Annette, this is strictly a hobby for me. I don't sell anything. Everyone is happy to get honey for Christmas I think
So, yes, I've been successful. The bees seem to do ok in spite of what I might do.
I'f you are keeping the bees alive, then you are successful. That is what I have them for also. A hobby, but of course over the years, it has taken on a life of its own. In learning how important they are to our survival and such, I feel almost a duty to keep them going now.
But it has to be fun, enjoyable for me to continue. So far, so good. I have taken up a new project this year that is keeping me excited. I am teaching beekeeping to the 4H club of Placerville. 11 kids ages 10-17. We have ordered the equipment and will start 2 beehives together.
I have another post going on here about the bees in the dresser. If they survive, they will be one of the hives for the club.