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Sharing My Happy Day!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

First time I woke up this morning it was sort of light out, but not really. I decided I could sleep for a bit longer before it got too hot. Back to Dreamland! I always dream, don't you?
emoticon Now the sun was definitely up, but the temperature was 68F so that was good for a walk. The sky was blue, but everything still had that early morning look to it. Quiet, Fresh -- it's my favorite time of the day. The only sound was the chirping of birds.
Amber had already been up for hours, so she was eager to go for a walk! Or eat, whichever came first.
I told her to wait until I had stepped on the emoticon like I do every single morning, and I was rewarded with a loss of .4 -- doesn't sound like much, but it adds up! emoticon

Our walk was great and made me feel good that I was starting out the day being healthy and getting some of my exercise time in. And after we had walked our 1.1 mile (it's a loop) we were not hot and tired like we usually are. Time to check the flowers and my bees -- all was fine there.

Opened more of my emails, and saw my one and only daughter had sent me a new photo from when she spent Memorial Day Week-end in Laguna Beach. Gorgeous Girl (like her mama - lol)

Decided to go to the site on the Internet where you can fool around with photo's and frames, etc. and I came up with this one. Like it?
Keep Sparkin'

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OLDERDANDRT 6/5/2012 2:40PM

    Great pictures and no kidding, your DD gets her good looks from her mama!!! Oh yes she does!! Congrats on the progress!!! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 6/5/2012 11:25AM

    Beautiful Daughter, beautiful Mother! Glad you had such a happy day! emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/4/2012 6:29PM

    Lovely ladies both. Amber's cute too. Keep up on the walking. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/4/2012 7:59AM

    You both are so pretty and the Dog too
I love morning walks keep up the good work

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KISAKATT 6/3/2012 11:15PM

    I love your new profile picture! And your dog is too cute! They make such good exercise companions (much better than cats!). Keep on celebrating all your milestones

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STILLFLYIN 6/3/2012 11:11PM

    Two pretty ladies!

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NAPS! And RETIREMENT! Aren't They Wonderful?

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Dogs really take the Blue Ribbon when it comes to naps, but I think I run a close second. When I was younger I never took a nap -- for one thing I didn't have time. Monday thru Friday I was at my job, working, and naps were frowned on by the bosses! emoticon And on the week-ends I had so many errands to run, yard to take care of, and the house to clean, there was no time left over for napping. Luckily, all the energy I expended on my job and keeping up with my duties as Wife, Mother, Employee, I did not have to worry about adding in time for EXERCISE -- I was naturally slim and trim.

But the Retirement Years are here now, those so-called GOLDEN YEARS, which I refer to with my tongue in my cheek. All you Retirees know what I'm talking about. All those body parts falling down on the job. Your butt is down by your knees, and it slid there without your prior knowledge, approval or without you even noticing it was moving! And some of your boobs slid down into your stomach, making you smaller where every woman wants to be Bigger -- and bigger where it just doesn't look good!

One of the things I enjoyed most of getting older is that instead of growing hair in my ears or on my lips (as I've heard friends complain about) old age had the opposite effect on me -- no hair! Oh, I've still got my full head of hair, but suddenly I didn't have to shave my legs any longer. A definite plus!
And also, those naps that I always coveted, I can do them now! Who cares? No boss, errands that can be done anytime, and a house and it's housework that is always there! So every day, sometime between noon and 2 o'clock, you'll find me snoozing away in dremland. My DH does not share my enjoyment of naps, so it's his quiet computer time (without having to put up with me whistling or hear any of the other annoying sounds I make). And it makes me smile when I look down at the foot of the bed and see my dog (and best friend) laying down to take her nap with me -- with just her nose sticking out from under the bed. Yes! Naps are a definite Plus to me in Retirement!
the new Queen Bee

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PSMITH3841 6/5/2012 11:39AM

    Naps, Hmmm...Oh, now I remember! That's something I have to do after a visit from my Grandson!!!! Retirement...I haven't taken that step yet...I'm still mulling that around in my mind!.....

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OLDERDANDRT 6/3/2012 1:22PM

    I see what you mean. I used to try to get in a nap esp. when the toddler DGD went down for hers, but now if I nap in the afternoon, I can[t sleep at night, so had to give them up no matter how tired I might feel. Ugh! I, too share your effects of gravity and no longer need to shave (much) on the legs ! I agree, tho......who cares! What doesn't get done today will still be there tomorrow!! emoticon emoticon

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MEEZERMOM2 6/3/2012 8:35AM

    Ah yes, naps...I remember them! I used to take them when I was that i am "old", & have trouble getting enough sleep at night, I don't dare sleep in the daytime, but sometimes I am nodding off at my computer! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/3/2012 7:30AM

    Enjoy your naps one day I will get to do that too
and I too love the Bee picture

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TRISTAROSE 6/3/2012 7:06AM

    I agree ... Retirement is great. On most days, I am also on my sofa along with my dog Hazel and my cat Gracie around 1 PM for my nap. When I don't nap, the dog & cat keep following me around wondering what's going on! I love your Bee .... we will have to get SP to add a bee emoticon ....


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JACK714 6/3/2012 7:02AM

    Like a quote I saw - nap time is our happy hour.

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SHOES17 6/2/2012 9:14PM

    I love the BEE!!

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Total Amount of Spark Points

Friday, June 01, 2012

I'm not talking about MY Spark Points, but those of the entire SITE. At the rate they are climbing it will soon be as big as OUR NATIONAL DEBT.

Ya, you got that right, it's sarcasm!

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ILUVTTV 6/1/2012 9:11PM

    Funny you should mention the Entire Site's SparkPoints...I was amazed when I looked at them this evening! Wow! Too bad our National Debt doesn't inspire us the way these points do!

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Honey Bees Arrival and Placement in Hive (photo's)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

This was the site we chose for our Bee Hive. It is private, shady and has a clear path for the bees to fly out seeking food.
Frames and hive had to be assembled, and the hive painted white. DH did the hive, while I worked on the frames, where the honeycombs will be formed. The frames have a wax faux honeycomb for the bees to work with.
Good thing my fingers are long and thin. I can see why I was assigned to this job. And DH tells me he has completed the assembly work on the hive. Now we're just waiting for the bees arrival.

Really excited, as the bees have arrived. The UPS delivery guy wasn't too excited, but he was perfectly safe.
The bees were aggitated over the long travel time, and rightly so -- they wanted a drink badly; so this is me spraying in some sugar/water. The calmed right down and became "happy bees."
The time has come to put the bees in their new home. George carried the hive up to the site, and I carried the bees.
The only safe way to handle bees is when you are dressed in a bee suit -- so it was time for George to get his on.
Amber wasn't too sure about this new addition to our "family." But she took a timid, closer look anyway.
Under a thin cover on the travel box was the top of a tin which contained the food the bees used during their travel. A red tag stuck out, and the Queen's special travel box was attached to that. She goes in first, still in her own little box. There are 3 or 4 bees in with her, and they will help eat the solidifid honey that covers a small hole so they can leave the box. They are helped by the "worker" bees who are in the main part of the hive. They all want their Queen close to them ASAP.
This is a close-up of the Queen Bee in her travel box. She travels with 3 or 4 companion bees. Just before placement in the Hive.
The Queen, still inside her box, is placed between two of the frames that you saw me assembling. The frames are inserted, upright, into the Hive, and the bees will transform the wax inserted into frames into honeycomb for the Queen to lay her eggs in.
They look like quite a large mass of bees, perhaps 3000 to 6000 (they go by weight).
It takes two or three hard shakes to get all the bees out of the travel case and into the Hive. They are quite aggitated again at this point, and they were swarming all over the place. Amber was only about 2 feet away, but they didn't bother her. I was 6 feet away, taking photo's, and none bothered me either.
Bees are all in, so the first cover on top of their Hive goes into place.
Final cover on Hive is now on, and the container of Sugar/Water is attached. The bees will be busy for a week or two making honeycombs and do not have time to fly out in search of food, therefore we have the container for them to drink. They will consume about 1 quart in 1 to 2 days.
Final photo of bees coming in and out of hive, enjoying their sugar/water. There is a "guard" bee posted at the entrance to make sure bees entering belong to their group, and not some outsider.

You now know more than you ever wanted to learn about Honey Bees.

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WIFEALF 8/4/2012 12:24PM

    very interesting..thanks for sharing..

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ROBBGIN 6/6/2012 11:02PM

    This was so interesting and informative for someone like me who knows nothing about beekeeping. Really loved the pictures and the explanations to go with them. emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/3/2012 2:28PM

    Fascinating! I wondered how bees are sent. I'll bet FedEx was happy that they don't have to worry any more. Have fun. emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 5/30/2012 7:18PM

    That is really cool!! Thanks for sharing!

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PSMITH3841 5/30/2012 12:54PM

    This was sooo cool!!!!! Thanks for the tutorial...I don't think I'll ever be a bee keeper (I'm allergic) but this was really informative....

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ROEANDGO 5/29/2012 12:01PM

    How cool !! That is the most interesting thing I've seen in a long time!! Thanks for sharing!!

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JACK714 5/28/2012 9:14AM

    Fascinating. Better you than me.

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4_MY_LIFE 5/28/2012 4:02AM

    So very cool. Thank you for posting the pictures and information!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/27/2012 2:14PM

    I think bee keeping is a very interesting endeavor, but not for me! hehe I am very happy to get educated via your pics and commentary! I do hope they stay happy and healthy and help you all out with pollination as well as providing you will nummy honey!!! emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 5/27/2012 1:26PM

    That was so interesting! Thank you for taking the time to do this for us. I was fascinated.

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STILLFLYIN 5/27/2012 10:08AM

    So very shiny! I had to show my hubby. We both really enjoy local honey and it is neat to learn more about it. We won't be doing any bee keeping since hubby is violently allergic.

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TRISTAROSE 5/27/2012 9:37AM

    I really enjoyed your pictures and the great explanation of the whole process!! I am always ready to learn something new and this certainly is very interesting. Thanks for sharing with us!


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MEEZERMOM2 5/27/2012 8:33AM

    Really enjoyed my lesson in "beekeeping" today & the pics illustrating it were great....BTW, you look fabulous! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/27/2012 7:28AM

    Love the story and love Honey great pictures
have fun just be careful


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ARTJAC 5/27/2012 1:48AM

    VERY INTERESTING emoticon emoticon

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Another Painting is Finished! (includes photo)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Party Time! At least that's how I always feel when I have finished and framed another painting. I don't know how "real" artists feel about the canvases as they finish off another, but that's how I feel. It's still a real novelty for me to see something I have created hanging on my wall. And, YES -- I do hang them on my wall, except for the one I gave my daughter. I figure if I don't like them well enough to hang them, then no one else will like them either.

This is a close-up of a tulip, you don't even see the entire flower. It is kind of a copy-cat of the style that Georgia O'Keefe uses, and I'm a big fan of hers. Hope you enjoy!

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4_MY_LIFE 5/26/2012 12:10PM

    Very Pretty!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/26/2012 5:48AM

    Your doing very well with your painting so pretty and I would hang it on my wall anytime
Keep up the good work

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CATLADY52 5/25/2012 3:08PM

    It is lovely. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 5/25/2012 9:37AM

    Very Cool! I would hang that painting in my studio! I'd be proud to display it with my work, and that of my friends. It would make me smile every time I look at it! emoticon emoticon

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CINDYLUUU 5/24/2012 11:26PM

    Art should make you feel something. You are a real artist because you have created something that makes you feel. What I have always found so interesting about art is how we can all look at the same thing and all see something different. Your take on the Tulip is great. Keep on painting and party time!

Thanks for goodie!

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