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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Honeybee Rescue!

Yesterday I got a phone call. My friend Teresa, was doing a couple of errands, then going to a couple of garage sales. Even though I was in the middle of cleaning and rearranging, which is what I was going to post about today, I stopped everything, and went with her. Just after three garage sales I got another phone call. A local excavating company, Feightner's, was tearing down a house, and there were honeybees in the wall. WERE, because the house was down and the bees were EVERYWHERE! They did not want the bees to be destroyed and wondered if I could save them. So, the boys I watch (Vinh & Teng) and my friend (Teresa) and I headed back home to get my beekeeping equipment. Then, as an afterthought, I asked Teresa if she wanted to help. "Sure! It'll be an adventure." She said. I think she's a natural beekeeper, she was so brave. She walked right in that construction site full of bees and started helping!

Teresa, Me, and Jack, assessing the situation. Notice he isn't suited up. He knows that honeybees don't usually sting unless they feel threatened. There were different piles of bees all over the place.

I had this cardboard nuc box that I was putting the bees in. Check out the cement block covered with bees. Can you believe in all of that rubble, I found the queen? That was a gift from God. It's hard to spot a queen in a hive, let alone in a big pile like this one! I needed a new queen for one of my hives. A few posts back I wrote about how I was concerned about one of my hives. Well, these bees went into that hive.

That's Jack in the background excavating what was left of a house, while Teresa and I searched for honeybees!

We had to hurry. We were afraid he was going to pick us up and throw us in the dumpster!

This is some honeycomb that had fallen out of the house. So sad that the nurse bees are still nursing their brood. They just don't give up. They are all snuggly in a hive on our land now. I hope they stayed. I'll let you know in a couple of days.
As for my original posting idea....what's better...a honeybee rescue or a clean, rearranged house? (Don't answer that Mom!)
But I do need throw in a couple of things. First of all, I got a free crow pattern from Crows in the Attic Primitives. I entered a give away and did not win, but she didn't want any losers!
Thanks again for my crow pattern!

And secondly, Saturday, from 10 - 4, is the Howard County Master Gardeners Tenth Mid-Summer Garden Stroll. Because it's the tenth anniversary, they are having some extra special events. Besides going through seven gardens, they are going to have artists booths at each garden. Here is an example of one of the artists stuff. Click on the album labeled "garden stuff." (I have to have that ladybug - HAVE TO)
Plus my Granny Bee friends will be there

There will also be cookies and punch, a lemonade stand, and a plant sale. A lot of fun stuff for one day. Grab some friends and have a fun Saturday.


  1. Cindy,

    I could never do what you do! I'm a big old scaredy cat when it comes to bees. I was allergic to honey bees when I was a kid, so for me their stings really hurt. I used to always end up at the ER a few days later to get shots, I'd swell up so bad. It was never bad enough that they told me to carry shots but they did say if I got stung in the head by more than one I should go to the ER right away. Maybe I have grown out of that allergy its been at least 35 years since a honey bee stung me, not that I want to find out! Have a great day and we'll see you tomorrow. Glad you like the ladybugs, they were fun to make!


  2. I think I am going to need a benadryl now after reading that post... hehe.

    That is awesome what you did... if I still worked at the the tribune... that would have been very newsworthy to me! Well done!

  3. Hi Ronda,

    I do carry an epi-pen with me in my "bee bag" just in case someone has an allergic reaction. As kids, when we got stung it was usually because we were running through clover, which bees love. Now a days, people manicure their lawns so much that there is very little clover. 'Cept in my yard! Lots and lots of clover!

    Hi Taking Heart,
    I would have ran if the tribune showed up. Some of the worst pictures of me have been in the tribune :) Aaaahhh benadryl, makes me sleep so well....


  4. OK Cindy passed the trial run ...I am gonna put you on the Palace Favs...I know your not a Mommy Blogger and you are interesting...So on you go ....but the first pics of toddlers sitting on pumpkins with messy faces or soy milk banter....thats it. lol

  5. Ok Cindy Bee...You passed the trial run...I am going to put you on the Palace favs...I know your not a Mommy blogger...Your interesting and fun. ...BUT...The first picture of toddlers sitting on pumpkins with messy faces or talk of Soy milk Activism....Thats

  6. Cindy,

    You are welcome for the plug, as women, we know that menopause is causing a lot of problems with us, so many things are a changin, and we feel like wackos trying to explain how we feel or where it hurts, and they say this can take up to 10 years to completely get thru it,OMG..sometimes I think I'd rather just do the monthly for a little bit longer!!..Have a great day!..hope to see you with the Granny's this week.


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Cindy Bee