We had a Board meeting last night, where we sat over dinner and discussed what we want the Gwinnett Beekeepers Club to accomplish over the next year. It was lovely to see the enthusiasm of the other members. Each of us wants to encourage beekeeping and to educate people about the value of honeybees.
But the real value for me came when I mentioned that I’ll be picking up my bees next week. Instantly the experienced beekeepers were full of suggestions
v stay calm,
v be sure you take pictures because this is the only time you’ll open a package of bees for the FIRST time,
v make sure the queen cage is placed in the middle of the hive body,
v spray the bees a little bit—not too much, and
v enjoy the process.
That was the big one—enjoy the process. It won’t help the bees one bit if I get all nervous and flustered. So, I have my checklist all made out, and I honestly think I’m as ready as I possibly can be.
Tomorrow I’m going to call the bee supply place to see if I can get an exact date for picking up my bees. Then I’ll be twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the big day and wondering if there’s anything I’ve forgotten. Maybe I’m not as ready as I think I am . . .
BEEattitude for Day # 178:
Blessed are those who stay calm, for they shall not upset us.
One thing Fran is grateful for right now:
Doggie bags from restaurants.