Summer Vacation, 5-10-24

This morning

Midday

Late afternoon

Not quite all arranged but I’m ready for warm weather.

Diane in Colorado had a recent honeybee experience – the swarm was in her yard and she called a beekeeper to move them. It was so interesting how they were moved – they had all been in the porch pillar at her house. Here are just a few pictures so you get the idea – she’ll answer questions in the comments if you have any.

What an experience!!

I’m announcing a new photo series – kids and pets. Here are the first ones.

This one melted my heart.
Hung this in the porch today

46 thoughts on “Summer Vacation, 5-10-24

  1. Kim from Wi

    Summer is arriving, Mary has the porch ready for friends & family. Love the idea of kids & pets pictures, this blog makes me smile.

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  2. Another Shirley in Oregon

    Brave soul! No veil or gloves when working with the bees. Love the new photo series, too. Many thanks to everyone for sharing their pictures.

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  3. Carmen M.

    That sure is a very scary bunch of bees! Wow! That man wasn’t wearing any protection or gloves, unreal!
    Love the pics of the kids with their pets!
    What a perfect porch to sit a spell! Fun to have your coffee or tea in the morning or just to plop down and get some sewing done, that quilt says just the right thing! It’s a great porch Mary!

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    1. Diane in Colorado

      Alan is affectionately referred to as The Bee Whisperer. He says he has never been stung and has been keeping bees and doing this kind of removal work since the mid 80’s. He was so kind and generous with his knowledge!

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  4. Cindy Sabinske

    I loved the photo show today! And it really is a process to get the porch ready! And! I absolutely love your rug! I worked in the garage today putting potting soil and annuals in them for my gardens. I brought all my plants from the basement too! I have some large Jade plants. Small trees. The Baltimore Orioles and Goldfinches are at the feeders often and the Chipping Sparrows have arrived. Next will be the hummingbird migration. I am going to go out of town to see the Northern Lights also. My hubs dug his fields today and hopefully will plant soybeans tomorrow. I assist. (I fill five-gallon pails with beans when he needs to refill the planter. I made a pan of cherry bars today also. I better get my order in the mail for the Star wallhanging, the fabric you used was so lovely.

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  5. Martha W in WY

    You were busy setting up your porch today. It looks very inviting now. I like your making memories wall hanging. So pretty! I’m enjoying the pet and kids photos. We need some cat ones. The photo story of the bees was interesting. Thanks.

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  6. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    I’m going to send my Sarah with one of her cockatiels 😻and with Penny 😻 Your porch is looking so inviting!

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  7. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

    Love all the pictures today. Will find some and send them to you as well. Great quilts as always.

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  8. Sandi

    Your porch looks so nice!! I’d love to sit out there. I love all the pictures today. Hugs,

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  9. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    Mary,
    I’d love to sit for a spell on that porch! It’s wonderful. Love the pet and kids pictures already shown!
    How did you become aware of the bees, Diane? Where did the beekeeper take them? Very interesting and a bit scary too.
    Happy Mothers Day to everyone.

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    1. Diane in Colorado

      I noticed the bees flying around a crack at the top of a porch pillar (from settling) right after I moved into this house. I knew they were honeybees and that I wanted to protect them, if possible. They will go to some acreage on the west side of Fort Collins. The fellow in the bee suit is very excited to have them!

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  10. Lindah in northern CA

    Your new photo series is a winner. I have no kids (they’re all adults) and no pets, so I’ really enjoying these photosl Your summer porch is delightful, inside and out with the lovely views. Whoa! handling the bees without protective clothing. Were the bees “smoked?”

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    1. Diane in Colorado

      No, they just sort of scraped them off layer by layer and then swept up the strays. Alan was even picking them up one-by-one out of the grass to make sure they got all of them. Then they. Left the hive box for 3 days to make sure to capture any who were out gathering pollen. It was a pretty amazing process!

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  11. Sandy

    Hi Mary, lovely to see all the kids and pets, especially the big kids! So important for teenage boys to have a pet that accepts them no matter what. Your sun room is looking great, time to sit with some ice tea and relax! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

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  12. Gloria from CC

    Your porch looks great – ready for another summer full of fun and relaxation. Love your new series of kids and pets. Those kids will grow up to be kind, respectful adults because they were shown how to love and care for an animal while they were growing up.
    I’m getting ready to put houseplants out. Lows in the morning will be in the 50’s after today.

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Gloria – the kids are coming to help me move the plants outside – hope we can do it soon. There’s about 75 of them to move!

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    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Gloria – I always use Mothers Day as my gauge for moving plants outside.

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  13. Janet S

    The little I know about capturing bees is that they have to get the queen bee but I sure wouldn’t be able to tell which one it is (she’s larger but – really). It sure looks like you are ready for the warm weather which we are enjoying also.

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    1. Diane in Colorado

      The guys were able to confirm that they had captured the queen by watching the particular behavior of those on the honeycomb. They do some fanning behavior when they locate the queen in the hive.

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  14. Lynette in Orlando

    Love your cozy porch. What a wonderful spot to sit. Moving the bees was so interesting! Wow! I’m allergic so wouldn’t be a job for me. Thanks for sharing the process. Love the new photo idea — I have no kiddos so I enjoy seeing them with furry kids. Enjoy your day!

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    1. Diane in Colorado

      I’ve always had a healthy respect for bees though I don’t think I’m allergic-/just afraid. I have learned so much in the past few weeks!!

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  15. Kathy in western NY

    Let summer begin now with your porch all set up to enjoy. How are the bugs there after all the rain? I heard black flies are bad up in the Adirondack mountains right now and we seem to have had mosquitoes quite early. The bats fly around at dusk eating them so I never mind seeing them flutter about.
    Cute pictures of kids loving their animals which is how we should teach them.

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – I don’t think the flies are any different this year and we rarely have many mosquitoes – although maybe I just don’t notice it because I’m in the porch! Haha!

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      1. Kathy in NY

        True. You are inside at night. I’m usually sitting outside. Black flies you would feel cause they bite hard. Bigger flies. Mosquitos I can deal with.

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        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Kathy inNY – I asked Rick about the flies – we call those giant flies horse flies. I did have one in my sewing room recently.

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  16. Sally J. Mi.

    Your porch looks so inviting!! A great place to enjoy your iced tea. The pictures today put a big smile on my face!! Thanks Mary. Happy Mother’s Day to all.

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    1. Sue in PA

      I loved all the pictures of the kids and their pets. We always had a dog when our children were growing up and now two out of the three families have a dog. The other family has a cat and they had chickens for a few years that the children helped with.
      I love your comfy porch. One question – when it rains, does the rain ever blow in on to the upholstered furniture and rug? Is that a problem for you?
      I guess I have another question. Do you ever sew out there? It looks like it would be so pleasant to sit and do some piecing on a nice spring or summer day. Anyway, enjoy your porch and the company you will entertain there, like your pretend grandchildren!
      I had a twenty-four hour virus yesterday that was miserable. Spent almost the whole day in bed sleeping. Today I am back to normal.

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      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Sue – the big upholstered chair is from the thrift store many years ago and if it weren’t for the dogs I’d burn it – but they love it. The leather recliner is also not my favorite so if it gets wet, I don’t care. The glider chair which is my favorite sits to the far inside of the porch where the rain rarely reaches. The rug was an indoor outdoor rug several years ago – didn’t cost much so can be replaced. Wrought iron table and chairs used to belong to Connie. She was getting rid of the set so I took it. I really should have it repainted because it’s rusty but that seems like lots of work. And yes, I have sewed in the porch but then I do have to be careful of the machine – even if it doesn’t get rained on directly, the moisture is not good for it. It’s lots of work to haul all the sewing from the far end of the house, my sewing room, to the porch.

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  17. Diane, Squeak, Buddy in Central Ohio

    We’ll be right over to sit on the porch; it is only 900 miles! I saw a beekeeper getting them from a pro baseball field. Very interesting. Pets and kids—perfect. I love your porch panel, too. 46* at 7 AM.

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I believe I saw that piece about moving a swarm of bees from a major league bb game. Wasn’t the beekeeper given a jersey or something? Yes, pets and kids! Fun!

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    2. Diane in Colorado

      Yes, I saw the story on the news about that bee swarm at the baseball game—was so interesting to me that it was occurring elsewhere at the same time!

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  18. Fran

    Good job on the porch. It’s a lot of work I know.

    I planted some of my flowers. And that’s work. I used to do it in one full swoop. I don’t have that much however. But no sewing room time. Just attached a label to a quilt and some binding on another.

    Love the pics of kids and pets. My granddaughter’s AKC registered lab just gave birth to 8 puppies. 2 females and 6 males. The females are spoken for. But if you are wanting a male, I can give contact info through email. They are located northeast IA. Contact me by email. frandxn@gmail.com It’s a long shot but one never knows.

    Gorgeous day and gonna be warm. Hope to get my walk early.

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  19. Sherry Whalen

    Mary – your summer vacation spot looks fabulous! I love the shaded, screened spot for your outdoor enjoyment – I am jealous!! Sherry from Kasson MN

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  20. Linda in Michigan

    Every kid should have a pet or two to grow up with. Love the little girl running around the tree, with her pigtail flying!
    That’s one big swarm of bees.
    Nice to have your porch ready for summer, I’d be out there napping in the afternoons.

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  21. Teresa in Indiana

    Mary, your porch is very 8nviting. I want to thank you and all your readers that sent cards. It amazes me at how very much we all have in common. I have had a few slight setbacks with the IV antibiotics. I have 3 more weeks to go. Therapy continues with the knee and shoulder recovery. I’m looking forward to the day when I can take a real walk without the walker.
    It’s a beautiful sunny day here. I have the most beautiful pale pink in full bloom. Tim has the garden mostly planted.. Things are greening up and looking so pretty. Hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s day weekend, whether your babes are 2 legged or 4.

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  22. Betty Klosterman

    The only thing better than pictures of pets is pictures of pets and kids. The first picture of playing in the snow is great. You just want to be out there with them. You can fall into a snow drift and not get hurt. I’ve always felt sorry for kids that have never had the fun of playing in the snow.

    If it wasn’t for the bees, we wouldn’t have any crops. Seems like we have quite a few bee keepers here. My brother-in-law had a ranch/farm north of New Underwood. Sunflowers is a big crop here and I’d think they would have a lot of pollen. The guys always had their hives in the pastures and the honey was delicious. Very interesting. There are classes on bee keeping, too.

    Happy Mother’s Day, everybody. Hope the weather is good and the storms stay quiet.
    Betty in Rapid City

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  23. Charlotte in No. California

    Your porch looks so inviting. The rug is beautiful. I would be spending lots of time there. Love all the pictures, even the bees. My twin grandsons had a hive near their apartment, and they are allergic to bees. Thankfully a beekeeper removed them. I love the pictures of the kids and pets. Too cute! I just want to play with all the dogs and the goat. Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.

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  24. Jill

    Were the bees alive? I have always been fascinated with honey bees but even though I live in a rural community, I’m not familiar with any hives.

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    1. Diane in Colorado

      Yes, the bees were very much alive, though remarkably docile! They would have eventually flown off on their own once the scouts had found an acceptable new location, but this way they will be cared for and there can be a honey harvest!

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  25. Jeanie S, Central IL

    I love your porch pictures; I see Keeper did not waste any time getting settled into his chair.
    The bee capture was quite interesting. I had heard if one finds a swarm, it may just be resting and will eventually move on.
    Pets/kids pictures are adorable.
    Thanks, Mary

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    1. Diane in Colorado

      Yes, the bees would have moved on by themselves once the scout bees had found an acceptable new location. This way the bees will be cared for and there can be a honey harvest!

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