I’ve had the best couple of weeks! Spring is certainly my favorite time of year. I love seeing green out my windows and I even love it when it’s 95 degrees out. Hot days cause some of my family members to melt, but I feel energized by the heat. (Ask me if I still feel that way in August. My answer might change.) I’ve been spending my spare time planting, and planning what else I want to plant, and then reminding myself that I don’t have to plant every single plant that I love right this second. (Can’t spend the grocery budget on plants!) A couple of my big boys helped Jonny to clear out an area for fig trees for my Mother’s Day gift. (I always request yard work-and handmade cards. They always sigh.) I realized that I planted my two fig trees in a poor location last year (northwest facing) so they were transplanted to a new spot that is southeast facing. Jonny and I made an afternoon run to the farm store to buy another fig tree, as my “official” Mother’s Day gift. Well, that in addition to the marigolds that my girls bought me on Saturday at the farmer’s market. I truly had the best Mother’s Day, doing what I love with the people I love.
After losing all of our bees last winter, we are beekeeping again! Last week the two packages of bees we ordered months ago arrived. Silas and Job declared that they wanted to help and dug through the bin of bee jackets to find a couple that sort of fit. They were all enthusiasm until the rumble of thunder forced them to abandon the installation half way through. This was just like the day we installed our first packages of bees, six years ago. And if I’m remembering correctly, this has happened several other times over the years. Jonny went back out after the storm passed and quickly got the second package installed. Tomorrow we will open them up and see how they are doing! I was sad that we lost our bees last winter, but I feel good about our fresh start, and the fact that we are starting small (we have had as many as seven hives in the past). Two feels just right.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend and a great start to your week!