Thursday Thoughts

Sad Beesness
As you will recall, my granddaughter Dagny and her father have become apiarists. They began their beekeeping activities in April of this year. You can read about their beekeeping in this blog. But don’t get too excited about the prospect of honey this year. Unfortunately, there was a death in their bee family. And even more unfortunate is the fact that the death was the queen. Neither of the apiarists are certain when or why this happened. They did their routine check last weekend and there was no sign of the queen. It happens, they told me sadly. So they ordered a new queen. She comes in a little box, which arrived day before yesterday. For the first few days, she lives in her little box in the hive, hoping that her drones will get used to her. Sometime in the next few days, the two apiarists will open the box and cross their fingers. It can get ugly, my friends. D’s Bees Honey may have to wait awhile.

Birthday Happenings
We got back from Nebraska just in time to celebrate Dagny’s 11th birthday. It seems practically impossible that she can be 11, and going into middle school, but I’m afraid it’s true. We gathered together and shared her favorite food – a steak, medium rare. Not one, but two, ice cream cakes…..

She blew out her candles and opened her gifts. From us, a climbing helmet and climbing gloves, in preparation for her first outdoor climb on September 10…..

Pucker Up
I complained about my garden yesterday, but the truth is that my beans have done quite well. Not all of the bean seeds sprouted, but the ones that did have been quite productive. Since you will recall that Emma was the one who actually planted my garden, I used some of the beans to make dilly beans, and will give her a jar. The beans look scrumptious. Unfortunately, you are supposed to let them sit unopened for a month so that the beans can actually get sour. I wonder if I’ll make it that long…..

Woe is Me
My niece Maggie sent me this photo of her daughter Lilly at the grocery store the other day. It’s apparently one of those stores that lets children have their own little carts. The two of them were waiting in line, and Maggie laughed to see Lilly wearily leaning on her cart like the others in the line. If you look carefully, you will see that Lilly, however, has her face painted pink and blue. I don’t think the senior citizens in line could say the same…..

Last night we got the chance to see Allen and Emma’s new apartment, and I couldn’t be happier for them. They are located in the heart of where it’s all happening in Denver these days. The apartment is nice and the location is amazing…..

View from their rooftop.


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