Share the Warmth Wednesday #25

This one is blue, and another completed mostly at baseball.

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**Share the Warmth is my charity knitting project for 2015. I’m trying to knit 52 scarves/projects to donate this year! Most get donated through my friend who coordinates the Helping Hands ministry at Church and brings them to the Lazarus House.

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It’s SO important to savor it all… to relish those moments. But you know what’s equally important, if you ask me? To be able to look back and relish those moments all over again. A month from now. A year from now. Fifty years from now. I love to look back at all those pictures… I leave them on my phone, and I scroll through all the time :)

And that’s where photographs come in. These days, it’s so easy to get snap-happy at a moment’s notice: we just reach into our purses for our smartphones or cameras and start clicking away at anything and everything.

The problem is… it’s so easy for those photos to come out badly! You think you’ve taken a wonderful picture of your beautiful boy standing by himself for the first time, but actually you’ve managed to capture the moment when he falls down and starts wailing! You think you’ve snapped a stunning image of a horse galloping along the beach, but actually it’s just a dark blob against an overexposed background. You think you’ve achieved the perfect shot of your wonderful parents laughing together on their anniversary, but you take a look and you’ve managed to capture… a blur.

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End of Year Teacher Gifts 2015 Edition

I know I’ve mentioned it before… But, I love the kids’ school… And, I love the kids’ teachers and the administration/support staff at the kids’ school! Every year at Christmas and at the end of the year I try to make a little something to show our appreciation for how hard they work.  The gift usually reflect my craft obsession du jour :) and this year is no exception… So, little bee shaped solid lotion bars were in order!! Here’s a few pictures of the 25 or so lotion bars all boxed up and ready to go to school on the last day (which was yesterday for the kids!). Kathryn decided that they would like the Mint scent the best, so that’s what they are :) Happy end of year and beginning of summer!

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Share the Warmth Wednesday #24

Can you tell where I’ve done most of my knitting this spring? Baseball!

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**Share the Warmth is my charity knitting project for 2015. I’m trying to knit 52 scarves/projects to donate this year! Most get donated through my friend who coordinates the Helping Hands ministry at Church and brings them to the Lazarus House.

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It’s Official!! We’re Beekeepers!!

We’ve actually been beekeepers now for a few months… We had been talking about getting bees… And by “we” I mean Mike… He had done all the research, watched the videos, read the books… and convinced Kathryn and I that it was a great idea (I mean, honey! AND, Beeswax that we can make ALL KINDS OF STUFF with!!)… Sean, on the other hand, was NOT convinced… But, he’s 13, and generally not convinced about any of the crazy ideas we have. So… We ordered 2 NUC’s and the hives to put them in, went to pick them up and so, we were proud keepers of what seems like a gajillion bees! We got just a couple of pics… I had grand plans for pictures and video of the installation of those hives, but my cameraman (the one who was NOT convinced that this is a good idea) chickened out on me and taking video on my phone requires you to take your hand OUT of your glove :) Anyway… 2 hives were CLEARLY not enough… and as of today… we might have 5… ummm, yeah, OK, we have 5… 5 beehives… we might be crazy… but in our defense… well, we don’t have a defense, we’re crazy… It’s ok :) Here’s a (very short) video from this evening of our happiest hive :) 2 of the hives are NUC’s so they were established, and got going pretty quick, one was quicker than the other still… The other 3 were packages, so had to accept a queen and establish themselves, so slower going, but doing OK (the last package is brand new, ordered months ago, just came in now, we have fingers crossed, it was WAY late, we would NEVER order from those clowns again… live and learn)…

and just a couple pictures

This is a pic of the 2 NUC hives, the one of the right has a honey super on top :) the package hives are on the other side of the shed, so you can’t see them in the pic…

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a close up of the entrance to the hive :) Happy busy bees :) coming and going!

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Literally, they just do their thing… We go out and check on them to make sure they’re ok now and then. But, they just do their thing! We inspect the hive to make sure that there’s no bad things (like mites etc, so we can take care of them appropriately) and that’s it. We look for good brood pattern, and honey etc. We know better what to look for :) we reach in comfortably :) and aren’t afraid of the gagillion bees that are in there… it’s really, really cool. And, soon, we’ll have some of our very own honey! Plus! Mike and I have been going to bee school! It’s the first thing we’ve done together without the kids in years, and NO we are NOT lame :) just in case you were wondering :) Anyway… We love bees!

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