Last week we left our intrepid Beastie, Finn McSpool, in the midst of a messy kitchen with something that resembled a wheel of cheese. Of course my loyal readers won't be fooled into trying to slice that hunk of pseudo-cheddar to add to their platter of Christmas nibbles - well, maybe you would since I … Continue reading Finn McSpool Gives New Meaning to Bee Sting Lips
Those of you who have been with me a while know I share my backyard with a hive full of bees. The girls are all tucked in for the winter, but after realizing I could no longer close the freezer door due to all the honeycomb I'd been stashing away over the season, I decided … Continue reading Finn McSpool Minds His Beeswax
This is one of those rare weeks when I have no new artwork to show you (although I am working on remedying that) and no new art news to share with you (although hopefully next week I'll have something news-y to post). Since I'm completely art-less, I figured I'd get snap happy in the garden … Continue reading Bloomin’ and Buzzin’, My Garden Beckons
And to all those who remember a certain deodorant campaign, no, bees don't perspire either. Although those of us in Portlandia are now suffering from a resurgence of icky, cold, rainy weather, we did get a brief taste of summer recently with temperatures soaring over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (that's a sweltering 38 degrees to the metric folks … Continue reading Bees Don’t Sweat
As my loyal followers might remember, last year I delved into the wonderful world of winemaking, and that a few months ago I bravely bottled my boozey concoctions. Well, I recently hit the earliest aging time for fruit wine. Sure, sure, longer aging would lead to a smoother wine, but after having those bottles taunting … Continue reading Finn McSpool Enters The Land of Wine & Honey
When people ask me how many pets I have, my response is a quick "Four cats and two guinea pigs." After getting the Are-You-A-Crazy-Cat-Lady look, the conversation continues on to either cute things the cats do (if talking to a fellow cat lover) or on to other topics (if talking to a normal person). But in … Continue reading Well, Hello Ladies! AKA “Saying Hi to My Bees”
And now the sad news I promised you yesterday... As you may know, I am the proud keeper of a hive of bees in my backyard (if you don't know, go ahead and read a few of my bee posts I've linked to below). Well, Sunday was a sad day. Actually, it was a really nice … Continue reading Sad News From the Hive
Yes, Fridays are normally time for me to ramble on about some aspect of writing, but this week I have bees on my mind. Also, I haven't posted about my bees since the spring robbing fiasco so I'm well overdue for a bee post. Winter Isn't Coming, Mr. Stark. It's Here! This week the Portland … Continue reading Freezing Bees!
Okay, I'm cheating a bit with this Saturday Selection by squeezing in an update on my bees. But really, nothing's grabbed my fancy this week except for the huge pot of honey I've extracted from my own beehive. Yum! A Little Background As you may remember, my bees were behaving very badly before I left … Continue reading Saturday Selections: Show Me the Honey!