[12-Aug-2016] 4am-5am. 19 meteors with one short fireball, lots of distractions like bug spray and trying to get the AMS app to work. Was mostly clouded over at 4am and almost abandoned the attempt but there was a window open over Perseus and to the east. It cleared up pretty well by 4:15 but right at 5am clouded over completly leaving about 45 min of decent viewing with some clouds.

[10-Jul-2016] Extracted near 180lbs of honey. 6 full 5 gallon buckets. Still have one caped frame in the freezer and nearly all the hives have one super of uncapped honey left.

Watched Celeste swarm about 6pm. It was good size but went way up in the oak. Next morning it moved about 10:30. Lost track of it in the sycamore tree at the end of the cul-du-sac.

A Feast for CrowsBooks

A Feast for Crows by .
Fantasy: 770 pages.
Volume 4 in the series A Song of Fire and Ice.

Its really apparent rereading this how much HBO is deviating. People killed in the book show no signs of dying on TV. Stories show no convergence.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

Apples and a snakePlants, House
[12-Jun-2016] Picked almost 2 full tubes of apples from the two front trees. Started turning it into apple butter and apple sauce. So far have 14 quarts of applesauce and about 10 pints of apple butter. There is still more applesauce in the fridge and half a tub of apples left.

Found a good size snake in the grill. Vanished by the time I got a hoe and bucket. Will likely see it again.

Shooting the RiftBooks
[07-Jun-2016] by Alex Stewart
Sci-fi: 322 pages

Not very good. Stresses too much the alternate culture at the beginning only to drop it later. The main character is uninteresting. A screw up son of a military captain gets kicked out of college and becomes a spy undercover with a trade guild. They get captured and held by the other side.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

A Clash of KingsBooks

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin.
Fantasy: 760 pages.
Volume 2 in the series A Song of Fire and Ice.

Rereading the series again. Lots of little details forgotten that are coming back.

Rating: 6 (out of 8)

[29-May-2016] by Naomi Novik
Fantasy: 435 pages

This was amazing. Wizards vs the Wood a fairy tale evil forest with just a hint of Russian/Slavic fairy tail involved. This is the model for an evil forest.

Rating: 7 (out of 8)

Fiasco of a swarm captureBeekeeping
[25-May-2016] One of the hives swarmed last night despite the fact I checked it Sunday and it showed no signs of doing so. Landed in a tree limb just the other side of the fence, and too high to reach from a step ladder, and spread out to much to use a bucket, and the limb to large to shake adequately with a rope. Drove around to try and get it down. Dumped about half into a box likely not the queen. Got stung a number of times try to get more with an improvised bucket on a pole; both shoulders, back, hand, under the arm pit. The last in the eyelid when I decided to quit. Thats when the car wouldn't start.

Guy who works for the Sharps (cow pasture owners), and doesn't speak, towed me back around to the house. Then I went all the way out to the hill to get the right tool figuring maybe letting them calm down for an hour would help. Used the right bucket and pole to get the majority of them and stopped for the night. All this meant I didnt get to inspect the hive on the hill.

By the time I looked at this this morning the last of them had migrated down from the tree lib to the box but the way they were crawling on the queen cage I left at the entrance suggests maybe I didnt get the queen. Will find out tonight.

Dark VictoryBooks
[20-May-2016] by Brendan DuNois
Sci-Fi: Post-Apocalyptic: 324 pages

Aliens attacked the Earth. Kids are left to do much of the cleanup fighting. One kid is sent on a mission when weirdness ensues. Wrap up isn't that good most the book is.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Nucs almost goneBeekeeping
[18-May-2016] Down two 3 nucs either not spoken for or sold and have someone interested in two of them. All the nucs are back at my house now. Swarms stopped a while ago. Need to start thinking about moving some larger hives back to the house for Chinese tallow which should bloom soon (or might already be blooming).