That is the question.
I believe I will bee, but not this year. In looking for bees I have found that an order needs to be put in by late winter. So I don't think I can get bees for this season. I also need to do a little research before I jump into this and I need to purchase and assemble the boxes. I bought a large box of perennial wild flower seeds yesterday, so I'll sow them in the area where I will keep the hives. Next year it should be established and ready for the bees.
I will have a chance to visit a new beekeeper's hives, see how she does with wintering them, and to also visit the hives of an established beekeeper who is mentoring my friend. I can get some questions answered and make an informed decision. Managing disease caused by mites is something I would like to know more about. Raising horses has taught me to know as much as possible about a species and its weaknesses.
It was recommended that I read Beekeeping for Dummies, so I have ordered it. I'll have some time to purchase and assemble the hives and to contemplate this venture. It's not cheap, so I feel I should know something and not jump in feet first. You know, unlike horses.
I need a new title. I'm losing stature, going from horse breeder, owner and breeder of National titled horses to poop-picker. I seriously need a new title. Beekeeper, now that has a ring to it. It's sure to impress as much as horse breeder did. Actually probably more, as horse breeder didn't impress too many at all. Mostly I was asked if I raised race horses or people wondered what I do with all those horses. Feed them. I would be asked if I made money, nope. It was all downhill from there.
But beekeeper. My insanity will be firmly cemented in the minds of many. But I'll have a title and I still won't make money. Somewhere along the way I missed out on that money-making course. If we do come back through reincarnation perhaps I'll be a Wall Street banker the next time. Is that de-evolution?