I am becoming aware that keeping bees and being employed in a conventional job are not very compatible. In an ideal bee keeping world my job would be more weather dependant. In the event the weather is crummy I would go to work. If the weather is nice and bees need working I would be working bees.
Last Friday demonstrated this point to me perfectly. I had been watching the weather all week hoping to get all supers pulled prior to the arrival of what used to be Hurricane Isaac. The Weather Liars had all forecast that the rain would arrive on Saturday, because Isaac was such a slow moving storm. I wish that my accuracy as a pharmacist only needed to be on par with weather forecasters.
Every once in a while I would get a peek out the window. Things were looking good. Perhaps the weather had been predicted correctly. I was relatively calm about the prospects of getting the final 7 supers of honey pulled after work. Then I heard a fellow employee walking past my office telling another, “it sure looks like rain out there”.
“WHAT!!!!”, I felt a knot forming in my stomach. I have been caught in the act of working bees before when a storm has moved in quickly. It can make even the most docile and workable bees reminiscent of scenes from The Exorcist. I took a look at the only weather radar we have access to at work and sure enough there were green blobs closing in on us.
Conditions had improved by 5:30 when the work day was over. I was lucky enough to get the last supers removed without getting caught in the rain and prior to it getting dark. All this has taught me that I must do something to help alleviate some of this stress for next year. Any ideas or am I just going to have to have to live with it?
This week I will be discussing this years honey extraction and the things I learned so check back in.
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