Welcome Thelma II

Yesterday was a very exciting day at Indigo Acres.  Thelma II, our new Queen, was shipped overnight and arrived at 10:30 am.  As soon as she arrived, we suited up and headed out to the apiary.  It was time to re-queen our hive.

Thelma II arrived in this tiny little container.  The white stick, on the right side, is the queen candy.  The worker bees will eat the candy, to release their new queen, over the next few days!

We kept Thelma II at a distance, until we knew we had Thelma I successfully removed from the hive.  The hive is slowly growing in numbers, so it took a bit of time to locate her.  By the 4th frame, she presented herself.  I carefully removed her from the colony and placed her in her own sealed container.

Once again, it was obvious she was not working to potential.  There were minimal new eggs to be found.  The worker bees, on the other hand, were very busy making honey!  What an impressive work ethic!  Today, the theme of the hive appeared to be teamwork…

The worker bees connect together, to move from frame to frame.
Look at that TEAMWORK!

Each time I visit the hives, I become more impressed with the bee community!  We have so much to learn from these tiny creatures.


Sunday, we will check the hives and find out of Queen Thelma II has been released by the colony!  Let’s BEE positive and hope for the best!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just BEE You!



My Artistic Journey

I love paint! I have always loved paint! Growing up, if Dad had a painting project, I was his girl. By the end of the day, Dad’s task would always be finished with pride. But, I was consistently left covered, from head to toe, in a rainbow of colors and probably wasted more paint than Dad would have liked. To this day, I end up having as much paint on me as I do on the canvas. Everything I do, I do with love and passion!


I have always been a creative person. Growing up, art and music were my go to therapists, along with my dog, Tiffany. When I look back over the years, I have come to the realization that I turned to art during life’s most difficult times. After my father passed 11 years ago to cancer, I was pulled to paint once again. I released layer upon layer of emotion on canvas, which was extremely therapeutic.  I would just let go of my emotions and let the paint tell the story.

To this day, painting is a form of meditation for me.  I am able to clear my thinking and just feel, allowing the paint to create what it will. It is truly a magical experience!

I’m not an artist like not Van Gogh or Monet and that is ok. I am my own artist, with my own style. That is the wonderful thing about art…there is no right or wrong, just different!


Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

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