Thursday, August 25, 2016

It's Worse Than We Thought

It's worse than we thought! It's time to make a steady effort to test your bees. Start now and take action.


Hi, I'm David Burns. Sheri and I stay out in front of what's going on in beekeeping. We hear back from hundreds of beekeepers around the world who give us feedback as to what issues they are experiencing. So we constantly stay up on things like the rising prices of EpiPens, oxalic acid (OA) treatment, Taranov splitting etc. We do this to help you!  Thank you for your business because this enables us to stay up on the cutting edge of new information.


By listening to beekeepers across the country here's the conclusion I have reached about why bees are dying:


Death By Varroa Mites


Several talks at EAS this year made it clear to me that colonies dying from varroa mites is worse than we thought. Viruses, spread by mites, are causing colonies to weaken in the fall and to die in the winter. While many people are getting into beekeeping, not as many are diligently monitoring mites by performing monthly mite tests. This is resulting in an alarming number of colonies weakening in the summer and fall and dying in the winter. This may be the major contributing factor for summer colonies having queen related issues. Mite testing and control is essential for colonies to remain healthy. Watch my 60 Second Beekeeper video on how to test for mites.

Death By Protein Stress

With colonies consuming 3.5 pounds of protein a week beekeepers must start feeding their bees protein such as found in pollen patties. We've just produced a video on how to make your own pollen patties. Aug. - Oct. is a vital time to feed your bees protein as they raise new bees with winter physiology during this time. Without protein brood production will fall significantly. A 2:1 sugar ratio is only part of what bees are in desperate need of now! They also must have protein.

Death By Queen Issues

Colonies often suffer from queen issues. The queen herself is rarely the issue. Here's the issue. Beekeepers are reporting that they cannot find their queen and so they give up on monitoring her. Without keeping a close eye on her performance beekeepers are unaware of the colony's brood future. Most beekeepers know what a very strong colony looks like and they know what a very weak colony looks like. But, they cannot quickly diagnosis a strong colony that is starting to show signs of failing. This can be overcome by education. New beekeepers know very little about what to do if they see a failing queen, a virgin queen or queen cells. This often results in mismanagement and failing colonies. Monitoring the queen's brood production is essential in maintain a strong colony.

Death By Neglect

We all have busy and hectic lives. Few of us stay on top of our hive issues like we should. Life happens. Beekeepers are believing questionable information from the Internet and taking it as Gospel. For example, oxalic acid is now the "new trend." Yet, you practically have to be a chemist to mix/vaporize or tribble the corrosive acid in such a way as to not burn your lungs or kill your bees. Too much and your bees are dead. Too little and your mites are unharmed. While oxalic and be effective, it does not kill mites in the capped cells. Female mites that are being produced in your hive in September and October will live through the winter, living as long as 5 months. The winter cluster provides convenient access for mites to spread viruses into February finally crashing the hive in March. In my book on "Getting Your Bees Through The Winter" I lay out a method to reduce mite loads in August and September and then raising a large population of bees with winter physiology. This eBook is available on Amazon or from our website.

To purchase this eBook on Amazon, click here.

To purchase this eBook from our website, click here.

About four years ago I couldn't believe my eyes. I had very healthy and strong colonies but August and September resulted in these colonies starving from a lack of protein. Upon inspecting my hive, they had plenty of honey but young larvae was not being fed royal jelly or worker jelly. That's because young bees were under protein stress. Slapping pollen patties between deeps wasn't working and presented me with several challenges. I needed to find a way to rapidly feed 2:1 and 1:1 at the same time as I gave my colonies pollen patties. That's when I created theThe Burns' Bees Feeding System. 
Burns Bees Feeding SystemThis time of the year, many beekeepers fail to give enough food to the hive for maximum brood build up. Our feeding system places the food strategically over the brood nest area, keeping food where bees can always access it even on cold nights. August - October usually turns out to be a pollen and nectar dearth. Make sure your bees do not eat all their winter stores by November.  Feed you bees.

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Don't let your bees starve this winter. Try our Winter-Bee-Kind winter feeding board. It contains carbohydrates, proteins, insulation and ventilation. The upper slot gives your bees the opportunity to take cleansing flights at much lower temperatures. Click here for more information. 

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Why Are There So Many Queen Issues?



Why do so many hives have queen issues? Hi, we are David and Sheri Burns. I'm an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper and I spend my days and sometimes nights doing nothing but bee stuff. I love it. Here's our daughter Karee, a few years ago, finding queens. As a family business our children have always been involved in some aspect of beekeeping. We appreciate customers who have supported our family business over a decade now. We know you can go to big box store and buy bee supplies, but we appreciate you giving us your business.

I'm worried that beekeepers are not feeding their bees enough in preparation for winter. Late summer will put most of us into a nectar dearth and bees will consume a large portion of their winter stores. Be ready to feed your bees 1:1 and 2:1 and pollen patties!!  We invented an easy way to feed your bees in the fall for winter to help prepare your hives for winter.

The Burns' Bees Feeding System.  Finally a feeding system that overcomes many of the challenges of feeding bees during late winter, spring, summer and fall. This time of the year, many beekeepers fail to keep enough food in the strategic placement within the hive for maximum brood build up. For example, when temperatures reach 50 or below in the spring, say on a cool spring night, the cluster is no longer able to eat from the entrance feeder. And with the recent studies we know that bees need protein (pollen) as much, if not more than, just sugar or sugar water. The Burns Bees Feed System places the food strategically over the brood nest area, keeping food where bees can always access it even on cold nights. What about summer dearth, that period between summer and fall nectar flows? Bees often suffer from a lack of nutrition in the summer and fall. The Burns Bees Feed System keeps both liquid and patties on the hive for maximum preparation for winter. The Burns Bees Feed System includes 2 mason jar FEED CAPS. Does not include mason jars. Use board in place of inner cover. Our new design now has both circle holes in the center rather than side by side.

My week in New Jersey at the Eastern Apicultural Society conference was great. It was so fun seeing old friends and teaching new beekeepers. 18 new Master Beekeeper candidates were taking all four tests (written, lab, field and orals) for the first time. Of those 18, 5 passed all four tests and are now new MBs.  9 candidates were taking one or more tests again attempting to pass. Of those 9, 5 passed their necessary tests and are new MBs. I enjoyed testing new candidates and observing how hard they worked and prepared for three grueling days of testing. You can click on the image to the left for a larger view. The picture shows what the field test day was like. Several certified MBs are seen testing candidates. I'm in the yellow shirt testing a candidate along with MB Alan Hayes. This candidate was nervous but she did really good.

We were busy teaching our "Getting Your Bees Ready For Winter" class on Saturdays. We have one more winter class still open for registrations:    Aug. 20th 8:30-1pm  And we have one more Beginners Class that we are offering this year on Saturday Oct. 15, 8:00-1pm. It is filling up already, so sign up soon. Click Here For More Information.

Saturday's students were treated to some of Sheri's special honey bee cupcakes. Look closely and you'll see a small bee. Sheri has enjoyed taking some specialty candy and baking classes recently and they are paying off big time for the students in our classes as she tries out her new creations! Did I tell you she is now a certified chocolatier?

Before we talk about queen issues, let me tell you about a cool video series I started called "The 60 Second Beekeeper."  Don't you hate trying to find a good video to show you how to do something? When you finally find it, it's 45 minutes long and never gets to the point. You get so lost and bored you don't even finish watching it.  Ta Da!...The 60 Second Beekeeper!

I've got a goal of making 5 videos a week! I have some online already. Check them out below:

Beekeeping Success Depends On Your Queen. How to mark your queen. (in less than 60 seconds.)

Other Videos:

When Honey Bees Do The Washboarding Thing 

Yikes! What's In My Bee Hive?

I want to thank all of our YouTube subscribers who pushed us over the 7,000 YouTube subscriber mark last night. If you can help out, forward our videos to your friends and family and beg them to subscribe!  Someone said we should make a subscriber special video for reaching 7,000. But, we are going to wait until we reach 10,000 so help us out please. Once we reach 10,000, YouTube gives us more advanced options for producing videos which benefits you. So help us reach 10,000.

If you haven't heard, our Winter-Bee-Kinds are online and selling fast. Check them out at: Winter Feeding Solutions. Our son Seth has completed his stint in the marines serving 4 years in the Mojave Desert, deploying twice to Afghanistan and Kuwait. He understands hard work! He's back on the farm today helping to build our first round of Winter-Bee-Kinds. And Seth solved a challenge we've had building the winter-bee-kinds for the last 4 years and his solution increased production time by 25%!!

NOW, WHY ARE THERE SO MANY QUEEN ISSUES?

Why do queens leave, die, get killed, get superseded or suddenly fail to lay eggs? Nobody really knows. At best there can be many reasons and each queen issue seldom gives any early indicators. Most of us have an awesome hive one month but the next month the colony is broodless and going downhill fast. The typical solution is to purchase a newly mated queen, but even then she is not always accepted by the colony. The longer it takes to get the hive queenright the more lethargic it becomes. After trying for months we decide to combine it with a stronger hive. So let's dissect this problem and see if we can't shed some light on it.

First, the queen is only one of 50,000+ bees. She's the only one laying fertilized eggs. Therefore, her health is more quickly noticed than any other bee. The strength of the colony is up to her. But not exactly. Sometimes, during a heavy nectar flow, colonies have been known to get rid of their queen. To make more room for honey and less brood perhaps? Who knows? Is the colony breaking their own brood cycle for better colony health. Perhaps the colony swarmed and raised a new queen. But, during the time when virgin queens were fighting it out the last two severely injured each other and they both died. Now, there's no more young larvae to raise into a queen.

Beekeepers do accidentally kill their queens by smashing her between two frames that are too tight. Some die from old age, poor health, viruses, disease and the list goes on. We want exact answers as to why our queen died. But even with humans doctors cannot always identify the exact cause of death.

We might be tempted to blame poor genetics, too many queen breeders raising queens of the same genetic pool. But recent scientific studies show that's not the case. Queens are no worse off today than they were in the 20s or 40s or 90s.

Here's why I think it's a problem. There are more hobbyists entering the arena who are inexperienced and expect everything to go without a hitch. That's never been the case in raising any animal. There will always be issues that come up. A cow got out, the milk has a bacteria, chickens have mites, and the list goes on.

Having a queenright hive is a huge challenge in late summer and fall. Be patient. We aren't sure why they are replacing a queen, or why a new one didn't take. We aren't sure why brood rearing ebbs and flows. But, be patient and see if the bees will make it right. If not, then it's up to the beekeeper to help out. But don't try and micro manage your hive. Be careful not to over analysis your bees. Learn to watch and admire you colonies. Learn to read their behavior and help where needed. There are times they need you help to get rid of mites. There are times they need water or sugar or pollen. There are times they need more room or less room.

When you have a hive that seems like they do not want a queen, be patient. Will they raise their own? If not, consider introducing a new one. If that doesn't work after several tries, wait two weeks and see if they are raising a new one and you just didn't know it. Maybe the virgin queen was out mating when you inspected the hive.

We will soon face a season where most strong nectar sources are no longer available--a dearth. Our bees will begin relying on stored food, honey and pollen in frames around the brood nest area and maybe what's in the super above, what you had been hoping to "steal" from them.

Thanks for joining us today and being patient while we've been close for vacation the last two weeks. Business as normal this week!

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
www.honeybeesonline.com
217-427-2678 Summer Office Hours M-Th 10am -3pm


Sunday, July 31, 2016


Hey guys, we are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. Just got back from the Eastern Apicultural Society meeting in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Wow, was it awesome. I enjoyed teaching the short course along with my friends Jon Zawislak and Steve Repasky.  Met more people who know us from this blog or our videos. It was nice seeing everyone again!  Back home now getting back in the groove.

August 1st finally came and now our Winter-Bee-Kinds have gone on sale. Remember, they do not ship until after November 1st. But order now so you can be at the top of the shipping order.

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PLEASE NOTE, orders will be shipped out starting November 1, in the order they are received. In other words, if you order your WBK this week, yours will ship the first week in November. However, if you order yours on September 1st, there will be hundreds of orders ahead of yours so you may not get your order until December. We do our best to stay caught up but the popularity of our WBKs is overwhelming. Thank you. To order online go to: http://www.honeybeesonline.com/winter-feeders-and-solutions/

What To Do With Wet Honey Supers
 
So you harvested your honey but what do you do with your supers now?

1. If you still have a nectar flow, place it back on to see if the bees will fill it up.

2. If the nectar flow is over, freeze your super and store in a cool dry place to avoid mildew and wax moths.

3. Store supers in a place that does not have mice, ants and other things that like honey.

4. If you have a large freezer, you can leave the super in the freezer until you need it next year.

5. If you don't want to harvest but want to leave the super on the hive for winter food, that's fine.

Start Now To Get Your Bees Ready For Winter

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Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
www.honeybeesonline.com
Located near Fairmount, Illinois
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

What Will This Hot Weather Do To My Bees?

Wow is it hot! Right now in my bee yard the heat index is 115 degrees (f). Bees are fanning, bringing in water and trying to stay cool. The humidity level doesn't help either.

Hi, this is David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. Thanks for reading our blog today.  Excessive hot and humid weather changes colony behavior. Instead of concentrating on hauling in nectar, foragers are forced to bring water into the hive to be used to cool the hive.  The humid weather slows down the colony's ability to "dry" the nectar into honey. But the worst thing for me is having to wear a bee suit and stand out in the heat. I just will not do it. Also, bees are more defensive as the colony becomes larger with more honey to protect and as it become more humid and hot. You must begin using plenty of smoke if you must open your hives. Wear plenty of protective gear too. Your hive is not the small, little hive you started with. They are much larger in number and in stored honey. If you can, wait until there is a break in the heat to inspect your hives.

Are You Getting The Right Beekeeping Advice? 


Are you sure you can trust the beekeeping information you are getting? I want to help you by being your mentor. For less than $5 a week, I'll give you my personal cell phone, my personal email so that you can call me, text me or email me when you don't know what's going on with your bees.


Let me calm you down!  I can teach you in 3 minutes what it took me 3 years to learn. Sometimes it's hard to get other beekeepers to help you. They might be afraid you will steal their honey sales. Wouldn't it be nice to have a Certified Master Beekeeper to review your pictures or videos and answer your questions. Just today I spotted a beekeeper's queen on a photo she sent me. She was so excited.

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What You Do In August-October May Determine If Your Bees Survive The Winter
Don't wait until it's too late. It may be too late to make corrections to save your hive if you wait till September. We are offering these classes to help your bees have a better chance to survive the winter. We are offering these classes in August so you have enough time to take the necessary action to help increase the chances of your colonies surviving winter.

What about wrapping a hive, green houses, heat lamps, winter feeding, wind blocks, how much honey to leave on?

Do you understand vitellogensis and the role it plays in overwintering bees?

In this class we'll teach you how to go into winter with healthy young bees rather than trying to overwintered old bees with viruses.

We have the same class being offered on two dates:

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August 6th 8:30am- 1pm Spots Still Available Sign Up Now

August 20th  8:30am - 1pm  Spots Still  Available Sign Up Now

I know it is summer, but these classes will sell out soon.

At 12:01 a.m. August 1st, our Winter-Bee-Kinds go online. 


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Winter-Bee-KindPLEASE NOTE, orders will be shipped out starting November 1, in the order they are received. In other words, if you order your WBK this week, yours will ship the first week in November. However, if you order yours on September 1st, there will be hundreds of orders ahead of yours so you may not get your order until December. We do our best to stay caught up but the popularity of our WBKs is overwhelming. Thank you. To order online go to: http://www.honeybeesonline.com/winter-feeders-and-solutions/

SEE YOU AT EAS
I'll be teaching next week near Atlantic City, New Jersey at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. We have over 350 new beekeepers signed up to take this course. I'll be teaching along with my good friends Jon Zawislak and Steve Rapasky. If any of you are interested in attending, there still may be openings.  Attending EAS makes benefits you because it helps me keep up with the newest and latest scientific discoveries in beekeeping. I plan to produce podcasts and video blogs while I'm there.
For more information: EAS Click Here

WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR VACATION FROM JULY 25 - AUG. 4.  ANY ORDERS RECEIVED VIA THE WEBSITE DURING THAT TIME WILL BE FILLED AFTER AUG. 4

OUR CURRENT SUMMER FARM HOURS AND CUSTOMER SERVICE HOURS

ARE MON- THUR 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. 


Wondering how to extract honey? Watch our video: https://youtu.be/Y0tHuimTurk

David and Sheri BurnsLong Lane Honey Bee Farmswww.honeybeesonline.com







Monday, July 11, 2016

Illinois Norther Queens Available


 

Hello from David and Sheri here at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms.

Urgent Notice: We have Northern, Illinois Queens available this week. If you need one now is your chance. We are shipping overnight only for the next three days so get 'er done. Click the link below on what you need:

One Mated and Marked Queen or

Two Mated and Marked Queens 


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Count Down
 
At 12:01 a.m. August 1st, our Winter-Bee-Kinds go online.

PLEASE NOTE, orders will be shipped out starting November 1, in the order they are received. In other words, if you order your WBK this week, yours will ship the first week in November. However, if you order yours on September 1st, there will be hundreds of orders ahead of yours so you may not get your order until December. We do our best to stay caught up but the popularity of our WBKs is overwhelming. Thank you. To order online Aug. 1st go to: http://www.honeybeesonline.com/winter-feeders-and-solutions/

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
217-427-2678
www.honeybeesonline.com



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Discoveries, Studies and Findings

Hello from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. We just celebrated the 4th of July with fireworks and cookouts. To a beekeeper, the 4th of July means two things: 1) Honey and 2) Getting hives ready for winter. I'm the last person who wants to think about winter in July, but wouldn't it be nice to get all your hives through winter?

This year we filled more beekeeping classes than previous years because we designed our classes to accommodate student's schedules and offered more classes.  We have several classes still open for 2016. 

We have 1 spot left in "A Day In The Apiary With David" coming up this Saturday, July 9th 8:30-11:30. These classes are great because you gain nearly 3 hours of time in the hive with a certified master beekeeper. Isn't it time you gain more knowledge? We've offered several of these classes this year and this is the last one. Sign up now.

We have these classes still open for the 2016 seasons:



Winter-Bee-Kinds

Winter-Bee-Kinds are a smashing hit, a feeding system to place on your hives for winter. It also helps ventilate excessive moisture build up out of the hive, keeping your bees more dry in the winter. The insulation cuts down on condensation that drips down on bees in the winter. Everyone has been trying to buy them now, but they will go on sale August 1st. WARNING. Each year these are in huge demand. Even though they go on sale in August, we do not start shipping until November. This means those who order early in August will receive yours sooner than ordering them in late August. Be ready on August 1. We'll have a link on our main page: www.honeybeesonline.com 
If this is your first or second year to keep bees you have quickly learned that there's more to this beekeeping thing than you bargained for. Wouldn't it be nice to have me, certified master beekeeper, on the other end of the phone or email whenever you have a question. I started my new membership program and members are loving it.  We still have room for 10 more.

MEMBERS ONLY ACCESS TO:
-  1 New Instructional Videos Each Week.
-  Personal Email & Phone Mentorship With Me. You'll be a phone    call away from a certified master beekeeper.
-  Priority access to purchase queens when available.
-  Picture/Video Evaluation Of Your Hive When Needed. Send me    a video and/or pictures of what concerns you and I'll advise
   you on the next step to take.
-  Weekly Tips Of What You Should Be Doing With Your Bees.
-  Your Choice Of 1(one) Item From Our Membership Gifts List
   Below: (After 6 months subscribed)
   - 1 Free class at our location per year (Does NOT Include Bee Institute)
   - 1 Free Winter-Bee-Kind
   - 1 Free Burns Bees Feeding System


Are You Prepared For The Fall Dearth?
Burns Bees Feeding System
Our Burns Bees Feeding System now provides a perfect way to feed your bees during the fall in preparing them for winter. DO NOT use an entrance feeder in the fall or it may invite robber bees from other hives.  The jar holes are now both in the middle rather than side by side as pictured. It's a great way to feed your bees 2:1 sugar water in the fall and pollen patties.

The feeding ports are screened to keep the bees from flying out when you add more sugar water and patties. Also comes with lids with holes that you can screw onto your own small mouth jars. Get yours in time for fall. 

Discoveries, New Findings and Studies 

Information is everywhere. It's hard to sift through all the information about honey bees and know if it is solid or not. This is not just with bees, but everything. First, eggs were terrible for us. Now they're not. We never know who or what to believe.

At every conference or bee club inevitably someone comes up with a new report, a new study, a new discovery and everyone dashes over there to try it. 

Don't get me wrong, I stay up on things, but we need to be patient and remember that honey bees have been around a long time. There is no magic powder to sprinkle on bees and make all our problems go away. There is not one single person raising an awesome queen that can totally resist mites, diseases and produce tons of honey. Don't chase that rainbow. The success of your hive still depends on your hard work, not a new treatment...I mean we cannot prevent a common cold.

Here's a thought. The time you spend scouring the internet for the newest things folks are saying about bees, you could be spending that time in your hives keeping them healthy with proven management practices. Go and enjoy your bees!


David and Sheri Burns
www.honeybeesonline.com
217-427-2678
Fairmount, IL in central Illinois
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Is Beekeeping More Than You Bargained For?

Hello from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. Finally we are in full bee season. It's a good feeling. Flowers are blooming, and more and more days are good for bees to forage.

If this is your first or second year to keep bees you have quickly learned that there's more to this beekeeping thing than you bargained for. Wouldn't it be nice to have a certified master beekeeper on the other end of the phone or email whenever you had a question. I started my new membership program and members are loving it. 90 beekeepers around the country have jumped on board. We still have room for more.

MEMBERS ONLY ACCESS TO:
-  1 New Instructional Videos Each Week.
-  Personal Email & Phone Mentorship With Me. You'll be a phone    call away from a certified master beekeeper.
-  Picture/Video Evaluation Of Your Hive When Needed. Send me    a video and/or pictures of what concerns you and I'll advise
   you on the next step to take.
-  Weekly Tips Of What You Should Be Doing With Your Bees.
-  Your Choice Of 1(one) Item From Our Membership Gifts List
   Below: (After 6 months subscribed)
   - 1 Free class at our location per year (Does NOT Include Bee Institute)
   - 1 Free Winter-Bee-Kind
   - 1 Free Burns Bees Feeding System


We have 2 spots left in our Beekeeping Institute June 10-12.Read more...

We Have Queens Available

We hope to have more each week. Here's how it works. Once we know the number of queens we will have available for the upcoming week we place them online, usually over the weekend. If you want to pick up your queen, please call us on Monday. Usually the queens quickly sell out over the weekend. We hope to have more available each week as the season progresses. These are Illinois Northern queens. Click here to see if they are available now.
Can I Stop Feeding My Bees Now?

Yes. Once there is a strong nectar flow and plenty of flowers it is not essential to feed your bees. If you see lots of ants going for your sugar water, stop feeding. The bees should become familiar with foraging rather than relying on your sugar water.

These classes were very popular last year!  Come and spend 4 hours in the bee yard and learn from certified master beekeeper, David Burns. Ask questions and learn how to manage your colony. We still have room for a few more.

Your Hive Is Telling You Now If They Will Survive The Winter

Sounds impossible, right? But it's true. If mite levels are not kept below 3% your colony will most likely die in March. If your queen is failing...dead in March. It's still time for you to intervene and take action to help your bees survive. Be proactive. Know what you are doing to avoid being sad and depressed in March.

David and Sheri Burns
www.honeybeesonline.com
217-427-2678
Fairmount, IL in central Illinois
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