Colleen O. - thanks so much for all of your help. I will stay the course that you have helped me set and hopefully they will pull through. I ordered some pollen substitute and will begin making candy this weekend.
My TBH bees were light on stores as well. With a screened bottom, dumping in sugar wasn't an option and they have no access to the "attic". There was a bar of drone comb that they drew out in early summer, but wouldn't touch for anything else, so I cooked up a batch of sugar with minimal water and "painted" it on that comb. Let it dry for a few days and put it in the hive. It put the sugar inside the hive and up off the floor. If it's warmer this weekend (supposed to be 70), I'll try to get a picture of it to post.
Ruth Meredith https://www.facebook.com/topbarbeehive