Let's T it up!
I'm in the middle of a nice break from my day job. 3 days of vacation gets me 9 consecutive days out of the office. No alarm clocks needed!
That "extra" time gives us the opportunity to get some other things done, such as getting our bees ready for winter. Tuesday afternoon was spent treating them for varroa mites (standard preventive dosing), putting in their sugar candyboards to give them extra food for the winter, wrapping the hives with an insulating blanket and installing a box in each hive packed with wood chips to absorb any extra condensation. The bees maintain a toasty 90+ degree temp in the hive throughout the winter, and will generally only come out again when the temps are 50 or better outside. Considering it's cold and there are no blooms to feed them, why WOULD they come out? We'll see them next Spring!
And time like this is when I like to work in my online continuing ed classes, so working on two classes to maintain my Kentucky license (KY has annual requirements, OH every 3 years), so seat time and tests!
Yesterday a sustained windstorm blew for most of the day. Weak trees were knocked down, and thanks to the insects that have been chowing down on the ash trees for years, the woods around us have no shortage of dead trees ready to topple. And topple they did, with 3 trees dropping across our driveway in about an hour's time. Time to be thankful, no damage to any property except for one hyrdrangea that had the misfortune to be in the falling path of the first tree. Some work with the chainsaw and everything was cleared in fairly short order (once we knew nothing else was left to fall through the same area).
Today, there's a turkey in the oven and Liz is prepping the rest of the meal.
We have much to be thankful for as God continues to bless us and our furry herd.
We hope you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Bill & Liz aka Bliz