Belladonna did not go to school yesterday so I had the benefit of her company.
Yesterday, I ran around and took care of first-day-of-school administrative tasks.
Today, on a scale of one-to-ten, my motivation was about -3.
Until I took a walk around the block. That is three miles, or about an hour. One advantage of being retired is that I only need to measure time to with fifteen minutes or so.
I picked up around the house for half an hour.
I made at trip to the grocery store and ran into two other retired gentlemen.
I whipped up a bunch of breakfast burritos to streamline getting the troops out the door ready to face the day.
While cooking the filling for the burritos I got a call from my next door neighbor. We will call him Captain.
Captain supplied the eggs for the burritos. He dropped off three dozen eggs yesterday. I think he wants me to know how much he appreciates being able to mow my 4 acres (or so) of fenced in pasture.
Captain called me to let me know that one of the "trap" hives I had put out in the spring had been successful.
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It is 99.9% chance that this swarm is doomed without some intervention. So do I invest in 40 pounds of sugar to buy a lottery ticket that has 50% odds that they will survive through the winter?
I will need to build a super (top box) to put the sugar in. I will need to make hard candy. I found a very-simple recipe on the internet. Mix a tiny bit of water with the sugar so it has the consistency of damp concrete and press into form. Wait three days. Remove. I want to mold the hard candy into something resembling honeycomb....that is, inch thick slabs with 0.35 inches between them.
Motivation found me.