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« on: July 31, 2009, 04:11:57 AM »

Hi All

We're empty nesters in our first year, starting with 2 packages of Carniolans in April.  Bruce is a manufacturing Instructor at a local community college (Tool & Die, CNC, CAM) in his 28th year of teaching, and Minnie is a CNA, working with the elderly for 20+ years.  We are avid gardeners (Bruce - Veggies and Trees, Minnie - Formal flower gardens), and have been researching and thinking of keeping bees for years.  This year we decided to take the plunge!  Hopefully, we can develop some skills and have some fun selling honey at local farmer's markets for some supplemental income in our rapidly approaching retirement.  More fun than selling, I'm sure!

We look forward to learning from members' experiences, and have already had our fair share of "head-scratchers" during our first summer (not the least of which was requeening a hive that went WL and a cool, dry Wisconsin summer).  Challenges like preparing for winter in the "frozen tundra", and trying to stay as chemically independent, as possible, are looming on the horizon.

So, on to learning and sharing.

BB's

By the way, for those challenged in the Potawotamie and Sauk Fox names around here, it's O-cah-no-mo-walk (where waters meet). Wink
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2009, 06:32:22 PM »

Hello and Welcome BruinnieBear
There is alot of great information on the forum !!
The members here are willing help and answer your questions, all you need to do is to ask


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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2009, 08:53:52 PM »

Hello and Welcome BruinnieBear.
 
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009, 10:01:47 PM »

gardening and bees go well together.  we have a gardening section on here also.  what do you teach?

welcome!   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2009, 12:16:28 PM »

My error in clarity, Kathy!  I teach concepts of metalworking in manufacturing.

Like a number of the abbreviations used in beekeeping, toolmaking has its own group.  First of all, toolmakers don't make the individual tools that we use on a daily basis (knives, forks, spoons, hammers, saws, hive tools and the like).  Toolmakers build the "tools" that are used to manufacture these more well known tools.

As the tools we use have become increasingly complex, toolmakers have come to rely on computer control to assist them with the traditional metalworking machine tools and processes (lathes, milling machines, drill presses, etc.).  I attempt to teach my students the programming that is necessary to make these computer controlled (CNC -Computer Numerical Control) machine tools function.  CAM (Computer Assisted Manufacturing) and CAD (Computer Assisted Design) software is used on "off-line" computers to create the, sometimes daunting, program information (like for the mold used to create that mouse you're pushing around right now) for CNC machines.

Maybe, more than you bargained for ... but, hey, you asked.grin

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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2009, 02:00:21 AM »

Welcome to the forum...

We have had quite a few members from Wisconsin lately, I mentioned recently how much I enjoyed my visit there several times including the time that my wife and I were married wther the rotunda of madison's capitol building.

Has something to be said about the Midwest, a technological lifestyle with a more laid back and relaxed atmosphere something that we here in New Jersey could use,

I hope that you enjoy the forum and that it will assist you in any way a that you need or that you can bring your own knowledge to help others here.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2009, 12:23:26 AM »

By the way, for those challenged in the Potawotamie and Sauk Fox names around here, it's O-cah-no-mo-walk (where waters meet). Wink

Welcome, BruinnieBear! When I was growing up in the Oconomowoc area, I was told that it was founded by an exhausted explorer, who gasped in his weariness "Ah can no mo walk!" Wink
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2009, 01:14:56 PM »

Tongue in cheek, I suspect. Wink  But, nope!  Just good old Potawotamie!

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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2009, 01:48:24 PM »

Welcome to the forum...

Has something to be said about the Midwest, a technological lifestyle with a more laid back and relaxed atmosphere something that we here in New Jersey could use,

I hope that you enjoy the forum and that it will assist you in any way a that you need or that you can bring your own knowledge to help others here.

A visit from the Grand Beemaster!  I'm truly honored! grin

Your site is great, more useful, and definitely, more "laid back and relaxed" than others I've visited.  Your membership is your strength.

I look forward to the learning and sharing found here, even though it might be at an "accellerated", New Jersey pace! shocked

Oh, and you need to cross the state line, into Iowa, before you get to the Midwest.  Wisconsin is a Great Lakes state. cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2009, 04:09:07 AM »

Welcome again from wisconsin.  There has been a lot of new members from wisconsin.  I wonder whats pushing the numbers. 

Anyway, this forum is great.  It seams I now spend as much time on this forum as I do with my bees half the time.

Good luck with the bees and may you have a bountiful harvest.
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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2009, 09:53:49 PM »

BB, welcome to our forum, so great you found us, we are that wonderful bunch of people here, you have seen this and you will enjoy to share your time with us.  You and your Wife are up to some cool stuff, empty nesters, seems that does happen eventually to everyone that has had children, my Husband and I have children that have moved on too, but we have Grandsons!!!  Yay!!!  Stick around.  This will be a place where you can share your many tales, stories and experiences, you will make some very good new friends, we can also be those that you can lean on for some great advice, we love to listen, and we love to reply.  Have a most wonderful day, to love and live with the best of health.  Cindi
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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2009, 10:07:43 PM »


Oh, and you need to cross the state line, into Iowa, before you get to the Midwest.  Wisconsin is a Great Lakes state. cheesy

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You surely are correct about our membership being our strength, and I like to think we have that laid back feel as well - very good observations. I guess my preception of WI being MidWest is like generically saying that Utah or Arizona is The West - to Me it is, but then again, I'm only 12 miles from the Atlantic Smiley Again, welcome and it was Beemaster's pleasure to be married in such a wonderful state!

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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2009, 02:33:34 AM »

my Husband and I have children that have moved on too, but we have Grandsons!!!  Yay!!!  Stick around. 

Thanx Cindi

God willing, I hope I can stick around!  The way I've got it figured, I should be into the great-grandchildren in about four or five years! ... and I haven't had to requeen in 37! shocked

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