Although 2003 wasn't what I would call a banner year beekeeping wise for me in some respects it was a boom year in others.
I found my 2002 colony dead in the spring of 2003.
Then to make matters worse the packages I bought were both sick and had to be destroyed.
A new local club started in the area by local members of SEMBA and had a story in the paper with the date of the Febuary meeting.
Kare and I joined in Febuary, because of a couple of generous members they supplyed me with 5 colonies of bees and a bunch of experince.
I have a fellow who stops by to advise me on things I should be doing with the girls, feeding medicating, ect.
Another who taught me the joy of capturing swarms, taught me how to get rid of a laying worker and requeening, extracting honey and the steps to make it saleable.
Members on this forum have contrubited to my education greatly also. Tom (my old tools) who shared his box box joint jig plans enableing me to build my own hive bodies. Since I can't order the bodies in the quanitys needed to get free frieght, I now build them for a savings of about $5.00 a deep. I also have the satifaction of knowing I built them my self. Robo and others who told me how to wire my frames easier and embeded the wires into the foundation. How to get rid/reduce the ants and yellow jackets in and around the hives.
On a personal note
My grand son was born March 30th, LOL not on April fools day.
Saddly my father passed away June 15th just before fathers day and before his 90th birthday. He did suffer in the end and left us laughing with his last wordsto us.
Yes the world is changing and not for the better either.
We souldn't be shocked as we are all quilty and are allowing it to happen. We put up with rude people who push and shove, let their cell phones ring in non use areas, people talk overly loud on them during meetings and even church services. We except with out complain over and under cooked food at resturants because complaining has been taught to us as being not nice, just except it. We except what leaders thru the media tell us as fact and are quick to jump on the band wagon to ridicule people for their stand on issues with out weighing their point of view.
Most of all we have allowed laws to be passed that takes the parents rights away to disipline their children. Allow convicted Killers to lay around in prisons till they die of natural causes taking away a deturent for not committing a crime cause you know you will be put to death if you do do it.
Sorry for the rant. Just my option.