This, my MooseBoots journey, has been taking a rather splintered path like that of current through a parallel circuit - the paths of least resistance get the most focus. Of course, it helps when you wait until the last minute and have to get stuff done. I can not say that I am a full-blown member of the procrastinators club, however.
I have read the books - The Backyard Beekeeper - Revised and Updated: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden and The Barefoot Beekeeper. Saturday, I assembled our new top bar hive. The bees should be arriving sometime within the next week. This is an exciting time, although I wish the bees had been here a week or two ago - the peach trees have already bloomed and the neighbors apple tree is passing its peak.
I still need to gather a few accessories - a spray bottle for sugar water, etc. The sugar water will be used in lieu of the traditional smoker, per The Barefoot Beekeper. I still intend to do this without a bonnet, jacket, et al - the other traditional beekeeping tools. Of course, I reserve the right to change my decision upon the first or any subsequent stinging rebukes from my new friends.
So, my MooseBoots journey could get very exciting very quickly. I eagerly await the phone call - "Hello, your bees are here. Come get them." I'll keep you posted.