Things I Don’t Enjoy: Being A Girl & Bees

Do you ever, say one or two days a month (maybe three or four) want to hunt down Rodgers and Hmmerstein and kick them in the teeth for this one? (and don’t feel that you must watch the whole thing, by any means; the title/refrain is all you really need):

Really?  Is it just me?  I’m thinking of having my name legally changed to Sybil at this point.

Gina requested a bee update, so here it is:

I suck at beekeeping.

Apparently I didn’t feed them enough in the spring.  Seriously.  You have to feed bees.  What is up with that?  They are BEES for crying out loud: paragons of industriousness and self reliance.  But in the spring?  They’re all, “Screw this work thing, I’m going on the dole!” and you must feed them.  And I did feed them, I did!  But not enough.  Greedy, lazy little bugs.

So the bee inspector guy came out around late June and told me I needed to start feeding my bees more, and pronto.  He said to feed them for the next three weeks, but I fed them pretty much all through the month of July.  It did make a big difference.  The hives were looking much healthier, much neater and more orderly, and the bees were putting up their stores of honey (though not nearly enough for us to get to keep any since, you know, I didn’t feed them enough early enough).

Fine, whatever.  At least they got the comb all drawn out, so next year as long as I feed them in the spring they should produce plenty of honey.  Hopefully.

Except!  I wandered out to look at the hives today (not open them up, just look at them – I haven’t opened them in about a month, because apparently you are supposed to pretty much leave them alone in August as they act pretty PMSy all that month, and I haven’t had the chance so far this month) and there is a definite robbing situation going on with the north hive.

Yes, I’m finding bees are pretty much living up to every negative stereotype of the inner city slum dweller:  quit their jobs just because and turn to a life of crime.  Next thing you know, they’ll be wearing colors.  They already commit drive bys, and I’m not even kidding.  I drove by their hives on the riding mower, and BAM!  Got stung in the head.  McH drove by their hives on the riding mower a couple of weeks later, and BAM!  Got stung on the forehead.  See?  Drive by stingings.

I don’t know if my south hive is robbing my north hive, or if a random hive from somewhere else is robbing my north hive, or what exactly is going on.  And you know what?  Right now I don’t care.  I’m not sure which one of Sybil’s personalities that makes me, but there you have it.  I don’t care.  Rob each other blind.  It’s not like I can suit up to go address the problem while leaving my six-year-old inside the house in charge of the four and two-year-olds.  So those bees are going to have to settle their turf war gang style, with no outside intervention.  Maybe next year I’ll paint “Sharks” on one hive and “Jets” on the other.

The robbing probably means that there won’t be enough honey left in the hive for the bees to live off of this winter.  I don’t know if feeding them for the next month or two would help at this point or not.  Again, I pretty much don’t even care.  They can all die and I’ll get new ones in the spring.  Several people I’ve talked to have said that even experienced bee keepers are having a harder and harder time overwintering their bees these days, and just buy new ones in the spring; so if that’s what I have to do, whatever. 

In other news, I am rereading Twilight because everyone in the seventh grade except for my daughter has read it, and she is feeling so last-lemming-on-the-cliff about it all.  When I first read the series I said she wouldn’t be reading any of them until she is 16.  I still lean towards that, but I’m rereading to reassess.  For those of you who have daughters and have read it, what do you think?  When would you let your girl/s read it?  What are your reasons for letting them read it while they are still young, or what are your reasons for making them wait until they are older?

I really am interested in your opinions.  Rereading the book however?  Is proving not to be so interesting.  I’ve read it too many times already, and the movie sucked so bad it just ruined the book for me.

Which isn’t to say I haven’t already pre-ordered the New Moon soundtrack . . .

And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt has actually been dead for many, many years now.

4 thoughts on “Things I Don’t Enjoy: Being A Girl & Bees

  1. Karen

    Bees. Yes, I remember it well. Growing up we did bees. Or should I say my dad did bees. We mostly cowered in the corner suited up to the teeth in white coveralls, gloves to our armpits and tried to move, hand dad his tools, keep the smoker going and not let the bees get to close to our faces. As we got older the only difference is that we fit the suit better. LOL
    Ok, I’ve got some fond memories of bee keeping and being with dad. As teenagers that is how we earned spending cash.
    Oh, and the winter thing. Dad would leave 5 gallon buckets of sugar water with sticks floating in it (so the bees don’t drown) while snow was still on the ground. We’d come back later and hope and pray that we wouldn’t find a skunk floating in it. Ahhhh, the memories.
    And believe it or not, if DH was in on it I would LOVE to have bees!! My kids need those memories too!
    Oh, and for the record my dad WAS the county bee inspector.

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  2. Paige read it and if I had a say, she wouldn’t have. She’s 12, btw. She is just not mature enough, imo, and has SO much creepy baggage that she transposes too much of it onto her life and becomes totally unhealthily obsessed. I don’t think it’s a good thing.

    I tend to be really ridiculously conservative when it comes to exposure to movies/books/music so take it for what it’s worth. There are, I’m sure, worse things particularly since your kids DONT have crazy baggage issues.

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  3. Christina

    I think you are both brave and crazy, trying to keep bees. Me? I just try to keep AWAY from bees.

    Re: Twilight… K read it in 7th grade and at first was gaga over it and really mad that I wouldn’t let her read the rest of the series. (I read it after her and thought it really skated the edge of Stuff I Want In My Kid’s Head, and figured the next books would push beyond that edge.) But last year, around the time the movie came out, K became disgusted with how very Jonas Brothers people were going over the Twilight thing. (Did that make sense? It did in my head. Basically she thinks JB are no-talent hacks and kids are fans just because it’s the Thing.) And after re-reading Twilight she also decided Stephanie Meyer is not a good writer and therefore she had no desire to read the rest of the series. And now she says the books totally teach girls to seek out abusive boyfriends. (My girl is a little bit opinionated. In case that wasn’t already obvious.)

    So as to your question… um, I’d probably wait a little bit, or at least spend a lot of time talking with your daughter about it when she reads it. (Which was probably already your plan, knowing what an awesome and involved mom you are!)

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