Checking the Bee Hive

It’s an important practice to check your beehive periodically.  We check ours to see if the bees are doing a good job filling out their frames and if they’re ready for a 2nd brood box.  We also check for evidence that the queen is laying eggs, that there aren’t any queen bee cells (a sign […]

Camping in the Rain

When you’ve got a trip planned with 40 of your favorite people to hang out with, you just don’t want to cancel because of a little rain!  My babysitting exchange, which also includes the members of our bee co-op, likes to go camping every spring.  This year the weather was not promising on the first […]

Surviving the 2016 Election Outcome

It’s hard for an environmentalist to not feel despair right now. I’ve been counseling people to wait and watch. When someone has been as much as a liar and changed what he says as often as Trump does, it’s easy to believe that  he won’t move forward with some of the things he has promised […]

The Day the Bees Ran Away

Saturday, three days after we installed our new bees, I went into the kitchen and heard a significant buzzing in our backyard.  I looked out the back window and saw what looked like 10,000 bees flying around our backyard. I realized immediately, this was NOT GOOD.  We had installed our bees on a Wednesday. When […]

Building Our Beehive

We were very excited when our beehive finally arrived – about a year after we had decided to go in jointly on a beehive. We were very excited to build it and decided to work on it together as a group. Amazingly, it wasn’t long before we found a time that all three families could […]

Dogs and Doughboys

This year on our annual camping trip I was sitting with my young friend by the fire making doughboys and discussing why some people like dogs and some don’t.  She’s a huge fan of dogs and told me she likes them so much because they are soft and cuddly and always like to play. I […]

The Best Bees in Massachusetts

It turns out, if you want to buy 10,000 bees and a queen bee in New England, you have to plan early. In February we received confirmation that our Flow Hive would ship in late March and realized we needed to get the bees to go with it. As we started looking around, Jon and I […]

Your Perfect Lawn Makes Me Sick

Every day I drive the carpool to school and we drive past lots of yards.  Some have gardens, some have bushes, some have scraggly grass, some have grass with brown spots, but a couple are absolutely, perfectly green. They don’t have any weeds, no dandelions, not one blade is out of place and they are […]

Earth Day UN Climate Agreement Signing

A great agreement is being signed today, April 22, 2016, but even if all countries do what they are agreeing to, we will still have catastrophic climate change. Encourage your government to do more. Setting personal examples, showing a willingness for more change, and saying something are the best ways to do that. US and […]

Open Space, Climate Vulnerabilities and Making

We haven’t been blogging much over the past year and I suspect some people wonder why – other than we both work full time and have three kids! There’s always a lot going on in our lives, but this year I think these three phrases encapsulate the big reasons we haven’t been blogging much: open space, […]