Welcome!! If you want to check on the bees, put your ear right up against the hive as tight as you can without getting frostbite, and then gently knock the hive. You should be able to hear a little "roar" or buzz.
Ha!!before you know it you won't have 4 hives, you will have 40!!! Beekeeping has a way of sneaking up on you and taking over before you realize what happened....
Welcome flygirl! You like flies? Hey, are there really no termites in Alaska?
Thanks, jp, here I had this picture of a superhero, and now all I'm getting is a picture of a giant fly wearing lady's clothes!!!
Of course there are no termites!! Everybody knows that Alaska is all frozen tundra...no trees and the ground is always frozen (permafrost - I know a big word!!) so the termites can't dig!!