Sean, all my bees died this year too. I had eight during the summer, now zero. Also having some health issues and health issues with my one son. Life can suck. When my bees were here nothing made me happier. They were a great stress reliever for me. I am dropping business cards everywhere to try to get swarms this spring. I could afford to order one package which I did, won't get it until May though. Hopefully someone can get some bees your way. Maybe someone who wants to get into bees can hook up with you to collect swarms - use your equipment to start or something, and share the bees. Are there free advertising papers in your area that you could stick an ad in? Check out my signature - the song is "The Mary Ellen Carter" by Stan Rogers, find it on the net and listen to it.