Wanted to say hello. I live in rural southern Illinois. I have been reading lots of posts here. I joined because you are so knowledgeable, but I also noticed that you treat eachother with respect and are so friendly that you make people feel comfortable. (which is great because I'm going to have lots of stupid questions ) I've not gotten my bees yet, but I ordered russians with marked russian queens. They're due to arrive mid April. I've already put together two hives and registered them with the Dept of Agriculture. They're sitting in my kitchen. I ordered most of my equipment. Right now I'm just nervous and really excited about getting started.