I am new to this forum and to beekeeping. I was advised by Sundance to put a little introduction up here. So here goes =]

I live in North Idaho with my wonderful wife (she is actually getting me the beekeeping stuff for my birthday, which is today!), 7 year old daughter and 5 year old son, two dogs, 6 chickens, 5 rabbits and their litters, and a very nocturnal hamster with a squeeky exercise wheel.

We moved from the city to a 10 acre plot of land about 5 years ago to get some peace and try to get closer to nature. It worked. Nature has a strange habit of moving in, invited or not.

I am a computer technician by trade and spend the rest of my time woodworking, carving, pyrography, metal working, leatherworking, gardening, raising chickens and rabbits and now...beekeeping!

Well, not quite yet. My first order of bees will be here April 15th.

I am looking forward to meeting many of you and learning from your vast wealth of knowledge.