

Friday the hubs stayed home to work on the yard.  He got the backyard mowed and then noticed the bees being most active.  He checked them out and realized that the honey needed to be harvested.

bees

One full super. He left two frames in the new super and brought the rest in the house and began to harvest by hand,  We do not have a spinner, this means my kitchen is sticky. 

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honey

bees wax 

 

We have approximately 2 gallons of honey that we need to strain one more time and then bottle.   Then I get to figure out what to do with the super sticky wax, how to clean it and then my goal is candles. 

I am so thankful to have my hubs that deals with the bees and my very own honey to help combat my vicious allergies.  Honey for my tea , yummy!!!

Do you partake of local honey?

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