I live in Meigs County, TN, about half-way between Chattanooga and Knoxville, on the eastern shore of Watts Bar Lake.
Around the middle of August, a coworker told me that he had too many bees, and that if I would get a hive, he'd give me some bees to start my own colony. So I got a deep and some frames and a top and went to his place. I gave him five new frames, and he gave me five of his "active" frames. He told me they'd make a queen and that it would be ok. Got them home ok and all seems well. I've been feeding them with a hive top feeder. I started out feeding 1 to 1 but have since upped it to two to one. They are going through about 3 gallons a week.
I tried to read a lot about this before getting the bees, but sometimes the material doesn't really click until you have the bees in hand and actually see what is going on. I know it's late in the season for some of this, but I really hope I can get them in good enough shape to make it through the winter. If nothing else, at least I am getting some experience this fall so hopefully I'll be more prepared next spring.
PS: The screen name comes from only having dialup internet access. Most days it's 26.4 kbs. So it's a great day if it's 28.8.