Checking the Bee Hive

Tweet Pin It 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 […]

Camping in the Rain

Tweet Pin It 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 […]

The Day the Bees Ran Away

Tweet Pin It 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 […]

Building Our Beehive

Tweet Pin It 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 […]

Dogs and Doughboys

Tweet Pin It 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 […]

The Best Bees in Massachusetts

Tweet Pin It 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, […]

Your Perfect Lawn Makes Me Sick

Tweet Pin It 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 […]

Creating a Beehive Co-op

Tweet Pin It We have bees.  Not an infestation, but an actual honey beehive that we have setup in our backyard.  Luckily, it’s legal here, because we’ve had some problems. Last year, I spotted the Flow Hive Indiegogo crowd funding campaign and I was in love. Unfortunately, it seemed like a lot of money to invest and […]

How to Easily Grill Corn on the Campfire

Tweet Pin It This year Ellie & Christor were old enough to actually help us plan for our annual camping trip, including participating in meal planning. They declared that they were going to make pancakes, and since I know that Ellie is perfectly capable of making pancakes at home by herself, that sounded great to me.  She […]

I haven’t worn antiperspirant in 3 years and no one noticed

Tweet Pin It A few years ago, my mom gave me crystal deodorant as a gift.  I was skeptical as I am typically wary of the “green” things she gives me, as she has a tendency to fall for green washing. I had been using traditional deodorant & antiperspirant since puberty, and I really wanted to get away from […]