Honey Recipe: DIY Honey Cough Drops

My wife has been very sick this week with a sinus/upper respiratory/bubonic plague infection. So it only made sense to use her as a human guinea pig for my culinary madness. I think, by now, we can all agree, I have no idea what I’m doing. Nonetheless, we can only get better through trial and…

How To Blueprint: 1×4 Deep Beehive Super

If anyone is interested, here is the Blueprint for my 1×4 deep beehive super. “A Goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery (That’s is my new favorite quote!) As I mentioned in an earlier blog this super is built with 1×4’s and cost about $9.50 to build. Using nine 1×4’s…

11 Days Until I Murder The Christmas Goose… Maybe?

When I get home from work, I go outside and watch them – it feels perverse. Like I should tell them to rub the lotion on their skin or something.“Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.” – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince I’ve said it once but I want to be clear…

13 days Until I Murder the Goose (warning: explicit language)

The reason I bought two geese was so I could kill the mean one for Christmas (which ever that one turned out to be) and still keep the other as a guard-goose for my chickens. However, on releasing the geese into my backyard, all hell broke loose. My chickens hauled ass in every direction and…

We Harvest Honey When It’s Warm For A Reason

“I am the most incurably lazy devil that ever stood in shoe leather.” – Sherlock HolmesThe picture shows the stand I built for my honey extractor, so that I could fit the 5 gallon bucket under the bung hole. I used a 4×4 that was actually only 3.5″ tall. On top of that I used…

Queen Cells: If at first you don’t succeed.

“In our response lies our growth and our freedom,” Victor Frankl Yesterday’s hive inspections couldn’t have been worse (well anything can get worse but it was bad).  The sky was sunny but the temperature was a cool 56F degrees with winds around 20mph. The weekend will been even colder and with lots of rain, so…

Pear Mead: One Month Out

“In wine there is truth,” Pliny the Elder… and with a name like that, you have to believe him. I spent the weekend doing chores around the house. Of my many tasks, Sunday I bottled the Pear Mead I made on 9/24/2017. Mistake 1: While I was preparing to bottle, I kept thinking there are…

Part 2 of 3 – Beetles, Chickens, and Mead

“What is best in life?”  “Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.” – Conan the Barbarian, 1982 Clockwise: Amelia Egghart, Bernice, Melba, Marsala,and Spot is off camera.  Part-2: The Chickens and the Beetles: I like my chickens and my wife loves them but I have questioned my decision…

Just Bathroom Humor

My wife and I had planned to harvest honey last week but the temperature here reached 103F with a Heat Index of nearly 115F.  That compounded with the fact that I was at the doctor’s office or hospital all last week with either my mom (who has a torn rotator cup) or my father-n-law (who…

A Nope Snake

Nope! Nope! Nope! A few weeks ago I went to the farm where we first started our apiary and collected all of my old hives. The mason blocks I originally used had, for the most part, turned to rubble.  This left many of the hives laying in the mud, accelerating their deterioration.   However some…

Cleaning a Mountain of Frames – Procrastination tips

Hundreds of old frames “Procrastination is like masturbation; it’s good in the beginning but in the end you realize you have only screwed yourself” – Anonymous My mother says that when I was a kid I would roll around on the floor and stand on my head to keep from doing homework.  I suppose some…

Keeping A Beekeeping Journal

Keeping a Beekeeping Journal is a great way to monitor your progress but it is also a great way to record your beekeeping journey. NC State Beekeepers Association suggest that you log the following items. 1. How much you feed your hives.2. Hive brood pattern and how the queen is laying.3. Treatment plan and alternatives.4….

The Breath of Death – oh how my bees hate CO2

Found on iwastesomuchtime.com My mother had a stroke about ten years ago.  She has recovered but the stoke left the left-side of her body paralyzed.  After a few months of therapy, she was able to walk short distances and is able to live alone – though my brother lives across the street from her and…

Bees Can’t Swim – Feeding My Bees.

“Great is our terror of the unknown” – Titus Livius. The day after I found wax moths in one of my hives I placed cedar chips across the hive entrance of all of my hives.  I also sprinkled a little on the top bar of the infected hive.  It seemed like a good idea at…

Wax Moths and Heart Break

I have often wondered why it is so important to inspect hives on a weekly basis.  Once the hives have been treated for mites, treated for hive beetles, and supers have been added, what’s left?  The answer, “WAX MOTHS!” Wax Moth Damage I like the quote by Gillard who said, “Wax moths keep us from…

The Beast – A story of a angry hive

Okay, I want to fill you in so far on my dealings with The Beast.  The Beast is what I call my most aggressive hive.  In truth, I would not be surprised to find out that the hive contains Africanized Bees but it most likely contains an aggressive Caucasian verity found in Southern Mississippi. At…

Repairing Rotted Supers

On first inspection of my ruined apiary, I counted about 100 supers.  However,  I soon found out that the decade of neglect, water damage, and mice had destroyed nearly all them to one degree or another.  My friend Marvin reassured me that things were not nearly as grim as they seemed and encouraged me to…

The New "Bee"ginning

As previously stated I bought 50 bee hives in 2006.  At the time the plan was for me and my brother to go into the business together and build up to 1000 hives.  Since I worked offshore and was between wives at the time, I had a bit of disposable income.  So I put up…

Born To Keep Bees – My First Paid Publication

In 2006 I began keeping bees.  In 2009 I sent the following story to Farm and Ranch Living – It was published later that year. David pretending to be stung – then he was actually stung. Born to Keep Bees, by Wm. Bryan Layton Apiology is a way to commune with nature while learning about the…