One of the most interesting parts of keeping bees, and actually, the thing that makes keeping them possible, is that they do the same things, most of the time. So you can get some general "rules" that work most of the time. Then, you see something new that doesn't fit the rules. You have to put on the thinking cap, and try to salvage the situation. Remember, don't work against your bees. Observe their strengths and make them work for you. You got bees that make lots of wax... make comb honey. New swarms... draw foundations, boomers.. raise a few queens. Learn your flows, and maximize your harvest (and make increase) with a few cutdowns. Just be careful. Beekeeping is addicting, and 3 colonys quickly become 30.