Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Going’ on a field trip

To the beekeeper’s yard.

Gettin’ all our new stuff

For spring is almost sprung!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea

Today, Steve and I made a trip to our beekeeping supplier’s place.  He has a country home and farm, where he keeps about 100 hives and runs a supply business out of 2 big barns.  It’s always exciting to get new things for a hobby or interest, and beekeeping is no exception.  It’s kind of like planning a garden and ordering seeds in the late winter, getting ready for spring!  Though it was cold and rainy today, in the 40’s, it was fun to go pick out the things we need for our new season of bees.  We will be replacing the 3 hives we lost last season and adding one more.  Our kids gave Steve 3 new hive boxes for Christmas, so we got frames, a cover,m an inner cover and bottom board for those.  We also want to collect much more propolis this year, as we have plans to make health and skin care supplements to sell.  So we bought 4 propolis traps.  We also learned about the health benefits of pollen, so we got some pollen collectors as well. And, (I guess there is no going back now!) I asked for a hive tool of my own!!  If I am really going to be a beekeeper, I guess I need to have my own tool!    We ordered our 4 packages of bees and 2 for Pete and Laurie.  Phew!  Beekeeping is not cheap!

On the next nice day, Steve will make moveable shelf like platforms for our hives.  We have seen that some beekeepers put their boxes up on platforms to make them easier to work on without bending down so far. Steve doesn’t want to put permanent platforms in,  so he will use stacked cement blocks and 2 x 12 boards that can be moved around as he sees fit.

After seeing “decorator” hives at the Beekeeper’s Conference, I am thinking that I might have to get involved and make all these additions “cute” with paint and designs!  We’ll see . . .

In the meantime – rain, rain, go away!  We want to check on our bees!

Psalm 107

31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.

32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.

33 He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground,

34 and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there.

35 He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs;

36 there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle.

37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest;

38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish