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A New Hive at this Time of Year??????

Been a while since I’ve posted anything and wanted to get out a little update.  Been very busy working on the sequel to my fiction book “Truths Blood”.  Writing is my winter time passion and as I wrap up the work associated with my bees I turn to writing.

It is also election season and while I rarely get political on this blog I cant help but mention one thing.  We have a ballot measure her in Oregon that would require food products containing GMO’s to be labeled.  If you’ve read my blogs you know how I feel about GMO’s and how detrimental they are to honeybees.  But my comment here comes from another angle.  This is a Citizen-based initiative established by people who genuinely care about and want to know what they are eating, while the opponents – largely massive conglomerates – counter with a LOT of money, tens of millions of dollars, and baseless statements that scare people into believing things that simply aren’t true.

I find it disgusting that citizens who simply want to know what’s in their food can be prevented from doing so by giant corporations spending massive sums of money.  My only comment folks is that we as a nation are far too complacent about our food supply and we are foolish to think these huge conglomerates care about what we eat.  It is worth your time to become more familiar with these issues.

Ok, nuff said.  GMO’s are hard on bees so its difficult for me to let his issue go.

So what’s going on in the beeyard?  I always make an in depth inspection of every hive, late in the year and just completed that recently.  I found one hive with no queen, absolutely no brood or larva and another hive (which was a new package this season) doing the re-queening thing.  If you read my earlier post about the poor quality queens coming with the packages from California you know what I’m talking about.  So I ordered up two new queens to install in the problem hives.

When the queens arrived I did another complete inspection of both hives.  In the one with no brood or larva I found a queen this time.  The hive is stuffed full of bees and I simply over looked her the first time.  She’s a big fat healthy looking queen too.  So even though it seems way too early for the queen to quit laying (that usually happens in Dec/Jan) I decided to leave the queen alone figuring she knows best.  This left me with an extra queen.

I requeened the other hive with queen issues and a strange hive it is.  Three queen cells had hatched.  (Usually the new queen chews through the side and the queens yet to hatch are stung to death by the first queen that hatches)  There was also a perfectly formed and soon to hatch queen cell and on the same frame right next to it was another queen cell in the process of hatching.  This hive is even raising drones, but there are no drones out and about this time of year as they are all tossed out of the hives by now and there is no way a new queen would be properly mated.  I dispatched with all cells and queens and installed the queen I purchased.

What to do with extra queen.  Well, what does a queen need?  She needs workers and stores to make it through the winter.  I went to my strong healthy hives that have lots of stores and borrowed five frames of stores to create a new hive in a nuc box.  I also added many “shakes” of bees from those different hives to the new nuc to create a workforce.  These bees wont be missed in their old hives as most of them will soon be dead  anyway.  Then I shut down the entrance to the smallest opening and installed the new queen cage.  I also put on a top feeder on the nuc in hopes of keeping the new bees around with the feed.  By not moving the new hive out of the beeyard the bees that leave this hive would likely return to their old hive.

I have not yet disturbed the two hives while they accept and release the new queens.  There is never a guarantee that new queens added to a hive will be accepted but the best success is had by not disturbing the hives.  This is a fun experiment to me.  I have never even dreamed of creating a new hive this late in the season.  I will update soon on the condition of these hives and let you know how things are going.

Take care, I hope all is well with everyone.



Thank you

ImageI would like to thank all of those who have tuned in to this blog over the course of the last year to check out my book, my beekeeping adventures and to keep track of our organic gardening exploits.  My book has received excellent reviews and for a novice making his debut effort I am quite pleased with its success.  The bees probably had the greatest level of interest and that is encouraging.  I am looking to try some new things in the new year and so rest assured there will be new updates over the course of the coming season.  Lastly we plan to expand our garden even more this year and we will certainly keep you posted on what we are doing to produce more of our own food.  If you have read the latest posts then you know that a root cellar is part of the plans for the new year. 

I hope you’ll stay in touch and please feel free to comment or ask questions.

7 Reasons Writing a Book Makes You a Badass

I’ve always been a big nerd. To others it’s been clear for a long time, but I’ve only recently been able to admit it to myself. I mean, the signs were all there: I read a ton. I love playing Boggle. I get upset when others use “who” when they mean “whom.” I don’t own a pocket protector but it wouldn’t shock me if 10 years from now I had one … made out of leather … and embroidered with my initials.

But for one shining moment, one GLORIOUS MOMENT, when I finished writing my book, OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters, I felt like a complete and utter badass. Here’s why.

1. Writing a book is hard.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say, “I have an idea, I’m going to write a book about it” and then watch as they never did it, I’d have—well, I’m not sure exactly how many nickels I’d have because I’m terrible at math, but it’s safe to say I’d have a ton of them. Many people don’t write a book because it’s extremely hard. Forcing yourself to sit down, brainstorm, write, edit, rewrite, edit, cut, add, rewrite, workshop, rewrite and rewrite some more until you’ve got somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 words is grueling work. Most can’t do it. When you’re one of the few who can, it really makes you feel good about yourself—an important quality in a true badass.

2. Editing is painful.

All the effort and time put into writing a scene can all go for naught if it doesn’t mesh just right with your story. It doesn’t matter if it’s your favorite scene: If it’s not right for your book then it’s not right for your book—and has to be cut. Deleting your writing, especially words you’ve sacrificed so much to create, can be incredibly painful. But you do it in spite of the pain because, deep down, you’re tough as nails and you know your book will be better off for it.

3. Knowing when you are “finished” is impossible.

Is your Chapter 1 strong enough? Are you doing enough showing and not telling? Should your main character be walking or sauntering in this one particular scene? You’re on draft #17 and, after reading it again, you think an 18th draft may be necessary. (There’s one sentence in OH BOY that I rewrote every time I reread it!) Finished may be a definitive term when it comes to the end of a baseball game or a Broadway show, but it’s relative when it comes to writing. After all, in writing there’s no clear sign that your manuscript is perfect. At some point, every writer needs to take a leap of faith and have confidence in his or her work. It’s not easy to do, which is why it’s a form a badass-ery.

4. Cold-querying agents is scary.

Cold-querying agents is like knocking door-to-door in an unfamiliar neighborhood and trying to convince people that they should not only appreciate your haircut, but they should invest in your haircut. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself (and your manuscript, which you’ve been working on for who knows how long) out there for the world to judge. Not many people have the courage to do that, but badasses do. [Like this idea? Tweet it!]

5. Rejection is everywhere (and yet you still carry on).

Whether the rejection is from an agent, a publisher, a writing group critique partner, your inner critic, or a family member who doesn’t believe writing is a good use of your time, you still battle forward to accomplish your dream of completing a manuscript and having it published. Persistence and determination are necessary traits in a writer (as well as a badass).

6. Getting paid for your work is harder than ever.

We all daydream of seven-figure advances and splurging on something we’ve always wanted, like a fancy car. But the truth is a majority of advances are so small that they aren’t even enough to buy a used car whose heyday was nearly a decade ago. If you’re writing a book, you face difficult odds and little reward—and yet you press onward because writing is what you were born to do. Sounds like the same mantra of a superhero—and a superhero is just a badass in a costume.

7. Accomplishing a dream is rare—and awesome.

Many people try to write a book but only a few ever succeed. Whether it’s because they didn’t put it in time, make the difficult sacrifices, were too scared they weren’t good enough, gave up when the going got hard, etc., they didn’t do whatever they needed to do to make their goal a reality. If you’ve finished your manuscript (or are on your way to completing it), you’re part of a small, select group of people in this world who have. And anytime you’ve worked hard to accomplish a difficult-to-achieve dream, you are, without a doubt, a badass … and no one can ever take that away from you.

This article comes from Writers Digest and credit goes to Brian Klems for this piece.  I thought it was pretty good!

By the way, I’m still offering free copies of my book Truth’s Blood.  If you want one just let me know, here or request one at whalersman@gmail.com

Friday Blog Hop

As I have done for the past three weeks, I am participating in a blog hop for my book Truth’s Blood. Below you will find an excerpt from the book. The U.S. capital has been nuked and the U.S. has been occupied by the Chinese. All citizens are to turn there silver and gold over to the chinese at stations set up in each community. Here you will get to meet Monk, one of the main characters in the book, and everyone’s favorite I might add. A week after the order was given to turn all gold and silver over to the Chinese, Monk visited the Langs to share some news. His “ham” radio hobby was becoming quite the asset. Monk has a bald spot on the top of his head, thus the name and only has one eye as a result of time spent in Vietnam.

Monk found Cliffson and Gary out by the pump house. “So how’s it comin’ fellas? Those hand pumps really take me back.”

“I’ll bet they do.” Gary winked and Cliffson chuckled.

“Careful there, girlies. You aint exactly spring chickens yourselves.” Monk quipped.
“We’re just taking inventory of what we’ll need,” Gary said.

“So what’s the latest news from the “hams” Monk?” Cliffson asked.

“Well, the word I’m getting is that a couple days after the Chinese nuked Washington, they began shutting down the power in all major cities along the east coast. There’ve been reassurances the power will be coming back on, but it’s been five days and folks are getting restless.”

A bit later they move inside to check on the knews…

Jean was turning on the TV when the three men walked in.

“Still got one of those old tube sets, Cliffson? The ones that take forever to warm up. You really should join the 21st century,” Monk chided.

“Oh, you mean that period of time history will record when everyone was so self-absorbed with social-disease media there was no time for meaningful conversation or real relationships? And no Monk, it might be old, but this ain’t no tube set.”

“Ha ha, well said, Cliffson. You know we’re both on the same page. Social disease media.” Monk said, more to himself than anyone else. “I like that one.”

There are more great Boomer Lit authors’ blogs with juicy snippets of their latest work at http://boomerlitfriday.blogspot.it/ The snippet provided above is in context and part of this fridays blog hop. Enjoy


That’s a quote from Truth’s Blood, as you will see below. This is our third week participating in the blog hop. If your here to follow the bees, just check down to the next article.

This weeks quote from the book is below.

“Man’s past is filled with truth’s shed blood. If only you would see it for what it really is.”

“Well Mr. Nelson, I think I see it quite clearly.”

“I don’t believe you do sir. To see the truth, you cannot be for or against, because the truth simply is.”

“Again, Mr. Nelson, it’s been a stimulating debate and as much as I would like to continue this discussion, we’ve run out of time for today. Class is dismissed.”

Nelson was immediately surrounded by Zombies. “What’re you trying to do dude? Can’t you appreciate a good thing? The government’s paying for everything these days, where do you get off taking an attitude like that?”

Next week I’ll feature the character Monk. Monk and Cliffson are the two main characters in the book. They are a couple of older men who freely speak their minds on just about anything you can think of, while in the midst of trying to survive the nations collapse. Such as Cliffson’s quote below.

“True science has long since fled the nation, to be replaced by political science; that is, the counterfeit, contrived science conceived by politicians, for the deception of the masses and empowerment of political elites.”

There are more great Boomer Lit authors’ blogs with juicy snippets of their latest work at http://boomerlitfriday.blogspot.it/ The snippet provided above is in context and part of this fridays blog hop. Enjoy

2ND Friday Lit Blog Hop

Its that time again for the friday blog hop. For those of you who may come here expecting my latest bee update, just move down a couple posts. For today (friday) I am participating in a blog hop so individuals may come and read a snippet of my book “Truth’s Blood.”

For those of you who came here for the blog hop, WELCOME. You have found the right place. Just beware the bees. The sample excerpt below is from my book TRUTH’S BLOOD.

Shortly after midnight, at the Animas Valley border patrol outpost in New Mexico’s Bootheel, Buzz Peterson poured two cups of coffee and stepped into the communications room. His partner’s growing agitation was out of character.

“Steven what’s going on?”
“I can’t believe what’s happening. Seven border patrol stations are under attack.
“Are you sure?”
“It’s all over the radio. Every available unit including the National Guard is being called in to assist.”
The lights dimmed as the stations power switched to battery backup.
“Power’s out Buzz, we’d better go…

That ends the snippet from the book. If you want to read more you can check the “look inside” at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Through out the day I will be checking in, so feel free to ask questions if you like and I will make a point of answering each of them. I appreciate your support of self published authors.



Please note – This snippet is provided in the context of a Boomer Lit Friday Blog Hop and anyone interested in reading more snippets from talented Boomer Lit authors should go to the website organizing this blog hop: http://boomerlitfriday.blogspot.it/

You will find links to author Boomer Lit authors’ blogs with juicy snippets of their latest work and you will discover the vast range of Boomer lit, a brand new genre that is fast drawing attention across the Net.