Today, I made it up at the appointed hour (5:55) but I was not happy about it. Still, I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking with the early rising for almost two weeks now. Another month or two and I might actually be used to it.
Most of the morning I moved at about the speed of molasses on a frosty day, but eventually I perked up a bit and then after Jasper got some math done we headed out to the park for our very first park day of the school year. We aren’t going to make it to many park days this year since they are on Thursday and so is Geography class. However, this is an “off” week so we were able to go for at least a few minutes and I could turn in my membership paperwork.
After the park, we stopped to pick up Lucy at her friend Martha’s house and then headed home because we needed to be here before the exterminator arrived. After spending a lot of money and going to a lot of trouble, we still had fleas in the yard, so my husband went ahead and called in a professional. He arrived at the house shortly after we did and treated the back yard while the kids kept the dogs in the front yard.
You may be wondering if it was safe to treat the backyard, since that’s where the beehive is. No worries on that score. The bees are all gone. They “absconded,” which is what you call it when they just all leave. The good news, if there is any, is that fire ants went through the hive and killed all the hive beetles and wax moths, so once Jasper cleans everything up, we can start fresh with new bees in the spring.
After he left, I had to make a Walmart run to get supplies so we could take something to contribute to the snack table at the beekeeping meeting tonight. I bought some crackers to go with my killer cheese spread. I made a big batch and every speck was eaten!
Jasper’s buddy Sam came to the meeting with us. I enjoyed tonight’s meeting more than I enjoy most. Our local honey queen gave a presentation on beekeeping charities. I know! I didn’t know they existed either!
Here is one that works in several African countries:
The final charity the queen talked about was one set up by a friend of hers whose family went to Uganda as missionaries last year. She (Willow, the honey queen) got kind of choked up talking about her friend and what a great job she’s doing using beekeeping to help African women who are HIV positive to have a source of income. Here’s a link to her fundraising site:
So anyway, as Willow finished talking, Dick (the guy who runs the youth scholarship program) got up and went to the front of the room. He called for a show of hands on the spot to see how many in the club would be interested in sponsoring this young lady’s ministry in Uganda as a club. More than half the hands went up, including mine and Jasper’s. I would love to see this program really get off the ground.
Oh, and by the way–the girl who is doing all this is only sixteen years old! Makes me feel downright lazy!
On the drive home, it was actually so cool outside that we had to close the car windows to keep from getting too chilly! Fall may not quite be here yet but it’s now possible to believe it is coming.