I am happy to be back at one of my favorite hobbies — YouTube videos/blogging! The past year has been extremely busy with crazy work schedules, then I went back to school and changed careers. I now have a new job that I love for many reasons, but mostly because it is rewarding and gives me the kind of work/life/family balance I need. I had previously worked as an in-home caregiver and a caregiver in assisted living — both very rewarding, but lacked the balance I (and my family) needed.
In June of 2016, I made the leap back into school. I started classes in July at Ross Medical Center and worked my tail off getting a 4.0 straight through. In February, I began my externship in a wonderful family practice, and also passed my RMA exam. In April I graduated and was hired into the family practice where I spent my externship. For the past few weeks, I have been enjoying my new career and have been settling into a new routine. I know I am where I’m supposed to be, and I’m at a level of contentment I haven’t felt in a long time.
During my schooling, I had to put a lot of things on the back burner. The only things I could focus on were family and school. All the rest got put aside — things like YouTube videos, blogging, gardening, canning, cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene…. okay, just joking about that. But it really was a challenging time for me and my family as we did what we had to do to get by for a while. My husband has been an awesome support for me, and my kids jumped in and helped when they could. And my extended family and friends encouraged me each rare occasion they saw me. 🙂
Now that things are settling a little, I am excited to share a brand new video with you! At the end of April, we picked up two new packages of bees. Time didn’t permit me to install them that day because we had to go out of town. Then the next three days were very cold, rainy, and windy. Boooo! I had to feed the bees 2-3 times every day by brushing sugar syrup on the box screens. It’s a good thing I did because there was a bit of a problem during the transport to Michigan with the bee shipment. Some of the boxes had tipped over, spilling the feeder cans in the bee boxes. Some of the bees died. When I installed our packages, I found one of the feeder cans was completely empty! Needless to say, our bees were very hungry. As you will see in the video, several of them landed on me looking for food, so I fed them drops of sugar syrup.
I hope you enjoy the new video, and keep an eye out for a follow-up video coming out soon where I check on the hives and remove the empty boxes. Will I find the queens? Stay tuned to find out. In the meantime, enjoy this gem: