Time Off, Timberrrrrrr, Tests, Treatments, Turkey-time & Thanks

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

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

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Liz and Bill - Happy Belated Thanksgiving.  Bill, you are quite the magician making three days transform into nine days of "vacation".  Here's to some rest, relaxation and refreshing as you "bee" grateful.  

Nov 29, 2019 03:51 AM #1
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

How delightful! Never thought about where bees go to stay warm before.  Do you have to wear special clothing? And do you have a wood burning fireplace? Our apple tree came down last year and we spend a lot of time enjoying the burning of the logs. Hope your Thanksgiving was relaxing! Thanks for all you do!

Nov 29, 2019 08:05 AM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your experience and your photographs.

Enjoy the holiday weekend.

Nov 29, 2019 09:02 AM #3
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Bill, I'm certain Liz appreciates you having some time off from your day job. I admire your passion for the bees, thank you for sharing pictures, I certainly appreciate them. Have a great weekend!

Nov 29, 2019 11:17 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Liz and Bill- I'm a day late but hope that your Thanksgiving dinner turned out to be yummy after the hard work you had to do! I'm learning a lot about bees thanks to you!!!

Nov 29, 2019 12:02 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

what i learned

                                               Thank you,Liz and Bill. 

Nov 30, 2019 07:11 PM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Liz and Bill Spear - this long weekend is always welcome.  I love the time off to recharge.

Dec 01, 2019 05:59 AM #7
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I really learned a lot about beekeeping and so interesting! We are experiencing high gusty winds this morning in Branson after a 70 degree day yesterday.

Dec 01, 2019 06:53 AM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Liz and Bill Spear ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. So much I didn't know about Bees. What I do know is you are one busy man and always make time to educate us here in the Rain. I'm sure your Thanksgiving Turkey was yummy and thank you for all that you do!

Dec 01, 2019 04:03 PM #9
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'd love to get bees, but I think I'd never see my daughter again.  So I'll just keep getting honey from my neighbor who has bees.  

Hope you also had some fun on your 9 days with no alarm clock.  I guess tomorrow it's back to the office.

Dec 01, 2019 09:00 PM #10
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Very interesting about the bees. I had no idea they can keep themselves warm at 90 degrees all winter. I wouldn't come out in the cold either!

Dec 02, 2019 11:05 AM #11
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