September Sucked – by Wm. Bryan Layton

read to the tune of, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”
 September started with a bang.
There was bees to tend, a shop to fix, and
work was piled high.
I had YouTube to help me out
but I was barely get’n by.
So first things first I split the bees,
some would say it was ill-advised. 
But with my hard head
I didn’t care what they said
I was getting 50 hives
So of the splits, beetles ate three
and four didn’t make a queen.
So with money made from honey, I bought a new laying team.
With the bees all set I changed my focus
to reorganizing my shop.
I said, “It’ll take two days.”
What a silly phrase
cause four weeks ain’t changed a lot.
In the midst my truck crapped out.
It’s that just rich?
But I didn’t care
cause life’s ain’t fair
when you’re the universe’s bitch.

In All Seriousness

My Bees

September has given me an ulcer. Well, maybe not an actual ulcer, but I have been sick with stress and frustration.

I insisted on making walk-way splits on September 1st. Of those splits, 2 were taken over by beetles (a third hive I didn’t split, for unknown reasons, also was ruined by beetles). Only two re-queened themselves. Luckily, I bought six new queens and had enough to re-queen the remaining hives. This has left me with 25 hives for the year but one of them was looking pretty weak.

My Workshop

My workshop remodel is taking way longer than I expected. I really did think it would only take 2 or 3 days. With just 12’x18′ of shop space and 20’x40′ worth of crap, I seem to be moving items from one side of the shop, then back to the other side of the shop, and then back again. However, yesterday, I actually started to make some forward movement. I got some of the particle-board up on the wall and now I can build a new work bench. Shouldn’t take more than another 2 or 3 days tops.

My Vehicle

Then there is the truck. This one is actually a full on blessing. My old SUV had 270K miles on it and has been limping along for months. The electrical system was shot, the 4-wheel drive was about to go out, the tires were almost bald, it had an oil leak, and then Wednesday, it just gave up the ghost!

I put it on a computer and got P0455: EVAP system large leak detected. That was the final nail in the coffin.

I have good credit, so I went online, got approved and started looking for a good used truck. As providence would have it, I found a 2013 Ram 1500 4-door pickup that’s in immaculate condition. It looks and drives like brand new. I got a great deal and an extended warranty – so now I have a new (at least new to me) truck that is dependable.

Best of all, I now have a pickup truck again, and that will make working my bees so much easier. With my SUV, I had to hook up a trailer every time I went out. Now I can just jump in my truck and head out to the Apiaries.

It’s been a stressful month but I have high hopes for October!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. All’s well that ends well …
    Glad to hear things are turning around for you!!
    Good luck with your workshop – will be worth it when it’s done and look after yourself,
    Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏

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    1. Bryan Layton says:

      Thanks, Donna. Btw, how have you been feeling?

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  2. Not bouncing back as fast as I’d like – but that’s probably the universe telling me to slow down, generally.. but I’m getting there!! Thank you for asking, Bryan – just taking one day at a time and we are heading down the coast to the farm next week so that will be good!! I’m learning patience!!
    Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏

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