Every year about this time I started dreading the end of summer. The garden has given in to the heat, the kids are suntanned, and I could spend all day cleaning dust off of fan blades and not keep up! So how has everyone's summer been? How are your bees? How did you do this summer compared to your plans at the beginning of the year? Our summer definitely did NOT go as planned! We spent most of June in Missouri with family members mourning other family members...it's sad, but it happens and life goes on somehow. We got most of the stuff at home caught up and were doing very well with our bees this year...all the way up until Baby Beek and I both woke up one morning with bad headaches and high fevers. We have both been terribly ill for the past 5 weeks. The doctors are still running tests but have finally narrowed it down to a set of viruses that are "vector borne". There is one other person in the county we live in with the same illness who isn't doing as well as BB and I are doing. This "bug" has pretty much stolen the last week of July and the whole month of August from us. We have managed to get out into the bee yards twice since we've been sick to check on things and feed our hives that were weak, but other than that we haven't gotten to do any of what we had planned. I want to hear how y'all did this summer!! Being stuck inside has made us both extremely curious about all of the stuff other folks are doing....so fill us in!! p.s. WBB has not been spending much time online at all, but she has been getting better these last few days so I'm sure she will be on soon.