Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Brood Pattern? Lava?

Capped honey? and bee bread?

Lots of new words to learn

That’s what they said.

And not just the words

Gotta know what we’re seein’

All this while the bees are

Buzzin’ and stingin’

This first year of beekeeping, we really feel like we are in over our heads.  We’re uncomfortable around the bees a little, even decked out in all our gear. Having all those irritated bees buzzing around your face is a bit scary!   This means, we don’t inspect as often as we should.  When we do  inspect, we don’t feel like we know what we are doing.  We know how to find workers, drones, and the queen, but boy is she hard to find!  But identifying a “good” brood pattern is still Greek to us.  So is identifying the potential for swarming, or when to feed.

Not sure what we're seeing!
Not sure what we’re seeing!

The Dotsons felt the same way.  But we did try to encourage each other and share our findings.  Having buddies in this process helped, even though we were all newbies.  If we found out Pete and Laurie had inspected their hives, then we were pushed to do the same.  Guess this is going to be a learning process!  We just have to hope that these girls can live through our ignorance!

1 Timothy 1

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.

13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.

14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.