Monday, June 29, 2015

Episode 5: The Queens are Laying

Here are the show notes for Episode 5:  The Queens are Laying
In the Mug: Duncan Donuts coffee with LOTS of creamer, just like my Dad!

On The Road:
The Pikes Peak Hill Climb was this weekend.  Cool to watch the Victory stunt team, but unfortunately the Victory Project 156 bike was a DNF due to crash damage.
Victory Project 156 Racing
On the Needles:
Knitting Projects - starting at 7:40
WIPs: The Crossover Top by Patons, using Universal Yarn Inc. Cotton Supreme Splash in Calm Waters'; I've attached the shoulder seams using mattress stitch (my first time!)
Atlantic Current Socks, I'm ready to turn the heel
Started a new pair of toe-up socks in Zitron Trekking XXL color way 156

Spinning Projects -
FO: Spanish Sunrise singles, dyed by me, BFL (Blue Faced Leicester) 
From this hand-dyed braid of fiber . . .
To this beautiful hand-spun single yarn
WIP: still spinning singles from my Loop bump




Under the Needle:

Sewing Projects - starting at 13:30
Waves of Glory quilt top is all pieced, just need to top stitch the curves down

Gone to the Dogs: n/a


In the Garden: starting at 15:15
What's blooming - penstemon, penstemon, penstemon.  And catmint.

In the Beeyard - starting at 18:45
Queen Fiona's hive is doing good.  She's not only alive, but I saw her!  There were eggs and larva.
S&J hive is also good.  Didn't see the queen, but I did see larva, which means the queen didn't get hurt during the move.
REALLY need to cut the weeds down again!
Two hive cutouts that didn't work out. In one, the bees had left, in the next I think they hired an exterminator.  I'm doing another cutout today though, hopefully with a new beekeeping friend.
Beeyard visit with the local group.  Walked through hive inspections, powdered sugar roll for mite check, and created a nucleus hive.

Off Topic:
Been a busy, tiring week.  Sleeping a lot.

Thanks for watching!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Episode 4: Hot Enough to Melt Wax

Here are the show notes for Episode 4:

In the Glass: Coffee with creamer for that hit of caffeine I need.

On The Road:
Yamaha Silverado stock leather seat for sale if anyone knows anybody

On the Needles:
Knitting Projects - starting at 2:42
FO - The Vanilla Ornament socks
WIP - Atlantic Current socks
both in Gynx yarns

Spinning Projects -
FO - Lemon scones merino 2-ply
currently spinning singles from my Loop bump

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - nothing this week

In the Garden: starting at 11:50
Hops progress
What's blooming: catmint, May Night salvia, something else that's purple

In the Beeyard - starting at 13:02
Update on swarmed hive - no news
Friends delivered their hive to me as they were nervous beekeeping in their neighborhood after their hive swarmed.  So now I'm back up to two hives!  
Created a recycled item solar wax melter to filter and refine the lovely gold beeswax I've got in a bucket.

Off Topic:  
I participated in the neighborhood garage sale this weekend, so I'm a little behind schedule.  Trying to minimize the clutter and get the closet down to manageable levels.

Thanks for watching!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Episode 3: Not Much Knitting

Here are the show notes for Episode 3:

In the Mug: Tea, because it's been another rainy week.  Earl Grey with some of my own honey.

On the Needles:
Knitting Projects - starting at 1:50
FO - Drift by TinCanKnits, in Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine in color way 13 (teal).  LOVE the yarn.
The Crossover Top by Patons, using Universal Yarn Inc. Cotton Supreme Splash in Calm Waters

Spinning Projects -
currently still spinning singles from my Loop bump, but check out my cool 3D printed bobbin, free plan from Thingiverse

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - starting at 9:20
workshop on Waves of Glory by Annette Ornelas, Southwind Designs
another UFO, double wedding ring table runner by Carolyn McCormick

In the Garden: starting at 15:50
Trellising my Centennial hops along top of fence now, and Jackmanjii clematis is blooming.
Also blooming - Nepeta Walker Low catmint 

In the Beeyard - starting at 18:00
new Queen Fiona?  why swarming is bad for beekeepers, but good for nature
small (5 11/16"), medium (6 5/8"), deep (9 5/8") supers 
Thanks for watching!


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Episode 2: More of my Hobbies

A big thank you to everyone who watched my first episode and to those who gave feedback.  I'm enjoying myself, and hopefully you'll enjoy it too.

Here are the show notes for Episode 2:

My other hobbies -  yes, I'm a schizophrenic hobbyist.  I do a little bit of a lot of things.

In the Glass: Diet Dr Pepper.  I'm addicted!

On The Road:
Motorcycling!  started on a Kawasaki vulcan 900, now onto my Victory Kingpin Low
Definitely take the MSF Beginner's Safety Course.  
Learn how to pick up a dropped bike 

On the Needles:
Knitting Projects - starting at 9:06
The Sunburst shawl by Helen Stewart
The Crossover Top by Patons, using Universal Yarn Inc. Cotton Supreme Splash in Calm Waters'

Spinning Projects -
FO my pretty blue 3 ply, spun on my Tiger's Eye drop spindle from KSInspirations
currently spinning singles from my Loop bump

Under the Needle:
Sewing Projects - starting at 13:10
Quilted placemats

Gone to the Dogs: starting at 17:12
Dog park etiquette
     - vaccinated
     - preferably fixed
     - pick up your poop!
     - manners - no jumping, biting, growling, etc.
     - let dogs meet off leash so they don't feel trapped

In the Garden: starting at 21:06
Trellising my hops and Jackmanjii clematis (Centennial hops for home brewing!)
Rhubarb out my ears!  Some of my favorite things to do with my "pie plant" is to make buttermilk rhubarb cake, and rhubarb compote

In the Beeyard - starting at 26:00
Queen Elena's hive has swarmed!  This is what the queen swarm cells look like.  I found them on the bottom of the frames, and several showed that they had already been released.  Hoping it recovers.

Taking care of hive equipment is A LOT of work!
Cleaning, painting, going through the frames, cutting weeds down around the hives.

Thanks for watching!





Saturday, May 30, 2015

Episode 1: Getting to Know You

My new endeavor . . . a video blog!  My intention is to post updates once a week.  I'm hoping to use this as part of my therapy and recovery.



Here are the show notes for Episode 1:

Knitting Projects -
The Eden Prairie shawl by Nancy Whitman
This was my inspiration photo for the color story, based on a Prairie style stained glass window

The Crossover Top by Patons, using Universal Yarn Inc. Cotton Supreme Splash in Calm Waters'
Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
Atlantic Current Socks by Melissa Sibley

Spinning Projects -
FO my Colorado Sunset
currently spinning singles from my Loop bump

A Rough Shooter's Handbook by Guy N. Smith for training gun dogs and beyond basic obedience.

The Backyard Beekeeper is a great starting guide for raising your own bees.

Thanks for watching!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

They're Alive! I'm Alive!

Yes, I'm a bad blogger.  Yes, I've been busy.  Plus I was hoping to post some pictures with these updates, and that just isn't going to happen yet.  Here's some drafts I recorded earlier this summer . . .

June 2014
Sarah and Jason helped Mr. HPL and I do hive checks last weekend.  After the incident with Queen Elena's hive, I'd lost a bit of confidence.  On went the gloves and veil.

Overall, it was pretty good news.  There was capped brood in both Queen Elena's and Queen Fiona's colonies.  We spotted both the queens, and there was nectar and pollen in both hives.  Looks like the direct release of the queens didn't have any issues.  Yeah!

The one spot of bad news was with the swarm hive, Queen Dulce.  We saw bees bringing in pollen, but no brood, and didn't spot the queen.  She's had plenty of time to be laying, so my worry is that they didn't get the queen when they captured the swarm.  One possibility is that it was a secondary swarm with a virgin queen, and she's needed time to be mated before she starts laying.  However, we didn't spot any eggs or larvae either.  Another possibility is that the queen was injured during the swarm capture and install.  In this case they would try to make a new queen.  There were a few queen cups, which aren't unusual, but they were all empty.  Again, they need the queen to lay eggs in order to make a new queen.  I'm stumped.  I'll give them this week, but if I don't find any brood this weekend I'll have to take action.  Not sure what that will be yet . . .

I still need to check the hive I placed in Rustic Hills, but I've got a good feeling about that.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bees 10, Me 0

The weekend before last I was going into the hives to do the first checks of the season, when I got a face full of bees.  I was being overconfident, not wearing any gear, didn't light my smoker, and it was overcast.  I knew better. 

Well, the hive with Queen Elena was a little hot.  I'd pulled maybe two frames when I got stung right on the nose.  After that all I saw was bees headed straight for my face.  What did I do?  I dropped the frame and ran away, of course.  I pulled my shirt over my head and tried to keep the bees away from my face.

Mr. HPL, who was suited up, behaved like a rock star.  He calmly replaced the frame, closed up the hive, and came to help me get rid of the bees around my head.  ROCK STAR. 

The final count was around 8-10 stings.  They got my nose, chin, ear, nape x 3, and arm.  The bees totally won that round.  Somedays being a beekeeper is hard.