First day

@sallypup (40984)
Moses Lake, Washington
October 17, 2020 4:30pm CST
This is hubby's first day of his stay-cation. Other years we'd be preparing to drive West for a couple of days. Last year at this time daughter flew in for a long weekend with us. This two week stay-cation this year will be us getting ready for the winter. Today I have picked raspberries and while doing that, found that honey bees also like the berry jungle. So I've picked carefully. Once I looked down to see a honey bee sitting calmly on a raspberry leaf. I'm glad I didn't accidentally grab that leaf! In a bit I plan to get out and hack down some weeds. We're also moving the young hen's pen around a bit so that they get more sun. They continue to lay bitty but useful eggs. Tomorrow I must mow the front alfalfa- long over due on that chore.
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@CarolDM (98065)
• United States
17 Oct
Honey bees are always a welcomed site.... if there are no swarms... and if you are not allergic.
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@sallypup (40984)
• Moses Lake, Washington
17 Oct
@CarolDM I agree. Its just a bit unnerving when you're right in the middle of what sounds like a swarm.
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@CarolDM (98065)
• United States
17 Oct
@sallypup Now that is a different story.
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@CarolDM (98065)
• United States
18 Oct
@sallypup I am sure the birds love it there.
• United States
17 Oct
Bees are always a welcomed sight and sound...if you aren't allergic. I was stung for the first time when I was 40 and swelled up like a blimp. We had to race for the emergency room and I was informed that I was horribly allergic to bee stings. So I have to avoid them at all costs. I don't believe in killing them so I try to shoo them away, gently, so I don't make them mad and I don't get stung The raspberries sound so good. Maybe tomorrow when I go do the laundry I may go to the grocery store and see if I can get some. I'm trying to get some fruit in me since normal food isn't going down well...the doctor isn't going to like that news. I'm at the point now that shorts with a 34 inch waistline free fall off my fanny if I don't hold them up. It used to be that a size 38-40 inch waist was too tight (that was back in June of this year). I haven't been trying to lose weight, it just fell off on it's own. Hummm, I might get some eggs to hard boil too. Too bad the hens aren't like my Charlie the rooster was. He followed me all over the yard happily clucking to me as we "chatted". It really hurt the morning that I discovered that a raccoon got him. He was such a sweet character. I'm hoping that when I get my own apartment I can design and make a Charlie the Chicken (rooster) in loving memory of the character.
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@sallypup (40984)
• Moses Lake, Washington
17 Oct
@BearArtistLady You sound like you are losing weight too fast. Raspberries in my area are crazy expensive in the store- 4.99 for a few ounces. You take care. I've had bloody messes with racoons and chickens I'm sorry about Charlie.
• United States
17 Oct
@sallypup Watch for a PM. Sometimes some of the berries are worth the expense. Like blueberries and raspberries. Since I don't spend that much for a meal at a restaurant I can afford to get treats periodically. What was fun was I found a gift card for Smart and Final in my wallet and I had $75 left on it. I've been eating on them for quite a while...they may be paying for the berries.
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@sallypup (40984)
• Moses Lake, Washington
17 Oct
@BearArtistLady I am totally on your side on the expense of berries. Eating them is far better than going to the doc cause you don't feel well and its from eating crud.
@TheHorse (114992)
• Walnut Creek, California
17 Oct
Do you send the alfalfa to some hungry horses?
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@sallypup (40984)
• Moses Lake, Washington
17 Oct
@TheHorse No but I do pick alfalfa for the hens most days. The hens are under wire all the time due to predators.
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@TheHorse (114992)
• Walnut Creek, California
17 Oct
@sallypup They enjoy alfalfa?
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@sallypup (40984)
• Moses Lake, Washington
17 Oct
@TheHorse Hens love alfalfa plus they need it for its protein and calcium. I also give the hens dandelion leaves for the same reason. Even though the hens get commercial feed they need plenty of minerals to pump out eggs.
@snowy22315 (99514)
• United States
17 Oct
Will you freeze your raspberries? Today while I was getting a pumpkin, along with the guy "having a pumpkin carving party" there was a woman who said that they grew their own this year. She said last year her son threw a few seeds in the garden, and they got a whole vine!! So they planted a small patch this year.
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@sallypup (40984)
• Moses Lake, Washington
17 Oct
@snowy22315 That's cool that your friend has her son growing pumpkins. If I got enough raspberries I would freeze some. For now we are just pigging out.
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@snowy22315 (99514)
• United States
17 Oct
@sallypup Raspberies are good.
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@rebelann (76548)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Oct
Ahhhh, aerobics in nature
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@sallypup (40984)
• Moses Lake, Washington
17 Oct
@rebelann For sure. My knees can lift into almost a run if a wasp is after me.
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@rebelann (76548)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Oct
I hope there won't be any wasps for incentive @sallypup
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@wolfgirl569 (34255)
• Marion, Ohio
18 Oct
Sounds like a very good day.
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@sallypup (40984)
• Moses Lake, Washington
18 Oct
@wolfgirl569 I've let things slide. I must get mowing before we put the Weeder in the shed for the winter.
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@sharon6345 (250993)
• United States
17 Oct
I hate bees more than anything else. They sting me all the time.
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@sallypup (40984)
• Moses Lake, Washington
17 Oct
@sharon6345 Uh oh. I'm sorry.
@DianneN (198365)
• United States
18 Oct
I hope the staycation is a good one. Those honeybees are so important, but their sting hurts like heck. Yes, been there.
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@BelleStarr (54570)
• United States
18 Oct
My husband is some sort of bee magnet. If there is one within 100 miles it will find him and probably sting him.
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@JudyEv (223548)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Oct
Some flowers and plants really attract the bees.
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@Corbin5 (206261)
• United States
17 Oct
Honey bee is a name that sounds so nice, but those darn honey bees are not nice at all. Hope the staycation is an enjoyable one.
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@Hannihar (103526)
• Israel
18 Oct
By Lenore Plassman @sallypup Sounds like when he finishes his stay-cation he will need a real vacation but now is not the time since the virus is upon us.
@LindaOHio (48949)
• United States
18 Oct
Sounds like you have a busy stay-cation. I hope there's some time in there for something fun and relaxing.
@just4him (223349)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Oct
It looks like you have the stay-cation all planned out. I'm glad you were careful picking raspberries.
@Hytton03 (680)
• Philippines
18 Oct
Love raspberries careful to bees.