Every time I think that things will slow down enough for me to catch up and stay connected on here life throws us a curve. Most recently we've been driving back and forth to my oldest daughter's home to help take care of her kids and her. My son in law suddenly took his own life and left her alone and VERY unprepared to be that way. I'm astonished at the awful, unkind things that people will say and do in situations like this...and almost equally surprised what kind gestures and acts come from unexpected places. Jessi and the kids are really struggling....and I've never been so glad to be living within an hour from them. Almost simultaneously we've been swept up in the busyness of trying to help my father in law get the rest of his affairs in order and taking care of him. He's over 80 now and not healthy anymore...plus he enjoys trying to push his luck and pursue things he no longer should. Thankfully he and Jessi live in the same town so we can all go and divide the family between the two homes and take care of things. I'm trying to catch up here reading about our beekeeping friends though....hoping and praying that all of you are well and enjoying the winter's "rest".