It seems 'More-is-better'. More Honey, More Bees, More Swarms, More Hives.

Is it possible to maintain just one or two hives? I may be divorced or expelled from the neighborhood with any more.

My desire has always been, to have a FEW, intriguing, gentle PETS. I want to enjoy the hobby, not proliferate to the maximum.

Please give me some encouraging advice.