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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Motivated to Succeed

Today is Armed Forces Day and we send out a salute to all the men and women who work so hard for our country.  We really appreciate all they do for us.

That is one of the reasons we are motivated to go out to our VA Clinic each month to help our veterans.  Sometimes this motivation is what we need to make the trip into town to do out duty to help serve sandwiches.  Of course, we are always pleased with the results of our efforts as we talk to the veterans.  Yesterday, we heard great stories from our Vietnam veterans.  The two men that lingered in the little cafe were happy to have some one interested in their stories.  They motivate us to do our best 'to make the best better.'

We were also motivated today by our observation hive experience earlier this week.  We have not been able to spend as much time with our bees this spring.  Between other events (mostly 4H) and my pregnancy, we have done little more than observe the bees from the outside of their hives.  It is obvious that we have a  strong hive because we can see their activity around our property.  However, it is nice to open up the hive every once in a while to be sure.

The boys assured me that they could do the inspection of the hive on their own.  I told them to be cautious and back off if it got to be too much.  I can honestly say that I thought they would return after their first attempt to open the hive.  However, they spent several minutes checking the hive.  They were even able to add a shallow super to the top of the hive to motivate the bees to add more honey.  Sean and Henry came back so excited to tell me that the hive was thriving and the honey was brimming over!

Edward made an attempt to take pictures of the adventure but his motivation ended at our plum tree about 50 feet from the hive!  He did manage to get one picture of the experience.

We will check the hive again next week to see if the bees have been able to pull any wax from the empty super and add any honey.  Maybe we can get some better pictures then as well.

I am very proud of the boys for using their knowledge and gaining the experience of working the hive on their own!

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