Monday, August 27, 2012

Day #583 Solar Power

Bee hives like to be in the full sun, or at least only partial shade. When they’re in full shade, it’s easier for mites and stuff to grow in the hive and weaken the bees. I’m not sure why, but that’s what I’ve read. Bees are very efficient, as I’ve mentioned before in this blog, about cooling their hives in the summer and warming themselves in the winter.

Some people are like bees. They need lots of sun, full sun. Those are the folks who migrate (or wish they could) south--or, for my Australian readers, north.

I would have made a lousy honey bee. I’m a shade kind of person. That’s one reason I’m real happy with these woods behind my house. And people, unlike bees, don't necessarily have to sicken in the shade. In fact, they can thrive.

In the summer, while my neighbors up the street are enjoying (or not, as the case may be) the western sun through their windows, I’m wallowing in delicious, soft, cool (sort of) shade. At least, it’s cooler than up the street.

And my electricity bill last month for this all-electric house was $37. 

Not too shabby, eh?

BEEattitude for Day #583:
       Blessed are those who sing to the sun and the wind, for their wings shall be uplifted with joy.

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AggiePete said...

I am SO like you in that I hate hot weather & love the cool & shade. That is fantastic (your electricity bill); and to have any type of woods nearby is a blessing indeed. Our only trees were blown into our house during Hurricane Ike (a tornado put the big one through the roof) so now we have NO trees whatsoever and boy howdy does it ever get hot here !!!

Fran Stewart said...

No trees? Ohmigosh, how sad. Hope nobody (other than the trees) was hurt. But go ahead and plant some more. They WILL grow.