|Survivor French Toast|
At my lunch hour today I took advantage of the nice sunny day and checked the bee hive. I was concerned because I have been seeing way too many drones lately and it made me worried that there may not be a queen in the hive. I suited up in the full regalia and opened it up. The bees were pretty docile - I didn't have to use the smoker to calm them down. I opened the hive and checked each individual bar and comb. One of the combs was crooked and was starting to cross over onto the adjacent bar. This is not good but I caught it early enough to take care of it. I removed this comb completely. Hopefully this will force the bees to start a new one on this bar and hopefully the new one will be straight. The comb that I removed was full of nectar and some honey so I took a photo and put it into a zip top bag. Even on such a small comb there is a lot of honey inside.
I examined the internal combs for some time looking for signs of the queen. I almost gave up hope until I glanced over and saw a bee that was slightly longer and just ever so slightly different from the rest. I found her! It's a miracle that I could figuratively find the needle in the haystack. In this case the haystack is a continually moving, crawling colony of bees - literally over ten thousand of them - and ONE queen. I was sure of it though. So as soon at I spotted her I figured everything was all right. I closed up the hive and continued my day.
For dinner tonight I took advantage of some more lettuce growth in the garden and prepared a nice bowl of salad greens. The asparagus have finally run out. There seems to be a few short, new stalks emerging but nothing to harvest today. It was great while it lasted though. And I am very grateful for the asparagus and for all the nutrients they provided during the past several weeks.
|I made 6 bags like this one!|
It's time to get another blood test to see how my cholesterol numbers are. I will also request a heavy metal test and Vitamin D. I called the doctor today to request a prescription for lab work right after diet is over. No ice cream until the blood work is done!
Truck apt for tomorrow am.