Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Brutal winter for us all

Will the bees survive?

Clustered in their frigid hive

Trying to stay alive.

Warmth of spring,

Long in coming.

We’re saddened by bees demise.


Clover, Bee, and Revery

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



Winter was brutal here in Ohio with many weeks of below zero temperatures, but then warmer days followed by sudden drops.  The bees just didn’t know what to do.  We had hoped that our bees would keep themselves warm in their clusters, despite the crazy weather, but it was not to be.  We lost 5 out of 6 of our hives to winter dead out.  The bees were  found in cluster, with honey stores surrounding them, but alas, dead.  The Dotsons lost all four of their hives, as well.  So, we will be ordering  more bees, again, to replace what we lost.  We had ordered 2 overwintered Ohio nucs from Master Beekeeper John G. at the fall OSBA Convention, and the Dotsons did, as well.  We had hoped to expand our apiaries with those, but now they will be replacements for what we lost.  The Dotsons and we will place an order for 3 packages of bees from Waldo Apiaries as well. Beekeeping is an expensive hobby!

Job 5

17 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects;  so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty
18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.
19 From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you.
20 In famine he will deliver you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword.
21 You will be protected from the lash of the tongue, and need not fear when destruction comes.small business!