The Dream and Reality

In early December 2019 I had major surgery. It wasn’t something I had expected. In seemly good health otherwise surgery came as a flat out surprise. Being a private person I didn’t advertise my challenge with too many others. Several weeks prior to my operation I was visiting a new motorcycle friend I met through the Motor Maids. (Yeah, I ride a motorcycle in addition to becoming a beekeeper).

Searching out some painted barns in Belmont County Ohio “Pride of Ohio”

It was during a discussion with my new friend she mentioned she had bee hives. I was intrigued from the moment she began to explain with excitement about her bees. That was in November 2019. Part of my recovery was researching beekeeping. In February after COVID-19 hit I found a local beekeeper, asked if I could purchase a couple of nucleus colonies to which he gleefully said yes. He asked me if I wanted to visit his bee-yard and show me how to inspect a hive. By now you know my response. The visit happened in March 2020.

The first frame of bees I ever held – no gloves!

From January through May, along with my complete recovery I learned everything I could about beekeeping. My first purchase was two hive kits.

Colley my little helper

As the weather s-l-o-w-l-y warmed things started coming together. Finally I got the green light to stop by and pick up the nucs ten miles away. I was thrilled, excited and nervous, hee, hee, hee. It was then I knew, the rubber met the road. Enjoy the adventure with me.

Moo, the curious cow

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney