I just received notice that our first unassembled hardware-hives/frames/foundation etc. have been shipped. Our 2 packages are coming in (mid-end of April) from a local supplier that personally travels to Georgia to bring them up to W. PA. I have been studying, reading, attending a beginning bee course, and scouring the internet for 7 months to try to gather enough information to hope for the ability to be successful in our first year. My wife and I have decided that we must initially take advantage of the science available to give our bees a decent chance of prospering. We have been and continue to plant bee useful plants for over 2 years and just decided to finally do it! We are both excited, and the biggest thing left for us to decide tomorrow is what color we want to paint our hives. Thanks to everyone on this forum as it adds to our knowledge base and makes us better at separating the "wheat from the chaff." I feel confident that any questions we have will give us several answers and options to achieve our desired result. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, experience, successes and failures with this community. It makes us all better at keeping these wonderful little creatures a necessary part of lives.