Close the door

One of my Covid projects is almost complete. My she shed, bee shed, which I could have purchased for way less than I spent to build, is almost complete. I am $1600 in the hole but have learned so much if I want to build another or perhaps a tiny house.

It has a window but still needs a door.

It keeps the rain out so I have already started storing things in it.

Hive equipment fits nicely and my tools and work gloves spent a few nights nice and dry in the shed. But some critter decided to hang out there as well and thought my work glove was a good dinner.

So I guess I have to get around to closing things up. Trim is now up, waiting to be stained and then the door. Woohoo.

Most importantly it has kept me out of trouble and made the days go by quickly.

Fall is just around the corner. I hope to get at least one frame of honey from my bees this year before I tuck them in for the winter.

Get out of town

After five months at home, I finally took two trips to see my kids. Luckily they are both sort of drivable. I tried to remain dehydrated for the long drives to reduce pit stops. I brought all my food from home so I would not need to shop. Both are located in low infection rate regions. When I returned from my visit with the grandkids I holed up (down) in the basement for two weeks to social distance from Tim.

For some reason, it was still acceptable for me to cook for us on the grill or my outdoor Coleman stove. I couldn’t have done this in winter.

I still had plenty to keep me busy at home. My sheshed is coming along. The trim tidied it up and the roof is shingled – on the hottest day of the year.

My bees weren’t happy with the heat. They are doing well, best I can tell, and defending the hive. Look at this invader they killed. I still don’t know what it is. Maybe a carpenter bee? Definitely not a murder hornet.

I’ve had two stings, both times because a bee got caught in my clothing. Made me wonder if naked beekeeping is a thing.

Chipmunks seem to be all over the place and I’m usually greeted by a few critters on my drive to work.

It looks to me like a seahorse made its way up to cabin and left its mark in the dew.

These seagulls were keeping their distance at the beach. So nice to be near the ocean with the sea breeze and waves. Kids are playing in the sand as if all is well with the world. Let’s hope so.