Sunday, February 18, 2018

Short Bloom...


The almonds are loaded this year, and there simply aren't enough bees to go around what with the short bloom time (caused by the dry N wind).  My SIL was wise enough a few years back to see this coming, and took apiary classes. Then started raising his own bees and training one of his men to manage the bees for his farming operations.
We need rain, and a lot less wind.  The North wind has been howling, and once again parts of the state are on fire. A friend's daughter & SIL had to evacuate their place an hour ago.
I've been busy cleaning at Marymine's, while she and Lauren are in Vegas for a volleyball tourney.  
 Attended the memorial gathering for the mother of my three brothers by another mother on Saturday. 

their mom, my Dad, & their dad, all gone now
 The tall tales of their parents & my Dad were on going.  So good to get to see them and their wives again, and swap stories of our kids and grandkids. 

Marymine's cross wall


Today the N wind was again cold and howling. Worked at Marymine's early, went to Mass, came back and grandson, Cody helped me transfer all my worldly goods from Marymine's trailer, and my pickup to my Sean's trailer.  A friend of my Sean's that lives in Modesto was in Vancouver for a visit and offered to pull the trailer down on his way home.  It was a big help, this way when the time comes I can fly my Sean down, and have him drive my pickup & the trailer up there, while I drive my SUV. One and done!

20 comments:

  1. Things are moving right along! yay

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    1. Adrienne,
      The attorney's secretary has been out sick, so things are grinding slowly...

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  2. I had no idea that the almond trees were so beautiful in blossom. This may be the first time I've seen blossoming almond trees. Now that I think about it, I've lived all my life with advertisements for California almonds, but...

    I hate that you're still dealing with drought, winds, and fire. Our spring is starting, and there's rain on the way for at least our part of the state. If there's some extra, I'll send it your way.

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    1. shoreacres,

      They are beautiful in bloom.
      We have very cold weather here for this time of year. 15 to 30 degrees colder than normal. Ugh

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  3. A couple of years ago I almost got into raising bees. It is an important task to take on. My neighbor was going to join in also but for some reason it all fizzled.

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    1. Granny Annie,
      That's too bad that it didn't come to pass. There are many in my extended family that keep bees for their gardens and of course HONEY.

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  4. Suppose to get winter temperatures here again. Seemed like Spring...now seems like Winter again.

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    1. CiNdEe,
      We have really cold weather down in the flats... ugh!

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  5. Lovely trees. Praying about the drought and winds, may you and yours all be safe.

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    1. Celia,
      Thanks, my crew is not near the fire, but there are friends that are... so please keep the prayers coming.

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  6. Interesting on the almonds. We've been thinking of planting filberts on our lands they are becoming very popular in my part of Oregon.

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    1. Rain Trueax,
      Lots of new orchards going in around here. Better return for the investment.

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  7. Beautiful trees.
    A safe trip when you go. God bless.

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    1. LindaG,
      They are indeed.
      Bit of a hold up with the moving time... but I'll get there eventually.

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  8. Gotta love it when a plan comes together. :-)

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  9. Bee keepers have my total respect. Such a challenging corner of agriculture. All my honey comes from local sources, framers markets when I find it, otherwise a large local producer.

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    1. Well Seasoned Fool.
      Yep, Local honey is the best! It's very good for all kinds of things.

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  10. It's definitely a crazy weather year.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      Weather happens. A lot of the almond growers are running their sprinklers at night, and the helos have been super busy flying some orchards as frost protection. Farming, no one said it was going to be easy...

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