Well, before the van broke down yesterday, I was going to eat at the Mexican food truck in honor of Cinco de Mayo, and my grandmother's birthday, but that's not looking like it will happen.
Update on the bees: I brought them home on Friday, got them in the hive Saturday, woke up Monday morning to see the entrance reducer was knocked off, fixed that with a brick and an empty hive box underneath the screened bottom board. I also put an old clean peanut butter jar filled with sugar syrup over the inner cover with another hive box on top. Today I went out to do a real inspection, and learned a valuable lesson. Don't adjust the lids on your feeders over the hive. Yep, I loosened the lid too far and dumped about a cup and a half of sugar syrup down the hive. Hopefully it will stay warm enough tonight that the bees won't freeze to death from being wet. I did see the queen today, though, which was good while it lasted. The bees haven't started anymore comb on the empty frames, but from what I saw they were doing their best to fill the deep frames back up with nectar and pollen. I took out the extra frames from the bottom box so I wouldn't worry so much about crushing bees while trying to lift out the deep frames.
I wonder if I should bother trying to start removing the deep frames to encourage them to build on the medium frames?
Those who accept their fate find happiness, those who defy it, glory.
- Happy Cinco de Mayo! Also, bees.