Independence Days Week 12: Grapes & Bee Hive!

So been CRAZY busy this week, and wanted to get something up.  We’re getting ready for a trip to Tennessee, so I preemptively crossed that off my 101 in 1001 list.  Which reminded me that I could cross a few more items off as well.   A month or two ago we paid off the 4Runner (WOOHOO!), and a few weeks ago, my friend Genny let me try her raw milk.  Surprisingly, it tastes just like… milk.  😀  I don’t know what else I would have expected.

Anyway, in short, here’s what we did this week:

Plant something – Grapes Grapes Grapes Grape Grapes!  Ok – not that many grapes.  We were able to get cuttings from our friends, Rich & Rachel and so we hope to have some yummy concord grapes in a year or two!

Harvest something – eggs, lettuce, spinach

Preserve something – well no food in this category, but we put another coat of stain on the fence, as it had been a couple years – so now it is preserved for a couple years more!

Waste Not – compost and recycling, reused some scrap wood for the…. BEE HIVE!  Yes yes, we have built a bee hive!  Now we just need a swarm and we’ll be rolling in the honey (welllll not rolling in it, but you know what I mean)!  Also sorted through H’s outgrown clothes for E, and E’s outgrown clothes to give to friends or Goodwill.  Went through kids’ toys as well and made a bag for Goodwill.  I have a reputation for being a Toy Nazi in this house, so there are never too many toys to go through.  But the TN in me struck Monday morning.  I tried to temper it a bit by putting a couple more of the boys’ toy baskets on the floor where they can reach them without help.

Want Not – um – built a bee hive, duh!  Looking at ordering some bulk chicken locally, but have not taken any action yet.

Build Community Food Systems – so thinking the said grapes count here. ??

Eat the Food – yep, we did!  My favorite from the week was BLT’s with avocado.  The tomatoes weren’t the best, but we used our lettuce and bacon – yum!

A few bee hive building pictures for you…

Categories: Beekeeping, Food, Garden, Independence Days, Urban Homesteading | 8 Comments

Books & Bees

Rifle season is officially upon us, and Rick is up in Kremmling hunting for an elk (Oh how I hope he gets one!  It would be so nice to have meat in the freezer… enough for the whole year)!

So while he’s gone, I’m passing the time by surfing the net and playing on  I should be cleaning, I know.  I just can’t bring myself to do work, while he’s out there playing.  🙂 

If you didn’t know it, Amazon has a cool feature… Wish Lists.  I’ve been filling mine up as a reminder of stuff I want to buy if I ever have extra money to do so.  And how will I get said extra money??  By selling stuff on Amazon, of course!  I’ve decided to give it a try anyway.  I’ve listed a few books, so we’ll see what happens. 

Last week I was invited to join a long distance book club… a group of women will be mailing each other books to read each month.  Not the same books, just a book they’d like to pass on.  I love the idea.  I can’t wait until we start… I can’t wait to get a book in the mail!  And I’ve been picking out a couple books that I think I’m ready to send on too.  It should be lots of fun! 

I recently borrowed The Secret Life of Bees from a friend, and I really enjoyed it.  It’s a short book, an easy read.  But it was a fun one, and I hope to get a few more fun books in the club.  I wish I owned The Secret Life of Bees, just so I could pass it on in the club!

(image of Ukrainian Beekeeping Stamps… apparently, one in 1000 people in the Ukraine keep bees!!)

Something endears the characters in that book to me… maybe it’s because I’m fascinated with bees.  I am always telling Rick how I want to try out beekeeping.  Maybe if we ever get some real land, it’ll be my next project. 

I have no fear of bees.  I so love hanging out in my flower gardens and seeing all the different kinds of bees, busily collecting pollen.  I love that they are enjoying my flowers as much as I am.  Even the neighbor comments on all the bees in my flowers!  I love it!

“First chickens, now bees?”  Rick would say.  “Yep,” says I.  “Can’t you just imagine how great your own home grown honey would be??”

Categories: Beekeeping, Garden, Recommended Reading, Urban Homesteading | 3 Comments

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