Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lotion Bars, Candles, lip Balm ....Ohooo My!

Happy Halloween Everyone.!!!

It was a beautiful day with lots of blue sky and white puffy clouds. I worked in my yards all day. Then it turned gray and rainy.

I have only had two trick or treaters tonight. I have never had very many kids because the street is not well lit, and the houses are far apart.

I closed on my house nine years ago today. I can hardly believe it has been that long. . . . Time flies....

I am working on lotion bars and pure beeswax candles. I got lots of new exotic oils and yummy butters. I hope to make several new batches of lotion bars next week.

The bees are eating from the feeders and still bringing in pollen. All seems to be going well at this time.

I got lots of plants and cuttings from Carol Finch, a master gardener this week. She gave me some perennials I hope the girls will like. The spring will tell. I am going to meet some other master gardeners in the next week or so for more ideas how to make Sasserfrass Hill more bee friendly.

Bee Spooky,
Ms Deb

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Beautiful Fall Day for Bee Venom Therapy

October 23, 2009 is a beautiful fall day with sunshine peeping in and out of the clouds. The bees are flying and the yellow jackets are on the prowl. I got stung by a yellow jacket yesterday while I was cleaning the feeders. The yellow jackets will not live through the winter but they are eating as much protein (bees) as possible now. They are lurking outside the hive looking for the sick and weak bees. When people say they got stung by a bee, usually they got stung by a bad old yellow jacket.

Today we had two new Bee Venom Therapy patients. Natalie is 84 years old and as cute as a button. She and her daughter came to try to get relief from arthritis. They had gone to the chiropractor and had physical therapy and wanted to try BVT as a complimentary treatment. I hope they get great relief from their arthritis pain. I was happy they were open minded and willing to try something new.

Erika came over also, she is suffering from MS, and has had a lot of relief from her aches and pains. Sarah came by to help with the web site. We are getting our products ready to post in time for Christmas. We hope to have lots of stocking stuffers to choose from.

We got a new baby girl in our family yesterday. Olivia was born at 5:58am and weighed 7lbs. 1oz
Vicky and Reese (my nephew) are doing fine. Vikki and Laurice and proud grandparents for the first time. They are over the moon for this little girl. We welcome her into the family.

I am off to Sam's to buy another 50 pounds of sugar... I will feed the girls for a while till they get plenty of food stored up for the winter.

Bee Well,
Ms Deb

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Girls cleaning up the harvested supers

Believe it or not it is the middle of October. I can not believe how this year has buzzed by.

Mr Charlie and I went through all the hives last week. All were strong but the Peach hive. Mr Charlie said they may have swarmed while I was not looking.

He brought a nuc over ( A nuc is a small hive with only five frames.) It is half the space for them to keep warm as the temperatures fall. I hope the peach girls will prosper. With so few sisters to keep themselves warm it may be tough.

The Girls...the Worker bees, will kick the drones out of the hive during the fall and winter. The drones contribute nothing to the hive. They don't even collect their own nectar...They make several flights each day looking for a virgin queen. Which odds are NOT good they will ever be successful.

Sarah and Erika are coming over on Thursday. We are going to update the website and put up some product photos.

The year is buzzing away at light speed....... So the Girls and I will hold on tight.... it's going to be a fun filled fall.

Bee Well,
Ms Deb

Monday, October 12, 2009

Hello Everyone,

We have had a prosperous spring and summer at Sasserfrass Hill Bee Farm. We have moved into fall will a bountiful harvest. We extracted our last three honey supers last week and got almost 50 pounds.

We had a lot of fun and talked to many many people at Mule Day up in Washington, Georgia on Saturday. The weather was calling for 50% rain but it was a perfect day with lots of sunshine.

We are giving our girls their fall medicine to treat for mites and Honey B Healthy, a Feeding Stimulant with Essential Oils... ..... ...... it Helps Your Hives to Thrive!
We will treat for hive beetles and wax moths also.

I am going into the fall with 10 healthy hives. I hope I come out of winter with the same number.

We are going to add about 30 more hives this spring. We need more honey to meet the demands of the local market. Thanks to everyone who purchased honey and lotion bars from us. We hope to have lots more products in the near future like pure beeswax candles, soaps, lip balms, lotions and lots more.
We are Grateful. I am Blessed.!!!!
Bee Well,
Ms Deb