Hello from Rossville, IL - beekeeperbrownie

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by beekeeperbrownie, May 29, 2013.

  1. beekeeperbrownie

    beekeeperbrownie New Member

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    Hello all -

    Been reading this forum for a long time but finally moved from lurker to poster. I jumped in with a question and had such a positive response I wanted to introduce myself.

    I farm here in central Illinois and operate a sweetcorn/vegetable operation as well. My wife and I have 3 daughters, 18,17, 13 and and my right-hand-man 14 yr old son. I am an elder at my church and an officer on my local fire department.

    I added bees to the mix last year, starting with two hives from a relative. I bought five more from a local guy in the fall. He was moving to town and getting out of bees. I spent the winter reading and making preparations to handle more bees this year. I lost a couple of the fall bought hives but have made splits and cut out a couple huge boomers this spring. I am up to 9 hives and two nucs, with enough deeps for a few more.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed getting into this hobby. My son went from the typical scared-to-death "bee hater" (that lumped all wasps and bees into the same undesirable category) to my assistant who works right along beside me.

    I am so grateful for the knowledge gained through the internet and this forum specifically. The friendliness of those welcoming me today and answering my questions here is unbelievable...thank you
     
  2. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Welcome Toby! I have four daughters, never got the son to aid me in my obvious plight of being outnumbered! I'm one of those guys with red/blue lights that always block the fire hydrants...:grin: Look forward to hearing more about your bee adventures... Dave
     

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    G3farms New Member

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    Welcome to the forum Toby, I also have four daughters and no boys :sad:

    Glad to hear you are having such a positive experience here!! This is the friendliest forum around. No need to be shy just jump right in and hold on!!
     
  4. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    hi toby!
    welcome!!! happy to see you found the introductions! thanks for sharing a little about you and your family here, and i hope you keep on coming back.....:grin:
     
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    bamabww Active Member

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    Welcome and good luck. Sounds like you already have the experience to share.
     
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    tecumseh New Member

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    glad to see you post and welcome to the forum.
     
  7. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Welcome Toby. :hi:Glad you jumped on board. :thumbsup:
    All you folks with daughters, I have a son that gives me all I can handle at times, be careful what you wish for! :lol:
     
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    gunsmith New Member

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    Welcome again, Toby. Glad to see you and meet your family.
     
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    kebee Active Member

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    Welcome Toby, glad to have you with here on the forum.

    kebee
     
  10. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    Welcome Toby, from the Show me State. Jack
     
  11. Slowmodem

    Slowmodem New Member

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    Welcome and enjoy your stay! :)
     
  12. Mosti

    Mosti New Member

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    Welcome from half way round the world!
     
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    Welcome Toby, sit down put your feet up and enjoy...
     
  14. Americasbeekeeper

    Americasbeekeeper New Member

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    Boy, am I late in spotting you Toby. It's almost embarrassing to say "Welcome" so late---but not to say so would be even more embarrassing....even shameful on my part.
    :hi:Glad to have you with us. Enjoy your beekeeping but don't let it take away from your other important volunteer activities. With your son to help you along I hope you manage to keep up with everything without any trouble. As my sons grew up (I've got six plus one daughter), each one in his turn was of valuable help to me with my bees. Now, even though they are all married, out of the house and parents in their own rights, they offer to help me when in need. :grin:
    Once a beekeeper, always a beekeeper. :thumbsup:
     
  16. jb63

    jb63 New Member

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    Hi Toby, welcome.:hi: