Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meltdown

"This is it. I give up. I am done being a beekeeper!" Yes, I said that yesterday.

Shall we backtrack?

We harvested honey this weekend. That part was amazing. Detailed post, coming soon. However, when honey harvest is over, you're left with several sticky frames of honeycomb. I had 10 to be exact. So in order to clean it entirely, it is suggested you put that box (super) of frames back on the hive and the bees will "clean" it out. Within 24 hours, you can return, remove the said box and store it for the winter. Who knew bees were such good housekeepers.

Well I had that box of sticky frames sitting in the bed of Mr. B's truck with intentions of dropping it off at the hive on my lunch break. The bees had other intentions. In fact, the bees (not my bees, random bees) beat me to it. 

When I opened the door to walk outside, I found THOUSANDS of bees surrounding that box and the truck. They were literally fighting over the remaining honey inside. And I was the moron beek who left it out in the open where they had access to it. #lessonlearned

I shut the door and yelled obscenities. Then I called Mr. B and said, "What do I do?" And to think I am supposed to be the experienced beek in this family!

He said, "Just get in the car and drive. When you're going 70mph on the interstate they will all fly out." That sounded good enough to me. So I ran to the garage, grabbed my bee suit, put it on and ran to the truck - trying to get as little bees as possible in the front seat with me. 

As I drove, I was losing bees, but not enough. When I arrived at my hives, I was greeted by the hundreds of bees still in the bed of the truck. 

Fortunately, my bee mentor, talked me through what to do over the phone and I followed his instructions. I got as many of the "foreign" bees out with my bee brush and put the super box back on my hive where it belonged. 

My job at the hive was done, so I left. There were still hundreds thousands of dead bees lying in the truck - they were dead, because other bees killed them in the fight for honey - but majority of the live ones had flown away. So I gathered my things and headed back home. 

The result of bee fights = a pile of dead bees

The worst part was over right? And I survived. 

Wrong. Survived, yes. Worst part, no.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monty Monday


After falling head over heels in love with a true Swiss St. Bernard pup in Switzerland, I asked Mr. B to get me one for my birthday. He delivered, with a stuffed one. It even had the whiskey barrel around the neck and a Swiss flag emblem. 

It wasn't mine for long. Monty stole him off my desk while I ran errands one day. He snuggled him, licked him, and treated him like a pup of his very own. 

That only lasted a few hours. 

He's now missing both ears, the whiskey barrel, nose and is about to lose a leg. 

Yet, he still snuggles him. #bipolardog

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hocus Pocus Oils: Lip Scrub

 
Recipe borrowed and tweaked from In Honor of Design
 
Experimenting with my Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) has become one of my new favorite hobbies. As if I don't have enough of those. Anyway, I was anxiously awaiting my brand new bottle of Lavender (it's one of those bottles you use a lot) and when it arrived today, I was all set to make my new lip scrub.
 
If you know the Bores, you know we love chapstick. We have probably 15 laying around at all times - in the junk drawer, in the bathroom, in our nightstands, in my purse, in Mr. B's jean pocket, in the consoles of our cars, in the washer, etc.
 
My lips are usually smooth, but in this dry climate of ours, I sometimes need a little more than chapstick. Like a lip mask to freshen them up! So I mixed up a little scrub and my lips are already feeling smoother and softer.
 
Recipe:
Mix the following ingredients in a bowl.
  • 1/3 cup of Raw sugar (I got this big bag at Sprouts for $2.00)
  • 1/4 cup of Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 3 Drops of Lavender YLEO
 
The original recipe suggested 1/4 cup of sugar, but I found my mixture was too oily, so I added more sugar! I also added 2 drops of Elemi, which is a new YLEO to me and one that is great for your skin. Not necessary for this recipe, but I had it on hand, so I used it! 
 
This recipe makes 4oz of lip scrub. It would take me 3 lifetimes to use this amount, so I actually plan to get smaller tins and share with friends! They would make great favors or gifts.
 
Lavender comes in the YLEO Premium Starter Kit. If interested, visit the bottom of this post for step by step instructions on getting started with some oils of your own. The recipes are SO fun!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bores Backpack Europe: Lucerne, Switzerland

Two spellings, same city. Luzern is the German spelling and Lucerne is the French spelling. Confusing much? Yes, especially when you're two clueless Americans.

While in Lucerne, we stayed at The Bed and Breakfast. It was the only place on our entire vacation where I got a decent night sleep. The people were so kind and friendly. They had a window that I could hang my head out of. It was clean. The bed was comfy. The bathroom was only steps away from our room. The breakfast included bread, cheese and jam. And the location was only a quick bus ride from the train station. We didn't know about that said bus on the day we arrived. So we walked. I stopped 19 times along the way to give my back a break from my too-heavy-backpack and to bitch at Mr. B for not getting me a taxi. #iblamethejetlag
 
Maybe this is where I should mention, all queen beds in Switzerland are really two twin beds pushed together. You even get your own blanket! Canoodling or spooning means someone will be laying on the crack - where the two beds meet - and no one enjoys that. So if you're looking for a romantic vacation full of snuggling, Switzerland may not be for you. On the positive side, your husband won't be a blanket hog!



Lucerne is the one place in Switzerland we both wish we had spent more time. Since we hiked the Alps the previous day and ventured across a too high bridge, we didn't have much time to explore Lucerne. Although, we weren't leaving without doing a 2 hour crash course of the city.

Few words, mostly photos.

Lucerne
Mr. B enjoying the view
Hof Church
Dying Lion Monument
And again
Swiss Architecture / makes my heart swoon
Chapel Bridge and Watertower
A stroll across Chapel Bridge
View from Chapel Bridge / Town Hall is the one with the tower
Jesuit Church
Early morning champagne on the River
Swans were EVERYWHERE
Cheers!
 
If my husband had the patience, I would have loved to browse some of the great shops Lucerne had to offer. Then again, I wouldn't have been able to fit anything in my backpack, even if I wanted to bring something home. #winwin The city also had these amazing little coffee shops and bakeries tucked in between the streets. I could have easily gotten lost in this city. Ya know, lost, in the good kind of way.

All packed up and ready for our travels to Wengen! Stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bores Backpack Europe: Triftbahn, Switzerland

The Bores Backpack Europe trip came to an end on Monday (Labor Day) at around 1:31AM. It was an excruciatingly long flight back, especially when you're exhausted, hungover, homesick, and cranky.

Nonetheless, when we woke up Monday morning at approximately 7AM with 5.5 hours of sleep, Mr. B rolled over, looked at me and said, "I am ready to go camping!" If I had the energy, I would have smacked him. Hard!

We were lacking energy all week. I suppose it takes awhile for your body to adjust after such a long [amazing] trip. As much as I love to travel, I realized on this trip, I love home twice as much.

I've thought about how to document our travels, our stories, and our experiences and still haven't quite figured out how I am going to organize my thoughts. But I do plan to capture them on this plain white screen over the next few weeks.

One thing, I do know, is our first day in Switzerland deserves a post all on it's own.

* * *
We literally waited until the VERY last minute to plan an agenda for our trip. Two days before departure we googled "Top 10 Best Things to Do in Switzerland" and found a variety of articles, blogs, and websites. The one consistent excursion was "Trift Bridge."

It was going to be an inconvenience for us to get to. It's not really near a major/common city. It's nestled in the middle of the Alps and kind of off the beaten path. Which gave us even more incentive to find a way to get there.

It required an early rise (5:30AM), a bus ride to the train station, a train ride to Meiringen, a short walk to the Meiringen, Bahnhof bus station, and another bus ride to Nessental, Triftbahn. Let's just say it was a quick way to get us accustomed to European travel. By 9:30AM we were standing at the Triftbahn cable car station and being told we had to wait 2 hours for the next available cable car. You see, when the bus let's you off at the station, you aren't necessarily at the trail head. You have to take an 8 minute cable car ride to get you there. So we waited.

I read. Mr. B took photos.

When Mr. B was bored 15 minutes later he tried to convince me to hike to the trail head and skip the cable car. I contemplated, but that adds 2 more hours to the already 90 minute one-way-hike we had ahead of us. We were still adjusting to the time zone and I really wasn't sure I could hike 2 hours, then another 90 minutes, cross the bridge, and then hike back another 90 minutes. Thankfully Mr. B listened to me and we waited for the cable car. The level of difficulty for the hike was listed as Medium. Well guess what, I'd list that sucker as EXTREMELY difficult. We were literally climbing the Alps and I was totally unprepared. No one told me I needed to train for this vacation. I mean we only packed one bottle of water each and a handful of snacks. Guess what, I needed a case of water and an entire aisle at the grocery store to give me enough energy to put one foot in front of the other. You will laugh when you hear how long the hike was, 1.7miles. Go ahead, laugh. But let me watch you climb, what felt like 5000ft of vertical, and then see if you're laughing. Mr. B doesn't complain when he hikes. Somehow this kid was born conditioned for strenuous outdoor activities, even though he hasn't been to a gym...ever. But even he was complaining.

Somehow, we made it. I think seeing wild sheep along the way helped give me a boost of energy. As for Mr. B, well the excitement of crossing the bridge, gave him all the motivation he needed.

I introduce, Trift Bridge - 328 feet high, 557 feet long, and overlooking the Trift Glacier. It is one of the longest and highest pedestrian suspension bridges in the Alps. Originally it was built for climbers to access the Swiss Alpine Club, but has since been turned into a tourist destination. Guess what, you can add Mr. and Mrs. B to that tourist club.

WE WALKED CRAWLED TRIFT BRIDGE!

Triftbahn Station / Cable Car Tickets
Ride on the Cable Car
Trailhead / Bar
Trail Options
Time is given, not distance
Break / Trift Bridge is behind us
Trift Bridge
Trift Bridge
Trift Bridge Details
Trift Bridge Selfie
Well Earned Biers
Sheep!!!
I introduce, The Swiss Alps!

For those of you planning to visit Trift Bridge, I had the hardest time finding information online regarding the best way to get there and purchasing tickets. So I leave you with a few tips! 
  • Visit SBB for route details. Type in your departure city (ours was Lucerne) and then your arrival city as "Nessental Triftbahn." More than likely it will include a train ride and a bus or two! We purchased our tickets directly from the site so we didn't have to worry about purchasing that day. 
  • The bus will drop you off directly at the cable car station. Unfortunately, you cannot purchase cable car tickets in advance, so I would advise getting there as early as possible. As I mentioned, we had a two hour wait and we arrived around 9:30AM. The cars only hold 8 people at a time it runs every 16 minutes. 
  • We were there on a Sunday, so a weekday may be a better option. 
  • Good luck, have fun and pack water!

[All photography by The Bores]
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