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Laugh A Little / I'm old
« Last post by iddee on May 17, 2024, 01:20:48 pm »

Thanks, iddee.  I am doing a presentation at a Senior Living Center on Monday, World Bee Day. This aspect is part of my presentation. Will it have much effect considering the group I am talking to? Probably not, but it has to start somewhere. Even older people can have a hanging basket that offers a nectar or pollen source. Also, there might be a nurse's aide or orderly attending that can make a difference. I am also going to talk about how beekeeping has changed since WWII and milestones in beekeeping.
Any and Every Thing / Pony Express
« Last post by Bakersdozen on May 15, 2024, 11:40:07 am »
I didn't realize that once a year the National Pony Express Association re-rides from St. Joe, MO to Sacramento. People are welcome to go see the riders at old Pony Express stops or follow along on an interactive map. There will be GPS tracking devices on the horses and riders so that they can be followed.  The ride starts on 6/17/24 at 1:00 pm CST.
Honey, Bee Forage; Nectar & Pollen Sources / Re: What blooms where and when
« Last post by Bakersdozen on May 13, 2024, 09:37:41 am »
66061: Honey locust, pollen source 5/11/24
Any and Every Thing / Re: Why I sold my bees...
« Last post by Gypsi on May 11, 2024, 10:04:25 pm »
currently I have fired all docs but the little clinic I go to for thyroid testing and prescription. I'm very unhappy with every pcp I've had in Fort Worth, and I work too much to hunt a new one so I have learned to order my CBC at Quest and how to read it. I monitor my diet to see what impact it is having on blood levels
Any and Every Thing / Re: Why I sold my bees...
« Last post by Bakersdozen on May 11, 2024, 11:34:27 am »
Gypsi, I'm sorry to hear about your health and giving up on your bees. At least you sold them now instead of waiting for them to die out. I had to Google your condition as I had not heard of that before. It's great that you found some vitamins and food choices that are helping. As we get older I think they only way I keep the days straight is by which doctor do I have scheduled that day.
Any and Every Thing / Why I sold my bees...
« Last post by Gypsi on May 11, 2024, 08:59:22 am »
We have had drought and excessive heat here for a few years, and last year I had a hive kind of overpopulate itself in spring and had to split into 6, order a couple of queens. Once I got it down to 2 hives with queens, and my big hive ws good, I could not find a buyer for one of the requeened ones. Who wants bees to feed, there was no flow.

It was really hot last summer and I started bruising a lot, very easily, but I didn't go to the doc til my regular thyroid appointment november 1st. I told him about the bruising, they ran a CBC and told me I had thrombocytopenia, my platelets were at 8000, go to the hospital ER. Even wrote me an introduction letter to give the ER.  I was down to 5000 when I had made arrangements and went to ER a couple days later, they admitted me. Meds just didn't work so they pumped me full of platelets again, gave me immuno globulin and sent me home. As an outpatient I was given different meds that also didn't work. For 3 months. Finally January 25th, with a nosebleed that wouldn't quit, although at least not a gusher, I got on the internet, and a friend helped me research and found a B12 deficiency could cause ITP. I started taking B12, nose stopped bleeding within a day. added methyl folate (I have a defective gene on B vitamin absorption - have to take methyls), Then some chicken livers for lunch and my platelets started coming back up.  They are not quite normal now but still improving, I stopped the relatively dangerous meds March 25th and they didn't go down.

Anyway while I was in the hospital in November I realized my kids could not handle my bees, either to care for or find a buyer if I should die, which wasn't inconceivable, so I decided to sell them. in 13 years I had a honey crop 5 years because of our repeated droughts. In January the buyer and his wife picked up my hives.  (much easier to find a buyer in winter than in May). 

And now it's raining and there will be a mesquite flow so I'm hoping to catch a swarm. Anyway, without bees I haven't had much to say lately, I'm one of those old folks talking about their illnesses, lol.
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