Thursday, December 18, 2014
Free Stuff... Snow (it was also free)
Got our first measurable snowfall last night and this morning. A nice wet blanket of the stuff but I don't think it's going to stay around long. You can clearly see why I started putting upper entrances on all my hives now though. The snow was so wet it piled up and closed off all the bottom entrances. The hive on the right with the green bottom board actually has a small one bee sized entrance hidden under the top cover. On the small hives I use the Winter inner covers that are deep and have vent holes in them that are protected by the top.
I am not 100% positive the bees actually seal the hive up to where they are air tight but I know they try to. It doesn't take long before the entire inside of the hive will be covered in propolis and stuck together. The ones with removable bottom drawers I am sure are not air tight but I am not taking any chances so I make sure each hive has an escape hatch for heavy snow storms such of this one.
It also saves me from having to go brush the bottom entrances off after it snows too.
I was contacted by a lady who's husband died a few months ago and had left several trees down along her yard she wanted removed. Her son's don't live nearby and she asked if I wanted the wood. Sure!!! I went over to take a look this morning and she was out in her back yard shooting a little .380 of some kind. Apparently since her husband passed on her house and outbuildings have been getting raided and stuff stolen so she has armed herself and was practicing. Good for Her!!!
I gladly offered to get the half cut up trees out of her yard and noticed the power company had left several telephone poles laying on her property as well so I asked if I could cut em up and take em as well. She was over joyed I was willing to do that. I want them for gate posts and corner posts that will save me some serious money and/or time over buying or cutting them myself.
Then she asked me if I needed any nails or screws. I'm like "Mam I have a barn the size of a football field that was built 100 years ago I can use all the nails or screws you want to get rid of". Boy did she want to get rid of some!!!
All those boxes are filled with screws of all different sizes and flavors. Nails beyond count, washers, bolts, I couldn't even tell you how many. All together these boxes took up over a quarter of my truck bed. I would say there is easily a couple hundred bucks worth of screws, nails and fasteners there. She also gave me a heavy duty come-along jack, one of those big ones that take two hands to carry around.
This is going to save me some serious money over the next few years. I spend a lot on screws and nails around here not to mention those three containers at the top are filled to the brim with the galvanized nails I use for my bee hive construction. I will never have to buy nails for that again I'd wager and they were running almost 10 bucks a box last time I bought some. I'd bet there's 100 bucks or more in nails right in those three plastic tubs.
The downside is now I have to go thru it all and organize it. Ya I know such hardship :)
I get to officially enter the Freestuff Army with Jamby and Swampdog now.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!