The former category titled "gardening, chickens, and birds" has a new addition... BEES! Dick and I picked them up this morning at Mann Lake Ltd. in Hackensack, Minnesota. It is too chilly today to set them free in their boxes, so they will hunker down in our basement in this screened box until Monday. The weather forecast looks promising for tomorrow, however we will be leaving before the crack of dawn for St. Paul to attend the Living Green Expo and won't return until after dark. Therefore, a thick sugar-water syrup sprayed onto the screen will sustain them until then. I am feeling like when I was 22 years old and brought my first baby home from the hospital and was expected to know what to do to care for such a helpless little being. So far so good. The bees are happily slurping their sweet treat.
I can't pass up a thrift shop, especially the dig-through-the-piles kind. A ramshackle shop on Main St. in Hackensack held these treasures. I loved the ice cube trays' pretty blue color... maybe to sort or store beads or buttons? ...and the cake dome. No gushing needed. I did all that and more when I first set eyes on it.