Thank goodness for friends and family. Whenever I leave for a few days, I have to arrange cat-sitters to come in to feed and play with my girls (and scoop the litter boxes). Thank you Veronica and Millie! Of course, it’s easier now that I have two cats instead of the eleven I had at one time. All of them indoor cats.
Come to think of it, when I had eleven cats, I didn’t take many trips.
That’s what so comforting about hobby beekeeping. Beekeepers truly are not necessary to the health of the hive. A beekeeper could go away for weeks at a time, months, years even, and the hives would keep going. They might swarm. They might re-queen themselves. But they’d most likely survive and would probably even thrive (as long as neighbors within a five-mile radius don’t use pesticides and herbicides).
Rob Alexander, the beekeeper who is caring for my two hives, told me that mine were the healthiest in his bee yard, probably because I never bothered them very much. Instead of opening the hive boxes once a week or so—which is what most backyard beekeepers do—I just let them grow. Yes, I did feed them during that horrible spell of drought in August when there was NO food available for them, but other than that, I pretty much left them alone, particularly after I developed an allergy to bee stings.
Yesterday I couldn’t come home to bee hives on my back deck, but I did come home to two loving cats who, contrary to the myth perpetrated by dog-people, do not ignore me.
BEEattitude for Day #503:
Blessed are those who live in harmony with the world around them, for they shall have ample honey, glorious sunshine, fresh water nearby, and bounteous pollen, which is all anybee needs.