Forcing our hand

Sometimes in life you make list of what you want to get done and when you want to get it done, and then life comes at you and says “nope, you must get it done NOW NOW NOW!”. Such is the life of home ownership (I would say building a home, but let’s be real here, this happens to just about everyone).

Last week I had finished cutting the tile for the bathroom so that this week we could finish laying it and have the bathroom floor complete by C’s birthday party. As some of you know we have been battling some flooding issues in the bathroom and boys’ room that we have just about completely resolved. We began noticing that the untiled floors in the bathroom were still wet and despite running the dehumidifier the drywall was starting to grow mold. After taking a closer look we realized that the wax seal on the toilet had failed and was flooding the bathroom every time we flushed the toilet.

Out we went that day to buy a new, and better, seal. Yesterday we spent the day fixing the toilet, fixing the loose tile that was under the toilet, and laying the tile in the spots of the floor that weren’t wet. We still have two very small areas that need to be tiled but that should only take a half an hour once the floors dry. We also removed the pieces of drywall that molded and will be replacing them with mold resistant drywall. At least this fix has only cost us about $25. It could have been so much worse.

Bees, bees, and more bees

As always we have been super busy here at the farm. We now have three hives that seem to be doing really well. We will know for sure on the newest two in a few days. Today C split the first hive into a queen castle he had made.

The hive was doing really well and was full of bees. There were lots of capped brood as well as larvae. They also had a few frames of honey and pollen too. We have a really calm colony. We have no problem messing with them without gloves.

We found the queen pretty easily. She is quite large compared to the other bees. She layed about 5 eggs while we watched her and we really wanted that frame for the queen castle. C gently moved her to another frame and placed the frame she was on into the castle.

We moved another frame we thought had new eggs in it as well. Without a queen the nurse bees will create a queen out of one of those new eggs, which will hopefully give us two new hives. Then we gave them a pollen patty and put a feeder with a 1:1 sugar syrup on top. We will check on them again in a week to see if they have created queen cells. I’ll keep you posted on that!

Farmers Market

We have switched farmers markets this year. After much deliberation it was decided that joining the Shelby County Farmers market would be in our best interest. Our previous farmers market was not very inviting to new members and was very hard to navigate. It also was not in the greatest location and did not receive very much traffic. Our hope is that we will be much more successful now that we have switched.

I will also be joined by a good friend of mine from work who builds crafty things. She is very talented and extremely funny. Before we decided to make the switch we attended the first meeting of the new market. Apparently the market had gone through some changes over last year and were in need of some new officers and board members. She and I (knowing how apt we are at either volunteering ourselves or being volunteered for things) both proceeded to sink in our seats to avoid detection, in the room of 10 people. Despite our best efforts, and the small detail that we were not yet approved members, she is now the new secretary and I am on the board.

A week or so later, at the first board meeting, we officially approved our own membership into the market… A little backwards but it’s something nice to put on a resume and I get to put together a new members packet to ensure new members aren’t completely lost and confused their first day. I consider this a win on my part.

Last weekend we cleaned up the market area, which is a very nice pavilion located at the fairgrounds with large signs and banners, a bathroom (this is a nice perk, no more having to make the littles pee behind the bushes of the courthouse. You did not hear that from me), and stalls that are designated for each vendor. These are our stalls. I have to say that so far I am quite pleased. The market officially opens on the 11th of May. For those of you in the area I hope to see you there! 8-12am!