a slightly tongue-in-cheek look at our beekeeping week
2. Do not forget to tuck your pants into socks, thick socks, not thin summer cotton socks with cutesy verbiage on the sides. (my ankles got 7 lovely stings, right through those cotton socks...)
3. Do not forget to tuck all of that pant leg/heavy sock mess into some ankle boots or wellies. (my husband received one sting last night just above the top of his shoe and through his sock; below is what it looked like this morning in the ER...)
4. Do not leave tools, camera, sugar-syrup pitchers, debris, or even dead or dying bees strewn about the bee yard area. The pitchers will be filled with hungry bees in moments, that tool you left will be rusted, your camera will be a total loss, and those bees become land mines. (my sweet doggie, Scarlett, stepped on a stray bee this morning and ended up at the vet after I pulled the stinger out of her pad; now both bee stung patients are resting...)
5. Do not try to mark your Queen while sweaty, cranky, and crammed into your smallest bathroom with your mate, particularly if one or both of you has never done this before. The Queen will wear the results for a long time.
6. And most important...
Do not forget for a moment
why you started this great beekeeping adventure.
Do not let the setbacks
keep you from a lifetime of joy and grace.
Do not allow the stings
to keep you from protecting and nurturing
these wondrous creatures.