Re: Newbie here from North Carolina!
Welcome to the hobby, Kathy. I'm preparing to start this spring, myself. Start getting your equipment prepared now so that you will be ready for bees in late February or early March. Read Michael Bush's website extensively. Get a copy of Dadant's "First Lesson's in Beekeeping"...good concise introductory book. Join a bee club if you have one local. Finding an experienced beekeeper to help you get started (a mentor) would be great.
Enjoy the journey,
Warning: Rookie beek...take my postings with that grain of salt you keep in your pocket.