July 2nd, 2009

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Bees...

I know a couple of you keep bees, and I have a couple of questions. No, we're not planning to do the bee thing, but we seem to have attracted a swarm. They're not aggressive (thank God!), but we're worried about them getting into the walls of our house.

So my questions are -- 1)How often do they actually do that kind of thing? 2)How will we know if they've started to do this? 3)Do they usually have more than one nest?

I'd estimate we originally had around 2K bees (total visual estimate on my part). Last night, we had a thunderstorm with a lot of wind and pounding rain, and this morning, only the top of their outer nest remains. But there are still bees (though many fewer -- in the hundreds rather than thousands), and it appears as if they're going beneath the trim a couple feet away from the nest. Could they have another nest inside the trim? Or are they starting to build one?

I have e-mailed a bee-keeper, but I'm just wondering how quickly we need to act on this, as we're hoping to leave town for the holiday tomorrow afternoon...any information is greatly appreciated!
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Almost friday five...

1. Today was a rough day...
2. because of the bees (and because I'm a worrywart) -- I think I'll be better after so many good responses, though. Thanks for the reassurance that this won't get exponentially worse overnight ;)...
3. also, I lost my wallet yesterday, but didn't realize it until this morning (as the kids were sitting in the car, waiting to leave for the waterpark). I got almost no sleep because of #2, so I wasn't thinking clearly -- anyway, I finally decided I must have dropped it while unloading groceries yesterday...
4. so we drove to King Sooper's, and even though I so hoped it would be there, I was almost sure it couldn't be...
5. but it was. I almost cried (in front of the clerk who brought it out of their office)...we prayed God would bless the sweet anon who turned it in (without taking any of it); we got to the waterpark only 35 minutes late; the kids had a great time, and I didn't get sunburned; we ended up with a raincheck for a free visit because of the early afternoon thunderstorms; and even though I'm still super exhausted (see #3), all in all, it ended up well.

Tomorrow we leave for DH's family's cabin for the 4th -- Happy Independence Day, Friends!!!