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  1. #1
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    Default Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    I am not a winter person at all... With that being said I always get a little sad when it starts to get cold... (Even if it is only "East Tennessee" cold)... But this year being my first year with honey bees it's hitting me even harder cause I know I won't get to visit my little friends as much or any until it starts warming back up..

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    Ok, here is my take on winter. Summer lingers through october. Then you have the harvest season from like halloween to thanksgiving, which, lets face it, is the best weather and easy breathing. After that, the weather gets a lil snotty, but who really notices with the hustle and bustle of all the holidays and new years. Ok, january and february... yea those two suck. Boring and depressing. Before ya know it march is here and so is anticipation of spring. Start cleaning and restringing reels and before ya know it...FISH ON! And of course bees. That is how I get through winter. Realizing that anticipation of winter is the worst part. Hope that helps!

    Todd

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    I see your point... And yeah... It does fly by with the holidays... Jan and feb are the ones that will stretch out some... I have just noticed myself dreading winter more so than usual now that I have started up this hive... Lol... The next few months or so will give me ample time to get prepared for all the planting (ones that bees like) I plan on next spring and plus I'll have plenty of time to build a couple more tbh's!! Lol

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    Not at all. Best time of year, duck, deer, turkey season. Jan-feb do suck, but spring is so close im busy getting ready.

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    Well, I already miss the full time activity of my hive because since Spring there has Always been something for me to be observing. I was usually out there looking and listening more than once a day. Mine are still flying sunny days but they have been reduced for a month already and I can't help but feel those blues and wonder as a first year beek if they'll make it. I can still see mine through the window on the front third of the combs but I guess they'll really cluster deeper later on. I think us first-years are the most sentimental! I'm looking forward to all the holiday festivities and time for my art and reading in the dead of winter too,but ,yes, I'm gonna miss my new "kids" often!!! HB

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    Mine are still flying most days so I'm not missing it yet but I'm sure the cold weather will be here soon. I have a new hive to build so the winter will likely fly by way too fast. Especially since I have to finish my kitchen remodel before I can start the hive.

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    Have you considered spending 1/2 the year in Australia, South America...

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    The beekeeper in me hates to see winter coming, but the hunter part of me gets all excited when the weather gets colder. Also, another good thing about winter, you get a welcome break from ticks and chiggers.

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    Go North and ride a snow mobile,it'll take the edge off...........

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    @max2: UPS would probably frown on me skipping out during the winter around here... Esp since that's when we really have to hustle... But if I were rich I'd diff give it a try!! Lol...

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    @colleen O... My girls are still flying around some too and bringing the brightest colored pollen in... But as far as doing full inspections I am not going to do anymore this year because of the seal they have made... I hate messing that up for them!! Everything seems to be in order for the winter so I'm just trying to sit back and watch them now... One thing I love to do is "people watching"!! I love it when I'm at the airport or somewhere and get to watch people in crowds... With that being said I don't really care to watch "humans" anymore... I would rather be out back by the beehive watching the bees!! Lol... They have proven to be just as much, if not more, fun to watch!!! Lol....

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    If your hive(s) is too heavy to pick up, you're probably ok for the winter. January and Feburary your queen is getting ready for spring. Have your stuff ready to go when needed in Feb/Mar. I'm going to get all my stuff not in use now laid out and cleaned up and inventoried this week, so I can plan my goals for next year and know what I need to get.

    Good luck with yours!
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    As I got older I started suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter blues. I found that increasing my Vitamin D3 and fish oil helps out. It's probably lack of sufficient sunlight that does it.
    The road goes on forever and the party never ends ---- Robert Earl Keen

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    Bee's knees,
    I thought I was the only person in East TN that had top bars! Glad to know I am not alone. I live in Monroe County, you probably deliver up here.

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt903 View Post
    Bee's knees,
    I thought I was the only person in East TN that had top bars! Glad to know I am not alone. I live in Monroe County, you probably deliver up here.
    One of the guys in our local association in Athens has a top bar hive.
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    I can relate. It's at the point in the season where I have clothing for warm and cold weather in my car The deer ticks are still active so don't forget to check for ticks. I prefer warm/bee weather but cold weather has some aspects that I enjoy. The mountains look beautiful right now. It will be spring before we know it. This is a good time to work on indoor projects etc.
    mountain.jpg

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    I do deliver up there!! I was actually up there Monday! Top bar hives are rare around here!! Where do you live at in madisonville? I live right off of 39 east....

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    Hello BeeGora:
    In Canada we suffer from lack of sunlight in the winter and lots of us have SAD. Bright light really seems to help so our local library has a SAD light that people can go and sit under while reading.
    A Bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it rains.- Robert Frost

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    Default Re: Is anyone else a little "blue" that old man winter is a knocking?

    i love winter...

    i'm a skier...so i like to follow the storms and hit the slopes...but, oddly enough...this year i'm just not "feeling" it

    i'm over it. i guess it was just such a nice warm summer here in montana that i got used to it...it was definitely an indian summer as far as i could tell.

    time to get the skis in for a tune up
    Zone4A
    “We can love completely what we cannot completely understand.” -Maclean

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