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 on: September 17, 2014, 07:59:51 PM 
Started by rookie2531 - Last post by capt44
I candy boards on my hives mid December for emergency feed during the winter.
The long range forecast I got was a blustery and wet winter.
Below normal temperatures.
That went from this region of Central Arkansas right up into New York.

 on: September 17, 2014, 07:55:00 PM 
Started by capt44 - Last post by capt44
Yep I got out of the hospital after hernia repair surgery.
I had a 2 inch tear high and a 7 inch tear midways of my stomach and they found another  1 1/2 tear on the right side.
I look fit to be tied, I got a drain tube in each side of my lower stomach.
I also have around 250 staples right down the middle of my stomach.
They said not to lift anything over 5 pounds for 16 weeks.
Anyhow I'm going out to the wood shop tomorrow and paint some boxes.
I don't think the paint brush will be that heavy.

 on: September 17, 2014, 06:45:11 PM 
Started by rookie2531 - Last post by rookie2531
Alright, I put ten more medium frames on one of the hives. I think they are in some kind of twilight zone. We have goldenrod all over and they seem real busy coming in with pollen and nectar, but I am also feeding 2:1 and they acted crazy. Like they were starving, even had a black wasp land on my wrist. They have lots of stores, but you wouldn't know it by the way they acted.

 I cleaned up some bur comb and fed them. I also turned there summer vent boxes into winter quilt boxes and put them on too. We'll see what they draw in the next 3 weeks.

 on: September 17, 2014, 06:21:12 PM 
Started by buzzbee - Last post by Beewildered61
 Cutting grass day before yesterday and came up on a little bunch of golden rod, with buds fixing to open.

 on: September 17, 2014, 04:04:31 PM 
Started by beemaster - Last post by beemaster
I've been waiting a while for IOS 8 to be released and today it has. I've watched a lot of videos made by Beta testers who have shown many of the feature, some look really cool. I'm actually installing it as I type.

I have to mention that even before Bud6 (last April) anytime I tried capturing video or using my iPhone with resource hungry apps (okay, I play Candy Crush too) my photo's battery would drop like a rock - I had bought a battery stick (you know one of those portable recharge devices for phones) to keep connected and used its battery to record stuff because the iPhone (no matter what I did in settings) would drain ridiculously, making my phone TETHERED to a wall outlet - so much for portability.

So I heard of the recall and it DOES NOT effect all iPhone 5 batteries, but at Apples site you can type in your serial number and see if your battery is involved in the recall - my battery IS part of the recall, so it will be replaced by Apple.

Now, not that I'm a conspiracy kinda guy  rolleyes but since I refuse to us iTunes to manage my files in my devices, I had to buy CLOUD storage to back my phone up on. And since I have a 64 GIG iPhone that is nearly full (yeah, 546 apps will do that to you) I went with the 55 GIG (think that was the amount) Cloud which cost $100 a year. Expensive indeed, but Apple sent me an email stating my storage was increased to 200 GIG and they took almost $60 off the $100 fee. So they quadrupled my space and gave me more than half the cost back - of course this is a marketing thing cause the iPhone 6 is now out and a happy Apple customer surely will eventually move to the iPhone 6.

I had to add this after I posted this message: the reason for getting Cloud storage is because you need to fully backup your devices data and turn off the device location finder, then fully swipe the device BEFORE you take it to your Apple store where they will give you a loaner while they replace the battery. I'm not sure how the mail-in version of doing this works, I need to read up on that. So the conspiracy part of me says, the battery recall could be part of a "Sell you Cloud storage or hope you'll just get an iPhone 6) and even though I know a world wide recall on batteries might cost millions and millions of dollars - it's still a pretty good way to promote upgrading and selling storage which really offset the gamble of having a recall.

Thing is.... I didn't need that much space to begin with. Apple backs up your added data, but as far as their apps go, they basically add only links to the apps in the Cloud - not the whole app, which saves you a great deal of time backing stuff up and saves you tons of Cloud space. When you reinstall your apps, it refers to the apps and downloads the latest version of the app to your device.

So, I have all this space on the Cloud now, but I still don't get how you access the photos, etc.? I know Mac's have software that let you interact with the Cloud data, but theicloud website seems extremely limited at what you can access. Does anyone know a good PC program that gives you full access to your storage, because if the files are on the Cloud and I can't access them, then the Cloud seems kinda useless to me.

I think I'm missing something on how the Cloud storage works, so anyone with more knowledge than me, and that's likely everyone - any tips on interacting with it OTHER THAN using it as a reinstall media site? Thanks.

 on: September 17, 2014, 03:40:19 PM 
Started by iddee - Last post by beemaster
Not getting all Sci-ency here, but our Solar System (try to find the name of our solar system - good luck) to repeat, our solar system is UPSIDE DOWN relative to the Milky Way Galaxy, so in Truth, the South Pole is actually the TOP of the world - which makes us folks in the Northern Hemisphere the ones holding on for dear life or fall from the planet cause of being upside down.

I know, Beemaster could take the Bzzzz off a bee. Didn't mean to get all educational and stuff Smiley

 on: September 17, 2014, 12:53:37 PM 
Started by buzzbee - Last post by Carol
Skunk Vine and Pepper Bush (Brazillian Pepper Bush) blooming in Central FLorida

 on: September 17, 2014, 12:42:57 PM 
Started by GDRankin - Last post by GDRankin
Thanks for the feedback Michael,

Luckily, we've been getting some long overdue rain the last several days. So the girls are actually bringing in a good deal of pollen this week. I'm not sure what all is blooming, but we seem to be moving out of the dog days of summer . . . finally.  We've been extra hot and dry down here for the last couple of months, so I've been feeding to get the hives through the dry spell. Hopefully the weather man will be at least partly correct in his prediction of more rain on the way.

Since this is my first year of doing the cut-outs/removals, I wasn't sure just how much later in the year would be practical to continue. I did combine a couple of the smaller colonies to help rebuild their numbers faster and hopefully build up enough stores for the winter. Currently I feel pretty good about all of the hives I have brought in to our bee yard so far, even though I've been supplementing them to some degree.

I'm far enough south to be considered "Zone 9" (avg annual lows 30* - 20*) by the plant folks, so we typically have pretty short and mild winters. However, we do occasionally get down in the teens and even lower once in a while.
So now I have to decide what will be best for any bees that I get calls about removing this late in the year. Many of the calls I've received so far are from customers that want to "save the bees" and report being thrilled to find someone to relocate them vs calling an exterminator. And most are wanting/needing the bees gone "asap" for one reason or another. Others, however, are calling me after the exterminators fail to do the job and they still have bee issues.

With that said, any new colonies I do get calls about and decide to remove (because the customer just can't wait and it's either me or the exterminator), I'll just have to plan on doing what I can to help them through the cold months.

If anyone has any pointers in terms of what to do and / or what NOT to do, I'd be most appreciative. I purchased some pollen patty protein supplements from Mann Lake a week or so ago because a recent removal was total void of any stores or brood. They had a little honey around the edges, but that was it. Totally dry comb otherwise.  This was a first for me to see so far, but again, we've been in a pretty hard drought down here this summer.
I started them on sugar syrup right away and added a small piece of the patty yesterday. I did notice a little brood and fresh eggs when I opened the hive, so that was a good sign. Now we have a much better amount of pollen coming in from the recent rains, so hopefully they can start building up their stores.

With that said, I'm guessing I'll need to continue to supplement that hive for a good while longer, maybe even all winter?

I have about 15 hives in all and I bought enough patties for all of them, should I need to use them once this current pollen flurry ends. I was warned that the patties could harbor small hive beetles. So that's something I'll need to watch for if I need to start supplementing more hives I suppose.

Sorry for rambling on . . . just trying to provide more info so anyone with feedback will have more to go on Wink


 on: September 17, 2014, 12:40:06 PM 
Started by GSF - Last post by GSF
The Carolina Zoo received a new addition to their primate refuge, a young adult gorilla.  However, within a few weeks, the gorilla -- a female -- became very difficult to handle.
Upon examination, the veterinarian determined the problem. The gorilla was in heat. To make matters worse, there was no male gorilla available. The Zoo Keeper thought he might have a solution.
Thinking about their problem, the Zoo Keeper thought of Bobby Lee Walton, a redneck, part-time worker responsible for cleaning the animal cages.  Bobby Lee wasn't the brightest bulb but he possessed ample ability to satisfy a female of any species.
Bobby Lee was approached with a proposition. Would he be willing to mate with the gorilla for $500.00?  Bobby Lee showed some interest, but said he would have to think the matter over carefully.
The following day, he announced that he would accept their offer, but only under five conditions:
"First," Bobby Lee said, "I ain't gonna kiss her on the lips."  The Zoo Keeper quickly agreed to this condition.
"Second," he said, "She must wear a 'Dale Earnhardt Forever' T-Shirt." The keeper again readily agreed to this condition.
"Third," he said, "you can't never tell no one about this."  The keeper again quickly agreed to this condition. 
"Fourth," Bobby Lee said, "I want all the children raised Southern Baptist."  Once again it was agreed.
"And last," Bobby Lee said, "I'll need another week to come up with the $500.00.

 on: September 17, 2014, 12:34:34 PM 
Started by GSF - Last post by GSF
Ted Nugent; rock star and avid bow hunter from Michigan, was being interviewed by a
liberal journalist who also happens to be an animal rights activist.

The discussion came around to deer hunting.    The journalist
asked, "What do you think is the last thought in the head of a deer before you
shoot him?    Is it, 'Are you my friend?' or is it 'Are you the
one who killed my brother?'"

Nugent replied, "Deer aren't capable of that kind of thinking.   
All they care about is what am I going to eat next,
 who am I going to screw next, and can I run fast enough to get away.   

They are very much like the Democrats in Congress."

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