Welcome Barbra, I think you will like this place and fit in well.
I sure the welcoming committee will be here shortly
Barbra, here we are!!! (oops, had to modify the post) I am one of the welcoming committee people. You see, this forum is a fun place to be and we know each other pretty good. The comments will yank your giggle chain, you will get some great laughs, just like Rob make me do, that squeeky, sneaky little laugh that I do inside (and I might add a little bit comes out of my mouth, quietly, I don't want to wake up the household, yet, with a roaring laugh, so I hold it in, hee, hee). Oh brother, I meant to welcome you, I am a rambler, you will find that one out.
So, you have some pretty cool interests. YOu sound like a twin to many of us on this forum. I think bees, insects, gardens, food from our gardens all go hand in hand.
Your adventures into the world of apiculture will make you stand with your mouth hangin' open. You ain't seen nothing yet. The world of the honeybee is one of the most fascinating fields (ants come a close second I think). Wait until you get your girls, you will be delighted with every aspect of it. It shines through that you are a nature lover, and when you work your colonies, enjoy the scents that are present with the colonies and everything else that goes with it, will make your serotonin levels skyrocket. You will be even a more happier person than you ever thought you could possibly be.
Welcome to this forum, again said. Ask questions, you will have hundreds and hundreds.....all questions will have answers. Never think a question does not deserve an answer. We all were beginning with the study of bees, every one of us, it was not a thing given at birth. If you do not get an answer to a question that you want, ask it again, tell that you need an answer -- someone will hear you and answers you shall have. Have a great and wonderful day, love our life we live, our special place on earth. Cindi