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.