She's Allowed To Day Drink

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

honeybee drinking

This morning was a beautiful pre-Spring day in southwest Ohio with a high in the low 60s.

Among the many hats we wear besides real estate agent is a beekeeper's veil.   Now that hat we only literally wear when we're actively working in the hives, and the rest of the time we're more in observation mode.  As the weather gets warmer our hives start to increase their activity.

Our honeybees don't hibernate, but they do stay in the hives during the cold months and self-regulate internal hive temperature in the 90s.  Who'd think it would be that toasty inside without benefit of a furnace, but they huddle up in there and keep the queen warm.  They've packed away foodstores for the cold months, and we've supplemented their stores with what is called a candyboard (basically sugar with some nutrients added).

Now that the weather is warming, the queen will get busy laying eggs to replenish the colony population and many of the bees go in search of the first pollen and to go get a drink wherever they can find it. 

The bee above found a small puddle on a tarp that covers one of our dog kennels and was taking a sip.  Amazing how much detail a smartphone camera can get!

We'll leave the real estate analogy out today, just a peek into our lives and what we enjoy!

Serving Greater Cincinnati home buyers and sellers,

Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Liz and Bill Spear 

Oh my goodness! I never would have guessed you were beekeepers! What a cool thing you're doing for the environment. As a honey lover, I am grateful you are doing your services to help our environment. How did you get started and how long have you been doing this? You are absolutely amazing and an interesting couple too! 

Because of you, I learned a lot today. Thank you for the educational lesson. It very interesting and fun to read!

Mar 08, 2020 08:11 PM #2
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

That picture is AMAZING . . . as is your title! I think beekeeping sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing this interesting interlude.

Mar 08, 2020 09:52 PM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. Your title drew me in! Being busy as a bee can be invigorating. Enjoy your day!

Mar 09, 2020 04:33 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - I agree with Wayne Martin about your post title.  The versatility and the technological advances of our phones reveal some amazing results.   

Mar 09, 2020 05:58 AM #5
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

That is quite the photo! I find it very interesting about the 90+ degree temperature in the hives. I also learned recently that composting piles can reach 140+ degrees. That's amazing as well.

Have a great day!

Mar 09, 2020 06:16 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill- I'm loving learning about beekeeping!! We were out the other day with some friends and we saw a plant with bees around it. You cannot believe how excited we all got!!!   

Mar 09, 2020 11:41 AM #7
Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

I love this so much. The detail of our new phone cameras amaze me too. 

Mar 10, 2020 09:59 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mar 14, 2020 06:30 PM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

God morning Bill and Liz. Great shot and a nice insight into who you are.

Mar 15, 2020 06:30 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bill and Liz,

I learned a lot about bees when we were asked to research the idea of doing a book and bees.  The gentleman is an illustrator and he was going to write and illustrate the book for kids.  Sadly, he broke up with his lady friend/collaborator, and the project is not happening!  A

Mar 15, 2020 06:55 AM #11
Christine Wade - Real Estate Virtual Assistant
Christine Wade - Townsend, MT
Proud to Serve Your Real Estate Support Needs

I adored this post! The title is perfection and is apparently what drew most of us in...but the story and the details are what I love most! Bees are one of the things that I hope to raise here on our 20 acre plot in Montana...after I get the gardens planted so they have some blossoms to enjoy.

Mar 15, 2020 08:04 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Liz and Bill Spear -  those little guys are very industrious.  We can learn from them about building high performing teams.

Mar 15, 2020 11:09 AM #13
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Bill, that reminds me.  I have to go buy some toilet paper...  you know, for the hive.

Mar 15, 2020 01:54 PM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a wonderful photo, Bill, and a neat sneak peek into your buzy lives! My brother in law is a bee keeper and produces some wonderful honey!


Mar 15, 2020 08:24 PM #15
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Bill,

Wow..that is an amazing shot! So glad Kathy Streib featured you in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. Loved the sneak peak into your life that is so full besides real estate!

Mar 16, 2020 05:56 AM #16
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

So you are beekeepers as well as Realtors.  I remember when I was in first grade eating an apple at recess. Unknowing to me, when I took a bite of the apple a bee was on it and, of course, I got stung in the mouth. To this day, I will not eat an apple outside LOL

I love the photo... great shot!!


Mar 16, 2020 07:48 PM #17
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I think it's great that you raise bees.  They are so important to everything in this world, and get a lousy deal most of the time.

Mar 17, 2020 08:42 PM #18
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Wow, that really is an incredible photo and an interesting blog.  I wondered how bees made it through the winter.

Mar 18, 2020 03:53 AM #19
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Amazing photos!  Your hobby is a sustainable one, helping to repopulate bees and keep native plants and wildflowers going.  Good for you!

Mar 23, 2020 02:11 PM #20
Peter Mohylsky. The Santa Rosa Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

My version of day drinking is slightly different but I can honor yours.  considering my background i am doing quite well.  HIC!

Apr 08, 2020 11:22 AM #21
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